On November 12, 2009, Pacifica Riptide received and posted this email from a Park Pacifica resident: "[I am] very concerned with the amount of work going on back at Millwood Ranch (formerly Picardo Ranch). It used to be a beautiful canyon with some rustic homes scattered about. It has now been cut and filled without permits. A large steel structure has been erected on fill, without engineering or permits! The city has issued five stop-work orders. Millwood has been cited by Fish & Game and the Army Corps of Engineers [Download Army Corps Letter to Tong 10-30-09]. Our city enforcement officer Jason Lo has been ignored for months, and he says he is handcuffed. I lived back here in 1982 when the hills came down. I live very near the location where the children were killed by a mudslide, all due to faulty hillside engineering. When I see Millwood Ranch, it gives me nightmares. They have people living and working below un-engineered cuts. They have filled creeks. When this floods, which it will, it will inflict major damage on Terra Nova's new football field, a disaster waiting to happen. City Council member Mary Ann Nihart has been up there and observed for herself the major changes to that valley. Before-and-after satellite pictures would be revealing. Old topographic maps are useless. The environmental damage may be irreversible."
Now reporter Julia Scott has done her homework, as usual. Her story just broke on Inside Bay Area/San Mateo County Times (see below). Anyone with further information about this issue may comment here on Riptide. Just scroll down and click Comments.