Agenda: January 15th Board of Directors Meeting

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
San Pedro Municipal Building
638 S. Beacon Street, Room 452, San Pedro, CA 90731
Friday, January 15, 2015, 10:00 A.M.

BOARD MEMBERS:

Sean Hecht, Chair; David Sloane, Vice Chair; Michele Prichard, Treasurer; Cristin Mondy; Director; David Thornburg, Director; and Kathleen Woodfield, Director

HCBF: Ben Schirmer, Meghan Reese, and Ata Khan

LEGAL COUNSEL: Michael Jenkins, Jenkins & Hogin LLP

AGENDA

ITEM A. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

ITEM B. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REMARKS

ITEM C. BOARD MEMBER REMARKS         

ITEM D. GUEST PRESENTATION(S)
NONE

CONSENT ITEM(S)

ITEM 1. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR HCBF BOARD MEETING DATED DECEMBER 4, 2015 (Attachment 1)

A copy of the proposed minutes from the December 4, 2015 Board meeting is attached.

Recommendation to Board: Approval of the minutes of the HCBF Board meeting dated December 4, 2015.

REGULAR ITEM(S)

ITEM 2. BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION (Attachment 2)

SUMMARY: Effective September 18, 2015 Jesse Marquez resigned as Director A. Pursuant to section 7.1.2 of HCBF’s Bylaws, this Director shall be selected by the TraPac Appellants and shall be an individual TraPac Appellant or a member of employee of an organizational TraPac Appellant who lives or works in the community of Wilmington. The TraPac Appellants have nominated Gisele Fong as Director A.

Attachment 2 includes a copy of the letter from the TraPac Appellants selecting Gisele Fong to the Director A seat, and Dr. Fong’s resume.

Recommendations to Board:

  1. Board shall elect Gisele Fong for Director Seat A, based on the selection by the TraPac Appellants.

ITEM 3. OFFICER ELECTION

SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 9.2 of HCBF’s Bylaws, officers shall serve at the discretion of the Board until his or her successor shall be elected, or his or her earlier resignation or removal. Michele Prichard has expressed her intent to resign as treasurer effective January 15, 2016. David Thornburg has agreed to serve as the Treasurer to replace Michele Prichard for the remainder of her current term ending May 31, 2016.

Recommendations to Board:

  1. Board shall consider and vote to elect David Thornburg as the Treasurer for the remainder of the current term concluding on or about May 31, 2016. 

ITEM 4. REVIEW AND APRROVAL OF STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MARCHEM FUNDS (Attachment 3)

SUMMARY: HCBF has been designated as the recipient of a mitigation payment of $20,000 as the result of a litigation settlement in the case California Communities Against Toxics v. Marchem Technologies, LLC (U.S.D.C. C.D. Ca. 2:14-cv-02562-DMG-PL). Under the settlement agreement, HCBF must use the funds to provide “grants to environmentally beneficial projects in the Dominguez Channel/Los Angeles Harbor watershed and the Los Angeles County area relating to water quality improvements.” HCBF is entitled to allocate up to 5% of the payment to its costs relating to administration of the grant or grants.

HCBF has received a proposal from LA Waterkeeper for a grant of these funds to educate local youth, examine pollution sources, and develop strategies to abate the impacts of stormwater pollution in the Dominguez Channel. Staff believes that a sole-source proposal is an appropriate means of allocating these mitigation monies, and that LA Waterkeeper’s proposed use of the funds would be an appropriate use of the funds and in compliance with the terms of the settlement.

Attachment 3 includes: The following are attached:

  1. Staff memo on LA Waterkeeper’s proposal with recommendation
  2. Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release of Claims
  3. Letter dated February 4, 2015 from HCBF to the Citizen Suit Coordinator
  4. LA Waterkeeper’s proposal

Recommendations to Board:

  1. Board shall consider and vote to approve Staff’s recommendation of LA Waterkeeper as the recipient of the Marchem Settlement funds.
  2. Board shall authorize staff to execute a grant agreement with LA Waterkeeper for $19,000 per the requirements noted in paragraph 10 of the Marchem Settlement Agreement.

 ITEM 5. DISCUSSION ON POTENTIAL NON-GRANTMAKING INITIATIVES (Attachment 4)

 SUMMARY: Staff is requesting input from the Board on non-grant making initiatives for 2016.Attachment 4 is a staff memo summarizing Staff recommendations for potential non-grant making initiatives.

ITEM 6. DISCUSSION ON FUTURE PLANNING BEYOND 2016 (Attachment 5)


SUMMARY: HCBF’s current Strategic Plan ends in 2016. Staff is requesting input from the Board on development and timing of a process for planning for HCBF’s future beyond 2016.

 

Attachment 5 is a staff memo giving an overview of possible planning alternatives.

 ITEM 7. DISCUSSION AND DECISION REGARDING FUNDING LEVELS FOR 2016 GRANT CYCLES (Attachment 6)

SUMMARY: Staff would like input and a determination from the Board regarding the total amount of funding to be disbursed from the Port Community Mitigation Trust Fund (PCMTF) for 2016. Staff also seeks input from the Board regarding how those funds should be allocated between the two current grant cycles (Healthy Harbor Round 5 and Community Benefit Round 4).

Attachment 6 is a memo with staff’s recommendations for both the total amount of funding to be disbursed from the PCMTF in 2016 along with how those funds could be allocated between the two rounds of grant cycles.

Recommendations to Board:

  1. Board shall determine the total amount of funding to be disbursed from the PCMTF for 2016.
  2. Board shall determine how the funds allocated from the PCMTF between the Healthy Harbor and the Community Benefit grant cycles.

ITEM 8. MEETING ADJOURNMENT

Next Meeting:

Friday, February 19, 2015
Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
544 N. Avalon Blvd.
Wilmington, CA 90744

PUBLIC BOARD MEETINGS:

Public Input: An opportunity for the public to address the Board on Agenda items or other items germane to the business of the Board will be provided before or during consideration of the item.   Members of the public who wish to speak on any item are requested to complete a speaker card for each item they wish to address, and present the completed card(s) to the Staff. A speaker will be limited to (3) minutes to speak on public interest items.

Agendas: Agendas contain a brief description items to be considered. Where Staff recommendations are made, please note that the Board may exercise its discretion to take action on any action item, up to and including final approval.

Quorum: 4 members of the Board constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Consent items may be approved without discussion.

Regular Meetings: The Board shall meet regularly, typically on a monthly basis (times and locations To Be Determined). Agenda is subject to revision in accordance with the Brown Act. Agendas will be available in hard copy at the meeting.

Harbor Community Benefit Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, and translation services may be provided. If you require special assistance to participate in this meeting, you must submit your request in writing to the above address at least one week prior to the meeting.

HCBF can be contacted at (310) 997-7116. www.hcbf.org or info@hcbf.org