Dan Underhill: "Just a Reminder Not to Forget Your Vector, Mister" (blockprint)
Alan Firestone: "Spring and Summer 2014" (oil)
Art Guild of Pacifica “56th Annual Members Exhibition” is open until November 16. 55th Annual award winners Leah De Nola, Thomas A. Ekkens, Alan Firestone, and Dan Underhill, whose work is featured in the Main Gallery, give an Artists’ Talk on Sunday, November 16 at 4 p.m.
Also on November 16, visit Sanchez Studio Artists Open Studios from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard and is on the SamTrans FLX bus line. After opening night, galleries are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For membership information, visit artguildofpacifica.org.
California Coastal Trail through Coastside Land Trust's Wavecrest property.
California Coastal Trail Grand Opening, Saturday, November 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. You are cordially invited to join Coastside Land Trust, Peninsula Open Space Trust, San Mateo County Parks, and Supervisor Don Horsley for a celebration of the new 1/3-mile extension of the California Coastal Trail. Please meet us at 1 p.m. at the south end of the Seymour Bridge for presentation and tour. Refreshments generously provided by Peninsula Open Space Trust (free parking at Smith Field with 3/4-mile walk to meeting location, or parking $10/day at Poplar State Beach Parking Lot with 1/5-mile walk). Email RSVP for Trail Grand Opening to email@example.com
Historical background: In November 1769, Gaspar de Portola and his Spanish expedition were the first Europeans to see San Francisco Bay. They had landed on the shore of present-day Pacifica, and had hiked up the hill to what is now called Sweeney Ridge.
This event: Meet Saturday, November 1 at 10 a.m. at Pacifica Community Center, Crespi at Highway 1. A short video presentation is followed by a guided hike up to Sweeney Ridge. The hike is about 2 miles but makes several stops, giving hikers an opportunity to learn more about the Portola expedition and the natural history of the area. Those unable to hike may drive to Sweeney Ridge escorted by a GGNRA park ranger. To make arrangements to drive or get additional information, please email Pat Kremer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-241-4612. Cosponsored by Pacifica Historical Society, GGNRA, and City of Pacifica, Department of Parks, Beaches & Recreation.
Pacifica Performances presents a cappella group Hookslide, Saturday, November 1, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. Hookslide is a high-energy mix of vocal percussion, booming bass, and four-part harmony that is guaranteed to knock you out! They claim to sing five parts with only four members! The group has traveled the nation and recently performed on the Capitol Mall in D.C. and at Lincoln Center in N.Y.C. Tickets are on sale at the door starting 30 minutes before the show, or in advance at http://www.pacificaperformances.org by Friday, 12 noon the weekend of the show. Seats for six or more can be reserved with Visa or MasterCard by calling 650.355.1882 by Friday, 12 noon. 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 a schedule, call 650.355.1882 or email email@example.com. Mildred Owen Hall is wheelchair accessible.
In this election, Pacificans are voting for three open City Council seats. A new council could stop Caltrans' Calera Parkway project (i.e., widening Highway 1), hire consultants to study alternatives like roadbed sensors and synchronized traffic lights (much cheaper than widening the road), and hold public 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. Note that several other City Council candidates who favor widening are backed by outside money, mainly from real estate organizations.
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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 most important issues in Pacifica are Highway 1 widening and broken city finances. If you have been paying attention (Pacifica Riptide, Pacifica Index, candidate forums, and Jane Northrop's coverage 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. He also accepted our suggestion to do a public-service trashbucket challenge with the Pacifica Beach Coalition.
Mainstream political heavyweights endorse Eric Ruchames, 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 on issues we care about. Mike O'Neill and Therese Dyer favor highway widening, so nothing more need be said about them.
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Isn't it about time for this little community blog to have its own cartoons? We have some seriously good writers and photographers contributing to Riptide, but we have never had our own cartoonists. So come on, people, put on your thinking caps, get out your old Rapidograph pens, and start drawing for Riptide. Click the "Email Me" link on our right sidebar when you are ready to get published. You won't make a dime, but you will be famous in your own lifetime.
I just learned that City Council candidate Victor Spano left a message on BJ Nathanson's voicemail (above) threatening to sue her for slander for her letter to the editor in the October 22 Pacifica Tribune. This is highly inappropriate. You can't run for office and threaten to sue anyone who criticizes you. A lively, open debate on the candidates is the foundation of the democratic process. Here is BJ's letter; see if you can spot the slanderous part (hint: there isn't one):
Editor: Victor Spano's slogan is "Fix Pacifica." It's on his signs and his website. He was even handing out water bottles that said "Fix Pacifica" on them at the Fog Fest. For those unfamiliar with it, Fix Pacifica is a local blog that for years has spewed hateful attacks on anyone with whom they disagree, and no one has been a victim of those attacks more than the late Jim Vreeland. In the week after Jim passed away, while the rest of us were paying our respects, Fix Pacifica was posting dozens of inappropriately negative comments, denigrating Jim's name and legacy. Blog moderator Kathy Meeh not only allowed the comments to be posted, she herself made some of the worst ones, and then censored most of the comments that dared to call for restraint and civility. (In a tortuous twist of absurdity, she censored comments that rightly accused her of censoring comments, while allowing comments that accused rival blog Pacifica Riptide of censoring comments.) This is the same Kathy Meeh who is the second endorser listed on Victor Spano's website. It is one thing to be endorsed BY Fix Pacifica, but Victor's campaign appears to be an endorsement OF Fix Pacifica. He will not be getting my vote."
(BJ Nathanson, former Pacifica Planning Commissioner and Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commissioner)