OPC Meeting – June 24-25, 2010

Meeting Agenda

June 24-25, 2010
Santa Barbara County Executive Office, Room 406
105 E. Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Lester Snow, Secretary for Natural Resources, Council Chair
Linda Adams, Secretary for Environmental Protection
John Chiang, State Controller, Chair of the State Lands Commission
Susan Golding, Public Member
Geraldine Knatz, Public Member
Pedro Nava, State Assemblymember
Fran Pavley, State Senator

Thursday, June 24th
OPC Meeting Day One
1:00pm – 5:00pm

1. Welcome and council member announcements
Lester Snow, Secretary for Natural Resources, Council Chair

2. Public comment on non-agenda items*

3. Report from the Executive Director
Amber Mace, Executive Director, OPC

4. Report from the Council Secretary
Sam Schuchat, Council Secretary

5. Report from the Science Advisor
Skyli McAfee, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust

6.  Update on Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Steve Edinger, California Office of Oil Spill Prevention Response (OSPR) Administrator

7. OPC Updates

8. ACTION: Consent Calendar

9. ACTION: Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $2.75 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the aerial collection and processing of LiDAR elevation data and imagery along the coast of California.
Doug George, OPC Project Manager

10. ACTION: Consideration and possible authorization to disbursement of up to $912,000 to the California Sea Grant Program and University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program to fund ocean research projects that fulfill the Ocean Protection Council research priorities.
Pam Rittelmeyer, OPC Sea Grant Fellow

11. ACTION: Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $380,706 to the Regents of the University of California, U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, to research, develop and validate protocols to detect the fecal parasite Toxoplasma gondii in water samples.
Neal Fishman, OPC Program Manager

Friday, June 25th
OPC Meeting Day Two
9:30am – 5:00pm

12. Spotlight on Science: “The Other CO2 Problem: What are the Consequences of Ocean Acidification on the California Coast?”
Gretchen Hofmann, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

13. Report on the Marine Life Management Act (MLMA) Lessons Learned Study
Sam Schuchat, Council Secretary

14. PANEL DISCUSSION: Oil Platform Decommissioning Study
Briefing and discussion of the recently released study titled Evaluating Alternatives for Decommissioning California’s Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms: A Technical Analysis to Inform State Policy
Neal Fishman, OPC Program Manager
Diana Pietri, California Ocean Science Trust Program Manager


Panel 1:
Dr. Brock Bernstein, Independent Consultant
Andy Bressler, Retired, formerly of Texaco’s California Business Unit
Dr. Dan Pondella, Occidental College

Panel 2:
Linda Krop, Environmental Defense Center
Garry Brown, Orange County Coastkeepers
Doug Anthony, Energy Division of Santa Barbara County


Alison Dettmer, California Coastal Commission
Cy Oggins, State Lands Commission
Others TBD

15. Adjourn

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Lawrence Matthews at (510) 286-1212 or lmatthews@scc.ca.gov. Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this council meeting should contact Mr. Matthews no later than five days prior to meeting.

OPC Tour Information:
A council tour of the Bren School of Environmental Management at University of California Santa Barbara will take place on June 24, 2010.  The tour will begin at 9:30am at the Marine Science Institute/Marine Science Research Building and end at 11:30am.  Members of the public are welcome to attend, but as space is limited, please RSVP to Mr. Matthews by Friday, June 18 (contact information above). Attendees must meet the group promptly at 9:30 am and provide their own transportation.

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