SF Bay’s problems fester as regulator neglects responsibility, investigation finds

San Francisco Chronicle

An investigation into the Bay Conservation and Development Commissionfound mismanagement and disorganization so rampant that the once-celebrated watchdog agency allegedly neglected its primary responsibility — to protect San Francisco Bay... Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, said her organization alerted the commission to many polluters, only to learn the violators received token punishment. But, she said, the commission has recently gotten tougher on violators, resulting in backlash. “I think that the violators were lulled into a false sense of complacency, and they started whining and complaining when the rules got enforced,” said Choksi-Chugh. “Honestly, the state Legislature needs to step up and identify that BCDC needs more funding to do their job.”