The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency that undertakes and supports projects to protect, restore and enhance coastal resources; to promote resilience to climate change impacts; and to increase opportunities for the public to enjoy the coast. The Conservancy works along the entire length of California’s coast and within the watersheds of rivers and streams that extend inland from the coast. The Conservancy also works throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and the entire Santa Ana River watershed. The Conservancy awards and oversees grants to local governments, other state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and tribes, using various types of funding, including bond funds, federal funds, and mitigation fees. The Conservancy is a small agency of 64 dedicated, experienced employees who work collaboratively and creatively to achieve the Conservancy’s mission. The Conservancy is located in Oakland, California, near BART.
The Conservancy’s legal division consists of five attorneys, including the Chief Counsel. Conservancy attorneys work closely with staff on a variety of legal issues, mostly in the areas of land use and environmental permitting, contracts, real property interests, and operation of state and local government. Attorneys provide oral and written advice; conduct research; develop legal strategies; negotiate and draft contracts, memoranda of understanding, escrow instructions and other documents; review and edit staff recommendations for consistency with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, funding sources, and CEQA; review property acquisition documents, including title reports, environmental assessments and purchase agreements; review CEQA documents, and track new legislation and case law.
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