This month on Wavelength, Ian Butler interviews plant biologist John Zentner, project manager for the restoration and possible future development of Rockaway Quarry: CLICK FOR VIDEO
Also on the show is an interview with Shanti Davidson, one of the tenants evicted from Pacific Skies Estates; and Shirley Gibson, a lawyer representing the evicted tenants, about the need for rent stabilization in Pacifica: CLICK FOR VIDEO
Pacifica School Volunteers invites you to Ortega Elementary School Holiday Read Aloud, Friday, December 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. Join us to celebrate the season and share the magic and joy of reading with young students in their classroom! As a Guest Reader, you will join a classroom or two to read to students. You are welcome to bring your own cherished book or we will provide you with one from the public library. Your commitment may be less than an hour: Reading times will be scheduled between 9 and 11 a.m. Lovely light refreshments are provided by the Ortega Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). RSVP to Bernadette, 650-355-9432 or email@example.com and she will help arrange your scheduled time. Hosted by Pacifica School Volunteers and Ortega Elementary School. Phone 650.355.9432 (PSV Office). Ortega Elementary School, 1283 Terra Nova Boulevard, Pacifica. If you can't volunteer for this event, we have a Spring Read Aloud Day at Sunset Ridge School, Friday, April 8, 2016.
Rick Bauman says, "Something in our Linda Mar neighborhood needs to be acknowledged. My friend Mike Moore and his wife Lisa have been putting on this elaborate haunted house for the past 15 years. It features a Pirates of the Caribbean motif and has a full-size ship in his front yard on lower Alicante. The garage is done up like the Disneyland ride of the same name; it's very cool. Mike says this is the last year that he will be doing it. It will be missed by young and old alike."
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get on the fair-housing mailing list.
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.
Help Deoli internment camp survivors be heard. Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today! View on www.indiegogo.com
@VoicesofDeoli at Twitter.com: "Please help us spread the word for "Beyond Barbed Wires" by Rafeeq Ellias at Indiegogo.com.
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!