Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Eureka – September 06, 2018
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 Assembly Representatives
Benjamin Allen (District 26) Mark Stone (District 29)
Anthony Cannella (District 12) Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (District 80)
Jerry Hill (District 13) Monique Limón (District 37)
Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Counsel: Amy Roach
DATE: September 06, 2018
TIME: 9:00 A.M
LOCATION: Wharfinger Building – Bay Room
#1 Marina Way
1. ROLL CALL
2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s May 24, 2018 public meeting.
3. CONSENT ITEMS
A. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $29,800 to the MERITO Foundation to undertake the Kalorama Wetland Restoration and Community Education Project, a community-based natural resource restoration and enhancement project at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura County.
B. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $225,000 to Trout Unlimited to restore 1.9 miles of salmon habitat through modification of an existing concrete weir, construction of a series of boulder step-pools, and installation of a fish screen at Yellowjacket Creek, Sonoma County, and adoption of findings pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
C. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $207,000 to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to implement a community engagement and outreach pilot project for the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in San Francisco.
D. Consideration and possible authorization to modify the Conservancy grant authorized on December 6, 2012 to allow the Port of San Francisco to, in-lieu of preparing designs for restoration of the Copra Crane, develop and install an interpretive program that will display public information on the Copra Crane and the related natural and cultural history of Islais Creek, San Francisco, with no amendment to the grant amount or the project’s scope of work regarding the removal of creosote piers and pilings.
E. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $110,000 to the City of Eureka for preliminary design and environmental review of the Bay to Zoo Trail, which will connect the eastern half of Eureka with the California Coastal Trail along Humboldt Bay, in Humboldt County.
F. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $100,000 received from the Sonoma County Water Agency to augment the Conservancy’s September 29, 2016 authorization to the Endangered Habitats Conservancy to design the Russian River Floodplain Enhancement project at the Hanson-Windsor Gravel Ponds near Windsor, Sonoma County.
G. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $38,860 to Environmental Center of San Diego to conduct planning and prepare designs for the Princess Street Coastal Access Trail in La Jolla, San Diego County.
H. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $200,678 to the University of California Davis; U.S. Geological Survey; Southern California Coastal Water Research Project; Point Blue Conservation Science; Aquatic Science Center; Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association; and the University of Southern California Sea Grant to augment the previously authorized marsh migration and estuary dynamics studies for the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project Regional Strategy, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.
I. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,136,459 to the East Bay Regional Park District for installation of public access amenities at the Gateway Park Shoreline Observation Platform in Oakland, Alameda County.
J. Consideration and possible adoption of a resolution to support the protection of coastal habitat in the face of climate change impacts, consistent with the Coastal Conservancy Climate Change Policy, adopted on November 10, 2011.
4. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT
A. Consideration and possible approval of the 2018 Conservancy meeting schedule
B. Annual Financial Report
C. Legislative Report
D. Report on Sonoma Developmental Center Grant Condition
E. Report on Recent Federal Funding for Conservancy Projects
F. Report on the Conservancy’s ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan
5. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $260,000 to the Mendocino Land Trust for the construction of a new segment of coastal trail, a connecting riverfront trail, a parking lot, and a picnic area at Old Smith Ranch adjacent to the Ten Mile River Estuary in Mendocino County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
6. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $673,350 to the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District to acquire 366 acres of coastal dune and wetland habitat on the north spit of Humboldt Bay, Humboldt County.
7. Consideration and potential authorization to disburse up to $980,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the City of Eureka for tidal wetlands restoration and public access improvements in and adjacent to the Elk River Estuary on Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County.
8. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $300,000 to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to restore wildlife and historic resources and upgrade the current access improvements at Hawk Hill, Marin County.
9. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $9,750,000 to The Wildlands Conservancy for acquisition of approximately 1,390 acres along the Santa Margarita River, San Diego County, for conservation and recreation purposes.
10. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,100,000 to TreePeople to prepare final designs and permits for, and to construct, a green infrastructure project in the City of San Fernando, County of Los Angeles, CA.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY COAST
11. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,250,000 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board to operate the Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team for five years.
12. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $824,499 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for 27 projects that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to explore the California coast throughout the State.
13. Consideration and potential authorization to disburse up to $320,000 received from the California Natural Resources Agency, California Department of Parks and Recreation and Delta Stewardship Council to Sustainable Conservation to advance the adoption of programmatic permits for aquatic habitat restoration and water quality improvement projects.
14. CLOSED SESSION
A. To confer regarding Ballona Wetlands Land Trust v. California State Coastal Conservancy, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BS171507. 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).
D. 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).
15. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS
16. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
CONSERVANCY TOUR INFORMATION:
On Wednesday, September 5, 2018 the Conservancy will tour project sites south of the Eel River in Humboldt County. The tour will commence at 1:30 pm at the former Centerville Naval Station in the Lost Coast Headlands, and will conclude with a guided tour of the Eel River Preserve. Members of the public are welcome but must provide their own transportation. For further information please contact Karyn Gear, North Coast Regional Manager at Karyn.Gear@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
This meeting notice and agenda may be accessed at http://scc.ca.gov/public-meetings/