Lt. Governor Newsom Delivers Commission's First Strategic Plan in 18 years


(Sacramento) - California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will complete his 2015 term as Chair of California's State Lands Commission today by delivering on a commitment to bring a twenty-first century focus to the Commission through the development of its first strategic plan in over eighteen years.

"This strategic plan ensures that today's decisions are made with an eye to the future. It leverages technology, invites renewable energy development, and outlines an investment plan for the School Land Bank fund," said Lt. Governor Newsom. "Perhaps most importantly, it incorporates the impacts of sea level rise and climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, and litter and marine debris within its future project analyses and reviews."

The strategic plan also delivers on Lt. Governor Newsom's prioritization of transparency within the Commission's practices and operations, sets the highest levels of safety and environmental protection for resources under the Commission's jurisdiction, and requires the use of sovereign lands to be consistent with public trust principles and values.

The State Lands Commission oversees the management, leasing and protection of millions of acres of state-owned lands and resources under its jurisdiction. A primary function of the Commission is to issue leases for the use of the state's property and resources. While the Commission has some regulatory functions, principally it is a land and resource management agency, not a regulatory agency.

As Mayor of San Francisco from 2004 - 2011, Gavin Newsom led the city to become one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the nation, demonstrating national leadership in the development of renewable energy, combating climate change locally, and promoting environmental justice.

To protect and utilize the city's coastal inheritance, then-Mayor Newsom initiated the development of the 13-mile Blue Greenway project, to improve and expand the open space network along the City's central and southern waterfront. Under Newsom's leadership to clean the city's waterfront, San Francisco also achieved the highest rate of recycling and waste diversion in the U.S. (77%) through the nation's first plastic bag ban and Styrofoam ban.

Mayor Newsom's administration also addressed long-neglected environmental injustices in the Bayview-Hunters Point community, dedicating significant resources to clean up the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, and closing the Hunters Point power plant. City Hall was also directed to conduct an Ocean Power feasibility study as part of the City's climate change mitigation efforts, placing test buoys off Ocean Beach to measure wave power during the months of highest and lowest wave density, identifying 30-100MW of potential wave power generation.