Mounted police, park rangers, and sheriff's deputies will patrol Pillar Point Bluff starting at 6 a.m. Friday to keep Mavericks watchers away. Even if you could sneak up there, you wouldn't be able to see anything with the naked eye, because the Mavericks wave break is at least a half mile out to sea. Surfing fans are urged to watch online or at any of the local eateries offering big-screen views of the contest.
Email the governor, the commission, and your state representatives. See below for email addresses or websites for contact info. Also see below for the talking point you can use in your email. It's fine to be brief and just make your main point: Protest the firing of Dr. Charles Lester.
1. Governor Brown: email@example.com 2. CCC: StatusOfExecutiveDirector@coastal.ca.gov 3. State Senator Jerry Hill: Contact Form 4. Assemblymember Kevin Mullin: Contact Form 5. Assemblymember Rich Gordon: Contact Form 6. CCC Central Coast rep Carol Groom: firstname.lastname@example.org
The attack on Dr. Lester is an attack on the Coastal Act. This power grab by Governor Brown's pro-development commissioners and others is an attempt to undermine the integrity of the Local Coastal Program, gain control over an independent staff, and make CCC more “developer-friendly” without any public accountability or transparency.
Pacifica City Manager Lorie Tinfow says a third crack has appeared in the Sharp Park seawall 50 feet south of the second sinkhole. She has written to Governor Jerry Brown asking for storm damage relief, including $1.2 million to replace the Milagra stormwater outfall. City Manager Van Ocampo says there are no capital funds to replace or repair the seawall, which suffered a sinkhole in 1997 just north of the pier. The seawall is actually a retaining wall, not a traditional seawall, and was built by an Ohio company in 1984 based on a retaining wall it had built on one of the freshwater Great Lakes. (from a Pacifica.city report)
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Castle Lake Evening (acrylic on hardboard, 20" x 30")
I was very surprised and honored to receive a notice that, for the fourth time in a row, one of my paintings has won "Best Overall Acrylic" in the bimonthly PleinAir Salon competition hosted by PleinAir magazine. It and the three previous winning paintings will be automatically entered as semifinalists in the annual PleinAir cash award competition in April. I will have my fingers crossed and keep you posted! If you are interested in this painting, it is available on my website S. Anthony Studios under "Recent Paintings" along with many others, both new and old (some very old).
As if traffic on Highway 1 Midcoast weren't bad enough, now MidPen's high-density, affordable-housing proposal for a peaceful Moss Beach hillside rears its ugly head (click the links above). Multiply 148 units times the typical number of vehicles per unit, and that gives you some idea of the transportation nightmare this would create south of Devil's Slide. MidPen holds a community meeting March 16 at Farallone View Elementary School in Montara.
A wine bar seeking a liquor license hopes to move in next door to a chiropractor in Moss Beach. The wine bar is in a space previously occupied by a massage parlor that the vice squad busted for prostitution and put out of business.
The city is too broke to fix all the problems of storm damage, erosion, shoddy engineering and construction, etc. The landlord is broke, his apartment buildings are about to fall off a cliff, his tenants have all been evacuated, and now he is talking lawsuits. Can things get any worse?