March 16, 2020

(Updated March 19, 2020)

BCDC Stakeholders:

BCDC is adapting to the challenges it faces from the COVID-19 virus based upon guidance provided by Governor Newsom, the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), and the San Francisco Public Health Department.  Operational changes at BCDC will be seen in at least three respects:

  1. Commission meetings: BCDC will attempt to adhere to its upcoming meeting schedules for the Commission, Enforcement Committee, and Commission working groups.  However, those meetings may be cancelled, or they may occur virtually (at least in part) based upon Governor Newsom’s Executive Order that alters the State’s Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act requirements.  Further details on meeting requirements will be updated regularly as guidance on public gatherings evolves.  BCDC staff will continue to post agendas in a timely fashion.  Staff also will post participation instructions for those individuals who will not be physically present at the meetings.
  2. Staff working policies: CNRA guidance and the San Francisco Department of Public Health explicitly recommend enhanced telework schedules and social distancing. Therefore, except for essential tasks, the BCDC staff will work remotely and will check voicemail regularly until State and local authorities deem it safe for BCDC’s office to re-open.  Staff will be available through email, phone, and video conferencing.  Obviously, this will limit the ability of staff members to meet with the public, which is a core practice as staff scopes and resolves issues with permittees and applicants, planners, vendors, etc.  As many organizations and their employees are facing the same challenges, the Commission expects that its staff (and BCDC stakeholders) will demonstrate considerable resilience in the days and weeks ahead.
  3. Resilience: Adapting successfully to the challenges that BCDC and its stakeholders face due to the COVID-19 will require more changes than the two listed above.  Since 2012 BCDC has greatly expanded its outreach and transparency; the Commission will neither minimize that enhanced public participation nor will it sacrifice the need to expand it further.  Commissioners and staff welcome suggestions that can ensure continued, if not expanded, public involvement.

In addition to the staff listed below, feel free to contact BCDC Executive Director Larry Goldzband (larry.goldzband@bcdc.ca.gov; 415-352-3653) with any questions or concerns during this period.

Questions related to specific BCDC programs should be directed to the following staff: 

Bay Plan Amendment No. 4-19 regarding the Priority Use Area Map Change at India Basin Approved by the Office of Administrative Law

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Upcoming Meetings

  • Enforcement Committee - Cancelled
  • Commission - Cancelled
  • Shoreline Adaptation Financing Workshop - POSTPONED

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