September 1, 2011 Commission Meeting Summary

Twenty-five members attended the meeting, which was held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The Commission held a public hearing on amendments to the San Francisco Bay Plan to address climate change. Written comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted until September 6, 2011. The Commission is scheduled to vote on the amendments on October 6, 2011. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a closed session to discuss a lawsuit that the Attorney General has filed against John M. Asuncion and the Blue Whale Sailing School to resolve a BCDC enforcement case in Alviso Slough in the City of San Jose. The Commission provided direction to its staff and the Attorney General’s Office regarding the case. For details, contact John Bowers (415/352-3610 johnb@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission unanimously concurred with Chair Randolph’s appointment of Commissioner Kathrin Sears to replace the late Charles McGlashan as one of BCDC’s five representatives on the regional Joint Policy Committee. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission unanimously adopted a resolution of appreciation for Brian Baird  who is departing from the Commission as the representative of  the California Natural Resources Agency. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

As part of an unallocated reduction of $402 million in the state budget, the Commission’s budget has been reduced by $129,000. To achieve this savings an additional staff position will be kept vacant and related operating expenses reduced. For details, contact Richard Ng (415/352-3637 richardn@bcdc.ca.gov).

As part of a program to implement a digitized information retrieval system a new system has been put in place for numbering permits, amendments and other regulatory documents. For details, contact Sandra Sneeringer (415/352-3650 sandras@bcdc.ca.gov).

Will Travis and Steve Goldbeck have received achievement awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for working with staff at NASA’s Ames Research Center on resilience and adaptation to climate change risks. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

To deal with the additional workload generated by the America’s Cup races, the City of San Francisco is providing funding to the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Aquatic Science Center and the Association of Bay Area Governments to provide staff to work at BCDC’s office under BCDC staff supervision.

Javier del Castillo and Kevin Kahn work for the Aquatic Science Center on planning issues related to the America’s Cup races. Javier received a BA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. He has worked for a number of environmental non-profits in Washington, D.C., was a HUD Research Fellow at the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center, interned at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, and was a Geographic Information Systems intern at BCDC. Kevin Kahn received BA in geography and city and regional planning from UC Berkeley and a Master of Urban Planning from UCLA. He was awarded a fellowship with the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, has worked for a planning consulting firm in Berkeley, and was a planning intern at BCDC.

Susan Moffat is on loan from ABAG to work in BCDC’s regulatory unit. She received a BA in history and literature from Harvard, a Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley, and a master’s in journalism from Columbia. She was a journalist in Asia with Fortune magazine and the Associated Press, a business reporter for the Los Angeles Times, has developed curriculum for elementary school watershed education programs, has managed affordable housing projects for non-profit developers in the Bay Area, and served as communications director for Greenbelt Alliance.

Kate Nitta is a new legal intern on BCDC’s staff. She has an undergraduate degree in English from UC Davis and is a second year honor’s student at Golden Gate School of Law. She has worked on Bay-Delta issues at the Department of the Interior, conducted research on climate change and the public trust doctrine for the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic at Golden Gate, and worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and for a real estate law firm in Sacramento. For details, contact Mamie Lai (415/352-3639 mamiel@bcdc.ca.gov

The next regular Commission meeting will be held on October 6, 2011, at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

 
 
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