May 1, 2014 Commission Meeting Summary

16 members attended yesterday's BCDC meeting, which was held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The Commission voted 16-0-0 to grant a permit to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) for the Vallejo Ferry Maintenance Facility, proposed along the Mare Island Straight in the city of Vallejo. For details contact Michelle Burt Levenson (415/352-3618; michellel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission voted unanimously to support and sponsor S.B. 1184 (Hancock) to further BCDC's regional shoreline resilience strategy, and also voted unanimously to support, if amended, S.B. 792 (DeSaulnier — regarding the operations of the Joint Policy Committee) and A.B. 2516 (Gordon — regarding a rising sea level database). For details contact Steve Goldbeck (415/352-3611; steveg@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing and hosted a panel on the subject of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), which concentrated on issues related to the Bay. For details contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656; joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The next regularly scheduled Commission meeting has been cancelled.

The next Commission meeting will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014, and will be held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The agenda may include:
A closed session to discuss potential litigation surrounding the federal government's condemnation of McKay Avenue in the City of Alameda, which is located within the Commission's Coastal Zone Management Act jurisdiction.

  • A Commission review of staff comments on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Environmental Impact Report and Statement;
  • At least one briefing to update the Commission on issues surrounding future sand mining in the Bay and, perhaps, a public hearing on applications for such sand mining;
  • A briefing requested by Commissioner McGrath on the status of the Oakland Middle Harbor Enhancement project;
  • A presentation of the design competition called "Watermarks," which sought innovative ways to communicate about flooding; and,
  • A presentation by the photographer and publisher of Saltscapes, a new book of photographs of the Bay.

Please contact Larry Goldzband (415/352-3653; lgoldzband@bcdc.ca.gov) with any questions or concerns. (Attached is the Executive Director's Report presented at today's meeting.)