Friday, July 3, 2015

Saturday, 4th of July, 2015, celebration

Image result for Fourth of July pictures"Looking for 4th of July parades, celebrations and fireworks displays? Check out our Bay Area 4th of July events guide to make the most of the holiday weekend!  Peninsula.  4th of July Celebration at Frontierland Park.  Where: Pacifica, Frontierland Park. When: July 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. What: Pacifica's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department hosts a fun day of crafts, games and music.  Cost: Free."  NBC Bay Area, "Bay Area, 4th of July Events Guide"

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Picnic party, sweet.
Image result for Fourth of July, pictures"Pacifica's Fourth of July annual town picnic grounds at Frontierland Park offers an expansive lawn for picnicking or joining the many games put on by the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., have your face painted or hair colored courtesy of PB&R. Food and crafts will be offered for sale, sponsored by local artists and non-profit organizations. The Chris Cobb Band and Rich Felix Blues Review will perform. Children will read portions of the constitution to inspire the audience with the themes of freedom and liberty." , July 4th Independence Day. "Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain."  

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Enjoy our Holiday, and stay safe!
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Related, USA population comparison: 1776, 2014.  BostInno/Nick DeLuca, Staff Writer, 6/30/14. "Fun Fourth of July facts to get you pumped for Independence Day, a celebration of liberty by the numbers." .... "The population of the United States of America at the time of its founding, July 1776, was estimated to be 2.5 million strong. Now, 238 years later, the population has swelled to a staggering 314 million. New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago all boast populations larger than the combined 18th century United States with roughly 8.4 million, 3.8 million and 2.7 million, respectively. Houston is not far behind with approximately 2.2 million."

Related, White House.  The White House, 2014/Military families celebrate Fourth of July.True to tradition, the President and First Lady celebrated the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbecue, concert, and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn. 

Related, Pets - Pets for Patriots, "Tips to keep your pet safe on the fourth of July". Dogs are particularly vulnerable to heat stroke and should never be left outside in the hot weather for extended periods. Even for animals accustomed to spending a lot of time outdoors, fireworks and other loud noises can startle them, and cause them to break free of their enclosure in an effort to find safety. Leave your pet in an escape-proof area of your home with plenty of good ventilation, fresh water, toys and even soothing music to drown out any loud outdoor activities. .... You or your guests might think it’s cute when your pet begs for some holiday fixings, but many foods and all alcoholic beverages are poisonous to your pet. In severe cases, an animal can die from respiratory failure; even beer is toxic. Keep your pet on its normal diet, especially older animals that have more sensitive digestive systems."   Silly.

Two dogs decorated from The Bowery Presents/The House List. Happy birthday America! from Happy 4th images, jokes, quotes images, wallpaper.  Military band from The White House related article.

July 4th fireworks, and our environment

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Happy July 4th Celebration!
Just say no to fireworks.

This handout photo taken early on June 29, 2015 and provided by the Solar Impulse project shows sunrise a little while after the Swiss-made solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 took off from the international airport in Nagoya, Japan, headed for Hawaii. The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft passed "the point of no return" on June 29 after it left Japan bound for Hawaii, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg, 62, left the city of Nagoya around 3:00 am (1800 GMT), five days after weather problems forced the organisers to cancel an earlier attempt.
21st Century, solar powered
Pacifica Tribune Letters to the editor, 6/30/15.  "Care or Kaboom" by Jim Heldberg

"Editor:  All year, Pacificans proclaim our environmental consciousness. Once a year we invite our nighbors to help blow it up. Which day are we telling the truth about ourselves?"

Note photograph.  CBS Los Angeles, 6/25/15, "Best places to see July 4th fireworks in Los Angeles. Solar airplane video face page, CNN, 7/3/15 article, "Solar plane lands in Hawaii..". 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Building downtown mixed-use density, Redwood City

601 Marshall St
Functional community, downtown development.

The Daily Journal/Bill Silverfarb, 7/2/15.  "Big building clears key hurdle:  Redwood City Planning Commission approves nine-story office project."

"A proposed office development at 601 Marshall St. in Redwood City was approved by the Planning Commission on a 5-1 vote... .... The City Council adopted its Downtown Precise Plan in 2011 but a California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit filed against the city delayed the construction of many of the projects until recently.

....  Increased traffic and lack of enough parking downtown have been residents’ two major complaints related to the building boom that has seen the construction of a new Kaiser Permanente hospital and 264 apartments on Veterans Boulevard; 132 apartments on Main Street; and 116 apartments on Marshall Street.

....  Those projects are already completed as six others nearby are being constructed that will be completed later this year or early next year including the Box headquarters on Middlefield Road; 133 apartments on Fuller Street; 18 townhomes on Brewster Avenue; 471 apartments on Middlefield Road; 196 apartments on Main Street; and 305 apartments on Monroe Street.
The projects comprise 1,810 units of housing and 313,000 square feet of offices. Read article.

Reference.  City - Redwood City/Planning, 601 Marshall Street.  Developer - Dostart Development Company, LLC, Palo Alto, CA.  Architects - Korth, Sunseri, Hagey (KSHA) Architects/about, San Francisco, CA.  Maps - Mapquest,  Google, includes street/area view.

Related articles - Mercury News/Peninsula/Daily News/Bonnie Eslinger, Staff Writer, 9/20/14, "Redwood City's downtown: the race is on to build office buildings."  The Registry/Bay Area Real Estate, SF/Nancy Amdur, 10/1/14, "Developers flood Redwood City with downtown office proposals."

Note: the development conceptual graphic is from the Dostart Development reference.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Highway 1 widening community conversation

Community conversation, right.  Nice idea, but why bother?

Pacifica Tribune/Lorie D. Tinfow, 6/30/15. "The start of community conversation about Highway 1 improvements."

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Fix the congestion is easy enough.
Other cities modernize highways
through their cities, so should we.
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"Home again, home again."
Daily Highway 1 congestion.
".... ...  I have certainly been aware of the need to launch a community engagement process but action had been delayed pending the resolution of a lawsuit filed in mid-2013 that challenged the project's environmental process.

.... ...  What seems not to be in dispute is that vehicle congestion exists at peak morning and evening times along that particular stretch of the highway. I say "not disputed" in part because traffic congestion is documented in the City's 1980 General Plan and the need for improvements to address it is included in the Measure A San Mateo County Transportation Expenditure Plan that was passed by voters in November 1988.
.... ... There have been three governmental agencies involved--Highway 1 belongs to the State of California (CalTrans), the funding for improvements would come from San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and, of course, the

impact report (FEIR) was completed. In it, eleven project options were evaluated based on criteria including each one's ability to address the expected congestion levels through 2035; its impact on wetlands, safety, business and bicycle access; and total cost including whether there would be ongoing operational costs."  Read more.

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"Our way, or the Highway."
Continued suing, a conversation?
Of course it is, our (nimby) way.
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35 years of planning highway 1
improvement, no action, over yet?
Reference - CA Department of Transportation, District 4.  "Project Location:  IN SAN MATEO COUNTY IN PACIFICA ON ROUTE 1 FROM SOUTH OF FASSLER AVENUE (PM 41.7) TO NORTH OF REINA DEL MAR AVE (PM 43.0).  Scope:  Provide operational improvement by adding one lane in each direction.  Purpose & Needs:  Improve traffic operations, decrease traffic congestion and delay, and improve peak-period travel time.  Project Description: The project proposes to widen State Route 1 (SR 1) from four lanes to six lanes (three through-lanes in each travel direction) in the City of Pacifica, County of San Mateo, California. The portion of SR 1 proposed for widening extends from approximately 1,500 feet south of Fassler Avenue/Rockaway Beach Avenue to approximately 2,300 feet north of Reina Del Mar Avenue, a distance of 1.3 miles. The project includes improvements to the two intersections within the proposed project limits."
Related article - Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff Wrioter, 3/17/15. "Tentative decision reached in CEQA highway widening case." "San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Marie Weiner tentatively denied the claims in the CEQA lawsuit brought by Pacificans for a Scenic Coast about the proposed widening of Highway 1."

Note Photographs. Daily highway congestion at Rockaway by Horace Hinshaw from the related Pacifica Triobune article. Blocked brain smiley face from SodaHead opinions.  Highway construction by Lara Cooper from Noozhawk/Santa Barbara, CA. The conversation.. sue again from Pacifica Riptide. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Highway 1 widening, a moderate voice

Pacifica Tribune, Letters to the Editor, 7/2/15.  "Fix Highway One" by Frank Vella

Highway 1 widening traffic
improvement is on track.
"Editor: I was pleased the Pacifica Business and Community political action committee turned so many people out at the last council meeting to support the Hwy. 1 improvement plan.

Regardless of all the maneuvering and the political talk, the widening is on track, and we'll have some community meetings to fully explain how our commute will improve.

Pacifica BACPAC is to be commended for being the dependable moderate voice before City Council. It is nice to see business and community members working together through BACPAC."

ReferenceCA Department of Transportation, District 4, Calera Parkway Widening. Note photograph. Highway 1 through Pacifica by John Green from a San Jose Mercury News article by Julia Scott, 10/16/2011.  

Posted by Kathy Meeh

City, County, and a non-profit to save affordable housing, Palo Alto

San Jose Mercury News/Daily News/Jason Green, 6/30/15.  "Palo Alto: Council pledges $14.5M to help preserve Buena Vista Mobile Home Park."

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100 homes, 400 people
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Mobile home park office
"PALO ALTO -- A last-ditch effort to preserve Buena Vista Mobile Home Park as a source of affordable housing received a big boost Monday with the City Council pledging $14.5 million. The 8-0 vote was greeted with hearty applause from a capacity crowd in the council chambers.

 ....  The city funds will be added to $14.5 million already set aside by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The next step in the preservation plan calls for Caritas Corp., a Southern California-based nonprofit organization that has rescued other parks, to make an offer. Caritas could also issue a $10 million tax-revenue exempt bond to help cover a funding gap, if one exists.  .... Council members stressed that the $14.5 million would be drawn from fees paid by private developers to build and maintain affordable housing."  Read article.

Related, news -  Kron 4/Vince Cestone, 6/29/15. "Funds approved to preserve Buena Vista Mobile Home Park" .... "Buena Vista has over 100 mobile homes, and is home to around 400 people. The park is considered one of the last patches of affordable housing in the area."    Related video  - "Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents seek alternative housing options."  You Tube, 4:14 minutes. 

Note Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Photographs.  Office unit from Shop Palo Alto.  Mobile park face page image  from the related You Tube above. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh