Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Pacific Grove – December 01

 

Meeting Notice

Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair
Ann Notthoff (Public Member), Vice Chair
Marce Gutiérrez-Graudi?š (Public Member)
Joseph Alioto Jr. (Public Member)
Wade Crowfoot, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated)
Donne Brownsey, Coastal Commission Chair; Madeline Cavalieri (Designated)
Keely Bosler, Director, Department of Finance; Gayle Miller (Designated)

Senate Representatives
Benjamin Allen (District 26)
Josh Becker (District 13)
John Laird (District 17)

Assembly Representatives
Mark Stone (District 29)
Robert Rivas (District 30)
Christopher Ward (District 78)

Amy Hutzel, Executive Officer
Amy Roach, General Counsel

AGENDA
Hybrid Meeting
DATE:December 01, 2022
TIME:9:00 A.M
LOCATION:Pacific Grove City Hall
300 Forest Avenue,
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

This meeting will be conducted in a hybrid virtual/in-person format in accordance with Government Code Section 11133. To maximize public safety while maintaining transparency, members of the public can choose to watch the webcast of the meeting or participate in the meeting via Zoom, by telephone, or in person at the location listed above. People attending in person will be required to adhere to the site’s health guidelines, which could include wearing masks, health screening, and social distancing.
Members of the public may watch an online webcast of the meeting or join the meeting by internet with Zoom or by telephone with the following steps:

Webcast (Watch Only): To watch the meeting and not provide verbal comments, please view the webcast at this site: https://cal-span.org. If you do not wish to provide verbal comments, we strongly recommend watching the webcast as this will free up space on the webinar for those who are providing verbal comments. If you intend to make verbal comments, please do not view the webcast, and then switch over to the Zoom webinar or phone to comment, as the webcast will have a time delay and you may miss the opportunity to comment.

Zoom (To Make Comments): In addition to in-person participation, remote participation is available to members of the public via Zoom webinar. To participate via Zoom, you must register for the Zoom Webinar at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1Q5-0ksjRJa6B_OHDK5_9Q. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Telephone (To Make Comments): Members of the public can offer verbal comments on agenda items by calling in via telephone. Zoom registration is required. Register for the Zoom Webinar at the link above and you will receive an email with a phone number to dial in by telephone. When the agenda item you want to speak on is being presented, press *9 to “raise your hand” and indicate your interest in making a comment. You will be called upon (using your phone number to identify you) and will be unmuted at the appropriate time.

More information on how to participate and comment verbally on an agenda item or during open public comment can be found here.

* Spanish interpretation will be provided for the December 01, 2022 meeting if you join by zoom. *

1. ROLL CALL

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s September 22, 2022 public meeting.

3. CONSENT ITEMS

A. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $226,300 of Coastal Conservancy and US Fish and Wildlife Service National Coastal Wetland Conservation grant funds to the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District to prepare designs, environmental analyses, and permit applications for the restoration of tidal wetlands in Wadulh Lagoon on the Mad River Slough on Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County.

B. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $272,540 to Defenders of Wildlife, Sea Otter Savvy, and University of California at Santa Cruz to implement three separate projects to aid in recovery of the southern sea otter.

C. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $482,423 of San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority funding to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board to augment the Conservancy’s previously authorized grant for operation of the Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team to enable operation through September 2024.

D. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $22,000 received from the California Department of Water Resources to augment the Conservancy’s previously authorized grant of $598,000 to Sustainable Conservation for advancing the adoption of programmatic permits to expand the project to include increased outreach to facilitate the use of recently adopted programmatic permits for aquatic habitat restoration and water quality improvement projects throughout California.

E. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $50,000 to the Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment to prepare a study of governance and financing options for integrating regional sediment management into sea level rise adaptation planning in California.

4. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A. Consideration and possible adoption of the State Coastal Conservancy’s Strategic Plan 2023-2027.

CENTRAL COAST

5. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $300,000 to the Ventana Wildlife Society to prepare plans, environmental review documents, and permit applications for a group campground and support facilities for outdoor programming within Andrew Molera State Park in Monterey County.

6. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation to improve the California Coastal Trail by renovating several trailheads and trails, installing new signage and drainage/erosion protection improvements, and removing informal trails, in Garrapata State Park in Big Sur, Monterey County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

7. Consideration and authorization to disburse up to $824,900 to the Cachuma Resource Conservation District and to the Santa Barbara Fire Safe Council for two additional wildfire resilience projects under the Conservancy’s Wildfire Resilience Program – 2022-2023, in Santa Barbara County.

8. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $483,600 to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation to use a mobile kiln to sequester carbon by converting non-native invasive tree logs to charcoal at Elkhorn Slough in Monterey County.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

9. Authorization to disburse up to $3,500,000 to the San Francisco Estuary Institute, Marin and Golden Gate Audubon Societies, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, San Francisco State University, and additional contractors and grantees for monitoring of existing living shoreline projects, development of regional design and constructability guidance, preparation of permit applications, and preparation of preliminary site designs as part of the Regionally Advancing Living Shorelines in San Francisco Bay Project at ten locations in the Central Bay in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin counties.

10. Authorization to disburse up to $500,000 to the City of Oakland to conduct technical feasibility studies and prepare designs for nature-based shoreline enhancement and resilience features to be incorporated into the plans for the Oakland Estuary Park Renovation Project on the Oakland Estuary in the City of Oakland, Alameda County.

11. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $2,150,000 to Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Inc. to steward approximately 177 acres of restored wetlands through engaging the local community to maintain and enhance the wetlands and to implement minor property improvements by repairing and maintaining public access amenities in the Novato Baylands in Marin County.

12. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $787,500 to Sonoma Land Trust to acquire the 174-acre Sonoma Mountain Vernal Pools Property in Sonoma County for habitat preservation; biodiversity protection; climate resilience; improving wildlife corridors; and public access and tribal cultural uses compatible with natural resource protection.

13. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,395,800 to the Petaluma River Park Foundation for community engagement, park plan development, specific project designs, and environmental review associated with development of Petaluma River Park in Petaluma, Sonoma County.

NORTH COAST

14. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $350,000 to Friends of the Dunes to restore 80 acres of dune habitat to increase sea-level rise resiliency on the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wadulh Unit on the north spit of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

SOUTH COAST

15. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $250,000 to nonprofit organizations for three community-based restoration projects in coastal wetlands and along coastal stream corridors in the Southern California region, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

16. Consideration and authorization to disburse up to $530,000 to California Trout Inc. to implement the Santa Margarita River Bridge Replacement and Fish Passage Barrier Removal Project, consisting of removing a box culvert river crossing and replacing it with a bridge that allows fish passage at Sandia Creek Drive in San Diego County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

17. CLOSED SESSION

A. 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).

B. 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).

C. 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).

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).

F. To confer regarding Ballona Wetlands Land Trust v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, et al. (Environmental Science Associates, Real Party in Interest), Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 22STCP03307. 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 Conservancy will reconvene in person and on the webcast and zoom webinar to make any reports required by Section 11125.2 of the Government Code.

18. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS

19. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

20. ADJOURNMENT

CONSERVANCY TOUR INFORMATION:
On Wednesday, November 30, the Conservancy will tour the Elkhorn Slough Biomass Demonstration Project, which is on this agenda as Item 8; a potential floodplain enhancement project for future Conservancy consideration known as Castroville to the Coast; and several previously approved Conservancy projects. The tour will begin at 11 am at the Elkhorn Highlands Reserve, 103 Desmond Rd, Salinas 93907. The tour will include additional stops at Hester Marsh in Elkhorn Slough, the Castroville to the Coast project (stop will be on Watsonville Road, Moss Landing, coordinates: 36.783544, -121.767082), Carr Lake, and the Pacific Grove Coastal Trail. Members of the public are welcome to join the tour but must provide their own transportation. For any questions regarding the tour, please contact Trish Chapman at trish.chapman@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:
1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

This meeting notice and agenda may be accessed at http://scc.ca.gov/public-meetings/

 

 

 

 

SCC Grant Availability Webinar Nov 9

The State of California has made an unprecedented investment in the resilience and accessibility of the coast.  As a result, the Coastal Conservancy has significant funding available to non-profit organizations, public agencies, and federally-recognized tribes for projects that benefit public access, natural resources, working lands, and climate resiliency at the coast, coastal watersheds, and the San Francisco Bay. 

 

A webinar was held on November 9 on Conservancy funding and how to apply for our grants. A recording of the webinar can be found on our Grants page here. 

 

We anticipate that the majority of our funding will be allocated through our ongoing pre-proposal solicitation.  To learn more about this process, please visit the Grants page of our website

 

The Conservancy also holds periodic grant rounds related to specific programs or fund sources.  Information on those grant rounds and their deadlines are posted on this page when they are open.  You can also sign up to be notified of scheduled grant rounds by registering for our mailing list at this link.

 

The Conservancy will fund most stages of a project including pre-project feasibility studies, property acquisition, project planning including community involvement, design, environmental review, permitting, construction, and project-related monitoring. We do not fund operation and maintenance activities.

 

We look forward to working with many partner organizations to make a difference for the health and accessibility of the coast.

Call for Applications to Serve on the Explore the Coast Advisory Board

 

Call for Applications Image

California’s ocean, coast, and beaches have long been recognized and used as spaces of joy, relaxation, and healing. The State Coastal Conservancy’s Explore the Coast (ETC) grant program seeks to provide coastal experiences for people and communities who face challenges or barriers to accessing or enjoying the coast (“ETC Priority Communities”). ETC Priority Communities include lower-income individuals and households, people with disabilities, people of color, immigrant communities, foster youth, and others. Since 2013, this program has distributed over $18.2 million through nearly 296 separate ETC grants throughout California to connect more people to state’s spectacular coast. Through these grants, tens of thousands of Californians have been able to experience the coast, often for the first time.

The Advisory Board

To better achieve ETC program’s goals, the Conservancy created an Explore the Coast Advisory board. Our goal is that through the ETC Advisory Board, we will improve the ETC grant program by harnessing diverse stakeholders’ insights and experience and will share decision-making power with the communities served by the program. The Advisory Board began in 2019 and consists of about 10 members who provide their expertise on outdoor recreation programming and equity. The Conservancy is soliciting applications for new Advisory Board members that would serve at least a single term lasting two years. Advisory Board members are invited upon satisfactory participation on the Board to serve for two terms in a row (total of four years).

Each year, the Coastal Conservancy allocates hundreds of thousands of dollars to programs that connect ETC Priority Communities to the coast.  Our aim is to equitably distribute this funding and maximize the impact of every dollar spent.  To better achieve these goals, the ETC Advisory Board advises Conservancy staff on the application process, review of applications, and ongoing administration of the grant program.

The work of the Advisory Board includes the following:

  • Reviewing ETC grant applications, and providing guidance on project selection
  • Providing recommendations on how Coastal Conservancy staff can better communicate future Explore the Coast grant opportunities to a broader audience, and provide technical assistance for applicants
  • Reviewing and commenting on the grant materials and selection criteria for future grant rounds to help the ETC program better achieve its goals.

Time Commitment

We are asking Advisory Board Members to commit to at least one two-year term on the board. Each year, the level of commitment over the course of the year is roughly as follows:

  • Participate in three 2-hour planning phone calls (including an initial orientation call) throughout the year.
  • Spend approximately 10 hours of personal time reviewing grant applications prior to the project selection meetings.
  • Participate in a full day in-person project selection and program assessment meeting, or several hybrid in-person meetings. While in-person participation is preferred, if an advisory board member cannot participate in person, arrangements will be made for them to participate by phone or Zoom.

The Coastal Conservancy will reimburse travel costs at state rates to attend the application review meeting if it’s held in-person. The Coastal Conservancy will offer an annual stipend of $350 to Advisory Board members.

 

Anticipated Board Schedule      
January 9, 2023 by 5pm Application Deadline
April 5 – 7, 2023

 

Initial Orientation Call

 

April 10 – May 5, 2023

 

Application Review Period

 

May 15 – 25, 2023

 

Project Selection Meeting #1

 

May 15 – 25, 2023

 

Project Selection Meeting #2

 

Oct. – Nov., 2023

 

Fall Advisory Board Meeting

 

Oct. – Nov., 2023

 

Advisory Board Reviews Next Round RFP

Note: Dates above indicate a range for tentative date(s). Final date(s) will be selected at a later time.

 

Eligibility

To avoid a conflict of interest, Advisory Board members cannot be employees or board members of current or prospective Explore the Coast grant recipient organizations. Advisory Board members that have another form of close relationship with an ETC grantee will be asked to recuse themselves from discussion of that organization’s application(s).

Desired Qualifications

Coastal Conservancy staff seek Advisory Board members from across California who reflect the state’s diversity (including racial, ethnic, income, gender, language, as well as physical and cognitive disability diversity), and with expertise in the following areas:

  • Designing and implementing culturally relevant programming for populations that may face barriers to accessing the coast (including communities of color, Native American communities, low-income communities, or persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities)
  • Embedding mental, cognitive, and physical wellness into programming
  • Public access and outdoor recreation
  • Environmental education or youth leadership programs
  • Environmental equity
  • Leading and/or practicing cultural humility
  • Community engagement
  • Monitoring and evaluation of non-profit programming
  • Public and private financing

 

To Apply:

If interested, please fill out this linked application by Monday, January 9, 2023 COB. Please be aware that your submittal will be a public record subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act.

If you have questions about the ETC Advisory Board and would like more information to help you decide whether to apply, please contact Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, Carol Martinez at carol.martinez@scc.ca.gov.

 

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE APPLICATION

Request for Proposals: Federal Governmental Relations Consultant

The California State Coastal Conservancy is seeking a Federal Governmental Relations Consultant for a two-year contract, with a possible extension of up to one year, to facilitate the progress of authorized federal projects and support the Conservancy’s cooperative efforts with federal agencies that are headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area.

The Request for Proposals can be downloaded here.

The Conservancy is a State agency that was created by the Legislature in 1976 to protect, restore, and provide public access to California’s world-renowned coastal and marine resources. The Conservancy works in partnership with local governments and other public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and tribes to protect coastal wetlands, revitalize urban waterfront areas, purchase and restore environmentally valuable bay and coastal areas, and assist communities in solving complex land-use problems. The Conservancy has been funded primarily by State general obligation bonds, but frequently uses federal matching funds and grants to complete projects in California. Proposers should be familiar with the work of the Coastal Conservancy and can consult our website at http://scc.ca.gov/.

Numerous projects funded by the Conservancy are affected by federal regulatory processes and programs, or depend on federal funding as an adjunct to the project. The Conservancy seeks the services of a consultant to assist the Conservancy in obtaining and maximizing federal funding. The Consultant will also provide assistance to ensure that the Conservancy efficiently meets associated federal requirements and to monitor federal legislation that directly affects the Conservancy’s work.

The Consultant will provide information and advocacy to maintain and improve federal financial and other support for Conservancy projects that have a federal component and shall assist the Conservancy in maximizing other opportunities for federal funding for marine, estuarine, and coastal conservation efforts. In addition, the Consultant will assist the Conservancy in monitoring and providing input to modifications for federal legislation or regulations that directly affect the Conservancy’s ongoing federally-supported projects.

Further information and submittal materials can be found in the RFP here. Submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. PST, December 2, 2022.

Job Posting: Contracts and Procurement Manager

“Love the California coast, the environment, and managing contracts and procurement?  This might be the job for you!”
Under general direction of the Director of Fiscal Services, the Contracts and Procurement Manager supervises the staff & work of the Conservancy’s Contracts and Procurement activities with a high degree of independence.

The position is located in Oakland, CA.
Please Note: Applications received without ALL the required items (state application STD. 678 and a copy of diploma and/or transcripts and Cover Letter) will NOT receive further consideration for this position. SCC will not review attached resumes in lieu of the Employment History section of the State Application (STD 678). Failure to fill out the Employment History section of the State Application (STD 678) will result in disqualification.

In order to be eligible for this position, candidates must have taken the Staff Services Manager I online exam within the past 12 months (see link below) and your score must place you in a reachable rank (Ranks 1, 2, or 3). If you are not currently on the Staff Services Manager I eligibility list, please take the online exam below:

The State Coastal Conservancy values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.

This advertisement will be used for this and other permanent and/or limited term vacancies that may occur at the State Coastal Conservancy during the life of the certification list.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

 

To learn more and apply, visit the Cal Careers Post here.

Job Posting: Project Manager – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

*** DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 10/31***

“Love protecting, restoring, and enjoying San Francisco Bay? This might be the job for you!”

 

The State Coastal Conservancy has a rare opportunity for you to join us at the full journey level in protecting California’s iconic lands and waters, restoring vital habitats, and increasing inclusive and equitable enjoyment of the coast and shoreline.

 

The Conservancy works with others on multi-benefit projects located along the coast of California, within coastal watersheds, and/or within the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The new Conservancy Project Development Analyst will assist with disbursing state funding and managing projects to acquire and protect natural and agricultural lands, restore, and enhance habitats and ecosystems, design and build trails and other recreational facilities, plan and implement climate adaptation projects, provide environmental education, and improve public access for historically underserved communities. Tasks will be performed under the general direction of a Regional or Deputy Manager, and include soliciting and reviewing grant applications, assisting with project development, writing, and presenting staff recommendations for Conservancy Board approval, developing grant agreements in cooperation with legal staff, ensuring that the project purpose and all conditions of the grant agreement are met, reviewing invoices, and monitoring the progress of projects. The new staff member will be part of the San Francisco Bay Area Program, and will work with grantees; partner agencies, organizations, and regional collaboratives; tribes; and community groups.

 

The State Coastal Conservancy is headquartered in Oakland, CA.

 

Please Note: Applications received without ALL the required items (state application STD. 678, copy of diploma and/or transcripts (official/unofficial), cover letter, and SOQ), will NOT receive further consideration for this position. SCC will not review attached resumes in lieu of the Employment History section of the State Application (STD 678). Failure to fill out the Employment History section of the State Application (STD 678) will result in disqualification.

 

To be appointed to the Conservancy Project Development Analyst II (CPDA II), candidates must have taken the Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) eligibility exam online. Please make sure to read the exam bulletin before taking the exam.  We will be appropriating the Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) eligibility list for the Conservancy Project Development Analyst II list. You will need to meet the minimum qualifications of both (CPDA II & AGPA) classifications.

 

This advertisement will be used for this and other permanent and/or limited term vacancies that may occur at the State Coastal Conservancy during the life of the certification list.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

To learn more and apply, please visit the Cal Careers posting here.

Press Release: Coastal Conservancy awards over $60 million in grants for coastal access, restoration, and resilience

Today, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy approved over $60 million in grants for restoration, protection, public access, and wildfire and climate resilience along the California coast and San Francisco Bay.

Included in the approvals were:

  • $20 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Bel Marin Keys Unit V expansion of the Hamilton Wetland Restoration Project in Marin County.
  • $14 million for a number of Wildfire Resilience projects throughout the state.
  • $1,098,500 to three nonprofit organizations, one tribe, and two public entities for six Coastal Stories projects. This is a new Conservancy program that supports storytelling installations or interpretive materials that represent diverse communities and perspectives that historically have been excluded from narratives of California’s coast and publicly accessible lands.
  • Over $9 million for 73 new and renewing Explore the Coast projects to facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to explore the California coast.

NORTH COAST

  1. A grant of up to $248,915 to the Tomales Bay Watershed Council Foundation to prepare designs, permit applications, and environmental review documents for a one-acre tidal wetland enhancement project at Tomales Bay, Marin County.
  2. A grant of up to $845,000 to the Westport Village Society for acquisition of the 26-acre DeHaven Creek Headlandsproperty for cultural resources protection; open space protection; protection, enhancement, and restoration of natural resources and habitat; and public access and beach recreation compatible with such uses; and preparation of a resource management plan for the property, located in coastal Mendocino County.
  1. A grant of $1,500,000 to the City of Healdsburg to construct the public access improvements described in the Fitch MountainPark and Open Space Preserve Management Plan in Healdsburg, Sonoma County.
  2. A grant of up to $250,000 to the County of Sonoma to develop a plan for a climate adaptation centerat the former Sonoma Developmental Center, Sonoma County.

 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

  1. A grant of up to $3,570,000 to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission to implement Bay Adapt Joint Platformtasks and actions related to: (1) development of Regional Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guidance; (2) regulatory improvements; and (3) continued coordination with stakeholders and communities.
  2. A grant of up to $2,160,000 to the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District to restore and enhance approximately 40 acres of wetland habitat and improve public access at Stivers Lagoon, adjacent to Lake Elizabeth in the City of Fremont, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  3. Authorization to enter into an amended Project Cooperation Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and to disburse up to $20,000,000 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Bel Marin KeysUnit V expansion of the Hamilton Wetland Restoration Project in Marin County.
  4. A grant of up to $700,000 to the City of San Rafael to conduct a community-informed technical feasibility study of sea level rise adaptation options along the shoreline of the City of San Rafael, Marin County with emphasis on involvement of the Canal District communities.
  5. A grant of up to $396,200 to San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory to rehabilitate a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nursery in the City of Fremont and to grow and prepare the native plants and seeds necessary for revegetation of 17 acres of flood risk management levee that will be constructed as part of the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Projectin Santa Clara County.
  6. Authorization for the Association of Bay Area Governments to disburse up to $366,250 of previously-granted Conservancy funds to the City of Vallejo to complete full final design and engineering documents for the approximately two-mile segment of Bay Trail and Ridge Trail at VallejoBluff in Vallejo, and the adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  7. A grant of up to $1,200,000 to the Bay Area Ridge Trail Councilfor planning for future Bay Area Ridge Trail projects, and to conduct public engagement and outings for underrepresented trail users.

 

CENTRAL COAST

  1. A grant of up to $440,000 to the City of Pacificato prepare plans, environmental review documents, and permit applications for two bluff protection structures to protect City-owned infrastructure along Esplanade Avenue in northern Pacifica, San Mateo County.
  2. A grant of up to $260,000 to the Western Flyer Foundation to restore the Western Flyer boatfor the purpose of marine education and exploration on Monterey Bay.
  3. A grant of up to $508,000 to the Santa Cruz Hostel Society to plan and implement renovations to the Santa Cruz Hostelin the City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County.
  4. A grant of up to $1,000,000 to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County to acquire the 2,613-acre Rocks Ranch propertyfor natural resource protection and restoration; wildlife connectivity; open space; and to the extent compatible with the foregoing, agricultural preservation, tribal access, and potentially public access, located at the northern tip of the Gabilan Range in Monterey and San Benito Counties.
  5. A grant of up to $590,000 to the County of Santa Cruz to prepare final plans and construct a new restroom at Hidden Beach County Park.

 

SOUTH COAST

  1. A grant of up to $3,000,000 to the County of San Bernardino to augment an existing Conservancy grant authorized on January 29, 2015, to construct a 3.8-mile segment of the Santa Ana River Trail in San Bernardino County.
  2. Designation of The Nature Conservancy as the long-term management entity for the Santa Clara Riverproperties acquired with Coastal Conservancy funding since 2001 and approve the revised Enhancement Plan as an amendment to the Santa Clara River Conceptual Enhancement Plan adopted by the Conservancy on October 26, 2000.
  3. A grant of up to $41,500 to the Council for Watershed Health for permitting for, and implementation of a portion of, an Arundo donaxeradication program in the Upper Los Angeles River Watershed in Los Angeles County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

 

STATEWIDE

  1. A grant of up to $1,098,500 to three nonprofit organizations, one tribe, and two public entities for six Coastal Stories projectsto create storytelling installations or interpretive materials that represent diverse communities and perspectives that historically have been excluded from narratives of California’s coast and publicly accessible lands.
  2. A grant of up to $3,301,005 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for 31 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.
  3. A grant of up to $6,061,729 to augment 42 Explore the Coast grantsto nonprofit organizations and public agencies to extend previously authorized projects to 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.

WILDFIRE RESILIENCE PROGRAM

  1. A grant of up to $10,996,600 to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, a tribe, and one consultant for 27 wildfire resilience projects.
  2. A grant of up to $1,080,000 to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Districtto reduce wildland vegetation fuels on approximately 200 acres, purchase equipment for use in reducing wildland vegetation fuels, refine existing prescribed fire plan and conduct associated environmental review, and build staff capacity to implement their Wildland Fire Resiliency Program.
  3. A grant of up to $1,000,000 to the East Bay Regional Park Districtto conduct fuel treatments on 80 acres and implement a biomass facility pilot program in Anthony Chabot Regional Park.
  4. A grant of up to $750,000 to San Diego Canyonlands for fire fuel reduction, including removal of brush, dead trees, and invasive vegetation, in the brush management zones of seven canyons within the underserved communities along the Chollas Creek corridor in Southeast San Diego and the neighborhood of City Heights in the city of San Diego, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.
  5. A grant of up to $175,200 to the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District to complete Phase 1 of the Redway Shaded Fuel Break Project, a forest health and wildlife risk reduction project located along the eastern edge of Redway in southern Humboldt County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Coastal Conservancy Public Zoom Meeting – September 22, 2022

Meeting Notice

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)
Donne Brownsey, Coastal Commission Chair; Madeline Cavalieri (Designated)
Keely Bosler, Director, Department of Finance; Gayle Miller (Designated)

Senate Representatives
Benjamin Allen (District 26)
Josh Becker (District 13)
John Laird (District 17)

Assembly Representatives
Mark Stone (District 29)
Robert Rivas (District 30)
Christopher Ward (District 78)

Amy Hutzel, Executive Officer
Amy Roach, General Counsel

AGENDA

Hybrid Meeting
DATE: September 22, 2022
TIME: 9:00 A.M.
LOCATION: Fort Bragg Town Hall
363 N. Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

This meeting will be conducted in a hybrid virtual/in-person format in accordance with Government Code Section 11133. To maximize public safety while maintaining transparency, members of the public can choose to watch the webcast of the meeting or participate in the meeting via Zoom, by telephone, or in person at the location listed above. People attending in person will be required to adhere to the site’s health guidelines, which could include wearing masks, health screening, and social distancing. Members of the public may watch an online webcast of the meeting or join the meeting by internet with Zoom or by telephone with the following steps:

Webcast (Watch Only): To watch the meeting and not provide verbal comments, please view the webcast at this site: https://cal-span.org. If you do not wish to provide verbal comments, we strongly recommend watching the webcast as this will free up space on the webinar for those who are providing verbal comments. If you intend to make verbal comments, please do not view the webcast, and then switch over to the Zoom webinar or phone to comment, as the webcast will have a time delay and you may miss the opportunity to comment.

Zoom (To Make Comments): In addition to in-person participation, remote participation is available to members of the public via Zoom webinar. To participate via Zoom, you must register for the Zoom Webinar at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_on7GSmpkRyabiYjoYZjiNg. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Telephone (To Make Comments): Members of the public can offer verbal comments on agenda items by calling in via telephone. Zoom registration is required. Register for the Zoom Webinar at the link above and you will receive an email with a phone number to dial in by telephone. When the agenda item you want to speak on is being presented, press *9 to “raise your hand” and indicate your interest in making a comment. You will be called upon (using your phone number to identify you) and will be unmuted at the appropriate time.

More information on how to participate and comment verbally on an agenda item or during open public comment can be found here.

* Spanish interpretation will be provided for the September 22, 2022 meeting if you join by zoom.*

**Agenda PDF**

1. ROLL CALL

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s May 5, 2022, public meeting.

3. CONSENT ITEMS

A. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse $1,500,000 to the City of Healdsburg to construct the public access improvements described in the Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve Management Plan in Healdsburg, Sonoma County.

B. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $250,000 to the County of Sonoma to develop a plan for a climate adaptation center at the former Sonoma Developmental Center, Sonoma County.

C. Consideration and potential authorization to disburse up to $41,500 to the Council for Watershed Health for permitting for, and implementation of a portion of, an Arundo donax eradication program in the Upper Los Angeles River Watershed in Los Angeles County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

D. Consideration and authorization to disburse up to $590,000 to the County of Santa Cruz to prepare final plans and construct a new restroom at Hidden Beach County Park.

E. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $396,200 to San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory to rehabilitate a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nursery in the City of Fremont and to grow and prepare the native plants and seeds necessary for revegetation of 17 acres of flood risk management levee that will be constructed as part of the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project in Santa Clara County.

F. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $3,000,000 to the County of San Bernardino to augment an existing Conservancy grant authorized on January 29, 2015, to construct a 3.8-mile segment of the Santa Ana River Trail in San Bernardino County.

G. Consideration and authorization to designate The Nature Conservancy as the long-term management entity for the Santa Clara River properties acquired with Coastal Conservancy funding since 2001 and approve the revised Enhancement Plan as an amendment to the Santa Clara River Conceptual Enhancement Plan adopted by the Conservancy on October 26, 2000.

H. Consideration and possible authorization for the Association of Bay Area Governments to disburse up to $366,250 of previously-granted Conservancy funds to the City of Vallejo to complete full final design and engineering documents for the approximately two-mile segment of Bay Trail and Ridge Trail at Vallejo Bluff in Vallejo, and the adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

I. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,200,000 to the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council for planning for future Bay Area Ridge Trail projects, and to conduct public engagement and outings for underrepresented trail users.

J. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $248,915 to the Tomales Bay Watershed Council Foundation to prepare designs, permit applications, and environmental review documents for a one-acre tidal wetland enhancement project at Tomales Bay, Marin County.

4. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A. Personnel Update

B. Legislative Update

C. Draft Strategic Plan

D. Consideration and possible approval of the 2023 Conservancy meeting schedule

NORTH COAST

5. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $$845,000 to the Westport Village Society for acquisition of the 26-acre DeHaven Creek Headlands property for cultural resources protection; open space protection; protection, enhancement, and restoration of natural resources and habitat; and public access and beach recreation compatible with such uses; and preparation of a resource management plan for the property, located in coastal Mendocino County.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

6. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $3,570,000 to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission to implement Bay Adapt Joint Platform tasks and actions related to: (1) development of Regional Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guidance; (2) regulatory improvements; and (3) continued coordination with stakeholders and communities.

7. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $2,160,000 to the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District to restore and enhance approximately 40 acres of wetland habitat and improve public access at Stivers Lagoon, adjacent to Lake Elizabeth in the City of Fremont, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

8. Consideration and possible authorization to enter into an amended Project Cooperation Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and to disburse up to $20,000,000 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Bel Marin Keys Unit V expansion of the Hamilton Wetland Restoration Project in Marin County.

9. Consideration and authorization to disburse up to $700,000 to the City of San Rafael to conduct a community-informed technical feasibility study of sea level rise adaptation options along the shoreline of the City of San Rafael, Marin County with emphasis on involvement of the Canal District communities.

CENTRAL COAST

10. Consideration and authorization to disburse up to $440,000 to the City of Pacifica to prepare plans, environmental review documents, and permit applications for two bluff protection structures to protect City-owned infrastructure along Esplanade Avenue in northern Pacifica, San Mateo County.

11. Consideration and authorization to disburse up to $260,000 to the Western Flyer Foundation to restore the Western Flyer boat for the purpose of marine education and exploration on Monterey Bay.

12. Consideration and authorization to disburse up to $508,000 to the Santa Cruz Hostel Society to plan and implement renovations to the Santa Cruz Hostel in the City of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County.

13. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County to acquire the 2,613-acre Rocks Ranch property for natural resource protection and restoration; wildlife connectivity; open space; and to the extent compatible with the foregoing, agricultural preservation, tribal access, and potentially public access, located at the northern tip of the Gabilan Range in Monterey and San Benito Counties.

STATEWIDE

14. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,098,500 to three nonprofit organizations, one tribe, and two public entities for six Coastal Stories projects to create storytelling installations or interpretive materials that represent diverse communities and perspectives that historically have been excluded from narratives of California’s coast and publicly accessible lands.

15. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $3,301,005 to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for 31 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. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $6,061,729 to augment 42 Explore the Coast grants to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to extend previously authorized projects to 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.

WILDFIRE RESILIENCE PROGRAM

17. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $10,996,600 to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, a tribe, and one consultant for 27 wildfire resilience projects.

18. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,080,000 to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to reduce wildland vegetation fuels on approximately 200 acres, purchase equipment for use in reducing wildland vegetation fuels, refine existing prescribed fire plan and conduct associated environmental review, and build staff capacity to implement their Wildland Fire Resiliency Program.

19. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,000,000 to the East Bay Regional Park District to conduct fuel treatments on 80 acres and implement a biomass facility pilot program in Anthony Chabot Regional Park.

20. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $750,000 to San Diego Canyonlands for fire fuel reduction, including removal of brush, dead trees, and invasive vegetation, in the brush management zones of seven canyons within the underserved communities along the Chollas Creek corridor in Southeast San Diego and the neighborhood of City Heights in the city of San Diego, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

21. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $175,200 to the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District to complete Phase 1 of the Redway Shaded Fuel Break Project, a forest health and wildlife risk reduction project located along the eastern edge of Redway in southern Humboldt County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

22. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

23. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS

24. CLOSED SESSION

A. 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).

B. 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).

C. 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).

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).

F. To confer regarding Ballona Wetlands Land Trust v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, et al. (Environmental Science Associates, Real Party in Interest), Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 22STCP03307. 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 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.

25. ADJOURNMENT

CONSERVANCY TOUR INFORMATION:

On Wednesday, September 21st, the Conservancy will tour several projects in Mendocino County. At 1:30 PM, the Conservancy will visit the Jughandle Farms Nature Center in Caspar. At 2:30 PM, the Conservancy will leave the site and travel to the DeHaven property in Westport, arriving at 3 PM. At 4 PM, the Conservancy will leave the De Haven site for the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail. Members of the public are welcome to join the tour, but they must provide their own transportation. For any 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:
1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Job Posting: HR, Budgets & Grants Manager

Love the California coast and the environment and working to support diversity and inclusion?  This might be the job for you!”

The State Coastal Conservancy values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.

The position is located in Oakland, CA.

Under the general direction of the Director of Fiscal Services (SSM II), the SSM I is responsible for the supervision & management of the Conservancy’s Human Resources, Budgets, and Grants Units.  This position is a working supervisor, you will have specific HR duties along with being the Labor Relations Officer and supervising, training, overseeing, and reviews the work and performance of the HR, Budgets, and Grants staff. Responsibilities are carried out with a significant degree of independence, working independently and in a team, exercising sound judgment, analysis, and discretion.

In order to be eligible for this position, candidates must have taken the Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) online exam within the past 12 months. Please make sure to read the exam(s) bulletin before taking the exam:

 

Please Note:  Applications received without ALL the required items (state application STD. 678, cover letter, and a copy of diploma and/or transcripts [official/unofficial]), will NOT receive further consideration for this position. SCC will not review attached resumes in lieu of the Employment History section of the State Application (STD 678). Failure to fill out the Employment History section of the State Application (STD 678) will result in disqualification.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

To learn more and apply, please visit the CalHR posting here.

Job Posting: Environmental Justice and Tribal Liaison Specialist

Do you love the California Coast and the environment? Are you committed to environmental justice and tribal engagement? This might be the job for you! The State Coastal Conservancy is hiring a Permanent/Full-time Environmental Justice and Tribal Liaison Specialist.

 

This is a Statewide Recruitment for one position as a Conservancy Project Development Specialist (CPDS) or Conservancy Project Development Analyst II (CPDA II). This position may be filled in the Headquarters located in Oakland OR may be filled as a permanent remote position in the following counties: San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, or Del Norte.

 

The link to the job posting (JC-316045) with more information on the role and how to apply is here: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/Jobs/JobPosting.aspx?JobControlId=316045

 

Final Filing Date: 9/29/2022

 

The State Coastal Conservancy has an exciting opportunity for you to join us in protecting California’s iconic lands and waters, restoring vital habitats, and increasing inclusive and equitable enjoyment of the coast and shoreline as our agency’s first Environmental Justice and Tribal Liaison Specialist. The Conservancy works with others on multi-benefit projects located along the coast of California, within coastal watersheds, and within the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area to acquire and protect natural and agricultural lands, restore and enhance habitats and ecosystems, design and build trails and other recreational facilities, plan and implement climate adaptation projects, implement urban greening projects, provide environmental education, and improve public access for historically underserved communities.

 

The Environmental Justice and Tribal Liaison Specialist will be responsible for ongoing development and implementation of the Conservancy’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) work, including coordination of tribal engagement and consultation. Duties will require leadership skills, a high level of independent action, and coordination with community groups, Tribes, Conservancy managers and staff, other public agencies, and nonprofits.

 

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