January 20, 2011 Commission Meeting Summary

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

The Commission voted (16-0-2) to approve a permit application for the Brooklyn Basin project in Oakland. For details, contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a public hearing and voted (20-0-0) to initiate the process of considering proposed amendments of the San Francisco Bay Plan and Suisun Marsh Protection Plan to delete a water-related industry priority use designation in the Collinsville area of Solano County. A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held on April 21, 2011. For details, contact Tim Doherty (415/352-3667 timd@bcdc.ca.gov).
The Commission voted (20-0-0) to approve the text of BCDC’s 2010 annual report. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on BCDC’s role in preparing the regional Sustainable Communities Strategy that is required by SB 375. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on the progress being made in implementing BCDC’s strategic plan and revised two objectives in the plan. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

To meet a legal requirement that a majority of BCDC’s representatives on the Joint Policy Committee be locally elected officials, the Commission unanimously endorsed Chair Randolph’s appointment Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia to replace Vice Chair Ann Halsted and Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht to replace former San Mateo County Supervisor Rich Gordon, who has been elected to the California Assembly, as BCDC representatives on the Joint Policy Committee. Chair Sean Randolph, Commissioner Geoffrey Gibbs and Marin County Supervisor Charles McGlashan will continue to serve as the Commission’s other three representatives on the Joint Policy Committee. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).
     
The Commission unanimously concurred that its Executive Director can sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Delta Stewardship Council, which establishes how the staffs of the two agencies will work together to achieve coordinated management of the Bay-Delta estuary. For details, contact Jessica Davenport (415/352-3660 jessicad@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has re-appointed Supervisor George Shirakawa to serve as the County’s representative on BCDC. The Solano County Board of Supervisors has appointed Supervisor Jim Spering to serve as the County’s representative on BCDC and has appointed Supervisor John Vasquez to serve as the alternate representative. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission unanimously adopted resolutions of appreciation for departing Commission members Mike Reagan and Barbara Kondylis, who have represented Solano County; Alice Lai-Bitker, whose term on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors has ended; and Ed Balico, who has resigned as Mayor of Hercules and is, therefore, no longer eligible to serve as ABAG’s alternate representative of East Bay cities. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

David Tam and SPRAWLDEF (Sustainability, Parks, Recycling and Wildlife Legal Defense Fund) have filed a lawsuit challenging BCDC’s approval of the expansion of the Potrero Hills Landfill in the secondary management area of the Suisun Marsh. The California Attorney General’s Office is representing the Commission in the suit. For details, contact Tim Eichenberg (415/352-3655 time@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission accepted a staff assessment that it will not be possible to thoughtfully consider all of the suggestions for revisions to the proposed Bay Plan amendments dealing with climate change in time for a public hearing in March and a vote in April. The staff will update the Commission on a schedule for the hearing and vote at the Commission’s next meeting. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

Nadia Kayyali and John Prager have joined the Commission’s staff as legal interns. Both are second year law students at UC Hastings College of Law, and both are editors of the West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law. Ms. Kayyali has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and Mr. Prager has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics from UC Santa Cruz. For details, contact Mamie Lai (415/352-3639 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov).

An orientation briefing for new members of the Commission will be held in lieu of BCDC’s regularly-scheduled Commission meeting on the afternoon of Thursday, February 17, 2011 at BCDC’s office in San Francisco. Any member of the Commission who has not attended one of these briefings in the past is urged to attend the briefing on February 17. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission’s annual all-day strategic planning workshop will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2011. Both Commissioners and alternates are invited to participate in this workshop. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission adjourned the meeting in memory of Catherine “Kay” Kerr, one of the three women who founded Save San Francisco Bay Association in 1960. Mrs. Kerr passed away at the age of 99 in December. The next Commission meeting will be held on March 3, 2011, at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).