Neighborhood online forum nextdoor.com has quite a discussion going about Starbucks moving into the old Straw Hat Pizza place on Oceana/Manor, and how much worse traffic will get at that already insane intersection.
Better Business Burro buzzes about big changes in store for well-known local gas stations in Linda Mar and Fairmont. Think Slurpee with a fill-up. Stay tuned for details as they emerge. If it really happens, Caltrans and the city may need to add a new crosswalk on Highway 1 directly to the Linda Mar beach side, instead of the long way around via Denny's.
The latest guessing game in town is about which Linda Mar Shopping Center store will close next. Rumors are floating. We asked the Better Business Burro to keep an ear out for any closings. Denny's is already gone, but others may follow, covering both food and service categories. In happier news, the video store has moved to a smaller space next to Starbucks, open daily 12 to 9 p.m. and focusing on new releases.
Fresh & Easy grocery store in Pedro Point Shopping Center, Pacifica, has closed, but rumors are floating that it may be remodeled and turned into a Wild Oats store, under the same ownership and management. Stay tuned.
"People have inquired about the monthly magazine the Tribune started in June 2013. The free publication Coastal Connections was mailed to 27,000 residents on the coastside. Unfortunately, the revenue received from the magazine did not support it being continued. Like many businesses in our community, the Tribune survives on revenue." (Pacifica Tribune)
The Better Business Burro (BBB) wonders what's opening in the high-turnover restaurant space on Highway 1 @ Rockaway Beach. Click Comments (below) to get the latest info. Also, BBB hears that Radio Shack in Linda Mar shopping center may close as the entire chain enters bankruptcy, but it is trying to work something out with Sprint to keep the Linda Mar store open. Stay tuned.
While we Little People fuss and fume over our budgets and programs and local issues, we should remember where the Big Bucks really go:
Tomahawk cruise missile: $1.2 million, plus costs of fuel, crew, and deployment of warships to launch the missiles
Hellfire missile: $100,000, plus costs of fuel, crew, and warplanes to fire the missiles
Small Diameter Bomb: $30,000, plus costs of fuel, crew, and warplanes to drop the bombs
B-1 bomber: classified; estimated cost somewhere between $1.5 billion and $2.4 billion, plus $58,000 an hour to operate
F-15E Strike Eagle fighter bomber: $108 million, plus $39,000 an hour to operate
F-22 Raptor: $350 million, plus $68,000 an hour to operate
The United States uses much of this expensive firepower in Syria and Iraq against American-made materiel (artillery and tanks) that ISIS/ISIL seized from the Iraqi Army when it disintegrated in June 2014.
(Sources: Robin Wright, “The Vortex,” The New Yorker, December 8, 2014; Yahoo News; Defense Daily)
Better Business Burro reports that Denny's restaurant at Linda Mar and Highway 1 is closed, and the sign is down. This closing had been rumored for some time. So what's next for that space? Click the COMMENTS link below to submit your wish list. And apparently Applebee's is on the way in. Yikes. Time for locally owned and operated restaurants to step it up. Fight fast-food and chain restaurants. EAT LOCAL!
Looking for another way to say we care with flowers, we visited Shelldance Orchid Gardens, just off Highway 1 north of the police station. We saw many beautiful, affordable orchids, as well as some select artisan crafts. We couldn't decide between three small succulents and a bromeliad. In the end, we were treated to a custom gift creation by Michele Coxon, one of the knowledgeable helpers at the greenhouse. Open weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Shelldance is now my go-to for beautiful plants!
PERFECT POUR 188 Clarendon Road at Francisco, Sharp Park, Pacifica, phone 650-355-POUR (7687). At the website is a full menu. Hours of operation 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. We have been open for a year and four months. I am the owner (Haley McKee, 23-year-old Pacifican, San Francisco State University student). We specialize in coffee, as well as breakfast, lunch, pastries, smoothies, and more.
Better Business Burro reports that The Little Castle at 85 Clarendon Street in West Sharp Park went up for foreclosure sale November 6 at the courthouse steps in Redwood City. Debt owed was $1,759,655.57 and the bid the lender wanted was $866,913.93. Some deep-pockets investor purchased the property for $1,300,000 all cash. This is the property rumored to have been purchased by Barry Zito.
Better Business Burro reports that a sign on the Dollar Store at Linda Mar shopping center announces the space is temporarily closed but will reopen soon as a consignment store.
BBB also reports that Sprouts Farmers Market (a chain similar to Whole Foods and New Leaf) will open January 7 at the old Circuit City store location on Gellert across from Serramonte Plaza in Daly City.
Surfers and beach visitors parking in the Pedro Point Shopping Center lot take away revenue from businesses in the shopping center.
Every afternoon and weekend, the parking lot is so full of beachgoers that customers of the businesses in the shopping center cannot park. I have seen many people drive in and then leave and go to Linda Mar Shopping Center.
Possibly the city can work with shopping center property owners and leasing representatives to figure out another place for beachgoers to park. Maybe the city can talk to Caltrans about using the Linda Mar park-and-ride lot. Please look into letting cars park on the two vacant lots in front of the shopping center.
According to Canadian developer Sonora Shores* (say what?), Pacifica's scruffy surfer overlook Roberts Road (between Fassler and Crespi) is to become home to something mysteriously branded as Harmony Estates. How's that grab ya?
*Note to the geographically challenged: Sonora is 145 miles east of Pacifica and not on the shores of any body of water that we know of.