Have you noticed heavy equipment operating recently in Rockaway Quarry? A new developer for the quarry is having his land planning and reclamation consultant take soil samples. It seems that the geotechnical report done many years ago can't be found, so they have to do it all over again.
Project manager John Zentner (click link below for his team bios) has met with city staff, City Council members, and other community members. (I met with him August 25 and we walked the quarry site.) Zentner says he has talked with California Coastal Commission (CCC) staff and city staff about the geotechnical work, and says he did not need a permit.
Meanwhile, a concerned citizen contacted a CCC staff member, who said Zentner will be asked to submit a detailed work plan before any more work is done. The backhoe continued digging through August 25, so geotechnical work may be largely finished by the time the work plan is delivered.
Zentner says his first objective is to clean up the collapsed culvert blocking the wetlands at the end of the old quarry road. The culvert will be cleared, allowing the wetlands to flow.
The next stage will be completing the required quarry reclamation plan. This will require permits and coordinating with a number of agencies. It will involve a lot of earthmoving. Once the reclamation plan is done, the site will be ready to be developed.
Ideas for development and locations are general at this point, but they include a resort-style hotel with cabins on the area known as The Pad, a commercial area adjacent to the Rockaway Beach neighborhood, and an apartment building in an undetermined location. The general development concept is for the center of the quarry land to be restored wetlands.
The County of San Mateo offers citizens a unique opportunity to see firsthand their local government in action! Called Civics 101, the nine-week course is a chance for anyone who is 18 and older and lives or works in San Mateo County to learn about local government, meet local officials, and get behind-the-scenes tours of facilities like county jail and county parks. Participants learn about county programs, services, and finances; and interact with leaders in public safety, health, human services, parks, public finance, transportation, and other key agencies and departments.
Civics 101 is free and begins September 15. Participants meet on consecutive Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at various locations. Two Saturday field trips are planned. Deadline to sign up is SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5. Application and info at cmo.smcgov.org/civics-101
The City of Pacifica seeks proposals from qualified firms that wish to provide building division services in cooperation with the city Planning & Building Department. Proposals are due by Friday, September 11, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Schedule of Events August 21 - Posting of RFP August 28 - Questions due by 5 p.m.
August 28 - Meeting at 5 p.m. September 2 - Addendum posted September 11 - Proposals due by 1:30 p.m.
The Support Docs listed below are all the documents available. Filling out the Packet Request Form is not necessary to obtain these documents.
Support Docs Request for Proposal Main Document Attachment A - Consultant Services Attachment B - Master Fee Schedule Attachment C - Permit Summary Bid Packet Request Form
The League of Women Voters (LWV) has created Best Practice guidelines for privatizing government services (avoiding conflict of interest is a major point):
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I'm pulling together a special event this coming weekend. You are invited to celebrate our 16th Annual Kahuna Kupuna Benefit Surf Contest that took place last month. It was a great success thanks to MANY people and we want to celebrate this coming Saturday AFTERNOON, August 29 at Winters Tavern in Sharp Park. Contest volunteers, sponsors, contestants, family, friends, and the genuinely curious who want to hang out with us and listen to some good music are all welcome. Admission is FREE.
Great music will be provided by The Dim Lights, a band that casts a bright light on old-timey bluegrass and Americana-style music. This Pacifica band just formed a couple of years ago and is turning heads everywhere it plays. So come out and support these local musicians.
The Reefriders is a band that knows how to make surf music ring in your head long after it plays its last song. (We mean this in a good way.) This band is ALWAYS willing to play for the surfing community and friends. Come on out and let them know you appreciate it.
Schedule: The Dim Lights will start around 1 p.m. and the Reefriders will get rolling around 4 p.m. We also want to extend an invitation to all members of the Pedro Point Surf Club, which is gearing up for its annual Big Chill Out Surf Contest on September 19 at Linda Mar Beach. PPSC Prez Greg Cochran will be there to answer any questions about the Chill Out. Questions? Call 650-438-6378. Stay stoked!
Sunday, August 30 from 2 to 8 p.m. at A Grape In The Fog, 400 Old County Road, Rockaway Beach, Pacifica. Please join us for tea, wine, and conversation. Learn about efforts being made in Nepal through Sahayeta Nepal as Nisha Thapa, Sahayeta's executive director, shares recent efforts and current needs in Nepal. Suggested donation is $10. Join us as we partner with and support long-term efforts to restore the beautiful homeland of our Nepalese friends. RSVP so we know how much food to prepare, as we offer a light tasting of Nepalese fare. A no-host bar is available. Share this event, invite others, and bring friends.
The Cosmic Association for Promoting Radical Atmospheric Transformation (CAPRAT) is proud to present its Oil International Lady of the Year (OILY) Award to Royal Dutch Shell's executive vice president for the Arctic, Ann Pickard. Described by Fortune magazine as “the bravest woman in oil and one of the 50 most powerful women in business,” Pickard first achieved fame as Shell’s regional executive vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Various oil-spill experts have asserted that Shell Gas & Oil set the record for spilling the most oil in the Niger Delta. But Shell was quick to point out that any spills that may have occurred were unintentional and a result of factors beyond Pickard's control of the Nigerian government, and should not be considered a reflection on her bravery or lack thereof.
Now that Pickard has finished her good work in the Niger Delta, and after a quick stint as country chair of Shell in Australia, she has been made responsible for the company's Arctic exploration efforts around the globe. Regarding exploiting carbon resources in the Arctic, Pickard gushed, “For one thing, we’ve learned a lot from our successes and a lot from our setbacks. Among these setbacks in Alaska, as you’re aware, were delays with an oil containment system, issues with one drilling rig, and the grounding of another. Although we have addressed all of these situations, they marred the achievements of our 2012 season in Alaska.”
Pickard's positively Pollyannaish attitude has earned her CAPRAT's prestigious OILY Woman of the Year Award. We wish her continued success, and as they say in the oil business, “It's oil over now!” ===================== CAPRAT is a wholly owned subsidiary of The People's Think Tank and no members of its executive council are on the board of any of the Seven Sisters. CAPRAT's motto is: “Free the carbon and free it now!”
"California Agriculture" highlights California's diverse agricultural resources through art. The show runs through October 23. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment. The gallery is at Coastside Land Trust, 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay.
Above: museum displays and gala opening on August 22 (Pacifica.city photos).
Mitch Reid reports: "The exhibit I put together and that was curated by Pat Kremer is called From the Twists and Turns of Devil's Slide to the Light at the End of the Tunnel (see photos below). It is a timeline from 1879 to the present, spread out over 18 feet. One of the pictures in the exhibit shows Andrew Leone's Wave Tunnel Portal design." The museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.