The latest episode of Wavelength is here, and it's a doozy! The topic is the rent stabilization measure on November's ballot. I interview Thursday Roberts, chairman of FairRents4Pacifica.org; Daniel Saver, an attorney who works in East Palo Alto, where a rent stabilization measure is now a few years old; and Larry Hixson, one of 16 renters on Talbot Avenue who were recently hit with $690 rent increases.
Peabody Award-winning radio, print, and television journalist Aaron Glantz handed out Center for Investigative Reporting tote bags to Coastside United for Action members following his talk July 17 at Pacifica's Little Brown Church. Glantz traced his journalism career that has sparked more than a dozen Congressional hearings and a raft of federal legislation, and has led to criminal probes by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, and the Federal Trade Commission. Because of his reporting, 500,000 fewer U.S. military veterans face long waits for disability compensation, while 100,000 fewer veterans are prescribed highly addictive narcotics by the government.
County supervisors back grow operations in unincorporated areas but still "thinking about" dispensaries. Stay tuned.
The lead item in my Pacifica Tribune column of June 21 (click link above) called on Caltrans to clean up the unsafe stretch of Highway 1 between Linda Mar and the Tom Lantos Tunnels at Devil's Slide. Trash, weeds, leaves, tree branches, rocks, and mud on the PAVED shoulders endanger motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The day after my column came out, Caltrans mowed some grass and weeds alongside the highway, particularly those blocking the WELCOME TO PACIFICA sign, but it still hasn't cleared the paved shoulders. Please join me in bringing pressure on Caltrans to finish the job. A phone call or email to your city, county, and state elected representatives might help.
Pacifica City Council has notified Caltrans and SMCTA that it wants to pursue traffic remediation alternatives rather than widening Highway 1. Now the question is if the city can get the state and county to cough up the money for alternative solutions.
The San Mateo County District Attorney and the Enforcement Division of the State of California, Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) have cleared Pacifica City Council member Sue Digre regarding the anonymous complaints against her. See the letters below for details.
Annual Meeting summary, bylaw changes, new officers, events.
“Tragedies of San Francisco’s Pier 14,” New America Media, August 7, 2015
Pacifica City Council met May 22 and voted 4-1 to direct staff to draft a formal letter to Caltrans and SMCTA requesting that highway funds be redirected to highway-widening alternatives. Staff will present the letter to council at its June 12 meeting.
How the real estate lobby is trying to disrupt the local democratic process.