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Say NO to High-Density Housing & Traffic

F3674170-b838-43b9-8fd3-7ed4e034ecf3-1Midcoasters jammed Farallone View Elementary School in Montara on March 16 to say NO to MidPen Housing's high-density project, and YES to creating a new Montara Point Park. As if Highway 1 traffic weren't bad enough already, multiply MidPen's proposed 148 units times the typical number of vehicles per unit, and that gives you some idea of the transportation nightmare this would create on Highway 1. MidPen aims to develop a vacant 11-acre lot bordered by Carlos, Sierra, and 16th streets (between Moss Beach and Montara). In the photo below, you can see where Carlos and 16th streets spill into Highway 1, the scene of many traffic accidents over the years.)


Neighborhood group Resist Density (email asks residents to email MidPen representative Felix AuYeung at and San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley at Also, please join the effort to turn this scenic hillside into Point Montara Park. Click the links below:

Let's Make a Park

Tell Supervisor Horsley

HMB Review Story

MidPen Developer

Email Addresses



It's a Boy! Harmony @ 1 Finally Has Some News

Apparently, tech titan Bijan Khosravi has bought a piece of Harmony @ 1 for $2.2 million (see below). Bijan blogs on and his name pops up all over the Internet, so have fun checking out your new neighbor:

History Record #1: SALE/TRANSFER; Buyer: Khosravi Bijan; Seller: Sonora Shores Iii Llc; Transaction Date: 01/25/2016; Sale Price: $2,200,000; Recording Date: 01/26/2016; Sale Price Type: Full Value; Recorded Doc #: 000000006521; Title Company: First American Title; Document Type: Deed Transfer; Vesting Type: N/A

Biz Journal

Linked In


California Coastal Commission Fires Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester

Reaction to the firing:

Passive-Aggressive Jerry Brown

Steve Lopez, L.A. Times

San Jose Mercury News

Sacramento Bee

Save Dolphins

Earth Island Journal

High Country News

Los Angeles Times

Science Grrrl!

Before the firing:

Lester's Statement

Lester's Defense

New York Times

Los Angeles Times

L.A. Times Analysis

L.A. Times Op-Ed

San Jose Mercury News

Lennie Roberts to Gov. Brown

State Legislators to Gov. Brown

State Legislators to CCC Chair

Protest Action:

Email the governor, the commission, and your state representatives. See below for email addresses or websites for contact info. Also see below for the talking point you can use in your email. It's fine to be brief and just make your main point: Protest the firing of Dr. Charles Lester.

1. Governor Brown:
2. CCC:
3. State Senator Jerry Hill: Contact Form
4. Assemblymember Kevin Mullin: Contact Form
5. Assemblymember Rich Gordon: Contact Form
6. CCC Central Coast rep Carol Groom:

TALKING POINT: The attack on Dr. Lester is an attack on the Coastal Act. This power grab by Governor Brown's pro-development commissioners and others is an attempt to undermine the integrity of the Local Coastal Program, gain control over an independent staff, and make CCC more “developer-friendly” without any public accountability or transparency.

Saving Moss Beach's Vallemar Bluffs: Overflow Crowd @ MCC

Photo by Cat Cutillo, Half Moon Bay Review

An overflow crowd attended the Midcoast Council meeting December 9 to comment on a proposed development on Moss Beach's Vallemar Bluffs. Read this Half Moon Bay Review story (November 4) about the plan to build six houses on the bluffs. If you have ever walked along the trail there or sat on the bench gazing out at the ocean, you should be very angry about this proposal, which includes cutting down 40 cypress trees. The bluffs belong to the public, not private homeowners. STOP PAVING PARADISE!

Planning & Building Report


CCC: Pacific Skies Needs Coastal Development Permit

CA_CCC_logo reports that the California Coastal Commission (CCC) mailed a letter to the City of Pacifica November 3, 2015, about the Pacific Skies Estates (PSE) mobile home park. That letter allegedly states that PSE will require a Coastal Development Permit, which the Pacifica Planning Department had previously determined was unnecessary. The likely resolution will be a hearing where both sides will present their arguments in November or December 2015. has requested a copy from the city and will post it when it arrives. There is no information on how this may affect the pending evictions of PSE tenants.


Nightmare Prospects: Fight Fassler FUBAR

City of Pacifica Notice

Tom Clifford Comments

More bad news for Pacifica open space and highway traffic: Another out-of-town builder wants to put two dozen condos (The Prospects) on the Fassler downslope to Highway 1. We can only hope that basic human fear will cancel out basic human greed, and put a stop to this latest insanity. A scoping meeting was held October 29. Please click the Comments link below this post to add your opinions and to follow this story. Fassler & SR1 3 Crespi = Ariel 5MEGS 3 copy 2Bob Pilgrim photo