I can’t help but feel sold out by the constant zoning changes and development approvals granted by the Pacifica Planning Commission. It seems as if we the people of Pacifica vote for the most anti-development candidates on the ballot, yet time after time, more development is approved and our quality of life is sold out. Please remember that we the people of Pacifica vote. We do not owe these developers anything, especially not our quality of life. If they speculate and buy property in this community, it’s their risk.
As far as votes go, what happened to the slogan "Keep Our Hillsides Green”? It was successful, right? Don Peebles' Measure L was defeated, too. Voting patterns seem to show that we the people of Pacifica do not want to live in a place that looks like Los Angeles, with traffic everywhere, big cement developments, and no nature. Another Fassler development was approved, piggybacked on Harmony @1. The quarry just sold to another developer (from Michigan, according to the Tribune). I wonder what he’ll plan.
If we the people of Pacifica don’t start to defend our quality of life, we’ll soon have to suffer the consequences of more traffic and more stress. I doubt we’ll be walking our dogs in the McMansion neighborhood. Not to mention our wildlife that’s being bulldozed and starved. Has anyone seen the hawks lately that used to perch on the lamppost on Fassler? I guess they’ll eventually leave.
Those people who say it’s good for business are missing the point that there is never enough money, no matter if we bulldoze, cement, and kill the last bit of nature we have in our community.
Todd Bray reports that the contractor for Harmony @ 1 hit a water main and fouled all water fed from the storage tank above the project into the east and west areas of Rockaway. This was confirmed by a member of the NCCWD Board. The contractor has caused the tap water to be a murky brown color. But according to the NCCWD board member, no contaminants were recorded in the brown water. The water should be clean once again by Saturday afternoon at the latest.
NASA and European spacecraft have detected evidence of a "spectacular" meteor shower on Mars caused by the close approach of Comet Siding Spring last month. If humans had been standing on the Red Planet at the time, they might have seen thousands of meteors per hour, followed by a widespread yellow afterglow that lasted for days. Visit Space Weather for more information.
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