A Japanese restaurant with the unpronounceable name Uoyakutei has moved into the old Prime Dip/Boston Bill's/KFC site on Highway 1 at Rockaway Beach, where the weeds had grown as high as the roof. We wish them luck, and maybe Alan Wald will have some fun with their name. Grand Opening signs are up on the building now. Please review the food and service, then hit the Comments link below this post to share your review. Keep it friendly but honest.
Riptide friend Mitch Reid writes: "Mary Harris (self-portrait above) of Shelter Cove turns 99 later this week. She is an inspiration to us all, an awesome artist and lifelong peace activist, a living example and essence of exceptional good karma. I look forward to celebrating her 100th. As I always tell her, she is an inspiration to us all. June 29 (via proclamation of the City of Pacifica) is Mary Harris Day. Pictures (posted below) are from a pre-birthday celebration in Shelter Cove, where Mary has lived for the past 40+ years. She is an incredible artist, and has been an advocate for world peace most of her life, and is still involved with the World Federalist movement. Big Cheers for to Mary Harris. She continues to inspire at age 99." Lizelle writes: "Mitch, we're getting close. Happy 99th, Mary!"
Kimco's high rents claim another victim at Linda Mar shopping center: Payless Shoes goes out of business this weekend, according to comments posted on NextDoor forwarded by our intrepid investigator Alan Wald.
Pilot set down on Sunday with mechanical trouble. Camped with it overnight. He and the mechanic took turns staying in the Lighthouse Hotel and sleeping with the 'copter. In the morning, they were surprised to see so many whales in so close at Rockaway. (Posted on Facebook)
In an effort to streamline development of affordable housing, Governor Jerry Brown proposes to remove community input and environmental review from planning and development processes. Politicians have reached a budget agreement that would allocate a one-time $400 million for affordable housing in exchange for approval of the governor’s "By Right" proposal, which excludes public transparency, community input, and environmental protections statewide. See the articles below for more info:
Los Angeles Times
San Mateo Daily Journal
Urge your state representatives to oppose the governor's "By Right" proposal:
State Senator Jerry Hill
Here is a sample email:
I oppose the governor's By Right proposal, which removes virtually every opportunity for the public to know about the environmental impacts of development projects in their neighborhoods. Community input and environmental review processes should not be removed from planning and development. Please take action to stop this attack on CEQA and the Coastal Act!
(This post courtesy of our friends at ResistDensity.org in Moss Beach)
This top-secret U.S. Navy base (above) occupied a Moss Beach/Montara hillside in World War II. Some 320,000 men trained for combat here over the course of three years. Most of the Navy buildings' foundations remain. The now-vacant site is proposed for a high-density MidPen Housing development that many local residents vigorously oppose. They say the project would add hundreds of cars to already-crowded Highway 1 in an area without jobs or shops for new residents. Get more info by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting Resist Density
Alan Wald & John Maybury
I just returned from a train trip on Amtrak's California Zephyr through the colorful canyons and gorges of Utah and Colorado. See my photo gallery "Canyons, Cliffs & Clouds" on the right sidebar, and two interesting trains I photographed along the route of the Zephyr (below). Three simple observations about the American railroading experience: Thousands of giant boulders perched on steep hillsides never tumble down when your train is passing by. People dump enormous quantities of trash alongside backyard fences and railroad tracks. People wave at arriving and departing trains, but not at buses and airplanes. If you want to see some of this gorgeous scenery for yourself, much of it accessible only by rail, get yourself an Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard and start racking up travel points for your next train ride.
John Maybury, Editor & Publisher