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Welcome to the State Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)

The SMGB represents the State's interest in the development, utilization and conservation of mineral resources; reclamation of mined lands; development of geologic and seismic hazard information; and to provide a forum for public redress.

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News

  • Brian Anderson, of Carlsbad, has been reappointed to the State Mining and Geology Board where he has served since 2014.  Anderson has been vice president of property permitting and environment at Vulcan Materials Company since 2013, where he has held several positions since 2002, including director of environment, regulatory affairs and sustainable development, environmental affairs manager and area resources manager. He held several positions at Brown and Caldwell Inc. from 1994 to 2002, including program leader, operations manager and senior project manager.  Anderson has been a registered geologist since 2002.  He earned a Master of Science degree in geological sciences from the University of California, Riverside.
  • Stephanie Landregan, of Glendale, was appointed to the State Mining and Geology Board on February 2, 2015. Landregan has been program director of landscape architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension since 2008. She served as division chief of landscape architecture at the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority from 1999 to 2008 and was a senior landscape architecture associate at Lawrence R. Moss and Associates from 1995 to 1999. Landregan was a landscape architecture designer at Landesign from 1993 to 1995, a planning graphic design associate at the Santa Monica City Planning Department from 1989 to 1993, a museum designer and fabricator at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science from 1985 to 1989 and aerial photography manager at Bohannan Huston Inc. from 1982 to 1985. Landregan was a graphics designer at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology from 1980 to 1982 and a cartographer illustrator at the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources from 1978 to 1979. She is a member of the City of Glendale Planning Commission and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. Landregan was a member of the State of California Landscape Architects Technical Committee from 2002 to 2015.

  • Sandra Potter, of Petaluma, was appointed to the State Mining and Geology Board on February 2, 2015. Potter has been planning and environmental review division manager at the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department since 2013. She was an engineering geologist at the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board from 2001 to 2013 and principal scientist at LSA Associates from 1999 to 2001. Potter was a member of the El Cerrito City Council from 2002 to 2010. She earned a Master of Science degree in geology from Humboldt State University.

  • Gideon Kracov, of Los Angeles, has been named chair of the State Mining and Geology Board, where he has served since 2014. Kracov has been an attorney in private practice since 2004. He was deputy city attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office from 2002 to 2004 and an associate lawyer at Rose Klein and Marias LLP from 1997 to 2002. Kracov was an associate at Weston Benshoof LLP from 1995 to 1997. He is incoming chair of the California State Bar, Environmental Law Executive Committee. Kracov earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
  • The SMGB proposes amended regulations pertaining to the designation and termination of

     designation of mineral lands in the North San Francisco Bay Production-Consumption Region. The proposed regulatory language has been published in the California Regulatory Notice Register 2014, No. 52-Z, and is available for public comment through February 9, 2015.   
  • At its August 14, 2014 regular business meeting, the SMGB adopted regulatory language pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the Stockton-Lodi Production Consumption Region.  
  • At its August 14, 2014 regular business meeting, the SMGB adopted regulatory language pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara Production-Consumption Region.   
  • On June 11, 2014, the Office of Administrative Law approved regulatory action pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the San Bernardino Production-Consumption Region.  This regulatory action  (regulatory text and plates) becomes effective on October 1, 2014. 
  • On April 11, 2014, the Office of Administrative Law approved amended regulatory action pertaining to the designation and termination of designation of mineral lands in the Palm Springs Production-Consumption Region.  This regulatory action (regulatory text and plates) became effective on July 1, 2014.
  • On January 13, 2014, the Office of Administrative Law approved the SMGB's regulations pertaining to mandatory notification and recertification of amended surface mining ordinances. This regulatory action became effective April 1, 2014.     
  • At its November 13, 2014 regular business meeting, the SMGB approved its 2013-2014 Annual Report

 

Meeting Information

  • The next committee and regular business meetings are scheduled for March 12, 2015 in Sacramento.  The Agenda Notices can be found here. Staff Reports will be available no later than March 6.
  • The February 12, 2015 committee and regular business meeting were held in Sacramento. The Agendas and Staff Reports can be found here.    

 SMGB Authorities

The SMGB is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, for four-year terms. The SMGB serves as a regulatory, policy, and appeals body representing the State's interests in geology, geologic and seismologic hazards, conservation of mineral resources and reclamation of lands following surface mining activities.

The SMGB operates within the Department of Conservation, and is granted certain autonomous responsibilities and obligations under several statutes including the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act, the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. The SMGB's general authority is granted under Public Resources Code (PRC) Sections 660-678. Specifically, PRC Section 662(b) requires all SMGB members to "represent the general public interest".

The SMGB's Bylaws can be found here.



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