Red-tailed hawk in Pacifica.July 20 sunset in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Dolores. Surfers ride waves at Linda Mar State Beach, with Pedro Rock in the background. Whale dives offshore. (Leo Leon photos)
Sunset at Linda Mar State Beach on an unusually hot, humid Sunday, July 19. Earlier, it rained at Daly City, Mussel Rock, and on salmon-fishing boats just offshore as remnants of tropical storm Dolores passed over the Bay Area and moved off to the northeast. Meanwhile, a new hurricane threat (see below) is forming over the Pacific Ocean south of Baja California. (Pacifica.city photo)
Mori Point (foreground), Rockaway Headland and Pedro Point (background) Sharp Park Golf Course (foreground), Sharp Park Fishing Pier (background) Pacifica State Beach, Linda Mar Whale breaches just offshore (Leo Leon photos)
Linda Mar floodwaters. Scanned from Pacifica Tribune archives, October 4, 1972. Also in the Tribune archives: a similar flood photo of the same area on October 18, 1962. Photo courtesy of Margaret Goodale, who says: "Perhaps a bit more due diligence is appropriate when it comes to siting and flooding in this area." Note Dave & Lou's Texaco gas station in the background.
Of the three new Midcoast houses proposed here (click link above), we see at least 16 trees slated for removal, nine of them described as "significant." I hope the new homeowners plan to replant trees, otherwise their fancy new houses represent a loss for the environment. Trees sequester carbon dioxide; houses and people do not. Simple math.
The May 19 oil spill near Santa Barbara was caused by the one oil pipeline in the entire country governed by the weaker federal law that does not require an automatic shutoff valve. Proper maintenance and an automatic shutoff valve would have prevented this spill from ever happening. Ask your U.S. senators Feinstein and Boxer to require automatic shutoff valves and proper safety systems for oil delivery pipelines.
Justin Shields from Linda Mar North posts on the nextdoor.com neighborhood blog for Park Pacifica: "Just read about the plan by San Francisco Natural Areas Program (which actually owns the trees behind the archery range and golf course) to remove 15,000 trees and use pesticides to keep them from coming back. This is all in the name of removing non-native species that have existed here for centuries and have many benefits. Worth a read for anyone who values our unique landscape."