Coastal Conservancy Public Zoom Meeting – September 23, 2021
Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair
Ann Notthoff (Public Member), Vice Chair
Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš (Public Member)
Joseph Alioto Jr. (Public Member)
Wade Crowfoot, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated)
Stephen Padilla, Coastal Commission Chair; Alison Dettmer (Designated)
Keely Bosler, Director, Department of Finance; Gayle Miller (Designated)
Benjamin Allen (District 26)
Josh Becker (District 13)
John Laird (District 17)
Mark Stone (District 29)
Lorena Gonzalez (District 80)
Mary Small, Interim Executive Officer
Amy Roach, General Counsel
DATE: September 23, 2021
TIME: 10:00 A.M
Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 17, 2020, certain provisions of the Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act are suspended due to a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent with the Executive Order, this Conservancy meeting will be conducted by internet and teleconference, with no public physical location. Members of the public may join by internet with Zoom or dial into the teleconference with the following steps:
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1. ROLL CALL
2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s May 27, 2021 public meeting.
3. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s June 07, 2021 public meeting.
4. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS
- Addendum: Ballona Wetlands Land Trust
5. CONSENT ITEMS
A. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $980,000 awarded to the Conservancy by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under its National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation to augment a Conservancy grant authorized on December 19, 2019 to complete Phase 2 of the Elkhorn Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project in Elkhorn Slough, Monterey County.
B. Consideration and possible authorization to transfer fee title to nine Conservancy-owned parcels in the Bodega Bay area to the County of Sonoma; approval of the implementation/disposition plans for the property transfer; and authorization to disburse up to $34,000 to Sonoma County Regional Parks to prepare surveys and Phase 1 environmental site assessments of the parcels.
C. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $212,812 to San Mateo County Harbor District to construct new public restrooms, realign a small segment of the California Coastal Trail, reconfigure the parking lot, and install other visitor-serving amenities at Pillar Point Harbor adjacent to Surfer’s Beach in San Mateo County.
D. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $100,000 to the County of Santa Cruz to develop a facilities and management plan for public access and natural resource protection for the north coast region of Santa Cruz County.
E. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) to enhance and restore 4.6 acres of riparian upland habitat at Ocean Knoll Canyon in the City of Encinitas, San Diego County.
F. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $216,636 to the Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to conduct invasive plant removal to enhance native riparian habitat on the Santa Clara River in Ventura County.
G. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $35,780 to Orange County Coastkeeper to conduct monitoring and outreach to protect endangered bird species and associated habitat located near the Santa Ana River Mouth in the cities of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.
- Addendum: Santa Ana River Mouth
H. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $180,680 to the Environmental Center of San Diego to prepare environmental assessments, permit applications, and draft engineering designs to provide additional public access at Princess Street in La Jolla, San Diego.
I. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $3,500,000 to augment the Conservancy grant of $4,900,000, previously authorized to the Crystal Cove Conservancy to restore 17 historic cottages on North Beach of the Crystal Cove Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County.
J. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $165,000 to Trout Unlimited to augment an existing Conservancy grant authorized on May 24, 2018, to replace a concrete creek crossing with a fish-friendly box culvert on Cachagua Creek, a tributary to the Carmel River in Monterey County.
K. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to the Sierra Health Foundation to work with tribal entities to conduct planning to further tribal access, tribal participation in land management, and land acquisition by tribal entities at multiple sites in Orange County.
6. EXECUTIVE OFFICER HIRING SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT
7. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT
B. Consideration and possible approval of Project Selection Criteria
D. Update on Coastal Stories Grant Program
E. Update on proposed Endless Summer License Plate
F. Update on 2019 Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management Plan
G. Consideration and possible approval of the 2022 Conservancy meeting schedule
8. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $755,820 to Earth Island Institute to remove two fish barriers, replace them with bridges, and restore habitat on Davy Brown Creek, located in the Santa Maria River watershed, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
9. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $825,000 to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for the acquisition of three conservation easements on the 7,681-acre Attiyeh Ranch in northern San Luis Obispo County.
10. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $330,040 to Amigos de los Rios to implement the Monrovia High School Watershed Discovery Project in Monrovia, Los Angeles County.
11. Consideration and possible authorization to terminate the Coastal Conservancy’s Calleguas Creek Watershed In-lieu Fee Program by disbursing $2,453,773 million for the purchase of 58.11 jurisdictional wetland and riparian buffer credits from the Santa Paula Creek Mitigation Bank.
12. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $495,000 to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to prepare final engineering designs and construction specifications, and prepare and submit permit applications needed to: 1) update and repair existing public beach access amenities, including two beach stairways, and to 2) install new Americans with Disabilities Act compliant public access amenities, including a restroom, at Lechuza Beach in the City of Malibu.
- Addendum: Lechuza Beach
13. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,342,500 to the Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District for construction of a segment of the Santa Ana River Trail as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Prado Dam Alcoa Dike construction project, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
14. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $310,000 to Coastal Quest to conduct stakeholder outreach and engagement for coastal resiliency planning for state parks on the San Diego County coast.
15. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,721,088 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for 45 projects that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to explore the California coast. Participants are drawn from throughout the State and will visit coastal locations from Del Norte County south to San Diego County.
16. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS
17. CLOSED SESSION
A. To confer regarding Grassroots Coalition, et al. v. California State Coastal Conservancy, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 21STCP02237. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A)
B. To confer regarding Defend Ballona Wetlands, et al. v. California State Coastal Conservancy, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 20STCV29911. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).
C. To confer regarding Pappas, et al. v. State Coastal Conservancy, 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).
D. To confer regarding Lebolt v. City and County of San Francisco, et al., San Francisco County, Superior Court Case No. CGC-19-581761. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).
E. To confer regarding City of Trinidad v. Tsurai Ancestral Society, et al., Humboldt County Superior Court Case No. DR180684. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).
Please note: If a closed session is needed, the closed session of the meeting will be conducted on a separate conference line, after announcement of the convening of a closed session on the weblink identified above. The board will reconvene on the weblink provided above to make any reports, provide any documentation, and make any other disclosures required by Section 11125.2 of the Government Code.
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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