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December 2015

Highway 1 Widening Case: PSC Advances Caltrans Challenge

In the Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC) challenge to Caltrans’ highway widening EIR, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Weiner has not issued a final decision. Recently, PSC notified Judge Weiner of a new California Supreme Court decision that is relevant to this case. The new California Supreme Court decision is Center For Biological Diversity v. California Department Of Fish And Wildlife (Newhall Land And Farming Company), 62 Cal.4th 204 (2015) (“Newhall”). Judge Weiner has ordered PSC and defendants to file supplemental 10-page briefs in January 2016 regarding this new decision and how it affects the issues in PSC's case.

PSC believes that the Newhall decision is relevant to PSC’s claim that Caltrans violated the law by certifying an EIR, which failed to consider, or determine the significance of, greenhouse gas emission impacts when the EIR impermissibly claimed any determination of the significance of greenhouse gas emission impacts were “too speculative.”

In addition, the California Supreme Court in Newhall recognized that “fully protected species” are subject to stricter prohibitions under the Fish and Game Code than provided under the Endangered Species Act, and that any “take” (i.e., killing or capturing) of fully protected species is against the law. The San Francisco garter snake is a fully protected species present on and around the Caltrans proposed widening project. PSC believes the Newhall decision is relevant to its argument that the EIR was legally inadequate because it did not disclose that the snake is a fully protected species for which any take is prohibited. The PSC notice and Judge Weiner's order are at the links below:

2nd Notice of New Authority SENT

Trial Order 2 Dec 17 2015

FDA Warning: Taylor Farms Recalls Stuffing

Hold the Stuffing

This is the same company that recently supplied tainted celery to Costco for its chicken salad, which sickened several people and had to be recalled. The FDA alert says: "Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. of Tracy, California is voluntarily recalling 190 cases of Signature Cafe Traditional Stuffing because the product label did not identify certain ingredients including soy, milk and wheat. The recalled product was sold in a limited number of Safeway and Pak 'N Save stores in Northern California and Nevada, and Vons stores in Fresno, Clovis, and Oakhurst."


Florey's Book Co. welcomes special orders; most books are available in just a few days. Florey's offers FREE gift wrapping for any purchase. Community groups hold meetings and activities at Florey's. Call or visit the bookstore for information. 2120 Palmetto Avenue (Sharp Park), Pacifica. Phone 650-355-8811. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Storms Hammer Pacifica Pier: Major Damage & Closure

Storm 1 Storm 2
Recent rain and wind storms with high waves have seriously damaged Sharp Park fishing pier in Pacifica. Apparently, a huge chunk of the pier has fallen off into the ocean. The pier is closed until further notice. Stay tuned for more details. If you have information, including photos, please submit them at the Comments link below this post. As reader Ann Lato says, the pier is such an iconic part of Pacifica, and she hopes it will be repaired and reopened soon.


Mountain Lion Alert @ El Granada

A mountain lion was reported 100 feet from the 1000 block of San Carlos Avenue in El Granada. The animal was seen December 23 at approximately 5:20 p.m. in open space, but it retreated toward a more rural area. Sheriff's deputies responded and conducted an area check but were unable to locate the animal. Use caution. Here are some important safety tips for you to remember regarding mountain lions. While it would be rare for a mountain lion to approach humans, you can follow a few simple rules to keep yourself and your family safe:

• Do not feed deer. It is illegal in California and it will attract mountain lions.

• If you see a mountain lion, DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with offspring. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.

• Avoid hiking or jogging through wooded areas when mountain lions are most active—dawn, dusk, or at night.

• Keep a close watch on small children when hiking or traveling in or about wooded areas.

• If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms and opening your jacket wide; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.

• Keep all pets and pet food INDOORS at night. Even the largest domesticated dogs and cats can be prey for a mountain lion.

• For more information about mountain lions: