This month Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) joined the BPC Government Affairs Committee to discuss how to implement climate adaptation and sustainable waterfront development projects around the region. Asm. Mullin briefed the BPC members on the status of the state audit of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), which he initiated last year. The audit highlighted opportunities to improve the efficiency of the agency that governs the San Francisco Bay and shoreline. The Assemblymember led a discussion about next steps and opportunities to improve agency operations to build public trust and ensure transparency in the permitting process.
Asm. Mullin also briefed the members on his bill AB 825, which would expand the scope of the San Mateo Flood Control District to address sea level rise. San Mateo County is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise, with more property value threatened in that county than anywhere else in the state. Asm. Mullin highlighted how this district can serve as a model for how local land use authorities can effectively collaborate on climate adaptation strategies across jurisdictions to build a more resilient region. Special thanks to Briscoe, Ivester & Bazel LLP for hosting this important discussion.