Monday, May 4, 2015

Reminder Planning Commission, Monday, May 4, 2015

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Keeping the document process flowing...

Attend in person, 2212 Beach Boulevard, 2nd floor.  Or, view on local television or live feed Pacificcoast.TV, (formerly pct26.com).  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/Planning Commission. 


Consideration
1.  Capital Improvements Program consistent with General Plan.  (City repair, maintenance, improvement.)
2.  Planning Permits and Process presentation (part 1).

Note graphic from Kissflow, "automate workflows, reduce chaos".

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Dealing with CA water shortage, Los Angeles


Jewish Journal/Opinion/Paul Koretz, 5/1/15, "In combating drought, L.A. should follow Isreal's lead."

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Structural water shortage... bummer!
As a lifelong environmentalist, I am willing to meet the challenges of California’s drought crisis head-on, and in a responsible manner. As a Jew, I’m very much inspired by the tradition of tikkun olam, which, translated into English, calls on us to “repair the world.”  ....In Israel, more than 80 percent of all municipal sewage is reclaimed and reused — whereas, L.A.’s Hyperion Water Treatment Plant treats and discharges up to 350 million gallons of wastewater into the ocean every day — that’s water we could be using.

....  LADWP’s replace-your-lawn program is booming, thanks to Mayor Garcetti’s Executive Directive No. 5, increasing the rebate to $3.75 per square foot.  .... We need to use rainwater as a first source of irrigation, which has the additional benefits of preventing polluted runoff and reducing flooding.  .... Residents who replace their lawns should remember to water their trees. Tree health is a vital component to climate change resiliency....

We can push the state’s farmers to use targeted drip irrigation, which has made a huge difference in Israel.  .... We can encourage reduced consumption of the most water- and greenhouse gas-intensive food — beef.

Building a local water supply helps us meet Mayor Garcetti’s transformative goal of 50 percent local water by 2035."   Read more.

Article notation:  Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz represents the 5th Council District in Los Angeles. He is also one of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s appointees to the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Board.  MWD is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bone marrow match needed for Bella


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This is easy, and
maybe I'll help save a life
Nextdoor Pacifica/General/Carolyn Edwards/Park Pacifica (West), 5/23/15.

"Hello everyone. Our sweet friend Bella, a 4th grader at Cabrillo, has been battling leukemia for 17 months and is now in need of a bone marrow transplant. A simple swab of your cheek is all that is needed to see if you are a match.

Please take the time to order a test kit at BeTheMatch.org  or attend the donor drive at Serramonte Shopping Center next Saturday May 9th from noon to 4pm near the food court.

Ideal donors are ages 18-44. There is a special need for Chinese and Chinese/Caucasian donors. Please join Team Bella and register to become a donor.  Thank you!!"
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Note:  photograph by Misty  from  The cutest blog on the block.

Submitted by Jim Wagner 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Spring changes


 Pacifica Tribune/Letters to the Editor, 4/28/15.  Spring colors by Rev. Piers Lahey

Spanky's property cleaned-up
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Spring new beginnings
"Editor: I have always loved the season of Spring, though with progressive global warming and radical climate change (e.g...California's four year drought) it's difficult to tell when one season changes to the next.

Spring often means a time for cleaning, garage sales, etc. For people of faith, Spring coincides with Easter and a new beginning to life. There are familiar Spring colors, lots of yellows and blues and reds and greens. 

Someone actually went over to Spanky's Restaurant on Oceana and put lovely blue wooden covers on the glass doors and windows, and put a wire mesh fence across the driveway (and got rid of the graffiti, at least for now). I am not sure who did this but, after so many long sad months of neglect for this long-time Pacifica business, somebody actually took the time to repair the damage. Thank you!!! Someone still has a caring heart!! I wonder what will happen next?"

Note photographs. Spring wild flowers face graphic to a Her campus/Brandeis article.  Dallas' Place - Spanky's Restaurant, 669 Oceana Boulevard from Alain Pinel Realtors, property offered at $900,000, SOLD. "Development Site consisting of 27,922 square foot lot with approx. 3,000 square foot free standing restaurant building. Restaurant/Beer & Wine Bar Included in sale. Same owner for over 20 years. Zoning is C-2, check with city of Pacifica - Planning Department." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Planning Commission, Monday, May 4, 2015


Attend in person, 2212 Beach Boulevard, 2nd floor.  Or, view on local television or live feed Pacificcoast.TV, (formerly pct26.com).  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/Planning Commission. 

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Item 1, 2) "street maintenance.." (just words).
Example discovery: Linda Mar Boulevard,
the part that wasn't paved through a grant.
Planning Commission Agenda and Staff Report(s), 5/4/15,  pdf pages 237.

Consideration
1.  "Resolution determining that the 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program is consistent with the General Plan:  1) utility maintenance and repair; 2) street maintenance and repair; 3 a) facility maintenance; 3 b) park and open space maintenance and improvement; and 4) required regulatory permit renewal.

.... These programs will upgrade existing facilities and improvements. Therefore, there is no conflict with General Plan policies and it is staff's opinion that the proposed program is consistent with the General Plan." (computer page 3, full report pages 2-205.)

2.  Planning Permits and Process presentation, 4/28/15 (part 1), computer pages 206-237.

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Related from the City of Pacifica, "Welcome to Pacifica", video, 1:12 minutes.  Note photograph from  WUSA 9, Marlow Heights, MD.

Posted by Kathy Meeh 

California water tunnels move forward, ditch conservation hang up


Los Angeles Times/Bettina Boxall, Reporter, 4/30/15. "Giant tunnels planned for delta 'must move forward,' Brown says."

....  Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement Thursday that the state is scaling back part of a long-planned project to restore more than 100,000 acres of fish and wildlife habitat and re-engineer the delta was a sign of how elusive that fix remains.

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Twin underground water tunnels near highway 5,
either before or following plan revisions
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Proposed 30-mile underground
twin water tunnels
....  The state is still proposing to build a new diversion point on the Sacramento River in the north delta. It would feed two proposed 30-mile tunnels that would carry water to existing delta pumps and southbound aqueducts.  ....  “This is an imperative. It must move forward,” Brown said of the project. “This is not just some piece of rhetoric … this is a serious effort on the part of the federal authorities, state authorities.”

....  The premise of the conservation plan was that a new diversion system and extensive habitat restoration would improve delta conditions, boost the populations of imperiled fish and ease limits on exports.  But the project, in the planning stages for nearly nine years, has encountered delays and heated opposition from delta growers and some environmentalists who argue the tunnels will inevitably become a vehicle to take more water from the delta’s failing ecosystem.  Read article. 

Related, article. The Daily Journal/John Scott/Fresno Reporter (and Janie), 5/1/15. "Governor under fire over delta:  Environmentalists criticize changes." "OAKLAND — Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water around California’s delta. The revision calls for restoring 30,000 acres of wildlife habitat, down from an initial 100,000 acres.  Brown defended the revised plan, saying it would accelerate the pace of efforts to revive habitat on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta while fixing the state’s aging water infrastructure. 

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Kudos Gov.Jerry Brown:
nine (9) years, and done!
.... “If somebody has a better alternative, certainly we’ll hear it,” Brown said.  ....  The water currently irrigates 3 million acres of farmland in the Central Valley and serves 25 million people as far south as San Diego. The projected cost of the tunnels is $15 billion. .... Funds for the restoration effort will come from a variety of sources, with $75 million from a water bond voters approved in November, officials said. Between $20 million and $30 million will come from cap-and-trade funds, and the rest will come through state budget allocations."

Related, opposition coalition. "Families Protecting the Valley", 4/30/15.  One eco-partner of several:  The Center for Biological Diversity, of course. "California’s $25 billion twin tunnels project to divert water from the San Francisco Bay-Delta to Southern California and industrial agribusinesses no longer includes provisions to protect habitat for endangered salmon and smelt and more than 50 other imperiled species. The Brown administration has now removed the habitat conservation component from the project, which is now focused solely on tunnel building." 

Related, opposition petition. EPIC Take Action petition,"Stop the Bay Delta twin-tunnels project, and protect the pristine Northern California Watersheds." "The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) works to protect and restore ancient forests, watersheds, coastal estuaries, and native species in Northern California. EPIC uses an integrated, science-based approach, combining public education, citizen advocacy, and strategic litigation."

Note graphics.  Twin-tunnels rendering from the EPIC petition (above). The proposed tunnel locations from KCRA 3, 8/15/13,"Changes proposed to California twin tunnel project." Green check "done" from Team Platform.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Friday, May 1, 2015

Snowy Plover nesting and roosting update


Half Moon Bay Review, 4/30/15. "Snowy Plovers bypass local beaches by Ester Hahn."

Western Snowy Plover
Flyby Pacifica, return to the same nest
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New generation Snowy Plovers 
"Snowy plovers are often sighted along local beaches during the winter months, resting up for the nesting months ahead. But the last time the birds appear to have nested in Half Moon Bay was in 2009, according to Supervising State Park Ranger Nelle Lyons. ....  She is aware, though, that snowy plovers have managed to nest in the past, most recently in Pescadero in 2012.

....  Various factors, from the increasingly narrow beaches to the resident predators like the peregrine falcons and the nonnative red foxes, have played significant roles in discouraging snowy plovers from nesting in the area, Lyons explained. “The wider the beaches, the more (available) habitat and the more likely (that the snowy plovers will) nest,” Lyons said. “In Monterey, because (snowy plovers) have large nesting areas, they’re able to do more predator management.”

.... For now, the local snowy plover population is actually on the rise. A winter survey, conducted on Jan. 20, reported the sighting of 152 snowy plovers over six beaches in San Mateo County, the highest number since 2004. Last year, there were only 99 birds sighted."   Read article.

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References, Snowy Plover:  Cornell Lab of Ornithology/Snowy Plover,"A small plover of beaches and barren ground, the Snowy Plover can be found across North and South America, Eurasia, and Africa. In North America it is restricted to the Gulf and Pacific coasts of the United States, and scattered inland localities from Saskatchewan to California and Texas."  Western Snowy Plover:  US Fish & Wildlife ServiceWSP Organization/About. 

Note Western Snowy Plover photographs are from Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport," Oregon Coast exhibit, "...  a wild species that lives in on the sandy shores of Oregon. ..." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Thursday, April 30, 2015

CA to cut greenhouse gasses more than we think possible


San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate/Staff Report, 4/29/15. "Jerry Brown orders big cut in greenhouse gasses by 2030."

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1990 to 2030, 40% emissions reduction.
1990 to 2050, 80% emissions reduction.
"Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday calling for a 40 percent cut in California’s greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels by the year 2030, describing it as “the most aggressive benchmark enacted by any government in North America.”  .... a standard set in the landmark AB32 legislation passed nine years ago. Brown said the new target was in line with a goal set in October by the European Union.

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80% possible, or too much
 "green" political smoke?
....  The steeper reductions “will make it possible to reach the ultimate goal of reducing emissions 80 percent under 1990 levels by 2050,” Brown said in his statement. “This is in line with the scientifically established levels needed in the U.S. to limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius — the warming threshold at which scientists say there will likely be major climate disruptions such as super droughts and rising sea levels.”  Read article.

Related article - Los Angeles Times/PolitiCal/Chris Megerian and Michael Finnegan, Reporters, 4/29/15, "California's greenhouse gas emission targets are getting tougher." ...."More work on climate change is being done by lawmakers in California's Capitol. Legislation under consideration -- first suggested by Brown in his inaugural address in January -- would increase the use of renewable energy, boost energy efficiency in outdated buildings and reduce gasoline use on state roads. ....  a target originally set through executive order by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger."

Wall Street Journal/Alejandro Lazo, 4/29/15, "California Gov. Brown orders major cut in greenhouse gas emissions." "Mr. Brown’s goals won praise from foreign dignitaries, including World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “California’s announcement is a realization and a determination that will gladly resonate with other inspiring actions within the U.S. and around the globe,” Ms. Figueres said. “It is yet another reason for optimism in advance of the U.N. climate conference in Paris in December.”

Reference, California Assembly Bill, AB 32.  Global Warming Solutions Act,  Fact Sheets and FAQs.  Reference, Europa/European Union (EU) website,  EU Countries.

Note photographs:  Governor Jerry Brown and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger by John Decker from  USC News,"climate change panel", 9/9/14. So. CA Edison carbon plant emissions by Josh Stephenson/Durango Herald from the Los Angeles Times, 10/25/14, "Despite CA climate law, carbon emissions may be a shell game."

Posted by Kathy Meeh