Ask Pacifica City Council to adopt the Climate Action Plan to steeply reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• There is scientific consensus that we must reduce emissions by at least 25 percent before 2020 to avoid catastrophic climate change. • As a coastal city, Pacifica is especially vulnerable to sea level rise, stronger winter storms, and coastal erosion. Therefore, we must do our part to reduce emissions. • The State of California has adopted strong policies to reduce emissions, and counts on cities to do the same. • Nine cities in San Mateo County already have adopted climate plans. Another four, including Pacifica, have draft plans. • A Pacifica task force drafted a climate plan in 2012. City Council has yet to act on it.
The draft Climate Action Plan is available on the city website. Also, click the link below to read Cynthia Kaufman's report on the recent local screening of Shored Up, a documentary on sea level rise.
Throughout the Bay Area, Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve, near 280 and Edgewood Road in Redwood City, is famous for its spectacular spring wildflower displays. Friends of Edgewood docents offer free wildflower walks every Saturday and Sunday, March 15 through June 8, starting at 10 a.m.
Every year is different at Edgewood. The weather favors some plants one year and a different set is abundant the next. Join us to discover what this year’s crazy weather reveals.
The approximately three-hour walks through grasslands, chaparral, coastal scrub, and foothill woodlands offer a surprising amount of biodiversity. You are likely to see 50-100 plants in flower on the moderately paced, three-mile journey.
Edgewood supports more than 500 distinct plant species, four of which are federally listed as endangered or threatened. In addition, the fragile Bay checkerspot butterfly, one of the threatened species, has made its home in the unique habitat afforded by the serpentine grasslands. The various plant communities also provide habitat for frogs, lizards, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, deer, and more than 70 resident and migratory birds.
Visitors can complement their docent-led walk by visiting the Education Center near the main entrance and featuring interactive exhibits that explain Edgewood’s connection to the surrounding landscape and its history.
Go to friendsofedgewood.org or call 1-866-GO-EDGEWOOD (1-866-463-3439) for more information. (Photo above by Kathy Korbholz)
State Senator Jerry Hill has been appointed to the California Coastal Conservancy, the state agency established to help preserve and protect coastal resources.
“I’ve enjoyed the beauty of the coast throughout my lifetime, and welcome the opportunity to ensure that all can enjoy our state’s wonderful coastline for generations to come,” said Hill (D-San Mateo/Santa Clara counties) following the announcement of his appointment by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
Hill is now one of three state senators and three Assembly members who provide legislative oversight to the conservancy and participate in its activities.
The California Legislature created the conservancy in 1976 to work as an intermediary between local governments, citizens, and the private sector to improve, protect, and enhance coastal resources of the state, from Oregon to Mexico.
The conservancy serves as a repository for coastal lands. Under the state Public Resources Code, the conservancy is required to preserve lands in concert with the California Coastal Act. Preservation efforts by the conservancy can also go forward under certified local coastal programs and under the San Francisco Bay Plan, as implemented by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
Montara Mountain Blue Lupine Common Raven Common Raven Huckleberry (pink and white bell-shaped flowers) Mount Diablo (East Bay) visible in the distance Montara Manzanita (white bell-shaped flowers) View north over Pacifica and up the coast to Mount Tamalpais in Marin County Coast Silk Tassel (long, gray tassels) View out over the coastal scrub to the Pacific Adult male Anna's Hummingbird feeding at Red-flowering Currant Red-flowering Currant Red Elderberry (clusters of white blossoms)
Pacifica Beach Coalition hosts regular cleanups at the beaches. If your school, group, or family would like to help, please contact Pacifica Beach Coalition at 650-355-1668. Supplies and support provided. Join Pacifica Beach Coalition to put your special talents to work. Become a Beach Steward for your favorite beach. Help with keeping records, writing articles, taking photographs, making presentations at schools, media communications, fundraising, grant writing, and more.
Believe it or not, in the midst of a drought, San Pedro Valley County Park in the back of Linda Mar and two miles from the ocean, the park's visitor center reports a current rainfall total of 18.9 inches. Lucky us! This must explain why San Pedro Creek continues to flow year-round, drought or not, though some suspect the creek is fed by secret springs and leaks from Lake Pilarcitos and Crystal Springs Reservoir (pure conjecture, of course).
Lower Milagra Ridge, dedicated to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 2007, connects Milagra Ridge to a trailhead at the Connemara housing development.
The restoration project will protect and restore habitat for the endangered Mission blue butterfly. These fragile creatures lay their eggs on silver leaf lupine plants growing in open grasslands. The newly hatched caterpillars will feed only on the lupines. Invasive plants such as pampas grass, broom, and Monterey pine and cypress trees overrun these critical areas needed for the lupines, caterpillars, and butterflies to survive. This project will remove the most aggressive plants in the most critical areas.
For your safety, there will be temporary trail closures. The National Park Service appreciates your patience during removal of invasive vegetation. Work will occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Info: call 415-561-3054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org