Alan Wald writes: "Does it come as news to you that Prime Dip in Rockaway has closed? I know there was an exterior fire, but I stopped by this evening and looked inside; all its furniture is stacked in the middle and a realtor's lock box is by the door. The fire damage still shows, Yelp says it has closed, and its phone number is disconnected. Looks like the curse of 4408 PCH has struck again."
According to comments on NextDoor, Luigi's Italian Restaurant at Adobe Square in Linda Mar has been burglarized and vandalized, but we have not yet confirmed this other than a verbal acknowledgment from a woman who answered the phone at Luigi's that there had been a break-in. Related comments on NextDoor and from our sources indicate that other break-ins have recently occurred at Spindrift Theater and Sanchez Library, where a safe was stolen. If you have information about any of these crimes, please call Pacifica Police. Stay tuned.
The Pacifica Chamber of Commerce has a new chief executive officer. Pacifica native Vickie Flores becomes the chamber's CEO on October 5, following a two-month search by the chamber board of directors.
The San Mateo County real estate industry (click link above) turned out in force September 28 at Pacifica City Council to fight rent control, but so did supporters of rent control and fair housing for working people in Pacifica. This deployment of a vested interest's lobbying arm (SAMCAR) was truly a case of class warfare. Stay tuned for details of the meeting. At the link below, you can see how the Realtors feel about rent control.
This news item gives new meaning to the term “pufferbillies.” Pueblo County (Colorado) is debating using money from pot-growing operations outside Pueblo, Colorado city limits to pay for track and signal upgrades and a new Pueblo stop along the route of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief train. Now that’s a super-smart solution for a dope economy! (Sources: Chieftain.com, NationalCorridors.org)
Outgoing Chamber of Commerce CEO Courtney Conlon sells out Pacifica small businesses one last time as she hugs Fairmont 7-Eleven franchisee Destiny Nguyen at Fogfest. Conlon confirmed that 7-Eleven recently joined the chamber, stating further, "KIMCO is a Chamber of Commerce member, they just don't want anyone to know it..." She also said, "Terrible things happen to cities when we start talking about a vacancy tax..."
The Academic Paper That Broke the Volkswagen Scandal: Last year, a group of researchers at West Virginia University uncovered one of the biggest frauds in automotive history while working under a small $50,000 grant. The Atlantic magazine
Lance Stunning reports from outside the Beltway: "Here is a draft annual report from Pacifica's Economic Development Committee to City Council. Heavy on graphics and light on content and meaning, it doesn't show much of a direction the community should go, nor does it show how we got here." EDC Annual Report
7-Eleven's 117-day-late attempt at community relations failed miserably as its Donuts & Pony Show set for 60 Chamber of Commerce participants was attended by only a meager three non-organizers (and non-journalists).
7-Eleven employees present were Stephen Oliver, Jesse Kent, Aparna Joneja, Blaire Skellie, Destiny Nguyen, Robert Young, and one unidentified woman.
Curiously absent was 7-Eleven applicant and Realtor Katy Schardt (who is now apparently handling the Grocery Outlet application at Pedro Point Shopping Center):
Friday morning we called the Chamber of Commerce and finally got a hold of Sonoma-bound (lame duck) chamber CEO Courtney Conlon.
Conlon stated that she had not received our emails and denied our request for a 10-minute rebuttal to present "How Small Business Loses When 7-Eleven Comes to Town" and said that the chamber board had not had time to approve our request.
Judging from the turnout, we're guessing that the chamber board probably did not approve Conlon's attempt to drum up support for 7-Eleven, as the board clearly did NOT have the support of individual chamber members.
Inaccuracies were certainly corrected. We counted 14 of 7-Eleven's statements at the morning's meet-and-greet that we made right for the record.
NOTE: As always, we continue to respect individual chamber members immensely, and despite some attempts to parse and polarize our argument, we have always been big fans of local business in Pacifica.
Seems awfully quiet and still up on Harmony Hill. What have you heard? Pacifica.city posts the photos above and says: "Construction site today is quiet, with no workers or vehicles visible from Fassler or Roberts. Most recent visible work is the drain boxes, which (based on the cracks in the concrete at the joint) are at least five days old."