Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Fort Bragg – September 28
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)
Benjamin Allen (District 26)
Anthony Cannella (District 12)
Jerry Hill (District 13)
Mark Stone (District 29)
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (District 80)
Monique Limon (District 37)
Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Staff Counsel: Jack Judkins
DATE: September 28, 2017
TIME: 9:00 A.M
LOCATION: City of Fort Bragg Town Hall
363 North Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
1. ROLL CALL
2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s June 15, 2017 public meeting.
3. CONSENT ITEMS
A. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $260,000 in federal grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to augment an existing contract with the U.S. Geological Survey to expand an assessment of sediment supply, sediment contaminants, water quality, and salt marsh sustainability in Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County.
B. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $100,000 to Call of the Sea, to construct the Matthew Turner tall ship for the purpose of educating Bay Area students on coastal resources and maritime history, and to serve as model of sustainable design for the broader maritime community.
C. Consideration and possible augmentation by up to $150,000 of the Conservancy’s December 2, 2010 authorization to disburse $50,000 to the City of Carpinteria for additional design and environmental compliance documents for the Carpinteria Rincon Coastal Trail, Santa Barbara County.
D. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse $100,000 of funds from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) to Community Conservation Solutions (CCS) to augment a previous Conservancy authorization to CCS to plan and design a multi-benefit green infrastructure park at the Ramona Gardens Housing Development in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County.
E. Consideration and possible augmentation of the Conservancy’s December 6, 2012 authorization, to provide an additional disbursement of up to $600,000 to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for preparation of the Malibu Coastal Access Public Works Plan for selected sites in the City of Malibu, Los Angeles County, and authorization for its Executive Officer to take any planning actions needed to further public access at these sites.
4. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT
A. 2018-2022 Strategic Plan Update, including Annual Financial Report.
B. Consideration and possible approval of the 2018 Conservancy meeting schedule.
D. Legislative Report.
5. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $497,500 to Save the Redwoods League to prepare designs and environmental documents for habitat enhancement and restoration for the Orick Mill Site Restoration Project on lower Prairie Creek in Orick, Humboldt County.
6. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1 million to The Nature Conservancy to acquire a conservation easement over approximately 23,000 acres of the Lyme Redwood Forest Company property within the Ten Mile River watershed in Mendocino County.
7. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $799,845 to the San Diego River Conservancy to implement Phase 2 of the Junípero Serra Museum Interpretive Master Plan.
8. Consideration and possible Authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust for construction of the Del Amo Neighborhood Park urban greening project, located in the unincorporated neighborhood of West Carson in south Los Angeles County, and adopt findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
9. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $2,300,000 to the Riverside County Regional Parks and Open Space District for preparation of design and engineering and other documentation needed for environmental review for the 1.5 mile Santa Ana River Trail segment that is adjacent to the Green River Golf Course and connects to the Orange County Line in the County of Riverside.
10. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $700,000 to the Riverside County Regional Parks and Open Space District for construction of a trail access ramp and sewer stub line for a future trailhead staging area for the Santa Ana River Trail on top of the Prado Dam auxiliary embankment, in the County of Riverside, and adopt findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
11. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $677,400 to the Laguna Canyon Foundation for the Pecten Reef Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Project in the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in the City of Aliso Viejo, Orange County, and adopt findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
12. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $640,000 to the Newport Bay Conservancy to conduct feasibility studies and prepare design, engineering, environmental analysis, and permit applications for the restoration of coastal sage upland, riparian, and freshwater marsh habitats within the 60-acre Big Canyon Nature Park in the City of Newport Beach and County of Orange.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
13. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,3000,000 to the City of San Pablo to widen and restore approximately 2,200 linear feet of Wildcat Creek, and to construct a parallel Class I bicycle and pedestrian greenway trail from Church Lane to Vale Road in the City of San Pablo, Contra Costa County.
14. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $400,000 to the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District for acquisition of the final 298 acres of the 709-acre Suscol Headwaters Preserve, which will close a gap of more than five miles in the Bay Area Ridge Trail and protect steelhead spawning habitat in Suscol Creek.
15. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $566,000 to the Trust for Public Land to conduct the first pilot project of its Living Schoolyards Program in partnership with the Oakland Unified School District and Green Schoolyards America by converting asphalt playgrounds to living schoolyards with shade trees, native plant landscaping, nature-based outdoor education and play areas, vegetable gardening spaces, and bioswales to infiltrate stormwater, on the grounds of five public schools serving disadvantaged communities in the City of Oakland, Alameda County.
16. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to Save San Francisco Bay Association for creating habitat in approximately 10 acres of transition zones between tidal marsh and upland slopes in the Ravenswood Ponds as part of Phase 2 of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project.
17. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $259,400 to Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet for restoration of a degraded reach of Redwood Creek, installation of interpretive signs, and associated community engagement, in the City of Redwood City, San Mateo County.
18. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $2,500,000 for implementation of the first phase of the Bel Marin Keys Unit V component of the Hamilton Wetland Restoration Project and to relocate the Novato Sanitary District’s pipeline easement across the Bel Marin Keys Unit V property.
19. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $594,124 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for 18 projects that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to explore the coast of California in various counties throughout the State.
20. CLOSED SESSION
A. To confer regarding Russ, et al. v. California State Coastal Conservancy, Humboldt County Superior Court, Case No. CV170269. 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).
21. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS
22. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
CONSERVANCY TOUR INFORMATION:
The Conservancy will tour public access projects along the Sonoma and Mendocino Coast on Wednesday, September 27. The tour will commence at 11 am at the Jenner Headlands Preserve parking lot on Highway 1, and will include an additional stop to view the proposed Kashia Preserve Coastal Trail and a hike on the Pelican Bluffs Coastal Trail. Members of the public are welcome but must provide their own transportation. For questions regarding the tour, please contact Karyn Gear 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
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