Rick Bauman here. Some friends and I (we call ourselves the P-Town Punks) got together June 28 at Pacifica Moose Lodge to host our first annual liars dice tourney to benefit the Pacifica National Little League. It was a great success! We raised $40,000. And we had a great time. We got contributions from NorCal Surf Shop, Ash's Vallemar Station, Sharp Park Golf Course, Gorilla Barbeque, Nick's of Rockaway Beach, John the Sign Guy t-shirts, and the Bauman family donating two tickets to two different Giants games. All in all, it was a great time and Moose Lodge donated the use of its hall for the cause. Next year will come all too soon, so practice your little white lies!
Bravo to Bob Lange of North Coast County Water District (NCCWD), who responded to my concern about swimmers wasting water in the showers at Brink Pool. Bob went to the pool and gave the supervisor new laminated drought-alert signs to hang up in the men’s and women’s showers. Bob also met with Gary Hoffschneider, superintendent in charge of Oceana High Shool facilities, and gave him low-flow showerheads and timers to install in the pool showers. I thanked Bob and told him we should pray for rain. He replied that we might also have to do some rain dances.
City Council votes June 9 on Pacifica Beach Coalition (PBC) funding. Below is the oral communication that Virginia Szczepaniak (Ocean Shore School teacher and 36-year Pacifica resident) presented at the last council meeting in defense of the $3,000 the city gives PBC for Earth Day and other beach cleanups:
"The sea defines us. We are a coastal community, a beach town. Our greatest physical asset is the Pacific Ocean (hence the name Pacifica), and the fingers of sand that we call our beaches. Our districts, once whistlestops along the Ocean Shore Railroad, are named after the strand of beaches from Manor to Linda Mar. The sea defines us.
Now, more than ever, the health of the world’s oceans depends on the collective actions of concerned world citizens. I would extend that to say that the financial health of Pacifica is also dependent upon the health of our ocean and its beaches. I am referring to both the water quality and the condition/cleanliness of the beach.
Years ago we as a community acknowledged our asset, and did our part at considerable cost, to build a tertiary treatment plant so that our wastewater would be cleaned up and not pollute our asset. Our visitor-based businesses are serving beachgoers, and those who come to take in the view, visiting our asset.
To borrow a line from Dr. Sylvia Earle, “No Blue, No Green.” The health of the ocean determines the capacity for life on land. If clean and pristine beaches translate into our green, or dollars spent in Pacifica, how can we afford not to support all efforts to maintain our asset?
The Pacifica Beach Coalition, and all of the other environmental and civic organizations that support it, have collectively helped to maintain our asset through volunteerism. The Beach Coalition advocates stewardship, educates the citizenry, and inspires them to act. The coalitio organizes and oversees the thousands of human hours that it takes to maintain an invaluable asset, not once, but week after week, year after year.
Lest we forget our human assets, Lynn Adams, in a labor of love, has acted as point person to educate, organize, and inspire our coastal community and countless organizations to act on behalf of Pacifica. Lynn has partnered with Pacifica’s students to champion the effort to keep our neighborhoods, city streets, waterways, and beaches clean.
Lynn and the Beach Coalition have inspired my students, and their families, your future and current constituents and taxpayers, to be stewards of our greatest asset. She is an Earth Hero and she inspires the children to act like heroes. Lead by example, because actions speak louder than words.
You, the City of Pacifica, couldn’t afford to pay for all of the hours of service that have been dedicated to the environmental health and well-being of our community, under the direction of the Pacifica Beach Coalition.
Surely you are not so shortsighted or short-funded that you would squander the harnessed energy and resources that are given in kind to the whole of your community under the direction of the Pacifica Beach Coalition.
We citizens of Pacifica want to feel proud of our community and the choices that our representatives make. We work hard on behalf of our home and our environment. You can’t take the ocean out of Pacifica. See your way clear to support the Pacifica Beach Coalition's mission.
PARCA (parca.org) cares for those who have Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, etc.), 800 Airport Blvd. #320, Burlingame, CA 94010, 650-312-0730(ask for Cathy or Joe)
Please like us on Facebook and whatever else you can do to help. PARCA provides free family networking and advocacy to persons who have a developmental disability, and to their families.Please spread the word!
You can learn more about this service, the bicycle event in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay, and the “Strut Your Mutt” eventthrough Shamrock Ranch in Pacifica on Saturday, June 28.PARCA (Tax ID #94-1650851) is very grateful for sponsors and in-kind gifts offoods,drinks,paper supplies, and cash donations.
This week's Wavelength takes an in-depth look at the killing of Errol Chang by the local SWAT team. Errol's brother Matt Chang details the events that led up to the tragic shooting, and Martin Fox, a lawyer who has worked for years on this issue, explains how we can improve how we deal with our most vulnerable citizens.
In October you helped me win the Cox Conserves Hero award through KTVU-TV, and along with that award came a check to the Pacifica Beach Coalition for $10,000. We just spent that money on our Earth Day of Action & Ecofest event, which resulted in more than 7,000 volunteers; 4,500 students who received Snowy Plover assemblies; 14 schools; 135 businesses; 150 community groups; 45 ecobooths; and one united community that took action to help the environment!
Well, your support has just brought PBC another award and a new $10,000 check! Nominated by KTVU-TV (which learned of PBC's work through the Cox Award), Pacifica Beach Coalition was chosen as the Chicken of the Sea -- Gratitude award winner -- on the Mermaid Pay It Forward Tour as Chicken of the Sea celebrates 100 years of Good by honoring 100 groups each with a $10,000 check.
We at PBC are so grateful for your support and for having our mission shared with hundreds of thousands of people by KTVU for Cox and Chicken of the Sea! There is a lot of work to be done and our mission to end litter is no small task. So this new award of $10,000 is helping us to dream big. Rest assured that this money will be spent making a difference in Pacifica that ripples throughout the US and every ocean! Hopefully, our work will continue to educate, inspire, and engage people all over the world to know and do the Little Things That Matter.
Now let's get to work on that tobacco litter! Won't you join us with your daily Little Things That Matter actions of picking up litter, conserving resources of the Earth and ocean, recycling, walking, biking, carpooling, using your voice for the environment, sharing the shore, respecting birds and their habitat.
The Tuolumne River needs us today more than ever. The drought is putting tremendous pressure on government agencies to relax protections for water quality and endangered species. We need to make sure our hard-won victories are preserved.
97% of the Rim Fire burned through the Tuolumne River watershed. We need to make sure the Recovery Plan places an equal value on ecosystem restoration as it does on salvage logging. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be released in the next few weeks, and the Tuolumne River Trust (TRT) will be heavily engaged in making sure it's based on sound science.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing of Don Pedro Dam (the largest on the Tuolumne) is moving forward. Last year TRT convinced FERC to require a license for La Grange Dam, two miles downstream of Don Pedro, which is important because the Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts (which own and operate both) have argued that Don Pedro doesn't block fish passage because fish can't make it past La Grange. TRT is holding them accountable for the poor environmental conditions they have created.
The State Water Board will be releasing an updated environmental document for the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan sometime this spring. Word has it they might increase unimpaired instream flow requirements on rivers such as the Tuolumne to 40% or more, which would be a huge improvement. We need to encourage them to stand strong, especially under pressure from the drought.
Water conservation, efficiency, and recycled water are key to balancing the needs of humans with those of other species that depend on the Tuolumne. In the SFPUC service territory, where 2.6 million people depend on the Tuolumne, we have reduced water consumption by 15% over the past seven years. This has created a healthy buffer against the drought, and serves as a good example to others. We must continue to use our precious water more efficiently.
Message from Matt Chang: The family of Errol Chang requests the help of neighbors and citizens who were at the scene on the day Errol was murdered. We saw many people capturing events that unfolded that day with personal cameras and cell phones. If you have any photos, video footage, or eyewitness accounts from that day, we ask that you please contact our attorney Russell A. Robinson (see contact info below) with any information you have. We are obviously devastated by the loss of our Errol, and we seek your help to bring justice. Thank you.
Law Office of Russell A. Robinson 345 Grove Street, 1st Floor San Francisco, CA 94102 415-255-0462 email@example.com
Pacifica Beach Coalition hosts regular cleanups and habitat restorations at Pacifica 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 recordkeeping, writing articles, taking photographs, school presentations, media communications, fundraising, grant writing, and more.
If you like to walk in San Pedro Valley Park and enjoy its flora and fauna, and you want to help maintain the park, drop by the visitor center and join the volunteer team called Friends of San Pedro Valley Park. Several times a year, experts present programs at the visitor center and guided hikes focusing on park wildlife, geology, and botany. Volunteers help maintain the hiking trails and wildlife habitat in the park.
Explore internship and volunteer opportunities year-round in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), including Pacifica's three national parks (Mori Point, Milagra Ridge, and Sweeney Ridge), plus Ocean Beach, The Presidio, and Muir Woods. Projects include planting, weeding, mulching, beach cleanup, trail maintenance, and more. Register online at PARKS CONSERVANCY. For more information, call 415-561-3077 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Inasmuch as proceeds support the Pacifica "Seniors In Action" program, perhaps a Riptide reader would care to purchase one or more of these three pieces of furniture (see below) before we "Craigslist" them at the end of the week. Your choice: $40. Communications station table, 30" x 40" x 27" Cabinet with interior light, 31" x 18 x 74" Solid oak top round table, 48" x 27"
Stop by the games room at Pacifica Community Center, Highway 1 at Crespi, for a closer look or email email@example.com if interested.
Pacifica civic leaders (government, nonprofit, educational institution, residential, faith community, family group) ask all Pacificans to help save water.
The governor has declared a drought emergency, and our water district has called for voluntary 20 percent reduction in water use. This means taking shorter showers, using less water in the home and garden, using commercial car washes instead of washing the car at home, etc. The water district and the Internet have lots of good ideas for saving water.
This is a genuine crisis, and we all need to do our part to help. I am cutting way back on my water use, and writing about this emergency in my Pacifica Tribune column and here on my Pacifica Riptide blog. Please do whatever you can to spread the word to others. We need to do this thing now! Every day counts. And don’t forget to “pray for rain,” even if you’re not religious. Thanks.
John Maybury, Editor & Publisher, Pacifica Riptide
On January 22, more than 150 people came together at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco to honor the accomplishments of several remarkable children and youth from Pacifica and South San Francisco.
Ten members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County were awarded the title of "Clubhouse Youth of the Year,” while Clarissa Fong, a senior at South San Francisco High School, won the overall “Youth of the Year.” Clarissa will have the opportunity to advance toward the state, regional and national Youth of the Year titles.
Many local and state elected officials were on hand to issue certificates of achievement to each awardee. Torani was awarded the “Business Partner of the Year” award, too. During the reception, entertainment included the sounds of the El Camino High School Jazz Combo, as well as Ava Crotti, of Ortega Elementary School in Pacifica, performing “Over the Rainbow.”
"Our community came together in a remarkable way to celebrate youth, which is an important part of our mission work – bringing kids, youth, and community together. Our sponsors and donors made it possible for us to keep this event free; guests enjoyed food and beverages from many local businesses, all of which was donated," said Sharon Dolan, Executive Director.
Sponsors included the Basque Cultural Center, Comcast, Kaiser Permanente, Kiwanis Club of South San Francisco, South San Francisco Scavenger Company, Dudley Perkins Company, and Wayne Joseph, D.D.S. Numerous South San Francisco restaurants provided complimentary food dishes, and Torani hosted a soda bar.
For more information, please contact Sharon Dolan, Executive Director at the Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County, at (650) 589-7090 ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.