Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Laguna Beach – January 28, 2016

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
Amy Roach, Legal Counsel

AGENDA

DATE:  January 28, 2016
TIME:   9:30 a.m.
LOCATION: City Council Chambers
505 Forest Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA

1.   ROLL CALL

2.   APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s December 3, 2015 public meeting.

3.   CONSENT ITEMS

A.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $40,000 to Greenbelt Alliance to produce the 2016 edition of At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt, which will map risks to open space in the San Francisco Bay area, evaluate policy measures to conserve open space, and evaluate other values of these lands.

B.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $100,000 to Sonoma County Regional Parks Department to prepare engineering designs, environmental analyses and other information needed for permit applications for the 0.32 mile Coastal North Harbor Trail segment of the Bodega Bay Coastal Trail, Sonoma County.

C.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $753,670, of which $750,000 will be reimbursed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement regarding work undertaken in support of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project’s Adaptive Management Program in Santa Clara County.
 
D.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $110,000 to the National Park Service (“NPS”) to improve a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail adjacent to Milagra Ridge in the City of Pacifica,San Mateo County.

E.  Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $26,000 to the Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association to conduct two workshops on living shorelines in San Diego and Los Angeles counties.

4.   EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A.  Annual Strategic Plan Update
B.  San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority
C.  Los Angeles Green Infrastructure Conference
D.  Partnership with the California Endowment/The Living Lab
E.  Update: Sale of Victorine Ranch Property

SOUTH COAST

5.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $300,000 to Ocean Discovery Institute to restore habitat in Manzanita Canyon in the City of San Diego, San Diego County and adoption of relevant findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

6.   Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $313,953 to Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association to complete studies, designs and engineering for a native oyster restoration project adjacent to San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge located in San Diego County.

STATE WIDE

7.    Consideration and Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $105,000 to the California Coastal Trail Association to continue to manage and expand the California Coastal Trail Association, provide  member services, and promote public use and continued development of the trail.

8.   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).

9.    CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS

10.  PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

11.  ADJOURNMENT

CONSERVANCY BOARD SITE TOUR – January 27, 2016
The Conservancy site tour will begin at 1 PM on Wednesday, January 27 in the parking lot of Corner Bakery Café, located on the corner of La Paz and Pacific Park Drive in Laguna Niguel. The address is 27221 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel 92677. There will be a tour of various sites in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park followed by a 3:30 PM presentation on the Aliso Creek Estuary Restoration Planning Project, 31131 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.

January 28, 2016 Meet at 8:45 am in front of the Las Brisas Restaurant, 360 Cliff Drive, for a short walk to Heisler Park to the Coastal Trail mile marker.

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