Joni Marie Theodorsen, 7 Day Forecast; Black Days, 2015, watercolor on paper on panels, 48” x 84” Anna Valdez, Laptop with Landscape, 2014, oil on canvas, 32” x 30”
Opening Friday, April 10 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. is the 2015 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition. Juror Cathy Kimball of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art will give a talk and present awards on Sunday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. Showing concurrently is 2014 LCA Awards Exhibition, featuring work by 2014 award winners Joni Marie Theodorsen and Anna Valdez. Both exhibits run through May 17. Sanchez Art Center is at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard, Pacifica. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. during exhibits (except opening night). For more information, call 650-355-1894 or visit sanchezartcenter.org.
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Twenty years on the coast and I finally got to film live whales from the beach. I was driving north on Highway 1 just south of Devil's Slide Tunnel when I caught a glimpse of what I thought might be a whale spout. I turned the car around, pulled to the side of the road, and there they were.
At first I was not sure what I was seeing. Was that a flash of a tail fin slapping the water next to a roll of an arching back? The next second I saw what I thought were two pectoral flukes and a bit of a whale belly right next to a spout. Then one leaped and I could see the striations on its throat. I quickly realized I was looking at a small pod of three or four gray whales cavorting and tumbling over one another in the water.
How many whales passed by during that half an hour I spent looking down on the water? Dozens at least. With all of them tumbling and twisting around and around it was impossible to get a good count. Watch the video above and you will see what I mean.
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.