May 7, 2020 Environmental Justice Working Group

Due to the COVID-19 public health orders, and in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order No. N-29-20 issued on March 17, 2020, this meeting will be held online and by teleconference.

The public is welcome to participate during the meeting.

There will be no physical meeting location for attendees.

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Join the meeting via Zoom

Teleconference numbers:
(669) 900-6833 or (346) 248-7799
Meeting ID:
955 5335 9707

Call-in attendees select *9 to unmute yourself on the call.

Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to Order, Roll Call, Introductions and Approval of Agenda
    Working Group member roll will be called and introductions from visitors and staff will be made. The staff will request the Working Group approve the agenda.

  2. Approval of the February 6, 2020 Environmental Justice Commissioner Working Group Meeting Minutes
    Working group will approve the February 6, 2020 meeting minutes from the Environmental Justice Commissioner Working Group February 2020 meeting. The meeting included an update on the state and federal approval process for the Bay Plan Amendment and discussion on implementation of the new environmental justice and social equity policies.

  3. Update on Environmental Justice and Social Equity (EJ/SE) Policy Implementation
    Staff will provide an update on the actions taken to-date to implement the new EJ/SE policies, including webinars, guidance, trainings and workshops. Staff will provide an overview of the steps taken to reach long-term EJ/SE program goals, such as the Seaport Plan Update, community engagement procedures, and the Racial Equity Team’s work on operationalizing equity at BCDC.

  4. Discussion on 05/21/20 EJ Briefing for the Commission
    Staff will present plans to provide an Environmental Justice Program Briefing at the May 21, 2020 Commission meeting. Staff and the working group will discuss draft Briefing outline and objectives. Staff will solicit feedback on priorities for longer-term EJ/SE implementation items, which will be highlighted in the Commission Briefing.

  5. Public Comment

  6. Adjournment

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 during item #5, you may do so in one of three ways: (1) emailing comments in advance to Nahal Ghoghaie at, up until 10 a.m. on May 7th, 2020; (2) by telephone during the public comment period of the meeting; and (3) by participating via the webinar.

If participating by internet, please go to join the meeting via Zoom 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 *9 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. 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 "Environmental Justice Working Group 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, please contact Nahal Ghoghaie at or (360) 464-5114.

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 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 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.