November 15, 2012 Commission Meeting Notice

November 15, 2012
1:00 pm
MetroCenter Auditorium
101 Eighth Street, Oakland

Tentative Agenda (Revised)

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Public Comment Period (Each speaker is limited to three minutes)
    A maximum of 15 minutes is available for the public to address the Commission on any matter on which the Commission either has not held a public hearing or is not scheduled for a public hearing later in the meeting. Speakers will be heard in the order of sign-up, and each speaker is generally limited to a maximum of three minutes. It is ly recommended that public comments be submitted in writing so they can be distributed to all Commission members for review. The Commission may provide more time to each speaker and can extend the public comment period beyond the normal 15-minute maximum if the Commission believes that it is necessary to allow a reasonable opportunity to hear from all members of the public who want to testify. No Commission action can be taken on any matter raised during the public comment period other than to schedule the matter for a future agenda or refer the matter to the staff for investigation unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Commission later in the meeting.
    (Steve Goldbeck) [415/352-3611]
  4. Approval of Minutes of November 1, 2012 Meeting
    (Sharon Louie) [415/352-3638]
  5. Report of the Chair
  6. Report of the Executive Director
  7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
    (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612]
  8. Briefing by the U.S. Corps of Engineers
    Lieutenant Colonel John K. Baker, P.E., Commander and District Engineer of the San Francisco District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will brief the Commission on USACE’s ongoing role in protecting and developing the environmental and economic health of the Bay.  Colonel Baker will discuss a variety of issues, including dredging, and will highlight the USACE’s continuing relationship with BCDC.
    (Brenda Goeden) [415/352-3623]
  9. Briefing by BCDC Chief Counsel on Ex Parte Rules
    In response to Commissioners’ questions about BCDC’s regulations that govern communication between Commissioners and potential and current permit applicants, Tim Eichenberg, BCDC Chief Counsel, will review the Commission’s ex parte rules. BCDC will provide a staff report to the Commission at the public meeting.
    (Tim Eichenberg) [415/352-3655]
  10. Briefing by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute
    Commissioner Sean Randolph of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute will brief the Commission on its recent study entitled: The Bay Area: A Regional Economic Assessment. The report was prepared at the request of the Joint Policy Committee of regional government agencies and leaders in the Bay Area's business community. It can be accessed online at or at
    (Larry Goldzband) [415/352-3653]
  11. New Business
  12. Old Business
  13. Adjournment

Speaker Sign-Up and Time Limits If you would like to comment on an item scheduled for a public hearing or speak during the public comment period, please fill out a "Request to Speak" form and give it to a staff member. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of three minutes during the public comment period, and the Chair may set time limits for each speaker at the beginning of a public hearing. You are encouraged to submit written comments of any length and detailed information to the staff. This material will be distributed to the Commission members. Applicants are responsible for presenting their projects at the public hearing.

Questions and Staff Reports If you have any questions concerning an item on the agenda or would like to receive a staff report related to the item, please contact the staff member whose name and direct phone number are indicated in parenthesis at the end of the agenda item.

Campaign Contributions State law requires Commissioners to disqualify themselves from voting on any matter if they have received a campaign contribution from an interested party. If you intend to speak on any hearing item, please indicate on the "Request to Speak" form or in your testimony if you have made campaign contributions in excess of $250 to any Commissioner within the last year, and if so, to which Commissioner(s) you have contributed. Other legal requirements govern contributions by applicants and other interested parties and establish criteria for Commissioner conflicts of interest. Please consult with the staff counsel if you have any questions about the rules that pertain to campaign contributions or conflicts of interest.

Access to Meetings Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you require special assistance, please contact any staff member prior to the meeting. An interpreter for the deaf will also be made available upon request to the staff at least five days prior to the meeting.

Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act As a state agency, the Commission is governed by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act which requires the Commission to (1) publish an agenda at least ten days in advance of any meeting; (2) describe specifically in that agenda the items to be transacted or discussed; and (3) refuse to add an item subsequent to the published agenda. In addition to these general requirements the Bagley-Keene Act includes other specific provisions about how meetings are to be announced and conducted.