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August 2016

Caltrans Extends Highway 1 Guardrails

Press Release

Caltrans finally extended 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, so we are glad to see it getting done. Better late than never. See the above press release for details. Next, we need Caltrans to clean up the weeds and debris alongside Highway 1 going up to the tunnels. It's a real mess, and it endangers life and limb for motorists and bicyclists on that sloppy stretch of highway.


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."


Dog Walker Alleges Mori Point 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."


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He always carried a bag to collect empty bottles and cans. His name was Albert (Tapper) Torney. Everyone thought he was a bit eccentric and kids would tease and hassle him. Then it was discovered that he sold the empty bottles but only some of the cans. After he died in 1998 (age 86), his large collection of model cars made from aluminum cans was discovered. (Internet nugget forwarded by Marv Morganti)