Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Doing nothing this Friday? Highway 1 lawsuit continues this Friday, 8/29/14

Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff, 8/26/14.  "Hearing begins on lawsuit to re-do environmental impact report for highway widening project."

Something else endangered for our lawsuit
....  "The lawsuit requests the court issue a peremptory writ of mandate setting aside Caltrans' certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and project approvals and seeks to suspend any activities for the project. The suit contends that the project was not adequately described at the time of the EIR, that the project is out of scale with Pacifica's scenic nature, the EIR contains contradictory information on impacts on threatened species, and that the EIR does not adequately address adverse impacts of the project, according to Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC).

The case was heard last Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court in the courtroom of Judge Marie Weiner. Both sides did not finish presenting their cases to Judge Weiner, so the case has been continued to next Friday, August 29 at 2 p.m.

....  Derek Van Hoften (Caltrans) replied all the issues brought up by Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC) and by Judge Weiner were adequately covered in the EIR. Those issues include cooperating with utility companies to move water mains, storm drains and sewer lines. Also, cultural impacts were addressed, but not to the specificity challenged by Pacificans for a Scenic Coast (PSC). In addition, Caltrans did analyze neighboring wetlands for potential impacts to wildlife, despite the contention raised by Brian Gafney (PSC).Read article.  

Related and reference - Fix Pacifica reprints, 8/21/14.      Note photograph by Getty Images from The Jewish Daily Forward, "They're back!  Billions of locusts set to go biblical on Israel." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Linda Mar Boulevard, September repaving schedule

Pacifica Tribune, 8/26/14. "Linda Mar Boulevard repaving underway."

Wasting "anyone's" money on good roads
for our city, very, very bad idea (NIMBY troll).
Linda Mar Blvd project:
improved intersection access
for wheel chairs, done.

"Linda Mar Boulevard between Linda Mar Shoppping Center and Hermosa Avenue is being repaved and handicapped access ramps installed.

Here is the updated schedule for the work from Ray Donguines of the engineering department.

  • Door hangers/letters to residents to be distributed August 26-29.
  • 2" AC Full Width Grind is tentatively scheduled for September 8-10.
  • 2" Base Repair and AC plug is tentatively scheduled for September 11-12.
  • 2" AC Pavement Overlay is tentatively scheduled for September 15-17.
  • Installation of Loop Detectors is tentatively scheduled for September 18-22.
  • Striping Layout and Striping Installation is tentatively scheduled for September 22-26."

  • Related -   Pacifica Tribune, 8/19/14. "City workers pave Linda Mar Boulevard." "The first part will improve wheelchair accessibility at various intersections by constructing wheelchair access ramps. The second part, expected to begin September 8 and last for a week, will grind the existing pavement, place on an asphalt overlay and stripe the pavement. Linda Mar Boulevard will remain passable during this second part, but delays are expected."

    Note photographs: washed-out Karachi Expressway by Athar Khan/Express Tribune; first part of  the local Linda Mar Blvd project (improved wheelchair curb access) by Horace Hinshaw, Pacifica Tribune. 

     Posted by Kathy Meeh

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Outdoor water restrictions, stage 2 ordinance

    From North Coast County Water District (NCCWD), reference:  New Outdoor Water Use Restrictions,  but also includes page 3, F: "The service of water in restaurants, except on request."
    Want water, you'll need to request it
    "On August 20, 2014, the North Coast County Water District Board of Directors adopted Resolution No. 56, implementing water use restrictions for outdoor use. Below is a summary of the new restrictions.

    Water Use Restrictions
    • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff-causing water to flow onto adjacent properties, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways parking lots and/or structures
    • The use of a hose that dispenses water to wash motorized vehicles, boats and trailers, except where the hose is fitted with a positive shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use
    • Applying water to driveways and sidewalks
    • The use of water in a fountain or decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system
    • The use of water to clean hard surfaces, such as sidewalks, driveways, and patios
    • The service of water in restaurants, except on request
    • The use of water on new outdoor ornamental landscaping or turf installed on or after September 1, 2014, unless the landscaping consists of low water use drought tolerant plants
    • The irrigation of outdoor ornamental landscpes or turf with potable water more than 2 days a week---except when watering by hand-held bucket, hand-held hose with automatic shut-off valve, low volume irrigation system or water for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system.
    Time of Day Restrictions for Irrigation
    No person shall use any water for ornamental landscape or turf irrigation between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Exception to the 'Time of Day Restrictions': When watering by hand-held bucket, hand-held hose with automatic shut-off valve, low volume irrigation system or water for very short periods of time for the express purpose of adjusting or repairing an irrigation system."

    Related from NCCWD - State of California Drought Website.  Conservation page, ideas for cutting back on water usage. 

    Note:  photograph from  The Star World news.

    Posted by Kathy Meeh

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    City calendar this week, 8/25/14 - 8/27/14

    Monday, 8/25/14.  Annual City Council meeting cancellation.

    Wednesday, 8/27/14. Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission, 2212 Beach Blvd, 7 p.m.  Meeting Agenda. "Consideration:  Pacifica State Beach Parking update - discussion." 

    Posted by Kathy Meeh


    Green technology comes with delays, regulation compliance, and an invitation to lawsuits.

    Wall Street Journal/Review and Outlook/Opinion, The Hockey Schtick, 8/22/14. "Spontaneous Solar Combustion. Will green activists feel cognitive dissonance for turning on renewable energy?"

    We build advanced, regulated green technology.
    But the Center for Biological Diversity sues "everyone". 
    "The sprawling Ivanpah solar power station in the Mojave Desert probably never would have been built without environmental activists and the subsidies and mandates they created, so there's more than a little irony that BrightSource Energy, Google GOOGL +0.02% and another clean-tech utility are now getting an education in the green opposition that bedevils other American businesses. Lobbies like the Sierra Club and Audubon Society are turning on solar farms for avian mass murder.

    The Center for Biological Diversity speculates that Ivanpah will kill 28,000 birds a year. In a study earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's forensics laboratory calls the apparatus a "mega-trap" for insects, swallows, road runners, hawks and even monarch butterflies, "creating an entire food chain vulnerable to injury and death."  The Biological Diversity folks are suing to force solar farms to install lights or noise alert warnings to encourage wildlife to adopt a different flight path. Some California legislators are accidentally sensible and want to ban plants like Ivanpah, which sounds like a deal for birds and taxpayers.
    .... We got a no-irony-intended email from a lobbyist friend working for BrightSource on Thursday explaining "avian fatalities"—the plant's actual year-to-date body count is all of 321 in total, and only 133 of them related to so-called "solar flux"—and Ivanpah's Avian and Bat Monitoring and Management Plan. The company notes that as many as 3.7 billion birds each year are killed by cats and 980 million by crashing into walls.

    This green-on-green showdown exquisitely captures the reason that the America that built the Hoover Dam in five years now has so much trouble building those "infrastructure" projects everybody in Washington and Sacramento claim to favor. Environmental review and permitting are often dragged out a decade or longer across a slew of lawsuits and federal and state agencies. Ivanpah was required to spend $34 million on a "Head Start" nursery for desert tortoises. Really.  So it is that the same beau monde activists who think the Keystone XL pipeline is a threat to civilization are now turning on non-fossil fuel power too. Maybe this time they'll feel cognitive dissonance, but then they never do."   Read more.

    Reference -  Ivanpah solar power plant, includes a development video, 3:17 minutes. "The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is designed to do exactly that. Ivanpah utilizes proven solar thermal technology and a low environmental impact design to power California’s clean energy economy with cost-competitive and reliable solar power." 

    Wikipedia/Ivanpah Solar Power Facility.  " The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a solar thermal power project in the California Mojave Desert, 64 km (40 miles) southwest of Las Vegas.  ...  The project was developed by BrightSource Energy and Bechtel. .... BrightSource has contracts to sell about two-thirds of the power generated at Ivanpah to PG&E, and the rest to SCE."

    Related articles - Treehugger/10 years of looking forward/Michael Graham Richard, 3/27/13. "300,000 mirrors: World's largest thermal solar plant (377MW) under construction in the Mojave. "The largest concentrating solar power plant (100 MW) in operation is currently in Abu Dhabi, but it won't stay at the top of the list for too long. Brightsource Energy is putting the finishing touches on its massive Ivanpah concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in the Mojave desert, and if all goes well, the switch should be flipped this year. "  

    Las Vegas Review-Journal/Business/Associated Press/Brian Skoloff and Michael R. Blood, 2/13/14.  "The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opens Thursday (2/14/14) after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants."  

    Extreme Tech/Sebastian Anthony, 8/20/14. "What spans 1,600 hectares, cost $2.2 billion to build, and potentially fries hundreds of thousands of birds per year? The new BrightSource solar power plant in California’s Mojave Dessert. .... While it might sound like BrightSource has created some kind of bird-blasting death ray, it’s important to keep things in perspective. Back in January, it was estimated that — in the US alone — between 365 million and 988 million birds are killed every year by crashing into windows. We’re mostly talking about domestic, low-rise windows, too — not skyscrapers. Likewise, a study last year showed that domestic cats — yes, your beloved Fluffy — are killing more than a billion birds per year in the US."

    Note the photograph of the Ivalpah Solar Plant is from the related Treehugger article (above).

    Submitted by Jim Wagner 

    Posted by Kathy Meeh

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Poor P-Town

    Good thing we kicked that carpetbagger Peebles out of town! Wouldn't want a project like this built here. Thank our lucky stars that the nobies are watching out for Pacifica. That quarry property looks so much better with a pampas grass forest growing on it. Yep, an old limestone quarry with a pampas grass forest. Pristine open space. Brilliant move, nobies! You must be spot on with the Highway repair opposition, too. You're all so smart.

    I wonder how that hack (John Curtis' very words), Andres Duany is doing. Probably designing some other low grade project for a small unsuspecting town.

    Jim Wagner

    Private Properties

    A Miami Beach Condominium to ask $50 million 

    The triplex penthouse will be roughly 9,200 square feet and will have about 9,000 square feet of outdoor space.

    Candace Taylor
    Aug. 21, 2014 4:04 p.m. ET
    Last year, a penthouse at Faena House became the priciest-ever condo to list in Miami Beach when it went on the market with a price tag of $50 million. Now that unit is in contract, and another new-construction Miami Beach penthouse is seeking to hit the $50 million mark.

    Located on the top three floors of the Bath Club Estates, an 18-story beachfront condominium being developed by the Peebles Corporation, the triplex penthouse will be roughly 9,200 square feet and will have about 9,000 square feet of outdoor space, said Chris Leavitt of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who is listing the property with fellow Elliman agent Oren Alexander. The asking price will be $50 million, Mr. Leavitt said. 

    Here is a rendering of the building. Bath Club Estates
    A wraparound terrace will have exposures on all four sides of the building, providing views of the ocean, downtown Miami and Biscayne Bay, Mr. Leavitt said. The unit will have a great room with ceilings 23 feet high, its own internal elevator as well as a home theater. There will also be a private rooftop terrace with an infinity-edge pool, outdoor shower, an enclosed summer kitchen and room for another theater.

    The unit will be listed with five bedrooms, seven full baths and two half baths, but Mr. Leavitt emphasized that the developer will work with the buyers to customize the layout, allowing them to "put their stamp on" it.

    Don Peebles, founder of the Peebles Corporation, said he plans to break ground on the 13-unit building this fall, with construction to be completed by the first quarter of 2016. The building will have a doorman, a concierge, pools, a spa, a gym and wine cellar, Mr. Peebles said. Each unit will also have its own two-car parking garage, he said, and food and beverage service will be provided to building residents poolside and on the beach. 

    Located on Collins Avenue, the Bath Club will be up the street from the Faena House unit that had asked $50 million. The Faena penthouse, which has about 8,270 square feet of interior space and nearly 10,000 square feet of exterior space, is now in contract, but the sale price hasn't been released.

    Mr. Leavitt says he's confident there are more buyers in that price range. "There's a very high demand for these types of properties," he said.

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Why are you running for city council? View of candidate comments .

    Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, 8/19/14.  "The race for city council is hotly contested."

    Listening to you, but you know ....
    "Why are you running for city council?"  Comments from John Keener, Therese Dyer, Eric Ruchames, Victor Spano."  Read article.

    Information from the article, assessed opinion from reading the candidate responses.  

    John Keener - 1. Against highway widening (active member of PH1A). 2. For responsible city accounting. 3. Transparency, with public involvement (?).  Research biochemist. NIMBY. 

    Therese Dyer - 1. Open to City growth (supported Measure L, quarry development). 2. Against additional taxes. 3. Activist and broader civic background, including legal.  Retired businesswoman.  SUPPORTS PROGRESS.

    Eric Ruchames - 1. Community collaboration to manage funds.  2. From that, best solutions and city enhancement, Library Foundation member.  School board member, retired police sergeant.  STATUS QUO, probably supports some progress.

    Victor Spano - 1. Economic development (represented an investment company to get Beach Blvd developed).  2. Civic and road infrastructure improvement (Highway 1 and Skyline).  Retired Economic Development Coordinator (Daly City). SUPPORTS PROGRESS.

    The incumbent candidates, who have yet to respond to the Pacifica Tribune inquiry.  (Assessed opinion, based upon their comments and track record).  


    Sue Digre - NIMBY.

    Note photograph from Fringe Collective.

    Posted by Kathy Meeh

    Caltrans completed Highway 1 widening Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) documents

     Protest every thing progress.
    (NIMBY anti-civic decree)
    Route 1/Calera Parkway Widening Project from North of Reina Del Mar to South of Fassler Avenue.  PDF documents as follows: 
    Note photograph from Wikipedia/Tin Foil Hat.

    Posted by Kathy Meeh

    3rd Annual St. Peter Antique and Collectible Show, 2014

    The glasses, not the dog
    Dates.  Saturday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m. , and Sunday, September 14, 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Location.  St Peter Catholic Church, Linda O'Brien Gymnasium, 700 Oddstad Boulevard, Pacifica, CA 9404.

    Description.  "Our dealers will be offering a wide variety of antique and collectible items, including Native American art and jewelry, antique books and prints, coins and silver, vintage toys, including toy trains, antique lamps, collectible dolls, pens, paintings, baseball cards, vintage clothing and hats, and other dealers with a wide variety of general antique merchandise."  

    Article. Antique Trader news, 7/11/13.  Pacifica, CA - The St. Peter Antique and Collectibles Show is returning to ..Pacifica, second year.." This year's show will be even bigger and better..." The article includes an embedded 2:01 minute video.   You Tube video, 2:01 minutes.

    Participate.  News announcements.  GET READY FOR THE ANTIQUE SHOW. Spaces are filling up for the Antique show to be held on September 13 & 14.  Our biggest need is publicity.  If you can help us out with our publicity efforts, including distributing flyers and signs to businesses around Pacifica or helping arrange free publicity at various community calendars and possibly getting public service announcements, please contact us.  More information:   Website listed above, or Dale or Charleene Smith at 415 602-6702 or 650 359-6910  or email Exhibitor Agreement - St. Peter Antique and Collectibles Show.

    Dolls circa 1960s
    Disclosure. Explanation of events.  "Every year in mid September, St. Peter Parish sponsors an Antique Show as a fund raiser for parish needs.  The proceeds of the last two shows was dedicated to repair of the roofs of both the Religious Education Center and the main church." 

    Submitted by Jim Wagner

    Note Antique and collectibles photographs:  Cool dog Random pixels/Lincoln Road. Toy plane Facebook/Lincoln Road.  Dolls  Smithville Antiques.  Rhumba -  Tace Antique Exchange.

    Posted by Kathy Meeh

    Bay Area water infrastructure improvement in process

    Meantime water conservation is the "new normal" for the foreseeable future.

    The Daily Journal/Associated Press, 8/19/14.  "Bay Area loses billions of water to leaky pipes."

    Didn't get the Memo
    shower conservation, no...
    "A new study of California records shows that Bay Area water providers have been losing about 23 billion gallons of water a year due to aging and broken pipes as the state grapples with an historic drought.  

    ....  "Unlike visible road and bridge damage, underground water pipe breaks and leaks are often hidden from view as seeping water may go unnoticed for long stretches.And some reported water losses aren’t all attributed to leaks, expert say. Some are due to faulty meters, data errors, theft and firefighting.  ...  ...  The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will spend $4.6 billion to replace leaky pipes that carry water from the Hetch Hetchy water system that services more than 2 million Bay Area homes and business. The new pipes in the project, supposedly designed to withstand a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, is scheduled to be completed by 2016."   Read article.

    Related articleSan Francisco Examiner/Chris Roberts, 8/12/14. "Leaks contribute to drought, but water conservation to be 'new normal' for California." "California's water-conservation challenge could be nearly solved if the pipes, water mains and aqueducts that carry the state's drinking water didn't leak. But even if every pipe was secure and enough rain came this winter -- a reprieve that's looking less and less likely -- the state's current reduced water use is going to be "the new normal," state water officials said Tuesday, drought or no drought. As much as 10 percent of water used by urban areas is lost thanks to leaking transmission pipes, according to the State Water Resources Control Board."

    ReferenceCA State Water Resources Control Board, (announcements, activities, information). Water use it wisely, "100+ ways to conserve",  Residential water conservation, tips:  indoor, outdoor, office, kids.

    Note photographs/graphics"  Teeth brushing from Mom it forward,"Tips for home water conservation this summer".  Outreached hand to rain from the City of Culver City, CA (new regulations).

    Posted by Kathy Meeh

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    Hwy 1 before and after widening renditions

    We're hearing a lot about how huge and ugly the proposed highway widening is going to be. Many dramatic claims of cementing over the coast and giant retaining walls. 
    People are claiming this will be bigger than an eight lane freeway going through town.

    What if we could see what it looks like? If you look at the EIR they actually have renditions showing before and after views of the modernization. To me and people I've talked to the after pictures look much better than the old beat up highway. It doesn't look that big and it definitely looks safer with designated onramps etc. I don't see many retaining walls either. Decide for yourself.

    Submitted by Bob Hutchinson