With the budget, general plan, and the San Pedro Creek bridge in the news lately, I thought this might be of interest to readers seeking more information about these subjects.
I've begun a SLOW reorganization of how the information is presented on Pacifica Index. I completed my goal of converting council, committee, and commission info into a more accessible format than what the City of Pacifica provides, but I find that it continues to be much more difficult to locate information on Pacifica Index than I would prefer.
The material is searchable and includes data from across multiple city departments and sources, supplemented with my own research, analysis, and occasional on-scene reporting (snapping pictures and taking video with my camera phone).
CAVEATS: (1) It's small right now. Like, really, REALLY small, but I thought it may be of use to some readers now. God knows how long this entire project will take, and if I wait until the entire thing is complete, the sun may burn out first. I've been trying to add at least one subject a week, but it's really slow going. So far, I have pages on the following subjects:
Budget, Annual Budget, Mid-Year Review City Finances Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) General Plan General Plan, Housing Element General Plan Environmental Impact Report General Plan Outreach Committee Junior Olympics Linda Mar Boulevard Repaving Local Coastal Land Use Plan Measure A; "Transportation Tax" (June 7, 1988 & November 2, 2004) Measure V; "Utility Users' Tax" (November 5, 2013) Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department PLAY Activity Guide San Pedro Creek Bridge Utility Users' Tax (November 5, 2013 Ballot Measure)
(2) The site is slow. It works, but it's slow. I don't know if this is my webhost or my database. Probably both. Things will get faster eventually, but for now the site requires a little patience.
(3) The site is "nonpartisan." Yes, I have my own strongly held views on issues, but Pacificapedia is not the place for them. Information and analysis only, here.
I'll continue to keep Pacifica Index up to date and continue to index City Council agendas on an ongoing basis. Please let me know if you spot any errors. If you'd like, in the comments below you can indicate which subjects you'd like me to tackle next on Pacificapedia.
I hope Riptide readers find Pacificapedia useful. I've spent a LOT of time on it and I'm pleased with how it's been coming along. Thanks for reading.
According to a San Francisco Chronicle business story July 19, Integrated Whale Media Investments of Singapore and Hong Kong has paid $475 million for a majority share of Forbes Media stock.
Steve Forbes, staying on as chairman and editor in chief, is quoted as saying: "The buyers are entrepreneurs and they understand entrepreneurial capitalism, and they have a vested self-interest in not messing with the editorial."
How refreshing to hear those words. But we wonder how long that will last. So many times we have heard corporate takeover artists promise they would not interfere with editorial or creative, only to find out soon after that they were lying. And inevitably when that happens, product quality, job security, and staff morale go downhill. Just ask anyone who has lived through a merger or acquisition.
A writer/editor colleague and friend asked me for my opinion on Grammarly, which is under discussion on the Quora forum. Here is my take on it:
"As with most other spell, style, and grammar checkers, this program is only as good as the humans who input the content and coded it, which is to say that it does some good but also some harm. As an added layer of quality control, as a backup, as a second pair of eyes, it’s probably somewhat useful, especially for a non-writer or novice, but there really is no substitute for a real human editor. The main problem with all such word programs is their occasionally vague or unhelpful or downright silly suggestions. Their best calls are probably outright spelling errors and duplicated words, so it wouldn’t hurt to run those tests just in case you were sleepy or impaired when you wrote the copy."
"Legendary Half Moon Bay pilot Eddie Andreini soars in his restored P-51D Mustang, the Primo Branco, during an airshow. His life was tragically cut short while performing in a May 4 crash at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield." (photo caption from the front page of the Pacifica Tribune, May 28)
Downloadable/printable PDFs of my weekly "Wandering & Wondering" columns from the Pacifica Tribune (2011 to present) are posted HERE on Pacifica Riptide. Columns published before 2011 are archived in the Mayburritoville Museum, available on request from mayburrito [at] goofbuster.com. The current week's column also is posted and archived (searchable) at Pacifica Tribune
Using an apostrophe for plurals is known in Britain as a greengrocer's apostrophe because of the surfeit of handwritten signs outside stores and stalls selling fruits and vegetables that say APPLE’S and ORANGE’S. It's become a standing joke!