November 5, 2015 Commission Meeting Summary

17 members attended the November 5, 2015 BCDC meeting, which was held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The Commission approved on a vote of 17-0-0 a motion to authorize the Executive Director to approve two contracts not to exceed $80,000 total annually for IT consulting services and data hosting services by the CA Natural Resources Agency. For details contact Andrew Chin (415/352-3651;

The Commission approved on a vote of 17-0-0 a motion to approve a contract with the Association of Bay Area Governments for up to $15,000 to compensate BCDC for staff services to develop a resiliency workshop. For details contact Lindy Lowe (415/352-3642;

The Commission approved on a vote of 17-0-0 a letter supporting a development proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Coastal Conservancy, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District to build a series of engineered levees in the South Bay, commonly known as the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project. For details contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615;

The Commission received three successive briefings on El Nino and its implications by Becky Smythe of NOAA, on the potential impacts of a 150-year megastorm on the Bay Area by Commissioner Sean Randolph, and on the Commission’s procedures to consider and process emergency permits by Brad McCrea of BCDC staff. For details contact Steve Goldbeck (415/352-3611;

All materials presented during the meeting, and associated materials, can be found on the BCDC website in the Commission Meeting Materials section. The Executive Director’s report is attached to this e-mail.

The next Commission meeting is scheduled for December 3, 2015 at the Port of San Francisco’s Bayside Conference Room on Pier 1. The preliminary agenda includes, but may not be limited to:
1) A public hearing and possible vote on a consistency determination for the South Bay Shoreline Project;
2) A briefing on the just-released, and now live on the internet, Adapting to Rising Tides Portfolio;
3) A briefing on adaptation planning by U.C. Berkeley Professor Kristina Hill and Climate Readiness Institute consultant Bruce Riordan;
4) A briefing on the California Water Fix; and,
5) An update on the Commission’s Strategic Plan.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns at (415) 352-3653 or at