Despite budget cuts, 2009 a productive year for BCDC 

Despite facing the looming possibility that it could be disbanded, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission had a pretty productive year in 2009.

The regional shoreline regulating agency, which was eyed for elimination by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, went forward with plans to shift their focus to dealing with climate change, entered into an alliance with the Netherlands to learn more about combating sea levels, and sponsored a design competition about managing Bay Area development with the specter of rising tides.

BCDC was able to accomplish those tasks and more, despite dealing with a 9.5 percent budget reduction and state-imposed furlough days, according to the agency’s year-end report, which will be presented at its Board of Directors meeting on February 4.

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