Make your voice heard on the Highway 1 widening issue. The issue is the “Housing Element” proposal in front of City Council. The City of Pacifica is required to develop a “housing element” that explains where housing might be developed, and the city has been circulating a proposed new "housing element."
Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A) is concerned about several references to the Calera Parkway Project (CPP) that speak of the highway widening as if it were a good thing and a done deal (pages 62 and 66-67).
We want the city to remove all references to this highly contentious project from the "housing element." None of these references are necessary for the "housing element," and by treating the widening project as a given, the city shows a bias toward accepting CPP.
Further, as the "housing element" must be consistent with the city’s General Plan, including CPP in the "housing element" implies that CPP is consistent with the city’s General Plan. CCP is NOT consistent with the General Plan because the General Plan says that the capacity of Highway 1 should not be increased, and of course CPP increases the capacity of Highway 1.
Please write to the city and/or come to the hearings below to say:
1. The "housing element" should not include the Calera Parkway Project.
2. The project is not consistent with the General Plan. If CPP is included in the "Housing Element," then the "Housing Element" would not be consistent with the General Plan.
Write to Christian Murdock, Planning Department, 1800 Francisco Boulevard, Pacifica, CA 94044 (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Hearings:Planning Commission, Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m.; City Council, Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
When Alan Wald saw this new sign on the northbound Highway 1 detour, he quipped: "Apparently, recent rumors about San Francisco-bound tourists who mistakenly take Linda Mar Boulevard and are never heard from again are true."
Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products That Win
Steve Blank's new book (5th edition) is worth a read for anyone in any organization—startup or not! Eminently useful, a fast read, with a detailed contextual bibliography, plus two appendices that can be used as hands-on workbooks—to start applying your new knowledge.
Blank introduces a new idea: Customer Discovery. Thought you knew about your customers? Think again. Then validate! The book walks you through all the steps of Customer Discovery, from getting buy-in through verification of your hypotheses.
There's more, though. Blank elucidates the four steps to the epiphany: Customer Discovery, Customer Validation, Customer Creation, and Company Building. And we learn that not all startups are alike. OK, maybe most of us were on to that.
Blank explains how understanding market types will define whether you know where to move next in the fast-changing world of business. Are you bringing a new product to an existing market? To a new market? It makes a vital difference to all choices along the startup road map.
Four Steps to the Epiphany is based on real-life experience over a successful career that includes eight startups. Blank credits many interesting people, including "his best student" Eric Reis, who wrote The Lean Startup.
Want to learn more but don't want to read the book? Check out the website: Steve Blank
Breaking News: US food giant Kraft has recalled 6.5 million boxes of macaroni and cheese after consumers reported finding metal fragments in some containers. The recall applies to boxes sold in the US, Puerto Rico and some Caribbean and South American countries.
SEVERE GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of March 17, triggering a magnetic disturbance that has escalated into the strongest geomagnetic storm of the current solar cycle (Kp=8). During the hours before sunrise on St. Patrick's Day, bright green skies appeared over multiple U.S. states, including Wisconsin, Washington, Minnesota, and the Dakotas. Please check http://spaceweather.com for pictures and updates on the progress of the storm.
The judge has issued a tentative decision in the case. Under CRC Rule 3.1590(b), the tentative decision does not constitute a judgment and is not binding on the court. Pacificans for a Scenic Coast can’t comment until the final judgment is rendered.
Peter Loeb, client representative, Pacificans for a Scenic Coast
Plagued by prolonged drought, California now has only enough water to get it through the next year, according to NASA.
In an op-ed published Thursday by the Los Angeles Times, Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, painted a dire picture of the state's water crisis. California, he writes, has lost around 12 million acre-feet of stored water every year since 2011. In the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins, the combined water sources of snow, rivers, reservoirs, soil water and groundwater amounted to a volume that was 34 million acre-feet below normal levels in 2014. And there is no relief in sight.
"As our 'wet' season draws to a close, it is clear that the paltry rain and snowfall have done almost nothing to alleviate epic drought conditions. January was the driest in California since record-keeping began in 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are at all-time lows," Famiglietti writes. "We're not just up a creek without a paddle in California, we're losing the creek, too."
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that one-third of the monitoring stations in California’s Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains have recorded the lowest snowpack ever measured.
"Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing,” Famiglietti writes.
He criticized Californian officials for their lack of long-term planning for how to cope with this drought, and future droughts, beyond "staying in emergency mode and praying for rain."
Last month, new research by scientists at NASA, Cornell University and Columbia University pointed to a "remarkably drier future" for California and other Western states amid a rapidly changing climate. "Megadroughts," the study's authors wrote, are likely to begin between 2050 and 2099, and could each last between 10 years and several decades.
With that future in mind, Famiglietti says, "immediate mandatory water rationing" should be implemented in the state, accompanied by the swift formation of regulatory agencies to rigorously monitor groundwater and ensure that it is being used in a sustainable way—as opposed to the "excessive and unsustainable" groundwater extraction for agriculture that, he says, is partly responsible for massive groundwater losses that are causing land in the highly irrigated Central Valley to sink by one foot or more every year.
Various local ordinances have curtailed excessive water use for activities like filling fountains and irrigating lawns. But planning for California's "harrowing future" of more and longer droughts "will require major changes in policy and infrastructure that could take decades to identify and act upon," Famiglietti writes. "Today, not tomorrow, is the time to begin." (Newsweek, March 13, 2015)