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Quarry Initiative Numbers Racket

Pacifica.city Post

If you've ever seen a street hustler playing three-card monte against a gaggle of suckers, you'll love the numbers game going on between quarry owners Eenhoorn/Heule and the City of Pacifica. Click the link above for Pacifica.city's analysis of the play action, and click the link below for the no-rezone group's comments to City Council on quarry housing numbers.

Email to Council


Pacifica City Council: Library Bond on November Ballot

Press Release

Really bad legal advice to Pacifica City Council forced a July 21 special meeting to reconsider the library bond measure (see city memo below). On July 21, council heard public comments (including a rude overtime diatribe by the head of the chamber of commerce that the mayor tried without success to gavel down), debated briefly, then voted 4-0 to put the bond on the November ballot. Council member John Keener said he would vote NO in November due to environmental and fiscal concerns about the planned site for the new library.

Authority to Call Special Meeting

Press Release 20160714 Library Bond Reconsideration_Final

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Quest for Quarry Queries

Title & Summary for Quarry Initiative Measure

Pacifica City Council has directed staff to prepare a 9212 report (per state election code) to address questions on the latest quarry proposal ballot initiative. The general public and council members emailed questions to be included and answered in the 9212 report. Important: If you emailed your questions to QuarryQuestions@ci.pacifica.ca.us, please make sure that you copy them to noonquarry@gmail.com for a public record of all questions submitted. City staff will prepare the 9212 report and present it at the July 27 council meeting. At that time, council will accept the report and pass a resolution to put the measure on the ballot.

(Thanks to Dan Stegink of Pacifica.city and Karen Rosenstein for the above summary.)


Just Say NO to Jerry Brown's "By Right" Proposal

In an effort to streamline development of affordable housing, Governor Jerry Brown proposes to remove community input and environmental review from planning and development processes. Politicians have reached a budget agreement that would allocate a one-time $400 million for affordable housing in exchange for approval of the governor’s "By Right" proposal, which excludes public transparency, community input, and environmental protections statewide. See the articles below for more info:

Los Angeles Times

San Mateo Daily Journal

Urge your state representatives to oppose the governor's "By Right" proposal:

State Assemblyman Kevin Mullin

State Senator Jerry Hill

Here is a sample email:
I oppose the governor's By Right proposal, which removes virtually every opportunity for the public to know about the environmental impacts of development projects in their neighborhoods. Community input and environmental review processes should not be removed from planning and development. Please take action to stop this attack on CEQA and the Coastal Act!

(This post courtesy of our friends at ResistDensity.org in Moss Beach)