View from Russian Ridge Preserve to Mindego Hill by Karl Gohl

Board of Directors

Additional Information

5:00 p.m. - Special Meeting-Closed Session

7:00 p.m. - Regular Meeting

Consistent with Government Code section 54953(e) and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Resolution 21-33, and in light of the declared state of emergency, the meeting will be conducted in a hybrid manner. Individuals can attend in-person or via Zoom. Some board members may be teleconferencing into the meeting via a virtual platform. Members of the public can listen to the meeting and participate using the following methods.

  1. In-person at the Midpen Administrative Office – 5050 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA 94022.
  2. The meeting can be viewed in real-time at: or listen to the meeting by dialing (669) 900-6833 or (346) 248-7799 (Meeting ID 838 5476 7814).

Members of the public may submit written comments to be provided to the board or register to make oral comments via Zoom by submitting a public comment form at:  

  • Requests to provide oral comment must be submitted prior to the time public comment on the agenda item is closed.   
  • All comments shall be subject to the same rules as would otherwise govern speaker comments at the board of directors meeting.   
  • All written comments or requests to speak via Zoom must be submitted via the public comment form.

Requests to provide oral comments may also be made by leaving a message at 650-772-3614.

  • Comments via text or social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) will not be accepted.   

Any comments received after the deadline, will be provided to the Board after the meeting. 

Meeting Agenda



                  ROLL CALL


               1.    CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS (Government Code Section 54957.6)

Agency designated representatives: Ana Ruiz, General Manager, Brian Malone, Assistant General Manager

Employee organization: Midpeninsula Rangers Peace Officers Association; Field Employees

Association; all unrepresented office, supervisory and management employees 






                  ORAL COMMUNICATIONS

This portion of the agenda is for members of the public to comment on items not on the agenda; however, the Brown Act (Open Meeting Law) does not allow action by the Board of Directors on items not on the agenda. Individuals are limited to one comment during this section.


                  SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY


Recognition of the effort, financial planning, and environmentally sustainable decisions in establishing the new Administrative Office  


Presentation of Special Congressional Recognition  


Swearing in of Measure AA Bond Oversight Committee Members


Introduction of Staff

  • Sean Correa Ecologist, Resource Management Specialist III
  • Catherine Caldwell, Volunteer Program Lead 


                  ADOPTION OF AGENDA


                  CONSENT CALENDAR

All items on the Consent Calendar may be approved without discussion by one motion. Board members, the General Manager, and members of the public may request that an item be removed from the Consent Calendar during consideration of the Consent Calendar.

  1. Approve the September 28, 2022 Board meeting minutes


  1. Claims Report


               3.       Appointment of Unopposed Candidates in Wards 1, 2, 5, and 6 (R-22-112)


Staff Contact: Jennifer Woodworth, District Clerk/Assistant to the General Manager General Manager’s Recommendation: 

  1. Adopt a Resolution Appointing Craig Gleason as Director – Ward 1 of the Board of Directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
  2. Adopt a Resolution Appointing Yoriko Kishimoto as Director – Ward 2 of the Board of Directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
  3. Adopt a Resolution Appointing Karen Holman as Director – Ward 5 of the Board of Directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.
  4. Adopt a Resolution Appointing Margaret MacNiven as Director – Ward 6 of the Board of Directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.


               4.       Renewal of GIS Software Enterprise Agreement (R-22-114)


Staff Contact: Jamie Hawk, GIS Program Administrator, Information Systems & Technology Department

General Manager’s Recommendation: Authorize the General Manager to renew a three-year Small County and Municipality Government Enterprise Agreement for geographic information system software licensing with Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., for an amount not-to-exceed $165,000.


           5.         Award of Contract to Confluence Restoration, Inc., for Alma Cultural Landscape Plant Installation & Maintenance (R-22-113)


Staff Contact: Amanda Mills, Resource Management Specialist II  General Manager’s Recommendation: 

  1. Authorize the General Manager to execute a one-year term contract with Confluence Restoration, Inc., in the amount of $246,612 for work on the Alma Cultural Landscape Plant Installation & Maintenance Project.
  2. Authorize the General Manager to extend the contract for up to four additional one-year terms and amend the scope of work to cover future plant installation and maintenance services, for a not-to-exceed contract amount of $1,112,503 over the five-year term, based on contractor performance.   
  3. Authorize a 10% contingency of $111,250 over the five-year term to address unforeseen issues for achieving plant revegetation metrics, for a not-to exceed total contract amount of $1,223,753 over the five-year term. 


               BOARD BUSINESS

Public comment on agenda items at the time each item is considered by the Board of Directors.


               6.          La Honda Creek Preserve Forest Health and Management Plan - Next Steps (R-22-116)


Staff Contact: Kirk Lenington, Natural Resources Manager General Manager’s Recommendation: 

  1. Direct the General Manager to solicit restoration forestry and engineering services to develop a Timber Harvest Plan and forest management prescriptions consistent with existing Resource Management Policies and the findings of the La Honda Forest Health and Management Plan to improve forest health conditions.
  2. Authorize the General Manager to amend a contract with Sicular Environmental Consulting and Natural Lands Management of Berkeley, California, in the amount of $50,000 to provide additional project management, staff support, and oversight. The amendment would bring the contract to a total not-to-exceed amount of $157,293.


           7.         Teleconferenced Board Meetings Pursuant to the Brown Act and Assembly Bill 361 (R22-115)


Staff Contact: Ana Ruiz, General Manager and Hilary Stevenson, General Counsel General Manager’s Recommendation:  Adopt a resolution affirming findings to continue remote teleconferenced public meetings, including as part of hybrid (remote/in-person) meetings, pursuant to AB 361.




Report to Regional Water Board regarding Pescadero Creek Sediment TMDL 


              INFORMATIONAL REPORTS – Reports on compensable meetings attended. Brief reports or announcements concerning activities of District Directors and staff; opportunity to refer public or Board questions to staff for information; request staff to report to the Board on a matter at a future meeting; or direct staff to place a matter on a future agenda. Items in this category are for discussion and direction to staff only. No final policy action will be taken by the Board.


  1. Committee Reports
  2. Staff Reports
  3. Director Reports




Regular Meeting agendas are posted 72 hours prior to the meeting. Special Meeting agendas are posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place at the District Administrative Office - 5050 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA 94022

Meeting minutes are generally available two to four weeks after a Board meeting. Please note that formal meeting minutes are not taken at Committee meetings or some Special Meetings of the Board (that is, study sessions or public workshops). See Midpen meeting minutes.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the District Clerk at or 650-691-1200. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the District to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.