On November 9, Pacifica City Council unanimously defeated agenda item number 9 (see text below), by which some Riptide readers say the city manager sought to limit free speech and democratic process at council meetings, specifically targeting the activist/progressive minority of John Keener and Sue Digre.
"Process for City Councilmembers to Add Topics to Council Meeting Agendas. PROPOSED ACTION: Move to adopt the recommended process described in this report for Councilmembers to request topics be added to the Council agenda and direct the City Manager to edit the City Council Rules and Code of Ethics to reflect the new process and bring the document back to the Council for adoption at a future meeting."
A video of the council meeting is posted on YouTube (see above). Bravo to all citizens who showed up to support democracy, and ditto for the council!
Pacifica.city reports that the California Coastal Commission (CCC) mailed a letter to the City of Pacifica November 3, 2015, about the Pacific Skies Estates (PSE) mobile home park. That letter allegedly states that PSE will require a Coastal Development Permit, which the Pacifica Planning Department had previously determined was unnecessary. The likely resolution will be a hearing where both sides will present their arguments in November or December 2015. Pacifica.city has requested a copy from the city and will post it when it arrives. There is no information on how this may affect the pending evictions of PSE tenants.
Dan Underhill says, "I have just received my Official Ballot — Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election — County of San Mateo, and I don't recognize any of the names. Can any of you shed some light on this race?" (See ballot below.) Most voters we have spoken to agree with Dan. No one seems to know any of the candidates or why we should even bother to vote, though this is a historic first-time, all-mail election in San Mateo County. If some evildoer had wanted to scuttle all-mail voting, this would have been the perfect way to do it. We call foul!
Wavelength host Ian Butler interviews former Pacifica Planning Commissioner Leo Leon on Pacific Coast Television (PCT) Channel 26. Local issues include Highway 1 history, Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives, Pacifica General Plan, Capital Improvement Program, Traffic Impact Mitigation Fees, and Pacifica Municipal Code.
The City of Pacifica has lost track of $4.8 million, saying it was moved from one account to another, but no one seems to know what it was spent on. I have been told repeatedly that the city does not believe the money was misspent or embezzled, but I was offered no proof. When it comes to $4.8 million of taxpayer money, "believe me and trust me" is just not good enough. Since both the city manager and City Council refuse to do a forensic audit, our only choice is to request that the State Controller's Office investigate Pacifica's financial practices. Email: email@example.com
Pacifican Maxine Hines put some heat on the California Employment Development Department (EDD) for its risky practice of mailing forms and checks showing clients' full Social Security numbers, fully vulnerable to identity theft. Maxine went to the news media, including Riptide, Pacifica.city, and KPIX-TV, and to the state legislature, and finally got some action out of Sacramento. EDD has agreed to stop printing Social Security numbers on its mailings. Nice going, Maxine!
In a session that lasted past midnight on September 14, Pacifica City Council reversed itself, voting 3-2 to deny the appellant and grant applicant 7-Eleven Inc. conditional approval of its proposed new store at 700 Hickey Boulevard in Fairmont. Stay tuned for more details here on Riptide. Meanwhile, survey crews were out in Linda Mar pointing their transit theodolites in various directions, including the former Denny's (see below). For more idle but interesting speculation, take a gander at the always-interesting Pacifica.city
Lance Stunning reports from outside the Beltway: "Here is a draft annual report from Pacifica's Economic Development Committee to City Council. Heavy on graphics and light on content and meaning, it doesn't show much of a direction the community should go, nor does it show how we got here." EDC Annual Report
The People’s Think Tank (where we do your thinking for you) presents the following for your consideration:
As Gore Vidal once opined, “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat.” Consider if you will how our current president pretended to be different from his predecessor yet kept such Bushites as Gates, Clapper, and Brennan, and happily continued the illegal and unconstitutional programs Bush had instituted, and last but not least said of the Bush miscreants that “they were just following orders.” Maybe Fox news was right when it referred to President Obama as Barack Obush. In other words, the only change that occurred was that there is no hope!
The People’s Think Tank has now come to the conclusion that it makes no difference who is president. We believe that millions of Americans could do better or just as badly as any politician. And that is why The People’s Think Tank proposes an end to bothersome elections with their tawdry campaigning and attempts to divert a desperate public from their busy lives and favorite reality TV shows. We call it the Publishers Clearinghouse Presidential Sweepstakes.
Every year (for more Americans to become president) a presidential lottery would be conducted and the lottery winner would be proclaimed the new president. As of this writing, Democrats have demanded that the lottery tickets be given to every citizen and non-citizen over 35 who has lived in the United States for at least 14 years. Progressives in the party demand that the residency requirement be lowered to 14 months. Open-border proponents demand that the residency requirement be lowered to 14 days, and some have even demanded that it be reduced to 14 hours or done away with entirely.
Republicans are demanding a lottery tax of $10,000 per person for U.S. citizens; $100,000 for legal residents; and $1 million for undocumented residents to keep people out of the White House who were in the lottery simply looking for a place to live and who had no interest in continuing America’s role as the world’s policeman and gas station attendant. They state that this would be entirely legal since a lottery tax is definitely not a poll tax.
On lottery day the president-select would get a knock on the door and be greeted by Al Gore or some other loser who would proudly boast, “I didn’t win the lottery, but YOU did. Congratulations! I am more than happy to concede.” The Marine marching band would play Hail to the Chief and the new president would be given five free subscriptions to the magazines of his/her choice.
Then at long last, when a proud mother gazes down on her baby in a crib and says, “Darling, just think, one day you could grow up to be the president of the United States, even if you drop out of high school,” for the first time in the history of the United States, she would be telling the truth!
Pacifica.city posted a very interesting story September 6 about the California Coastal Commission (CCC) challenging the Midcoast fire station plan to build inside the El Granada tsunami zone. The fire district has hired a consultant to challenge the challenge, but meanwhile this raises good questions about other building projects that fall within tsunami zones elsewhere (like Pacifica, and specifically in Rockaway Quarry).
The City of Pacifica has been studying proposals from qualified firms that wish to provide building division services in cooperation with the city Planning & Building Department. Apropos, the League of Women Voters (LWV) has created Best Practice guidelines for privatizing government services (avoiding conflict of interest is a major point):