February 4, 2016 Commission Meeting

1:00 pm
MetroCenter Auditorium
101 Eighth Street, Oakland
(510) 817-5700

Note: Agenda Item 12 will be taken up before Agenda Item 11
Tentative Agenda
  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 strongly 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; steve.goldbeck@bcdc.ca.gov]
  4. Approval of Minutes of January 21, 2016 Meeting
    (Sharon Louie) [415/352-3638; sharon.louie@bcdc.ca.gov]
  5. Report of the Chair
  6. Report of the Executive Director
  7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
    (Jaime Michaels) [415/352-3613; jaime.michaels@bcdc.ca.gov]
  8. Commission Consideration of an Amendment to the Association of Bay Area Government Contract to Compensate for BCDC Staff Services
    The Commission will consider an amendment to the contract with the Association of Bay Area Governments that was originally to compensate BCDC for staff services to develop a workshop for the California American Planning Association’s recent conference. Staff proposes that the work and the amount of funding be expanded to include using the material from that work­shop to assist regional agencies support local government planning for hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning. This work is being closely coordinated with the Federal Emer­gency Management Administration (FEMA), the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is funded by FEMA.
    (Lindy Lowe) (415/352-3642; lindy.lowe@bcdc.ca.gov)
  9. Commission Consideration of Support Letter for the Exploratorium’s Grant Proposal to NOAA
    The Commission will consider whether to support the Exploratorium’s request for an “Environmental Literacy Grant” as part of NOAA’s mission-related education awards. Staff has prepared a draft letter of support for the Commission’s consideration. 
    (Larry Goldzband) (415/352-3653; larry.goldzband@bcdc.ca.gov)
  10. Sediment Science Workshop Briefing
    The Commission will receive a staff briefing on the Sediment Science Workshop it held in October 2015 to identify regional sediment science priorities. The briefing will cover the workshop program and goals, initial outcomes, and next steps. (Heather Perry) [415/352-3626; heather.perry@bcdc.ca.gov]
  1. Briefing on Caltrans' November 2015 Controlled Implosion of Pier E3
    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will brief the Commission on the Pier E3 controlled implosion that took place on November 14, 2015.  Caltrans will present preliminary findings and data for hydroacoustic, biological and water quality monitoring efforts and the post-blast hydrographic survey of the Pier E3 site. 
    (Jaime Michaels) [415/352-3613; jaime.michaels@bcdc.ca.gov]
  1. Briefings from the Commission’s Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Program
    The Commission will receive three briefings on recent work that has been completed by the Commission’s ART Program, which works with San Francisco Bay Area agencies, organizations and communities to assess the vulnerability and risk of shoreline and community resources to sea level rise and storm events. The ART Program has developed strategies to help communi­cate and resolve these complex issues and integrate adaptation into local and regional planning and decision-making.
    1. ART Portfolio This newly-launched website provides planning guidance, tools and information that have been developed, tested and refined by the ART Program team and various stakeholder working groups to address the specific challenges of climate change. In this briefing, staff will provide a virtual tour of the ART Portfolio’s resources available to all organizations and communities.
      (Sara Polgar) [415/352-3654; sara.polgar@bcdc.ca.gov
    2. ART: Head of Tide
      As sea levels rise, new and prolonged flooding will occur both on the shoreline and also in tidal creeks and channels.  The ART Program has developed an approach to assess the effects a rising Bay may have on tidal creeks and channels so that communities can begin to plan for increasing flood risks.  Staff will present findings from work conducted with the Contra Costa Flood Control District as well as share how the ART Program plans to advance this important work regionally.
      (Wendy Goodfriend) [415/352-3646; wendy.goodfriend@bcdc.ca.gov]
    3. ART: Shoreline Parks
      The ART Program conducted a sea level rise vulnerability and risk assessment for the East Bay Regional Park District’s shoreline parks. The assessment was completed through the NOAA Coastal Zone Management Fellowship program and in conjunction with East Bay Regional Park District staff.
      (Maggie Wenger) [415/352-3647; maggie.wenger@bcdc.ca.gov]
  1. 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.