But cheer up. Here's some good news: See's Candy is coming to Linda Mar shopping center, according to a sign in the window. We hear that chocolate is a great stress reliever while you are stuck in traffic.
Happy fall, all my aviation friends! This year's flying was great. I'm really enjoying working at San Carlos Flight Center. I've been way too busy with schoolwork and running on my school's cross-country team to do much else, but the season ends soon.
After that, I'll be concentrating on applying for flight scholarships because I want to start my PPL this spring! To help pay for my future flying, my dad wants to sell our Camaro. Here's a little video: Camaro
So if you or a friend is looking for a cool car, let us know! Speaking of videos, check out this one about my fellow pilot Jessica Cox or this one.
My dad and I went to a prescreening of the movie they're making about Jessica, which was great because my friend Nick T. Spark the director was there, and they need help to finish it. I think it's a really important story about Jessica and it needs to be shared with the world. Go to Right-Footed Movie and donate. I am!
Nick did the documentary about Pancho Barnes. You can read my review here. It's a great movie, and the one he's finishing on Jessica Cox will be really great, too! I hope you all have a great fall and winter. Watch the skies. I'll be flying soon!
Raptorama is here again. Tickets are selling fast to take a walk on the coast's wilder side with Bay Area bird experts! Learn firsthand about coastside raptor habitats, including Wavecrest, Pillar Point Marsh, Pescadero State Beach, and Half Moon Bay State Beach. During the weekend of November 7-9, a diverse series of birding workshops and walks are available, including dinner with keynote speaker Glenn R. Stewart, director of the Predatory Bird Research Group, University of California at Santa Cruz. Workshops are indoors and include topics such as raptors, birding photography, and children's birding. Walks are outdoors in small groups to explore the local habitats listed above. For workshop and event details, and to purchase tickets, please visit Raptorama.org.
Coastside Land Trust Art Gallery presents its 2nd annual "California Raptor Show," opening on Friday, November 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibit features 26 local artists who have captured California's diverse raptor population through art. Mediums include oil, watercolor, batik, acrylic, mixed media, wood carving, and fine-art photography. All art is for sale. Show dates: November 7 to February 13. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment. Coastside Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and enhancement of open space, including the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of the San Mateo County coast, for present and future generations. 788 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-5056.
Caltrans' San Pedro Creek bridge replacement project is going into hibernation to spare migrating steelhead and wandering red-legged frogs during the winter rainy season (ho ho ho), but the wildly unpopular detour past Pedro Point shopping center will continue to slow traffic flow and frustrate motorists for at least another year, and possibly into 2016. Bridge work resumes April 2015. (Source: Jane Northrop, Pacifica Tribune)
I read BJ Nathanson's letter to the Pacifica Tribune (October 22), and she points out that both of you have gone out of your way to name Kathy Meeh as one of your endorsements within your official campaign literature.
In addition, Mr. Spano, you've gone so far as to adopt the name of the blog that Ms. Meeh co-manages, Fix Pacifica, as your central campaign slogan, and you have proudly referenced this connection on your Facebook site.
Kathy Meeh is co-administrator of the Fix Pacifica blog and has, with the unfortunate passing of former City Council member Jim Vreeland, posted inflammatory comments such as:
"This article is a story from Riptide about deceased Jim Vreeland, and they don't seem to want to talk about him, (and really, neither do we)."
"And, again, how much respect do you expect for someone dead or alive that works, or worked, so hard to bankrupt this city."
"My personal opinion is that Vreeland was kind of a smooth, smiley faced rat."
Sadly, there are many, many more comments proffered by Ms. Meeh in a similar tone about a great number of subjects posted on her blog. I think it can safely be said that her voice is not one of moderation or respect.
QUESTIONS FOR EACH OF YOU:
1. Why do you list Kathy Meeh among your endorsements?
2. What are your thoughts about Kathy Meeh's opinions as expressed on her blog -- was it precisely the nature of her opinions that caused you to seek her endorsement?
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the general attitude and tone of Fix Pacifica, the blog that Kathy Meeh co-manages?
Join our online conversation. Click the Comments link below each post to speak your mind. Responsible free speech happens here on Pacifica Riptide: no censorship, no hidden agendas, no corporate backstabbers, just good community journalism.
Psychiatrists are now writing books on the lack of empathy found in our society/culture among younger folks overly connected to new technologies, but apparently still alive and well among those of us who experienced life before technology.
I speak of Kathy Meeh and the hateful comments by her and others on her Fix Pacifica blog. Strangely, City Council candidates Mike O'Neill and Victor Spano have been endorsed by her and would appear to share her hateful opinions.
Pacifica is a microcosm of what is ailing our larger community. We have had City Councils unable or unwilling to make any definite moves in any direction, much less right ones, concerning the plight of small businesses, preferring to cater to Big Money from out of town ready to exploit any and all opportunities—namely, multimillion-dollar homes none of us can afford to live in and horrors such as the proposed highway-widening project, which many in town are fighting hard to stop.
These things do not encourage the tax base needed to keep Pacifica viable. They encourage outside money and its inevitable influence to decide for us what we want and need.
I recently had a conversation with someone who owns a small cafe in town and he was very passionate about his plight. I had to do some fast talking about why the highway widening is a bad idea and how it won't help him at all. His desperation and exasperation with City Hall were moving.
Three council candidates (Keener, Digre, and Dougherty) have taken a firm stand on a controversial issue—the highway widening—which is amazing in itself, and it gives me hope that these same three will take action on other important issues facing Pacifica.
Building Bigger and More requires Bigger and More of everything else to support it, which in turn can move things in exactly the wrong direction for sustained growth and quality of life here. Small businesses CAN survive with local support, with some creativity on their part, and with a supportive local government that gives a damn.
Then we would not need a wider highway, outside money, bigger homes, and less open space, and it also would not mean that our economy remains stagnant. This place is unique. Its uniqueness needs to be understood and developed, not covered over with concrete and unchecked development.
Next time you're shopping around town, take note if you encounter any paid signature gatherers collecting signatures to repeal the state bag bill. The plastic industry has put in more than $1 million for this effort, and we are already hearing reports that some signature gatherers are "sharing" false and inaccurate information about what the referendum actually does!
Here's what you can do: Listen to their arguments neutrally and respectfully. The more time you spend with them, the less time they have to get signatures from someone else. Note the store, location, time and date, and any information they are sharing. Report it by clicking this link.
Sign up here to support the campaign and please forward this message to your friends. Thanks in advance for all your help.
Mark Murray, Executive Director, Californians Against Waste
I was born in Pacifica and have lived here all my life. As a lover of the natural world, I have pitted myself over the years against any development that would not add to but only take away from the quality of life here on the coast.
Now we face what a growing number of Pacificans realize is the WORST AND STUPIDEST IDEA: widening Highway 1 between Rockaway and Vallemar. If you think the traffic mess at the Pedro Point bridge project has been rough, just wait. This massive construction project between two major stoplights at the center of town would go on for two years at the very least, and judging by how far off-schedule Caltrans has been on other projects (Devil's Slide Tunnels, Bay Bridge), it likely would be MUCH longer.
Thanks to Caltrans shutting out public commentary and railroading the review process, this mess is about to happen, something most coastsiders do not realize. And for what? Imagine, if you will, a section of 280, a freeway more than twice the width of Highway 1, bordered by 14-foot-high concrete walls—a freeway that encourages drivers to bypass local businesses and jockey for position as the lanes squeeze back down into the existing road.
Why is Caltrans so eager to transform Highway 1 into a freeway with bottlenecks at both ends? Is it so that demand for another section, and then another, would follow? NOTHING in this plan would improve commuter traffic! Even traffic consultants working with would-be quarry developer Don Peebles said this approach was expensive and useless.
Don't take my word for it. These pork barrel projects have been happening everywhere. Let's not make the same mistake! This article spells it out better than I can. Check out "Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse":
Without support for transparency and a fair process in our own city government, this may be a done deal. A new City Council seems to be our only remaining recourse. Keener, Digre, and Dougherty are the candidates who have the backbone to say, "This makes no sense. It's WRONG for Highway 1." Without their votes and voices on council, this may be a done deal.
Alternatives that could actually address congestion have not been fully examined. Please contact Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives PH1A or on Facebook. Heads up, Pacifica. We are being railroaded, in the true meaning of the word.
Our well-informed source says, "The Rockaway Quarry FOR SALE sign came down, plus I just ran into a city insider, and that person has heard that the quarry has been sold, but whoever bought it didn't contact the Planning Department to ask about the quarry's zoning, history, and 12-year-old environmental impact report (EIR), so if it is sold, it's sold to another sucker. I'm hoping it's the Canadian a------- who are helping Tait with Harmony @ 1. The first house at Harmony @ 1 has plans into the Planning Department, but the plans are being returned to make the house comply with the Conditions of Approval in the subdivision's EIR. Yay, Planning! And here is your fun fact: Before an occupancy permit can be issued for any house in the Harmony @ 1 subdivision, ALL the sewer lines, electrical, water, cable, and access road(s), etc., must first be built, assembled, and have a final OK by Planning to sign off on the new infrastructure."
I sure hope you check out the e-book on iTunes and iBooks (free sample available). It includes illuminating stories, pictures, and videos on Yosemite's native people, soldiers, artists, climbers, promoters, and protectors. For me, it's been a wonderfully intense work of love and discovery. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the e-book go to support Yosemite Conservancy's restoration and education projects in the park.