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2005 Commission News

11/22/2005

NEARLY $6 MILLION APPROVED FOR BOATING FACILITIES

 

MONTEREY -- At a meeting in Monterey Thursday and Friday, the Boating and Waterways Commission approved nearly $6 million in grants and loans for boating infrastructure improvements.

The two-day meeting began Thursday with a presentation by William Douros , Superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Douros discussed the mission of the federal marine sanctuaries and upcoming sanctuary management regulations related to invasive species, abandoned watercraft, personal watercraft, and other issues for the coastal sanctuaries in California .

"Mr. Douros' in-depth presentation included questions from the commission and members of the public," said Department of Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. "It was a good flow of information between NOAA and the boating community with representatives from many different stakeholders including, personal watercraft users, harbormasters, law enforcement, surfers, fishing groups and others all weighing in on the upcoming sanctuary management policies."

During Friday's session, the commission voted on proposed loans and grants. The approved projects are:

San Francisco County - San Francisco Marina West Harbor

The commission approved a phase two loan of $3,700,000 to the City of San Francisco for a $16,500,000 project to improve the West Harbor at the San Francisco Marina. The loan covers demolishing and constructing berths, upgrading dock utilities, installing barrier-free access gangways with security gates, constructing a new breakwater and revetment, removing mole, dredging, and improving buildings.

San Mateo County - Port of Redwood City Boat Launching Facility

The commission approved a grant of $1,080,400 to the Port of Redwood City to improve the Redwood City Boat Launching Facility. The project entails removing and replacing the boat launching ramp, installing a boarding float, constructing a retaining wall, adding slope protection, constructing a concrete turnaround and ready-lane, relocating utilities, adding walkways, curbs and storm drainage, renovating a restroom, adding lighting, and installing a pay station, information kiosk and signage.

Sacramento County - Broderick Boat Launching Facility

The commission approved a grant of $653,000 to the City of West Sacramento to improve the Broderick Boat Launching Facility in West Sacramento . The project includes widening the existing boat ramp, installing anchoring systems and a new boarding float, installing lighting and security gates, constructing a fish cleaning station, upgrading the sewer system, installing backflow device cages, constructing shade gazebos and a trash/recycling area, and adding picnic tables, barbeques, a drinking fountain and a project sign.

Sutter County - Live Oak Riverfront Park Boat Launching Facility

The commission approved a grant of $561,000 to Sutter County for the first phase of a $1,118,000 project to improve the Live Oak Riverfront Park Boat Launching Facility on the Feather River near the city of Live Oak . The proposed project includes replacing a single-lane boat launching ramp with a new two-lane boat launching ramp, installing a boarding float, rock slope protection and a project sign.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

 

11/08/2005

NEARLY $6 MILLION CONSIDERED FOR BOATING FACILITIES

 

MONTEREY -- Nearly $6 million in grants and loans for boating facilities will be considered by the California Boating and Waterways Commission on November 17 and 18. During the two-day meeting in Monterey , the Commission will evaluate and vote on $5,994,400 in Department of Boating and Waterways recreational boating facility loans and grants. Both sessions are open to the public and will take place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey , Windjammer Room, 1 Old Golf Course Road , Monterey .

On Thurs. Nov. 17, Bill Douros, who is Superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, will discuss upcoming sanctuary management regulations related to invasive species, abandoned watercraft, personal watercraft, and ?shery issues for coastal sanctuaries in California .

The second session, during which commissioners will vote on proposed loans and grants, convenes Fri., Nov. 18 at 8:30 a.m. Projects being considered are:

San Francisco County - San Francisco Marina West Harbor

The commission will consider a loan of $3,700,000 in phase two funding on a $16,500,000 project to improve the West Harbor at the San Francisco Marina. The loan covers demolishing and constructing berths, upgrading dock utilities, installing barrier-free access gangways with security gates, constructing a new breakwater and revetment, removing mole, dredging, and improving buildings.

San Mateo County - Port of Redwood City Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $1,080,400 to the Port of Redwood City to make improvements to the Redwood City Boat Launching Facility. The project entails removing and replacing the boat launching ramp, installing a boarding float, constructing a retaining wall, adding slope protection, constructing a concrete turnaround and ready-lane, relocating utilities, adding walkways, curbs and storm drainage, renovating a restroom, adding lighting, and installing a pay station, information kiosk and signage.

Sacramento County - Broderick Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $653,000 to improve the Broderick Boat Launching Facility in West Sacramento. The project includes widening the existing boat ramp, installing anchoring systems and a new boarding float, installing lighting and security gates, constructing a fish cleaning station, upgrading the sewer system, installing backflow device cages, constructing shade gazebos and a trash/recycling area, and adding picnic tables, barbeques, a drinking fountain and a project sign.

Sutter County - Live Oak Riverfront Park Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $561,000 for the first phase of a $1,118,000 project to improve the Live Oak Riverfront Park Boat Launching Facility on the Feather River near the city of Live Oak . The proposed project includes replacing a single-lane boat launching ramp with a new two-lane boat launching ramp, installing a boarding float, rock slope protection and a project sign.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

08/26/2005

NEARLY $12 MILLION APPROVED FOR BOATING FACILITIES

 

At a meeting in Long Beach Friday, the California Boating and Waterways Commission approved $11,925,000 in Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants for boating infrastructure improvements. The approved projects are:

Orange County – Dana Point Harbor Marinas

The commission approved a loan of $3,700,000 in phase two funding on a $15,000,000 loan to improve the East and West Marinas at Dana Point Harbor. The project includes demolishing and reconstructing 240 berths in the East Marina and 500 berths in the West Marina, installing gangways in both marinas, fortifying the bulkhead, replacing dock utilities, reconfiguring a parking area, and remodeling and expanding the harbormaster/public restroom building.

Los Angeles County – Long Beach Downtown Marina

The commission approved a loan of $8,125,000 as the final phase of funding for a $31,718,000 project to improve the Long Beach Shoreline Marina and the Rainbow Marina, collectively known as the Downtown Marinas. This includes replacing dock utilities and pile, and widening or replacing gangways and docks for barrier-free access.

Los Angeles County – Bonelli Park Boat Launching Facility

The commission approved a grant of $100,000 in phase one funding on a $1,303,500 making improvements to the Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park Boat Launch Facility. The facility is located on Puddingstone Lake in the San Gabriel Valley. This entails extending a pair of two-lane powerboat launch ramps, installing two boarding floats, and adding a new parking area, restrooms, utilities and signage.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

08/22/2005

BOATING AND WATERWAYS COMMISSION TO CONSIDER NEARLY $12 MILLION

 

Nearly $12 million in grants and loans for boating facilities will be considered by the California Boating and Waterways Commission on Aug. 25 and 26. The two-day meeting in Long Beach will consist of a strategic planning session and consideration of $11,925,000 in Department of Boating and Waterways recreational boating facility loans and grants.

“Our responsibility is to provide access to the waterways for California’s boaters,” said Department of Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. “These boating facility improvements are important to Southern California’s boaters and communities and we are committed to ensuring that they are accomplished as efficiently and as effectively as possible.”

Both sessions are open to the public and will take place at the Coast Long Beach Hotel, Almeria/Seville Room, 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach. The strategic planning session, to be held on Thurs., Aug. 25 at 1:30 p.m., will be a discussion of the Boating and Waterways Commission’s role in California boating and in the operation of the Department of Boating and Waterways.

The second session, during which commissioners will vote on proposed loans and grants, convenes Fri., Aug. 26 at 8:30 a.m. Projects being considered are:

Orange County – Dana Point Harbor Marinas

The commission will consider a loan of $3,700,000 in phase two funding on a $15,000,000 loan to improve the East and West Marinas at Dana Point Harbor. The project includes demolishing and reconstructing 240 berths in the East Marina and 500 berths in the West Marina, installing gangways in both marinas, fortifying the bulkhead, replacing dock utilities, reconfiguring a parking area, and remodeling and expanding the harbormaster/public restroom building.

Los Angeles County – Long Beach Downtown Marina

The commission will consider a loan of $8,125,000 as the final phase of funding for a $31,718,000 project to improve the Long Beach Shoreline Marina and the Rainbow Marina, collectively known as the Downtown Marinas. This includes replacing dock utilities and pile, and widening or replacing gangways and docks for barrier-free access.

Los Angeles County – Bonelli Park Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $100,000 in phase one funding on a $1,303,500 making improvements to the Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park Boat Launch Facility. The facility is located on Puddingstone Lake in the San Gabriel Valley. This entails extending a pair of two-lane powerboat launch ramps, installing two boarding floats, and adding a new parking area, restrooms, utilities and signage.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

06/27/2005

BOATING AND WATERWAYS COMMISSION APPROVES LOAN AND GRANT CHANGES, ELECTS OFFICERS

 

The California Boating and Waterways Commission approved modifications for existing loans and grants and provided Phase II funding for a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta marina project.

The Commission also elected H.P. “Sandy” Purdon to the post of Chairman and Jon Fleischman as Vice Chairman. Purdon and Fleischman were appointed to the Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004. Their term as officers will run through 2006.

The approved projects were:

Marin County – Miller Park Boat Launching Facility

The Commission approved a time extension and a change of construction on a $1,070,000 existing grant for improvements to the Miller Park Boat Launching Facility on Tomales Bay.

Alameda County – Berkeley Marina

The Commission approved a change of construction on a $7,000,000 existing loan to the City of Berkeley to make improvements to the Berkeley Marina.

Contra Costa County – Martinez Marina

The Commission approved a request by the City of Martinez to alter their existing loan agreements to make interest-only payments for two years on $1.75 million in existing debt, and to extend the time allowed to use a $2.973 million loan for infrastructure improvements. The changes will allow the City to hire a private operator to rebuild the marina.

Contra Costa County – Orwood Resort

The Commission approved a $200,000 increase to a $1,071,000 existing private marina loan to Orwood Resort, Inc., for improvements to the Orwood Resort Marina in May 2003.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, whose members are appointed by the Governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

 

06/16/2005

BOATING AND WATERWAYS COMMISSION TO MEET JUNE 24TH

 

The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet Friday, June 24 to elect officers and consider modifications and increased funding for existing Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, Napa Ballroom, 1250 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco. The projects to be considered are:

Marin County – Miller Park Boat Launching Facility

The Commission will consider a time extension and a change of construction on a $1,070,000 existing grant for improvements to the Miller Park Boat Launching Facility on Tomales Bay.

Alameda County – Berkeley Marina

The Commission will consider a change of construction on a $7,000,000 existing loan to the City of Berkeley to make improvements to the Berkeley Marina.

Contra Costa County – Martinez Marina

The Commission will consider a request by the City of Martinez to alter their existing loan agreements with the Department. The City is requesting interest-only payments for two years on $1.75 million of existing debt, and a time extension for using a $2.973 million loan for infrastructure improvements. The changes would allow the City to hire a private operator to rebuild the marina.

Contra Costa County

The Commission will consider a $200,000 increase to an existing private marina loan. The Commission approved a $1,071,000 Department of Boating and Waterways loan to Orwood Resort, Inc., for improvements to the Orwood Resort Marina in May 2003.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the Governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

05/12/2005

GOVERNOR APPOINTS COSTA MESA SAILOR TO BOATING AND WATERWAYS COMMISSION

 

Sacramento – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Ed Reno, 36, of Costa Mesa, to the Boating and Waterways Commission. Reno, a graduate of the University of Southern California, is the national director of state government affairs for Allergan, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Irvine. He is also a member of the United States Sailing Association.

“I look forward to working on ensuring the recreational boating community’s continued access to our state’s fantastic waterways and a safe, enjoyable boating environment,” Reno said. “As a father, I am committed to ensuring that the unique boating environment California’s coast and waterways provide will be available to my son.”

Reno previously served on staff for governors Schwarzenegger and Wilson. He is a member of the Corporate Leadership Council of the Orange County Performing Arts and a board member of the Orange County Lincoln Club.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

The Boating and Waterways Commission provides advice and consent for all small craft harbor loans and boat launching facility grants proposed by the Department of Boating and Waterways.

The Boating and Waterways Commission is one of the nearly 100 boards and commissions Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed to eliminate or reform as part of his effort to reorganize state government. The Governor may continue making appointments to these boards and commissions to ensure continued operation of core governmental functions until their reform or elimination.

03/15/2005

COMMISSION APPROVES $6.6 MILLION IN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

 

At a meeting in Sacramento Friday, the California Boating and Waterways Commission approved $6,633,000 in Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants for boating infrastructure improvements. The approved projects are:

San Luis Obispo County – Lopez Lake Boat Launching Facility

The Commission approved a grant of $83,000 in initial funding for a $763,100 project to replace boarding floats and a courtesy dock, resurface the parking area and marina road, and install two new fish-cleaning stations.

Sacramento County – Sacramento Marina – South Basin

The Commission approved a Phase II loan of $5,150,000 on a $6,500,000 project to reconfigure the marina, construct berth covers, install gangways, replace dock utilities, dredge, and add three fuel dispensers.

Marin County – Sausalito Marine Center

The Commission approved a $1,400,000 recreational marina loan requested by Zack’s Inc., contingent upon the applicant providing sufficient loan collateral to meet department requirements. The loan will be used to make improvements to the floating docks, install new dock and utility boxes, pave the parking area/dry boat storage area, convert the canvas shop into a harbormaster’s office and maintenance shop, improve and expand the decking and improve the warehouse.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the Governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

 

03/01/2005

BOATING AND WATERWAYS COMMISSION TO MEET MARCH 11TH

 

The California Boating and Waterways Commission will consider approving $6,633,000 in Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants and time extensions for existing loans during a meeting March 11 in Sacramento .

“These projects are an example of how we give back to California’s boaters in a practical way,” said Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. “New and improved boating facilities support a vibrant boating community in our state that keeps 284,000 Californians employed.”

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, in Room 304 at 8:30 a.m.. The proposed projects to be considered are:

San Luis Obispo County – Lopez Lake Boat Launching Facility

The Commission will consider a grant of $83,000 in initial funding for a $763,100 project to replace boarding floats and a courtesy dock, resurface the parking area and marina road, and install two new fish-cleaning stations.

Sacramento County – Sacramento Marina – South Basin

The Commission will consider a Phase II loan of $5,150,000 on a $6,500,000 project to reconfigure the marina, construct berth covers, install gangways, replace dock utilities, dredge, and add three fuel dispensers.

Marin County – Sausalito Marine Center

The Commission will consider a $1,400,000 recreational marina loan requested by Zack’s Inc. and secured by a second deed of trust on the property. The loan will be used to make improvements to the floating docks, install new dock/utility boxes, pave the parking area/dry boat storage area, convert the canvas shop into a harbormasters office/maintenance shop, improve and expand the fixed decking and improve the warehouse.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the Governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.