Fellow blogger Dan Stegink of Pacifica.city forwards correspondence from the state (see links below) about the controversial library funding measure on the November ballot. Dan asked the state: "The proposed argument for the new library (Measure N) states that the California Coastal Commission (CCC) has thoroughly vetted Measure N: 'The Coastal Commission and third-party experts thoroughly vetted Measure N to ensure our library is safe from flooding and sea-level rise.' Is that accurate?" The CCC said NO (see the CCC letter at the first link below).
How did a "clean" issue like a public library bond get so mired in dirty politics? Read Bill Collins' op-ed for some clues. Click link above.
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Caltrans finally is extending the guardrails along both sides of Highway 1 at the San Pedro Creek Bridge. We editorialized for this safety improvement when the new bridge first opened. Work begins Wednesday, August 31 at 7 p.m. and goes overnight until 6 a.m. the next day, and will continue on Thursday evening. See the above press release for details. Now we need Caltrans to clean up the weeds and debris alongside Highway 1 going up to the tunnels.
William Chapin's Suburbs of San Francisco, a book published in 1969, predicted that Pacifica would have a population of 90,000 by 1990. Chapin wrote about Pacifica:
•"It has no industry and its local sales are among the lowest in the state."
•"To remedy this, the city manager has stressed efforts to 'provide a little better balance by attracting recreation-oriented businesses to exploit our beautiful beaches and rugged, rocky vistas.'"
•"Citizens' participation in civic affairs and community events is unusually high...Hardly any Council meetings have fewer than 50 to 100 citizens in attendance..."
(Thanks to Bill Collins for sharing this.)
Late Monday night, a motorist on Sharp Park Road at Skyline reported that a reckless driver was weaving in and out of traffic and "flipping off other drivers," according to Pacifica Police. Alan Wald wonders when "flipping off" became official law enforcement terminology.
Reader Andy Narraway suggests that big real-estate firms like Kimco, which owns Linda Mar shopping center, be charged appropriate tax penalties to keep them from jacking up rents and pushing out local small businesses in favor of national chains and franchises. Andy ominously describes vacant Linda Mar storefronts as "looking like the suburbs of Aleppo."
Pacifica Police Captain Joseph Spanheimer says: "Two officers responded to the reporting party's call and were unable to find the man with the knife. The circumstances were documented in an incident report: 11:15 a.m. at 08-24-2016 It appears that the man said he had the knife in case a dog came near him. At no time did the man remove the knife or brandish it in a threatening manner. No crime appears to have been committed and the man's identity remains unknown at the time."
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.)
Governor Jerry Brown signed State Senator Jerry Hill's bill cracking down on water wasters during droughts. The new law takes effect January 1, 2017.
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Junior Olympics gold medalist Lupe Gutierrez et al. headline September 4 boxing event in Pacifica. Click the three links above for details.
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