"On Monday, January 25, before a packed chamber, on a 3-2 vote, the City Council voted to oppose Rent Control in Pacifica. After 4 hours of public comment and well after midnight, the Council wrapped-up a long debate over Rent Control with a motion from Councilman John Keener and a Second from Mayor Sue Digre to support rent control; voting against rent control were Mayor Pro Tem Mike O'Neill and Councilmembers Karen Ervin and Mary Ann Nihart. A second vote was taken supporting the creation of an advisory committee to help draft a 'Best Practices Advisory' that would provide guidelines for the rental housing market. The idea of an advisory came from a model used in Healdsburg, California. Councilman John Keener was the only member to oppose the Advisory." (press release from Gina Zari, Government Affairs Director, San Mateo County Association of Realtors [SAMCAR])
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Emergency crews struggle to shore up crumbling cliffs along Palmetto and Esplanade in Pacifica's Manor district. Dump trucks full of boulders line up to try saving blufftop homes and businesses from falling onto the beach below and into the surging winter waves. (Leo Leon photos)
Bluffs crumbling along Esplanade (KTVU News, Pacifica.city)
Caltrans says it has stopped some 90 percent of water leaks causing corrosion into the east span of the east span of the Bay Bridge -- with $100,000 worth of industrial-grade caulk to the joint between the asphalt road surface and the guardrails. Lisa Fulton, a Berkeley corrosion expert, said she is encouraged that Caltrans appears to have gotten a handle on the water problem. “Maybe they got something right this time — but we will have to wait and see.” (See the full story at the link above.)
County alert: The southern end of Mirada Road in Miramar (north of Half Moon Bay) is closed due to erosion of the roadway by high surf. Repairs have been approved. Use caution in the area, which is home to Miramar Beach House, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society jazz venue, and the coastal trail.
Shortly after 4 a.m. on January 17, a large chunk of Beach Boulevard seawall and sidewalk fell into the ocean. Repair requires an emergency Coastal Commission permit, expected to go in front of the Planning Commission on January 19. Meanwhile, city crews have dumped boulders on the beach to prevent further damage to the Sharp Park promenade. (Photo courtesy Marc Smith/Pacifica via Pacifica.city) Photo courtesy Marianne Favro/Twitter via Pacifica.city