Margaret Goodale's update to the original post (see below):
I telephoned the RWQCB representative dealing with Caltrans this morning. He emailed me the following information:
"I talked with Caltrans staff today after you and I talked on the phone and they are confident that there was not a fuel spill or any other type of construction related activity that would have caused an 'oil slick' in the project area as noted on Pacifica Riptide. Caltrans is required to notify the Water Board of any construction related discharges to waters or wetlands within 24 hours for this project. Since there isn’t sufficient information or photos showing the 'oil slick' from the complainant, it seems any sheen in the water was likely naturally occurring. As we discussed, if you or anyone observing the project notices water quality or wildlife issues, please contact me via email or at the phone number below. If photos and documentation can be provided showing evidence of water quality or wildlife related problems, they greatly help in evaluating if the project is out of compliance with permits or regulations."
Stan and I also went out to the creek and tracked down two young biological monitors this afternoon. They represent two different companies contracted by Caltrans to monitor and were happy to talk with us. Neither had seen any oil or other contaminant spilled, but independently spoke of biofilms with slimy surfaces that could easily be mistaken for oil, apparently a fairly common occurrence when wetlands are dredged. Both believed they would have been aware of any oil spill.
Original Post: Waterfowl Cry Foul!
At San Pedro Creek bridge in the past few days, in the midst of Caltrans' cleanup of the marshy area where the creek spills into the ocean, a huge oil slick can be seen from the pedestrian walkway. Disgusting. Thought you might be in a position to ruffle some feathers about this. I'm guessing the ducks and other waterfowl that made the marsh their home are pretty ruffled about now.
(Eyewitness news reported by Riptide reader "Aich")
Stop, look, and listen for the annual arrival of the conservation herd along Railroad Avenue in Half Moon Bay in early August! Would you like to serve as a volunteer goat docent? Please contact me for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
New This Year ~ A Goat Party! Please join us for a family-friendly Goat Party to learn more about the herd and why it matters, and Coastside Land Trust's work in the community. Refreshments are provided by our generous host at Railroad Avenue near Poplar Street. Look for the tables! Dogs must be kept on leash. Party time TBD because livestock are not exactly punctual. Follow Coastside Land Trust on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for up-to-the-minute announcements! Thank you for your donations and goat sponsorships! Your ongoing support allows us to pay for the annual return of the herd.
CoastsideLandTrust.org 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay 650-726-5056 Coastside Land Trust is dedicated to preservation, protection, and enhancement of open space, including natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo County coast for present and future generations.
Above is the reply brief prepared by the attorneys for Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC), Celeste Langille and Brian Gaffney. They prepared the opening brief, then Caltrans and the City of Pacifica filed opposition briefs, and finally the PSC attorneys submitted this reply brief. The hearing is Friday, August 22 at 2 p.m. at the courthouse in Redwood City. Judge Marie Weiner is hearing the case. She may or may not have a ruling at that time. She has 90 days after the hearing to issue her ruling.
The Coastside Film Society screens a documentary that explores how modernization affects the culture and people living in Beijing's sprawling, ancient Hutong neighborhoods.
Missing Home: Last Days of Beijing Hutongs Friday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. Coastside Senior Housing 925 Main Street, Half Moon Bay Admission: $5
Hutongs, which date to the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1341), have long been regarded as the heart and soul of Beijing. These ancient communities chock-a-block with family homes and crammed with countless small shops and restaurants are now disappearing at a prodigious rate as Beijing modernizes.
Weimin Zhang grew up in a Hutong. She remembers it as a wonderful world where all the adults treated all the neighborhood kids as members of their extended family. She left to attend the Beijing Film Academy and to get her master's degree at Ohio University.
While Zhang was away becoming a famous director, the government tore down her Hutong home to make way for a modern high-rise. It was a shock that got her to start work on a documentary about the Hutong way of life. Can China balance the preservation of culturally and historically significant traditions and sites, while building a global city? That’s the real topic of this film.
Zhang recently took a post at the San Francisco State University film school, and will attend the screening to take questions from the audience about her movie, her memories of growing up in her Hutong home, and to discuss with us the effect that modernization is having on the Chinese people.
Sculptor Gale Wagner’s rubber-band-powered airplanes exhibit, Free Flight/Free Spirit, is curated by Jerry Ross Barrish. Artist and curator give a talk on closing day, Sunday, August 10 at 4 p.m. Showing concurrently are Runes Revealed, a mixed-media group exhibit by Nordic 5 Arts; and Full Circle, a group exhibit presented by the Art Guild of Pacifica. All three exhibits run through August 10. 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. Info: 650-355-1894, www.sanchezartcenter.org
The new exhibit at Quarry Cove Art Gallery is called "No One Else Is Doing This Work," and as soon as you step in, you will know why. Both artists have a unique vision not seen anywhere else.
Inside the glass case you encounter as you walk in is the imaginative jewelry of Ann Marie Hodrick. She has taken her training and become inspired to pursue her own path. Her pieces explore her creative ability to bring together shapes, sizes, and textures. Her art is constantly evolving, and as we enjoy this presentation, we also look forward to all of her future endeavors.
Most likely, the first thing you notice about Karen Rosenstein's work is her extraordinary sense of color and shape. And they are not arbitrary; each piece has its own story and intent. Karen's special sense of color, shape, and texture is at its most apparent in her piece "25," an arrangement of 25 tiles. While the work was designed to be sold as one large wall-filling object, she has kindly presented it in such a way that each individual square can be sold separately. Have fun choosing your own!
Sometimes the best art is the culmination of a mishap. In "Breaking Free," these pieces of glass were once one large piece, but they broke. Karen used this accident to create a meaningful presentation of broken pieces held together by chains. It is striking, and all the more so because of its derivation.
One of the surprises is a piece that looks like a woven textile, perhaps wool, called "Buttoned Up Heart." But prepare to be amazed: It is composed of plastic bags that Karen has crocheted! Even knowing that, you have to get right on top of the work to see that it is indeed plastic and not fabric. Remarkable.
What a kick! Talk about inspired recycling. Karen has taken green plastic bags that newspapers come in, and created "Lawn Fantasy." The texture and color are truly striking. Perhaps in these days of drought, this is the way to have the perfect lawn.
In "American Pride," Karen combines all of the above. She has "floating" glass objects held together by crocheted plastic. It represents the diversity of community held together by a common thread. As always, very striking, and all the more so given its earnest interpretation.
The exhibit is up now, and runs to August 18. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sunday. Quarry Cove Art Gallery is at 225 Rockaway Beach Avenue, between the Chamber of Commerce and Avani Salon. Always free, always innovative.
Rick Bauman here. Some friends and I (we call ourselves the P-Town Punks) got together June 28 at Pacifica Moose Lodge to host our first annual liars dice tourney to benefit the Pacifica National Little League. It was a great success! We raised $40,000. And we had a great time. We got contributions from NorCal Surf Shop, Ash's Vallemar Station, Sharp Park Golf Course, Gorilla Barbeque, Nick's of Rockaway Beach, John the Sign Guy t-shirts, and the Bauman family donating two tickets to two different Giants games. All in all, it was a great time and Moose Lodge donated the use of its hall for the cause. Next year will come all too soon, so practice your little white lies!
Photo above: $400 check from the proceeds of the tourney. Rick Bauman (left) with Bill Hooper, vice president of Pacifica National Little League.
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Various posts on NextDoor and Facebook mention several dogs with poisoning symptoms have been reported at local veterinary clinics. The common thread is that all of the dogs got sick from something around Mavericks or Princeton Harbor. Veterinarians are checking with the harbor patrol for any further information, but dog owners are advised to keep their dogs away from these areas until further notice.