San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan (above) reports that the commission has voted unanimously to appoint Glenn Lazof as the new interim general manager. "He brings decades of public agency experience to the harbor district, is strong on finance, and lives on a boat," Sabrina says. "More good news! The district is moving its headquarters to El Granada, less than a mile from Pillar Point Harbor. The new office is less expensive, includes room for public meetings, and has a beautiful harbor view. The move will be complete by May 29. District staff and commissioners are working extremely hard to meet or exceed expectations." Brennan (sabrinabrennan.com) invites the public to a Coastside Mixer on Wednesday, June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hop Dogma Brewing Co. in El Granada.
"I inspected and photographed the dead humpback whale this morning before, and just as, the Marine Mammal Center crew arrived. It is a remarkable specimen. The size, tail, large fin, coloration, and skin texture are captivating up close. On the underside of the whale, I photographed a collection of very large barnacles that had attached themselves some time ago. I am curious, as I am sure many others are, as to the cause of death of this magnificent mammal." (Leo Leon)
Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A) bumper sticker: $2 donation requested. Get yours at Florey's Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Sharp Park, Pacifica. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except 8 p.m. Friday.
Online forum nextdoor.com and the Better Business Burro say that Starbucks is moving into the former Straw Hat pizza parlor at Oceana & Manor. How much worse can traffic get at that already insane intersection? How many more Starbucks does Pacifica need? Why not support locally owned and operated coffeehouses?
Pacifica Police have received a report of a rattlesnake in the teachers parking lot at Terra Nova High School. Due to heat and drought, more such sightings are possible, even on the normally cool coastside. Be alert. Riptide correspondent Ian Butler comments: "The only species of rattlesnake found in the Bay Area is Crotalus oreganus, or Northern Pacific Rattlesnake. They look rather similar to gopher snakes but can be distinguished by their triangular heads, wider bodies, and, of course, rattles.
Over the past decade we have been supporting nonprofit organization SEEDS, where every dollar goes toward helping with education, health, or environmental issues in villages in Nepal. If you really want to help the people of Nepal, one of the best ways would be to donate to SEEDS. For more information about this fabulous organization of volunteers, please check out their website: SEEDS
aholehole |əˌhōlēˈhōlē| noun: a small silvery fish occurring only in the shallow waters around the Hawaiian islands, where it is a food fish. [Kuhlia sandvicensis, family Kuhliidae] (New American Oxford Dictionary; aka ahole, Hawaiian-language dictionary)
Hummingbirds are very active now as spring is in full swing and Pacifica is abloom in nectar-bearing flowers, shrubs, and trees. Hummingbirds are joyful reminders of the little things that matter. These little creatures migrate annually: Rufous Hummingbird Migration Chart
Hummingbird on apple tree Hummingbird feeding on bottlebrush plantThree hummingbird siblings on a fountain Hummingbird on bottlebrush plantHummingbird on fuchsia
Pacifica City Council member John Keener has filed an appeal against the Planning Commission's April 6 approval of Harmony@1 Lot #2. Keener's appeal is based on variances granted on green and LEED criteria.