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December 3, 2009 Commission Meeting Summary

Twenty members attended the meeting, which was held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The Commission voted (19-0-0) to approve requested revisions to the San Francisco Waterfront Special Area Plan to accommodate a proposal to relocate the Exploratorium to Piers 15 and 17. For details, contact Lindy Lowe (415/352-3642 lindyl@bcdc.ca.gov).
The Commission held a public hearing and voted (20-0-0) to approve an enforcement decision recommended by BCDC’s Enforcement Committee to address violations in Alviso Slough in the City of San Jose. For details, contact Adrienne Klein (415/352-3609 adriennek@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a public workshop on proposed Bay Plan revisions to address climate change. The Commission directed that the draft policies should be refined to more ly discourage new development in areas vulnerable to flooding. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).
The Commission postponed until its next meeting a briefing on a Web-GIS support tool that has been developed to assist BCDC’s staff in more quickly and systematically evaluating projects and conditions in and around the Bay. For details, contact Tim Doherty (415/352-3667 timd@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on the progress being made in implementing BCDC’s strategic plan and revised two of the objectives in the plan. The next all-day workshop to update the plan will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

To further deal with four flood control projects, which together are needed to provide protection for the community of Redwood Shores in Redwood City, the Commission concurred with the staff’s assessment even if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines that endangered species will be adversely impacted by any of the projects, BCDC’s staff can administratively authorize the project if the applicant is willing to undertake the mitigation measures the Fish and Wildlife Service prescribes, and if the measures will have no adverse impact on public access. A special supplemental administrative listing will be sent to the Commission describing the details of any such project before the staff authorizes it. For details, contact Karen Weiss (415/352-3669 karenw@bcdc.ca.gov).

Craig Orbelian has joined BCDC’s staff as a volunteer intern working on projects in the regulatory division for the next nine months. He graduated from UCLA in English, has experience working as a coastal advocate at the Sierra Club and the California Environmental Law Project, and will enter law school next fall. Paul Muse will be a volunteer intern in BCDC’s planning division for the next three months. He graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in geography and an emphasis in GIS. For details, contact Mamie Lai (415/352-3639 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov).

Brad McCrea of BCDC’s staff is part of a team that won a 2009 Caltrans Excellence in Transportation Program award. The team received the award for making a small public access area at the western end of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge particularly attractive, practical and highly popular. For details, contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

Governor Schwarzenegger released the California Climate Adaptation Strategy on December 2nd. (See www.climatechange.ca.gov/adaptation.) The state strategy calls for the type of proposed Bay Plan amendments dealing with climate change, which the Commission is considering. For details, contact Steve Goldbeck (415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov).
The next Commission meeting will be held on January 7, 2010 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The Commission meeting scheduled to be held on December 17, 2009 has been cancelled. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

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