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June 2016

I Think It's Turning Japanese, I Really Think So

New Restaurant

A Japanese restaurant with the unpronounceable name Uoyakutei has moved into the old Prime Dip/Boston Bill's/KFC site on Highway 1 at Rockaway Beach, where the weeds had grown as high as the roof. We wish them luck, and maybe Alan Wald will have some fun with their name. Grand Opening signs are up on the building now. Please review the food and service, then hit the Comments link below this post to share your review. Keep it friendly but honest.


Happy 99th Birthday, Mary Harris!

Mary Harris - Self Portrait

Riptide friend Mitch Reid writes: "Mary Harris (self-portrait above) of Shelter Cove turns 99 later this week. She is an inspiration to us all, an awesome artist and lifelong peace activist, a living example and essence of exceptional good karma. I look forward to celebrating her 100th. As I always tell her, she is an inspiration to us all. June 29 (via proclamation of the City of Pacifica) is Mary Harris Day. Pictures (posted below) are from a pre-birthday celebration in Shelter Cove, where Mary has lived for the past 40+ years. She is an incredible artist, and has been an advocate for world peace most of her life, and is still involved with the World Federalist movement. Big Cheers for to Mary Harris. She continues to inspire at age 99." Lizelle writes: "Mitch, we're getting close. Happy 99th, Mary!"
Marys 99th group pic 


Marys 99th Mary and Forest 1

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Just Say NO to Jerry Brown's "By Right" Proposal

In an effort to streamline development of affordable housing, Governor Jerry Brown proposes to remove community input and environmental review from planning and development processes. Politicians have reached a budget agreement that would allocate a one-time $400 million for affordable housing in exchange for approval of the governor’s "By Right" proposal, which excludes public transparency, community input, and environmental protections statewide. See the articles below for more info:

Los Angeles Times

San Mateo Daily Journal

Urge your state representatives to oppose the governor's "By Right" proposal:

State Assemblyman Kevin Mullin

State Senator Jerry Hill

Here is a sample email:
I oppose the governor's By Right proposal, which removes virtually every opportunity for the public to know about the environmental impacts of development projects in their neighborhoods. Community input and environmental review processes should not be removed from planning and development. Please take action to stop this attack on CEQA and the Coastal Act!

(This post courtesy of our friends at ResistDensity.org in Moss Beach)


Moss Beach History: Don't Turn It Into Ticky-Tacky Housing

D9042a94-b1d7-4f55-8f26-b2554269035cThis top-secret U.S. Navy base (above) occupied a Moss Beach/Montara hillside in World War II. Some 320,000 men trained for combat here over the course of three years. Most of the Navy buildings' foundations remain. The now-vacant site is proposed for a high-density MidPen Housing development that many local residents vigorously oppose. They say the project would add hundreds of cars to already-crowded Highway 1 in an area without jobs or shops for new residents. Get more info by emailing resistdensity@gmail.com or visiting Resist Density

Alan Wald & John Maybury

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Amtrak Adventure: Canyons, Cliffs & Clouds

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I just returned from a train trip on Amtrak's California Zephyr through the colorful canyons and gorges of Utah and Colorado. See my photo gallery "Canyons, Cliffs & Clouds" on the right sidebar, and two interesting trains I photographed along the route of the Zephyr (below). Three simple observations about the American railroading experience: Thousands of giant boulders perched on steep hillsides never tumble down when your train is passing by. People dump enormous quantities of trash alongside backyard fences and railroad tracks. People wave at arriving and departing trains, but not at buses and airplanes. If you want to see some of this gorgeous scenery for yourself, much of it accessible only by rail, get yourself an Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard and start racking up travel points for your next train ride.

John Maybury, Editor & Publisher

  6a00d8341c795b53ef01b7c86ac683970b-800wiOld Burlington Northern steam engine on display at Amtrak's Galesburg, Illinois train station. (John Maybury iPhone photo taken onboard westbound California Zephyr)

6a00d8341c795b53ef01b7c8685ef4970b-580wiAirport shuttle train waits for passengers at Denver Union Station. (John Maybury iPhone photo taken onboard Amtrak's eastbound California Zephyr)

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