Fellow blogger Dan Stegink of Pacifica.city shared correspondence from the state (see links below) about the controversial library funding measure, which failed to pass November 8. Dan had asked the state: "The proposed argument for the new library (Measure N) states that the California Coastal Commission (CCC) has thoroughly vetted Measure N: 'The Coastal Commission and third-party experts thoroughly vetted Measure N to ensure our library is safe from flooding and sea-level rise.' Is that accurate?" The CCC said NO (see CCC letter at first link below).
Measure W to develop 206 housing units in the quarry lost 2-1 on November 8.
At the link above, read the full transcript of Planning Commissioner Rich Campbell's questions about Rockaway Quarry traffic, which he asked during his October 17 attempt to schedule a Planning Commission Study Session on the matter. The Pacifica Tribune condensed Campbell's comments. Quarry development (Measure W) lost 2-1 on November 8.
Julie Starobin and Karen Rosenstein of Stop Quarry Rezone wrote this Pacifica Tribune op-ed for the No on Measure W campaign, which prevailed on November 8, denying the developer's bid to build 206 housing units in the quarry.
Anna Boothe of Citizens United to Defeat the Library Tax filed a lawsuit in Superior Court asking to have Measure N removed from the November ballot, but the judge quashed the complaint. Nevertheless, the library tax failed to reach a two-thirds majority on November 8, and so it did not pass. Click the links above and below for details. To see the complete court file, input 16CIV01731 at this link: Superior Court
The California Coastal Commission denied Pacifica environmentalists' appeals, allowing a quarry dig to continue. (Thanks a lot, Governor Vendido!) But Pacifica put a stop to this madness, voting 2-1 for NO on W November 8, effectively killing the quarry owner's proposed 206-unit housing development.
(Measure W lost 2-1 on November 8, but if you had submitted a public comment before the October 27 deadline, please email a copy of your submitted comment to email@example.com for the NO campaign archives. Thanks.)
How did a "clean" issue like a public library bond get so mired in dirty politics? Click the link above to read Bill Collins' op-ed for some clues as to why this was the wrong library in the wrong place.
A revised application for five houses on 2.5 acres of open-space coastal bluff and sensitive coastal prairie habitat at Vallemar and Juliana in Moss Beach was reviewed by Midcoast Community Council (MCC) on October 26.
To submit written comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org and county project planner Dave Holbrook at email@example.com
Photo by Cat Cutillo, Half Moon Bay Review
The California Coastal Commission tells Pacific Skies mobile home park to go back to the drawing board.
(Courtesy of Pacifica.city)
Win a Riptide virtual bonus if you can guess the name of the first politician to check into the new hotel. Hint: Remember where the new hotel is to be built.
Alan Wald reports that after attending yesterday's "Save the Quarry—No on W" party and fundraiser at Shelldance Orchid Gardens, Pacifica palindrome lovers said, "We to vote NO on W. No one to vote W!"
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By Chris Fogel
"Nothing ever gets built in Pacifica." Next time you hear a variation of this lazy cliché, show this photographic reality check circa 1972, north to south. Also, see the dazzling 1952 aerial shot of prehistoric Linda Mar (bottom):
New quarry website accuses the quarry owner of hiding his identity behind a Facebook page (Restore Pacifica Quarry) purporting to be locally based.