April 2008 Board Meeting
Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chairman
Jeremy M. Hallisey (Public Member)
Marisa Moret (Public Member)
Ann Notthoff (Public Member)
Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Resources; Karen Scarborough (Designated)
Patrick Kruer, Coastal Commission Chair; Susan Hansch (Designated)
Michael Genest, Director, Department of Finance; Karen Finn (Designated)
Senate Representatives Assembly Representatives
Abel Maldonado (District 15) Loni Hancock (District 14)
Joseph Simitian (District 11) John Laird (District 27)
Christine Kehoe (District 39) Patty Berg (District 1)
Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Pat Peterson, Deputy Attorney General
Glenn Alex, Legal Counsel
LOCATION: Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA
DATE: Thursday, April 24, 2008
TIME: 9:00 am
- Roll Call
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $4,500,000 and up to $750,000 of funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to The Nature Conservancy for the acquisition of two properties to further implementation of the Santa Clara River Parkway in Ventura County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $2,840,275 to seven nonprofit organizations and public agencies for specific projects located in Ballona Creek, Malibu Creek, Dockweiler State Beach, Stone Canyon Creek, Point Vicente, McCarrell’s Canyon, the City of Los Angeles, urban lands in the County of Los Angeles, and various state parks in the Santa Monica Mountains to improve coastal water quality, enhance habitat and coastal access within the Santa Monica Bay Watershed to implement the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Plan.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $297,000 to the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation to complete periodic lagoon mouth openings at the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, located in the City of San Diego, as provided in the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Enhancement Plan.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $175,000 to the City of Laguna Beach, Orange County to acquire the 10.38-acre SBD Propertynear the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park for habitat preservation, open space protection and public access.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $120,000 to the Laguna Canyon Foundation for expenses associated with future acquisition of properties near the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park and for restoration of existing trails on recently acquired properties in the City of Laguna Beach.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to Trout Unlimited to prepare a feasibility study of water conservation recommendations for key coastal watersheds located throughout California.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $290,000 to Occidental Arts and Ecology Centerto analyze water supply and demand in the Salmon Creek watershed; design a set of water conservation strategies; implement water conservation demonstration programs tailored for small coastal communities; and complete design and permitting for a large woody debris habitat enhancement project in the Salmon Creek Estuary in western Sonoma County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy approval of the Ma-le’l Dunes Cooperative Management Area Access Plan; adoption of a CEQA Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring Program for the plan; and possible authorization to disburse up to $175,000 to the Friends of the Dunes to carry out access improvements at the Ma-le’l Dunes Cooperative Management Area, located on the north spit of Humboldt Bay.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $109,000 to the Tomales Bay Watershed Council to prepare a restoration plan for lower Third Valley Creek and Chicken Ranch Beach at Inverness in Marin County.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $7,500,000 to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to acquire the Mindego Hill Property in San Mateo County for habitat preservation, open space protection and public access.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to 1) accept an augmentation in the amount of $249,425 to an existing grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board to implement the Invasive Spartina Project (ISP) Control Program and disburse the full amount of the augmentation for 2008 treatment and eradication projects within the San Francisco Estuary; and 2) disburse up to $1,972,190 of Conservancy funds to implement the ISP Control Program for 2008 for treatment and eradication projects within the San Francisco Estuary, and for environmental consulting services needed to operate and manage the ISP Control Program through spring of 2010.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $575,000 to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to construct 4.25 miles of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and a half mile spur trail overlook, along the ridge on the north slope of Sonoma Mountain stretching west out of Jack London State Historic Park in southwestern Sonoma County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Land Trust of Napa County toward acquisition of the Duff Ranch in Napa County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $250,000 to the Land Trust of Napa County to prepare an Interim Management Plan for the stewardship and management of the Wildlake Ranch and Duff Ranch properties, Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, and other public and private lands in the vicinity, and modification of conditions of prior authorization of grant to the Land Trust of Napa County for acquisition of the Wildlake Ranch in Napa County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $165,000 to the San Francisco Estuary Institute to conduct mapping and data collection, and to prepare a feasibility study of the removal or treatment options for creosote-treated pilings and other structures in San Francisco Bay; and to develop recommendations on reducing negative impacts from artificial substrates in San Francisco Bay; to help support the San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $150,000 to the City of Redwood City for final design, fabrication, and installation of exhibits for the Redwood Shores Community Library Interpretive Center on Belmont Slough in San Mateo County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse an amount not to exceed $149,950 to the Marin Municipal Water District to undertake riparian habitat restoration and public access improvements on its land along Lagunitas Creek.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy approval of a disposition plan for the sale of the “Parcel 07” property of the Bel Marin Keys Unit V property(APN 171-157-07), Marin County, and authorization for the Executive Officer to direct the Department of General Services to transfer the property in accordance with the disposition plan.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $6,000,000, of which up to half ($3,000,000) will be contributed by California American Water, to prepare final design plans and prepare permits for the removal of San Clemente Dam on the Carmel River in Monterey County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $360,000 to Greenbelt Alliance to complete the Upland Habitat Goals report, update the Transit to Outdoors map, conduct workshops to improve the effectiveness of S.F. Bay Area Land Conservation and Stewardship measures, and further the natural resource and recreational goals of the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $242,500 to the City of Brisbane to acquire five parcels within Brisbane Acres, an unrecorded subdivision located on the upper slopes of San Bruno Mountain in the City of Brisbane, San Mateo County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to disburse up to $152,000 of previously authorized Conservancy funds to improve the San Francisco Bay Trail through a portion of the Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $100,000 to the Yurok Tribe to prepare a plan for public access in and around the Klamath River estuary in Del Norte County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization for the Association of Bay Area Governments to disburse up to $63,250 of previously-authorized Conservancy funds to the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society for the Moffett Field Bay Trail Improvements at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Clara County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization of Redwood Region Audubon Society to accept the Offer to Dedicate an open space easement over fifteen acres of land adjacent to Humboldt Bay in the City of Eureka in Humboldt County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to amend the Conservancy’s June 29, 2006 authorization to disburse an additional amount of up to $20,000 to the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains to complete post-construction water quality monitoring and project evaluation reports for Phase I of the Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Plan, Malibu, Los Angeles County.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to make the following disbursements for environmental analysis and project planning to implement the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Plan in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area: 1) up to $20,000 to Grassetti Environmental Consulting to augment an existing professional services contract for environmental review of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Plan, and 2) up to $20,000 to the Association of Bay Area Governments to conduct preliminary planning for future water trail signage.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $5,400 to the Friends of the Dunes to finalize designs and install initial improvements for public coastal access at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center on the North Spit of Humboldt Bay.
- Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $25,000 to the San Francisco Estuary Institute to assist with planning for the restoration, enhancement and protection of habitats within the Napa River Watershed through the development of the Napa Historical Ecology Atlas.
- Executive Officer’s report:
- Update the Project Selection Criteria to address climate change.
- Status report on the Morro Bay Acquisition.
- Deputy Attorney General’s Report
- Board Member Comments
- Public Comments
- Possible closed session to confer regarding: Jack Roth v. California Coastal Commission, California Coastal Conservancy and Access for All, California Court of Appeals, Division One, No. B195748; Sonoma Land Trust v. Port Sonoma Associates et al., Sonoma County Superior Court Case No. SCV-239392; United States of America vs. 127.60 Acres of Land, more or less, situated in San Diego County, State of California; the County of San Diego; and Other Interested Parties, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, Civil No. 06CV1670W NLS; 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.: This Meeting Notice and Tentative Agenda may be found on the Internet at:
N.B.: Following or at any time during 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).
**CONSERVANCY BOARD TOUR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2008**
Tour of Acquired Property for Parkland from Prop 12 funds. Meet at the Nix Nature Center, at 3:00 pm. The van tour will start and end at the Nix Nature Center http://www.lagunacanyon.org/nix_nature_center.html
3:00 pm Guided van tour of acquired properties (Rossmoor Partners, Jaysu, Stonefield, Decker, Haun, Wainwright).
4:15 pm Ceremony at the Chao parcel site to celebrate the 238 acres of additional parkland.
5:15 pm Return to Nix Nature Center for light buffet, tour of Nix Nature Center and Prop 12 funded exhibits.
RSVP by April 17th for van tour to Deborah Ruddock at (510) 286-4168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James and Rosemary Nix Nature Center
The Nix Nature Center is located at 18751 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park’s Little Sycamore Canyon staging area. It is 3.5 miles south of the I-405 and Route 133 interchange. From the I-5 or I-405, take the 133 Freeway South. As you are heading South, the nature center and a gravel parking area are located on the right-hand side. Road signs mark the turnoff. Parking fees are waived for the event.
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