Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting – April 18, 2013
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)
Anthony Cannella (District 12)
Noreen Evans (District 2)
Jim Beall (District 15)
Luis Alejo (District 30)
Das Williams (District 37)
Al Muratsuchi (District 66)
Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Glenn Alex, Legal Counsel
DATE: Thursday, April 18, 2013
TIME: 10:00 am
LOCATION: State Coastal Conservancy, 11th Floor Conference Room, 1330 Broadway, Oakland, CA
1. Roll Call
2. Approval of Minutes of February 14, 2013 Conservancy Meeting
3. CONSENT ITEMS
A. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $100,000 to the Mendocino Land Trust for coastal trail planning and to acquire the approximately 73-acre CIES property south of Point Arena, Mendocino County.
B. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $100,000 to California Trout Inc. to conduct the Elk River Recovery Assessment to evaluate restoration approaches and develop an implementation framework to support the restoration of the Elk River watershed’s natural biological and hydrological functions, Humboldt Bay, Humboldt County.
C. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to modify the previously-approved $800,000 grant to Ducks Unlimited for construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge linking the San Francisco Bay Trail to Inner Bair Island in order to enable Ducks Unlimited to use up to $100,000 in bridge construction cost-savings for construction of the other public access improvements on Inner Bair Island including trails, interpretive signs, fencing, and an information kiosk, San Mateo County.
D. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to modify and augment by $39,000 the previously-approved $262,190 grant to the Sotoyome Resource Conservation District to enable in-stream habitat improvements for migrating and rearing steelhead and Coho salmon in Gilliam Creek and Thompson Creek, two tributaries in the watershed of Austin Creek, a tributary to the Russian River in Southern Sonoma County.
E. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization for the Coastal Conservancy to provide legal services to and at the request of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
4. Executive Officer Report
a. Ocean Protection Council Report
b. Update on Progress on the Conservancy’s Long Term Financial Strategy
c. Thank you letter from Peninsula Open Space Trust
5. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $869,300, including up to $769,300 in grant funds from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to the Regents of the University of California to prepare design, engineering, environmental and permit application documents and conduct surveys for restoration of upper Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara County.
6. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $415,000 to the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District for the acquisition of a conservation easement in the Arroyo Grande Creek Watershed in southern San Luis Obispo County for the protection and restoration of natural resources and compatible public access.
7. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $10,000,000 to The Conservation Fund to acquire the approximately 19,650 acre Preservation Ranch property in northern Sonoma County.
8. Consideration and possible Conservancy: certification of the “Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for the Humboldt Bay Regional Spartina Eradication Plan”; adoption of the Humboldt Bay Regional Invasive Spartina Eradication Plan; and authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District for implementation of Phase II of the Humboldt Bay Regional Invasive Spartina Eradication Project, Humboldt County.
9. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $300,000 to California Trout, Inc. for tidal marsh restoration design and permit application at the Eel River Estuary Preserve in Humboldt County.
10. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $250,000 to The Wildlands Conservancy to implement public access improvements at the Eel River Estuary Preserve, Humboldt County.
11. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $2,202,355 to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy for final engineering, construction contract documents, permitting applications, and developing a monitoring program for the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project, San Diego County.
12. Conservancy Member Comments
13. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items
14. CLOSED SESSION: Possible closed session to confer regarding: Access for All v. Ackerberg, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC405058 and related litigation; 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).
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).
Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Dick Wayman at (510) 286-4182 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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