Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Carmel – December 3, 2015

Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair
Sara Ramirez Giroux (Public Member)
Ann Notthoff (Public Member)
Peter Sadowski (Public Member)
John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated)
Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair; Susan Hansch (Designated)
Michael Cohen, Director, Department of Finance; Karen Finn (Designated)

Senate Representatives
Benjamin Allen (District 26)
Anthony Cannella (District 12)
Jerry Hill (District 13)

Assembly Representatives
Luis Alejo (District 30)
Mark Stone (District 29)
Das Williams (District 37)

Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Jonathon Gurish, Legal Counsel

AGENDA    

DATE:  December 3, 2015
TIME:  9:00 am
LOCATION:  Sunset Center, Carpenter Hall
San Carlos St., Between 8th and 10th Streets
Carmel, CA

1. ROLL CALL

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s October 1, 2015 public meeting.

3. CONSENT ITEMS
A.  Consideration and possible Conservancy augmentation of its April 18, 2013 authorization to disburse an additional
amount of up to $175,000 to California Trout, Inc. to include Russ family properties in the planning for the Eel River Estuary
and Centerville Slough Enhancement Project,   (formerly approved as the Eel River Estuary Preserve Restoration Project),
Humboldt  County.

B.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to provide up to $118,000 to the  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
the University of California to implement two  separate projects focused on the recovery of the southern sea otter, Santa
Barbara through  San Mateo Counties.

C.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $75,000 to the City of Pacifica for preparation of final design plans, permit applications and environmental documents for public access improvements along the bluffs in northern Pacifica, San Mateo County.

D.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $25,000 to the  City of Fairfield to complete design of a section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail that will  improve pedestrian/bicycle crossing of Green Valley Road and Westlake Drive in the  City of Fairfield, Solano County.

E. Consideration and possible Conservancy approval of a revision of the Craven-Nation Property Disposition/Implementation Plan, adopted by the Conservancy on March 23, 2000, to clarify that the Executive Officer is authorized to market and sell its Victorine Ranch property in Big Sur, Monterey County as a single lot,  two separate lots, or three separate lots.

F.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to augment the Conservancy’s  April 18, 2013 authorization to disburse an additional amount of up to $3,958,146 to the  San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy for final engineering, construction contract documents,  permit applications, and a monitoring program for the San Elijo  Lagoon Restoration  Project, San Diego County.

G.  Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $250,000 for one additional year of monitoring at the Living Shorelines Project sites on the San Rafael shoreline (Marin County) and at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (Alameda County).

4.  EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A.  Status reports on Prop 1, Round 1, and on the Explore the Coast Grants

B.  Baylands Goals Science Update

C.  Resolution regarding Nadine Peterson

CENTRAL COAST

5.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization and required CEQA findings to disburse up to $1,000,000 of grant funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation for restoration of tidal wetlands and connected uplands in Elkhorn Slough, Monterey County.

6.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $250,000 to the City of Pacific Grove to construct improvements to one segment of the California Coastal Trail and design and permit improvements along another segment of the trail in Monterey County.

SOUTH  COAST

7.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $800,000 to the City of San Diego to construct public access improvements and restore habitat on the fifty-acre Hillside Park section of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

NORTH COAST

8.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $403,800 of US Fish and Wildlife Service grant funds and up to an additional $33,000 in Conservancy funds to the Northcoast Regional Land Trust to implement of Phase II of the Wood Creek Enhancement Project in Humboldt County and adoption of findings under the California Environmental  Quality Act.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

9.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $765,000 to the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council for planning for future Bay Area Ridge Trail projects within the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

10.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $322,818 to the  Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose to create an outdoor nature-based play space, adjacent to the Guadalupe River in the City of San Jose, Santa Clara County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

11.  CLOSED SESSIONS

Possible closed sessions: A. To confer regarding pending litigation or anticipated litigation (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). B. To give direction to the Conservancy’s real estate negotiators regarding the price and terms of payment for the sale of the Conservancy’s Victorine Ranch Property (Monterey County Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 243-211-025, 243-211-026 and 243-221-019). Session will be closed pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(c)(7).

12.  CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS

13.  PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

14.  ADJOURNMENT

CONSERVANCY BOARD SITE TOUR –  December 2, 2015

The Conservancy site tour will begin at 2:00 pm.  Please meet on the ocean side of Highway One, within Garrapata State Park and adjacent to the north side of Soberanes Point.  The meeting place is approximately 5.3 miles south of Point Lobos State Reserve.  Members of the public are welcome to join the tour but must provide their own transportation.  Carpooling is recommended.

 

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). 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.

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