New quarry website accuses the quarry owner of hiding his identity behind a Facebook page (Restore Pacifica Quarry) purporting to be locally based.
Resist Density critiques MidPen Housing's aptly named "schemes" for shoving a housing development down Moss Beach's throat, aided and abetted by Coastside un-representative Don Horsley on the Board of Supervisors.
We need volunteers to help lead this movement into the next phase. To help defray expenses, please mail a check to Resist Density at PO Box 215, Moss Beach, CA 94038 or donate using PayPal at www.resistdensity.org. Also, thanks to our Pacifica neighbors who posted a message on NextDoor about MidPen's proposed development in Moss Beach. Pacificans are concerned about increased traffic on Highway 1 that would inevitably result from adding a high-density housing development in Moss Beach.
MidPen Housing persists in offering only two housing plans for its proposed Moss Beach development but says nothing about the third option, which is NO housing. Guess what most people in Moss Beach and Montara favor?
Courtesy of Pacifica.city
This op-ed says the quarry housing developer's math is more than vague.
Thanks to citizen input, Pacifica City Council has unanimously approved new ballot language telling voters that they are being asked to authorize up to 206 multi-family units in the quarry. Click the link above for the whole story.
If you've ever seen a street hustler playing three-card monte against a gaggle of suckers, you'll love the numbers game going on between quarry owners Eenhoorn/Heule and the City of Pacifica. Click the link above for Pacifica.city's analysis of the play action, and click the link below for the no-rezone group's comments to City Council on quarry housing numbers.
Really bad legal advice to Pacifica City Council forced a July 21 special meeting to reconsider the library bond measure (see city memo below). On July 21, council heard public comments (including a rude overtime diatribe by the head of the chamber of commerce that the mayor tried without success to gavel down), debated briefly, then voted 4-0 to put the bond on the November ballot. Council member John Keener said he would vote NO in November due to environmental and fiscal concerns about the planned site for the new library.
"Build it where tenants will have easy access to jobs, shops, transportation, and recreation. Certainly, MidPen should be able to find a more appropriate location for such housing. It isn’t in Moss Beach." (John Maybury op-ed, Half Moon Bay Review, July 20)
"Council...should propose a smaller bond that would improve library services, protect the neighborhood library system, and save the Sanchez branch library in Linda Mar." (Dan Stegink)
Kent Clark, reporting from Pacifica, California, has unearthed published articles about the company seeking to develop Rockaway Quarry:
1. Eenhoorn's $7 million lawsuit against the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was thrown out by a judge, appealed by Eenhoorn, but then proceeded: "The lawsuit is an apparent about-face from the spirit of cooperation expressed during a press conference last year, when Eenhoorn President Paul Heule said the building owners and the city would 'work together as a partnership' to reactivate the riverfront high rise at 201 West Fulton St." (City of Grand Rapids response)
2. Eenhoorn's Heule and partners bought a historic church summer camp on Lake Michigan, outbidding a local conservation group that was working to buy the land, and converted it into exclusive, multimillion-dollar custom luxury home sites called Dunegrass: The Preserve at the Lakeshore. Environmental protests, lawsuits, septic systems in fragile habitat, fences, and ill will ensued.
Eenhoorn outbids conservation group
Conflict over road widening
Chain link fence on private beach
4. Details of the complicated relationship between Eenhoorn, the Heules, IRM, and the Christian Reformed Church, all of which were embroiled in a controversial real estate investment scheme that fell apart in the 1990s, seriously damaging individual and institutional investors in the church and other members of the larger Dutch-American Christian community in western Michigan:
In an effort to streamline development of affordable housing, Governor Jerry Brown proposes to remove community input and environmental review from planning and development processes. Politicians have reached a budget agreement that would allocate a one-time $400 million for affordable housing in exchange for approval of the governor’s "By Right" proposal, which excludes public transparency, community input, and environmental protections statewide. See the articles below for more info:
Los Angeles Times
San Mateo Daily Journal
Urge your state representatives to oppose the governor's "By Right" proposal:
State Senator Jerry Hill
Here is a sample email:
I oppose the governor's By Right proposal, which removes virtually every opportunity for the public to know about the environmental impacts of development projects in their neighborhoods. Community input and environmental review processes should not be removed from planning and development. Please take action to stop this attack on CEQA and the Coastal Act!
(This post courtesy of our friends at ResistDensity.org in Moss Beach)
This top-secret U.S. Navy base (above) occupied a Moss Beach/Montara hillside in World War II. Some 320,000 men trained for combat here over the course of three years. Most of the Navy buildings' foundations remain. The now-vacant site is proposed for a high-density MidPen Housing development that many local residents vigorously oppose. They say the project would add hundreds of cars to already-crowded Highway 1 in an area without jobs or shops for new residents. Get more info by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting Resist Density
Alan Wald & John Maybury