March 3, 2011 Commission Meeting Summary

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

The Commission voted (18-0-0) to approve a contract with the Port of San Francisco to provide funding for processing permits for the America’s Cup and for amending the San Francisco Waterfront Special Area Plan to accommodate a new cruise ship terminal. For details, contact Lindy Lowe (415/352-3642 lindyl@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission voted (18-0-0) to approve a contract with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency to provide funding for processing two requested amendments of Commission plans that apply to the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. For details, contact Linda Scourtis (415/352-3644 lindas@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission voted (17-0-1) to approve a contract with the Aquatic Sciences Center for consulting services. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing from Richard Skaff, the Executive Director of Designing Accessible Communities on how shoreline public access areas and facilities can improved for people with disabilities. For details, contact Tim Eichenberg (415/352-3655 time@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a staff briefing on BCDC’s program that is providing assistance to local governments on climate change adaptation. For details, contact Sara Polgar (415/352-3654 sarap@bcdc.ca.gov).

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

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has re-appointed Supervisor Valerie Brown to serve as the County’s representative on BCDC and has re-appointed Supervisor Efren Carrillo to serve as the alternate. The Napa County Board of Supervisors has re-appointed Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht to serve as the County’s representative on BCDC and has re-appointed Supervisor Keith Caldwell to serve as the County’s alternate representative. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has re-appointed Supervisor George Shirakawa to serve as the County’s representative on BCDC and has re-appointed Eric Carruthers to serve as the alternate. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has appointed Supervisor Wilma Chan to serve as the County’s new representative on BCDC and has confirmed the appointment of Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore as Commissioner Chan’s alternate. The Association of Bay Area Governments has appointed South San Francisco City Councilmember Mark Addiego to represent West Bay cities on the Commission and has appointed Newark City Councilmember Ana Apodaca to represent South Bay cities on BCDC. Assembly Speaker John Perez has appointed Assemblymember Tom Ammiano to serve as the Assembly’s ex-officio member of the Commission. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The tentative schedule for amending the Bay Plan to address climate change is to hold a public hearing in May and a vote in June. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The California Senate and Assembly have approved the budget Governor Brown proposed for BCDC for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which is essentially the same as the budget BCDC has this fiscal year. For details, contact Richard Ng (415/352-3637 richardn@bcdc.ca.gov).

Alonso Barahona has joined the Commission’s staff as an intern in the sediment management unit. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and RAZA Studies from San Francisco State University and has worked for a community clinic and SamTrans and was a Latino Issues Forum Fellow. For details, contact Mamie Lai (415/352-3639 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov).

In a lawsuit brought by the California Attorney General on behalf of the Commission against the Blue Whale Sailing School in San Jose, Santa Clara County Superior Court has issued a default judgment which upholds a cease and desist order and a $30,000 penalty imposed by BCDC, awards $396,000 in additional penalties, requires removal of illegal structures and restoration of the property. For details, contact Alice Reynolds (510/622-2239 alice.reynolds@doj.ca.gov).

Members of the Commission must file their annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) by April 1, 2011. For details, contact Tim Eichenberg (415/352-3655 time@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission’s office lease is expiring shortly so the staff is looking for other suitable office space in San Francisco. As part of this process, if the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Association of Bay Area Governments, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District decide to purchase a building in San Francisco for those three agencies’ offices, the Commission will consider leasing space in the same building. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

To deal with public concerns about proposed new restrictions on off-leash dogs at a Commission-required shoreline public access area in Marin County the staff will ensure that the Strawberry Point Homeowners Association considers a full range of public views before imposing any new restrictions. For details, contact Adrienne Klein (415/352-3609 adriennek@bcdc.ca.gov).

The next Commission meeting will be held on April 7, 2011, at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).