Riptide asked Acting Police Chief Daniel Steidle: "Do you think the drunk driver may have come out of Sea Bowl or Surf Spot and turned left onto northbound Highway 1? If so, we might need better signage there to prevent future tragedies." Steidle replied: "On the record, that's exactly what she did!"
Highway 1 was closed July 25-26 for several hours in both directions between Linda Mar and Rockaway due to a deadly traffic accident: a head-on collision on the northbound side. Click link above for details on the arrest of a wrong-way DUI suspect on a vehicular manslaughter charge. Accident description and photos below, courtesy of Pacifica.city:
Northbound on Highway 1 between Crespi and Rockaway Beach Avenue. Black Jaguar XJ6 with one of its left tires off over the concrete wall on the dry side of the highway. Looks like A pillars were clipped by jaws of life by Fire/EMTs and the roof peeled back. Dark silver Honda Civic CRV spun perpendicular to highway with rear end up on center divider. Acting Police Chief Dan Steidle on hand personally directing the scene.
From Linda Mar Beach at Crespi to Rockaway Beach, a vandal (or vandals) tagged benches and trees sometime between Saturday morning, July 25 and Sunday night, July 26. Note that the middle photo shows graffiti expressing some vague "political statement" about Donald Trump and the ivory trade -- think GOP and elephant? (Pacifica.city photos)
U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on Rockaway Headland, Pacifica. Coastside beachgoers, surfers, fishermen, boaters, and motorists count on these bright orange choppers when they need water and land rescues, emergency flights to ambulances and hospitals, etc. (Bob Pilgrim photo)
Last night was a major but partial victory for the fight against 7-Eleven. Pacifica City Council voted unanimously to continue this issue to September 14, with a staff directive to build support (and I'm going to word this carefully) for a Denial of the Fairmont 7-Eleven (technically an approval of the Betty Duran appeal).
We would like to thank Betty Duran for her night-and-day volunteer work on this issue for more than the past two months; thank Loreen Cuneo, who has been speaking; and thank all the residents of Fairmont and Pacifica (it was a standing-room-only crowd) who spoke unanimously against the Fairmont 7-Eleven.
We're not out of the woods yet, but last night was a major victory in the fight against 7-Eleven, and opponents of both the Fairmont and Linda Mar 7-Eleven proposals owe Betty Duran their gratitude. Don't let the walker fool you; that woman is a warrior!
We at Pacifica.city believe that nothing about this proposed Fairmont 7-Eleven does anything to improve the community. We believe the City of Pacifica should have informed in writing at least one resident of the 6027 census tract (where the proposed 7-Eleven would stand) before holding the original Planning Commission meeting on May 18, 2015. The city did not do so.
We also believe that 7-Eleven has been a bad neighbor in Pacifica for 45 years -- the current stores in Manor and Sharp Park have been nuisances: magnets for crime that have been robbed twice in a two-week period, sold alcohol to minors, painted over disabled-parking spots, made parking spaces out of sidewalks that Ocean Shore kids need to safely get to school, and damaged the community in general.
7-Eleven's representative for the Fairmont location is Katy Schardt, the same person who brought the disastrous San Mateo location that was later revoked amid the documented threat of an $8.6M lawsuit by 7-Eleven.
Whether you hate 7-Eleven or buy your morning cigarettes there, please join us on September 14 and speak your three minutes to City Council on whether you want this or any 7-Eleven in your community.
When you arrive, fill out a parking slip and place it on your dashboard to avoid a ticket. Also, to make a public comment, fill out a yellow card in the back of the room with your name, city, and topic, and make sure it gets to city staff. Riptide readers, please stop by and say "hi" after the meeting. We'll be in the front row.
Circled areas indicate code violations and/or neighborhood nuisances (Pacifica.city photos).
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Tell San Mateo County planners which traffic controls and safety measures you want on midcoast Highway 1 (Gray Whale Cove to Half Moon Bay), whether you are a motorist, pedestrian, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or anyone concerned about traveling safely on the midcoast. The survey is open until the end of July. Use links above to see all the proposed alternatives and to take the survey.
Pacifica Performances presents Celtic band Golden Bough, Saturday, Aug 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. Folk songs tell a story and the music of Golden Bough is full of stories and mythology of the Celtic lands. The 35th Anniversary Tour is in full swing, and these modern-day minstrels have traveled the world over performing the music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, French Brittany, and Galicia. 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.
On July 23, Cal Fire ground crews, two helicopters, and a tanker plane using bright red fire retardant (above) joined forces to douse a small brushfire on the hillside above the Little League fields in East Fairway Park. The firefighting helicopters used water from Sharp Park Golf Course ponds. Shelldance nursery is seen in the foreground. (Ian Butler photo; information gathered by Ian Butler, Chris Fogel on NextDoor, Kevin Kelly on Sweeney Ridge, and Pacifica.city)
"Sorry, but we have to occasionally include a political post -- we usually don't do these, but this one would impact us SIGNIFICANTLY and could even drive us out of business: We are for TRANSPARENCY in this project, and it doesn't look like we are getting it. We live AND work right next to this intersection and move through it several times a day from all angles. All you need to do is look at the traffic now that school is out to be really really sure that our traffic problems do NOT stem from a highway that is too narrow, but from the school traffic that clogs up Highway 1 and Reina del Mar. Widening the highway is NOT the solution, finding a way to mitigate school traffic would be far more helpful.
The city manager's plan and critical public responses are available on Riptide. Scroll down to page 3 and see "Pacifica City Manager Reopens Highway Debate" and "Highway Hijinks" (posted July 11), also "Multiple Groups Fight Highway Widening" (posted July 12). And don't miss Carol Fregly's Pacifica Tribune op-ed, July 22:
Pacifica.city created this map image from the incident log of the GSAT that SF Gate entered the data points for. GSAT keeps an incident log of shark attack files: Shark Attack Data Interactive Map
GSAT shows four incidents in or near Pacifica in the past 24 years: 1/1/1986, Linda Mar, Pacifica, surfing, unprovoked, non-fatal; 1/12/1990, Montara Beach, San Mateo County, surfing, unprovoked, non-fatal; 3/12/1993, Pedro Point, Pacifica, free diving, unprovoked, non-fatal; 6/25/2013, Pacifica, kayaking, unprovoked, non-fatal.