Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Fort Bragg – October 1,2015
Douglas Bosco (Public Member)Chairman
Sara Ramirez Giroux (Public Member)
Ann Notthoff (Public Member)
Peter Sadowski (Public Member)
John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated)
Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair; Susan Hansch (Designated)
Michael Cohen, Director, Department of Finance; Karen Finn (Designated)
Benjamin Allen (District 26)
Anthony Cannella (District 12)
Jerry Hill (District 13)
Luis Alejo (District 30)
Mark Stone (District29)
Das Williams (District 37)
Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Amy Roach, Legal Counsel
DATE: October 1, 2015
TIME: 10:30 am, after Fort Bragg Coastal Trail tour
LOCATION: Town Hall
363 N. Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA
1. ROLL CALL
2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s June 25, 2015 public meeting.
4. CONSENT ITEMS
A. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $60,000 to the City of Brisbane to acquire a 1.14-acre parcel within Brisbane Acres, on the upper slopes of San Bruno Mountain in the City of Brisbane, San Mateo County.
B. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization for the Association of Bay Area Governments to disburse up to $50,000 of previously granted Conservancy funds to the East Bay Regional Park District to construct an approximately 0.5?mile segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail between Pinole Shores and Bayfront Park in the City of Pinole, Contra Costa County.
C. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to the County of Santa Cruz to augment a $250,000 Conservancy grant authorized on October 2, 2014 for construction of the Twin Lakes Beachfront Improvements Project, Santa Cruz County.
D. Consideration and possible adoption of a resolution providing the assurances required for applications to the California Natural Resources Agency’s Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program for the White Slough Restoration and the Klamath River Estuary Wetlands Conservation Projects.
E. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $22,000 to the Redwood Parks Association to purchase beach wheelchairs and small storage sheds for use at Redwood National and State Parks, Del Norte and Humboldt Counties.
5. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT
A. Consideration and possible approval of the 2016 Conservancy meeting schedule.
B. Non Profit Organization Pre-Award Questionnaire
C. Annual Financial Report
D. Update on Blue Whale Project
E. Legislative Report
F. Chief Deputy Executive Officer Report
6. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Wildlands Conservancy to acquire the approximately 547-acre Estero Ranch in southwestern Sonoma County for the purposes of habitat protection, public access and agricultural preservation.
7. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to accept $372,984 in federal grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and disburse up to $286,133 to the U.S. Geological Survey, $62,930 to the University of California at Los Angeles, and $7,974 to the University of California Sea Grant, to assess sediment supply, sediment contaminants, water quality, and salt marsh sustainability in Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County.
8. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $600,000 to Jughandle Creek Farm and Nature Center (JCFNC) to construct additional educational and lodging facilities at the JCFNC property in the community of Caspar, Mendocino County.
9. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the County of Orange for construction of a visitor center at the entryway to the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in the City of Laguna Niguel.
10. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $300,000 to San Diego Canyonlands to complete public access and habitat restoration design plans for twelve urban canyons owned by and located in the City of San Diego.
11. CLOSED SESSIONS
Possible closed session:
A. To confer regarding pending litigation or anticipated litigation (Malibu-Encinal Homeowners Association v. Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, et al, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BS 431798; Pappas v State of California, Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Case No. 1417388; 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).
B. To give direction to the Conservancy’s real estate negotiators regarding the price and terms of payment for the sale of the Conservancy’s Victorine Ranch Property (Monterey County Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 243-211-025, 243-211-026 and 243-221-019). Session will be closed pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(c)(7).
12. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS
13. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
CONSERVANCY BOARD TOURS – SEPTEMBER 30 & OCTOBER 1, 2015
On September 30, at 12:30 pm, the Conservancy will hike the new Shady Dell Coastal Trail along dramatic coastal bluffs and through the forest at the southern end of the Lost Coast. The trail goes through the Trees of Mystery and ends at Usal Beach. For directions to the meeting place, please contact Karyn Gear.
On October 1, at 8:30 am, the Conservancy will tour the new Fort Bragg Coastal Trail. Meet at the Glass Beach Parking Lot, at the corner of West Elm Street and Glass Beach Drive, Fort Bragg.
Members of the public are welcome to join both tours but must provide their own transportation. Carpooling is recommended.
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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