Above are just some of the residents of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach. State Senator Jerry Hill (right) presents an award to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Board President Tom Ciotti: Friends of Fitzgerald At the above award ceremony at Mezzaluna Cafe in Princeton, Hill also hosted an SRO town hall-style meeting, giving a brief wrap-up of his legislative year and goals for the future, and taking an hour of questions from the audience. (Story and photos by Pacifica.city)
Paving has begun on the new Highway 1 bridge over San Pedro Creek. Our photographer muses: "An eerily gorgeous scene, reminiscent of a Diego Rivera mural, the smell of asphalt heavy, mixed with the salt air, at 2 a.m." (Photos by www.Pacifica.city)
Pacifican Maxine Hines says that the state Employment Development Department (EDD) unnecessarily exposes millions of Californians to risk of identity theft by publishing their full Social Security numbers on mailed documents and forms easily accessible to thieves. California lawmakers want to force EDD to stop printing Social Security numbers on documents sent through the U.S. mail. Click links above for more details.
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The Pacifica Planning Commission decided July 20 to postpone addressing a proposed yearlong beach party on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events would be hosted by Off the Grid, nationally recognized for its Fort Mason and Presidio food truck events that have united neighborhoods, drawn nearby communities, and provided a wide variety of high-quality international food vendors. It's an interesting idea from Economic Development Director Anne Stedler and City Manager Lorie Tinfow. According to the Planning Commission meeting agenda (below), both Linda Mar Beach and Sharp Park Beach are under consideration as locations for the food truck event.
California Coastal Commission, California Lands Commission, and Surfrider Foundation held a town hall-style meeting July 20 in Pacifica to solicit feedback on Martins Beach, including hours, road and waterfront access, amenities, and other issues.
State Senator Jerry Hill, California Coastal Commission Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester, California Lands Commission Executive Officer Jennifer Lucchesi, and Surfrider representatives Stefanie Sekich-Quinn and Mark Massara hosted an extensive question-and-answer session that touched on historical uses, public preferences, and disability access, among other topics. (Pacifica.city)
San Mateo County has 755,581 residents and 474 off-site alcohol licenses for a ratio of one off-site license for every 1,594 residents.
Pacifica itself has 38,606 residents and 25 off-site alcohol licenses for a ratio of one off-site license per 1,544 residents. So Pacifica in general is overlicensed.
Linda Mar's census tract 6032, where the Dave and Lou's 505 Linda Mar 7-Eleven would be, has 3,828 residents and six off-sale licenses currently, for a ratio of one 6032 off-site license for every 638 residents, indicating high density. Adding a single off-site license for a 7-Eleven would make the ratio one for every 546 residents.
Sunset at Linda Mar State Beach on an unusually hot, humid Sunday, July 19. Earlier, it rained at Daly City, Mussel Rock, and on salmon-fishing boats just offshore as remnants of tropical storm Dolores passed over the Bay Area and moved off to the northeast. Meanwhile, a new hurricane threat (see below) is forming over the Pacific Ocean south of Baja California. (Pacifica.city photo)
A National Park Service 100th Centennial event at Nick's on July 18 was hosted by Congresswoman Jackie Speier and GGNRA Superintendent Christine Lenhertz. In attendance was Pacifica.city (hereinafter referred to as PC), who said, "There are some abandoned concrete collars and pile supports for an abandoned outfall on Sharp Park Beach right between the two most recent whale removals just north of Mori Point. They are non-organic abandoned infrastructure that detracts from the natural beauty of the beach. They have sharp metal edges, and are just a general eyesore on that beach that sometimes goes up or down 10 feet as the sand shifts."
PC added, "Typically, they would require a Coastal Commission permit for heavy equipment on the beach, but perhaps there are easier methods. Say Pacifica recruits 20 volunteers with signed liability waivers, sledgehammers, and chisels in a 'Feats of Strength' event to celebrate the GGNRA Centennial."
Betty Duran (left), appellant of the Fairmont 7-Eleven permits due to be heard before City Council on July 27, greets Congresswoman Jackie Speier in Pacifica, where they discussed Duran's appeal. (photo by Pacifica.city)
Daly City council member David Canepa, who follows this hospital issue closely on behalf of his constituents, says in an exclusive interview with Riptide that the community is "celebrating" BlueMountain's acquisition of the Daughters of Charity Health System (DOCHS), including Seton Hospital in Daly City and Seton Coastside Hospital in Moss Beach. Canepa adds that everyone is "relieved" that this has been resolved, though the deal still must be approved by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Canepa says he considers it a 95 percent certainty that the AG will sign off on it by November, allowing BlueMountain Capital Management to buy the six-hospital DOCHS chain. BlueMountain unit Integrity Healthcare will manage the hospitals, which will remain nonprofit.