The Cosmic Association for Promoting Radical Atmospheric Transformation (CAPRAT) is proud to present its Oil International Lady of the Year (OILY) Award to Royal Dutch Shell's executive vice president for the Arctic, Ann Pickard. Described by Fortune magazine as “the bravest woman in oil and one of the 50 most powerful women in business,” Pickard first achieved fame as Shell’s regional executive vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Various oil-spill experts have asserted that Shell Gas & Oil set the record for spilling the most oil in the Niger Delta. But Shell was quick to point out that any spills that may have occurred were unintentional and a result of factors beyond Pickard's control of the Nigerian government, and should not be considered a reflection on her bravery or lack thereof.
Now that Pickard has finished her good work in the Niger Delta, and after a quick stint as country chair of Shell in Australia, she has been made responsible for the company's Arctic exploration efforts around the globe. Regarding exploiting carbon resources in the Arctic, Pickard gushed, “For one thing, we’ve learned a lot from our successes and a lot from our setbacks. Among these setbacks in Alaska, as you’re aware, were delays with an oil containment system, issues with one drilling rig, and the grounding of another. Although we have addressed all of these situations, they marred the achievements of our 2012 season in Alaska.”
Pickard's positively Pollyannaish attitude has earned her CAPRAT's prestigious OILY Woman of the Year Award. We wish her continued success, and as they say in the oil business, “It's oil over now!” ===================== CAPRAT is a wholly owned subsidiary of The People's Think Tank and no members of its executive council are on the board of any of the Seven Sisters. CAPRAT's motto is: “Free the carbon and free it now!”
"California Agriculture" highlights California's diverse agricultural resources through art. The show runs through October 23. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment. The gallery is at Coastside Land Trust, 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay.
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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Pacifica's North Coast County Water District (NCCWD) will soon offer 100 gallons of recycled water, free for the taking – well, sort of free. Like most recycling programs, this program is a futile, feel-good gesture. If you have a couple of hours to spare, a half-ton truck, a tank, a pump, and a half-gallon of gas, you can get up to 36 cents' worth of water. In addition to the environmental damage that gas creates, this is a lousy use of your time. Instead, use the water on the golf course and playing fields, and turn the rest into drinking water. And while we’re banging on about the city and political correctness, where are the numbers for the beach parking meters and sewage treatment solar system?
Antiquarian Kathleen Manning of the Pacifica Historical Society (PHS) has discovered in an old cookbook that the original recipe for jack cheese may have been created at the Mori family restaurant on Mori Point around 1880, then hijacked to Jacks Ranch in Monterey, where the versatile semisoft cheese took on the name Monterey Jack.
PHS is selling Pacifica Jack, a local version of the cheese, for $8 a pound at its brand-new Pacifica Coastside Museum, which held its gala opening August 22 in the former Little Brown Church in Sharp Park.
Reports Pacifica.city: "Pacifica Jack has a firm, almost Brie-like texture with an extra-sharp, white-cheddar bite. At just under refrigerator temperature, when rubbed between thumb and forefinger, it smears rather than crumbles, and the three kids we taste-tested it on loved it. Use it anywhere you'd want a cheddar with a lower melting point or even anywhere you previously might have used Gruyere."
(Photo courtesy of Pacifica.city; story courtesy of Pacifica Tribune and Pacifica.city)
This is for folks who either remember or are curious about Dan's Motel in Moss Beach. The picturesque motel, torn down in the 1980s, is the setting of my film by the same name, which screened recently at the Roxie cinema in San Francisco. Below, see Sam Whiting’s 2001 essay on beach motels, including Dan's Motel. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Vintage Views: Beachfront motels offer a slice of Americana, by Sam Whiting, Sunday, June 3, 2001
Motorists discover a tinge of seedy romance in driving the Bay Area coast, looking for the word MOTEL on the side of a weathered old building. Pull in, bang a bell and the owner or manager comes out of the back room, where he lives, maybe with a yapper dog for security. Price is negotiable, depending on availability, time of night and how much the manager likes the customer. Throw some 20s on the counter and get a key on a plastic tag for return by mail, along with directions to a wheezing ice machine.
People in road novels stay at motels and the ones at the beach add the drama of breaking surf. A beach motel is different from your typical roadside inn: An authentic beach motel means no chains, lodges or resorts, and the only conference center is the car, trying to close the deal. Bed yes, breakfast no. A true motel wouldn't want to encourage morning mingling among its guests. A communal hot tub is acceptable but you won't get a plush terry cloth robe to wear to it. A thin gym towel is more likely, along with a too-thin blanket beneath a too-thick bedspread.
A room with at least a sliver of a view of the beach is ideal, but this criterion is waived if the windows are crusted in salt, or if the beach motel was there before the condo that blocks its view. Beach motels never had the expensive real estate. They tend to be bunched together against the wind and dirty sand blowing across the highway into the ice plant.
The standard was Dan's Motel in Moss Beach. "It was all stucco, painted white with turquoise window trim. The rooms had really bad paneling and pea-green carpeting," recalls bail bondsman and artist Jerry Barrish, who made a film called Dan's Motel.
"It was a set-designer's dream. You couldn't make it any sleazier if you tried," says Barrish, who lived next to Dan's for 10 years, until it was torn down in the 1980s, breaking the filmmaker's heart.
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!
A guy is walking along a beach when he comes across a lamp partially buried in the sand. He picks up the lamp and gives it a rub. A genie appears and tells him he has been granted one wish. The guy thinks for a moment and says, "I want to live forever."
"Sorry," said the genie, "I'm not allowed to grant eternal life."
"OK, then, I want to die after the Republicans balance the budget and eliminate the debt."
A two-alarm blaze Tuesday morning tore through a beloved bar in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, dealing a blow to loyal customers who saw the watering hole as a second home. The fire at the Riptide bar at 3639 Taraval Street, a popular hangout for locals and surfers, broke out around 10:15 a.m. and within 90 minutes the bar was gutted, fire officials said. “It was a home. Everyone came here,” said Alisha Liscinsky, general manager of the bar between 46th and 47th avenues.
At the Pacifica City Council meeting August 10, Caltrans' bumbling apology for its nine-hour August 3 traffic jam consisted of a bogeyman "lost" email, a midday traffic accident, and three subcontracted asphalt truck drivers who apparently did not own cell phones thus could not be inserted on Highway 1 from the south.
But the real story at the council meeting was the 60+ mobile-home evictees from 22 units of the Pacifica Skies Estates on Palmetto. A parade of visibly disabled veterans, seniors, and long-term Pacifica renters recounted tale after tale of fixed incomes, 60-day notices, and nowhere to go. Several residents mentioned new construction (four-wall) in the Coastal Zone that would probably fall under the purview of the California Coastal Commission if they choose to pursue that option. Those affected may be able to find some temporary assistance from San Mateo County aid agencies.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Palo Alto is going through a similar upheaval as the mostly low-income trailer park between Highway 101 and the bayshore is going to sell for some outrageous sum around $55 million, displacing many hard-luck tenants. A town without pity. Read about it here: Last Trailer Park]