This is a reminder from the Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services that King Tides are expected along the San Mateo County coast through the weekend. Please use caution as water levels at high tide are expected to be a few inches to a foot higher than usual. Get more information: King Tides and National Weather Service
When will Caltrans REALLY complete the San Pedro Creek bridge project on Highway 1? This thing has dragged on for months now, and it doesn't look like anything is happening out there anymore, with still unfinished guardrails and shoulders, and El Nino rain on the way. It's now a critical safety issue. After all the excitement about finishing the bridge on time, then a premature grand opening, and now this sloppy, slow anticlimax. Talk about your postcoital dysphoria! What the hell are the coneheads waiting for? Are we there yet?
So the City of Pacifica planning director doesn't get it, but the California Coastal Commission does: The Pacific Skies Estates mobile home park "renovation" is actually a rebuild requiring all sorts of permits and hearings. Surprise, surprise, Carlyle Group!
This month on Wavelength, Ian Butler interviews plant biologist John Zentner, project manager for the restoration and possible future development of Rockaway Quarry: CLICK FOR VIDEO
Also on the show is an interview with Shanti Davidson, one of the tenants evicted from Pacific Skies Estates; and Shirley Gibson, a lawyer representing the evicted tenants, about the need for rent stabilization in Pacifica: CLICK FOR VIDEO
The Holiday Heroes program runs through December 11. Nominated Holiday Heroes will have the chance to win a $250 mall gift card. The Shops at Tanforan’s Holiday Heroes program honors local heroes, including active military, veterans, first responders (firefighters, EMTs) and teachers. Heroes can stop by the Mall Office and show their work ID to receive a free $10 mall gift card. Gift cards can be picked up on the following dates: First Responders, Nov. 21-27; Teachers, Nov. 24-28; Police Officers (CHP, Sheriff), Dec. 5-11. The Shops at Tanforan also encourage the community to nominate a local hero via The Shops at Tanforan’s Facebook page. For more information, visit The Shops at Tanforan website. Each week one winning Holiday Hero will be awarded a $250 mall gift card and drawings will take place weekly on Fridays. Entries can be made once a day on The Shops at Tanforan’s Facebook page during the four-week program and winners will be selected at random.
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Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC) and Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A) brought suit against Caltrans for violations of federal environmental protection laws. Caltrans asked to have this suit dismissed. A hearing on November 19, 2015 and a ruling issued today have resulted in Caltrans failing in its efforts to persuade the federal judge to dismiss most of the claims by PSC and PH1A. Although the judge ruled against PSC and PH1A on a few claims, most claims remain viable in the case, and the case will proceed. The judge referred to some of Caltrans’ arguments as “nitpicking.”
The judge is requiring that some claims be stated more specifically. PSC and PH1A will amend their claims to provide more details of Caltrans’ violations of the Endangered Species Act and Section 4(f) of the Federal Highway Transportation Act. PSC and PH1A’s claims of Caltrans’ violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Coastal Zone Management Act will also go forward.
This was not a ruling on the merits of the case. The judge simply said that PSC and PH1A need to amend the complaint to add more details. Attorneys for PSC and PH1A are already at work on amending the complaint to include voluminous information about how Caltrans violated the Endangered Species Act, how the consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was flawed, and how the Section 4(f) analysis was inadequate.
For updates as the case proceeds, go to PH1A’s website ph1a-pacifica.weebly.com or PHwy1A on Facebook.