The Quarry: Quagmire & Quicksand
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Resist Density: MidPen in Denial

Resist Density

"MidPen, in league with Supervisor Don Horsley, has clearly not listened to our community’s concerns. They have decided to push forward with this project, which will overwhelm our limited infrastructure and compound traffic problems on the coast. For MidPen to ask for our input on trivial factors like building aesthetics without first addressing issues such as traffic, lack of walkability or public transit, isolation from groceries and community-oriented services, and environmental impacts, is putting the cart before the horse. It is disingenuous for MidPen to purport it has received any meaningful design contributions from the community, when the vast majority of residents are opposed to building this out-of-scale development in a location which makes no sense." (


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Who can understand why those who insist on development at any cost don't consider other people's rights -- to fresh unpolluted air and water, no traffic noise and pollution, no crowding and litter -- worthy of deference?

I just don't get why those who are passionate about resisting development on the coast are just as passionate on curtailing the property rights of small-time rental owners. I have a lot of respect for Hal Bohner. Maybe he can enlighten me.

FYI, there will be a public meeting about this project Wednesday, September 20, 2017. According to the MidPen web site:

Attend the public outreach workshop
This workshop will be hosted by the County of San Mateo on September 20, 2017 at the El Granada Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room (400 Santiago Avenue, El Granada) at 6:00pm to solicit feedback regarding the pre-application.

The mainline Democrats with their nominee Clinton represent the uber-wealthy as well. As usual, I won't be voting for them, either. Talk is cheap and ephemeral during campaigns. Look at a politician's actual record and look at where their money comes from. If they "take the money," forget 'em. The two sides of the one actual dominant political influence in the U.S. make a big show of disagreeing on relatively trivial social issues to the degree that the legislative functions of government reach a stalemate; but on the big matters that affect us all, it is all one big political ball of wax as far as the system goes.

This is true at the state level as well as the national level; and the current Brown administration and Democratic-controlled state legislature are pushing and funding enormously wealth-serving and environmentally disastrous projects and legislation, from housing insanity to water stupidities to extractive resource slaughter. Bringing it home, the very bases on which a bad housing over-development on the coast may be challenged (CEQA, Coastal Act, etc.) are being weakened (and, in some cases, eliminated) through current game-playing in "Democratic" Sacramento.

"...  40 years ago, all kinds of working people could afford a place. ..."
It bears repeating that it was a different America then, an America that supported a growing middle class, that had good paying jobs for those without college educations or special training, that provided a good to excellent public school education.

Today we have an America that supports a shrinking middle class, a lessening to very poor quality of public education, and a good salary requires a good college or trade school education. One percent own 90 percent of the wealth.

Both the MidPen and Pacifica Quarry developers represent the 1 percent, foisting overcrowding and negatively impacting quality of life for those who live there now, all the while making a quick and tidy profit by either building out the project -- or just turning it over to the next developer for a fast cash return.

Trump and his uber-right-wing team want to keep these dynamics in place.

Vote them off the ballot!

In Montara and Moss Beach, we are not responsible for the problems of Half Moon Bay or even El Granada. If this were the other side of the hill, there would be entire cities between us and them. We are distinct communities with a different history. And, yes, we are also overgrown for our resource base--not as badly as them, but still overpopulated and having a damaging ecological footprint on many square miles far from here.

When I moved to Montara more than 40 years ago, all kinds of working people could afford a place. You could meet a pretty fair cross section of the inhabitants by dropping into the Montara Inn, including Latinos and other farmhands working the local strawflower fields and other crops, deckhands and fishing-boat owners, people working in the local storefront businesses servicing the public (there were more then), wait and kitchen staff in the local cafes and restaurants, teachers in the local grammar school, people working in the local medical facility/nursing home, and the motley rest of us. The current situation in which those at the lower end of the income ladder have a hard time finding a place to live is almost entirely the fault of government planning for the maximum return to developers and builders in what was permitted.

Funny thing: As greater population and larger homes have been encouraged, somehow they forgot to make more land and resources. Failing to recognize limits is bad for everyone, but especially bad for those with lower incomes who cannot compete as prices for finite things go up due to those most able being willing to pay for them. Another funny thing: Some of us old-timers objecting to the new and inappropriate "affordable" housing would be qualified for it. We'd rather have the lower-pressure quality of life that comes with the semi-rural characteristics that have survived the county, land speculators, and developers so far.

Wrong, sorry. It's not about the people. We are not against them or against affordable housing. (I have been a teacher and a waiter and a cashier in my past lives, and I know what it is to struggle financially, so please spare me the class-warfare language.) The point of our opposition to this project is that it is inappropriate for semirural Moss Beach, which has no infrastructure for 80 new low-income units (no jobs, no shopping, etc.). And the last thing we need on Highway 1 is hundreds more cars merging from already dangerously blind side roads. Just ask anyone who has to live with this traffic down here.

Where do you think the teachers, waiters, bussers, and cashiers of Half Moon Bay, El Granada, and Montara live? Either far out of town or crammed into houses together. The traffic will be the same traffic. You want these jobs filled, but you don't want the people who perform them to live in your town. Please just call it what it is.

A community meeting Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m., at 537 Kelly Street in Half Moon Bay will address midcoast Highway 1 project widening, traffic lights, and more. Ostensibly for current residential traffic, the widening and other changes would accommodate new midcoast developments at Terrace, Big Wave in Princeton, Moss Beach, and others.

The discussion should be educational for Pacifica residents, an overwhelming number of whom oppose Caltrans' proposed widening of a segment of Highway 1 in Pacifica.

Felix AuYeung of MidPen Housing is in denial. His statements in a recent open letter to the Midcoast community and in the Half Moon Bay Review indicate a bureaucrat who is totally out of touch with reality. When his company hosted an open house at Farallone View Elementary School and hundreds of neighbors showed up, did Felix really think that they were there to welcome his high-density housing proposal? Felix’s tone-deaf response to the community resistance movement shows a lack of respect and awareness. I don’t know whether to be more upset about his contempt for our community or his apparent lack of understanding of the facts: Moss Beach and Montara have no jobs or shops for Felix’s imaginary tenants, and we already have more than enough traffic on Highway 1. We don’t need more. Please email to join the resistance and study the issues at Then email Felix at and Supervisor Don Horsley at

"... in league with Supervisor Don Horsley ..."

Please let Jerry Hill and Jackie Speier know of your desire not to be packed into a new, small city on the Coastside. Ask them to retarget their construction contacts toward rooftop solar and water conservation systems for individual homes.

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