Will Caltrans Ever Clean Up Highway 1?

Highway 1 between the tunnels and Linda Mar needs weeding and cleanup all along both shoulders, including removal or repair of the crumpled Caltrans construction sign on the downhill side. The entire roadway north of the tunnels is littered with trash, debris, and weeds on both sides.

(We submitted a maintenance request/complaint June 29 on the Caltrans District 4 online form. Caltrans replied July 14 that it has scheduled cleanup of this disgraceful stretch of highway between Linda Mar and the tunnels. THAT WAS MORE THAN A MONTH AGO, AND IT STILL HAS NOT BEEN DONE. Please ask Caltrans to get off the dime and do the job. We note that removing weeds and trash may help visibility on this dangerous S curve, where bicyclists wobble up and down the narrow-to-nonexistent shoulders, taking their lives in their hands and making motorists extremely nervous.)


Fog Bank Contest

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The Fog Bank contest features a Lucite tank containing a model of Pedro Point, complete with surfers. The entrant who comes close to guessing the actual number of cotton "fog balls" within wins $50 cash or a $50 gift certificate. The contest is open now at
Oceana Market in Eureka Square. On September 1, it moves to First National Bank in Linda Mar. On September 15, it moves to Florey's Bookstore on Palmetto. Mark your calendars for Fogfest, September 24-25. Winners are announced and prizes awarded on the main stage Sunday, September 25 (pacificcoastfogfest.com).

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Tuolumne River: Paddle, Cycle, Backpack, Fly-Fish

From Peter Drekmeier of Tuolumne River Trust:

I'm participating in the Tuolumne River Trust's By Land and By River adventure-a-thon (our new version of Paddle to the Sea that includes backpacking, cycling, and fly fishing), and I'm hoping you will sponsor me. Please visit my fundraising page:

https://fundraise.bylandandbyriver.org/fundraise?fcid=715161

The State Water Board's updated Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, Phase 1 will focus on increasing flows on the Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Merced, and lower San Joaquin rivers to improve water quality and fish & wildlife habitat. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revive our rivers and help bring back the salmon. Historically, an estimated 130,000 salmon spawned in the Tuolumne, but last year only 434 fish returned. Your support will help make our work possible.


Help Riptide Cover the Coastside

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He always carried a bag to collect empty bottles and cans. His name was Albert (Tapper) Torney. Everyone thought he was a bit eccentric and kids would tease and hassle him. Then it was discovered that he sold the empty bottles but only some of the cans. After he died in 1998 (age 86), his large collection of model cars made from aluminum cans was discovered. (Internet nugget forwarded by Marv Morganti)


Boston Globe Previews Pacific Coast Fog Fest

If you visit the Bay Area in late September, don’t miss the 31st annual Pacific Coast Fog Fest in the city of Pacifica, located 15 minutes south of San Francisco. The free event, which takes place on the (historically) sunniest weekend of the month, Sept. 24 and 25, includes live music on three stages, more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, a parade and, new this year, a replica of the Jaguar-turned-hearse from the cult classic film “Harold and Maude,” the final scene of which was shot at the cliffs of Mori Point in Pacifica. Participants of all ages can join in a competitive 5-mile run or non-competitive 3-mile walk during the Fog Jog and Stride, see a sand sculpture as it’s created, and attend the Family Fun Fest, where they can make giant bubbles and paint a real car. 650-465-8645, www.pacificcoastfogfest.com. (Boston Globe, August 18)