My remarks to LAFCo Commissioners

Sabrina Brennan made the following remarks as a member of the public, during a two minute comment at the July 15, 2015 LAFCo meeting held in Redwood City at 1:30pm.

Thank you for the opportunity to address the LAFCo, and thank you Martha (SMC LAFCo Executive Director) and Mr. Berkson (consultant) for all your effort working on the Harbor District Municipal Service Review (MSR). 

The Board of Harbor Commissioners is committed to moving the District forward in a positive direction.

At the boards special meeting last night we unanimously approved a contract with OpenGov to provide the District with best in class financial transparency. The online platform will improve the District's financial operations and reduce the amount of staff time spent on public records requests, by making the District's budgets and annual audits accessible online to everyone.

This is one of many needed improvements the board will roll out this year.

With regard to the governance options included in the MSR I would like to note that the District should consider terminating the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with the City of South San Francisco.  

The JPA ends in eleven years and Oyster Point Marina is a greater burden on the District's resources due to an average 60% slip occupancy rate. Two docks with slips were removed to make room for the WETA Ferry Terminal and this has resulted in reduced opportunity for generating revenue.  Opportunities for developing additional commercial lease space at Oyster Point Marina are limited because the District does not own the land. Oyster Point Marina requires a larger subsidy of its enterprise functions than does Pillar Point Harbor.

The City of South San Francisco could consider assuming full management responsibilities for their marina and build additional commercial lease space to generate revenue, begin needed infrastructure improvements, and expand recreational opportunities.  

Thanks for your consideration.

Sabrina Brennan

Seal Cove—Moss Beach


JPA documents

1977 — Engineer's Estimate Phase 1

1977 — Joint Powers Agreement

1985 — Resolution 247-85 and other documents... 

2007 — Breakwater Agreement

2009 — MOU

2011 — Draft EIR Oyster Point Specific Plan, Hazardous Materials, Chapter 11 

2011 — Invoice for Legal Services: Richards, Watson & Gershon

2011 — SSF Redevelopment Agency Agreement: March 25, 2011

2012 — Letter regarding $600,000 agreement for wave attenuators

2012 — Letter regarding two million dollar agreement for docks 8 and 11

2013 — Oyster Point Breakwater Modification Project-Completion Ceremony

2013 — OPM Managment Plan and Capital Improvement Program

2013 — Annual Environmental Report on the Oyster Point Marina Landfill

2014 — SSF Staff Report: Review of SMCHD Relationship with the City

2015 — Semiannual Environmental Report on the Oyster Point Marina Landfill

2015 — Consolidated JPA  (for reference only)

July 30, 2015 — Letter from City of South San Francisco to the SMCHD

Sept 16, 2015 — Recording of South San Francisco Special Meeting

Dec 9, 2015 — SF Regional Water Quality Control Board letter to City of SSF

Dec 10, 2015 — The 2nd Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting held in Redwood Shores. The SMC Office of Sustainability recommended that Oyster Point Landfill be included in the County Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment. Oyster Point Landfill was number 8 on a list of 26 recommended assets.

Dec 18, 2015 — PRA Request from City of SSF to the SMCHD for Oyster Point documents from Jan 2000 through Dec 18, 2015

Dec 23, 2015 — KQED Radio morning news at 6:20am and 8:20am; Peter Shuler's clip included interviews with City and Harbor District officials about persistent flooding at Oyster Point.

Dec 23, 2015 — NBC Bay Area KNTV Channel 11 at 6:00pm and 11:00pm news segment, “King Tides May Alter Development Plans at South San Francisco's Oyster Point”

Jan 30, 2016 — The SMC Office of Sustainability removed Oyster Point Landfill from the list of recommended assets. The change was disclosed at the County’s SeaChange Open House at Genentech in South San Francisco. The City of South San Francisco informed the County that they would prefer Oyster Point Landfill not be included in the Army Corps of Engineers funded SLR Vulnerability Assessment. The County responded by removing Oyster Point Landfill and replacing it with a landfill located in Half Moon Bay approximately 100 feet above the ocean.

The following rendering of Oyster Point Marina are from the Shorenstien website:

Checkout the Virtual Tour (click on Vision) for information about future plans for Oyster Point Marina.