Minutes of August 4, 2011 Commission Meeting
1. Call to Order. The meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Halsted at the Ferry Building, Port of San Francisco Board Room, Second Floor, San Francisco, California at 1:05 p.m.
2. Roll Call. Present were: Vice Chair Halsted, Commissioners Addiego, Apodaca, Baird (represented by Alternate Vierra), Bates (represented by Alternate Butt), Brown (represented by Alternate Carrillo, Chan (represented by Alternate Gilmore), Chiu, Fossum, Gibbs, Goldzband, Groom, Jordan Hallinan, Lundstrom (represented by Alternate Sanchez), McGrath, Nelson, Sartipi, Sears, Shirakawa (represented by Alternate Carruthers), Spering (represented by Alternate Vasquez), Wagenknecht and Ziegler. Legislative member William C. Taylor was also present.
Not Present were: Department of Finance (Finn), Contra Costa County (Gioia), U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers (Hicks), and Governor’s Appointee’s (Moy & Randolph).
3. Public Comment Period. Vice Chair Halsted called for public comment on subjects that were not on the agenda. Comments would be restricted to three minutes per speaker.
Mr. Bob Planthold commented: I’m Bob Planthold from San Francisco and I came to express concern and urge caution in planning any move to support the purchase of a multi-agency building at 390 Main Street here in San Francisco.
Many people voiced concerns about easy, appropriate transit access to this building. The building is also in need of some enhancements.
I don’t think this is the right building without a lot of extra work to be done. I’m asking you to put the brakes on this and get MTC to stop this rush into the wrong building.
Mr. John Coleman commented: I am with the Bay Planning Coalition and wish to thank the Commission for all their work on the Bay Plan Amendment efforts.
Vice Chair Halsted moved on to the next item, Approval of Minutes.
4. Approval of Minutes of the July 21, 2011 Meeting. Vice Chair Halsted entertained a motion and a second to adopt the minutes of July 21, 2011.
MOTION: Commissioner Wagenknecht moved, seconded by Commissioner Sears, to approve the July 21, 2011 Minutes. The motion carried by voice vote with Commissioners Vasquez, Fossum and Goldzband abstaining.
5. Report of the Chair. Vice Chair Halsted reported on the following:
a.Orientation Briefing. The auditorium in the MetroCenter is being remodeled this month so we won’t be able to hold our next regularly-scheduled meeting there on August 18th. Therefore, we’ve cancelled that meeting, but our staff will hold a briefing for new members of the Commission from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on August 18th.
I urge all members of the Commission who have not had an opportunity to attend one of these informative briefings to make every effort to attend. Of course, all Commissioners and the public can also attend. The meeting will be held in our office.
b. Next BCDC Meeting. With the cancelation of our August 18th meeting our next regular meeting will be four weeks from today on September 1st.
At that meeting, which will be held here at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, we will take up the following matters:
(1) We will hold a public hearing on the fourth revised staff recommendation to amend the Bay Plan to address climate change. We’re planning on voting on these amendments on October 6th.
(2) We will consider a status report on the progress we are making in carrying out our strategic plan.
c.Ex-Parte Communications. That completes my report. In case you have inadvertently forgotten to provide our staff with a report on any written or oral ex-parte communications, I invite Commissioners who have engaged inany such communications to report on them at this point.
No Commissioner reported ex-parte communications.
6.Report of the Executive Director. Executive Director Travis reported:
a.Climate Program Report. I want to call to your attention a report we sent you on July 29th summarizing the Commission’s Climate Program. This report summarizes the work we are doing on climate change.
A second report is a document along with a CD and we will be holding a public hearing on this at our next meeting. This completes my report for today. We will move on to Item 7.
7.Consideration of Administrative Matters. On July 22nd, we sent you a listing of the administrative matters our staff is prepared to act upon. Bob Batha is available to respond to any questions you may have about the matters on the listing. There were no questions.
8.Vote on Proposed Bay Plan Amendment No. 1-11 Concerning a Bay Plan Map Change to Reconfigure the Waterfront Park Priority Use Area Designation at Candlestick Point Recreation Area in the City of San Francisco. Vice Chair Halsted stated:
Item #8 is a vote on proposed revisions of the San Francisco Bay Plan waterfront park priority use designation at Candlestick Point in San Francisco. We held a public hearing on this amendment at our last meeting. Linda Scourtis will present the staff recommendation on this item.
Ms. Scourtis reported: The staff recommends that the Commission adopt Resolution 11-06, which would amend the San Francisco Bay Plan Map 5 by modifying the waterfront park priority use area designation at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in San Francisco by: removing the park priority use area designation from a nine and a half acre area and adding a one and a half acre area at the southern portion of the park priority use area designation near Candlestick Cove, and finding that the Bay Plan Map 5 boundary change will not have any direct, adverse effects on the environment.
The nine-and-a-half acre area having its designation removed would be developed for mixed-uses.
State Parks will receive up to 50 million dollars dedicated to the park by making these and future land exchanges.
The State Parks Department will receive these monies in phases.
Revenues from investment will allow funding to increase faster than costs for at least the next 30 to 40 years.
In addition, federal land and water conservation funds already received for the park obligate State Parks to ensure continued public access at Candlestick Park.
The staff concludes that the amendment is consistent with the provisions of the McAteer-Petris Act.
The staff also concludes that the amendment will have no direct substantial adverse impacts on the environment.
Thank you for your time.
Vice Chair Halsted asked for a motion regarding the staff recommendation.
Commissioner Carruthers asked if the funding that was specified for the land in the amendment was exclusive to the area or would that funding also be applied to other lands?
Mr. Herms from State Parks informed the Commission that the funding to be received would be for the entire park and that additional funding was available.
Commissioner McGrath stated that public access would remain in place and that this was a wonderful project.
Executive Director Travis commented that without this transaction and concomitant funding there would be a very high likelihood that Candlestick Point Park would close.
Commissioner Vierra thanked the staff and Mr. Herms for answering her questions.
Commissioner Fossum mentioned that the State Lands Commission unanimously approved this and the Governor had already approved it and the implementation of the program was eagerly anticipated. He urged everyone to support the item.
MOTION: Commissioner McGrath moved, seconded by Commissioner Vierra to approve staff recommendations.
VOTE: The motion carried with a roll call vote of 21-0-0 with Commissioners Addiego, Vierra, Butt, Carrillo, Gilmore, Chiu, Fossum, Gibbs, Goldzband, Groom, Jordan Hallinan, Sanchez, McGrath, Nelson, Sartipi, Sears, Vasquez, Carruthers, Wagenknecht, Ziegler, and Vice-Chair Halsted voting “YES”, no “NO” votes and no abstentions.
Vice Chair Halsted moved to Item 9.
9.Consideration of a Contract for Assistance on the Adapting to Rising Tides Project. Vice Chair Halsted stated:
Item #9 deals with our consideration of a contract to provide a socioeconomic analysis. Lindy Lowe will present the staff recommendation.
Ms. Lowe presented the following: Item 9 is a request to authorize the Executive Director to execute a contract with The Pacific Institute to assist with the Adapting to Rising Tides Project.
The contract will provide up to $25,000.00 to The Pacific Institute to identify vulnerable populations within the project area, evaluate information about land values and replacement values, evaluate the loss of employment or workforce vulnerability and evaluate the vulnerability of key community assets such as emergency and healthcare facilities, schools and residences.
The staff recommends that the Commission authorize the Executive Director to execute a contract with The Pacific Institute under which BCDC will provide up to $25,000.00 to the institute for assistance in developing an analysis of socioeconomic vulnerability within the project area and to amend that contract as long as the amendment does not involve substantial changes in either the scope or amount of the contract.
Vice Chair Halsted commented: We didn’t schedule a public hearing on this matter, but if anyone from the public wants to comment on this matter, you are welcome to do so at this time.
Mr. Richard Skaff thanked the staff and the Commission for their work on climate change issues. He lauded the Commission for its proactive efforts regarding future vulnerable developments. He stated that we can’t afford more situations like that of the Fireside Senior and Disabled Community residents.
Commissioner Carruthers commented: I trust that this project will take into consideration whatever flood control facilities that may exist that will affect the impact of sea level rise.
Ms. Lowe replied: The project staff previewed the draft maps for the affected areas and they do take into account the flood control structures along the shoreline.
The report generated by The Pacific Institute will come back to the Commission for its review.
MOTION: Commissioner Carruthers moved, seconded by Commissioner Goldzband. The motion passed unanimously by a show of hands.
10. Briefing on the Bay Area Water Trail. Vice Chair Halsted commented: Item #10 is a briefing on the progress being made in implementing the Bay Water Trail Program. Ann Buell, the Project Manager at the State Coastal Conservancy, will present the briefing.
Ms. Buell presented the following: The Water Trail is a network of landing and launching sites around the nine county Bay area in BCDC’s jurisdiction for non-motorized small boats.
The genesis of this project is attributable to the organization Bay Access which was formed solely to create a water trail for the San Francisco Bay area.
Assembly Bill 1296, the Water Trail Act, was signed into law in 2005 preserving and enhancing current public access and planning for future access.
This legislation identified BCDC to lead the development of a water trail plan. This plan was completed in 2007.
In 2008 the implementation of the plan was passed off to the Coastal Conservancy.
This year the final EIR was certified and the Water Trail Plan was adopted and the Conservancy Board authorized a one million dollar grant to the Association of Bay Area Governments to help us implement this plan.
This project will enhance a multitude of Bay and shoreline sites to increase enthusiasts’ ability to access and enjoy their favorite activities.
Mr. Richard Skaff commented: I am the Executive Director of the organization called Designing Accessible Communities. I am pleased that the process for this project is moving forward.
We have a huge change in our population with the aging of our communities. If this project is planned and implemented correctly and sensitively I am hopeful that we will have an exciting experience for people of all abilities.
Mr. Bob Planthold commented: Accessibility experts that will be part of the Advisory Committee for this project will be most helpful in assuring accessibility for all people wishing to use these facilities.
There may be multiple benefits in appointing disabled people to some of these committees.
Commissioner Goldzband commented: As sites are being considered for The Trail, I would ask that you think very seriously about, “what” makes those sites available from a policy standpoint. Please consider educating the public about why that spot actually exists to be used.
Commissioner Wagenknecht commented: I’ve been very excited about this project. We in Napa County are looking forward to the next step.
Commissioner Carruthers commented: Commissioner Goldzband’s comments are always suggestive. Might we have an urban project that might include some kind of a hauling out area so that The Trail includes possible urban landings as well as remote and natural ones?
Ms. Buell replied: Yes. There are many potential sites identified in urban areas. We will also consider any other sites that are not currently identified that hold good potential.
11. Consideration of Strategic Plan Status Report. Executive Director Travis informed the Commissioners that they had been provided with the Strategic Plan Status Report and there were no changes in it.
12. New Business. No new business was discussed.
13. Old Business. No old business was discussed.
14. Adjournment. Upon motion by Commissioner McGrath, seconded by Commissioner Vierra the meeting adjourned at 1:57 p.m.
Approved, with no corrections, at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Meeting of September 1, 2011