With the influx of water, the Drought Monitor has upgraded a large chunk of Northern California from “exceptional” drought (the highest of its five categories) to “extreme.” So that’s better, but still not good. The reason conditions are still so stark is that this drought is historic in its proportions. According to a study published recently in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, which looked at the records of drought in the growth rings of California trees, this is the most severe drought there in the past 1,200 years. The depth of the drought has been due to a combination of lack of precipitation and exceptionally warm temperatures. The driest year the state has ever recorded, 2013, has been followed by what will be its warmest year on record by a wide margin.
San Mateo County representatives give a general overview of the application process and county priorities, and answer questions for those interested in applying for Measure A funds for the upcoming fiscal year 2015-17 budget cycle. Measure A monies were budgeted for Caltrans' proposed widening of Highway 1 in Pacifica but also could be used for more constructive projects and services that actually help people in the community. Final information session: Tuesday, December 23 from 9 to 11 a.m., Coastside Substation, Office of Emergency Services, 537 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay. Email questions to MeasureA@smcgov.org
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Letter to the editor, San Francisco Chronicle, December 16, 2014, under the headline "Cost of living":
Recently, a few $4 million homes have been constructed in Pacifica. I understand the lure of it: a beautiful view up on a hill that overlooks a gorgeous ocean. The issue is the price — $4 million houses in a middle-class city like Pacifica? I have accepted that this city was not designed for major tourism, extravagant stores or buzzing night life, but I would not have it any other way. We already see the effects of building expensive new homes and of rising rents and housing prices in San Francisco.
The effect in the Mission District, for example, is exactly my point. All these tech people want to live in that area, so the prices have gone up so far that most of the people in that community are forced to leave. I do not wish that to repeat in Pacifica as well. When you change the dynamic of a city, for financial gains, you lose the essence of what it means to truly be a city. If these homes change Pacifica into a more expensive place to live, then it loses its essence, its people, its heart.
Better Business Burro reports that Denny's restaurant at Linda Mar and Highway 1 is closed, and the sign is down. This closing had been rumored for some time. So what's next for that space? Click the COMMENTS link below to submit your wish list. And apparently Applebee's is on the way in. Yikes. Time for locally owned and operated restaurants to step it up. Fight fast-food and chain restaurants. EAT LOCAL!
Looking for another way to say we care with flowers, we visited Shelldance Orchid Gardens, just off Highway 1 north of the police station. We saw many beautiful, affordable orchids, as well as some select artisan crafts. We couldn't decide between three small succulents and a bromeliad. In the end, we were treated to a custom gift creation by Michele Coxon, one of the knowledgeable helpers at the greenhouse. Open weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Shelldance is now my go-to for beautiful plants!