Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Santa Barbara – November 30

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)
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (District 80)
Monique Limón (District 37)

Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Amy Roach, Chief Counsel

AGENDA

DATE: November 30, 2017
TIME: 9:00 A.M
LOCATION: City of Santa Barbara, Community Development
David Gebhard Public Meeting Room
630 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

1. ROLL CALL

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s September 28, 2017 public meeting.

3. CONSENT ITEMS

A. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $94,570 to the Friends of the Sea Otter, California Department of Parks and Recreation, and San Francisco State University to implement three separate projects to aid in recovery of the southern sea otter.

B. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to a total $264,994 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 augment the previously authorized grant for marsh migration and estuary dynamics studies that will further the goals of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

C. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $175,000 to the City of Eureka to prepare advanced designs and complete the permitting process for tidal wetlands restoration and public access improvements in and adjacent to the Elk River Estuary on Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County (Exhibits 1 and 2), and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

D. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $81,000 to the Noyo Harbor District to develop a Community Sustainability Plan for the Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg, Mendocino County.

E. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $180,000 to San Bernardino County for preparation of design and engineering and other documentation needed for environmental review for the 3.1 mile Santa Ana River Trail segment from Orange Street to Opal Street in the City of Redlands in San Bernardino County.

F. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $231,000 to the County of Napa to enhance urban streambanks through implementation of streambank stabilization measures, removal of non-native invasive plants, and involvement of youth from disadvantaged communities in native riparian planting in the County of Napa, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

G. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $194,958 to the Eel River Watershed Group in order to improve anadromous fish passage by removing an undersized 12-inch diameter culvert and installing a 20 ft. wide x 40 ft. long simple span bridge on lower Chadd Creek, tributary to the South Fork Eel River, near Holmes Road in Humboldt County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

H. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,800,000 of Carmel River Settlement Funds to the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District to construct improvements to the Sleepy Hollow Steelhead Rearing Facility located on the Carmel River, Monterey County, and adoption findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

I. Consideration and possible authorization to amend the existing joint powers agreement between the State Coastal Conservancy, San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, and Association of Bay Area Governments.

4. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A. Consideration and possible Conservancy adoption of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

CENTRAL COAST

5. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $750,000 to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for the acquisition of a conservation easement on the 1,779-acre Hill Ranch in northern San Luis Obispo County.

SOUTH COAST

6. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $250,000 to The Bay Foundation for the design and implementation of dune restoration and monitoring at Zuma and Point Dume County Beaches in the City of Malibu.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY COAST

7. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $520,000 to East Bay Regional Park District to enhance and restore approximately four acres of native beach, dune, and wetland habitats and construct rain gardens at Albany Beach, City of Albany, Alameda County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

8. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $454,602 to the California State Parks Foundation for Phase 2 of the Yosemite Slough Restoration and Development Project within the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in San Francisco County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

9. Consideration and authorization to disburse up to $429,471 to the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Inc. to restore approximately 0.83 linear miles of degraded riparian habitat at four sites in Sonoma County.

10. CLOSED SESSION

A. 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).

B. To confer regarding Lent, et al. v. California Coastal Commission; State Coastal Conservancy, Real Party in Interest, L.A. County Superior Court, Case No. BS167531. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

C. 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)(A).

11. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS

12. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

13. ADJOURNMENT

CONSERVANCY TOUR INFORMATION:

On Wednesday, November 29, the Conservancy will tour several previously approved Conservancy projects in Santa Barbara beginning at 1:30 at the Carpinteria Bluffs III property, 6351 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013. The tour will include additional stops at the Upper Devereux Wetland Restoration, Coal Oil Point Reserve Education Center, and Goleta Beach. Members of the public are welcome to join the tour, but must provide their own transportation. For any questions regarding the tour, please contact Trish Chapman at trish.chapman@scc.ca.gov.

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 Taylor Samuelson no later than five days prior to meeting.
Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Taylor Samuelson at
(510) 286-4182 or Taylor.Samuelson@scc.ca.gov or at the Conservancy:

1550 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612