November 18, 2010 Special Commission Meeting Summary

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

The Commission received a briefing from Dr. Jon Haveman of Beacon Economics on the economic impacts of holding the America’s Cup regatta in San Francisco Bay. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission heard from a panel of six key stakeholder groups as part of the Commission's continued public hearing on making revisions to the San Francisco Bay Plan to address climate change. The hearing will be kept open at least until the next Commission meeting on December 2, 2010. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received briefings on the Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project, eelgrass restoration, the status of native oysters, and sand mining activities. For details, contact Brenda Goeden (415/352-3623 brendag@bcdc.ca.gov).

To engage a broader range of the public in the Commission’s work, the Commission agreed that the staff should have a fact sheet on climate change translated into five languages, post this fact sheet on the Commission’s website, and provide it to Bayside local governments for distribution in their communities. For details, contact Mamie Lai (415/352-3638 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission’s ART (Adapting to Rising Tides) Project, which is being supported with funding from NOAA and the Federal Highway Administration, has been selected to be part of an inaugural national program of ICLEI, an international association of local governments who have made commitments to sustainable development. The local government selected to be a partner in the ART project will become one of the eight ICLEI Inaugural Adaptation Communities that will receive additional technical support. For additional information, contact Lindy Lowe (415/352-3642 lindyl@bcdc.ca.gov) or see www.risingtides.csc.noaa.gov.

The next Commission meeting will be held on December 2, 2010, at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).