March 17, 2016 Commission Meeting

1:00 pm
Port of San Francisco Board Room
Ferry Building
Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 983-8030

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;]

  4. Approval of Minutes of March 3, 2016 Meeting
    (Sharon Louie) [415/352-3638;]

  5. Report of the Chair

  6. Report of the Executive Director

  7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
    (Jaime Michaels) [415/352-3613;

  8. Closed Session on the Refusal of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to Accept Certain Conditions to the Commission’s Concurrence with the BCDC Consistency Determination No. C2015.002.00 for the USACE’s Operation and Maintenance Dredging Program for San Francisco Bay

    Pursuant to California Government Code Section 11126(e), the Commission may hold a closed session to consider this matter.
    (Marc Zeppetello) [415/352-3655;]

  9. Briefing on the Update of the Bay Ecosystem Habitat Goals
    The Commission will hear a briefing by Jeremy Lowe of the San Francisco Estuary Institute on the update of the Bay Ecosystem Habitat Goals to address climate change. Staff will also brief the Commission on past and current Commission work to manage sediments to support Bay habitats, which is one of the major recommendations of the Habitat Goals Update.
    (Steve Goldbeck) [415/352-3611;]

  10. Briefing on the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund
    Commissioner Sam Zeigler of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will brief the Commission on the EPA’s Water Quality Improvement grant program for the San Francisco Bay.
    (Larry Goldzband) [415/352-3653;] presentation

  11. Briefing on Highway 37
    The Commission will receive a briefing from Suzanne Smith, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, and Darryl K. Halls, Executive Director of the Solano Transportation Authority, on the progress of the four-county (Solano, Napa, Sonoma, and Marin) State Route 37 Working Group effort to address sea level and Highway 37, and how BCDC can become involved in developing and promoting adaptation strategies.
    (Larry Goldzband) [415/352-3653;]

  12. Briefing on Sand Mining Permit Requirements and Progress
    The Commission will receive an update by staff on the recently issued sand mining permits, their regulatory requirements, activities and progress to date.
    (Brenda Goeden) [415/352-3623;] presentation

  13. 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.