Tell county planners which traffic controls and safety measures you want on midcoast Highway 1 (Gray Whale Cove to Half Moon Bay), whether you are a motorist, pedestrian, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or anyone concerned about traveling safely on the midcoast. The survey is open until the end of July. Use links above to see all the proposed alternatives and to take the survey.
Linda Mar floodwaters. Scanned from Pacifica Tribune archives, October 4, 1972. Also in the Tribune archives: a similar flood photo of the same area on October 18, 1962. Photo courtesy of Margaret Goodale, who says: "Perhaps a bit more due diligence is appropriate when it comes to siting and flooding in this area." Note Dave & Lou's Texaco gas station in the background.
Of the three new Midcoast houses proposed here (click link above), we see at least 16 trees slated for removal, nine of them described as "significant." I hope the new homeowners plan to replant trees, otherwise their fancy new houses represent a loss for the environment. Trees sequester carbon dioxide; houses and people do not. Simple math.
Very interesting that they're being required to drill a second set of core samples. First guy I asked said, "We're drilling water wells for the Valero Station." Second guy I asked said, "We're doing core samples for 7-Eleven."
Contractor's Motor Carrier Property Permit: BC2 Environmental, 2003-2008 ® 1150 W. Trenton Avenue, Orange, CA 92867 | 714.744.2990
So either the first samples showed inadequate results or a problem. Doubly relevant since the City of Pacifica is probably purchasing the residential-zoned Linda Mar Park & Ride lot from Caltrans sometime in the next 60 days.
Despite objections raised by neighbors of the proposed project, the Pacifica Planning Commission approved by a 6-1 vote last Monday night a proposal to develop a vacant parcel at the northwest corner of Monterey and Waterford (next to the car wash), with a two-story, mixed-use development consisting of 1,613 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and five (5) second-floor residential units, filed by Javier Chavarria on behalf of Miramar Enterprises.
The applicant is required to do a noise study, to see if available construction materials are available to reduce ambient noise levels from the car wash and Highway 1. If the developer is unable to comply with the standards to be imposed by conditions placed upon the permit, the developer must return to the Planning Commission for a further hearing. We do not know how quickly the noise study will be performed.
Pacifica.city notes this "interesting statement" in the Tribune story: "Meanwhile in Linda Mar, Dave & Lou's Service Station is for sale. Acting on a rumor 7-11 may try and buy it, nearby Linda Mar residents made a preemptive objection to Planning Commissioners and City Council members during the public speaking portions of the meetings. So far, an application has not been filed by 7-11 for that location, Murdoch said."
Pacifica.city adds: "That is in direct conflict with the June 1, 2015 statement of the Pacifica planning director, who stated that the Dave & Lou's 7-Eleven location would be coming before the Planning Commission."
Peter Auditore from Vallemar posts on the Park Pacifica nextdoor.com neighborhood blog (lightly edited for clarity):
Diverting a Stream to Build a Mansion? Yes, in Pacifica: While out at open houses, we stumbled upon the mansion in Linda Mar at 1600 Perez. What a palace. The only disconcerting thing about it is that they diverted a natural stream to build this place and it's not an intermittent stream, either. This is an obvious and blatant violation of wetlands protection. Destruction of the riparian habitat along this stream has to be addressed by local, county, state, and federal agencies. The owner put a rubber culvert in to replace the stream in the middle of the meadow. So might I ask all of you on this site, including the social media manager: Who approved this mansion on the stream for this construction company? This property is owned and maybe built by Mcelligott construction company. Walking into this place is like walking into the Venetian in Las Vegas, and to be honest, I don't think anyone has ever even lived there. Something really smells here on this property, and it must have been approved by—guess who?—San Mateo County and/or the City of Pacifica. Check out the links; you won't believe it!
Pacifica.city has put forth an alternative plan (click link above) for the proposed 7-Eleven convenience store to replace Dave & Lou's Valero gas station. This plan suggests the city purchase 505 Linda Mar Boulevard to install an equalization basin (sewer tank) previously planned for the area where the gray Caltrans trailers are currently parked at the Linda Mark Park & Ride lot. The economics suggest the city could save $3.2 million based on its own construction estimates. Many Linda Mar residents would rather have a giant sewer tank on that corner than a 7-Eleven.
Fairmont residents think the City of Pacifica has completely forgotten them. Planning Commissioners are appointed, but City Council members are elected. Fairmont residents ask all council members to stand up and state whether they support 7-Eleven or Fairmont! Fairmont Residents Appeal
Note: The Pacifica Planning Commission has conditionally approved a new 7-Eleven store and gas station at 700 Hickey at Gateway in the Fairmont District. A group of Fairmont residents are appealing the decision (see related story above).
Pausing at the east end of Fassler Avenue, Pacifican Ronald Berger surveys the Baquiano Trailhead. The trail up the hill to Sweeney Ridge could be upgraded to a paved or improved emergency service road connecting the southern end of Pacifica (Rockaway and Linda Mar) to San Bruno in case of disaster. (Photo by Alan Wald)
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.
The McMansion model home for the so-called Harmony @ 1 development has won Pacifica Planning Commission approval. Click here for Tribune story. Follow and/or join our conversation thread at the Comments link below this post. Let's talk about what $4.5 million buys on a dusty, dry hillside in Pacifica! (Bob Pilgrim photo)
A new comment from Dan Underhill was received on the post “City Council's O'Neill & Keener: Public Projects” of the blog Pacifica Riptide:
"I'm ready to hear about what other industry, apart from tourism, you think Pacifica might promote. I'm ready to include that industry in what I encourage the citizenry and the council to push. Yes, we lack funding. We have always lacked funding. The carpetbaggers have always cited this as the reason we need to sell out to the highest bidder. The dreamers who stuck with their principles have got us tunnels instead of a super freeway bypass, and an art center and concert hall instead of an abandoned school, and a regularly scheduled outdoor farmer's market, and a spectacular park where a dangerous stretch of highway once was, and a dog park, and a community garden, and a community theater, and libraries, and a whole alternative school (for those who remember back that far) instead of just one alternative class. All of these contribute both directly and indirectly to the collective wealth of our community in ways which selling out simply could not. Our community needs real economic solutions to real economic problems, and selling out simply lacks the long-term legitimacy required to keep us afloat."
California Coastal Commission (CCC) responds to City of Pacifica request to change Local Coastal Plan for proposed Beach Boulevard project (aka The Old Sewer Plant). Officially known as Amendment # LCP-2-PAC-14-0173-1, this is a working draft. The proposed project is intended to be integrated into Pacifica's General Plan. The city's information about this project is published on the city website at the link below: