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October 2010

Red Square: RU Steadier Than a Fighter Pilot?

This will drive you nuts!! Have fun. The object of the game is to move the red block around without getting hit by the blue blocks or touching the black walls. If you can go longer than 18 seconds, you are phenomenal. It's said that the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots. They are expected to go for at least 2 minutes. Give it a try, but be careful. It is addictive (or forward it to someone you want to frustrate)!! Click this Air Force Test:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~pontipak/redsquare.html 

Or copy this link into your browser:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~pontipak/redsquare.html


Giants Baseball Torture: Fans Feel the Love

A "Giants" Reason to Celebrate!

In a world of fighting, house foreclosures, political madness, economic hardship, etc., finally something for the Bay Area to get excited about! Something to bring some feeling of unity and happiness! The San Francisco Giants have made it to the World Series! I am a huge Giants fan. I've always loved baseball and enjoyed watching the game, but it was just over the past three years or so that I've really gotten into it and become a faithful fan. There's nothing like the feeling of watching a game at the new ball park. What a beautiful park! It feels very intimate and you can't help but feel like you're personally a part of something pretty darn cool. I have seen firsthand over the past two or three weeks a change in people. Take the Linda Mar Shopping Center, a place where door dings, cars honking, people and car cutting and finger flipping is a normal everyday occurrence. I've noticed people seem to be more patient, friendly, COURTEOUS, smiley, talkative, and did I mention COURTEOUS?!?! I love nothing more than to see everyone in their Giants wear! It's a conversation piece. It gives total strangers something to talk about, something to have in common, something to feel good about. I love it when a total stranger walks by me, sees my Giants shirt or jacket, smiles and shares a "Go Giants!!!" with me. Try saying it to someone who's wearing their Giants gear and you'll get an immediate smile and probably a "woo hoo!" in return. I hope once the Giants have won the World Series, this newfound joy stays with people for a long time to come. It's such a refreshing and much, much needed change. GO GIANTS!!!

HOLLY EASTERBY


PG&E to Move Gas Pipeline Out of San Bruno

PG&E President Chris Johns has committed to moving the gas pipeline that ruptured on September 9 out of the San Bruno neighborhood, according to Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane. Yee and Ruane, as well as several of the families impacted by the explosion, had requested that PG&E find a more suitable location. “These families deserve an opportunity to rebuild without the possibility of this ever happening again,” said Yee. “The only way these families can recover is to move the pipeline out of their neighborhood. I look forward to working with Mayor Ruane – who has done an extraordinary job in leading his city during this difficult time – to find a more appropriate location.” “We simply can not rebuild the neighborhood as long as that pipeline exists in its current location,” said Ruane. “Our families will not live there under those conditions and our city will never be able to heal.” Johns made the commitment to relocate the pipeline yesterday while meeting with Ruane. Today, Yee and Ruane will meet with PG&E officials to begin the process of finding alternative locations for the pipeline. “There are several competing interests in finding the appropriate location, but surely there must be a better place than through the middle of a residential neighborhood,” said Yee. “I am confident we can come together as a community and get this done right.” Earlier this week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) signed into law a bill first introduced by Yee to provide disaster relief for the affected families of the San Bruno fires and to assist the County of San Mateo, City of San Bruno, and local schools. Specifically, the bill allows a continuation of the $7,000 property tax exemption for homeowners who would have qualified for the exemption if their home had not been damaged or destroyed. In addition, the bill allows taxpayers (personal and business) to deduct income loss as result of the incident. Finally, the bill includes assistance to the County of San Mateo, City of San Bruno, and local schools by providing a one-year reimbursement from the State for any tax losses related to the lower property assessments of damaged or destroyed homes. Following an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and a responsible party determined, the responsible entity would then have to pay back the state for the cost of the tax relief provided for in the legislation. (Yee press release)


Runaway Dump Truck Hits East Rockaway Home

BY TODD BRAY, RIPTIDE CORRESPONDENT

The driver of a fully loaded dump truck coming down Fassler Avenue October 20 apparently lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the side of a parked blue Dodge pickup truck, then smashed into an East Rockaway home. Inside at the time was the spouse of the home owner. This is the second time in seven years that an out-of-control vehicle coming down Fassler has crashed into this same home, causing material damage to the structure, and the fifth time since I moved here that a vehicle has lost control coming down Fassler and crashed onto the property. Yesterday's crash, which was caused by defective brakes according to the driver and his passenger, has spurred an investigation that includes the dump truck being taken into custody because the brakes were  discovered to be working properly by the CHP at the scene, bringing into question the explanation given by the dump truck driver. The house sustained extensive damage to its foundation and the structure was in some areas pushed off the foundation by the dump truck's impact. The intersection of Rockaway and Donaldson was blocked for several hours afterward to allow local police to take detailed measurements of the crash site. At this time, it is unclear whether the investigation is criminal in nature due to the driver's statements not corresponding to the physical evidence. Neighbors in the area concerned by the speed of traffic coming down Fassler wonder why some sort of speed control is not in place to slow down traffic on Fassler, particularly in mid- to late-afternoon. Several families in the immediate area with young children are especially concerned. At this time, the identity of the property and owner are being withheld at the request of the owner.


PCT26's Footprints: "Mary Harris at Shelter Cove" Wins Wave Award for Pacifica Historical Society

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Pacifica Historical Society (PHS) has won another WAVE award for its Pacifica Community Television (PCT26) show Footprints of Pacifica. At the western regional conference of public access TV stations last weekend in Reno, the society was given the award for its show "Mary Harris at Shelter Cove." The half-hour documentary featured Mary, her artwork, and her wonderful, natural surroundings. The society has produced 93 shows on Pacifica history and will be part of the archives to be housed in the Little Brown Church Museum and Event Center. 

KATHLEEN MANNING