REGULAR MEETING OF THE WATERFRONT COMMISSION
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2002, 7:00 PM
COMMISSION MEMBERS Mayor - Paul Kamen, Chair District
1 - Brad Smith, Vice Chair District 2 -
Claudia Kawczynska District 3 -
Norine Smith District 4 -
Michael Minasian District
5 - Janet Cobb District 6 -
Justine Staneko District
7 - Vacancy District 8 -
Mayor - Paul Kamen, Chair District 1 - Brad Smith, Vice Chair
District 2 - Claudia Kawczynska District 3 - Norine Smith
District 4 - Michael Minasian District 5 - Janet Cobb
District 6 - Justine Staneko District 7 - Vacancy
District 8 - Joan Collignon
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SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA ITEM
7. ACTION ITEM
D. Recommendations regarding ferry service to the Berkeley or Albany Waterfront*
From: Linda Perry
Recommendation: Recommend Council communicate with the Water Transit Authority indicating the City's interest in participating in the WTA's EIR and planning process for a possible ferry service serving the Berkeley or Albany Waterfront.
ACTION ITEM D.
Recommendations regarding ferry service to the Berkeley or Albany Waterfront
Whereas, Policy T-9 of the 2001 Berkeley General Plan provides that it is City policy to work with the City of Albany, AC Transit, regional transit authorities, and other interested parties to explore the establishment of regular ferry service from the Berkeley-Albany waterfront; and
Whereas, the California State Legislature established the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority ("WTA") to investigate and plan for the establishment of an environmentally sound public ferry system providing affordable water transit for the San Francisco Bay Area; and
Whereas, by September 2002 the WTA must issue its draft Programmatic EIR and its Implementation and Operations Plan, including recommendations for new ferry routes;
NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Berkeley Waterfront Commission recommend the City Council take the following actions:
1. Send a letter to the Water Transit Authority affirming Berkeley's support for an environmentally responsible ferry service from the Berkeley-Albany waterfront to San Francisco and other destinations in the Bay Area such as Angel Island and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area consistent with Policy T-9 of the Berkeley General Plan;
2. Instruct the City Manager to take timely action to advocate establishment of ferry service from the Berkeley-Albany waterfront and actively participate in the WTA planning process in order to ensure that Berkeley's adopted policies and interests are effectively advocated during the WTA's EIR and planning process.