October 28, 2020 Enforcement Committee Meeting Summary

Four members of the Enforcement Committee – Chair Scharff, Commissioner Gilmore, Commissioner Techel, and Commissioner Vasquez – attended the virtual October 28, 2020, BCDC Enforcement Committee meeting.  The public was able to participate by submitting written comments by email prior to the meeting, by phone, or by accessing the meeting via a link posted on the Commission’s website. View only access was also provided via Facebook Live.

At the meeting the Committee received two briefings.  The first was the enforcement report and the enforcement program improvement progress report.  During the enforcement report Ms. Njuguna informed the Commissioners that BCDC has been in contact with the Oakland Police Department’s Marine Patrol Unit to address the anchor-outs in the vicinity of the Oakland Estuary.  She then highlighted the progress in case resolution, noting that there has been a 17% decrease in the overall caseload from April 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020.  Ms. Njuguna also reviewed the Enforcement Program Improvement Progress Report which includes a summary of all the enforcement program improvements as they apply to the requirements in AB2809 and to the 2019 Audit recommendations.

The second briefing was on the Richardson Bay issue.  Adrienne Klein gave the Staff presentation and reminded the Commissioners of their previous direction to the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency (RBRA) and the City of Sausalito that included managing vessel influx, expanding the safe harbor program, defining how habitat restoration would occur and be monitored on an ongoing basis.  Ms. Klein concluded her presentation with questions for the Commissioners consideration and the Commissioners responded after receiving presentations on present conditions at Richardson’s Bay from the RBRA Administrator and Harbormaster Curtis Harvel and the City of Sausalito’s Councilmember Joan Cox.  The Commissioners directed staff to pursue separate agreements with the RBRA and its member agencies and with the City of Sausalito.  Further, the Commissioners affirmed a goal of resolving the vessel situation within 5 years, even though some aspects of the resolution, including habitat restoration, may require a longer time period.

For details on the briefings, contact Priscilla Njuguna (415-352-3640, priscilla.njuguna@bcdc.ca.gov).

The next meeting of the Enforcement Committee is scheduled to be held from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Thursday November 12, 2020.  It is anticipated to also be an online only virtual meeting with no physical location for attendees and participants to congregate.