City of Pacifica Senior Services bargain-priced weekly INDOOR Garage/Moving/Rummage/Estate/Yard Sale, Thursday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacifica Community Center, Highway 1 at Crespi, with the popular TWO DOLLARS ROOM -- all the items you can fit into one of our supermarket-style shopping bags for a total of $2. The weekly sale consists entirely of donated, reusable items priced very low. All proceeds help support Senior Services. For more information, call 650-738-7384.
Sorry for the long outage earlier this week. Our software host Typepad was hit by a denial-of-service hack attack, and for about 36 hours all Typepad blogs worldwide were down. Looks like we are now back up and running again. Thanks for your patience during the outage, and special thanks for not forgetting us and coming back to see us again.
2014 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition. Juror Jenny Gheith of SFMOMA gives a talk and presents awards on Sunday, April 13 at 1 p.m. Showing concurrently is the 2013 LCA Awards Exhibition, featuring work by 2013 award winners Ellen Little and Lucy Traeger. Both exhibits run through May 18. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. during exhibits. For more information, call 650-355-1894 or visit www.sanchezartcenter.org.
Photos above courtesy of Sanchez Art Center: Ellen Little, Urban Bird no. 13, watercolor on paper, 52” x 75” (bottom); Lucy Traeger, National Palace, Haiti, acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24” (top).
On Friday, April 25, have a wonderful evening while helping the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund provide education for girls and women in Guatemala. Enjoy Italian cuisine and wine while listening to live music by John Hall and the Montara Mountain Boys at St. Peter's CCD Center! Bid on Silent Auction gifts and shop for gorgeous Guatemalan hand-crafts. Get your tickets early at the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund office, 830 Rosita Road (P.O. Box 906), Pacifica, CA 94044. $15 adult, $5 child, $20 adult at the door.
The labyrinth in the courtyard at Saint Edmund’s is available for all to enjoy from now until June 1. The gates open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. It is a place of peace and tranquility.
"The labyrinth is a metaphor for the spiritual journey that we are all on as we search for the center and meaning of our lives. Since prehistoric times, the labyrinth has been a sacred path of meditation that confers real benefits to body and soul. It has been found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world." (Saint Edmund's Episcopal Church, 1500 Perez Drive, Pacifica, 650-359-3364)
Pacifica Performances presents Jim Anderson and the Rebels, Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. Lifelong Elvis fans call this show “the most authentic tribute to Elvis Presley and his style of music to date!” The band has sold out venues in California, Washington, and Nevada, and has built a fan base worldwide. This is not an Elvis impersonator; this is a tribute to Elvis’ early music, 1954-1964. Tickets are on sale at the door starting 30 minutes before the show, or in advance at http://www.pacificaperformances.org by Friday 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 noon the weekend of the show. Admission: $20 General; $17 Seniors and Students under 25 with current ID; $15 Members; $12 Senior and Student 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 protected] Owen Hall is wheelchair accessible.
Festival of the Mandolins, Sunday, April 27. 11 a.m. Workshops, 1 p.m. Concert. Tickets $20 door, $15 advance, children free. Join us for the 14th annual San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins. At the concert, there are four diverse mandolin performances, including AURORA MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA, RADIM ZENKL, SEABRIGHT SERENADERS (Paul Rangell, Emily Abbink & Irene Herrmann) and the KENNY HALL TRIBUTE BAND (Terry Barrett, Harry & Cindy Liedstrand). At 11 there are workshops by the performers. This year's BYOMO (Bring Your Own Mandolin Orchestra) features Kenny Hall's music. Ethnic Bulgarian food by chef Hristo Kolev. Advance tickets www.Brownpapertickets.com. Children free. Croatian American Cultural Center, 60 Onondaga Avenue off Alemany, San Francisco, www.CroatianAmericanWeb.org
Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A) presents its petition to Pacifica City Council on Monday, April 28. The petition reads:
"Caltrans' plan to widen Highway 1 is not good for Pacifica. It will cause more problems than it will solve. I support pursuing a combination of alternatives that can improve traffic congestion on Highway 1 and that will be less damaging to Pacifica."
In all my years on the Pacifica Planning Commission, I never saw a more useless map (click link above to see project proposal). Therefore, I have added a third page, highlighting as best I could figure out (having seen the dog-and-pony-show drawings presented to us earlier) to make it more readable. It bears no resemblance to what we were shown, so some of the highlighting is guesswork.
Reading the first page, you get some numbers in absolute contradiction to the neighbor-friendly drawings shown to us quite some time ago: 16 houses on the ridge, not five or six. Farther down Gypsy Hill Road, 10 more houses; then even farther down, 16 below-market homes (required by law to include affordable housing). A "paper road" would have to be paved.
This is a grossly larger development than we were originally presented with, and in my personal opinion, the intent was to placate the neighbors into thinking this was no big deal so there would be no opposition. One of the “selling” points to our community was that the Campagnas themselves would be the architects, with their intimate respect for the community and environment.
Here is the truth, which I have heard directly from an inside source: The Campagnas do not have the money to develop this project. They hope to get all permits in place so they can sell to some outside company that will obviously build it to make a profit. Adamo Campagna would like to be the architect, but there is nothing to say that this would happen or what that would really mean, anyway.
Another glitch in the plan is that the required noticing area does not include the people on the hillside across the valley of Brighton (e.g., Talbot), who would be the most visually impacted, but because of the code, are not required to be noticed.
Additionally, there is the reality of a history of mudslides on this hill. Because we have had no hard winters in a long time, that may have faded into recent memory. But at the top of Brighton (under Grace’s Vista Point) is a very steep, bare hillside, which has repeatedly slid in wet winters.
After the recent disastrous news from Washington state, where a massive mudslide occurred where they knew mudslides had occurred in the past, how dare we put people at risk? For those on Brighton, whose backyards face the steep hill but have so far been protected by the dense vegetation, what will excavation do to the stability of the hill? The proposed houses are large and set somewhat downhill, dug into the hillside; the extent of excavation required is of major concern.
I’m not even going to go into the various species of wildlife that live here, including many varieties of birds in particular, at the risk of being labeled some kind of environmental extremist.
If any of this matters to you, please talk to City Council and the Planning Commission. Now is not the time for apathy.
BJ Nathanson, Former Pacifica Planning Commissioner
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I photographed these surfbirds at the north end of Linda Mar Beach. The top two photos show the birds foraging, uncharacteristically, on the sandy beach. The third photo shows one in its more typical rocky shore habitat. All of these birds are about two-thirds through their molt into breeding plumage. The one on the rocks is almost perfectly camouflaged against the backdrop of aggregating anemones.
What can you say about two adults who take their two toddlers sailing around the world, then suffer a mechanical and medical emergency requiring a U.S. Navy and Coast Guard rescue operation that cost taxpayers at least half a million dollars? On top of that, the couple does not apologize, though the wife apparently said on Facebook that it was one of the stupidest things they had ever done. Well, duh! How about fessin' up and paying up?