Library in Limbo: Measure N Not "Thoroughly Vetted"

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).

CCC to Dan Stegink

CCC to Lee Diaz

CCC to Lorie Tinfow


Caltrans to Extend Highway 1 Guardrails

Press Release

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.

 


Pacifica Prognosis 1969: "Rugged, Rocky Vistas" and 90,000 People

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.)


Linda Mar's Empty Storefronts: "Looking Like the Suburbs of Aleppo"

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."


Mori Point Dog Walker Alleges Knife Threat

News Story

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."


Will Caltrans Ever Clean Up Highway 1?

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.)


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