Rockaway Beach & Quarry: Roaring Twenties?


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"... candidate Nihart clearly stated that she had not yet decided on either the Quarry or Highway 1 widening ..."

When running initially, Nihart stated that she was environmental; she sought and got Sierra Club endorsement. What could she have told them that would convince them she did not support the widening?

Since, surely, the Sierra Club did not, would not, and does not support more coastal development, or the proposed widening of Highway 1 at Pacifica, what did Nihart say to get their endorsement?

After her first few months in office, it was clear that Nihart supported development. Her first action? An attempted dismantling of the two-year megahome ordinance being finalized. Failing total destruction, she was able to significantly weaken it in favor of development.

Was it an opportunity get on that double-dipping and triple-dipping government job ride?
Was campaign support promised by SAMCAR and/or other developer/realtor interests? Was there simply a direct quid pro quo?

Or, as we now suspect, was Nihart for building out the coast all along, like another Miami Beach, trying only to camouflage herself long enough to get elected?

Nihart voted yes on every pro-widening agenda item before her while on council.

(2016) Total votes cast for Vaterlaus + Nihart = 16,194
(2016) Total votes cast for Martin + Duffy = 12,120

@Stars_war, you have assumed facts not in evidence. At the Pacifica Democrats candidate breakfast, candidate Nihart clearly stated that she had not yet decided on either the Quarry or Highway 1 widening.


8,651 SUE VATERLAUS (In favor of widening Hwy1)
7,994 DEIRDRE MARTIN (Against widening Hwy1
7,543 MARY ANN NIHART (Undecided)
4,126 BRIDGET DUFFY (Against widening Hwy1)

12,120 (Against widening Hwy1)
8,651 (In favor of widening Hwy1)
7,543 (Undecided)

Bill Collins wrote: "Since City Council elections have been a proxy for a public vote on the widening..."

(2016) Total votes cast for Vaterlaus + Nihart = 16,194
(2016) Total votes cast for Martin + Duffy = 12,120

Wouldn't it be ironic if the very people who stopped Caltrans got stuck in traffic on the way to the ER?

The agenda item is for the City of Pacifica to send a letter to Caltrans asking it to redirect the funds allocated for widening Highway 1 to other infrastructure in town.

The agenda item should be available today, Friday.

Re going to a public vote, I asked City Council to put it to the public a few years ago but received no support. Since City Council elections have been a proxy for a public vote on the widening, did anyone get elected publicly supporting the widening?

Erin, did you hear any of the public comments and council discussion of this issue at the meeting? There were several good reasons given for why not to go to a public vote, not the least of which is that a federal court ruled that the environmental assessment for the Caltrans Calera Parkway project is invalid. Putting a non-project on the ballot is a waste of time and taxpayer money. Also, the council voted to implement the In Sync intelligent traffic system, and also adopted a resolution to have staff investigate other alternatives. We should wait for results of the In Sync data and other information about alternatives before putting something on the ballot. Even then, what would we put on the ballot? For all practical purposes, the Caltrans Calera Parkway project is dead.


Name the Pacifica revenue-producing projects that you have supported.

Recreational marijuana is also illegal under federal law. Therefore, pot shops cannot bank at any federally insured bank or credit union.

Being that federal law always prevails over state law, I can see the Feds and the Trump Administration making sweeping changes.

I'm all for true medical marijuana, but I'm against every Pacifica stoner and pot head having a pot card.

For the record, I don't use it, and I still wouldn't use it even if it were legal.

You just answered your own question, Erin.

I genuinely don't understand the opposition to a ballot measure. Based on public feedback about the project, the public vote will demonstrate to Caltrans that the overwhelming majority of Pacificans are against the widening.

Jay Bird:

You mean a high-rise like the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco?

I support revenue-producing projects in Pacifica. Fixing the highway is not revenue producing, but you know what is? Recreational marijuana sales, now legal in California. Follow the money.

Couldn't agree more, Bill.

The out-of-state developer/property owner of "The Rock" asked to put a high-rise on the tiny triangle of land at Fassler and Highway 1, between Sea Bowl and the Zeebros properties. He has contacted the California Coastal Commission about it, and the response was mildly encouraging.

The Pacifica City Council will do nothing. It will do what it is told by the objectors to any revenue-producing projects around town. What Highway 1 needs is an emergency lane for fire trucks and ambulances and police to get through. Maybe an extra on/off ramp at the bus zones and for the signal lights to be retimed. The morning backup doesn't happen as bad, so go back to zone schools. You go to the school where you live. Parents dropping off kids at school add to the morning commute.

I thought the city claimed that the Manor overpass is in serious danger of collapsing and it had to be replaced?

What's the item on the May 22 City Council agenda?

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