Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pacifica Resource Center expands, with stand-alone management

Pacifica Tribune/Chris Hunter, Special Feature, 7/21/16. "Resource Center's new office marks independence. Non-profit dedicated to helping those in need expands into portable building on Palmetto Avenue.

 PRC adds a much needed portable building
"The Pacifica Resource Center began life four decades ago, but it only started on a new course of fiscal independence on July 1 of this year as a stand-alone non-profit charitable organization. Previously, the PRC had been part of the city of Pacifica before needing the TIDES Foundation to be its fiscal sponsor.

To mark the event in a very visible and exciting way, the Pacifica Resource Center’s Board of Directors made the decision to expand its Palmetto Avenue facility with a new portable building. The project was made possible through a grant from the Second Harvest Food Bank and other donations.A special Rebuilding Together event, with Google employees, added to the excitement as the entire PRC complex received an upgrade and renovation to match the new building. .... And plan to attend the Relaunch Event on August 20, at 6 p.m. It will be an exciting evening of celebration for the Pacifica Resource Center."   Read article.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Reminder City Council meeting, tonight Monday July 25, 2016

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.
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Fireworks, Library, Quarry
Fix Pacifica article, City Council Agenda, 7/25/16.    Interactive City Council Agenda, 7/25/16.

6.   Cancel City Council meeting, 8/22/16.
9.   Library ballot measure initiative.

10.  Quarry rezoning to include housing, ballot measure initiative.
11.   Police report on illegal fireworks, strategies.
12.  City Council voting delegate to League of California Cities annual conference, 10/5/16 - 10/7/16.  

Note graphic from New Matilda (Au.),Media and Culture/Chris Graham, 1/24/16, "False Balance: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil..."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Police officers are daily heroes: Pacifica officer receives Medal of Valor

Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff Writer, 7/21/16. "Officer earns Medal of Valor for disarming wanted man. Pacifica cop honored for demonstrating bravery in struggle with armed criminal."

"For disarming a wanted man after he fired shots at him, a Pacifica police officer demonstrated such bravery and professionalism his police chief awarded him a Medal of Valor.

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Congratulations on receiving the Medal of Valor!
Just another heroic day in a policeman's life,
and fortunately this encounter turned-out well.
Officer Matt Sheedy left the police station at 1 a.m. Mar. 16 to respond to a call reporting a male pedestrian on the freeway near the onramp at the 700 block of Palmetto Avenue. Sheedy talked to the man and tried to pat him down for weapons. The man resisted and a struggle ensued. 

The two rolled 50 feet down an embankment toward Palmetto Avenue. At the end of the embankment, the man drew a .45 caliber pistol and fired it at Sheedy, but missed. Sheedy gained control of the firearm and disarmed the subject. The man, Bernard Hofler, was taken into custody with six additional ammunition magazines with a total of 42 rounds and a second loaded .45 caliber handgun. 

Hofler was wanted by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office for a crime in La Honda that happened a few days before Sheedy encountered him. Hofler shot two people in the head and chest multiple times causing critical injuries.  Sheedy persevered in this dramatic fight with an armed subject who demonstrated he was willing to use lethal force against a police officer to avoid apprehension. He was a subject who had already demonstrated murderous intent days earlier in the La Honda shootings. Sheedy’s heroic actions took a dangerous criminal off the streets of Pacifica.

....  For his actions during this violent encounter, Chief Steidle awarded Sheedy the Pacifica Police Department Medal of Valor, awarded to members of the department who, while serving in an official capacity, distinguish themselves by heroic action above and beyond the call of duty in an extremely hazardous situation which could have resulted in serious injury or death."  Read more.

Reference, City of Pacifica Police Department.  "Message from Chief Dan Steidle. The members of the Pacifica Police Department take great pride in upholding our motto, "A Tradition of Community Service" as they strive to make Pacifica a safe place to live, work and play.  We are committed to working with the community in a collaborative effort to reduce crime, increase traffic safety, and address quality of life issues.  We recognize that our success is dependent on a strong partnership with our community members.  I am extremely proud to lead a police department full of dedicated officers committed to serving their community."

Note photograph.  Twitter/Pacifica Police, 7/11/16.  City Council meeting, 7/11/16, "Ofc. Matt Sheedy receiving the Medal of Valor at City Council for his capture of an armed attempted murder suspect."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lions Club children's vision testing, Daly City and Pacifica

Pacifica Tribune/Jean Bartlett Features Correspondent, 7/6/16. "Pacifica Lions make children's vision a priority."

"According to KidsGrowth.com, a site developed by pediatric and adolescent medical providers, “One out of every eight children 4 years old or younger has some type of vision disorder.” The doctors go on to stress that most of these problems can be managed with eyeglasses and some may not require treatment. A few can be serious if left undetected.

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I see you, do you see me?
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Oh bother... see I'm good.
....  Both the Lions Club of Daly City and the Lions Club of Pacifica are very active in multiple service projects in their communities, including eye care. Recently the Pacifica Lions Club purchased a Spot Vision Screener, a handheld, portable device weighing in at approximately 2.5 pounds, designed to help users quickly and easily detect vision issues on patients from 6 months of age through adult. The Pacifica Lions Club raise money to fulfill projects needs here in town. In this case, the volunteers spent approximately $8,000 on the Spot Vision Screener and its supporting printer. (The Daly City Lions Club is also equipped with a vision screener.)

At the June 18 Kops& Kids event, hosted by the Pacifica and Daly City Police Departments and presented at Sea Bowl Entertainment & Bowling Center, Pacifica Lions joined forces with members of the Daly City Lions to provide free vision screenings. Twenty-seven individuals, primarily kids but ranging in age from 14 months through adult, were screened by Pacifica Lions board member Sue Beckmeyer and Pacifica Lions incoming president Shirlee Gibbs. Gibbs said the screening went smoothly and was met with lots of enthusiasm. Lion Arnie Benjamin, Pacifica’s longtime eyeglass chairman, and Lion Don Fleming, Daly City’s white cane chairman, were also both extremely inspired by the results."  Read article.
Reference. Pacifica Lions Club.  Current and immediate past Officers.  Facebook. Quoted source, Kids Growth.com/about. "KidsGrowth.com is a unique Web site tailored specifically toward the concerns and interests of today's parents. The site was developed and created by well-respected medical leaders in the field of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Members of the Medical Advisory Board oversee all KidsGrowth content, thereby guaranteeing its medical accuracy."  Related, Lions Clubs International Sight Programs.  Times-Standard/Heather Shelton, 9/13/15. "Local Lions club to offer free vision screening." "A simple, hand-held tool called a Spot Vision Screener is helping local Lions Club members to identify vision problems in children and adults. 'This device is able to screen individuals of all ages and is proven to be helpful in early detection of vision issues in young children,' said Cyndi Bainbridge, who oversees the Spot Vision Screener program for the McKinleyville Lions Club. ... Spot Vision screens for myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), astigmatism (blurred vision/eye structure problems), strabismus (eye misalignment) and aniscoria (pupil size deviations), she said." McKinleyville is located on the coast in Humboldt County, see Wikipedia, and Chamber of Commerce.

Related, new "rat lab" blindness discovery. Time/health/medicine/Alice Park, 7/11/16, "In a scientific first, blind mice regain eyesight." "In an astonishing study, scientists restored the sight nerves in blind mice, helping them to see again. Once the optic nerve that’s responsible for sight is damaged, it’s impossible to see again. At least that’s been the dogma. But a group of U.S. scientists has upended that thinking and helped mice with destroyed optic nerves to see again. It does not have immediate implications for humans yet, but it points researchers in promising new directions." Note photographs. Boy with big glasses from New Parent,"Does Your Child Need Glasses?" Girl being tested by Autumn Driscoll/Hearst Connecticut Media, slide 2 from Greenwich Time, 10/8/15,"Greenwich's Lions clubs give vision screenings at St. Roch's preschool."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Finding affordable housing solutions, Menlo Park

The Mercury News/San Mateo County/Kevin Kelly, Daily News Staff Writer, 7/14/16. "Facebook may pour $6.3 million into affordable housing in Menlo Park."

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Ignoring the fundamental housing shortage,
displacement, and living in the street are
not housing solutions. People are not RL frogs.
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Build it, those who need
housing are already here.

"MENLO PARK -- Facebook may put a $6.3 million fee it owes Menlo Park for a planned campus expansion directly into an affordable housing development instead of a city account for similar projects in the future. "Facebook is partnering with MidPen Housing to explore how future BMR (below-market-rate) fees can be used to accelerate the development of affordable housing," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The Daily News.

The city's affordable housing fund, which contains roughly $10 million, has been criticized for not being spent in a timely fashion."The City currently has a significant balance of BMR Fees that could be used to make an immediate impact on the problem through investment in affordable housing," MidPen president Matthew O'Franklin wrote in a letter to the city June 29. "The City received three proposals ... in November 2015 and those funds have yet to be committed."

Lily Gray of MidPen said the social media company's money could be used for a planned redevelopment on the 1300 block of Willow Road, as well as two other possible sites where it owns and manages property in Belle Haven. In May, MidPen said the 1300 block, which provides 82 affordable units for families and seniors, could be redeveloped to allow for an additional 36 units.

The partnership was announced to the city at the June 29 Housing Commission meeting, where Facebook's below-market-rate agreement was being reviewed."We are definitely interested in affordable housing across the city, not just in Belle Haven," commission Chairwoman Michele Tate told The Daily News on Wednesday. "We are excited Facebook wants to use the money right away."

Related city solutions. MidPen Housing | Building Communities. Changing Lives. "Building Communities. MidPen Housing is one of the nation’s leading non-profit developers, owners and managers of high-quality affordable housing. In the 45 years since MidPen was founded, we have developed over 100 communities and 7,600 homes for low-income families, seniors and special needs individuals throughout Northern California. Our developments are award-winning and nationally recognized."   Mercury News/Daily News/Kevin Kelly, Staff Writer, 7/21/16, "Menlo Park: City studies plan to boost affordable housing.".... " 'I think that with guidance from staff, we can find areas where we can have incentives not only for the types of things, but where they can be located," Councilwoman Catherine Carlton said. "We can't make the development happen ... but we can certainly sweeten the deal.' "  Comment. Remember when NIMBIES protested to save tenants from eviction in this City (Pacifica) last year? Meantime since then, these same NIMBIES have made no effort to promote solutions to build affordable housing in this City (Pacifica).  

Note photographs. Building affordable housing, from Sarah Brett (project manager, MidPen Housing Corporaltion, Linked In, 5/6/15. "Housing is a human right" protest by Brant Ward (or may be Sam Wolson/Oakland, 5/2015, San Francisco Chronicle, file 2/10/16. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Saturday, July 23, 2016

City Council meeting, Monday, July 25, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Fact Checking - Donald Trump and local NIMBIES unite in "truth"

Image result for Donald Trump funny pictureWhat passes for "truth" from Donald Trump and the political far right is so reminiscent of the "truth doesn't matter" mantra from local NIMBIES in this City. "If we think it or say it, it must be true"-- right, not! 

CNN/Kevin Liptak, CNN White House producer, 7/22/16. "Obama: Trump's doom-and-gloom doesn't match reality."

....  "I think it is important to be absolutely clear here. Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don't jibe with the facts," he said, going on to cite statistics showing crime rates have fallen under his presidency.  America is much less violent than it was 20 or 30 years ago," Obama said.

.... Making his pitch for a massive trade deal with Pacific nations, Obama pushed back against Trump's more isolationist platform -- and took a dig at the GOP candidate's proposed border wall.  .... 'The closeness between the US and Mexico is more than a relationship between two governments,' Pena Nieto said through a translator in his opening remarks. 'It is a solid, sound, unbreakable relationship between peoples who live in both nations.' "  Read article. 

Reference, Fact Checking.  Fact Checking Organization, "Fact Checking Trump's Big Speech."  

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And science supports building a
proper sea wall in West Sharp Park,
ather than doing nothing (the NIMBY way). 
Related, news articles.  PBS/KQED News hour/Associated Press, 7/21/16, "AP Fact Check: Donald Trump's RNC acceptance speech."  Washington Post, "Fact-checking Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the 2016 RNC." "The dark portrait of America that Donald J. Trump sketched in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention is a compendium of doomsday stats that fall apart upon close scrutiny. Numbers are taken out of context, data is manipulated, and sometimes the facts are wrong. ... a rundown of 25 of Trump’s key claims — and how they differ from reality — arranged by subject. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios for a roundup of claims made in convention events."   The Guardian/David Smith and Scott Bixby, 7/22/16.  Fact checking Trump's Republican convention speech: what was true?" " "The GOP candidate delivered few downright lies but traded in what he calls ‘truthful hyperbole’ – and excluded statistics pointing to recovery since 2008." "In many cases he was right, and the GOP candidate delivered few downright lies, although he also traded in what he once referred to as 'truthful hyperbole'. Unsurprisingly, he systematically excluded statistics often quoted by the White House that paint a sunnier picture of American recovery since the 2008 financial crisis." Politics USA/Jason Easley, 7/21/16, "Donald told no less than 21 fact checked proven lies during his acceptance speech. Thanks to the early leaking of Trump's speech transcript, it was easy for fact checkers to pre-debunk Donald Trump's acceptance speech lies."

Note photographs/graphics. Donald Trump facepage image to Donald Trump Memes. Beach Blvd sinkhole KGO image from CNN/Tony Marco, 1/26/16, "Homes, apartments teetering on cliff's edge in California." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh