Jim Steele leads a birdsong walk in San Pedro Valley Park on Saturday, May 18. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8 a.m. sharp and bring binoculars. Jim plays recordings of various male birds singing, which causes other male birds to answer the challenge.
Pacifica Mayor Len Stone delivers a "State of the City Address" at the Pacifica-Daly City Democrats breakfast meeting Saturday, May 18 from 9 to 11:30 a.m., rear banquet room, Sharp Park Golf Course Restaurant, Highway 1 and Sharp Park Boulevard, Pacifica. The meeting is free and open to the public. You don't have to be a Democrat or club member to attend. Full breakfast is $12; continental breakfast $6; coffee-only $3. No purchase necessary. For information or to RSVP, contact club president Barbara Arietta at 415-246-0775 or email@example.com
This week on Wavelength, host Ian Butler interviews Pacifica's tunnel-visionary Mitch Reid. Mitch tells how he used the Freedom of Information Act to uncover documents that Caltrans didn't want us to see. He also shares the story of how the bridge leading up to the Devil's Slide Tunnels came about, and lessons that this might teach us about the present highway-widening battle.
(Above: Mitch poses next to his "Tunnel-vision glasses" at a recent People's Tunnel exhibit at the San Mateo County History Museum. Photo by Ian Butler.)
Jake Sigg writes in his Nature News: "Recently the south of Pacifica Highway 1 tunnel opening was celebrated. There is a long and dramatic story connected with this, and those involved--primarily Pacificans--lived through a tense and fearful time when confronted by the seemingly impenetrable Caltrans bureaucracy. I was emotionally, intensely involved, as the bypass proposed by Caltrans was so horrifying and so destructive of Montara Mountain and the city of Pacifica that it is difficult to envision the kind of mind that would even think of such a thing. This video is an interview with the person who, through the Freedom of Information Act, caught and exposed Caltrans in its lies, thus setting the stage for activists to defeat it. Why do I make so much of this? First, the topic is of major importance from an environmental standpoint and quality of life. Even more important, you may have no idea how much we owe to individuals or small groups of people who changed the course of history. Often, the person or persons involved sometimes stumbled onto their course of action accidentally. There are so many good things we have nowadays that we shouldn't take for granted--and the battle goes on forever. Become informed and become an activist."
Pacifica Performances presents Caminos Flamencos, Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. Yaelisa, an Emmy Award-winning choreographer, brings her fabulous cast of dancers back to the hall by popular demand. The evening features the Caminos Flamencos dancers, the music of virtuoso guitarist Jason "El Rubio" McGuire, and cante flamenco. Don’t miss this great show! Tickets are on sale at the door starting 30 minutes before the show. Admission: $20 General; $17 Seniors and Students under 25 with current ID; $15 Members; $12 Senior and Students Members; Youths under 18 are free. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. For more information or to request a schedule, call 650.355.1882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pacifica Performances is wheelchair accessible.
Avoid cleaning brushes or rinsing paint containers in the street, gutter, or near a storm drain. For latex paint, rinse brushes in the sink. Filter and reuse oil-based paint and thinners. Recycle leftover paint at a household hazardous-waste collection event, save it for touchups, or give it to someone who can use it.
When working with concrete, cement, or mortar, prevent materials from blowing or flowing to a driveway, street, or storm drain.
When excavating and landscaping, protect dirt piles from wind and rain. Excessive soil sediment can add too many nutrients, cloud waters, change stream temperature, limit oxygen levels, and cover spawning areas. Protecting the streambank where accelerated erosion is occurring is very important. Never use fertilizers or pesticides in the riparian or aquatic zone.
Use a broom rather than a hose to clean up garden clippings. Don't leave leaves and lawn clippings in the gutter. Sweep any residue after yard waste pickup, but don't sweep into the storm drain.
Minimize grassy areas, which require high maintenance. Spread mulch on bare ground to help prevent erosion and runoff. Compost your yard trimmings. Compost is a valuable soil conditioner that gradually releases nutrients to your lawn and garden.
Divert rainspouts and garden hoses from paved surfaces onto grass to allow filtration through the soil. Water only your lawn and garden — not the sidewalk or driveway.
Test your soil before applying fertilizers. Over-fertilization is a common problem, and the excess can leach into ground water or contaminate creeks or the bay. Also, avoid using fertilizers near surface waters.
Clean up after your pets. Pet waste contains nutrients and pathogens that can contaminate surface water. Dispose of pet waste in a trash can.
Clean up spilled brake fluid, oil, grease, and antifreeze by absorbing them using kitty litter or sand and then dispose of the material at a local household hazardous-waste event. Do not hose them into the street where they can eventually reach local creeks, the ocean, and bay.
The health of our creeks and beacjes is in our hands. If you witness people discharging pollutants into the street, creek, storm drain, or ocean, please educate them or, if needed, report them to the City of Pacifica Public Works Department or Police Department.
Redwood Bluegrass Associates Proudly Presents The Tuttles with A.J. Lee WHEN: Sat., May 18, 2013 - 5 pm: Doors open for jamming - 7 pm: Concert venue open - 7:30 pm: Showtime WHERE: First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, 1667 Miramonte Ave. (at Cuesta Dr.), Mtn. View TICKETS: $20/advance, $22/door; half-price for teens, free for under-13 and music students. Visit http://www.rba.org/tickets.html for more information and to order your tickets. INFORMATION/RESERVATIONS: http://www.rba.org, 650-691-9982 The Last Show of the Season and CD Release Celebration! Our "hometown heroes" return for the annual update of a remarkable musical journey. RBA has been presenting these talented teens since they were pre-teens, and have delighted in watching them grow up on stage and mature musically. They long ago surpassed the "pretty great for kids" handle; this is a truly exceptional band.
Since last appearing on the RBA stage, Molly won the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest with her original composition "Walden," and Molly and Jack were runners-up in the Prairie Home Companion duet contest. A.J. Lee was featured in a Mother Jones magazine article titled, "Could This Kid Be the Next Alison Krauss?" and Jack was awarded a Lifetime Membership by the California Bluegrass Association.
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee features two of the finest young singers in the country, and dazzling instrumental contributions from everyone. Their musical sources and repertoire are varied and ever-changing, but remain rooted in bluegrass. As Kathy Kallick notes, "The picking is HOT and the singing is complex and gorgeous. Molly has a voice that is unique and very traditional at the same time, rich and sweet and incredibly moving. And when she blends that voice with A.J., well, chills up and down my spine! A.J.'s voice has a contemporary bluegrass sound that matches fragility with strength and confidence. Michael and Sullivan played virtuoso solos that made me burst into laughter, as I do when music delights and amazes me."
The Tuttles with A.J. Lee are: Molly Tuttle (19) - vocals, guitar, banjo A.J. Lee (14) - vocals, mandolin Sullivan Tuttle (16) - guitar Michael Tuttle (14) - mandolin Jack Tuttle (ageless) - acoustic bass, fiddle, vocals
Our fellow creekwatcher Ruben noticed a gray color in the normally clear water of San Pedro Creek, "as if someone had emptied a cement mixer into the water." Ruben says this happens a couple of times a year. He checked the water coming out of San Pedro Valley Park (the creek's middle and south forks) and found it was clear. But when he checked at each bridge over the creek flowing through Linda Mar, the water was murky. Ruben emailed Riptide and we relayed his concerns to Lynn Adams of Pacifica's Environmental Family. She contacted the appropriate city and water district officials. Reminder: It is illegal to dump or flush ANYTHING into the creek, which flows to Linda Mar Beach and is natural habitat for all kinds of fish and wildlife.
A friend says he got a speeding ticket
on Fassler Avenue from a Burlingame motorcycle cop. This traffic stop was part
of the countywide Saturation Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), a mutual-aid
effort to target speeders, red-light runners, distracted or reckless drivers,
and other traffic offenders. In STEP, officers from other communities help our local
law enforcement keep our streets safer. Given the way some people in
this town drive, we have to say we are happy to get outside help for
our traffic cops. Pacifica Police Chief Jim Tasa tells us: “The mission of the program is to increase traffic safety on the
Peninsula in problem areas and intersections through saturated enforcement
utilizing the combined resources of all agencies participating in the program. Participating officers are detailed to problem locations in San
Mateo County based on collision data, community complaints and expert law
enforcement opinion. The expectation is that this collaborative monthly program
will yield cities immediate and tangible solutions to traffic issues and make
San Mateo County safer for motorists and pedestrians.”