"If there is a Picasso in Pacifica, what is our responsibility to that kid?" asked S.F. school board member Rachel Norton in a front-page story in the San Francisco Chronicle, May 22. She was responding to a question about whether the school board should ban out-of-town kids from enrolling in the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA), a high-demand public school in San Francisco. You can read the rest of this story on the Chronicle website sfgate.com.
The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge shuts down the weekend of May 22-25 from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. During the closure, Caltrans construction crews resurface and treat the deck, which recorded more than 17 million vehicle crossings during the 2014 fiscal year. Crews also perform routine maintenance on the bridge. Use the Dumbarton Bridge, the Bay Bridge, or Highway 237 in the South Bay as alternatives. Updates are posted at 511.org (source: SMCTA).
The extended drought has put tremendous pressure on the Tuolumne and other rivers but also has raised awareness of the need to use our most precious natural resource more wisely. Last year in the Bay Area, water use from the Tuolumne dropped more than 10 percent, and since 2008 it has declined by 20 percent. We need to continue this trend.
Your contribution will support TRT's efforts to help the Tuolumne watershed recover from the devastating 2013 Rim Fire, educate children and communities dependent on the river about water conservation and efficiency, and bolster TRT's work to advocate for policies that revive the Tuolumne. We need you now more than ever! Thank you for considering this request.
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A sizeable crowd packed Shelldance Orchid Gardens on May 17 to benefit the legal fund for fighting the highway widening. Beyond fundraising and consciousness raising, there was good music, art, food, and drink. (photos by Leo Leon; poster by Andrew Leone)
Pacific Art Connection exhibits the artwork of Pacificans Vince Ayala and Mark Bray. Elements of earth and fire are the centerpiece of the dynamic exhibit, which features 36 ceramic vessels, paintings, and mixed-media wall art. The show runs through May 30. The gallery is at 225 Rockaway Beach Avenue next to Avani Salon, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A ceramic enthusiast and potter, Ayala works with earth (clay) and fire to make his stunning wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramic vessels. Inspired by his older brother, artist Paul Brown, Vince creates ceramics that catch the eye with their organic beauty. Using raku and wood kilns, Vince allows fire, wood, ash, soda, and glazes to finish his pieces in landscapes of earth tones and metallics. His ceramic pieces are one-of-a-kind treasures that often suggest antiquity (see above).
Visionary artist and painter Mark Bray captures the energy, movement, and brilliance of fire and earth in his acrylic paintings. In his mixed-media work, Mark uses a multilayered process, bringing together painting, drawing, and digital imaging and transfer to create timeless mandala-like images on wood, which invite quiet reflection and far-reaching vision. "Star Field Combustion," "Space Flower," and "Unearthed Cities" are but three standouts among his collection (see below).
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In her recent Pacifica Tribune column ("From the Desk of..."), City Manager Lori Tinfow asserted, regarding $4 million missing from city coffers: "I believe we simply have had poor tracking of our funds, and am not suggesting wrongdoing." Tinfow must be complimented as a master of understatement. The City of Pacifica had no finance director from July 2007 until Tinfow was hired following then-City Manager Steve Rhodes' retirement in 2013. We may be the only city in San Mateo County that followed such a foolish and dangerous policy of lacking financial oversight. In the column, Tinfow also told us: "I know that some residents thought I was conducting a 'forensic audit' but that's not the case."
Well, there's a big problem in Pacifica, and it's a trust problem, in which the majority of Pacifica voters do not trust the actions of their local government. If anyone doubts that, look at the last three attempts by the city to pass tax measures, resulting in blowout defeats. I would suggest to our local politicians and top city staffers that if you'd like to have a snowball's chance of passing a tax/bond measure of any kind in this town, a forensic audit looking at every line of the records is what is needed to show that you are serious about financial transparency. We need to know how the finances got so crossed up, where the money went, and who's responsible.
(This op-ed originally appeared on the Tribune website, not in the print edition.)
Sam Perry, Wrapped, 2009, 24” x 30” x 20” Opening Friday, May 29 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. is Curve¸ an exhibit of wood sculpture by Sam Perry, curated by Jerry Ross Barrish. On Sunday, June 28 at 3 p.m., the artist discusses his work with interviewer Richard Whittaker of works & conversations magazine, in the Main Gallery. Also opening May 29 are Outside the Box, a group exhibit presented by the Art Guild of Pacifica, and Together, We Create! presenting the artworks of the Create Art Collective in Pacifica. All three exhibits run through June 28. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd, Pacifica, CA. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment, during exhibits (except opening night). For more information: 650-355-1894, www.sanchezartcenter.org.
Pacifica Performances presents Asia and Arabesque Belly Dance, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica, in the building with the colorful mural. This performance titled “Harem" is inspired by works published by author Alev Lytle Croutier. The dances performed reflect the many countries of the Middle East, and the audience will get a glimpse of how the real tales of 1001 nights came to be. Thirty dancers in beautiful, lavish costumes tell the story. 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 six 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Mildred Owen Hall is wheelchair accessible.