Our 17-year-old indoor/outdoor cat Manny didn't come home Monday night. My husband went looking for him the following day on the hill behind our house, and he found his collar and a lot of fur. We immediately suspected a coyote or some other wildlife was to blame.
My husband set up a webcam last night and captured footage of a coyote trying to attack a skunk at the water and food dishes (normally left out for the cat—we wanted to see if whatever attacked Manny would come back). The skunk scared the coyote off!
I wanted to pass it on that coyotes are now in Park Pacifica on Everglades bordering Grand Teton. In my 40+ years in Pacifica, we have never had this problem, and our indoor/outdoor cats over those 40 years have lived long and happy lives. We're now kicking ourselves for being so naive as to think it couldn't happen here.
I hate to think of anyone else's pets meeting their untimely end this way. For our part, I'm going to ask my kids to make and post some warning signs for the neighborhood. Thanks for your help.
A lifelong peace activist and fantastic artist, Mary Harris is a living example and essence of exceptional good karma. I look forward to celebrating her 100th. As I always tell her, she is an inspiration to us all.
There are two places that leave a lasting impression on a person: the United States House of Representatives and Fix Pacifica. The one is dominated by a collection of right-wing, self-congratulating blowhards, who, unable to accomplish anything positive themselves, instead meet for the sole purpose of pissing and moaning about everything under the sun. The other, of course, involves 435 federal legislators.
"The Dudley Perkins Company became a San Francisco reality in 1914. Dudley Perkins provided the police department with the most up-to-date motorcycles then available; the 1914 Harley-Davidson model 10F motorcycle had bicycle pedals that were used to get the machine’s engine engaged to start.” (Bob Pilgrim)
During the Fourth of July excitement, someone left a red Stanford-hat-style backpack with the name Lars on it at the ocean end of Rockaway Beach Avenue. When Alan Wald read about this on Next Door, he posted a comment that the lost bag might belong to a Viking sailor.
Despite the Pacifica Police Department's "zero tolerance" approach to Fourth of July illegal fireworks, violations persisted throughout the city. So let's help out our men and women in blue: Which Pacifica neighborhood do you nominate for the best and loudest display of illegal fireworks? The winning neighborhood will receive honorary "citations" — some folks may even be arrested. Cast your vote now!
Price: $150 firm. If you're seriously interested, we'll bring it to your Pacifica residence to inspect and test-drive. All proceeds go directly to support Pacifica Senior Services. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Bauman here. Some friends and I (we call ourselves the P-Town Punks) got together June 28 at Pacifica Moose Lodge to host our first annual liars dice tourney to benefit the Pacifica National Little League. It was a great success! We raised $40,000. And we had a great time. We got contributions from NorCal Surf Shop, Ash's Vallemar Station, Sharp Park Golf Course, Gorilla Barbeque, Nick's of Rockaway Beach, John the Sign Guy t-shirts, and the Bauman family donating two tickets to two different Giants games. All in all, it was a great time and Moose Lodge donated the use of its hall for the cause. Next year will come all too soon, so practice your little white lies!
Bravo to Bob Lange of North Coast County Water District (NCCWD), who responded to my concern about swimmers wasting water in the showers at Brink Pool. Bob went to the pool and gave the supervisor new laminated drought-alert signs to hang up in the men’s and women’s showers. Bob also met with Gary Hoffschneider, superintendent in charge of Oceana High Shool facilities, and gave him low-flow showerheads and timers to install in the pool showers. I thanked Bob and told him we should pray for rain. He replied that we might also have to do some rain dances.
Richmond City Council has had it with foul-mouthed hecklers at its public meetings. The council votes July 15 on a proposal to ban disruptive speakers for six months. At present, policy is simply to remove loudmouths from the meeting in progress.
"Allowing a handful of troublemakers to take control of public meetings has consequences beyond just inappropriately insulting elected officials," writes San Francisco Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson (June 20). "This kind of behavior is the antithesis of free speech and expression -- it's a toxic practice that thwarts the democratic process...it discourages public participation, the very essence of democratic rule. People stop listening and watching, and soon enough they might stop caring altogether."
Anyone who has watched the freak show at Pacifica City Council "oral communications" (sounds like a dental procedure!) over the years should appreciate what Richmond proposes to protect democracy from demagogues. Take a hint, Pacifica City Council. Stand up to bullies.
TRAFFIC SOLUTION: Two through lanes at Rockaway/Fassler, three through lanes at Vallemar/Reina Del Mar.
Some people in town have voiced concerns about the width and number of lanes in Caltrans' Highway 1 design, and how it fits into the aesthetics of our coastal community.
I too felt the new design was a little large, so I looked at the intersections from all directions in an attempt to improve traffic flow while minimizing the width and number of lanes.
Here is what I came up with: 2 + 3 — two through lanes at Rockaway/Fassler (same as now) to reduce unnecessary width, and three through lanes at Vallemar/Reina Del Mar to increase capacity.
Note that the frontage road in front of the Shell station and tire shop next door now extends all the way to Vallemar/Reina Del Mar. This lane then becomes both a turn lane and through lane in front of Ash's Vallemar Station, to increase capacity at this critical intersection.
Heading south from Sharp Park, a third lane is added near Calera Creek water treatment plant to increase capacity, then traveling south toward Fassler/Rockaway, the through lane becomes a left-turn-only lane at Fassler/Rockaway, leaving only two through lanes southbound.
There are other improvements, like adjusting the width of the median and margins, and removing the kink in the roadway near the lumberyard, for example. I am sure you have your own suggestions. But I think the first step is to settle the lane configuration, and then add the bells and whistles later.
So look at lane configurations north and south, and try to improve them! Add a lane here; remove one there. Add a turn lane or move the bus stop, then see the results for yourself. Good luck!