Friday, March 24, 2017

Open Space Committee Applicants

I'm not sure how useful or effective the various advisory committees in town are, but that aside, the Open Space Committee currently has one opening that needs to be filled. Four people applied, and their applications are listed below.

I have to admit, I got a laugh out of  the, "Consensus-builder with extensive online following", self-description from one of the candidates.

The Mission of the Open Space and Parkland Advisory Committee

The Open Space and Parkland Advisory Committee has been established to consider issues related to natural areas that are proposed to be dedicated to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), lands that are proposed to be dedicated open space, parklands that are under the jurisdiction of the GGNRA and areas operated by the San Mateo County Parks Department. 

The primary objectives of the committee are to make recommendations to the City Council on 1) the policy and procedures of the National Park Service as they relate to areas of the GGNRA within the City of Pacifica and adjacent communities, 2) issues surrounding the transfer of ownership of Cattle Hill and the Pedro Point Headlands to the NPS, 3) access and operation of the San Mateo County Parks in the City of Pacifica including San Pedro Valley County Park and the Devil's Slide Trail County Park, and 4) ways in which these areas can contribute to the economy of the City.  

Posted by Steve Sinai

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Palmetto Avenue Streetscape, lite

Image result for tall small picture
Tall enough concept,
scaled down reality.
Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff Writer, 3/16/17.  "Palmetto Avenue streetscape decision approaches. City Council likely to consider improvement project by end of March.

Image result for Palmetto Streetscape, Pacifica, CA picture
Utilities street mess:
undergrounding, 2013.
"Long time in the planning, the Palmetto Avenue Streetscape is expected to come up at the City Council meeting at the end of the month, Mar. 27.  
Anne Stedler, Pacifica’s director of economic development, has been in charge of the project. She recommended a scaled-down version of the streetscape elements when she joined city staff to make the project less expensive than the original proposal worked out by the West Sharp Park Advisory Committee.  ...  ....  The first big step, the undergrounding of the utilities, has already been accomplished.

Pete Yoes, owner of Dial Glass and Window Company, said he’s looking forward to both the cosmetic and the major repairs.  'We’ve got the naked telephone poles. We’ve got patches over the sidewalk. They have been diluting the plan through the years, but it is still worth it to move forward.' ...  ....  'The money was there if they had gotten to it sooner when the price was lower, instead of procrastinating.' ..."  Read article.

Related article.  Pacifica Patch/Christa Bigue, Staff, 8/2/13, "Palmetto street merchants put up with noise, no parking for undergrounding. The project to dig up the pavement and underground the electrical lines on Palmetto Street is now slated for completion by end of December 2013."        Note photographs Utilities mess undergrounding by Christa Bigue from the related article.   Tall, small, book cover by Mike Shenon, Amazon, Mr. Tall and Mr. Small/Barbara Brenner.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Planning Commission meeting, Monday March 20, 2017

Attend in person, 2212 Beach Boulevard, 2nd floor.  Or, view on local television or live feed Pacificcoast.TV, (formerly  If you miss civic meetings, view on PCT 26 You Tube!  The planning commission meeting begins at 7 p.m., or shortly there following.  Planning Commission updates, archives are available on the City website: City Council Agendas, and City Planning Commission.  

Interactive Planning Commission Agenda, 3/20/17.   Planning Commission Agenda 3/20/17, pdf pages 353. 

Image result for street parking jammed picture
Study Session.  Whatever will
the NIMBY coalition show up
to complain about this time?

Open Session, 7 p.m.

Roll call, salute to flag.
Administrative:  Order of Agenda.  Approval of Minutes, report. a)  Draft Minutes 2/21/17, pdf pages 14. Liaison to next City Council Meeting, none.  Consent items, none. Presentations, none.
Oral (public) communications (for items not on the Agenda)/

1.  CDP-380-17.  Emergency Coastal Development permit, temporary barriers to prevent public access along trail (Pacific Views Villas HOA bluff failure area), 200-222 Palmetto Avenue (APN) 155-999), report.  a)  Application.  b)  Approved conditions, 3/9/17.  c)  Barrier location (Engineering map).  d) Geological site review report, pdf pages 5.  e) Erosion photographs.  f) Fill site/area (Engineering map).  Recommend receive and file staff report. 

Continued public hearings
 2.  PSD-757-06, UP-965-06, SUB-211-06.  Request to extend expired construction permits (conditionally approved 5/14/07):  nine (9) condominiums, 1567 Beach Boulevard (APN 016-011-190), report, pdf pages 12: project is no longer consistent with building codes and municipal code requirements, recommend deny the request.
a)  Project map, 5/14/07.  b)  PC Minutes, 12/19/16.  c)  Applicant information, 1/17/17, pdf pages 67.  d)  Preliminary Feasibility Review, 3/15/17. e)  C-3, grading map.  f)  Site utility map.
g)  City Council Consideration, Item 8: Sea Level Rise, 10/10/16, pdf pages 65.  h)  Beach Blvd/Sharp Park vicinity map.  i)  project pervious and impervious area diagram.  j)  Applicant’s request to extend permit,10/3/16.  k)  Resolution: deny extension request.

Study session 
Amend various Municipal Code provisions to conform with CA State codes, Section 65852.2, concerning permitted accessory dwelling, second residential ("inlaw") units, report.
a)   AB 2299 and SB 1069, (Chaptered 65852.2 changes 9/28/16).
b)   Existing City second residential units regulations, Article 4.5 of Chapter 4 of Title 9.
c)   Draft Ordinance - Article 4.5 (Accessory Dwelling Units) and Other Zoning Provisions
d)   Transit stops (within one-half mile).
e)   Existing Paifica Municipal Code (PMC) sections to be amended, pdf pages 103.

Communications: Commission, Staff. Adjourn.   Note photograph.  Parking from Street Blog/NYC, Aaron Donovan, 9/29/06, "Central Park(ing Lot) ... at 86th Street Transverse. "

Posted by Kathy Meeh

City Council goals for 2017-2018

Following the City Council’s Goal-Setting meetings on Feb. 3 and 4, the Council confirmed  that the set of six goals adopted last year are still relevant and updated its work plan for the next fiscal year.  The staff and I summarized the work plan changes and presented it to the Council for adoption on February 23, 2017.  The status of each was updated at the end of February to reflect all of the Council’s input. See the Goals and Work Plan for 2017-18 for details.

As you will note, Rent Stabilization & Just Cause Eviction has become the Council’s #1 priority and an opportunity for the Council to consider adopting an ordinance has been scheduled for the Council meeting on April 10.  In addition, Economic Development was ranked as #2 on the list and includes completing the first phase of the Palmetto Streetscape project (consideration of bids is scheduled for the March 27 meeting) and continuing work on developing an agreement with the selected hotel developer for the City’s property at 2212 Beach Blvd.

Sea Level Rise comes in at #3 and implementing the Climate Action Plan (CAP) at #4.  We are moving forward on working with the Army Corps of Engineers on efforts to mitigate hazards along our coastline that are exacerbated by sea level rise and complete grant requirements.  The CAP update is in the works and will be scheduled for the Council consideration in coming months.

Priority #5 is to develop and implement a  Marijuana Policy that covers the sale, cultivation, and distribution of the plant in the wake of voter-approved Prop. 64.  We have already had two meetings with the Council on the topic and have received initial direction with which we are now moving forward.

Planning for a New Library has moved up in the Council’s priorities to #6 and a report is scheduled for the March 27 Council meeting to discuss the City’s next steps.  We have spent the last few months reflecting the bond measure results and community survey we conducted and realize some changes in our approach are needed.

The remaining priorities, #7- #18, are far ranging projects and initiatives, and I invite you to take a look at the entire list to see how the Council and staff are working together to move the City forward.

Please let me know if you have comments or questions, and thank you for wanting to Connect with Pacifica!

City Manager

Submitted by Jim Wagner

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day, Friday March 17, 2017

USA Today/Sean Rossman, 3/16/17, "How to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the authentic way."

Image result for St. Patrick's Day picture
This float reminds me of home, especially
when someone mentions development.
Image result for St. Patrick's Day picture
May the "good luck" of the Irish
be with you on this special day!
"Early Irish-American immigrants couldn't foresee the St. Patrick's Day celebrations of today... After all, 19th Century immigrants celebrated St. Patrick's Day — always March 17 on the Feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland — as a way to honor their heritage while embracing their new homeland. It often came with parades, food and a little bit of partying.

It wasn't until later on that St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in Ireland. There it's a national holiday with schools and government buildings closed. Eamonn McGrath, a native Irishman and executive director of the Irish Cultural Center of New England, equates the day to the Fourth of July, where people spend time with family, attend a special Catholic mass, drink, eat and go to a parade.

McGrath claims St. Patrick's Day is 'more raucously and widely' celebrated outside of Ireland than inside, a phenomenon he said makes sense. All people with Irish heritage, he said, long for home." 'You have to really leave it to know what you've left,' he said. 'It makes sense that it's more poignant and more expressive.'  .... 'Pub culture was never about getting drunk,' said Professor Christopher Dowd of the University of New Haven, 'It was about socializing, usually around music or storytelling.' That means any St. Patrick's Day revelry should be kept social and celebratory. Here are other ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the right way."   Read article.

Image result for St. Patrick's Day picture
Our environment could be
our economy, probably not.
Image result for St. Patrick's Day picture
Chasing snakes out of town, bad idea.
Reference., "St. Patrick's Day. St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green."

Related. Careful driving if you drink. Pacifica Patch/San Mateo Patch/Renee Schiavone, Staff, 3/16/17. "Peninsula police plan DUI enforcement operation. Police say they'll be out in full force this St. Patrick's Day weekend." "The Burlingame Police Department will launch DUI saturation patrols between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday " areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests," the agency said." DUI enforcement may occur in other regional locations as well.

Note photographs/graphic.  Left: Shamrock from St. Patrick's Hotel/Gozo,Malta. Three young ladies from TV 3, a Tegna Company, "Cleveland St. Patrick's Day guide 2017." Right: Frog Flickr image to City of Dublin, Ohio USA, 3/16/17, "The greenest, grandest St. Patrick's Day Parade, Saturday, 3/18/17.  St. Patrick and snakes from 3 minutes,"Bet you didn't know St. Patrick's Day." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Realtors support city council progress candidates, NIMBIES well...

Where as, NIMBIES supplemented less revenue through their usual sideways, shameful or deceitful election strategies and tactics.

Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop Staff Writer, 3/16/17, "Watchdog group reveals election donors." Developers contribute to City Council race. 

Image result for NIMBIES picture
Yep, this is the "watchdog" group. How did their bias become
the lead Tribune article? Where is the group disclosure,
the explanation on spending, background research, etc.?
Pacifica Progressive Alliance (PPA) focused on out-of-town real estate industry sources that made significant contributions to the 2016 City Council race in a statement sent by PPA member Carlos Davidson.

...  The campaign for the library bond accepted many small contributions from individual Pacificans, the largest, $2,000, from Ellen Ron, and from a few groups, Pacifica Library Foundation, a homeowners association and a local Boy Scout troop to raise $25,952. San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley was the only out-of-town resident to make a contribution. The campaign spent money on campaign literature and polling.

....  'The National Association of Realtors spent $76,408 on the Pacifica City Council race, swamping all other contributors combined. The California Association of Realtors contributed $9,000 and out of town Realtors donated $5,300,' the statement reads."   Read article.
Note:  The article above does not describe the make-up of the "watchdog group", and there is an attitude in the article that Realtors and developers which create City housing, shopping, business economic solutions are "bad".  Really?  Really???

Related question.  Who and what is "Pacifica Progressive Alliance"?  Is this local group related to a broader group.  The Pacifica Evening News KPFA-FM, 5/4/16.  New Progressive Alliance goes against corporate lobbyists." "A new alliance of progressive advocacy groups is pushing what they call “dream builder legislation.” It’s a package of bills on a range of issues from juvenile justice to health care, the environment, and welfare. They’re working to present an alternative to the pro-business California Chamber of Commerce’s annual list of so-called “job killer bills.” Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento."

Related Google word search, for Carlos Davidson, Pacifica leads to Pacifica's Environmental Family celebrates more than 25 years of environmental Action.  Note graphic cartoon image  from Windtoonscom Http//farm7staticflickrcom/6175/6 from  Nimbies Species (research search).

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ruff Thoughts About Last Night's City Council Meeting

Martin, Keener and Digre, who voted for the ordinance preventing the city from pursing highway widening without a city-wide vote, were not happy campers when Vaterlaus and O'Neill had the gall to actually ask for a city-wide vote. "Run  MKD" didn't want to allow it.

What's wrong with directly asking the people what they want?  It's hypocritical to pass an ordinance that says a city vote is required for action on highway widening, and then not allow a vote.

A few people got up and tried using the argument that having three council members who oppose widening proves the voters are against it. Sue V. had a good counter-argument about how she got more votes than Keener, so doesn't that show people were OK with widening? I also noticed that none of the people trying to make that argument specifically mentioned Martin, knowing that if she and her supporters hadn't gamed the election rules to force Nihart out of the race, Nihart would be on council rather than Martin.

Sue V. agreed to postpone a discussion of a vote. As of now, it looks like the issue of putting a highway widening vote on the ballot will be formally discussed at a council meeting in late April.  

As an aside, I have to give Keener and Digre props for joining Vaterlaus and O'Neill in denying an appeal to the storm overflow system to be built near the community center. Lots of people spoke in an attempt to stop the system from being built there. It would have been very easy for Keener and Digre to do what's too often done by Pacifica council members, and that's to keep kicking the can down the road. Instead, they bit the bullet and made a hard decision.

Linda Mar isn't my neighborhood so I never paid much attention to this particular project, but the city would have taken a huge financial risk by approving the appeal and delaying it. Fines for allowing a large sewage spill that resulted in untreated sewage flowing into the ocean could have been in the $80 million range. For comparison, the city budget for this year is about $30 million.

Posted by Steve Sinai

Monday, March 13, 2017

Reminder City Council meeting, March 13, 2017

Attend in person, 2212 Beach Boulevard, 2nd floor. Or view on local television or live feed Pacific Coast TV. If you missed meetings, view on PCT26 YouTube!  The city council meeting begins at 7 p.m., or shortly there following. City Council updates and archives are available on the City Council website.
Image result for NIMBY attack picture
Items CS, 10, 11.  More NIMBY logic 101:
build a wall, and keep everything out.

Fix Pacifica article/City Council Agenda, 3/13/17.      Interactive City Council Agenda, 3/13/17.                                                      

Closed session, 4:30 p.m.  A. Pacificans for a Scenic Coast pending litigation:  CalTrans, SMCTA, and Pacifica. B. Interim City Manager.

Open Session. 
Consent Calendar  9.   Funding In-Sync light timing.
Public Hearings.  10.  Appellant: Pacifica Environmental Reform/William Booth-Dunbar, Pres./Erin M. Macias, Secty.  Appeal PC approval of the proposed 2.1 million gallon capacity (EQ) basin, 540 Crespi Drive. 
Consideration.  11.  City Council anti-highway widening ordinance. Government may have already defunded the researched, studied, and proposed Caltrans Calera Parkway, highway 1 widening project; thanks again for nothing, NIMBIES.

Note:  Wall from Bloomberg Finance LP, found on The Telegraph UK/Opinion, 10/5/16,"Letters: Low-quality housing schemes make it quite reasonable to be a Nimby."
Posted by Kathy Meeh

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Highway 1 poison pill

Maybe "poison pill" isn't quite the right term. But it's kinda' like that.

The ordinance below will be up for a possible vote at the city council meeting on Monday, March 13. Its intent is to prevent the city from supporting highway widening without a public vote. For such a contentious issue that so many in the city are interested in, it sure hasn't been publicized much. I didn't know anything about it until Mark Stechbart sent the blog a notice.  Anything in the Tribune or on Nextdoor about it? Not that I saw. That makes me wonder whether council is trying to sneak this through under the public's nose quickly and quietly.

Go ahead and let people vote on the widening, since it may help settle the issue once and for all. Or at
least for a while. But there's a major problem with the way the proposed ordinance was written. Its clear purpose is to block highway widening, and to do it hidden within a phony  veneer of local democracy. Keener, Martin and Digre don't care what voters think.  Of course, that shouldn't be a surprise given that this ordinance is only being proposed because Deirdre "I'm so nice" Martin and her supporters decided their own narrow interests were more important than letting Pacifica voters choose who would be on council, so they abused an arcane election rule to force a more popular and representative candidate out of the race. No concern for Pacifica voters by Martin then.

Give them credit - these people know how to game the system.

If you're going to be fair about it,  then let's have a city-wide vote and respect the outcome of that vote. A "no" outcome prohibits council from supporting widening. A "yes" outcome obligates council to support widening. Personally, if I see that a majority is against widening, then I can live with that. But the proposed ordinance is written so that council can simply block widening by refusing to allow a public vote, which is what will happen. Even if by some miracle there is a vote, while a "no" vote requires the city to oppose widening, a "yes" vote still allows the city to oppose widening. Them's pretty good house odds.

Ultimately, everyone knows this council isn't going to approve widening with or without an ordinance, and any ordinance passed by council can easily be repealed by the next council. So other than to give Keener, Martin and Digre cover, what's the point?


Section 1.   Findings

The City Council desires to prohibit any action supporting the construction and/or development of any additional through lanes on Highway 1 in the City of Pacifica without voter approval by a majority of Pacifica voters.

Section 2.   Ordinance


That neither the City Council nor other legislative bodies of the City shall take any formal action to support or authorize the construction and/or development of additional through-lanes on Highway 1 in the City of Pacifica, without first having obtained a majority voter approval of the City of Pacifica electorate authorizing such through-lanes.

Section 3.   Severability

If for any cause any portion of this ordinance is found to be invalid, the balance of this ordinance shall not be affected.

Section 4.   Effective Date

This ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its adoption. The City Clerk, or her duly appointed deputy, shall attest to the adoption of this ordinance and shall cause this ordinance to be posted in the manner required by law.

This Ordinance was introduced on March 13, 2017, and duly adopted by the City Council of the City of Pacifica at its duly noticed regular meeting on March 27, 2017 by the following vote:

AYES,         Council Members:
NOES,         Council Members:
ABSENT,    Council Members:
ABSTAIN,  Council Members:

Posted by Steve Sinai

Cooperate to improve City function?

Over decades, NIMBIES leadership has driven this City into an economic, civic, and social ditch. With so much potential lost, how about now trying something new: cooperate to affect a better City? 

Pacifica Tribune/Wandering and Wondering/John Maybury, 3/9/17.  "Rules for fighting fair." (Source:,, the article must be there somewhere, otherwise the links available include various IQ tests.)
Image result for cooperation picture
Agreed upon City direction and planning.

Image result for cooperation picture
 Agreed upon common
economic and civic goals.
Image result for cooperation picture
Goal cooperation is
not rocket science.
Image result for cooperation picture
Cooperation will achieve civic goals.
.... "Find common ground. Begin by pointing out things you can agree on. This creates a working atmosphere that focuses on a shared goal.
 ... Be clear about why you’re upset, otherwise you’ll never solve the real issue.  Do not attack your partner’s character. ... Character traits are hard to change, but specific behaviors can be modified.

.... ... If you encounter a complex issue, the topic will have to be addressed again and again. If no progress is made or you’re going in circles. ... ."  Read more.

Related.  Wiki How to do anything/Community Q&A,"How to Reach a Consensus: 9 Steps.." ...."1. Understand the principles of consensus decision making.  2. Understand the benefits of using a consensus process.  3. Decide how your group will finalize a decision.  4. Understand what it means to give consent. 5. Clearly outline what needs to be decided. 6. List all the concerns participants want their proposal to address. 7. Test the waters. 8. Apply your final decision rule. 9. Implement the decision."

Note photographs and graphics, left to right. Dog and Cat, Quantum shifting, think bigger, go further/John Wenger, 8/30/12,"Coperation beats competition." Ants, 33rd Quare, "Atificial Mini-Brains Show The Importance Of Cooperation In evolution. Puzzle, Satellite Navigation University Network/SUN, "Cooperating with us." On paper, UNESCO/planning education, building the future/Anton de Grauwe,"Technical cooperation." ...
Posted by Kathy Meeh