Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting – August 2, 2012


Meeting Notice

Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chairman
Marisa Moret (Public Member)
Ann Notthoff (Public Member)
Peter Sadowski (Public Member)
John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated)
Mary Shallenberger, Coastal Commission Chair; Susan Hansch (Designated)
Ana Matosantos, Director, Department of Finance; Karen Finn (Designated)

Senate Representatives

Anthony Cannella (District 12)
Noreen Evans (District 2)
Joseph Simitian (District 11)

Assembly Representatives

Luis Alejo (District 28)
William Monning (District 27)
Das Williams (District 35)

Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Elena Eger, Legal Counsel

AGENDA

DATE: Thursday, August 2, 2012
TIME: 12:30 pm
LOCATION: Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center – Auditorium, 1751 Grand Blvd. Alviso, CA

1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes of May 24, 2012 Conservancy Meeting.

3. CONSENT ITEMS

A. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to increase by $200,000 the Conservancy’s prior grant amount to Ducks Unlimited, Inc. for the Middle Bair Island Wetlands Restoration Project in San Mateo County by re-directing cost savings gained from the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Phase I Implementation Project at Eden Landing Ponds E8A/9/8X in Alameda County.

B. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to the Marin Audubon Society to complete the restoration of tidal wetlands located at the Bahia Lagoon, Marin County.

C. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to Point Reyes Bird Observatory Conservation Science for its Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW) Program to undertake native plant restoration at the Hamilton Wetland Restoration Project, Marin County.

D. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $60,000 to the Mendocino Land Trust to construct approximately .75 miles of coastal trail within four existing public access easements and on the Hare Creek Beach property, Mendocino County.

E. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $160,000 to the Laguna Canyon Foundation to develop and implement a signage program for the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park for the purpose of supporting, managing and enhancing public access, Orange County.

F. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to accept up to $739,910 in mitigation funds from the Port of Oakland, and to disburse those funds for the Invasive Spartina Project for one year of revegetation project planning, mapping, and implementation and up to five years of monitoring activities at nine sites in the San Francisco Estuary.

4. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A. Strategic Plan Update

B. Legislative Report

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

5. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $3,189,500, including $992,000 to be reimbursed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program and $1,232,500 to be reimbursed by the California Department of Water Resources Integrated Regional Water Management Program, to the Sonoma Land Trust for implementation of the Sears Point Wetland and Watershed Restoration Project in Sonoma County. This item has been removed from the agenda.

6. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $920,000 of grant funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and to disburse up to an additional $1,250,000 of Conservancy funds, to East Bay Regional Park District to implement a wetland restoration project at Breuner Marsh in the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Contra Costa County.

7. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $291,870 to the Solano Resource Conservation District to restore approximately 53 acres of riparian and upland habitat along approximately 1.5 miles of Blue Rock Springs Creek in the City of Vallejo.

CENTRAL COAST

8. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization: 1) to disburse up to the $4.5 million previously authorized on May 19, 2011 for implementation of the San Clemente Dam Removal Project in Monterey County to California American Water (CAW) instead of the California Ocean Protection Council; 2) to disburse up to an additional $27.5 million to CAW for the Project; 3) to execute a grant agreement with CAW for the Project; and 4) to certify a supplemental environmental impact report for the Project.

9. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $404,162 to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation to prepare final engineering and bid documents, reconstruct a damaged levee, and relocate and expand a dock at the Whistlestop Lagoon in Elkhorn Slough, Monterey County.

SOUTH COAST

10. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $650,000 to Earth Island Institute to provide funding for the Community Wetland Restoration Grant Program, a program of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, for community-based restoration projects in Southern California coastal wetlands and watersheds.

11. Conservancy Member Comments

12. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

13. CLOSED SESSION:

Possible closed session to confer regarding: Ackerberg v. California Coastal Commission, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BS122006, and related litigation, including Access for All v. Ackerberg, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC405058; Laguna Terrace Park, LLC v. California Coastal Commission, Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2011 00528322; Malibu-Encinal Homeowners Association v. Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, et al, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BS 431798; United States of America v. 127.60 Acres of Land, more or less, situated in San Diego County, State of California, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Civil No. 06CV1670W NLS; Wildman v. California Coastal Commission, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. SC111748; 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).

14. Adjournment

BOARD TOUR INFORMATION – August 2, 2012 10:00 am

The Conservancy will tour the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project in the Alviso area where they will get to see ponds at various stages of restoration, including on-going construction and post-restoration results. The tour will commence at 10 am and conclude at 11:30 am. Please meet at the Environmental Education Center at 1751 Grand Blvd. in Alviso by 9:45 am.

Salt pond levee trails are uneven and dusty. While getting out of vans during tour stops is optional, we recommend wearing or bringing sturdy footwear.

If you are interested in attending the tour, we would appreciate notification at least one day in advance. Please notify Dick Wayman at dwayman@scc.ca.gov or 510-286-4182.

This Meeting Notice and Agenda may be found at https://scc.ca.gov under Quick Links, Public Meeting Notices.

N.B.: Agenda items may be taken out sequence at the discretion of the Board. 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 Section 11126(a), (c)(7), and (e).

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

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.

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