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El Nino Delivers


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Once again, have to agree with Linty Marr.

Short video of Surfrider presentation showing how a sea wall destroys a beach:

It's a $44 billion coastal economy. Nobody comes to California to see the sea walls.

I seem to remember there was a request for emergency permission to build a retaining wall below these places in the spring of 2003, but the city failed to act on it until fall, when it was much too late.
Anyone else remember this?

Million-dollar views now not worth 10 cents. It's a shame that there is no institutional memory free of political nonsense and the influence of developer money. That means every half generation of citizens must relearn the basics during stormy years -- those capable of learning, that is.

"Is this public or private land the city is trying to save? If private, isn't this the landowners' issue/expense?"

No, it's the city's problem as well. If that were the only criterion, then the victims of Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy would be on their own as well. That's what government is supposed to do -- aid in the bigger crises. That's been lost in a lot of political claptrap.

Beach Boulevard is public.

"...volunteers to go knock on the doors of those whose homes are in danger and tell them to pack up? ..."

They get a Darwin Award if after all the warnings about coastal erosion and other coastside buildings falling into the sea, over the years, and waves lashing (!) the back patio don't convey the message.

Emergency? Only in the sense that all warnings over the years have been ignored.

"Staged retreat," anyone? It will be interesting to see the response from higher levels of government to our crisis. I'm no expert in these matters, but it looked like there was plenty of riprap at the bottom of that cliff, and the sand just melted upon it.

Armoring the beach is a fool's errand, as the wave energy is not absorbed by the boulders but reflected either up or down the coast. So expect erosion at Sharp Park to accelerate because of the current activity. If you own a house near Sharp Park, sell now!

Is this public or private land the city is trying to save? If private, isn't this the landowners' issue/expense?

This isn't a clever funding ploy. This is a real emergency, and the second we declared this emergency, San Mateo County and Homeland Security's Office of Emergency Services (OES) set up billing accounts and purchase orders, and it's all tracked back for potential later reimbursement.

Make no mistake, the damage is extensive and it's very possible the costs of these repairs could bankrupt the City of Pacifica and force us to unincorporate and be assimilated by San Mateo County had we not declared a state of emergency.

We had a steady stream of state helicopters and legislators inspecting Pacifica today and a lot of people are paying attention now. Let's hope we get the financial help we need.

So who volunteers to go knock on the doors of those whose homes are in danger and tell them to pack up? What a bunch of hypocrites, ranting about the folks at Pacific Skies out of one side of your mouth, then whining when the city finds a way to get some funding to help protect those in imminent danger of losing their homes.

"Since December 15, 2015, the City has seen damage to the Pacifica Pier, the Milagra Watershed Outfall and, perhaps most dramatic, the failure of the sea wall along Beach Blvd. near the intersection of Santa Maria Avenue. Funding for repairs to all three structures remains to be determined. ... Other areas along the cliff are experiencing significant loss of bluff top as well."

The city has known for years about rapid coastal erosion -- yet instead of preventive measures, it prefers to "manage" from one emergency to another.

Asking the public to fund the city's bad management of coastal resources, including planned building of a new library and other structures on the edge of the eroding coast, with increased rate of sea level rise, is Simply Not Sustainable.

Throwing public tax monies "into the sea" to armor the coast against these two increasing forces (rising sea level and rapid coastal erosion) will not fix these problems, but will break the bank of public monies.

Pacifica: Start managing the city's few resources with common sense, sustainably.

If this is a state of emergency, this city is in far worse shape than I thought. Can't handle erosion? Isn't this a coastal town? How about calling that construction nightmare (that went broke) off Fassler a "state of emergency"!

How about the people who are supposed to run this city? Now there is a "state of emergency"!

Pacifica palindrome lovers claim that maintaining a safe level of serotonin in our system is the best way to defeat El Nino:

"Won't serotonin let El Nino to rest now?"

Wonder if potential buyers are still lining up to purchase one of those proposed condos at Paloma and Beach Boulevard?

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