Tuolumne River Trust needs your help to keep up the pressure on the State Water Board and protect the Bay-Delta system that we all rely on for a healthy Bay Area environment. It's good for fishing and boating, too.
Caltrans violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in its proposal to widen Highway 1. The sin of omission! Now Caltrans may give up on the widening project altogether. See the news video at the CBS/KPIX link above.
Candidate forums, elections, Harbor Commission, other political news
New installation at Coyote Point in San Mateo lets visitors visualize how sea-level rise impacts bayside and coastside.
Former Pacifica Tribune columnist and editorial board member Ian Butler says the newspaper's new owner and publisher Sherman Frederick wrote an editorial that is all wet on sea-level rise and climate change.
I recently planted a wildflower seed "bomb" in my front yard and these three beauties came up, but I can't identify them with Google Images. Can one of you dear Riptide readers kindly help me identify them? (Farmer John)
Rosemary Mena-Werth photo & story
Margaret Goodale (third from left; Leo Leon photo)
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)
Montara Mountain is back in print. Barbara VanderWerf’s guidebook to the trails, plants, and fascinating historical lore of Montara Mountain, including San Pedro Valley Park, is available at the Visitor Center Trailside Store. Originally published in 1995, Montara Mountain was reprinted in 2010 with a foreword by Mike Vasey. As this is still a great reference book for hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders, the Friends of San Pedro Valley Park (SPVP)—working with Barbara—have facilitated a third printing. Trailside Store hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park entrance is at 600 Oddstad Boulevard just south of the Oddstad/Rosita/Linda Mar intersection. Friends of SPVP present informative nature programs, and always welcome new members to support volunteer work in the park:
This "My Turn" column originally appeared in the Pacifica Tribune (May 4) under a headline presumably written by the editor ("Challenging responsibility of Sharp Park sea wall," which op-ed contributor Stan Zeavin says has "nothing to do with the article and, in fact, deflects from the article's intention." We are happy to post Stan's op-ed here with the author's correct headline.