July 9, 2020 Enforcement Committee Meeting Summary

Four members of the Enforcement Committee – Chair Scharff, Commissioner Gilmore, Commissioner Techel and Commissioner Vasquez – attended the sixth online only virtual July 9, 2020, BCDC Enforcement Committee meeting. The public was able to participate by submitting written comments by email prior to the meeting, by phone, or by accessing the meeting via a web link posted on the Commission’s website. View only access was also provided via Facebook Live.

At the meeting, the Committee received three briefings. The first briefing focused on the enforcement program accomplishments for the past quarter. Ms. Njuguna highlighted an increase in the number of cases closed compared to those closed in the previous quarter, which was accomplished through the receipt of documentation from violators verifying reported cases had been resolved. She also noted the summary of program improvements provided to Commissioners as a reference point to allow them to more readily track progress and anticipate the next steps in improving the program and the applicable deadlines.

In the second briefing Ms. Klein informed the Committee of the progress staff has made in closing the oldest cases. She highlighted the Rich Island Duck Club Case in which a BCDC consistency determination decision was not fully implemented. She informed the Commissioners that the Port of Stockton hired consultants who have been instrumental in determining current site conditions and determining a feasible plan for the improvement of the site.

The third briefing was on the situation in Richardson’s Bay. The City of Sausalito and the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency representatives presented their transition and habitat restoration plans. The Committee directed staff to work with the agencies to negotiate final plans and develop negotiated agreements that will address the goal of removing the unauthorized vessels from Richardson’s Bay, with the anticipation that BCDC can ultimately put in place the necessary instruments to ensure that the Bay will be made compliant.

For details on each briefing, contact Priscilla Njuguna (415-352-3640, priscilla.njuguna@bcdc.ca.gov).

The next meeting of the Enforcement Committee, which is planned to be a special workshop, is scheduled to be held from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM on July 29, 2020. It is anticipated to also be an online only virtual meeting with no physical location for attendees and participants to congregate.