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HDR tone-mapped photos by Bob Pilgrim (from top to bottom): Old Rockaway business district with the quarry in the background, Linda Mar Beach with Pedro Point Headlands in the distance, Rockaway Beach with the quarry in the background, riparian pond at Mori Point, Sea Bowl.
Coastal Commission Letter California Coastal Commission responds to City of Pacifica request to change Local Coastal Plan for proposed Beach Boulevard project. Officially known as Amendment # LCP-2-PAC-14-0173-1, this is a working draft. The proposed project is intended to be integrated into Pacifica's General Plan. The city's information about this project is published on the city website here: Beach Boulevard Project
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The City of Pacifica is updating its Housing Element for 2015-2023 and requests citizen input. The Housing Element is a critical planning document, identifying types of housing and assistance programs needed by each segment of the community, including families, person with disabilities, seniors, and those with limited income. Public input is crucial to ensure that the Housing Element reflects Pacificans' real needs. For more information, call the Planning Department at 650-738-7341. Draft Housing Element Current General Plan documents, including the Housing Element, 2007-2014: General Plan Documents
Jerry Davis reports: See the beach closure message below from the San Mateo County Health Department. Perhaps we'll hear about this from the city, but I would imagine the Linda Mar (Pacifica State) Beach sewer overflow happened due to leakage into the sanitary sewer system from the storm drain system in the lower Linda Mar neighborhoods.
There apparently was flooding in Linda Mar, but I don't think that it was from the creek. I just checked out the flood control project where the creek rose nearly a meter above "bankfull." Note that when I took the picture above, the flood had already receded 60 or 80 centimeters, but I could see clear evidence of how high the flow had gotten. I put "bankfull" in quotes because the designed channel has a bankfull that is, I believe, significantly lower than what hydrologic inputs would create. This does allow the system to have more flood capacity, so that may have been intended.
But anyway, that amount of flooding is still not high enough to create flooding onto the streets from channel overflow, unless there's a low point I'm not aware of. The neighborhoods to the north of the creek and below Peralta depend more on pump stations at the beach to clear the storm drain system, since they are lower in elevation than the creek, and the pumps may get overloaded during intense rain events.
I do remember hearing from Scott Holmes that the city sanitary sewer system has to deal with a lot more volume during heavy rain, meaning that there's a lot of leakage from storm drains into the sanitary sewer system. Unlike San Francisco, Pacifica does not have a combined sanitary sewer/storm drain system, which is better for maintaining creek flows and habitat, but leakage clearly happens.
BEACH CLOSURES The following beaches are closed due to storm-related sewer overflows resulting in sewage impact to the beach: LINDA MAR STATE BEACH, PACIFICA: The entire length of Linda Mar Beach is closed until further notice. Signs are being posted. Samples will be collected once the storm abates. FRANCIS STATE BEACH, HALF MOON BAY: The beach fronting Francis State Beach Campground and Day Use area at the end of Kelly Avenue continuing south to 100 yards south of the Kelly Avenue drainage is closed until further notice. Signs are being posted. Samples will be collected once the storm abates.
Sewage-impacted beaches will reopen based on samples with acceptable bacteria levels as determined by San Mateo County Environmental Health. We strongly advise against any swimming/surfing anywhere along the San Mateo County coastline during a storm. We also strongly advise against swimming/surfing at any time in ocean waters within 100 yards of a flowing stormwater outfall. Chris Fogel photo, tone-mapped by Bob Pilgrim
Photos top to bottom: 1. Wires down along De Solo Avenue. 2. Arguello Boulevard flooded south of De Solo Avenue. Roadway and sidewalks totally submerged. Debris line up to front doors of residences. 3. Closer look at Arguello Boulevard (see above). 4. Linda Mar Boulevard at Highway 1. 5. Closer look at Highway 1 (see above). 6. San Pedro Creek mouth. 7. Tree down at Peralta and Linda Mar.
What is going on over at the Pacifica Tribune? Is anyone performing the most basic copyediting anymore? It's painful to read Horace Hinshaw's own columns. He's the editor of the paper, for crying out loud! Does he even read his own submissions?
From Horace's latest "The way I see it" column, December 10-16, 2014: "Tonight we'll have changing of the guard...
“Tonight?” I guess if you happened to read this on the correct day, it would be "tonight." The piece was posted online December 9 at 5 p.m. I hope you didn't show up to Council Chambers then. No event date was provided anywhere in the piece, nor was there an article anywhere in the paper about the event to glean a date from. If you read Horace's piece on Thursday or Friday, well, "tonight" has long since passed you by. (The reorganization is on Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m., by the way.)
"...when we introduce a new Mayor."
Who is "we"? "We” aren’t introducing anyone, but the newly seated council will elect a new mayor on December 10, and perhaps that newly elected mayor will introduce herself or himself to us.
"Mayor pro tem Karen Ervin will move up one chair to assume the role, taking over from current Mayor Mary Ann Nihart."
Isn’t this declaration a bit premature, since it's predicated on an election that hasn't happened yet? Yes, Ervin is the odds-on favorite, but until the vote actually happens, it's not a done deal, and stranger things have happened. She may not even want the position. Who knows?
"We'll lost one councilmember while welcoming a new one."
C’mon, man, this is just terrible writing.
"Mr. Keener was very outspoken on the Highway 1wideing issue during his candidacy run for the council."
What the hell? How does a sentence like this get published? 1wideing?! And what does a “candidacy run for the council” mean? Horace, you've got to get your "stuff" together and read what you're publishing every week under your name.
San Mateo County Library (including branches in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay) now offers eReaders for checkout at all 12 library locations countywide. In an effort to expand digital collections, an initial 65 tablets have been added as part of the library’s In Luck collection. As with other In Luck items, the eReaders are available first-come, first-served for a three-week checkout. Nook HD eReaders are preloaded with selected best sellers and come with a carrying case, charger, and instructions.
Rapid growth in eBooks has created an even greater demand for digital content at public libraries. San Mateo County Library is pleased to help bridge the digital divide by providing these devices to those users who could not otherwise afford this technology. Upcoming expansions of this program will include additional eReaders with titles for children and teens.
I can’t help but feel sold out by the constant zoning changes and development approvals granted by the Pacifica Planning Commission. It seems as if we the people of Pacifica vote for the most anti-development candidates on the ballot, yet time after time, more development is approved and our quality of life is sold out. Please remember that we the people of Pacifica vote. We do not owe these developers anything, especially not our quality of life. If they speculate and buy property in this community, it’s their risk.
As far as votes go, what happened to the slogan "Keep Our Hillsides Green”? It was successful, right? Don Peebles' Measure L was defeated, too. Voting patterns seem to show that we the people of Pacifica do not want to live in a place that looks like Los Angeles, with traffic everywhere, big cement developments, and no nature. Another Fassler development was approved, piggybacked on Harmony @1. The quarry just sold to another developer (from Michigan, according to the Tribune). I wonder what he’ll plan.
If we the people of Pacifica don’t start to defend our quality of life, we’ll soon have to suffer the consequences of more traffic and more stress. I doubt we’ll be walking our dogs in the McMansion neighborhood. Not to mention our wildlife that’s being bulldozed and starved. Has anyone seen the hawks lately that used to perch on the lamppost on Fassler? I guess they’ll eventually leave.
Those people who say it’s good for business are missing the point that there is never enough money, no matter if we bulldoze, cement, and kill the last bit of nature we have in our community.