A Seattle man used a can of spray paint and a lighter as a makeshift blowtorch to kill a spider, starting a blaze that caused $60,000 worth of damage to his rental home, Seattle fire officials say. The man and his mother got out of the house, and no injuries were reported. (Associated Press, Firefighter Nation)
Tight water restrictions, including $500-a-day fines, that go into effect August 1 were approved late Tuesday by regulators, who added a last-minute surprise: Water agencies will be required to track and report water use based on gallons per person per day beginning in October.
Any municipal employee whom local officials empower will be able to write a ticket for an offense.
Will private enterprises spring up to start operating water schools? A wave of businesses will probably emerge to help people cope with the crisis. Santa Cruz has already started a water school, similar to traffic school, to combat the anger being generated by enormous monthly water bills and fines (one family's bill had grown from $60 a month to $1,700, including punishments).
During the first month of rationing, 1,635 account holders wound up generating $341,000 worth of fines, including one for $4,000. Thousands of dollars in penalties can be washed away in exchange for an hour and a half or two hours of education.
Given the recent pedestrian accident just north of Pedro Point Shopping Center, I've noticed the southwest corner at Linda Mar Boulevard has a sign posted instructing pedestrians to use the crosswalk there to access the north side.
In fact, inasmuch as a signal light has been established at the Pedro Point Road intersection, the jaywalking law applies—CVC Sec. 21955: "Between ADJACENT intersections controlled by traffic control signal devices or by police officers, pedestrians shall not cross the roadway at any place except in a crosswalk."
Pedro Point Shopping Center businesses, on (the former) Pedro Point Road, have always had a Highway 1 address. Now they really do!
Cheers to Pedro Point residents who posted a sandwich board at the new Highway 1/Pedro Point Road intersection instructing southbound motorists to bear left. Heaven knows how many southbound tourists intending to parallel the coast took the Pedro Point Road turnoff and wound up lost forever on Pedro Point.
*Editor's Note: Highway 1 is variously referred to as State Route 1, Cabrillo Highway, and Pacific Coast Highway. It just depends on how old you are and which part of California you're in.
In the wake of today’s release of a grand jury report that is severely critical of the present management of the San Mateo County Harbor District, Nicole David, a marine biologist from Half Moon Bay, is announcing her candidacy for a seat on the Harbor Commission in the upcoming November election.
The report from a San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury details a long string of budget deficits, rancorous meetings, lack of transparency, excessive benefits to commissioners, a stream of unfavorable media coverage, and a lack of public trust in the District’s ability to manage its $10 million annual budget, of which $5 million each year consists of taxpayer dollars.
The Grand Jury recommends dissolution of the Harbor District, and until that occurs, improvements in financial reporting, governance, and divestiture from some of the many activities that the District has assumed responsibility for.
Nicole David is eager to take on the challenge and improve operations at the Harbor District. Ms. David has a master’s degree in marine biology and has worked at the San Francisco Estuary Institute for 16 years, studying human impacts on the marine environment, particularly water quality in San francisco Bay. She has also served as president of the Northern California chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Ms. David is an avid ocean swimmer, kayaker, and scuba diver.
“I'm excited to announce my candidacy for San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner in the November 2014 election,” said Ms. David. “If elected, I will honor commitments and not make excuses because accountability is important to me. I want to make a difference for the coast of San Mateo County, be fiscally responsible, and bring true transparency to District actions.”
More information on the candidate is available at Nicole David
Nicole David for Harbor District 2014 (FPPC ID # 1365892)