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New Fairmont Safeway Helps Local Charities

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Fairmont Safeway (above) is one of three new Safeways now open around the Bay Area. To celebrate the openings, six local nonprofit organizations – Oakland Promise, Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, White Pony Express, Partners in Educational Achievement, Pacifica Resource Center, and the Boys and Girls Club of Pacifica – will receive a $2,500 charitable contribution from The Safeway Foundation during the store opening festivities September 14-15. A brief presentation will take place in the floral department of each store with business and community leaders, as well as Safeway management, in attendance. Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons Companies Inc. operates stores across 35 states and Washington, D.C. under 18 banners, including Safeway, Albertsons, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, and Carrs.

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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."


Pacifica Taco Bell in the News—Again!

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"Pacifica has some excellent landmarks in full view from the Pacific Coast Highway. Sea Bowl forever! But we’re highlighting the greatest Taco Bell on the planet, in a beautiful wooden building with beach views, a walk-up window for surfers and the same prices as every other Taco Bell." (#23 on a list of tourism-free landmarks in the Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, August 17; note that locals say Highway 1, not Pacific Coast Highway, a Southern California thing)

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

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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.


It's a Boy! Harmony @ 1 Finally Has Some News

Apparently, tech titan Bijan Khosravi has bought a piece of Harmony @ 1 for $2.2 million (see below). Bijan blogs on Forbes.com and his name pops up all over the Internet, so have fun checking out your new neighbor:

History Record #1: SALE/TRANSFER; Buyer: Khosravi Bijan; Seller: Sonora Shores Iii Llc; Transaction Date: 01/25/2016; Sale Price: $2,200,000; Recording Date: 01/26/2016; Sale Price Type: Full Value; Recorded Doc #: 000000006521; Title Company: First American Title; Document Type: Deed Transfer; Vesting Type: N/A

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Rock & Roll Light Show @ Sea Bowl

Every Friday night, the bowling alley presents Astro Bowl, a multicolored laser show with musical beats from the DJ, along with video screens that will have you moonwalking up and down the shiny lanes. It's entertainment for people who yearn for the club scene atmosphere—without the club. From 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Fridays, off Highway 1 just south of Rockaway Beach and Fassler Avenue in Pacifica. Call 650-738-8190 for information.

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