Governor Brown Signs Abandoned Vessels Bill Supported by BPC

On September 19, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2441 into law. This bill, sponsored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier, secures a necessary ongoing source of funding for the removal of commercial vessels that have been abandoned or left derelict in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Abandoned vessels and the issues related to them are key topics of […]

BPC Board of Directors Votes to Officially Oppose Proposition 6

At their meeting on Monday, September 17, the Bay Planning Coalition Board of Directors voted to take an official position against California statewide ballot measure Proposition 6, which will be on the ballot in November. According to the related entry on ballotpedia.org, Proposition 6 would “repeal the gas and diesel tax increases and vehicle fees […]

BPC Continues Advocacy Efforts on AB 617 Implementation

This month, BPC signed onto a second coalition letter spearheaded by the California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA), which expresses some concerns and recommendations for the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Community Air Protection Blueprint. CARB approved the Community Air Protection Blueprint at its Board meeting on September 27. BPC has been, and continues to […]

BPC Comments on Port of Oakland’s Draft Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan

Earlier this summer, the Port of Oakland unveiled their Draft Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan (the Plan) – a continuation of their Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan. BPC has submitted a comment letter in support of the Plan, but called for additional flexibility to allow the Port to more easily navigate unintended economic […]

BPC Continues Engagement on AB 617 Implementation

On August 21 a group of BPC members met with Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and top staff members from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to discuss the implementation of AB 617 at both the state and local level. Supervisor Gioia is a BAAQMD Board Member as well as a member […]

BPC Provides Support and Caution for AB 2441: Funding for Removal of Commercial Vessels

On August 3, BPC submitted a letter to Assemblymember Jim Frazier (11th District) in support of AB 2441 – Abandoned Commercial Vessel Removal Funding. Members of the Bay Area’s boating community have expressed concerns on the issue of abandoned and derelict vessels, including the lack of sufficient funding for removal in addition to impacts to […]

BPC Urges Senate Appropriations to Support AB 2441-Removal Funding for Commercial Vessels

August 3, BPC submitted a letter to Assemblymember Jim Frazier (11th District) in support of AB 2441 – Abandoned Commercial Vessel Removal Funding. Members of BPC’s Marinas and Boatyards Committee have expressed concerns on the issue of abandoned and derelict vessels, including the lack of sufficient funding for removal. Abandoned vessels impact water quality as well as impede […]

BPC Signs On as Supporter of San Francisco Seawall Bond Measure

BPC has officially signed on to support the $425 million seawall general obligation bond proposed by the Port of San Francisco to fund the first phase of the Seawall Program, which will address the deteriorating condition of the Embarcadero Seawall and the threats it faces from earthquakes and sea level rise. The bond will be […]

Measure AA Update

Progress continues on the distribution of funds for wetland restoration established by Measure AA, a BPC-supported ballot measure passed in 2016. The related funds are expected to total $500 million over the next 20 years and are being distributed by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. Local public media outlet KQED has been posting stories […]

WRDA and USACE Update

The Senate still has yet to debate and vote on the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S. 2800) despite efforts to bring it to the floor before its August recess. This bill is the Senate version of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives June 8 in an […]