June 7 , 2012 Commission Meeting Summary

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

The Commission voted (17-0-0) to issue a permit for the 2012 and 2013 America’s Cup races. For details, contact Ming Yeung (415/352-3616 mingy@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission voted unanimously to oppose AB 2226 (Hueso), that would require BCDC and other state and local government agencies to apply restrictive Evidence Code standards when determining whether a permit applicant has a sufficient ownership interest in a property. For details, contact Steve Goldbeck (415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission is pursuing an exemption from moving into the Hiram Johnson state building in the San Francisco Civic Center, so that it can join with its Joint Policy Committee partners and near to other partners and multiple transit lines, close to the waterfront in San Francisco.

Mamie Lai, Chief of BCDC’s Administrative Services is leaving to join MTC. Sharon Louie has been promoted to replace her. Legal Secretary Myrna Carter has retired. Sarah Richmond has joined the Planning staff. Ms. Richmond has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Science degree in Energy and Resources from UC, Berkeley. Ms. Richmond has two and a half years experience as a Geomorphologist and Hydrologist for a private consulting firm where she acted as the lead on habitat-hydrology investigations, reviewed environmental regulations, developed process-based models and prepared designs for stream and wetland restoration projects

Four unpaid interns have joined the staff. Ethan Lavine is a graduate student at UC, Berkeley in the Master of City Planning Program and has an undergraduate degree from Franklin Marshall College in Government. Ethan will be assisting BCDC staff on the Adapting to Rising Tides project as a summer intern on a stipend from UC Berkeley, writing a white paper on the governance issues related to the climate change impacts being analyzed in the ART project. Preeti Talwai is currently in the 3rd year of studies for her Bachelors of Arts in Architecture at U.C. Berkeley. She is also studying Sustainable Design and History of the Built Environment as minors. While at U.C. Berkeley, she has received numerous awards and scholarships. She will be working with the Commission’s Bay Design Analyst. The first of two legal interns is Craig Orbelian, who is a second year law student at Harvard Law School.  He holds a BA in English from UCLA (summa cum laude).  Craig served as a legal assistant with O’Connor and Associates last year, clerked with BCDC’s Enforcement staff in 2010.  The second is Andrew Weintroubm, who is a third year law student at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  He is a graduate with distinction of the University of Kansas, and interned with Jacobs Schlesinger and Sheppard in San Diego last year.  Between 2008-2010, Andrew worked for Senator John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. For details, contact Sharon Louie (415/352-3638 slouie@bcdc.ca.gov).

A planning study for the Adapting to Rising Tides adaptation project, the Transportation vulnerability and Risk Assessment project, has won two awards. The first is the 2012 American Planning Association California Northern: Award of Merit - Focused Issue Planning; and the second is the 2012 Association of Environmental Professionals: Award of Merit - Environmental Resource Document.  

The Commission adjourned the meeting in the memory of Gail Uilkema who passed away on May 19, 2012. The next Commission meeting will be held on June 21, 2012, at the MetroCenter in Oakland. For details, contact Steve Goldbeck (415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov).