March 24, 2021 Enforcement Committee Meeting Summary

Four members of the Enforcement Committee – Chair Scharff, Commissioner Gilmore, Commissioner Vasquez, and Commissioner Wagenknecht – attended the virtual March 24, 2021, 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.

After approving prior meeting minutes, the Committee received an update on enforcement case resolution in 2021.  As of March 22, 2021, staff has opened 32 new cases and closed 51 cases.  The total caseload is 191 cases, down 20 cases from the 211 caseload as of December 31, 2020.  The Committee received a case update on settlements reached in three cases and standardized fines assessed in one case.

Curtis Havel, the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agencies Administrator, provided an update on the Richardson Bay matter.   He stated that there are now 99 vessels on the anchorage and local law enforcement is assisting in the removal of vessels without harm to anchor-outs.  He also stated that, with funding support from Marin County, two people have been hired to provide housing counseling to people living on the anchorage, and there has been ongoing work on the development of an eelgrass management plan with help from a consultant working with RBRA.

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