This Jean Bartlett interview with Tom Lara ran in the January 5-19, 2013 issue of the Peninsula Progress. The article is used with the author's permission. PDFs of the article are linked below. Tom Lara Peninsula Progress_page4
On this perfectly drizzly coastal Tuesday, a gaggle of county park people and media types walked along the new Devil's Slide Trail to see the sights before the trail's official opening March 27.
Reporters interviewed rangers, with the beautiful backdrop of ocean waves and dramatic rock formations (like San Pedro Rock, above) below the formerly treacherous roadway, which now is transformed at a cost of almost $2 million into a 1.3-mile-long pedestrian/equestrian/bicycle path, connecting at both ends to the California Coastal Trail.
The trail opens from 8 a.m. to sunset, year-round. Limited parking is available at either end of the trail. Daily SamTrans #17 buses and weekend-only free Pacifica shuttles offer rides to and from the trail. All buses have bike racks on the front. For schedules and other information, see samtrans.com and cityofpacifica.org.
Viewing sites, benches, restrooms, bike racks, drinking fountains, interpretive signs, and pet stations are in place. Leashed dogs are allowed. For more information, see smcoparks.org.
Rock layers on mountainside (top), cave opening mistakenly believed to be one end of the old Ocean Shore Railroad tunnel (middle), Bunker Hill (bottom)
We just posted a video (below) that I'm really proud of. At today's media day for the new Devil's Slide Trail, we took a camera mounted on a bicycle and coasted from the north end of the trail to the south. As far as I know, this is the first such video of the new trail. The videographer was our 12-year-old daughter Julia Parr. The trail opens to the public on Thursday, March 27, at 1 p.m.
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Last year, Harold Reynolds of MLB Network headed a superb and deserving cast of inductees. This year, former Giant and Major League All-Star Moises Alou heads up the class of 2014.
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State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) joined San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, members of Surfrider Foundation, Martin’s 5, and coastside residents in a news conference February 10 announcing Hill's legislation to reopen to the public a road that leads down to a contested beach south of Half Moon Bay.
A gate erected in 2010 by billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, who purchased the property for $37.5 million, has been the focus of a nationally watched legal battle pitting Californians’ rights to beach access against the rights of property owners.
BACKGROUND: Hill’s legislation would require the State Lands Commission to enter into negotiations with billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla – who bought the beach property in 2008 – to purchase all or a portion of the property for a public access road. If a deal is not struck within a year, the bill would require the commission to acquire all or a portion of the property by eminent domain to create a public access road.
The property was previously owned for more than a century by the Denney family, which was charging visitors $5 for access and parking at the beach when the property was sold. But when Khosla bought the property, he put up a gate with a sign that said, “Beach closed, keep out,” which angered many coastside residents and visitors who frequented Martin’s Beach.
A group of protesting surfers known as Martin’s 5 were arrested for bypassing the gate and walking down the access road to the beach and going surfing. Charges were later dropped by the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
Attorney Gary Redenbacher, representing Friends of Martin’s Beach, filed a lawsuit to restore public access to the beach, basing his claim on the public trust doctrine and Article 10, Section 4, of the state constitution, which prevents property owners from excluding access to public bodies of water.
But San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Gerald Buchwald ruled last October that the constitution’s provisions did not apply to Martin’s Beach because it was predated by the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican War, and guaranteed that the United States would uphold the property rights of Mexican citizens.
The treaty granted 200 acres to Santa Clara Valley settler Jose Antonio Alviso, including the Martin’s Beach parcels, and Judge Buchwald ruled that the land grant took precedence over the public trust doctrine in the state constitution.
The decision – which is being appealed – doesn’t outlaw public access to the beach, but because the only way for the public to get there now is by sea, it had the same practical effect.
Meanwhile, Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to protection of the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches, is pressing its own lawsuit against Khosla based primarily on the California Coastal Act. The case, scheduled to go to court in May, contends Khosla failed to obtain a coastal development permit for the new gate and restrictive signs that prevent the public from accessing Martin's Beach Road, in direct violation of the California Coastal Act.
Champion hill climber Dudley Perkins shows off his Harley-Davidson at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, circa 1914. Note the Cliff House in the background. This photo is part of Pacifican Bob Pilgrim's work-in-progress on California motorcycling history.
Joe Leonard (above) took the checkered flag as he won the American Motorcyclist Association 20-mile national championship at Bay Meadows (remember?) during the summer of 1956. Note that Joe's hands were not on the handlebars! He rode most of the race "tucked in" to lessen wind resistance. He was the best of the post-Arena generation.
Surf's up, all you gremlins and hodaddies. Mavericks invitational surfing contest went down without a hitch on January 24, and the traffic on Highway 1 wasn't as gnarly as the waves at Mavericks. Thanks for all the good comments posted here by my fans. Totally awesome!
I hope everyone is having a great winter and holiday season so far! I'm halfway through my sophomore year in high school, except that finals are next week, and everything is going really well. I'm hoping to get my driving permit soon, so watch out -- I'll be driving! Hope my dad lets me drive the Camaro, but I don't think he will. Speaking of my dad, he's been busy doing some car videos lately. This is my favorite so far: Killin' Kones
Here is something I wrote for English class. It's about the time I went with Spencer Suderman and did aerobatics with him in his Pitts, and I brought along some jelly beans: Jelly Belly Aerobatics
I hope to really get going on my pilot’s license this summer, so soon you'll have to watch out for me in the sky, too! Hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year!
Pacifica Cages is a new indoor baseball facility featuring four hitting tunnels with pitching machines. One tunnel is also set up with dual clay pitching mounds. Walk in and take swings as an individual or with a team. Private pitching and hitting lessons available. Facility rental available for birthdays or private parties. 640 Crespi Drive in Linda Mar, Pacifica. Click link below for more information on hours, prices, lessons, and camps.