Board meeting dates – 2018 First Monday of the month generally
EBMUD Headquarters 500 San Pablo Dam Road, Orinda
January 8 February 5 March 5 April 2 May 7 June 4 September 11 October 1 November 5 December 3
MINUTES REGIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING JANUARY 8, 2018
Meeting called to order at 9:40 by President Amelia Wilson. PRESENT: Joe, Reg, Marty, Judi.
ABSENT: Carroll, Jerry.
TREASURERS REPORT: $1,721.08 on hand. Expenditure this month: $123.64 for website.
REMINDER: PAY DUES ($20.00) to Reg Barrett, 31 Dos Posos, Orinda CA 94563.
STEP REPORT on TRAILS-EBMUD to adopt negative declaration on Master Plan Update, including only two trail/fire roads to be opened to bicycles. Comments due January 29, 2018.. Joe added his concerns about environmental damage to trails everywhere from bicycles. RPA will discuss in February as part of Jerry’s position paper “ A Conversation About EBRPD trails”.
WEBSITE DISCUSSION: Needs tending to with outdated material removed.. Joe would like to see links to reading and supplementary information incorporated into website.
TRAIL CAMERAS- Discussion of their use. Joe would like to see trail cameras on trails to document illegal and damaging use by mountain bikes. Reg uses cameras in his work and has developed a slide show of some of his more intriguing shots. Suggestion he show it at our next meeting with a thought toward showing it at our Annual Meeting. Reg will talk to Doug Bell to see if EBRPD has cameras.
GUEST ANA ALVAREZ DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER EBRPD. Ana outlined her
job responsibilities including overseeing finance operations, planning, land acquisition, and
stewardship. She highlighted her background of over 20 years in parks and recreation including her last job as deputy director for parks and open space in San Francisco. She holds a Ph.D. from USC and her dissertation was on climate change. She brings this expertise as an additional focus to her job at EBRPD. She mentioned that last year EBRPD sustained $10,000,000 in storm damage and that the fire season has been extended 100 days because of climate change. Ana talked of plans for carbon sequestering in the District. She mentioned the upcoming State Parks bond measure in June and Measure CC in November. Asked about new areas open to the public. Ana responded that Castle Ridge staging Area will open this month and that new sections of the Bay Trail through, Pt. Pinole will open in the spring. The federal and state permitting processes are what is slowing down public access to many areas, she stated. She addressed the increase of blue-green algae in many of our local lakes by saying that ongoing testing in conjunction with EBMUD is occurring and feels climate change is one cause . Amelia brought up the Bruzzone property in Indian Valley that she would like to see acquired with WW funds. Joe mentioned his paper on trees that should not be planted because of climate change. Ana expressed interest in both.
COMMITTEE REPORTS- Judi, She has been made aware of a group called PIDO- Point Isabel Dog Owners Organization which is approaching PAC about regulations about dogs in the Parks.
JOE will contact Bill Stuart in regard to a future meeting about Fire Suppression in the E. B. hills.
Meeting adjourned 11:05 NEXT MEETING FEB 5, 2018
MINUTES- REGIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION BOARD DEC 12,2017 at the home of Pete and
Meeting called to order at 10:15 by President Amelia Wilson. PRESENT: Joe, Jerry, Carroll.
Reg, Judi ,Marty. GUEST Robin (Carroll’s daughter)
AGENDA APPROVED (with additions). MINUTES approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT : $123.64 due in January. MSP to authorize payment. We are requested to look at website and note any articles that are not current or relevant.
GUEST : Anna Alvarez unable to attend.
PROSPECTIVE RPA BOARD MEMBER- Helen Burke unable to attend because of EBMUD meeting on trails.
STEP-EBMUD BIKE TRAILS UPDATE ; The only trails that will be open to bicycles on EBMUD
land are the Pinole Valley and Eagle Peak. This will be in effect for the next 20 years as part of
EBMUD master Plan but can be revisited at any time. An implementation group will be formed.
There is a 45 day comment period.
BERKELEY DISASTER and FIRE SAFETY COMMISSION- Jerry. There are no common
standards among agencies which is a huge problem. Amelia suggested we sponsor a meeting
among agencies to discuss subjects as canopies, thinning, etc. Carroll added that we must look
at fuel loads but that dead trees should be managed so some are left for wildlife. Suggestions for
speakers: Joe suggested Bill Stuart .Reg suggested John Mount. THEME- Vegetation in the
East Bay Hills? Possibly February.
FIRE PAPER- Joe. He is looking for a new publisher.
CLAREMONT CONSERVANCY MEETING Nov. 12. History of recent fires bui little on new ideas for prevention.
SIBLEY- MC COSKER: Camping sites have been cut to 50. Bicycles still under discussion.
BOC- Judi. A concession study is currently going on. An update on powered mobility devices is underway.
SLIDESHOW- Jerry showed the historical slideshow he presented to the Berkeley Disaster and
Fire meeting featuring the ’23 fire in Berkeley in which 584 houses were destroyed. The fire
burnt across the ridge and down. Conclusion: history will repeat itself.
Meeting adjourned 11:30
NEXT MEETING JANUARY 8, 2018 in Watershed Headquarters.
MINUTES-RPA BOARD NOV. 6, 2017
Minutes from October approved with minor correction regarding type of thistle referred to. Agenda approved. Treasurer’s report-no change.
DECEMBER MEETING . Scheduled for Dec 12 at Amelia and Pete Wilson’s home. EBRPD’s deputy general manager Ana Alvarez will attend.
DISCUSSION- CHANGE IS GRAZING LEASES AT PT. REYES. Deadline for comments Nov 16. Several options are proposed-some would have significant impact on the environment and Tule elk in particular. Reg gave background history leading up to the proposed changes.
REPORT ON FIRE PAPER -Joe. He has submitted it to Landscape and Urban Planning for publication. He was unfortunately misquoted in the Berkeleyan in regard to removal of pine and eucalyptus. He has been in touch with Nancy Skinner’s office about creating a statewide fire suppression commission. Reg commented on the flammability of Scotch broom and how few people are aware of this. Joe explained mulching and reseeding with grass as a way to control broom.
EBRPD COMMITTEE reports- Judi. She gave an online summary of BOC which included fees, equestrian contracts, and proposed after hours bicycle commute permit. Reports of various committees are now online.
BRIONES TREES AND GRAZING- Lawsuit has been filed by Save Lafayette Trees to negate the agreement between PG&E and EBRPD to remove trees that allegedly threaten underground pipelines, mostly now in Briones.
MINUTES- RPA BOARD OCTOBER 2, 2017
COMMITTEE REPORTS- Judi. BOC: The new Convenient Camping program is providing 4 small cabins at Del Valle aimed at seniors and disabled. They will start renting soon. Four cabins will also be placed at Chabot. There will be limits on stays. Star gazing at a road outside Del Valle has proved popular. The district has expanded the long -term rental agreements for houses it owns from 6-9 years. Most are rented to employees who provide various services to the respective parks such as maintenance and security.
Natural and Cultural Resources Committee. At the Aug. Meeting Bev Ortiz gave a presentation on EBRP’s history. Another highlight was a discussion of the attempt in Wildcat to establish the Santa Cruz tar plant in place of the yellow star thistle. There will be a walk October 22 from 9-11 a.m. at the new McCuskey Property led by GGAS. Birding near the entrance and a two mile loop hike.
FIRE REPORT-Joe is ready to publish. Claremont Canyon. Conservancy and UC could possibly contribute to cost of publishing. Bay Nature will definitely do a 5,000 word article excerpted from Joe’s paper.
CLAREMONT CANYON CONSERVANCY ANNUAL MEETING will be Nov. 12, 4 p.m., at the Claremont Hotel. Speakers will be Bob Doyle and Chief of Calfire Ken Pimlott.
GRIZZLY PEAK FIRE: Jerry passed out three papers: (1) factual assessment of the fire (2) an aerial view with FEMA and EBRP fire reduction sections highlighted and (3) an aerial with diagrams showing the direction and locations of the “91 Hills fire and the Aug 2017 Grizzly Peak fire with the comment that had there been diablo winds the Grizzly Fire would have taken off in similar fashion as the ’91 fire.
OTHER: Marty is in communication with Dee about grazing and trail damage in Briones. She is also concerned about the contract EBRPD’s Board entered into with PG&E which involves removing 273 trees in Briones in the name of “pipeline safety”. She will share more on this at our next meeting.
MINUTES-RPA BOARD SEPT. 11, 2017
TREASURER’S REPORT: No change. Concern about past members who are not currently paying dues and what to do about this. Amelia has still sent these 60-some non–payers the Newsletter. Joe suggests sending out a mailer to update info. The subject shifted to a discussion of RPA”s purpose as an environmental advisory group. Jerry suggests our focus should include being a coalition builder, which we are already given the diverse groups that attend our Annual Meeting. Jerry summarized by saying that the EBRPD Board still listens to us (mostly) and has taken to heart our idea of establishing an EBRPD Scientific Advisory Committee and establishing a connection with UC Berkeley.
NATURAL and CULTURAL Resources committee. Judi sent brief summary. BOC: Dee Rosario is Board liaison to both these committees. We need to go and present our positions on fire, grazing, bicycles, etc. It was suggested we invite the Deputy General Manager, Ana Alvarez, to an upcoming meeting
GRIZZLY PEAK FIRE: Jerry summarized and passed around pictures. If the wind had been going the other direction this fire could have been disastrous. As it was, it served as a warning to all agencies involved.
UPDATE MEASURE CC: A new parcel tax affecting the corridor from San Leandro to Richmond is being proposed and will include $12 million for fire suppression. Advisory committee includes Sierra Club and CNPS.
EBRPD RETIREES INTEREST IN RPA: They are willing to partner with RPA on certain issues.
FIRE POSITION PAPER- Joe. Themes are policy and failure of policy. Planning has been done but hasn’t come to fruition. RPA BOARD’S ASSIGNMENT IS TO READ. There is a case to be made that a regional effort needs to be made.
OTHER: GRAZING. Marty recently observed gates open, locks removed and subsequentgrazing by two bulls with green tags in the enclosed area of the Buckeye near the springs. Creatures removed after contact with D DeFreese and J. Miller.Also Marty has been contacted by Dee Rosario in regards to grazing and its impact on trails.
SB BILL 249 regarding Tesla; there have been changes made to this Bill and Celeste Garamendi feels we should no longer support it.
MINUTES-RPA BOARD JULY 17, 2017
No June minutes. TREASURER’S REPORT: $1,621.08
NOP for adding McCosker and Western Hills to Sibley- DISCUSSION: Highlights. (1)Wildlife corridors must be preserved. (2) Lack of integrated plans including habitat conservation plan. (3)Camping and grazing issues need to be adequately addressed. Full text of Joe Mc Bride’s analysis was discussed and commented on. Conclusion: all 4 areas: Tilden, Redwood, Huckleberry and Sibley need to be planned together along with McCosker. The STEP and SIERRA CLUB comments on the new area’s EIR was passed out.
STEP UPDATE (mountain bikes on EBMUD land). EBMUD still hasn’t deﬁned policy other than developing a pilot project for two trails In EBRP there needs to be a decision of adapting old trails or building new ones (both with EIRs) will be contacted by Joe. COMMITTEE REPORTS:-none. There will likely be a bond measure in 2018.
OTHER: Jerry Kent was approved unanimously to serve as co-vice president with Joe Engbeck.
MINUTES- REGIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING MAY 1, 2017
TREASURER’S REPORT: $1,928.48 + 3 new membership checks totaling $60.00 ANNUAL MEETING MAY 7: Logistics discussed and delegated. Theme “New Kids on the Block”. Amelia will ask questions of each new EBRP Director (Colin Coffey, Ellen Corbett, and Dee Rosario) which will provide an opportunity for each to provide personal background as well as their views and plans for EBRPD’s future.
STEP: Sierra Club has stated their policy regarding bikes: “No bikes on single track trails”. POSITION PAPERS: Thanks to Jerry who has gone to great lengths to prepare documents for distribution at our Annual Meeting on the topics Trail Use, Transparency, and Forming a Natural Science Advisory Panel for EBRP. This Panel would ease the burden in other areas. EBRP COMMITTEES- Judi. The Natural Resources Committee is developing sites for the Snowy Plover. Dee Rosario advises this committee and the BOC. LAFAYETTE TREE REMOVAL BY PG7E: Marty solicited info from those present about how citizens in Lafayette should deal with PG&E’s plan to remove 270 trees, many of them mature oaks.
REGIONAL PARKS ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING- APRIL 3, 2017
PRESENT: NO QUORUM
Discussion among those present centered around questions to be presented to the three new EBRP Board members who will be present at our Annual Meeting May 7, “New Kids on the Block” with the three new EBRPD board members, Coffey, Corbett and Rosario.. Consensus on the following questions/topics:
!. TRAIL USE- conflicts and resolutions Current policy and evolving policy regarding bicycle use. Public education. (addenda- Norm La Force’s letter to EBRP from Sierra Club regarding bicycle use on trails.)
- Discussion of SB 249 which addresses OHV issues including establishment of resource protection, restoration of damage done by OHV use, and reallocation of fuel tax transfer funds.
- EBRPD set up of new NATURAL RESOURCES ADVISORY COMMITTEE to include scientists who will provide SCIENTIFIC, FACTUAL ADVISING.
MINUTES-RPA BOARD MARCH 6, 2017
Agenda approved. 2-6-17 Minutes amended under Other; “The hope is EBMUD will lead a coalition to eventually acquire Indian Valley to protect its Upper San Leandro watershed. Some funds could be used from WW and the Gateway Settlement $1million fund.”
TREASURER’S REPORT: Checking account balance of $1855.72 moved to Mechanics Bank. MSP to pay Amelia $57.24 for expenses for last month’s Newsletter.
NEW MEMBER JOE MC BRIDE was welcomed to the RPA Board unanimously.
GUEST COLIN COFFEY, new EBRP Board member from Ward 6. He was on PAC beginning in
2001 and also involved in the Park Ambassador program. He goes to public events such as the
Solano Stroll and mans the EBRP information table. He also helped the District develop
specialized brochures on camping, dogs, fishing, etc. He feels it important to involve outside
groups in working with the District. Current issues he
sees are allocations being balanced between land acquisition and maintenance and also
balancing land purchase vs. urban needs. Another issue of concern is parkland being loved to death, both in terms of impacts on the land itself and on surrounding neighborhoods. Long term sustainability vs. population growth will need to be addressed and also the needs/desires of conflicting interest groups. Jerry mentioned the “flow” trails at Crockett Hills and our board members hope that signage will restrict it to bikers, or at least warn hikers of this type of trail. Discussion of “trails for all”. Jerry : “the District needs to be explicit”. Jerry brought us up to speed on the current discussion of bicycle use on the Bay Area Ridge trail through Sibley and Huckleberry. Jerry also mentioned STEP (Single Track Environmental Protection).” A good quote from Colin: “Disappoint people in doses they can tolerate” may be useful in meeting the needs of all the various park constituents.
STEP update: Considering becoming a regional organization to deal with mountain bike impacts.
TESLA: Lawsuits consolidated. Opposing legislation introduced in state legislature – resource
protection vs. more OHV funding.
ESA; MSP for RPA to sign on to letter addressed to the Western Governors’ Convention regarding the importance of maintaining the Endangered Species Act.
ANNUAL MEETING; Proposed for Board and membership of RPA for a Sunday in May.
Meeting adjourned 11:05
NEXT MEETING APRIL 3, 2017
MINUTES-RPA BOARD MEETING FEBRUARY 6, 2017
Meeting called to order at 9:40 by President Amelia Wilson. PRESENT: Reg, Jerry, Marty, Judi, Carroll. ABSENT: Joe, Tim, Dee (liaison from EBRP Board).Guest Joe Mc Bride.
Minutes approved w.correction. Agenda approved.
TREASURER’S REPORT: $1,855.72. Reg offered to be our new treasurer, and the board voted to accept him. Dee was recognized as doing a great job as previous treasurer. Account will be transferred to Mechanics Bank.
GUEST JOE MC BRIDE. Joe is Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley in Forest and Landscape Ecology. His expertise has been used many times by EBRP.
TESLA: Friends of Tesla Park is in the early litigation process.
They along with Center for Biological Diversity and Alameda Creek Alliance filed a petition in November 2016 against State Parks and the OHMVR Division challenging the Carnegie SVRA EIR/General Plan project approvals, compliance with the Public Resources Code, and authority of the OHMVR Commission to approve the project. SPRAWLDEF, the County of Alameda, and Connolly Ranch also filed petitions, all in Sacramento Superior Court.
The four petitions have been consolidated and will be heard by one court at the same time but probably there will not be a decision until fall or winter 2017.
FEMA: Jerry. FEMA will only communicate in open meetings. $5.6 million was going to be split among UC, City of Oakland and EBRP. EBRP has done an EIR, seems most competent, and therefore FEMA gave them all the money. FEMA has settled with HCN. Jerry gave his analysis of EBRP’s 2010 Fire hazard and Management Plan He also referred to EBMUD’s plan to rid its land of eucalyptus and pine in thirty years. This information plus Jerry’s talk “Why the Oakland Hills Will Burn Again” is included in a flash drive that he gave to each of us. Carroll would like to see Jerry’s work published. Jerry stated that the Claremont Canyon Conservancy is thinking of it. Amelia suggested that we could co -host a symposium with them in lieu of our annual meeting. Amelia and Jerry will investigate that possibility.Carroll pointed out that urban development is a critical part of fire safety and should be addressed.
BAY AREA TRAILS AND BICYCLES :Amelia gave overview of STEP, the group against EBMUD’s possible addition of mountain bikes trails in watershed lands. RPA has already voted on a resolution again mountain bikes anywhere on watershed lands.
Concern by RPA board members was expressed over the Crockett Hills Regional Park trail, a single track trail built for mountain bikes but open to all.
Board members are deeply concerned about safety on this roller-coaster trail and afraid this designing expecially for mountain bikes sets a precedent for EBRP. Reg commented that this type of recreation has resulted in loss of wildlife. Therefore we believe that an EIR is necessary for these trails and also an adaptive management plan possibly including cameras to identify wildlife use and patterns.
RPA BOARD: Two positions are open.
OTHER: Discussion of Indian Valley and Bollinger areas in Moraga. Indian Valley (near Valle Vista Staging Area) has long been designated by EBMUD as important watershed land. A new proposal for 71 homes here was submitted to the Town of Moraga in December 2016.
It was suggested that we invite new EBRP Board members Colin Coffey and Ellen Corbett to one of our meetings.
Meeting adjourned 11:15 NEXT MEETING MARCH 6.
MINUTES- RPA BOARD MEETING-JANUARY 9, 2017
Meeting called to order at 9:40 by President Amelia Wilson. PRESENT: Dee, Reg, Marty, Carroll, Tim. ABSENT: Judi, Jerry, Joe.
AGENDA approved. MINUTES approved.
Treasurer’s REPORT: $2,121.41 on hand. $500.00 check to Save Tesla outstanding.
DEE ROSARIO joins the EBRP Board tomorrow Jan 10 in a swearing in ceremony. Dee stated that the Board will assign its members to various Standing Committees (including RPA), Dee was asked to send us an e-mail apprising us of pertinent issues including McCosker and Western Hills properties. There will be a meeting January18 at 6:30 in the Trudeau Center regarding an LUP for these properties.. The original proposal was for 150 campsites on McCosker Ranch. The Western Hills property is mitigation for Wilder Ranch, and is adjacent to McCosker.
TESLA: Four separate lawsuits have been filed against the state. Dee will investigate EBRP
STEP: Helen Burke led December’s meeting. MSP to eliminate single track trails from the proposed mountain bike trails. there will be a 1-year pilot of EBMUD’s bicycle plan. It is obvious that EBMUD will need to increase enforcement over and above their current $1 million contract with EBRP Park Police. Discussion continued regarding enforcement. Reg suggested signs be posted at both EBRP and EBMUD giving park police phone numbers and encouraging documentation. It was mentioned that Oakland has a “click-fix”- complaints are called in and assigned a number, facilitating follow-through.
TREASURER: We need a new treasurer.
OTHER: The National Wildlife Federation has chosen Lake Merritt to host National Wildlife Week. Discussion of potential new board members. Kaplan. Meeting adjourned 10:30 DUES are now due
NEXT MEETING FEB 6, 2017.