The city is too broke to fix all the problems of storm damage, erosion, shoddy engineering and construction, etc. The landlord is broke, his apartment buildings are about to fall off a cliff, his tenants have all been evacuated, and now he is talking lawsuits. Can things get any worse?
At the preliminary hearing January 29, Ana Reepen was held to answer on all charges. Arraignment is set for Thursday, February 18 at 8:45 a.m. Reepen has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $250,000 bail. She is charged with vehicular manslaughter with intoxication and gross negligence and two counts of felony driving under the influence of alcohol in the accident that killed local hair stylist Bruce Ross Bernor. The two counts of felony DUI relate to Reepen having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.15 and inflicting great bodily injury or death in the commission of the offense. Her blood alcohol level was reported to be 0.21. Turning the wrong way from Sea Bowl Lane, Reepen drove southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 1 on July 25. Reepen's car and Bernor's car collided there. Stay tuned for more details as we get them. Meanwhile, follow this thread at the Comments link below.
Emergency crews struggle to shore up crumbling cliffs along Palmetto and Esplanade in Pacifica's Manor district. Dump trucks full of boulders line up to try saving blufftop homes and businesses from falling onto the beach below and into the surging winter waves. (Leo Leon photos)
Bluffs crumbling along Esplanade (KTVU News, Pacifica.city)
County alert: The southern end of Mirada Road in Miramar (north of Half Moon Bay) is closed due to erosion of the roadway by high surf. Repairs have been approved. Use caution in the area, which is home to Miramar Beach House, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society jazz venue, and the coastal trail.
Shortly after 4 a.m. on January 17, a large chunk of Beach Boulevard seawall and sidewalk fell into the ocean. Repair requires an emergency Coastal Commission permit, expected to go in front of the Planning Commission on January 19. Meanwhile, city crews have dumped boulders on the beach to prevent further damage to the Sharp Park promenade. (Photo courtesy Marc Smith/Pacifica via Pacifica.city) Photo courtesy Marianne Favro/Twitter via Pacifica.city
The 10-part Netflix documentary Making a Murderer shows how corrupt and/or incompetent local police and judiciary in Manitowoc, Wisconsin convicted Steven Avery for crimes he may not have committed. But Alternet, Nancy Grace, and others have done stories questioning Avery's innocence. A high-profile defense lawyer has agreed to take on the Avery appeal. Meanwhile, the national debate continues. Read everything you can on this topic and be sure to see the film, then form your own conclusions.
A barricaded suspect targeted for eviction in Linda Mar January 7 drew a sizeable law enforcement response, but the situation was resolved by midafternoon. See Pacifica.city for more details and pictures. (Photo courtesy of Pacifica.city)
It's about time for city, county, and state (Caltrans) transportation engineers to look at the two dangerous, outmoded off-ramp/on-ramp combinations on northbound Highway 1 at Manor/Milagra and at Sea Bowl. At both locations, it is far too "easy" for a driver (especially an impaired one) to mistakenly turn left into the northbound lane. Better signage would be a start, but both interchanges really need to be reconfigured to help prevent future accidents.
In a related story that could be headlined "highway robbery," a NextDoor post says that the new Pedro Point Grocery Outlet supermarket across Highway 1 from Linda Mar Safeway has been poaching checkers from Safeway.
To see what the Safeway robber's mask might have looked like, suggests Alan Wald, go to the Google browser, click Images, and enter "old man mask."