What Did Ana Reepen See? As she exited the Sea Bowl/Surf Spot parking lot, photo #1 (top) shows what DUI/manslaughter suspect Ana Reepen might have seen on Highway 1 on July 25, assuming there was no highway traffic to offer additional clues. This photo shows a second parking lot exit only a few feet from the highway intersection, which Reepen might have used instead of the parking lot main exit. This photo also shows that the double yellow lines separating traffic on Sea Bowl Lane have almost completely faded approaching the highway. A tiny one-way (north) sign can be seen on the highway median barrier. Photo #2 (bottom) shows Reepen's view of northbound Highway 1, depending on which lane Ms. Reepen entered onto Sea Bowl Lane after exiting the parking lot. See related story below for more details on the accident that killed popular Pacifica hair stylist Bruce Bernor. (Story and photos by Alan Wald)
Would WRONG WAY signs make a difference? Below, Pacifica.city photoshops warning signs into Alan Wald's uphill shot from the offramp on northbound Highway 1.
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?" 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.
Three barn owls have taken up residence in a Canary palm tree on Amapola Avenue in Pacifica. Here they are during the day looking down from their hidden perch. Palms are a favorite nesting place for barn owls. Every evening these three make a racket with their very distinctive screeching. They live on rodents, which is obvious from the remains in the owl pellets below the palm. (Story and photo by Kevin Kelly)
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Don't let the walker fool you. Betty Duran is a 30-year Fairmont resident, mother, grandmother, and warrior who spearheaded a movement, along with her Fairmont, Linda Mar, and Pedro Point neighbors who oppose 7-Eleven's further penetration into Pacifica.
The video above is an edited version of Pacifica City Council's July 27 meeting, where Betty and her neighbors voiced passionate appeals to overturn a May 18 Pacifica Planning Commission ruling allowing 7-Eleven’s application to build a 24-hour gas station and convenience store in her beloved Fairmont neighborhood. (Story and video by Maxine Hines)
In addition to the huge (but partial) victory for those opposing the proposed Fairmont 7-Eleven, two other important topics briefly floated to the surface at the July 27 Pacifica City Council meeting.
Council member John Keener advocated for the right of residents (both renters and homeowners) to be notified in writing by the city Planning Department (equally to corporate property owners) on any planning, development, or zoning issue affecting their part of town.
Historically and according to California law, non-owning residents (renters) have always been ignored, but not a single one of the nearly 6,000 residents (renters and owners) in the 6027 census tract were "noticed" by the Planning Department of the original Fairmont 7-Eleven permit hearings on May 18.
As the cost of Bay Area homes and rentals skyrockets, renters are becoming more permanent members of the community, who many feel should have a right to know when a 24-hour 7-Eleven, or anything else, is moving within 50 feet of their front doors.
Keener said: "My feeling is that residents and property owners ought to be equal for notification on these sorts of issues."
Council member Mike O'Neill advocated for public comments at council meetings to be returned to the beginning of the agenda. O'Neill suggested moving "Oral Communications" on non-agenda items to the front, so that people with neighborhood issues don't have to wait through hours of procedural business, as occurred on July 27. (If you work a full-time job, it is a hardship to sit until midnight at a council meeting, particularly if you have school-age children.)
O'Neill said: "I would like to see Oral Communications moved up to the front of the meeting like it used to be... Maybe we move Oral Communication before Public Hearings, because I don't think it's fair to have people sit out there for three hours when they want to get up and talk about a light that's burnt out, or something."
Council member Sue Digre seconded O'Neill's motion to staff to find more evidence in Pacifica's General Plan that the 7-Eleven project DOES NOT COMPLY with Pacifica's General Plan.
Herd of habitat-restoring goats and sheep move to Coastside Land Trust's Railroad Right-of-Way Conservation Easement, August 2014
Wavecrest Workday Join us on the coastal prairie for a habitat restoration workday at Wavecrest on Saturday, August 8 from 10am-Noon. We'll continue our work removing invasive plants around the coastal trail, picking up trash, and abating graffiti. Meet at the Smith Field Ballparks at the end of Wavecrest Road in Half Moon Bay. Wear layers, sturdy shoes, and sun protection. If you plan to participate in graffiti abatement, wear clothes that can get muddy! Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. What: Wavecrest Habitat Restoration Workday When: Saturday, August 8 from 10am-Noon Where: Meet at the west end of Wavecrest Road, HMB • • • 500 Goats and Sheep Return to the Historic Railroad Right-of-Way For the fourth consecutive year, a herd of 500 goats and sheep will graze the historic Railroad Right-of-Way Conservation Easement in Half Moon Bay. The habitat restoration herd will be moved from the county landfill near Poplar Beach to our conservation easement along Railroad Avenue in early August. Look for our email regarding the final move date and join us to see the move in person. Once on the easement the animals will slowly make their way north along Railroad Avenue over the next 5-7 days, kicking off our habitat restoration efforts on the property for 2015-2016. If you live along the easement and can donate water, please call 650-726-5056 or respond to this email. • • • CLT Granted Trail Planning Funds for a Wavecrest Extension On July 21, 2015 the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors granted CLT $260,000 for the design, planning, and permitting of a 2 mile extension of the California Coastal Trail in Half Moon Bay. The proposed segment will complete an important gap in the coastal trail system between the southern end of CLT's 50-Acre parcel and Redondo Beach Road. The next step for CLT is to hire a landscape architecture firm to design and plan the trail. CLT will also be working with the Peninsula Open Space Trust, San Mateo County Parks, the State Coastal Conservancy, and the City of Half Moon Bay on the project. ••••• California Agriculture Art Show Opening Join us for a night of art and refreshments during California Agriculture Art Show Opening and Artists' reception on Friday, August 14 from 5:00-8:00pm. You can meet the artists and experience California's rich agriculture resources through oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, and photography. All art is for sale. The show will run through October 23 at 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 11am-2pm and Sunday, 10am-2pm.
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Pacifica Performances presents Maria Muldaur, Saturday, Aug 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. “Way Past Midnight” is a 50-year multimedia retrospective of Maria’s career. She and her band perform her iconic hits, including “Midnight at the Oasis” and “I’m a Woman” plus roots, jazz, blues, and gospel. Sponsored by our friends Crickett Jones and Marv Morganti. No free passes accepted for this show. 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 eight 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.
Volunteers needed to help install posts, cable, and signs for western snowy plovers' return to Pacifica State Beach (Linda Mar). Meet Wednesday, August 19 at 9 a.m. at the beach. Pacifica Shorebird Alliance
San Mateo County transportation planners are studying which traffic controls and safety measures to build on midcoast Highway 1 (Gray Whale Cove to Half Moon Bay). Whether you are a motorist, motorcyclist, bicyclist, pedestrian, or anyone else concerned about traveling safely on the midcoast, this plan affects you. Use links above to see all the proposed alternatives.
All Pacifica Historical Society members and friends: Please join us at the GRAND OPENING of the Pacifica Coastside Museum at the Little Brown Church. At long last our building is officially open to the public. Come enjoy looking at the exhibits, inspecting the renovations, and sharing in this joyous event, Saturday, August 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.