SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH MONDAY...AND PERHAPS INTO TUESDAY. THIS WILL RESULT IN PERIODS OF MID AND HIGH LEVEL CLOUDS. THERE IS ALSO A SLIGHT CHANCE OF ISOLATED LIGHT SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS TODAY. TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST TO REMAIN NEAR NORMAL OR SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH THE WEEK.
With the budget, general plan, and the San Pedro Creek bridge in the news lately, I thought this might be of interest to readers seeking more information about these subjects.
I've begun a SLOW reorganization of how the information is presented on Pacifica Index. I completed my goal of converting council, committee, and commission info into a more accessible format than what the City of Pacifica provides, but I find that it continues to be much more difficult to locate information on Pacifica Index than I would prefer.
The material is searchable and includes data from across multiple city departments and sources, supplemented with my own research, analysis, and occasional on-scene reporting (snapping pictures and taking video with my camera phone).
CAVEATS: (1) It's small right now. Like, really, REALLY small, but I thought it may be of use to some readers now. God knows how long this entire project will take, and if I wait until the entire thing is complete, the sun may burn out first. I've been trying to add at least one subject a week, but it's really slow going. So far, I have pages on the following subjects:
Budget, Annual Budget, Mid-Year Review City Finances Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) General Plan General Plan, Housing Element General Plan Environmental Impact Report General Plan Outreach Committee Junior Olympics Linda Mar Boulevard Repaving Local Coastal Land Use Plan Measure A; "Transportation Tax" (June 7, 1988 & November 2, 2004) Measure V; "Utility Users' Tax" (November 5, 2013) Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department PLAY Activity Guide San Pedro Creek Bridge Utility Users' Tax (November 5, 2013 Ballot Measure)
(2) The site is slow. It works, but it's slow. I don't know if this is my webhost or my database. Probably both. Things will get faster eventually, but for now the site requires a little patience.
(3) The site is "nonpartisan." Yes, I have my own strongly held views on issues, but Pacificapedia is not the place for them. Information and analysis only, here.
I'll continue to keep Pacifica Index up to date and continue to index City Council agendas on an ongoing basis. Please let me know if you spot any errors. If you'd like, in the comments below you can indicate which subjects you'd like me to tackle next on Pacificapedia.
I hope Riptide readers find Pacificapedia useful. I've spent a LOT of time on it and I'm pleased with how it's been coming along. Thanks for reading.
This is your chance to let the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) know how you feel about Caltrans' planned widening of Highway 1. MTC's regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) allocates funding for Highway 1. MTC will consider all comments submitted by July 31. If the project does not make the TIP, it is not funded. This Draft is for your information only. Please write your comment in your own words and email to email@example.com
The new exhibit at Quarry Cove Art Gallery is called "No One Else Is Doing This Work," and as soon as you step in, you will know why. Both artists have a unique vision not seen anywhere else.
Inside the glass case you encounter as you walk in is the imaginative jewelry of Ann Marie Hodrick. She has taken her training and become inspired to pursue her own path. Her pieces explore her creative ability to bring together shapes, sizes, and textures. Her art is constantly evolving, and as we enjoy this presentation, we also look forward to all of her future endeavors.
Most likely, the first thing you notice about Karen Rosenstein's work is her extraordinary sense of color and shape. And they are not arbitrary; each piece has its own story and intent. Karen's special sense of color, shape, and texture is at its most apparent in her piece "25," an arrangement of 25 tiles. While the work was designed to be sold as one large wall-filling object, she has kindly presented it in such a way that each individual square can be sold separately. Have fun choosing your own!
Sometimes the best art is the culmination of a mishap. In "Breaking Free," these pieces of glass were once one large piece, but they broke. Karen used this accident to create a meaningful presentation of broken pieces held together by chains. It is striking, and all the more so because of its derivation.
One of the surprises is a piece that looks like a woven textile, perhaps wool, called "Buttoned Up Heart." But prepare to be amazed: It is composed of plastic bags that Karen has crocheted! Even knowing that, you have to get right on top of the work to see that it is indeed plastic and not fabric. Remarkable.
What a kick! Talk about inspired recycling. Karen has taken green plastic bags that newspapers come in, and created "Lawn Fantasy." The texture and color are truly striking. Perhaps in these days of drought, this is the way to have the perfect lawn.
In "American Pride," Karen combines all of the above. She has "floating" glass objects held together by crocheted plastic. It represents the diversity of community held together by a common thread. As always, very striking, and all the more so given its earnest interpretation.
The exhibit is up now, and runs to August 18. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sunday. Quarry Cove Art Gallery is at 225 Rockaway Beach Avenue, between the Chamber of Commerce and Avani Salon. Always free, always innovative.
I understand that Pacifica City Council will vote July 28 on increasing sewer fees 10 percent, with no clear notice provided to citizens, a 10 percent increase compounded annually. This is outrageous. After council just borrowed from the sewer fund, it is a big mistake to try to raise fees again only a month later. The City of Pacifica has already commingled the sewer fund with the General Fund in an attempt to circumvent a vote on increasing taxes.
Pacificans spoke loud and clear when they said they are against sneaky tactics to increase taxes. This is just sneaky, in my opinion. The wording on the "notice" printed in the Pacifica Tribune was misleading; nowhere did it state the amount or that this clearly is an increase. Very sneaky. This is not sufficient or proper notice to citizens of a fee increase. I believe there will be a lawsuit if council approves this burdensome increase. I urge Council to vote NO on this unfair measure. Here are council members' email addresses:
City of Pacifica Senior Services bargain-priced weekly INDOOR Garage/Moving/Rummage/Estate/Yard Sale, Wednesday, July 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pacifica Community Center, Highway 1 at Crespi. This week's sale features ASIAN COLLECTIBLES. The sale consists entirely of donated reusable items priced very low. All proceeds help support Senior Services. For more information, call 650-738-7384.
What's a BioBlitz? Watch the video below to find out. In this episode of Pacific Currents, host Steve Johnson interviews San Francisco State University Environmental Studies Professor Carlos Davidson about the National Geographic-sponsored 2014 BioBlitz that happened in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area (GGNRA), focusing on activities at Mori Point in Pacifica on March 28 and 29.
Sculptor Gale Wagner’s rubber-band-powered airplanes exhibit, Free Flight/Free Spirit, is curated by Jerry Ross Barrish. Artist and curator give a talk on closing day, Sunday, August 10 at 4 p.m. Showing concurrently are Runes Revealed, a mixed-media group exhibit by Nordic 5 Arts; and Full Circle, a group exhibit presented by the Art Guild of Pacifica. All three exhibits run through August 10. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. during exhibits. Info: 650-355-1894, www.sanchezartcenter.org
At San Pedro Creek bridge in the past few days, in the midst of Caltrans' cleanup of the marshy area where the creek spills into the ocean, a huge oil slick can be seen from the pedestrian walkway. Disgusting. Thought you might be in a position to ruffle some feathers about this. I'm guessing the ducks and other waterfowl that made the marsh their home are pretty ruffled about now.
Since 1997, Coastside Land Trust has actively worked to protect and enhance the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of the San Mateo County coast. Our gallery conveys the beauty of these resources through art. The show runs from August 15 to October 24, including during the annual Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. Please contact Eric with any questions at 650-726-5056 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Native Plant $5 Sale! Go green-er with summertime sale prices on 1-gallon native plants, including coyote bush, currant, bee plant, strawberry, lizard tail, white yarrow, wild rose, and sagebrush. Please visit our office to purchase plants and view our demonstration garden. Coastside Land Trust
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This Jean Bartlett interview with Tom Lara ran in the January 5-19, 2013 issue of the Peninsula Progress. The article is used with the author's permission. PDFs of the article are linked below. Tom Lara Peninsula Progress_page4
According to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle (July 21), Danielle Saxton, 27, stole clothing July 11 from Morrie's Boutique in West Frankfort, Illinois, then posted a selfie on Facebook in which she wore some of the loot, namely a leopard-print dress. When the store owner posted pictures of the stolen items on Facebook, someone made the connection and dropped a dime on Danielle. Police arrested her and charged her with petty theft.
In lower Linda Mar near Marvilla Circle is a small corner "pocket park". It's not much, but it's clean and generally well maintained by the city. We in the neighborhood would like to keep it that way. To this end, if you recognize either of these two motorcyclists (above) as being your son, let him know that our neighborhood would prefer that he and his friend not drive over the sidewalk and through the gated entrance to do donuts on the small lawn there. Several families use this park and prefer that the grass not be torn up. Next time I see this poor choice of behavior (not the first time these motorcyclists have been a nuisance in the area), I'll call the police immediately. Thanks.