Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Los Angeles – February 2, 2017

Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair
Sara Ramirez Giroux (Public Member)
Ann Notthoff (Public Member)
John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated)
Dayna Bochco, 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
Mark Stone (District 29)

Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Staff Counsel: Jeannette MacMillan

AGENDA

DATE: February 2, 2017
TIME: 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Dept. of Transportation, District 07
Conference Room 01.037
100 South Main St
Los Angeles, CA

1. ROLL CALL

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s December 1, 2016 public meeting.

3. CONSENT ITEMS

A. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $524,117 of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant funds to Marin Audubon Society to restore a 6.2-acre site adjoining the Corte Madera Marsh Ecological Reserve in Marin County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

B. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $35,000 to Sustainable Agricultural Education to complete a planning study to support the creation of a Bay Area agriculture and food sector Economic Development District.

C. Augmentation of the Conservancy’s October 21, 2010 authorization to include the acquisition of 50.17 acres of property commonly known as “A.C. Growers” to implement the Santa Clara River Parkway project in Ventura County.

D. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $81,690 to Conservation Corps North Bay to implement demonstration projects that will convert up to 20,000 square feet of irrigated lawn in disadvantaged communities to habitat gardens to reduce water usage and improve habitat for endangered salmonids in Sonoma County.

E. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $111,771 to TreePeople to plan and prepare designs, environmental analyses and permit applications for, an urban green infrastructure project in the City of San Fernando, County of Los Angeles, CA.

4. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A. Report on Proposition 1, Round 4, Los Angeles Urban Greening projects.
B. Presentation on findings of the Green Solution Phase 4 Project.
C. Report on the Conservancy’s progress in meeting its Strategic Plan.
D. Report on the Conservancy’s involvement in the Regional Conservation Investment Strategy for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

SOUTH COAST

5. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority for technical studies and environmental review of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Conceptual Restoration Plan, located in the City of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, and the City of Seal Beach, Orange County.

6. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $250,000 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation for project management costs in preparing a restoration plan and environmental review for the Nelson Sloan Quarry Reclamation Project in the Tijuana River Valley region of San Diego County.

7. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $239,470 to the University of California Davis; U.S. Geological Survey; Southern California Coastal Water Research Project; Point Blue; Aquatic Science Center; Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association; and the University of Southern California Sea Grant to conduct a sea-level rise analysis update to the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project 2001 Regional Strategy, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

8. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $300,000 to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps for construction of Willowbrook Parkway to provide public access along Compton Creek, in the unincorporated community of Willowbrook, Los Angeles County.

9. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $442,000 to Trout Unlimited to design two fish passage and habitat improvement projects on the Santa Margarita River in coastal San Diego County.

10. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $510,000 to Community Conservation Solutions to plan and design a multi-benefit green infrastructure park at the Ramona Gardens Housing Development in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

11. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization for: 1) disbursement of $750,000 to East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) using Conservancy funds previously committed to the Priority Conservation Areas (PCA) Grant Program, and 2) disbursement of $100,000 by the Association of Bay Area Governments to EBRPD using San Francisco Bay Trail Block Grant #5 funds, for a total of $850,000 to EBRPD to construct an approximately 0.8-mile segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail between Gilman Street and Buchanan, in the City of Albany, Alameda County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

12. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $5,093,351 of California Department of Water Resources IRWM grant funds to the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority to improve flood protection, enhance wetland habitats, and enhance trail connections in lower San Francisquito Creek between Highway 101 and San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

13. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $275,257 to the Sonoma Ecology Center for riparian restoration and anadromous fish habitat improvements along Sonoma Creek on the Sonoma Developmental Center property in the community of Eldridge, Sonoma County.

14. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the County of Napa to restore Site 13 of the Oakville to Oak Knoll Project on the Napa River to enhance long-term river and floodplain function, improve habitat and water quality, and reduce property damage through bank stabilization, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

15. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to the City of Richmond for the implementation of an urban greening project, including the installation of 6,478 square feet of Low Impact Development stormwater management, and the planting of 277 trees, in the Iron Triangle neighborhood, City of Richmond, Contra Costa County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

NORTH COAST

16. Consideration and possible Conservancy: a) certification of a final environmental impact report for the Eel River Estuary and Centerville Slough Enhancement Project; b) approval of the version of the project identified as Alternative 4 in that report (“the Project”); c) adoption of findings and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program; and d) authorization to disburse up to $950,000 of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funds to the Wildlands Conservancy for implementation of the Project.”

STATEWIDE

17. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,152,479 to 39 nonprofit organizations and public agencies for projects that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to explore the coast of California and the San Francisco Bay shoreline.

18. CLOSED SESSION

A. To confer regarding Bordessa v. Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Superior Court, Case No. SCV-256943. The session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(B).

B. To confer regarding Pappas, et al. v. State of California, et al. Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Case No. 1417388. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

C. To confer regarding Rubino v. CCC et al. (Mendocino Land Trust, RPI), Mendocino County Superior Court, Case No. SCUK-CVPT-2016-67612-2. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(C).

19. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS

20. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

CONSERVANCY TOUR INFORMATION:
Wednesday February 1st Conservancy Board Tour

The Conservancy will tour several proposed and previously approved Conservancy projects in Los Angeles beginning at noon at the Rose Hill Park parking lot (3606 Boundary Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032) with a tour of Debs Park project. The tour will include additional stops at the Riverdale, Taylor Yard, Ramona Gardens and South LA Green Alleys projects. Members of the public are welcome to join the tour, but must provide their own transportation. For any questions regarding the tour, please contact Kara Kemmler at kara.kemmler@scc.ca.gov

21. ADJOURNMENT

Note:   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 Ms. White no later than five days prior to meeting.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Anulika White at
(510) 286-0343 or anulika.white@scc.ca.gov or at the Conservancy:

1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

This meeting notice and agenda may be accessed at http://scc.ca.gov/public-meetings/