Céline Maublanc Gerakin (right) won the 2014 Coastside Environmental Leader award for her tremendous hands-on effort organizing volunteers to clean up coastside beaches and creeks. Harbor Commissioner-Elect Nicole David (left) presented the award to Céline at a December 17 event at Hop Dogma Brewing Co. in El Granada.
John Bradford reports: "Nate, the owner of Fog City Pet Supplies on Palmetto Avenue, was injured by a hit-and-run driver earlier this month. When I visited the shop today, his friend told me that the police have identified a suspect. But Nate still needs some help with his medical bills. Nate always has a smile for his customers and his store is a great resource for local pet owners. His friends have set up a fundraising website for anyone who wants to help out." (Click the link below.)
Aaron Zorndorf has created a local nonprofit, Buy Nothing Group, for Pacificans only. Check it out. It's a way to help the community eliminate waste. Especially during this season of mass consumption, consider joining and continue gifting all year. There is no obligation. Buy nothing. Give freely. Share creatively. Post anything you want to give away, lend, or share among neighbors. Ask for anything you want to receive for free or borrow. Keep it legal. Keep it civil. No buying or selling, no trades or bartering, no soliciting for cash. Adult-only, hyper-local gift economy:
Join our online conversation. Click the Comments link below each post to speak your mind. Responsible free speech happens here on Pacifica Riptide: no censorship, no hidden agendas, no corporate backstabbers, just good community journalism.
Next time you're shopping around town, take note if you encounter any paid signature gatherers collecting signatures to repeal the state bag bill. The plastic industry has put in more than $1 million for this effort, and we are already hearing reports that some signature gatherers are "sharing" false and inaccurate information about what the referendum actually does!
Here's what you can do: Listen to their arguments neutrally and respectfully. The more time you spend with them, the less time they have to get signatures from someone else. Note the store, location, time and date, and any information they are sharing. Report it by clicking this link.
Sign up here to support the campaign and please forward this message to your friends. Thanks in advance for all your help.
Mark Murray, Executive Director, Californians Against Waste
I'm a longtime resident of Pacifica. Fog Fest 2014 was awesome, but I feel like I have a (sober) post-hangover. Two days after Fog Fest, plastic tie-wraps still litter Palmetto Street -- dropped on the ground by tent crews closing down on Sunday night.
I watched late Sunday evening as bipedal street cleaners tried to sweep up in the dark (without headlamps), and then on Monday the gas-fueled street sweepers were out in full force, but not to be seen on Palmetto.
At this point, about a third of the thousands of plastic tie-wraps are being broken up (some carried away by car tires) and finding their way into our storm drains and down to the ocean.
I noted this today, and wanted to recognize North Coast County Water District employee Matt, who said he would put in a call to city services. I'm simply seeking a sustainable and prosperous Pacifica!
At Pacifica Sanchez Library Garden, we dedicated two raised beds to potatoes this past growing season. See link below showing that potatoes can be part of a balanced diet. We harvested 77 pounds of potatoes (above) and donated them to Pacifica Resource Center). Our dedicated volunteer David Reuttiger (below) is our Master Gardener. Nutritious Spuds
On September 21, a huge crowd attended the Jim Vreeland memorial and paddle-out. Many spoke passionately, not only of Jim's contributions to the city, especially the renovated beach that was his sanctuary, but also of his warmth and generosity as a human being. There was laughter and stories were shared, and by the end, nary a dry eye was to be seen. As his wife Lauri put it, "Jim couldn't have asked for a better send-off!" And our community couldn't have asked for a better citizen. Thanks, Jim, thanks for everything.
Pacificans are mourning the loss of former City Council member Jim Vreeland, who served 15 years on the council and is remembered for his work to protect the city's natural environment and outdoors recreation, especially the beaches and trails. Jim always took the high road, and I believe his spirit lives on in Pacifica. Please click the Comments link below this post to submit your memories of Jim for our archives.
As promised at the memorial service, here is a link for the memorial fund for Jim's family. Lauri will use the money for the boys' education. James is 13 and Scott is only 8, so we want to raise as much as we can. We are doing the fundraising online because of the ease in tracking the money and getting it to Lauri, but also the ease in donating. Here is the link:
Thanks so much for attending the memorial service. I know that Lauri really appreciated the turnout. Lauri has a rough road ahead, but I hope we raise enough to make it a little easier. Thanks in advance for anything you can contribute. And please share this with others!
In this terrible drought, why waste precious water on ice bucket challenges? Here is a trash bucket challenge that can make a difference.
Pick up a bucket of trash in 24 hours (or take a little longer if needed), then make a donation to the Pacifica Beach Coalition (PBC) to help its beach cleanup and restoration work (click the link below). Challenge your friends and family to do likewise.
By answering the trash bucket challenge, you can help save the beaches, the ocean, and marine wildlife. Only you can stop the flow of litter into our creeks, where it goes down to pollute the ocean. Record your trash bucket challenge by clicking the blue bag at Pacifica Beach Coalition
(left to right) Kate Symonds, Margaret Goodale, and Ranger Nelle Lyons on Linda Mar State Beach
By Ian Butler, Riptide Correspondent
In this slow news cycle, with PCT in disarray as it upgrades to the 21st century, here is a new Wavelength episode to hold you over. It documents the installation of the snowy plover fencing at Linda Mar State Beach, and shines a light on the 20-year struggle to protect these threatened shorebirds. Click for Video
UPDATE: The vehicle in question below is gone from the parking lot as of August 26, apparently either towed away by the police or removed by the owner. George Tano, who originally made the complaint, is pleased that somebody paid attention.
GEORGE TANO'S ORIGINAL POST: I'm a Pacifica resident who enjoys fishing at the pier and walking along the beach at Sharp Park golf course that takes me up the stairs to the top of Mori Point. I often go to the pier to fish or walk to Mori Point, but lately I have noticed that parking at the pier has been getting tougher.
I have also noticed this RV parked at the lot for the past two months or maybe more. Pacifica Police tagged it for towing if the vehicle was not moved by August 1. The date has come and gone, the notice blown away by the wind, and the RV still parked in the same place as of August 8. The RV has weeds growing under it. It's so dusty you can't see inside it, and people have used it as a restroom. The smell at times gets overwhelming.
The City of Pacifica has a 72-hour parking limit on city streets and parking lots. Even the beach parking lot by the RV center is starting to look like a dumpsite, with TVs, boat trailers, and trucks filled with junk. What is the City of Pacifica going to do about all these illegally parked vehicles?”
Water sampling of beaches, creeks, and lagoons is conducted by a combination of county staff and citizen volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to assist in the collection of water samples from your favorite beaches, please email Greg Smith at GJSMith@smcgov.org or Kate Elgin at email@example.com of County Environmental Health or call 650-372-6200. County staff will provide training and needed equipment and supplies for the sampling. Sampling is done every Monday morning, and volunteers drop samples at convenient locations in either Half Moon Bay or Pacifica for transport by county staff to the Public Health Laboratory for analysis.