Bay Planning Coalition March Newsletter

  • by BPC Staff
  • on March 27, 2014

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Bay Planning Coalition’s March eNewsletter

Happy Spring!  Thanks for taking a minute to read our March Newsletter, which is full of great info about BPC’s recent initiatives, upcoming events, and fantastic members.

Abandoned Vessels Enforcement
A BPC Expert Briefing

Coming up in less than two weeks is our next Expert Briefing – Abandoned Vessels Enforcement.

Following up the January Abandoned Vessels Briefing, this event will focus on the challenges and complexities of enforcing California’s Abandoned Vessels laws.

Abandoned vessels pose a danger to navigation and to the environment. Abandoning a vessel is illegal under California law, with penalties that include stiff fines, liens on property, and even jail time.  Enforcing abandonment laws, however, is tricky. Who has jurisdiction, who has the manpower, where does the funding come from, and how do you track down perpetrators?

  • Wednesday, April 9
  • 11:00 am – 1:30 pm (lunch included!)
  • Port of Oakland Board Room, 530 Water Street, Oakland CA
Our line-up of expert speakers:
  • Adrienne Klein, Chief of Enforcement, Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • Sara Goldsmith, Assistant Regional Counsel, US EPA Region 9
  • Commander Don Montoro, Chief of Response, US Coast Guard Sector San Francisco
  • Peter Pelkofer, Senior Counsel, California State Lands Commission
  • Officer Jim Gordon, Oakland Police Department
BPC’s Expert Briefings are designed to be affordable and easy to attend over a long lunch break. They are excellent networking and educational opportunities.

We’ll provide lunch – you bring the questions!

Space is limited- save your seat before it sells out:

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The 2014 Decision Makers Conference

Excitement is building for the 27th Annual Bay Planning Coalition
Decision Makers Conference

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May 16, 2014
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Oakland Scottish Rite Center
Last week, we updated you on an exciting new Keynote Speaker, and today, we’re pleased to announce the theme of one of our two DMC panels:
Changing Uses of the Bay Shoreline: What Does the Future Hold?

From badly-needed housing to mixed-use retail development to athletic stadiums to public access to new manufacturing, much of the traditionally industrial portions of the Bay Area shoreline are evolving and changing. What does this mean for the economy, the environment, and the lifestyle of the Bay Area? 

We are also thrilled to announce the latest addition to our all-star speaker lineup:
US Congresswoman Barbara Lee!

Check out the DMC webpage for our list of confirmed speakers, and for panelist announcements and further updates!

Save your spot – Register Today!
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Have you considered sponsoring?

DMC sponsors get great exposure and benefits in exchange for their support, including:

Free DMC tickets
Tickets to the Sponsors and Speakers pre-DMC Reception on May 15
The opportunity to have a display table at the DMC for marketing and networking
An advertisement in the DMC Program
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Featured Member: Kearns & West

Each month, we highlight a BPC member company, to help spread the word about the exciting work and diverse interests of our membership base.
This month:                            kearns and west

Kearns & West is a San Francisco-based, small, woman-owned collaboration, communication and public engagement firm specializing in helping agencies and organizations effectively connect with their stakeholders and the public. We believe that more effective planning and communication can help stakeholders in the San Francisco Bay/Bay-Delta estuary resolve conflicts and jointly achieve better outcomes. Our experience in the water, energy, marine, land use, and environmental sectors provides a unique ability for us to understand and work with stakeholders and agencies to develop and implement top-notch collaboration and public engagement programs.
We have over 30 years of experience helping clients:

  • Conduct stakeholder, situation, and conflict assessments;
  • Design and facilitate or mediate effective collaborative processes, such as policy dialogues, permitting processes, or technical workshops;
  • Conduct strategic planning efforts; and
  • Develop and implement public outreach and engagement programs.

Kearns & West works closely with organizations and stakeholders to identify issues, facilitate and mediate effective collaborative discussions, and design public engagement programs to create solutions addressing interests. We use interdisciplinary teams of facilitators, mediators and communications professionals with public policy, legal, science, and engineering backgrounds to achieve organization and stakeholder goals.
Kearns & West has projects all over the U.S. along with some international projects as well. Our clients include local, state and federal government agencies, utilities, private companies, and non-profit organizations. Recent Bay Area-focused collaboration and stakeholder engagement projects include:

  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Kearns & West recently completed a Public Participation Plan for the Air District to help the Air District to communicate and collaborate when identifying and addressing public and stakeholder needs and concerns. The plan includes guidance on conducting outreach to limited-English-proficiency residents as well as low-income communities.
  • Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan. Kearns & West designed and led stakeholder outreach and engagement activities to inform development of the Plan, which was completed in 2013. Kearns & West facilitated a series of public workshops to inform development of the Plan and conducted outreach to disadvantaged communities to identify water resource projects to benefit their constituents.
  • California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Kearns & West worked with the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative to design and facilitate four separate regional stakeholder groups as part of a six-year effort to implement California’s Marine Life Protection Act. Each regional group involved a broad range of interests—including commercial and recreational fishing, tribes, harbormasters, ocean-dependent businesses, conservation organizations, divers, researchers, and federal, state, and local agencies. The groups were charged with developing proposals for marine protected areas in state waters. All four regional stakeholder groups successfully developed alternative proposals and forwarded these to state decision-makers for consideration and action. 
  • Delta projects.  Kearns & West has worked extensively in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta supporting planning, restoration, and flood control projects and efforts. Recent projects include support for the Delta Stewardship Council, the Fish Restoration Program Agreement between the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (DFW), flood protection planning, DWR’s Delta Levee Program, and the Bureau of Reclamation’s remand process for two Biological Opinions for coordinated operations of California’s State Water Project and Reclamation’s Central Valley Project.

Kearns & West has a proven record of success thanks to our stakeholder-centric approach of providing robust collaboration and strategic communications services, and we are considered a national leader in the environmental dispute resolution field. We bring knowledge and tools generated from hundreds of stakeholder engagement projects at the local, state, regional, and national levels. For more information about K&W, visit or contact Eric Poncelet, Senior Director/Senior Mediator at; 415-391-7900.

BPC Note: Kearns & West was also instrumental in the organization of our recent Ocean Planning Workshop!


Recent BPC Projects and Activities

Proposed San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Parcel Tax
  • On March 14, members of BPC’s Legislative & Policy, Water, Energy & Infrastructure and Executive Committees met with Sam Schuchat of the California Coastal Conservancy and Patrick Band of Save the Bay. The purpose of the meeting was to learn about the SF Bay Restoration Authority‘s proposed Parcel Tax for Bay Restoration, which may be placed on ballots in the 9 Bay Area counties this November.  BPC thanks Sam and Patrick for taking the time to answer our questions. The BPC Committees will be discussing what position BPC will take on this important issue in the coming months.
SB 1184
  • On March 17, BPC staff and members of the BPC Legislative and Policy Committee met with Larry Goldzband, Steve Goldbeck and Zack Wasserman of BCDC to discuss SB 1184. SB 1184, a bill introduced to the California Senate by Senator Loni Hancock, would “require the commission, in collaboration with various other state, regional, and local government agencies, to take action to protect San Francisco Bay area residents from potential innundation and flooding resulting from sea level rise by preparing a regional resilience strategy for adapting to rising sea levels in the San Francisco Bay, containing specific components.”  Larry, Steve and Zack discussed the implications of this bill and answered BPC questions and concerns, and BPC was able to provide suggested language changes submitted by members.
Membership Reception
  • On March 23, BPC hosted a members-only reception with Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) staff and commissioners at its Oakland offices. This casual wine and cheese reception gave members the opportunity to get to know the BCDC leadership and network with each other. We appreciate BCDC staff and commissioners for stopping by to meet some of our members.
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Members and BCDC Staffers at the March 24 Reception

BCDC Executive Director Larry Goldzband addressing the guests

  • PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, is holding its 2014 World Congress in San Francisco on June 1-5.  John Coleman, BPC’s Executive Director, will be making a presentation entitled “From Mudlock to Effective Collaboration.” Early Bird Discounted Registration for the World Congress ends tomorrow!  Register here.
  • When’s the last time you stopped by the BPC website?  Did you know we post multiple items daily on news that is directly relevant to our members and partners? is a one-stop source for all the regional agency meeting agendas, congressional updates, economic forecasts, drought-related news, maritime news, newsletters from our partner organizations, job, internship and grant opportunities, and much, much more!  BPC members: If you have news, email it to us and we will be happy to share it on our website and social media. The BPC website: Just another one of our great member services.

Welcome New Members

This month, BPC is thrilled to welcome three new members:

I5 Fuels - Panoche Westside Group The mission of Panoche Westside Group is to build, own, and operate a number of liquefaction facilities and fueling stations at strategic locations in California to supply liquefied natural gas for use in marine, truck fleets, and rail applications. PWG is developing I-5 Clean Fuels in Fresno County, California. The I-5 Clean   Fuels project will supply LNG to the Northern California market by early 2016. 

Finger Design Logo Finger Design is a full-service graphic design and marketing communications firm located in downtown Oakland. We have more than 30 years of extensive experience working with public and private sector clients — designing annual reports, brochures, newsletters, corporate identity programs, websites, signage, presentation graphics and posters. Finger Design has won numerous awards for design excellence. Visit our website at, call us at 510.465.0505 or email us at

KosReadGroup Kos Read Group provides public affairs, strategic communications, and PR services to public, private, and non-profit organizations seeking to create good jobs, build international partnership, foster environmental sustainability, and promote thriving culture. Based in Oakland, we serve clients throughout the Greater Bay Area, California, and the Pacific Rim. If you’re looking for a partner that delivers results, contact

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