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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

What's at Stake in Rockaway Quarry?

Pacifica Quarry Reclamation Plan

It's 119 pages, so use the index to look for specifics like soil sampling or types of soil or other studies that pertain to soil. The Zentner Co. said it needed soil samples because the company said all soil information had been lost. I would also reference the 2002 Program EIR produced by Trammell Crow for the same site.

Todd Bray

Former Pacifica Planning Commissioner Leo Leon on PCT 26


Wavelength host Ian Butler interviews former Pacifica Planning Commissioner Leo Leon on Pacific Coast Television (PCT) Channel 26. Local issues include Highway 1 history, Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives, Pacifica General  Plan, Capital Improvement Program, Traffic Impact Mitigation Fees, and Pacifica Municipal Code.

Chamber Barely Attends Its Own 7-Eleven Lovefest

By, Special to Riptide

7-Eleven's 117-day-late attempt at community relations failed miserably as its Donuts & Pony Show set for 60 Chamber of Commerce participants was attended by only a meager three non-organizers (and non-journalists).

7-Eleven employees present were Stephen Oliver, Jesse Kent, Aparna Joneja, Blaire Skellie, Destiny Nguyen, Robert Young, and one unidentified woman.

Curiously absent was 7-Eleven applicant and Realtor Katy Schardt (who is now apparently handling the Grocery Outlet application at Pedro Point Shopping Center):
Friday morning we called the Chamber of Commerce and finally got a hold of Sonoma-bound (lame duck) chamber CEO Courtney Conlon.  

Conlon stated that she had not received our emails and denied our request for a 10-minute rebuttal to present "How Small Business Loses When 7-Eleven Comes to Town" and said that the chamber board had not had time to approve our request.  

Judging from the turnout, we're guessing that the chamber board probably did not approve Conlon's attempt to drum up support for 7-Eleven, as the board clearly did NOT have the support of individual chamber members.

Inaccuracies were certainly corrected. We counted 14 of 7-Eleven's statements at the morning's meet-and-greet that we made right for the record.  

NOTE: As always, we continue to respect individual chamber members immensely, and despite some attempts to parse and polarize our argument, we have always been big fans of local business in Pacifica.

Can You Build in a Tsunami Zone? posted a very interesting story September 6 about the California Coastal Commission (CCC) challenging the Midcoast fire station plan to build inside the El Granada tsunami zone. The fire district has hired a consultant to challenge the challenge, but meanwhile this raises good questions about other building projects that fall within tsunami zones elsewhere (like Pacifica, and specifically in Rockaway Quarry).

Slurpee Alert: 7-Eleven Plan for Dave & Lou's

7-Eleven's plan for 505 Linda Mar Boulevard (Dave & Lou's Valero station) would raze the existing building and build the convenience store parallel to Highway 1, with zero setback from the sidewalk, drastically reducing driver visibility turning onto Highway 1 and reducing ocean views of 26 nearby homes and mountain views of 36 nearby homes.

Listed site features include:
1. No setbacks (distance between building and property line)
2. Site would require use permits for sale of alcohol and 24-hour operation.
3. Location would be northwest corner of the lot. This location would give greater visibility and accessibility to pedestrian traffic.
4. New canopy should be raised to accommodate truck route.

(courtesy of

Harmony @ 1 Financial Status Update

Big Banker reports on Harmony @ 1 finances: "As of the close of business Friday, August 28, there were no recorded liens or notice of default. First loan, $5 million. Second loan, $5.6 million. On February 17, 2015, a strange deed of trust was recorded by Sonora Shores in favor of Urban Land, a performance deed of trust, which normally means there is some kind of equity share agreement between Sonora Shores and Urban Land, a specific performance action that takes place when lots sell. The only items filed and recorded were the Declaration of Convents, Conditions, and Restrictions (CCR); and a subordination agreement on July 29, 2015 regarding the CCRs."

Rockaway Quarry Development Back in Play

Photo 1 By Peter Loeb, Special to Riptide

Have you noticed heavy equipment operating recently in Rockaway Quarry? A new developer for the quarry is having his land planning and reclamation consultant take soil samples. It seems that the geotechnical report done many years ago can't be found, so they have to do it all over again.  

Project manager John Zentner (click link below for his team bios) has met with city staff, City Council members, and other community members. (I met with him August 25 and we walked the quarry site.) Zentner says he has talked with California Coastal Commission (CCC) staff and city staff about the geotechnical work, and says he did not need a permit.

Meanwhile, a concerned citizen contacted a CCC staff member, who said Zentner will be asked to submit a detailed work plan before any more work is done. The backhoe continued digging through August 25, so geotechnical work may be largely finished by the time the work plan is delivered.

Zentner says his first objective is to clean up the collapsed culvert blocking the wetlands at the end of the old quarry road. The culvert will be cleared, allowing the wetlands to flow.

The next stage will be completing the required quarry reclamation plan. This will require permits and coordinating with a number of agencies. It will involve a lot of earthmoving. Once the reclamation plan is done, the site will be ready to be developed.

Ideas for development and locations are general at this point, but they include a resort-style hotel with cabins on the area known as The Pad, a commercial area adjacent to the Rockaway Beach neighborhood, and an apartment building in an undetermined location. The general development concept is for the center of the quarry land to be restored wetlands.

Zentner Team Bios

From Swaim Report

City to Contract Out Building Division Services

The City of Pacifica has been studying proposals from qualified firms that wish to provide building division services in cooperation with the city Planning & Building Department. Apropos, the League of Women Voters (LWV) has created Best Practice guidelines for privatizing government services (avoiding conflict of interest is a major point):

Best Practice

Good Riddance: Linda Mar Sewer Tank DOA


Since a standing-room-only crowd gathered at the August 14, 2013 Pacifica City Council meeting, Linda Mar residents have been fighting the city's proposed equalization basin in the SamTrans/Caltrans park-and-ride lot.

This 100-foot-wide and 85-foot-deep sewage tank holding 2.1 million gallons was scheduled (per a March 23, 2015 City Council meeting) to break ground this month at the parking lot across the street from Linda Mar shopping center.

We have obtained an opinion that published city contracts in play make it official -- the Linda Mar sewer tank is dead, but it may end up being built at the Community Center parking lot.

Big thanks to Wastewater Director Dave Gromm, Assistant Superintendent/NCCWD Board President Joshua Cosgrove, and the City Council members who listened to the people of Linda Mar.

Fairmont Grandmother Fights 7-Eleven

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Don't let the walker fool you. Betty Duran is a 30-year Fairmont resident, mother, grandmother, and warrior who spearheaded a movement, along with her Fairmont, Linda Mar, and Pedro Point neighbors who oppose 7-Eleven's further penetration into Pacifica.
The video above is an edited version of Pacifica City Council's July 27 meeting, where Betty and her neighbors voiced passionate appeals to overturn a May 18 Pacifica Planning Commission ruling allowing 7-Eleven’s application to build a 24-hour gas station and convenience store in her beloved Fairmont neighborhood. (Story and video by Maxine Hines)