The People vs. Ana Reepen (case number NF437696): On July 27, the jury returned a verdict of guilty. Sentencing is set for September 16. Stay tuned here for details. (Our thanks to Alan Wald for news from the courtroom; see his notes at the links above.) Reepen faced three felony charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, resulting from the Highway 1 head-on collision that killed Pacifican Bruce Ross Bernor. Reepen had pleaded not guilty and remained free on $250,000 bail, but upon conviction, bail was doubled to $500,000 and Reepen was taken into custody. The two counts of felony DUI related to Reepen having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.15 and inflicting great bodily injury or death in the commission of the offense. Her blood alcohol level was reported to be 0.21. Turning the wrong way from Sea Bowl Lane, Reepen drove southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 1 on July 25. Reepen's car and Bernor's car collided there. (Follow this thread at the Comments link below, and join the conversation if you have constructive comments.)
What happens when CalPERS bills the City of Pacifica for "unfunded liability"? Click the link above for the scary fiscal reality about to hit the city.
Thanks to citizen input, council has unanimously approved ballot language telling voters that they are being asked to authorize up to 206 multi-family units in the quarry. Click the link above for the whole story.
Tony Schwartz feels "deep remorse" for his role in writing Trump's Art of the Deal.
From Peter Drekmeier of Tuolumne River Trust:
I'm participating in the Tuolumne River Trust's By Land and By River adventure-a-thon (our new version of Paddle to the Sea that includes backpacking, cycling, and fly fishing), and I'm hoping you will sponsor me. Please visit my fundraising page:
In the next couple of weeks we expect the State Water Board to release its updated Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan. Phase 1 will focus on increasing flows on the Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Merced, and lower San Joaquin rivers to improve water quality and fish & wildlife habitat. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revive our rivers and help bring back the salmon. Historically, an estimated 130,000 salmon spawned in the Tuolumne, but last year only 434 fish returned. Your support will help make our work possible.
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Because of shark activity close to surfers at Linda Mar Beach on July 24, I stayed on the beach at the far south corner of the cove. At 11:35 a.m. all 75 surfers who were in the water at the boat docks quickly exited onto the sand and then slowly made their way back to their cars. A few of the senior surfers shouted at others still in the water by the creek mouth to get out. About 10 people weren't aware or weren't listening, so the surfers persisted until the water was clear from the boat docks to the creek mouth. A few minutes later I spoke to a surfer who saw the thing firsthand. (See carcass photos above.) He said a shark took the head off a harbor seal just outside the lineup. He saw the chomp and the blood. From the beach I could see the seal's body floating outside the lineup. A second harbor seal was seen hanging out closer to shore. A police officer appeared and took the incident report from one of the surfers who saw the attack on the seal. Someone said the shark may come back later to finish eating the carcass. I set my timer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, seabirds flocked to the carcass and a few kayakers who had been looking at the humpback feeding in the middle of the beach came by to get a closer look. The shark didn't return to the carcass. I suited up and surfed at mid-beach in the afternoon and didn't see the shark, but I saw a very small porpoise and humpback whales. I spoke with other surfers in the water and we shared shark stories. One guy said he saw the huge belly of a great white on Father's Day of this year when it breached fully out of the water far outside the lineup at Linda Mar. Many shark sightings don't make it to the news.
"Already feeling nostalgic for the president we have now"
If you've ever seen a street hustler playing three-card monte against a gaggle of suckers, you'll love the numbers game going on between quarry owners Eenhoorn/Heule and the City of Pacifica. Click the link above for Pacifica.city's analysis of the play action, and click the link below for the no-rezone group's comments to City Council on quarry housing numbers.
Wall Street Journal reviewer Dan Neil gives some love to the new Chrysler Pacifica, saying it revives the much-reviled "soccer mom" minivan category with fresh new features and design.
Please join me for my Harbor Commission campaign kickoff event on Saturday, July 30. Email your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm collecting nomination signatures for the November election. Your support is very important to me. If you would like to make a campaign contribution, please visit my website.
I'm pleased to report that the Harbor Commission approved two sand volleyball courts at Pillar Point Harbor this week. I made the motion and it was approved in a 4-1 vote. In response to this good news, Mark Massara, General Counsel and Vice President of Social Responsibility at O'Neill Wetsuits, said, “Now that is a healthy coastal-dependent, visitor-serving recreation opportunity if I ever saw one!” I'm happy that the Harbor Commission and district staff are focused on the needs of the community.
Really bad legal advice to Pacifica City Council forced a July 21 special meeting to reconsider the library bond measure (see city memo below). On July 21, council heard public comments (including a rude overtime diatribe by the head of the chamber of commerce that the mayor tried without success to gavel down), debated briefly, then voted 4-0 to put the bond on the November ballot. Council member John Keener said he would vote NO in November due to environmental and fiscal concerns about the planned site for the new library.