It says, "Ensure Pacifica Voters have Final Say on the Latest Quarry Development Proposal" (their caps, not mine). If residential is proposed in the quarry, by law the voters always decide ... EXCEPT if this initiative passes because it amends the law to remove your right to vote on future residential in the quarry. Then it says, "Limit development on the Quarry site." Wrong. If the initiative passes, it will approve 206 residential units in the quarry. It will approve development, not limit it. This is George Orwell's 1984 doublespeak. (from NextDoor online forum)
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"There could hardly be a much worse location," says the Sierra Club's Loma Prieta Chapter in its letter to MidPen Housing, which aims to build a high-density project on an open hillside between Montara and Moss Beach.
75-100 rooms due to restrictions placed on the site. Hotel entrance faces the ocean. See Pacifica.city for details on other proposals.
Midcoasters 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) asks residents to email MidPen representative Felix AuYeung at email@example.com and San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please join the effort to turn this scenic hillside into Point Montara Park. Click the links below:
Library Location Poll
Pacifica.city also has a nice photo feature about the city public works crew cleaning out the storm drains along Beach Boulevard.
Apparently, tech titan Bijan Khosravi has bought a piece of Harmony @ 1 for $2.2 million (see below). Bijan blogs on Forbes.com 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
The Planning Commission met March 7 to mess with the General Plan vis-a-vis very low-density residential (VLDR) zoning. See Ron Maykel's perspective above, and stay tuned here for more details. Also, follow this issue and others on Pacifica.city.
Colliers International presents a glossy four-color spread (click link above) promoting its planned project behind the Moss Beach bluffs. Locals are none too happy about this oxymoronic "business park."
Reaction to the firing:
Before the firing:
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: email@example.com
2. CCC: StatusOfExecutiveDirector@coastal.ca.gov
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Better Business Burro says, "It looks like the first Mechanic's Lien was filed back on December 17, 2015. Mountain Cascade (http://mountaincascade.com) recorded a mechanic's lien for nonpayment of $259,038.36 for the complete sewer system and storm drains."
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!