UPDATE: A "for lease" sign has appeared on the front window of Boston Bill's. It is still possible that a well-run operation in this location can succeed, especially with the volume of traffic that passes by every day and the ample, free parking off the highway. Sorry to see you go, Boston Bill, and good luck to the next bold entrepreneur who takes it on. The Devil's Slide Tunnels are supposed to open soon, so expect an increase in traffic on Highway 1.
Peter Loeb reported in October 2012: "I went by Boston Bill's today (Friday) at noon. The sign on the front says CLOSED. That sign and another sign both say business hours are 11:30 to 9:00. I looked inside and it's dark -- chairs are up on the tables and nobody's home. I checked the website and it says, 'The website you are looking for has been deactivated.' I'd say they're closed permanently."
Next door to Boston Bill's, in the old Beach Cafe, Lovey's Tea Shop seems to be doing a brisk business. Peter Loeb says, "I heard positive things about them and I hope they're doing well. It's tough out there." And Jim Alex says the neighboring wine bar, A Grape in the Fog, also is doing a healthy business. Good signs for the local economy.
On Friday, December 28, Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will be joined by CHP and Peninsula law enforcement officers at a news conference as he introduces legislation requiring ignition interlock devices (IID) for repeat DUI offenders.
The bill would require an individual convicted of a second driving-under-the-influence offense to install and use an IID for one year and comply with IID calibrations every other month before full driving privileges are restored. A third DUI conviction would result in IID installation and use for two years; a fourth or subsequent DUI conviction would require use of an IID for three years.
Hill will also call attention to DUI crackdowns and checkpoints conducted by Peninsula law enforcement departments. The CHP and other public safety departments will offer details of their driver sobriety and safety programs, which are at their height during the holiday season.
When: Friday, December 28, 2012, 10 a.m.Where: California Highway Patrol, Redwood City Area Office, 355 Convention Way, Redwood City.
Background: An ignition interlock device is connected to a vehicle’s ignition and requires a breath sample before the engine starts. The device prevents the car’s engine from starting if the device detects a blood alcohol level that exceeds a pre-set limit.
Under state current law, installation of IIDs is optional for repeat offenders. About 20 percent of those who have a choice of installing an IID or driving on a restricted license opt for IID installation.
Hill legislation would require repeat DUI offenders to complete an IID program in addition to completing the DUI prevention course required by current law. Under current law, second-time DUI offenders must complete an 18-month DUI course; third-time offenders or more, a 30-month course.
In 2009, the most recent year in which conviction data is available, there were 161,074 DUI convictions in California. Of those, 117,642 or 73 percent were first time offenders and 43,432 or 27 percent were repeat offenders. The same year, drunk drivers killed more than 1,200 people and injured 26,000 in California.
Earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that all people convicted of drunk driving should have ignition interlock devices installed in their cars to prevent them from operating their vehicle while intoxicated.
The NTSB said that legislation requiring ignition interlock even after the first DUI -- even for drivers who are "only a sip" over the legal limit -- could be a major factor in preventing collisions. Just two days ago, the day after Christmas, AAA joined the NTSB inn calling for IID installation for anyone convicted of drunk driving.
Currently, 17 states require ignition interlock devices for first-time DUI offenders and at least 24 states require IID's for repeat offenders.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) believes that IID's reduce recidivism by roughly 67 percent – a figure that also is cited by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mandating ignition interlocks is the CDC's top recommendation for reducing alcohol-related driving deaths, which account for about a third of all traffic fatalities, according to the agency.
As of this year, about 279,000 ignition interlock devices were installed and operating in the United States, including 24,000 in California.
According to data collected through New Mexico's IID program, recidivism rates were reduced by 75 percent for offenders in the program compared to non-participating offenders. The same study found that alcohol-involved crashes declined 31 percent between 2002 and 2007, according to statistics compiled by Richard Roth, executive director of Impact DWI.
In 2010, Hill authored Assembly Bill 1601, which authorized California judges to revoke licenses for repeat DUI offenders for up to 10 years. The law went into effect January 1, 2012 and has the potential to take as many as 10,000 drivers off the road each year.
In 2011, Hill authored Assembly Bill 45 to crack down on underage drinking on party buses. The law goes into effect January 1, 2013, and requires chaperones on party buses when passengers are age 21 or younger and enacts penalties for bus drivers and companies that don't comply.
I'm a volunteer at the Pacifica Senior Center monthly rummage sale and have a couple of vintage Chuck E. Cheese-type animatronics bears (see above) that I want to sell on Ebay to benefit the seniors. Do you know anyone who can take a 30-second video of these bears in motion, and upload it to YouTube (or even to these bears' Ebay auction page) so I can incorporate the video (or at least a Youtube link) in the item description? It would be nice to have someone do this for free, but I'm happy to give them a few dollars or, better, a percentage of the net sale price. If you can help, please email me at [email protected]
As the rain pours down, we celebrate our coastal creeks. Appropriately, someone distributed an anti-pollution flyer this weekend to households along San Pedro Creek in Linda Mar. The flyer describes how plastic six-pack rings, plastic shopping bags, and cigarette butts can choke and poison wildlife and fish. The solution? Reuse and recycle. Another problem for the creek is dog waste. Dog owners need to clean up after their pets to keep harmful bacteria out of the creek. Finally, don't wash your car at home, where detergent and chemicals go down the storm drain and right into the creek. Instead, take it to a car wash, where wash water is recycled and cleaning agents are kept out of the environment.
On a cold, windy, and rainy Saturday night, some two dozen coastsiders held a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the many lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut the day before. The vigil at the corner of Linda Mar and Highway 1 in Pacifica was held in conjunction with MoveOn.org and other groups worldwide. Vigil participants recommended these groups working to stop violence:
Recent rains brought out our hidden waterfall in all its glory. I braved the elements to share this photo with my fellow Riptiders. Not only are the falls Yosemite-like, but the creek mouth is probably 100 feet across! A few days later, all that will remain is the usual trickle of water, a few minor landslides, and a whole lot of trash.
Last week Teresa and I participated in the Crystal Springs Christmas Bird Count. The area we covered was Elkus Ranch, up in the hills south of Half Moon Bay. Above is a male golden-crowned sparrow. The photo was taken in the fog with my point-and-shoot camera, so it is not of the best quality, but the bird's primary field mark is easily visible.
Here's an eco-wrap idea. I was inspired by the amazing art form of Korean Wrapping Cloths. Buy holiday-themed yardage to wrap presents and reuse every year. Some of this fabric is way more beautiful than paper anyway. Too late for this year? Pop down to a Jo-Ann store after Christmas and buy it at half-price. You'll be ready for next year. Each year I get another assortment. Now I'm going to implement birthday cloth wraps. Encourage your giftee to pass on the wrap. Happy holidays.
After a downpour on December 22, sunlight shone briefly on the water. With high surf and a strong wind blowing off the land December 20, the spindrift off Linda Mar Beach was about the most spectacular I have seen there.