December 1, 2011 Commission Meeting Summary

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

Because the 18 members needed to approve a Bay Plan amendment were not present, the Commission postponed until January 19, 2012, its vote on revisions to the San Francisco Bay Plan and San Francisco Bay Area Seaport Plan provisions dealing with Hunters Point in San Francisco. For details, contact Linda Scourtis (415/352-3644

The Commission discussed approaches it can take to ensure that the recently-adopted Bay Plan climate change amendments are properly implemented. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653

The Commission received a briefing on the progress being made in implementing BCDC¹s strategic plan. The Commission decided to postpone its planned March 29, 2012 workshop to update the strategic plan until a new executive director has been selected. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653

In a closed session the Commission decided to hold an open process to consider all candidates interesting in being appointed BCDC¹s next executive director. This process will take place in 2012 with the goal of having a new executive director hired no later than July 2012. Within the next several days, the Chair, in consultation with other members of the Commission, will appoint one of the existing members of BCDC's senior staff to serve as acting executive director until a new executive director is appointed. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653

The Commission unanimously adopted a resolution of appreciation for Will Travis, who is retiring as the Commission¹s executive director on December 31, 2011 to become the One Bay Area Senior Policy Advisor where he will work with the Joint Policy Committee on formulating a regional climate change strategy.  For details, contact Steve Goldbeck (415/352-3611

The Commission unanimously adopted a resolution of appreciation for Robert Brown, who has resigned as chair of the Commission¹s Citizens Advisory Committee. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656

Lindsey Fransen and Pascale Soumoy have joined BCDC¹s staff on two-year limited term assignments, Lindsey in the planning section, and Pascale in the sediment management section. Lindsey earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science from UC Berkeley. She has been a regulatory analyst in the Division of Ratepayer Advocates at the California Public Utilities Commission and did research in Portugal on water quality in coastal creeks, and she has international policy development experience at
the World Resources Institute. Pascale has Bachelor¹s degree from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree from the Cal State Chico. She has been a consultant for the past two years, and has worked as a planner for the consulting firm CirclePoint and the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. For details, contact Mamie Lai (415/352-3639

The next regular Commission meeting will be held on January 19, 2012, at the MetroCenter in Oakland. For details, contact Leslie Muse (415/352-3636

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