Thanks to citizen input, Pacifica City Council has unanimously approved new ballot language telling voters that they are being asked to authorize up to 206 multi-family units in the quarry. Click the link above for the whole story.
Tony Schwartz feels "deep remorse" for his role in ghostwriting Donald Trump's Art of the Deal.
"Already feeling nostalgic for the president we have now."
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.
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.
Coastside congressional representative Jackie Speier (Democrat) tells the Federal Aviation Administration to go fly a kite -- but seriously, she tells the Feds to route SFO flights over water, not Pacifica, Montara, Moss Beach, and Half Moon Bay. Brava, Jackie!
Michael Moore predicts Trump will win in November. Au secours!
"Council...should propose a smaller bond that would improve library services, protect the neighborhood library system, and save the Sanchez branch library in Linda Mar." (Dan Stegink)
Freeze-dried and dehydrated food for End Times.
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 email@example.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.)
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 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)
Riptide reader Jill Allen found a city survey on the new library bond measure stuck in her spam filter. We notified the city about this, so the city will post a message on social media and send out a new email that hopefully won't divert to spam. Please check your spam filters for this important survey.