Read this Half Moon Bay Review story (November 4) about a plan to build six houses on the Vallemar Bluffs in Moss Beach. If you have ever walked along there or sat on the bench gazing out at the ocean, you should be very, very afraid of this housing development proposal, which includes cutting down 40 cypress trees. The bluffs should belong to the public, not six private homeowners. STOP PAVING PARADISE!
The Holiday Heroes program runs through December 11. Nominated Holiday Heroes will have the chance to win a $250 mall gift card. The Shops at Tanforan’s Holiday Heroes program honors local heroes, including active military, veterans, first responders (firefighters, EMTs) and teachers. Heroes can stop by the Mall Office and show their work ID to receive a free $10 mall gift card. The Shops at Tanforan also encourage the community to nominate a local hero via The Shops at Tanforan’s Facebook page. For more information, visit The Shops at Tanforan website. Each week one winning Holiday Hero will be awarded a $250 mall gift card and drawings will take place weekly on Fridays. Entries can be made once a day on The Shops at Tanforan’s Facebook page during the four-week program and winners will be selected at random.
Pacifica School Volunteers invites you to Ortega Elementary School Holiday Read Aloud, Friday, December 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. Join us to celebrate the season and share the magic and joy of reading with young students in their classroom! As a Guest Reader, you will join a classroom or two to read to students. You are welcome to bring your own cherished book or we will provide you with one from the public library. Your commitment may be less than an hour: Reading times will be scheduled between 9 and 11 a.m. Lovely light refreshments are provided by the Ortega Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). RSVP to Bernadette, 650-355-9432 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will help arrange your scheduled time. Hosted by Pacifica School Volunteers and Ortega Elementary School. Phone 650.355.9432 (PSV Office). Ortega Elementary School, 1283 Terra Nova Boulevard, Pacifica. If you can't volunteer for this event, we have a Spring Read Aloud Day at Sunset Ridge School, Friday, April 8, 2016.
So the City of Pacifica planning director doesn't get it, but the California Coastal Commission does: The Pacific Skies Estates mobile home park "renovation" is actually a rebuild requiring all sorts of permits and hearings. Surprise, surprise, Carlyle Group!
This month on Wavelength, Ian Butler interviews plant biologist John Zentner, project manager for the restoration and possible future development of Rockaway Quarry: CLICK FOR VIDEO
Also on the show is an interview with Shanti Davidson, one of the tenants evicted from Pacific Skies Estates; and Shirley Gibson, a lawyer representing the evicted tenants, about the need for rent stabilization in Pacifica: CLICK FOR VIDEO
Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC) and Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A) brought suit against Caltrans for violations of federal environmental protection laws. Caltrans asked to have this suit dismissed. A hearing on November 19, 2015 and a ruling issued today have resulted in Caltrans failing in its efforts to persuade the federal judge to dismiss most of the claims by PSC and PH1A. Although the judge ruled against PSC and PH1A on a few claims, most claims remain viable in the case, and the case will proceed. The judge referred to some of Caltrans’ arguments as “nitpicking.”
The judge is requiring that some claims be stated more specifically. PSC and PH1A will amend their claims to provide more details of Caltrans’ violations of the Endangered Species Act and Section 4(f) of the Federal Highway Transportation Act. PSC and PH1A’s claims of Caltrans’ violations of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Coastal Zone Management Act will also go forward.
This was not a ruling on the merits of the case. The judge simply said that PSC and PH1A need to amend the complaint to add more details. Attorneys for PSC and PH1A are already at work on amending the complaint to include voluminous information about how Caltrans violated the Endangered Species Act, how the consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was flawed, and how the Section 4(f) analysis was inadequate.
For updates as the case proceeds, go to PH1A’s website ph1a-pacifica.weebly.com or PHwy1A on Facebook.
How do you spell relief? C-O-N-G-R-E-S-S. After months and months of noisy overflights and lots of complaints to SFO, three Bay Area Congressional representatives (Jackie Speier, Anna Eshoo, and Sam Farr) have persuaded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rethink the unpopular new NextGen flight pattern, which has turned formerly quiet neighborhoods into Thunder Alley. NextGen was adopted to save time and fuel for the airlines (and the environment), but the Feds forgot to consider lifestyle impact on airport neighbors all across the country. Pacifica was particularly hard-hit as SFO takeoffs flew directly over P-Town with greater frequency. Expect to see and hear some changes soon, as promised by the FAA.