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September 2015

SAMCAR Rails Against Rent Control

Realtors' Battle Cry

The San Mateo County real estate industry (click link above) turned out in force September 28 at Pacifica City Council to fight rent control, but so did supporters of rent control and fair housing for working people in Pacifica. This deployment of a vested interest's lobbying arm (SAMCAR) was truly a case of class warfare. Stay tuned for details of the meeting. At the link below, you can see how the Realtors feel about rent control.

SAMCAR on Rent Control

Highway-Widening Foes Swamp PH1A @ Fogfest


_DSC7694_Copy1Top: Peter Loeb, Chaya Gordon. Bottom: Cynthia Kaufman, Deni Asnis

Local voters swamped the Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives (PH1A) Fogfest booth September 26-27. More than 300 registered voters signed up to help PH1A educate the public with accurate information based on Caltrans highway-widening plan data. PH1A supports  alternatives to the plan and advocates for an independent study that incorporates Intelligent Transportation technology and a multifaceted approach to reducing congestion and making improvements to Highway 1. (Story and photos by Leo Leon)

Marijuana Money for Amtrak Upgrades

This news item gives new meaning to the term “pufferbillies.” Pueblo County (Colorado) is debating using money from pot-growing operations outside Pueblo, Colorado city limits to pay for track and signal upgrades and a new Pueblo stop along the route of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief train. Now that’s a super-smart solution for a dope economy! (Sources:,

A Big Chamber of Commerce Hug for 7-Eleven

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce CEO Courtney Conlon sells out Pacifica small businesses one last time as she hugs Fairmont 7-Eleven franchisee Destiny Nguyen at Fogfest. Conlon confirmed that 7-Eleven recently joined the chamber, stating further, "KIMCO is a Chamber of Commerce member, they just don't want anyone to know it..." She also said, "Terrible things happen to cities when we start talking about a vacancy tax..."

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Coastal Cleanup: Community Effort

_DSC6945_Copy1Jim Fithian and Penny Keating_DSC6916_Copy1Kathleen Courtney with cigarette butts collected at Rockaway Beach and Rockaway business area

Shirley Suhrer, Lynn Adams, Clark Natwick, Ian Butler, and their young friends
Ribbon-cutting ceremony for installation of new cigarette butt receptacles at Linda Mar Beach. Front row, right to left: Lynn Adams, Clark Natwick, Jim Fithian, Ana Garcia, Penny Keating, Sharron Walker, Diana Raymon, Ms. Flynn, Katrina Rill (for Jackie Speier), Marc Hershman (for Jerry Hill). Back row, left to right: Mike Perez, Lorie Tinfow, Carole Groom, Sue Digre, Karen Ervin, John Keener, Don Horsley, Ian Butler. (Leo Leon photos)

State Senate Certificate of Recognition

Slow Down Crespi Drive

Please join our group of Crespi Drive residents and Cabrillo School parents meeting to help solve the decades-old problem of speeding traffic, blown stop signs, and child safety on this street, with an end game of slowing average vehicle speed on Crespi Drive from the top of the hill all the way down to Highway 1, and increasing the percentage of drivers coming to a full stop at stop signs on Crespi Drive, especially the Crespi Drive/Roberts Road intersection.

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Riptide Rides the Rails: Southern Crossing

Sunset, Western Maryland

IMG_0355Topping Off the Engine
IMG_0445Rainy Day in Chicago


Retired Santa Fe Lounge Car, Raton, New Mexico IMG_0441
Raton, New Mexico Train Depot IMG_0398New Mexico Skies IMG_0432
Santa Fe Southern Railway Locomotive
Red Rocks, Albuquerque to Gallup, New Mexico






Men's Colony, San Luis Obispo, California


I took all these pictures with my iPhone 6+ camera while traveling cross-country on Amtrak's Capitol Limited, Southwest Chief, and Coast Starlight. Along the way, I saw two of the strangest names I have ever encountered in the United States: The Youghiogheny and Monongahela rivers meet at Confluence, Pennsylvania.

Amtrak long-distance trains offer sleeping compartments, coach seating, food and beverage service, showers, restrooms, helpful attendants, and incredible scenery. If you shop around by date, you can get steep discounts on rail fares and accommodations. I use a MasterCard Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card for all my daily purchases to rack up points for my next train trip. ALL ABOARD!

John Maybury