November 18, 2010 Commission Meeting Notice

November 18, 2010
1:00 P.M.
MetroCenter Auditorium
101 Eighth Street, Oakland
510. 817-5700

Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Public Comment Period (Each speaker is limited to three minutes)
    A maximum of 15 minutes is available for the public to address the Commission on any matter on which the Commission either has not held a public hearing or is not scheduled for a public hearing later in the meeting. Speakers will be heard in the order of sign-up, and each speaker is generally limited to a maximum of three minutes. It is ly recommended that public comments be submitted in writing so they can be distributed to all Commission members for review. The Commission may provide more time to each speaker and can extend the public comment period beyond the normal 15-minute maximum if the Commission believes that it is necessary to allow a reasonable opportunity to hear from all members of the public who want to testify. No Commission action can be taken on any matter raised during the public comment period other than to schedule the matter for a future agenda or refer the matter to the staff for investigation unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Commission later in the meeting.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]
  4. Approval of Minutes of November 2, 2010 Meeting
    (Mamie Lai) [415/352-3639 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov]
  5. Report of the Chair
  6. Report of the Executive Director
  7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
    (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612 bobb@bcdc.ca.gov]
  8. Briefing on Economic Impact of America’s Cup
    Dr. Jon Haveman of Beacon Economics will brief the Commission on the results of the assessment his firm and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute undertook for the City of San Francisco on the economic impacts of holding the next America’s Cup regatta in San Francisco Bay. (Will Travis) [415/557-8775 travis@bcdc.ca.gov]
  9. Continued Public Hearing on Bay Plan Amendment No. 1-08 Which Would Revise Various Sections of the San Francisco Bay Plan to Address Climate Change and Add a new Climate Change Section to the Plan
    The Commission will continue its public hearing on Bay Plan Amendment No. 1-08 concerning amendment of various sections of the Bay Plan to address climate change and add a new Climate Change section to the Bay Plan. The proposed findings and policies in staff’s third revised preliminary recommendation include changes to the tidal marsh and tidal flats, safety of fills, shoreline protection, and public access policy sections, and a new climate change section, are based on the draft staff report, “Living With a Rising Bay”, which was mailed to the Commission on April 7, 2009. The revised preliminary recommendation reflects feedback from the Commission and the public at the November 5, 2009 public hearing, the December 3, 2009 public workshop and subsequent consultations with the public. The third revised preliminary recommendation was released on September 3, 2010, and is available on the Commission’s website. The public hearing was opened on October 7, 2010. (Joseph LaClair) [415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov]
  10. Commission Briefing on the San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project and Eelgrass Restoration in San Francisco Bay
    Ms. Marilyn Latta of the State Coastal Conservancy will brief the Commission on the Subtidal Habitat Goals Project, which is a collaborative inter-agency effort between the Commission, the California Ocean Protection Council/State Coastal Conservancy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. The objective of the Goals Project is to establish a comprehensive, long-term vision for research, restoration and management of subtidal habitats in the Bay. As part of this effort, Dr. Kathy Boyer of the Romberg Tiburon Center, San Francisco State University, will update the Commission on the status of eelgrass, its ecological benefits, and eelgrass restoration efforts in the Bay. (Brenda Goeden) [415/352-3623 brendag@bcdc.ca.gov]
  11. Commission Briefing on the San Francisco Bay Native Oysters and Aggregate Mining Activities [ 183KB]
    Dr. Ted Grosholz of the University of California at Davis, will present information regarding the status of native oysters in San Francisco Bay and their ecological benefits. In addition, Commission staff, Brenda Goeden, will provide an update on sand and oyster shell mining in San Francisco Bay. These status reports will further inform the Commission on subtidal habitats and activities occurring in the Bay. (Brenda Goeden) [415/352-3623 brendag@bcdc.ca.gov] .
  12. New Business
  13. Old Business
  14. Adjournment

Speaker Sign-Up and Time Limits If you would like to comment on an item scheduled for a public hearing or speak during the public comment period, please fill out a "Request to Speak" form and give it to a staff member. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of three minutes during the public comment period, and the Chair may set time limits for each speaker at the beginning of a public hearing. You are encouraged to submit written comments of any length and detailed information to the staff. This material will be distributed to the Commission members. Applicants are responsible for presenting their projects at the public hearing.

Questions and Staff Reports If you have any questions concerning an item on the agenda or would like to receive a staff report related to the item, please contact the staff member whose name and direct phone number are indicated in parenthesis at the end of the agenda item.

Campaign Contributions State law requires Commissioners to disqualify themselves from voting on any matter if they have received a campaign contribution from an interested party. If you intend to speak on any hearing item, please indicate on the "Request to Speak" form or in your testimony if you have made campaign contributions in excess of $250 to any Commissioner within the last year, and if so, to which Commissioner(s) you have contributed. Other legal requirements govern contributions by applicants and other interested parties and establish criteria for Commissioner conflicts of interest. Please consult with the staff counsel if you have any questions about the rules that pertain to campaign contributions or conflicts of interest.

Access to Meetings Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you require special assistance, please contact any staff member prior to the meeting. An interpreter for the deaf will also be made available upon request to the staff at least five days prior to the meeting.

Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act As a state agency, the Commission is governed by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act which requires the Commission to (1) publish an agenda at least ten days in advance of any meeting; (2) describe specifically in that agenda the items to be transacted or discussed; and (3) refuse to add an item subsequent to the published agenda. In addition to these general requirements the Bagley-Keene Act includes other specific provisions about how meetings are to be announced and conducted.