Top: Peter Loeb, Chaya Gordon. Bottom: Cynthia Kaufman, Deni Asnis
Local voters swamped the Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A) Fogfest booth September 26-27. More than 300 registered voters signed up to help PH1A educate the public with accurate information based on Caltrans highway-widening plan data. PH1A supports alternatives to the plan and advocates for an independent study that incorporates Intelligent Transportation technology and a multifaceted approach to reducing congestion and making improvements to Highway 1. (Story and photos by Leo Leon)
Jim Fithian and Penny KeatingKathleen Courtney with cigarette butts collected at Rockaway Beach and Rockaway business area
Shirley Suhrer, Lynn Adams, Clark Natwick, Ian Butler, and their young friends Ribbon-cutting ceremony for installation of new cigarette butt receptacles at Linda Mar Beach. Front row, right to left: Lynn Adams, Clark Natwick, Jim Fithian, Ana Garcia, Penny Keating, Sharron Walker, Diana Raymon, Ms. Flynn, Katrina Rill (for Jackie Speier), Marc Hershman (for Jerry Hill). Back row, left to right: Mike Perez, Lorie Tinfow, Carole Groom, Sue Digre, Karen Ervin, John Keener, Don Horsley, Ian Butler. (Leo Leon photos)
Please join our group of Crespi Drive residents and Cabrillo School parents meeting to help solve the decades-old problem of speeding traffic, blown stop signs, and child safety on this street, with an end game of slowing average vehicle speed on Crespi Drive from the top of the hill all the way down to Highway 1, and increasing the percentage of drivers coming to a full stop at stop signs on Crespi Drive, especially the Crespi Drive/Roberts Road intersection.
Above: museum displays and gala opening on August 22 (Pacifica.city photos).
Mitch Reid reports: "The exhibit I put together and that was curated by Pat Kremer is called From the Twists and Turns of Devil's Slide to the Light at the End of the Tunnel (see photos below). It is a timeline from 1879 to the present, spread out over 18 feet. One of the pictures in the exhibit shows Andrew Leone's Wave Tunnel Portal design." The museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
About 75 people attended SFOA/PIA's "High Cost of Housing" event at St. Peter's Church on August 23. Several Pacifica Skies Estates renters and fellow Pacificans heard a Daly City teacher who can't afford a rent increase, a senior tenant whose landlord dictates where his furniture goes, and a senior tenant with Parkinson's syndrome whose landlord requires him to add his caregiver to his lease.
SFOP summed up the problem with the slide (above): 114,000 new jobs added in San Mateo County with only 8,000 rental units added. Independent of partners and families that usually accompany new employees, new housing stock would accommodate only 1/14th of new employees.
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The Pacifica Skies Estates matter comes before City Council on Monday, September 14, the same night as the appeal of the proposed Fairmont 7-Eleven at 700 Hickey Boulevard.
In 1962 the border war between India and China changed many lives forever. Many Chinese residents living near the Indian border were taken from their homes without warning and put into internment camp Deoli 1,000 miles away in the Rajasthan desert. The war lasted one month, but Deoli remained open for more than five years.
Photo-journalist Rafeeq Ellias' film Beyond Barbed Wires: A Distant Dawn documents the stories of several ex-internees as they tell their stories after a silence of more than 50 years. The project is in postproduction and funds raised will be used for postproduction, travel to festivals, and film distribution.
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Voices of Deoli: stories, news, views, information about the people who were interned in Deoli Camp in 1962. www.facebook.com
Fresh on the heels of signing a new two-year contract to maintain Caltrans' Linda Mar Park & Ride lot, Pacifica Public Works picked up debris, pulled weeds, and generally scrubbed out the area, long a de facto campground for motorhomes and late-night skate park that accumulates beer bottles and blowing trash. Thanks to Van Ocampo, Ray Biagini, and the whole Public Works team!
Two Montara motorists, Lindley Ferchel and Rusty Rosenberg, stopped their cars alongside midcoast Highway 1 to rescue a pelican sickened by naturally occurring domoic acid from algae in the Pacific Ocean. They arranged transportation for the ailing fishing bird to the Peninsula Humane Society for treatment. The pelican's prognosis is not known. (Source: Half Moon Bay Review, August 12)
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Don't let the walker fool you. Betty Duran is a 30-year Fairmont resident, mother, grandmother, and warrior who spearheaded a movement, along with her Fairmont, Linda Mar, and Pedro Point neighbors who oppose 7-Eleven's further penetration into Pacifica.
The video above is an edited version of Pacifica City Council's July 27 meeting, where Betty and her neighbors voiced passionate appeals to overturn a May 18 Pacifica Planning Commission ruling allowing 7-Eleven’s application to build a 24-hour gas station and convenience store in her beloved Fairmont neighborhood. (Story and video by Maxine Hines)
U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on Rockaway Headland, Pacifica. Coastside beachgoers, surfers, fishermen, boaters, and motorists count on these bright orange choppers when they need water and land rescues, emergency flights to ambulances and hospitals, etc. (Bob Pilgrim photo)