Our 17-year-old indoor/outdoor cat Manny didn't come home Monday night. My husband went looking for him the following day on the hill behind our house, and he found his collar and a lot of fur. We immediately suspected a coyote or some other wildlife was to blame.
My husband set up a webcam last night and captured footage of a coyote trying to attack a skunk at the water and food dishes (normally left out for the cat—we wanted to see if whatever attacked Manny would come back). The skunk scared the coyote off!
I wanted to pass it on that coyotes are now in Park Pacifica on Everglades bordering Grand Teton. In my 40+ years in Pacifica, we have never had this problem, and our indoor/outdoor cats over those 40 years have lived long and happy lives. We're now kicking ourselves for being so naive as to think it couldn't happen here.
I hate to think of anyone else's pets meeting their untimely end this way. For our part, I'm going to ask my kids to make and post some warning signs for the neighborhood. Thanks for your help.
The proposed widening of Highway 1 is included as a key element to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the General Plan Update. Yet the proposed widening of Highway 1 is not addressed fully and thoroughly in the DEIR; it is just a "black box" element to the plan. Also, the Climate Action Plan is not incorporated into the General Plan.
Due to time limits mandated by state law, all comments on the DEIR must be received no later than Thursday, July 10 before 5 p.m. The comment period pertains only to the DEIR. Comments on the Draft General Plan/Draft Local Coastal Land Use Plan will be accepted throughout the public process.
Please contact Lee Diaz, Associate Planner, City of Pacifica Planning Department, 1800 Francisco Boulevard, Pacifica. Due to the urgency of this comment, email email@example.com or call 650-738-7341. See link below for information:
Sample letter (personalize to fit your message) to email today to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy to Planning Department Clerk: Gibbst@ci.pacifica.ca.us
July 10, 2014
Lee Diaz, Associate Planner City of Pacifica Planning and Economic Development Department
Re: Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Pacifica General Plan Update
Dear Mr. Diaz,
Please consider these comments for updating the DEIR for the Pacifica General Plan Update. Please incorporate Pacifica's Climate Action Plan into the General Plan Update.
The proposed widening of Highway 1 is a fundamental part of the General Plan Update. Please thoroughly address the many issues under CEQA of the proposed widening of Highway 1. The DEIR must thoroughly discuss the Calera Parkway Project. Right now it does not.
Please do not remove the overlay of the Hillside Preservation District Ordinance from the Quarry -- the wildlife there cannot survive development in its habitat. Please do not develop the quarry, for the same reason.
Just the widening of Highway 1 -- without all the other changes proposed in the General Plan Update -- represents a complete change from a scenic coastal town with fresh air and trees along its "main street" -- to an urbanized development on the road to somewhere else. The economic, environmental, and scenic degradation represented by the buildout of the proposed Highway 1 needs to be thoroughly assessed.
Please revise the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Pacifica General Plan Update so that every aspect of the proposed widening of Highway 1 is addressed adequately.
A lifelong peace activist and fantastic artist, Mary Harris is a living example and essence of exceptional good karma. I look forward to celebrating her 100th. As I always tell her, she is an inspiration to us all.
There are two places that leave a lasting impression on a person: the United States House of Representatives and Fix Pacifica. The one is dominated by a collection of right-wing, self-congratulating blowhards, who, unable to accomplish anything positive themselves, instead meet for the sole purpose of pissing and moaning about everything under the sun. The other, of course, involves 435 federal legislators.
Given the recent pedestrian accident just north of Pedro Point Shopping Center, I've noticed the southwest corner at Linda Mar Boulevard has a sign posted instructing pedestrians to use the crosswalk there to access the north side.
In fact, inasmuch as a signal light has been established at the Pedro Point Road intersection, the jaywalking law applies—CVC Sec. 21955: "Between ADJACENT intersections controlled by traffic control signal devices or by police officers, pedestrians shall not cross the roadway at any place except in a crosswalk."
Pedro Point Shopping Center businesses, on (the former) Pedro Point Road, have always had a Highway 1 address. Now they really do!
Cheers to Pedro Point residents who posted a sandwich board at the new Highway 1/Pedro Point Road intersection instructing southbound motorists to bear left. Heaven knows how many southbound tourists intending to parallel the coast took the Pedro Point Road turnoff and wound up lost forever on Pedro Point.
*Editor's Note: Highway 1 is variously referred to as State Route 1, Cabrillo Highway, and Pacific Coast Highway. It just depends on how old you are and which part of California you're in.
"The Dudley Perkins Company became a San Francisco reality in 1914. Dudley Perkins provided the police department with the most up-to-date motorcycles then available; the 1914 Harley-Davidson model 10F motorcycle had bicycle pedals that were used to get the machine’s engine engaged to start.” (Bob Pilgrim)
During the Fourth of July excitement, someone left a red Stanford-hat-style backpack with the name Lars on it at the ocean end of Rockaway Beach Avenue. When Alan Wald read about this on Next Door, he posted a comment that the lost bag might belong to a Viking sailor.
Calling all extraordinary-ordinary people who are today's and tomorrow's champions for the environment, health, and social justice. Do you want to make a difference and avoid the common mistakes that almost every community advocate makes? Want to meet people like you who create positive change in their community? Then apply to the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy today. Scholarships available.
Inspired by Acterra's "Be the Change" program and started in 2013 by Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy is a nine-month advocacy training program for 35 emerging and existing leaders in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Benito counties who want to make the region a more environmentally sustainable and socially just place.
Call for Artists 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 email@example.com • • • 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 the plants and to view our demonstration garden. • • • Youth Art Show Through July 25 Local kindergarten to 8th-grade artists have discovered inspiration for their artwork from the marine and coastal habitats that define our region. The featured two-dimensional and 3-D works are on display through July 25. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by appointment. Call 650-726-5056. Gallery at 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Custom framing for the show generously donated by Spring Mountain Gallery. Coastside Land Trust
Opening Friday, July 11 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m., is an exhibit of sculptor Gale Wagner’s rubber-band-powered airplanes, Free Flight/Free Spirit, an exhibit curated by Jerry Ross Barrish. Artist and curator give a talk on 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 (except opening night). Information: 650-355-1894, www.sanchezartcenter.org
Despite the Pacifica Police Department's "zero tolerance" approach to Fourth of July illegal fireworks, violations persisted throughout the city. So let's help out our men and women in blue: Which Pacifica neighborhood do you nominate for the best and loudest display of illegal fireworks? The winning neighborhood will receive honorary "citations" — some folks may even be arrested. Cast your vote now!
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