May 20, 2010 Commission Meeting Summary

Eighteen members attended the meeting, which was held at the MetroCenter in Oakland.

The Commission held a public hearing and voted (17-0-0) to authorize two former Navy dry docks on Mare Island to be used for ship repair and dismantling. For details, contact Karen Weiss (415/352-3669 karenw@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a public hearing and voted (15-0-0) to approve a federal consistency determination from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for maintenance dredging of the federal navigational channels in the Bay. For details, contact Jessica Hamburger (415/352-3660 jessicah@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a public hearing and, after making a minor revision to the language of objective, voted (16-0-0) to formally adopt the updated strategic plan that was developed by consensus at BCDC’s strategic planning workshop on April 29th. For details, contact Caitlin Sweeney (415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission voted (14-0-0) to support H.R. 5061, to enact the San Francisco Bay Improvement Act of 2010 introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier. For details contact Steve Goldbeck (415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission voted (14-0-0) to adopt a resolution expressing BCDC’s support for holding the next America’s Cup races in San Francisco Bay. For details, contact Caitlin Sweeney (415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission unanimously adopted a resolution of appreciation for long-time Design Review Board member Michael Smiley who recently resigned the Board. For details, contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a closed session during which it decided to authorize the Attorney General’s Office to file a lawsuit to enforce a cease and desist order BCDC issued to deal with violations at the Blue Whale Sailing School on the Alviso Slough in San Jose. For details, contact Adrienne Klein (415/352-3609 adriennek@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission concurred with the staff’s position on an Administration proposal dealing with funding for legal services provided by the Attorney General’s Office to BCDC. The staff will continue to recommend that the proposal be limited to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation rather than all 55 departments that are supported by the General Fund because the problem that is being addressed by the proposal is largely limited to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission concurred in the hiring of Sandra Hamlat as a dredging and sediment management analyst and Heidi Nutters as a NOAA Coastal Fellow to work on climate change issues. Ms. Hamlat has Bachelor of Science in Economics and Policy and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in environmental policy and regional conservation planning from University of California, Irvine; has worked for Environmental Science Associates; was a James Irvine Fellow for the California Natural Resources Agency; and is currently an associate planner and park and recreational specialist at the Baldwin Hills Conservancy. Ms. Nutters has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Antioch College and a Masters of Arts in Environmental Studies from Brown University; was an intern at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy; and has worked as a botanist for both ICF Jones and Stokes and the Colorado State University Center for Environmental Management of Military lands. Ms. Hamlin will replace Courtney Scarborough who resigned in April to accept a position as a staff researcher at a new marine ecosystem health project in Santa Barbara. For details, contact Mamie Lai (415/352-3639 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Association of Bay Area Governments has concurred in the appointment of Newark city councilmember Ana Apodaca as Commissioner Bob Wieckowski’s alternate on BCDC. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The California Transportation Foundation has presented one of its 2010 awards for environmental enhancement project of the year to BCDC, one of the partners in the successful conversion of the closed Skaggs Island military facility into a wetland restoration project. Commission Geoffrey Gibbs received the award on behalf of the Commission at a ceremony in Sacramento on May 19, 2010. For details, contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

The next Commission meeting will be held on June 17, 2010 at the Solano County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Fairfield. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).