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California Boating and Waterways Commission

The Boating and Waterways Commission (Commission) is mandated by the Harbors and Navigation Code (HNC) to advise and comment on all DBW matters within its jurisdiction. The Commission must also advise and comment on all boating facilities loans and grants proposed by the division.

The Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Each commissioner's term runs for four years. The HNC specifies that in making appointments to the Commission, the Governor shall give primary consideration to the geographical location of the residences of members as related to boating activities and harbors. One member is required to be a private small craft harbor owner and operator, one member must belong to a recognized statewide organization representing recreational boaters, and one member must be an officer or employee of a local law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing boating laws.

Meeting Schedule and Agendas 
(Subject to Change)

Note to the Public: Boating and Waterways Commission Meeting Minutes are posted after each Commission meeting is held. For more information, contact 916-327-1779.

April 4 & 5, 2017 April 4, 2017 Field Tour:
  • Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center (MLETC)
    300 E Water Street, Wilmington, California 90744
  • Marina del Rey Boat Launch Facility
    Revised 3/24/17:
    (Address correction / meeting point – Aerial map attached)
    13682 Mindanao Way (Lot 77), Marina Del Rey, Ca 90292
  • Burton Chace Park Transient Dock Project
    13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292
  • Marina del Rey (Marina- Clean Technology and Education)
    13542 Bali Way
    Marina del Rey, Ca 90292
April 5, 2017 Commission Meeting*:
  • Friends of Banning's Landing
    Avalon Boulevard at 100 E Water Street, Wilmington, California 90744

*The Commission meeting will be live webcast with archived video provided after the meeting at

LIVE Webcast with Agenda

LIVE Webcast without Agenda

Live iOS Webcast without Agenda

Live Android Webcast without Agenda

Marina del Rey Lot 77
Field Tour Agenda
Field Tour Map

TI Marina Diagram
Public Response
Committee Desc.

February 7 & 8, 2017

February 7, 2017 Field Tour:

  • East Park Reservoir, Squaw Creek Inn (1/4 ml from entrance gate)
    4425 Sites Lodoga Rd, Stonyford, CA 95979
  • Stony Gorge Reservoir, BOR Office at BLF Area (40 min north of East Park)
    2551 County Road 304, Elk Creek, CA 95939
  • Trinity Center Boat Launch Facility
    Mary Avenue Road, Trinity Center, CA 96031
  • Minersville Boat Launch Facility
    Granite Peak Road, Lewiston, CA 96052

February 8, 2017 Commission Meeting

  • Trinity County Library
    351 Main St., Weaverville, CA 96093

Field Tour Agenda

November 9, 2016

November 9, 2016 Commission Meeting:

  • California State Parks Stanford Gallery
    (Old Sacramento next to the Railroad Museum)
    111 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


August 9 & 10, 2016 August 9, 2016 Field Tour:
  • Lower Owens River Paddle Trail
    Lone Pine Narrow Gauge Road, Lone Pine, CA 93545
  • Silver Lake Boat Launch Facility
    6957 California 158, June Lake, CA 93529
  • Convict Lake Boat Launch Facility (East side)
    Mammoth Lake, CA 93546
  • Rock Creek Lake Boat Launch Facility
    1 Rock Creek Road, Bishop, CA 93514
August 10, 2016 Commission Meeting:
  • City of Bishop
    City Hall Chamber Office
    377 W Line Street, Bishop, California 93514
Field Tour Agenda
Field Tour Map
May 10 & 11, 2016 May 10, 2016 Field Tour:
  • Treasure Island Sailing Center
    698 California Avenue #112, San Francisco, California 94130
  • Treasure Isle Marina
    1 Clipper Cove Way, San Francisco, California 94130
  • Boating Needs Assessment Workshop (Casa de la Vista Building 227)
    191 Avenue of the Palm, San Francisco, California 94130
May 11, 2016 Commission Meeting:
  • City of Emeryville
    City Hall, Chamber Office
    1333 Park Ave
    Emeryville, CA 94608
Field Trip Agenda
February 23 & 24, 2016 February 23, 2016 Field Tour:
  • City of Colusa
    Colusa Boat Launching Facility
    Colusa- Sacramento River State Recreation Area
    Colusa County Sheriff Boat Unit
    Levee Street and 10th Street
    Colusa, CA 95932
February 24, 2016 Commission Meeting:
  • City of Colusa
    City Hall Chamber Office
    425 Webster Street
    Colusa, California 95932
Field Trip Agenda
November 17 & 18, 2015 November 17, 2015 Field Tour:
  • Shelter Island Boat Launching Facility
    2210 Shelter Island Drive
    San Diego, CA 92101
  • Scripps Institute of Oceanography
    Isaacs Hall
    8855 Biological Grade
    La Jolla, CA 92037
November 18, 2015 Commission Meeting:
  • Port of San Diego
    District Administration Building
    3165 Pacific Highway
    San Diego, California 92101
Field Trip Agenda
August 25 & 26, 2015 August 25, 2015 Field Tour:
  • Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
    921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, California 95501
  • Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Port of Humboldt Bay / Wooley Island Marina
    601 Startare Drive, Eureka, CA 95502
  • County of Humboldt Sheriff's Boating Unit
    (On site: Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center Dock)
    921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501

August 26, 2015 Commission Meeting:

  • Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
    921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, California 95501
Field Trip Agenda
May 12 & 13, 2015 May 12, 2015 Field Tour: Live Oaks Boating Launching Facility, Gridley Boat Launching Facility and Paradise Irrigation District, Paradise Lake Boating Launching Facility at 1100 Pennington Road, Live Oak, California 95953

May 13, 2015 Commission Meeting: Paradise Elks Lodge #2026 - 1100 Elk lane, Paradise, California 95967
Field Trip Agenda
February 9 & 10, 2015 February 9, 2015 Field Tour: Westside Regional Park, 2400 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

February 10, 2015 Meeting: Bodega Bay Fire Protection District Office - Burke Room, 510 Highway One, Bodega Bay, California 94923
Field Trip Agenda
November 5 & 6, 2014 November 5, 2014: Hyatt Regency, Monterey, CA. Marine Recreation Association Conference Event (Entrance fee)

November 6, 2014: Hyatt Regency, Monterey, CA. Division of Boating and Waterways Regular Commission Meeting, Grove Meeting Room.

1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, California 93940  
Field Trip Agenda
Legislative Report
August 19 & 20, 2014 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) Lodge #1474
200 Marina Blvd
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Field Trip Agenda
May 6 & 7, 2014 Red Bluff, CA Notice
Field Trip Agenda
Legislative Report
February 18 & 19, 2014

Stockton, CA 

Residence Inn
3240 West March Lane
Stockton, CA 95219

Field Trip Agenda
Legislative Report

Commission Members

Randy Short 

Randy Short Chair
(2014-2019) Bishop

Randy Short of Bishop, was appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in February 2014.

Short has been president of Almar Management Inc., a marina management company, since 2000. Almar Management operates 17 marinas throughout California, Hawaii and Mexico. Short was chief operating officer of Almar Management, Inc., from 1988 to 2000. He has extensive experience with all aspects of marina operations, design and construction. Short has designed and built marinas in California, Hawaii and Mexico, including the beautiful marina at Cabo San Lucas and the Honolulu resort marina at Ko Olina. Prior to coming to the marina industry he spent twenty years in the ski resort business, mostly at Mammoth Mountain where he held various management positions including his last position as mountain manager for Mammoth/June Ski Resorts June Mountain operation. Short is on the board of the Association of Marine Industries and of the Marina Recreation Association. He is also a member of the national Recreational Boating Leadership Council which is assessing the future direction of the marine industry. Short is also a member of the Channel Islands Harbor Foundation, this foundation, among other things, gives grants to underprivileged children that want to learn to sail. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Short is a Republican.


Virginia Madueño Vice Chair
(2013-2017) Riverbank

Virginia Madueño, 47, of Riverbank, has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. Virginia is the President of IMAGEN, LLC, a communications and marketing firm she established in 2001. IMAGEN continues to demonstrate enthusiasm and expertise in government affairs, grassroots public outreach, community involvement, advocacy and advertising. Virginia served as Council member from 2005-2008 and Mayor for the City of Riverbank California 2009-20012. Madueño is a member of the Stanislaus County Family Justice Center, Gallo Center for the Arts Trustee, Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California. She has a BA in Communications from CSU Stanislaus and is a graduate of the 2006 JFK School of Government at Harvard, National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI). She was awarded the 2008 Trailblazer Business of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners and Wells Fargo and was awarded the 2008 Latina Style Magazine Business of the Year Award, where she was awarded the Anna Maria Arias scholarship to attend the Dartmouth School of Business Minority Enterprise Program in 2009.


Cecily Harris 

Cecily Harris Member
(2015-2018) San Carlos

Cecily Harris, 56, of San Carlos, has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in October 2015. Since 1988, Cecily has been a consultant or employee for nonprofit conservation organizations and public agencies. Her areas of expertise include alternative funding, park planning, program development and marketing communications.

Since 2008, Harris has served on the Board of Directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Executive Board of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee. In addition, she serves on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Advisory Committee, San Francisco Bay Trail and California Garden History Landscape Society Board of Directors. She is an avid sea kayaker, stand up paddler, backcountry skier and distance hiker.

She has a BS in Renewable Natural Resources, Wildlife Sciences from University of Arizona and MBA from Golden Gate University.


David Livingston Member
(2013-2017) Contra Costa

Sheriff Livingston began his career with the Fremont Police Department in 1987. After graduating with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Law & Society, Sheriff Livingston joined Fremont Police and attended the Oakland Police Academy. He served as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant and then captain before being selected to lead the City of Pleasant Hill Police Department as Chief of Police. He served in that capacity for about three years before being appointed Chief of Police for the City of Concord in 2005. Concord is the county's largest city and Sheriff Livingston served over five years there.

Sheriff Livingston earned his law degree from the USF School of Law and is a licensed attorney admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts. He is the past chair of the Contra Costa County Chiefs Association and was a Board Member on the California Police Chiefs Association. Sheriff Livingston is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, a graduate of the California Peace Officer Command College and served three years on the California State Bar's Judicial Nominee Evaluation Commission, (this commission evaluates all judicial candidates before appointment by the Governor). He also represented the California Police Chiefs Association on the League of Cities Pension Reform Task Force.

Sheriff Livingston was sworn into his first term of office on January 3, 2011 and was appointed to the California State Sheriffs’ Association Board of Directors in December 2011.

David Livingston 


Douglas W. Metz Member
(2006-2020) Coronado

Douglas W. Metz, of Coronado, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in 2006.

He is President of Metz & Associates, and senior counsel to The King Law Group providing professional and general management consulting services to businesses and non-profit organizations. In Washington DC, he was CEO and general counsel of Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. He served as associate director and general counsel of the Council on International Economic Policy, assistant director of the President’s Economic Policy Board, and executive director of the Domestic Council Committee on Right of Privacy.

Prior to his White House service, Mr. Metz was vice president of the international management consulting firm of Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Earlier, he was a Congressional chief of staff. He served on active duty as an Air Force Judge Advocate.

Mr. Metz has been admitted to the bars of the state of Michigan, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court..

He is a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Infrastructure Committee and its Water Subcommittee. He is active in the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Coronado. He is immediate past President of the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association, one of the largest marina communities in California. He is Trustee and Vice President of the Coronado Unified School District.


Frank Peralta Member
(2012-2020) Bonita

Frank Peralta, 65, of Bonita, has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. Peralta has been a deputy sheriff at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department since 1974. He is a member of the Latino Police Officers Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

Frank Peralta 

Katherine Pettibone 

Katherine Pettibone Member
(2014-2018) Sacramento

Katherine Pettibone of Sacramento was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in February 2014.

Pettibone has been legislative director at the Civil Justice Association of California since 2010. She was a senior analyst at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research from 2008 to 2010 and an attorney in private practice in 2007. Pettibone was assistant rules advisor and sailing team member at the 32nd America’s Cup from 2006 to 2007. She was a sailing team member and technical coordinator on Team Amer Sports at the Volvo Ocean Race from 2001 to 2002 and a sailing team member with the America True, San Francisco Yacht Club at the 30th America's Cup from 1998 to 2000. Pettibone was a sailing team member and sail coordinator with Team EF Whitbread Round the World Race Team from 1996 to 1998. She was a sailing team member with America 3 Foundation All-Women's Team at the 29th America's Cup from 1994 to 1995, the first all-female America’s Cup crew. She is a member of the U.S. Sailing Association and co-founder of the Rising Tide Leadership Institute. Pettibone earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.