June 4, 2020 Commission Meeting
Call to Order
- 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.
Approval of Minutes of May 21, 2020 Meeting (PDF)
Report of the Chair
Report of the Executive Director
Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters (PDF)
Briefing from California Natural Resources Agency (PDF)
The Commission will receive a briefing from California Oceans Protection Council Director Dr. Mark Gold, who will ask the Commission to endorse the Newsom Administration’s “Principles for Aligned State Action” to respond to rising sea level. (Larry Goldzband) [415/352-3653; email@example.com]
Briefing and Potential Vote on Pending Legislation
The Commission will receive a briefing and potentially take a position on pending legislation. (Steve Goldbeck) [415/352-3611; firstname.lastname@example.org]
Briefing on EJ Implementation
The Commission will receive a briefing by Nahal Ghoghaie of BCDC staff on how BCDC is implementing the new Environmental Justice policies both in the agency's internal operations, as well as in the public-facing procedures and planning processes. The briefing will provide an overview of the EJ changes to permit applications, staff reports, and BCDC's outreach and education efforts related to ongoing planning programs. BCDC's GIS staff will also provide a demonstration of the new Community Vulnerability Mapping Tool, and the Racial Equity Team coordinator will share updates on how this team is working to operationalize Equity internally at the agency. The presentation will set the context for a Commission discussion regarding EJ Program work priorities and ideas for a robust public education and engagement campaign. (Nahal Ghoghaie) [360/464-5114; email@example.com]
Briefing on Seaport Plan Update (PDF)
The Commission will receive a briefing on the status of the Seaport Plan update, which was initiated in January 2019 with BPA 1-19 and BPA 2-19, focusing on progress since December 5, 2019 [Katharine Pan (415)352-3650, firstname.lastname@example.org].
Presentation (PDF) // Public Comment Letter (PDF)
How to Provide Comments and Comment Time Limits. Please note that during the current State of Emergency in California, we are conducting meetings solely by conference call and livestreaming over the internet. There is no physical location for the meeting. If you would like to comment at the beginning of the meeting or on an item scheduled for a public hearing, you may do so in one of three ways: (1) emailing comments in advance to public comment, up until 10 a.m. on the day of the meeting; (2) by telephone during the public comment periods of the meeting; and (3) by participating via internet.
If participating by internet, please go to zoom link listed above on your internet enabled device. You will be asked to click on the “raise your hand button” and then wait to speak when called upon. You may also participate by telephone by calling the numbers listed above, and when the chair asks for comments from the public phoning in, select *6 to unmute your phone and you will then be called upon. We ask that everyone use the mute button when not speaking. It is also important that you not put your phone on hold. Each speaker may be limited to a maximum of three minutes during the public comment period. Any speakers who exceed the time limits or interfere with the meeting may be muted by the Chair. You are encouraged to submit written comments of any length and detailed information to the staff prior to the meeting at the email address above, which will be distributed to the Commission members. Applicants are responsible for presenting their projects at the public hearing. If you need information or help accessing the meeting, please email technical support or call the Commission staff.
Internet Access to Commission Meeting Material. Public notices of Commission meetings and staff reports dealing with most matters on the meeting agendas can be found on BCDC's website, by accessing Commission Meetings under the “public meetings” tab on the website, then selecting the date of the meeting.
Questions and Staff Reports. If you have any questions concerning an item on the agenda or would like to receive notice of future hearings, or staff reports related to the item, please contact the staff member whose name, email address 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 within the past 12 months. If you intend to speak on any hearing item, please indicate 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.Meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you require special assistance or have technical questions, please contact staff prior to the meeting via email. We will attempt to make the meeting accessible via Zoom accessibility capabilities. During the current State of Emergency in California, before the meeting public comment in writing is encouraged via email. During the meeting participation will occur by using the internet or by phone as discussed above.
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 trans¬acted or dis¬cussed; and (3) refuse to add an item subsequent to the published agenda. In addi¬tion to these gen¬eral requirements, the Bagley-Keene Act and the Governor’s Executive Order No. N-29-20 issued on March 17, 2020 include other specific provisions about how meetings are to be announced and conducted.