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."
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Don't let the walker fool you. Betty Duran is a 30-year Fairmont resident, mother, grandmother, and warrior who spearheaded a movement, along with her Fairmont, Linda Mar, and Pedro Point neighbors who oppose 7-Eleven's further penetration into Pacifica.
The video above is an edited version of Pacifica City Council's July 27 meeting, where Betty and her neighbors voiced passionate appeals to overturn a May 18 Pacifica Planning Commission ruling allowing 7-Eleven’s application to build a 24-hour gas station and convenience store in her beloved Fairmont neighborhood. (Story and video by Maxine Hines)
Last night was a major but partial victory for the fight against 7-Eleven. Pacifica City Council voted unanimously to continue this issue to September 14, with a staff directive to build support (and I'm going to word this carefully) for a Denial of the Fairmont 7-Eleven (technically an approval of the Betty Duran appeal).
We would like to thank Betty Duran for her night-and-day volunteer work on this issue for more than the past two months; thank Loreen Cuneo, who has been speaking; and thank all the residents of Fairmont and Pacifica (it was a standing-room-only crowd) who spoke unanimously against the Fairmont 7-Eleven.
We're not out of the woods yet, but last night was a major victory in the fight against 7-Eleven, and opponents of both the Fairmont and Linda Mar 7-Eleven proposals owe Betty Duran their gratitude. Don't let the walker fool you; that woman is a warrior!
We at Pacifica.city believe that nothing about this proposed Fairmont 7-Eleven does anything to improve the community. We believe the City of Pacifica should have informed in writing at least one resident of the 6027 census tract (where the proposed 7-Eleven would stand) before holding the original Planning Commission meeting on May 18, 2015. The city did not do so.
We also believe that 7-Eleven has been a bad neighbor in Pacifica for 45 years -- the current stores in Manor and Sharp Park have been nuisances: magnets for crime that have been robbed twice in a two-week period, sold alcohol to minors, painted over disabled-parking spots, made parking spaces out of sidewalks that Ocean Shore kids need to safely get to school, and damaged the community in general.
7-Eleven's representative for the Fairmont location is Katy Schardt, the same person who brought the disastrous San Mateo location that was later revoked amid the documented threat of an $8.6M lawsuit by 7-Eleven.
Whether you hate 7-Eleven or buy your morning cigarettes there, please join us on September 14 and speak your three minutes to City Council on whether you want this or any 7-Eleven in your community.
When you arrive, fill out a parking slip and place it on your dashboard to avoid a ticket. Also, to make a public comment, fill out a yellow card in the back of the room with your name, city, and topic, and make sure it gets to city staff. Riptide readers, please stop by and say "hi" after the meeting. We'll be in the front row.
Circled areas indicate code violations and/or neighborhood nuisances (Pacifica.city photos).
"Sorry, but we have to occasionally include a political post -- we usually don't do these, but this one would impact us SIGNIFICANTLY and could even drive us out of business: We are for TRANSPARENCY in this project, and it doesn't look like we are getting it. We live AND work right next to this intersection and move through it several times a day from all angles. All you need to do is look at the traffic now that school is out to be really really sure that our traffic problems do NOT stem from a highway that is too narrow, but from the school traffic that clogs up Highway 1 and Reina del Mar. Widening the highway is NOT the solution, finding a way to mitigate school traffic would be far more helpful.
The city manager's plan and critical public responses are available on Riptide. Scroll down to page 3 and see "Pacifica City Manager Reopens Highway Debate" and "Highway Hijinks" (posted July 11), also "Multiple Groups Fight Highway Widening" (posted July 12). And don't miss Carol Fregly's Pacifica Tribune op-ed, July 22:
The Pacifica Planning Commission decided July 20 to postpone addressing a proposed yearlong beach party on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events would be hosted by Off the Grid, nationally recognized for its Fort Mason and Presidio food truck events that have united neighborhoods, drawn nearby communities, and provided a wide variety of high-quality international food vendors. It's an interesting idea from Economic Development Director Anne Stedler and City Manager Lorie Tinfow. According to the Planning Commission meeting agenda (below), both Linda Mar Beach and Sharp Park Beach are under consideration as locations for the food truck event.
San Mateo County has 755,581 residents and 474 off-site alcohol licenses for a ratio of one off-site license for every 1,594 residents.
Pacifica itself has 38,606 residents and 25 off-site alcohol licenses for a ratio of one off-site license per 1,544 residents. So Pacifica in general is overlicensed.
Linda Mar's census tract 6032, where the Dave and Lou's 505 Linda Mar 7-Eleven would be, has 3,828 residents and six off-sale licenses currently, for a ratio of one 6032 off-site license for every 638 residents, indicating high density. Adding a single off-site license for a 7-Eleven would make the ratio one for every 546 residents.
Betty Duran (left), appellant of the Fairmont 7-Eleven permits due to be heard before City Council on July 27, greets Congresswoman Jackie Speier in Pacifica, where they discussed Duran's appeal. (photo by Pacifica.city)
Daly City council member David Canepa, who follows this hospital issue closely on behalf of his constituents, says in an exclusive interview with Riptide that the community is "celebrating" BlueMountain's acquisition of the Daughters of Charity Health System (DOCHS), including Seton Hospital in Daly City and Seton Coastside Hospital in Moss Beach. Canepa adds that everyone is "relieved" that this has been resolved, though the deal still must be approved by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Canepa says he considers it a 95 percent certainty that the AG will sign off on it by November, allowing BlueMountain Capital Management to buy the six-hospital DOCHS chain. BlueMountain unit Integrity Healthcare will manage the hospitals, which will remain nonprofit.
Manor 7-Eleven began repairing its permit-mandated landscaping less than 24 hours after Pacifica Riptide carried a comment on the issue. Historical note: Legendary Pacifica Mayor Nick Gust had asked 7-Eleven to do this 43 years ago:
"Aisles and shelves almost completely bare. One aisle of candy and some of their beer that was not marked down remained. Someone there said another Lucky at that site by the end of the year. Maybe Dollar Tree expands so slightly smaller Lucky," says Pacifica.city. (Photos above by Pacifica.city)
"The Lucky supermarket in Fairmont shopping center closes for good July 24. The rent was being tripled. Guess they wanted Lucky out. Watch for sales," says Better Business Burro. Also, click Comments below this post to see what surprising supermarket shuffle will take place soon.
Radio Shack in Linda Mar shopping center is undergoing renovation. All fixtures and shelves are gone from the tented right half of the store. All cellphones are missing from displays on the left half. Sprint is moving into its half of the space, as it is doing with Radio Shacks all over the country. Sprint will take over half the retail space at the Linda Mar location, which will be owned by Sprint, with Sprint employees.
From an April article: "Under RadioShack's restructuring plan, which was approved by a bankruptcy judge last week, Sprint will command around a third of the space in the RadioShack locations, and will use its own retail employees to sell phones and service. According to the plan, Sprint will pick up the tab for the overhead cost, and will distribute commissions on its merchandise and help with advertising. Additionally, at most of those stores, Sprint's logo will be more prominent than the RadioShack logo." Source
(Story and photos by Better Business Burro, who confirmed details with an employee on-site; additional fact checking by Alan Wald)