Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting-June, 20 2013

Meeting Notice

Douglas Bosco (Public Member),
Chairman Marisa Moret (Public Member)
Ann Notthoff (Public Member)
Peter Sadowski (Public Member)
John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources;
Bryan Cash (Designated) Mary Shallenberger,
Coastal Commission Chair; Susan Hansch (Designated) Ana Matosantos,
Director, Department of Finance; Karen Finn (Designated)

Senate Representatives
Anthony Cannella (District 12)
Noreen Evans (District 2)
Jim Beall (District 15)

Assembly Representatives
Luis Alejo (District 30)
Al Muratsuchi (District 66)
Das Williams (District 66)

Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Glenn Alex, Legal Counsel

AGENDA  DATE:  Thursday, June 20, 2013
TIME:    10:00 am
LOCATION: Employment Development Department Auditorium, 722 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of  April 18, 2013 Conservancy Meeting

3. CONSENT ITEMS

A. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $35,000 to the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District to construct the Bonde Weir Fish Passage Improvement Project on San Francisquito Creek in El Palo Alto Park, at the border of Menlo Park in San Mateo County and Palo Alto in Santa Clara County.

B.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $100,000 to the County of San Bernardino for planning and feasibility analysis of a Class I bikeway on a segment of the Santa Ana River Parkway Trail in the City of Redlands, San Bernardino County.

C.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to expend up to $200,000 of Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funds to identify priority needs and actions related to flood risk reduction in coastal counties from San Francisco through San Diego.

D.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $50,000 to the City of Calistoga for planning and design of a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and Napa Valley Vine Trail known as the “Fair Way” extension in the City of Calistoga, Napa County.

E.  Consideration and possible Conservancy modification of the Conservancy’s December 6, 2012 authorization to the Port of San Francisco to improve the southeast San Francisco waterfront access by removing creosote-treated pilings at Islais Creek and designing plans for the renovation of the Copra Crane at Pier 84 as a waterfront labor history landmark; and to  authorize  disbursement of funds for the renovation of the Copra Crane.

F.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $50,000 to Winrock International to develop a wetland carbon sequestration protocol for coastal and delta wetlands in California.

G.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $68,180 to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to restore and enhance 5 acres of Coastal sage scrub habitat in Abalone Cove Reserve in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County.

H.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to accept grant funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and disburse up to $85,000 to the Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association to develop a conceptual restoration plan for a native oyster restoration project in San Diego Bay.

I.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $90,000 to County of Marin to conduct a feasibility study for the restoration of lower Miller Creek and the surrounding McInnis Marsh, San Rafael, Marin County.

J.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to approve the Community Wetland Restoration Program 2013 grants, pursuant to its August 2, 2012 authorization for funds to Earth Island Institute for the Community Wetland Restoration Grant Program, as follows, with the indicated maximum amounts:
1.  $10,800 to the Santa Barbara Urban Creeks Council for the Mission Canyon Cape Ivy  Eradication Project, Santa Barbara   County.
2. $29,950 to Once Upon a Watershed for the Healthy Watershed Series, and $27,800 to the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy for the Ventura River Upper Estuary Volunteer Restoration & Wetland Education Program, Ventura County.
3. $29,500 to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps for the Playa Del Rey Habitat Restoration Project and $30,000 to Heal the Bay for the Compton Creek Pilot Restoration Project, Los Angeles County.
4. $30,000 to Back to Natives Restoration for the Santiago Park Nature Reserve Restoration, $30,000 to Earthroots for the Big Oak Canyon Habitat Restoration, and $30,000 to the Heritage Museum of Orange County for the Gospel Swamp Natural Area Restoration, Orange County.
5. $23,300 to the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation for the Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve (BLER) North Shore Restoration – Phase I, San Diego County.

4. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A. Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management Plan update

B. Legislative Report

NORTH COAST

5. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $160,717 to Ducks Unlimited to prepare a feasibility study and initial designs for the restoration of tidal processes at the Eel River Wildlife Area Ocean Ranch Unit, Humboldt County.

SOUTH COAST

6. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,500,000 to the San Diego River Conservancy to complete invasive plant eradication on 50 acres in the upper watershed of the San Diego River, San Diego County.

7. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to augment by $210,000 the   Conservancy’s May 27, 2010 authorization to disburse $300,000 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for construction of the Bayside Birding and Walking Trail, San Diego County.

8. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $675,000 to the County of Orange for public access improvements at the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in the City of Laguna Niguel, including (1) construction of new trails, parking and circulation improvements, native landscaping, signage, and visitor amenities; and (2) planning and design of new visitor-serving and administrative buildings.

9. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $204,000 to the City of Laguna Beach for parking improvements and trail planning that will facilitate public access to the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Orange County.

10. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $300,000 to the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program to provide a coastal storm model to support coastal hazard and sea level rise vulnerability assessments in the Southern California region, from Santa Barbara through San Diego Counties.

11. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $250,000 to Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California, San Diego, to prepare final plans and construction drawings and to construct a California Coastal Trail segment on the SIO campus, and to install directional and interpretive signage on the trail.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

12. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to accept and disburse up to $315,000 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to further the Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium’s development of climate change adaptation practices and pilot projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

13. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $130,000 to the Conservation Corps North Bay to construct trail enhancements on a segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail at the Hamilton Wetland Restoration Project, Novato, Marin County.

STATEWIDE

14. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $270,000 for consulting services to assist the Conservancy in maintaining and improving federal support for Conservancy projects.

15. Conservancy Member Comments

16. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

17. CLOSED SESSION:

Possible closed session to confer regarding:  Laguna Terrace Park, LLC v. California Coastal Commission, Court of Appeal, State of California, Fourth appellate District, Division Three, G048089 & G048272 (Orange County  Case No. 30-2011 00528322); Malibu-Encinal Homeowners Association v. Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, et al, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BS 431798; Pappas v State of California, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Case No. 1417388;  and other pending litigation; and/or to consider the initiation of litigation.  Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section  11126(e).

18. Adjournment

This Meeting Notice and Agenda may be found at http://scc.ca.gov  under Quick Links, Public Meeting Notices.

N.B.:   Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Conservancy.  At any time during the meeting, but prior to the adjournment of the open session of the meeting, the Conservancy may recess or adjourn to closed session to consider personnel matters, prices and terms of real estate transactions, and possible and pending litigation.  Session will be closed to the public pursuant to attorney-client privilege and statutory authorization under Government Code Sections 11126(a), (c) (7), and (e).

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Dick Wayman at (510) 286-4182 or dwayman@scc.ca.gov or at the Conservancy:   1330 Broadway, 13th Floor,  Oakland, CA 94612

Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting should contact Mr. Wayman no later than five days prior to meeting.