I hope you can join me Tuesday afternoon, October 21, at the California Historical Society (CHS) to launch our new enhanced ebook Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. It's also a great opportunity to see this unique exhibition of artifacts and stories from Yosemite's history. CHS is in downtown San Francisco at 678 Mission.
Events start at noon, when authors Ken Brower, Jeff Rogers, and myself will be joined by Yosemite Conservancy President Mike Tollefson and the historical society's Anthea Hartig for a big-screen presentation and readings from the multimedia ebook. Rebecca Solnit will be joining us later. We'll have some of the author's books available to sign, and I'll do another big-screen presentation at 3, and will be at the gallery all day.
I sure hope you can join us and will check out the book, which is on iTunes (free sample available). It includes illuminating stories, pictures, and videos on Yosemite's native people, soldiers, artists, climbers, promoters and protectors. (UC Berkeley Newscenter did a nice piece recently describing it.) For me, it's been a wonderfully intense work of love and discovery.
Note: 20 percent of all proceeds from the ebook go to support Yosemite Conservancy's restoration and education projects in the park.
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I was born in Pacifica and have lived here all my life. As a lover of the natural world, I have pitted myself over the years against any development that would not add to but only take away from the quality of life here on the coast.
Now we face what a growing number of Pacificans realize is the WORST AND STUPIDEST IDEA: widening Highway 1 between Rockaway and Vallemar. If you think the traffic mess at the Pedro Point bridge project has been rough, just wait. This massive construction project between two major stoplights at the center of town would go on for two years at the very least, and judging by how far off-schedule Caltrans has been on other projects (Devil's Slide Tunnels, Bay Bridge), it likely would be MUCH longer.
Thanks to Caltrans shutting out public commentary and railroading the review process, this mess is about to happen, something most coastsiders do not realize. And for what? Imagine, if you will, a section of 280, a freeway more than twice the width of Highway 1, bordered by 14-foot-high concrete walls—a freeway that encourages drivers to bypass local businesses and jockey for position as the lanes squeeze back down into the existing road.
Why is Caltrans so eager to transform Highway 1 into a freeway with bottlenecks at both ends? Is it so that demand for another section, and then another, would follow? NOTHING in this plan would improve commuter traffic! Even traffic consultants working with would-be quarry developer Don Peebles said this approach was expensive and useless.
Don't take my word for it. These pork barrel projects have been happening everywhere. Let's not make the same mistake! This article spells it out better than I can. Check out "Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse":
Without support for transparency and a fair process in our own city government, this may be a done deal. A new City Council seems to be our only remaining recourse. Keener, Digre, and Dougherty are the candidates who have the backbone to say, "This makes no sense. It's WRONG for Highway 1." Without their votes and voices on council, this may be a done deal.
Alternatives that could actually address congestion have not been fully examined. Please contact Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives PH1A or on Facebook. Heads up, Pacifica. We are being railroaded, in the true meaning of the word.
In this ongoing election, Pacificans are voting for three open City Council seats. A brand-new council could stop Caltrans' Calera Parkway Project (aka widening Highway 1). A new council could hire consultants to study alternatives like roadbed sensors and synchronized traffic lights (much cheaper than widening the road). A new council could hold public hearings and forums. The old council majority did none of those things. Therefore, we urge you to vote for John Keener, Sue Digre, and Matt Dougherty, who oppose the widening.
The Pacifica Tribune hypocritically censors editorial endorsements of candidates (e.g., Nancy Hall's op-ed against the highway widening), but the Tribune gladly sells advertising space to candidates who can afford it. (Note that several City Council candidates are backed by outside money, mainly from real estate organizations.)
Here on Pacifica Riptide, we proudly endorse candidates we believe in, and we stand behind them and the public's right to know. We stand for free speech and freedom of the press, unencumbered by corporate political agendas.
In the November 4 election, three council seats are up for grabs, with two incumbents (Mike O'Neill, Sue Digre) and five challengers (John Keener, Matt Dougherty, Victor Spano, Eric Ruchames, and Therese Dyer) in the race. Councilman Len Stone is not running for re-election.
We encourage everyone to register to vote and then cast a ballot by mail or in person. Study the candidates and their campaigns issues, then vote for the three who best represent your interests.
In our opinion, the two most important issues in Pacifica are Highway 1 and city finances. If you have been paying attention here on Pacifica Riptide, on Pacifica Index, at the candidate forums, and in the Pacifica Tribune, only John Keener, Sue Digre, and Matt Dougherty clearly oppose widening Highway 1 and favor fixing city finances.
Victor Spano focuses on traffic issues in northern Pacifica (Skyline and Fairmont), where most of his constituency lives, but he has indicated openness to public hearings or forums on highway widening.
Victor also accepted our suggestion of saving water by NOT doing an ice bucket challenge and instead doing a public-service trashbucket challenge with the Pacifica Beach Coalition.
Eric Ruchames has a list of endorsements by political heavyweights, and he seems to be a nice guy, but we don't know him personally, and most important, we don't know where he stands on key issues. He hasn't said much of anything about his actual stands on issues we care about, as stated above.
Other than that, Mike O'Neill and Therese Dyer are for the highway widening, so nothing more need be said about them.
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City of Pacifica Senior Services bargain-priced indoor rummage sale, Wednesday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pacifica Community Center, Crespi at Highway 1. This week's sale features LINENS & GLASSWARE. Community Center rummage sales consist entirely of donated reusable items priced very low. All proceeds from the sales support Senior Services. For more information, call 650-738-7384.
Pacifica Tribune interim editor Horace Hinshaw originally said he had "decided to suspend the column indefinitely" (my weekly "Wandering & Wondering"), and wouldn't discuss the matter until after the election "to avoid any controversy."
But in his October 15 "Editor's corner" in the Tribune, Hinshaw wrote: "The suspension of John Maybury's Wandering and Wondering column has sent a flurry of letters to me, requesting the reinstatement of his column. John's supporters are under the impression that he would not return as a weekly contributor to the Tribune. That was not the intent. In my discussion with Mr. Maybury I told him we would re-visit a time for him to return after the Nov. 4 election. However, with the misunderstanding -- and it's probably because of the word 'indefinitely' being used instead of saying 'after Nov. 4' in my statement last week -- I want to defuse this matter now. Mr. Maybury has the opportunity to resume writing his weekly column on Wednesday, Nov. 5." (Editor's corner)
On the October 15 editorial page, Hinshaw ran only two protest letters. At least 11 other letters to the editor that we know of were submitted to the Tribune but not printed in the newspaper. They are archived here on Riptide in the Comments thread below this post.
Hinshaw wrote in an editor's note: "There have been some internal production changes at the Tribune and it may be that the cyperspace [sic] thief got their hands on them."
As a freelance writer contributing my column to the Tribune for the past 15 years (formerly with pay, but now unpaid), I have neither contract nor employee status. But I still protest this unfair suspension of my column during the election season. I did nothing wrong.
My personal endorsement of City Council candidate John Keener appeared in a full-page ad that Keener paid for and Hinshaw accepted and published in the Coastal Connections supplement, and also on a Keener campaign mailer. The ad and mailer simply said "John Maybury, Pacifica Riptide and Tribune" (as is often done on campaign literature for identification purposes only) without implying that the Tribune endorses Keener. More important, I did not endorse ANYONE in my column itself.
Please click the Comments link below this post to join the conversation. I also invite you to contact Hinshaw and his superiors (see email addresses at the bottom of this post).
October 29 is my next deadline to turn in copy for the column. Until then, I will give serious thought to the future of the column. Thank you for supporting my newspaper column and upholding the principles of fair play, free press, and free speech.
Letter to the editor, Pacifica Tribune, October 8, 2014: As a freelance newspaper columnist ("Wandering and Wondering"), I do not speak for the Pacifica Tribune when I endorse John Keener for Pacifica City Council. That is my own personal opinion. (John Maybury, Moss Beach) — Editor's Note: In an endorsement publication for John Keener, Mr. Maybury was listed as a writer for the Tribune, implying that the Tribune is endorsing Mr. Keener. Mr. Maybury is not employed by the Tribune, but rather is a freelance contributor. The Tribune does not endorse any candidate for City Council. To avoid any controversy, Mr. Maybury's column has been suspended indefinitely.
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Alan Wald wondered whether our designated driver departing from the north end of Pacifica heading south on Highway 1 would ever reach the Pumpkin Festival. "When will our D.D. cross the intersection at Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay?" Alan asked Riptide readers. Well, now that nobody turned into a pumpkin, click the Comments link below this post to see who guessed right, who guessed wrong, and everything else in between. Feel free to leave your comment, too. It was one helluva weekend. Hint: The smart money just stayed off the road. And one bit of bad news: A woman drowned at Gray Whale Cove.