Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pacifica Five-O Armed Robbery Press Release

Submitted by

Daniel Steidle
Pacifica Police Department
Field Services Divison
2075  Coast Highway
Pacifica, CA 94044
650-738-7320 (Desk)
650-355-1172 (Fax)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Vote for economic development and highway improvement

"No steps backward by Bill Haskins." 
Yes on mixed-use quarry development.
Yes on 1.3 mile highway 1 widening.
YES for city improvement!

"Seasoned Pacificans can and should connect the dots by recognizing it's pretty much the same people, mentality that fought mixed-use economic development in the old quarry (Measure L) who are now vehemently opposed to the much needed improvement of the outdated, inadequate stretch of road between Rockaway Beach and Fairway Park to the north.

Why? Because their main argument when the development came up for a vote a couple of elections ago was that the highway was inadequate for the traffic increase! Hello! Of course, they won't be able to use that argument when a new mixed-use development is proposed in the future should Pacifica wisely move forward. It's so important we Pacificans take time to support and vote for the three candidates that will continue to move us in the right direction.

Vote to keep us away from the 30+ years of economic stagnation & inaction that came with the old "Friends of Pacifica" mentality. That's why I urge all of you to vote for Mike O'Neill, Eric Ruchames, and Victor Spano in this important City Council election."

Submitted by Bill Haskins
Note: the above article by Bill Haskins was also sent to the Pacifica Tribune letters to the editor. Note: photograph by Bob Pilgrim from the Pacifica quarry No on L  campaign. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Vote to fix this city, affect change

Pacifica has to be something more than a Park,
we live in this city.  We need a better economy.
Fix this city, or not,  is the core city council candidate issue for the Fall election.  Fix this city's structural problems:  1) significant economic development is needed to produce revenue; 2) highway 1 widening (Rockaway through Vallemar intersections.1.3 miles) to improve traffic flow.  Nothing new about either of these outstanding city issues.

7 candidates running for city council:  3 votes, choices are:

1.  Fix this city:  Economic development, and highway 1 widening, (a 10 year researched, funded project; supported by prior city councils): 1) Victor Spano, 2) Therese Dyer, 3) Mike O'Neill, 4) Eric Ruchames (library advocate).

2.  Gang of NO:  anti-development, and anti-highway widening (unscheduled, unfunded suggested "alternatives", PH1A 2-month petition effort from "the community", 63% Pacifica, 18% Oakland, etc.):  1) Sue Digre, 2) John Keener, 3) Matt Dougherty (lacks experience).

If we are focused on core city issues and those who might affect change, voting for 3 city council member should be just that easy.  Our votes are just that serious, affecting our city today and in the future.

Note:  The above article was sent to the Pacifica Tribune letters-to-the-editor, "Vote to fix this city" by Kathy Meeh. I personally voted for Victor Spano, Therese Dyer and Mike O'Neill. 

Information for submitting YOUR articles to Fix Pacifica is shown upper left of this blog, (and if add a photograph added any caption and your source link).     Photograph by Molly Blaisdell from Examiner/Liesure/Travel/Molly Blaisdell, 6/30/14, "Three perfect days in Pacifica, CA.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

San Pedro Creek Bridge project, see you again in April, 2015

This project was championed by past councilmember James A. Vreeland, (2/28/63 - 9/11/14).

California Department of Transportation, District 4,"San Pedro Creek Bridge Replacement Project"/Project status update, 10/9/14. 

Irrigation design and installation, San Pedro Creek
San Pedro Creek
"Due to environmental permits, major construction activities are scheduled to be halted temporarily on October 16, 2014 and resume in the spring of 2015.  During this time, some hand work will be performed during the winder months.  The San Pedro Avenue detour will remain in place for the duration of the project.

This work is part of the San Pedro Creek Bridge Replacement Project that started construction in May 2014.  The project will install a longer and higher bridge over the creek to provide capacity for the 100-year flood event. In addition, a Class 1 multi-purpose path will be added along its eastern side.  This project will be completed by October, 2015 (weather permitting). "

Related news articles - Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff, 10/21/14. "Bridge construction project enters next phase."  .... "The project is undergoing a seasonal shutdown as conditions of its permits with both the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service. Both of these agencies have issued permits to Caltrans to allow for the 'take' of the threatened California red-legged frog and steelhead, which are known to occur within San Pedro Creek." ...  Gidget Navarro, Calstrans ...  "Last Wednesday (10/15/14), the creek channel was refilled with water and the California red-legged frogs and steelhead were happily back in the creek."

San Francisco Chronicle/Paul Chinn, 7/23/14. "Demolition begins on Highway 1 bridge in Pacifica," slide show photographs by Paul Chin with captions (15). "A road crew demolishes the old San Pedro Creek bridge on Highway 1 in Pacifica, Calif. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. North and southbound traffic on the Coast Highway is being diverted during the project which, when completed in mid-2016, will include a seismically safe, longer and higher bridge over the creek to prevent potential flooding." (1).  ... "Water from San Pedro Creek is diverted through a large hose while a road crew demolishes the bridge above on Highway 1 in Pacifica, Calif. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. North and southbound traffic on the Coast Highway is being diverted (at left) during the project which, when completed in mid-2016, will include a seismically safe, longer and higher bridge over the creek to prevent potential flooding." (14).

Note photograph from Go Native, Inc, a habitat restoration company, "Projects: San Pedro Creek and Pacifica State Beach."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Thursday, October 23, 2014

More NIMBY tricks: Riptide smear attempt strikes at mainstream candidates

Thanks, we'll eat the bananas,
and leave one for you
to slip on, on the way out
NIMBY tactics 101:  Skip substance, focus on fringe issues, dwell on irrelevant, scapegoat named opinion. 

1.   Ape Shall Not Kill Ape (Anonymous) to Mike O'Neill and Victor Spano:  You commingling with the "hateful ones"? Aside from your campaign being about Kathy Meeh comments, Ape has "three (3) questions for each of you":  1) Got bananas?  2)  Who you sharing bananas with? 3)  How many bananas you giving us, before we slip you out the door on a banana peel?   Pacifica Riptide, "City Council race: Open Letter to O'Neill and Spano", 10/22/14. 

Reference- Fix Pacifica reprint from Riptide, 9/16/14,"Past city councilmember Jim Vreeland has apparently died."  The link includes comment sequence, context, the artificial NIMBY driven dust-up and diversion which occurred-- strategized disrespectful behavior against the memory of their Saint Vreeland.  They knew better, and did it anyway.

2.  Michele Coxon (dittohead) to O'Neill and Spano:  "Hateful opinions = BIGGER, MORE, unchecked development."  Pacifica Riptide/Michele Coxon/Special, Opinion: "Bigger is not better", 10/22/14. "Strangely, city council candidates Mike O'Neill and Victor Spano have been endorsed by her (Kathy Meeh) and would appear to share here hateful opinions. ...  Building Bigger and More requires Bigger and More of everything else to support it..." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Red Ribbon Week, October 27-31

Submitted by
Captain Joe Spanheimer . Pacifica Police Department . Administration & Investigative Services Division

Some people don't want to fix Pacifica, the "hate" comes from them

For those who may not be familiar with blog policy (upper left):  "3) attempts to turn conversations into grade-school playground brawls, will be removed." NIMBIES call that censorship.  

 Pacifica Tribune Letters to the Editor, 10/22/14.    "Don't fix Pacifica" by BJ Nathanson

"Editor: Victor Spano's slogan is "Fix Pacifica." It's on his signs and his website. He was even handing out water bottles that said "Fix Pacifica" on them at the Fog Fest.

For those unfamiliar with it, Fix Pacifica is a local blog that for years has spewed hateful attacks on anyone with whom they disagree, and no one has been a victim of those attacks more than the late Jim Vreeland.

In the week after Jim passed away, while the rest of us were paying our respects, Fix Pacifica was posting dozens of inappropriately negative comments, denigrating Jim's name and legacy.

Blog moderator Kathy Meeh not only allowed the comments to be posted, she herself made some of the worst ones, and then censored most of the comments that dared to call for restraint and civility. (In a tortuous twist of absurdity, she censored comments that rightly accused her of censoring comments, while allowing comments that accused rival blog Pacifica Riptide of censoring comments.)

This is the same Kathy Meeh who is the second endorser listed on Victor Spano's website. It is one thing to be endorsed BY Fix Pacifica, but Victor's campaign appears to be an endorsement OF Fix Pacifica. He will not be getting my vote." 

Related -  Fix Pacifica reprint article - "..Vreeland has apparently died, 9/16/14, announcement from Pacifica Riptide.  

Note:  The above Letter to the Editor  was printed in the Pacifica Tribune as one paragraph, broken into several paragraphs for easier reading. A Tribune postscript includes:  BJ Nathanson Former Planning Commissioner and Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commissioner.  Imagine a former Planning Commissioner who claims not want to Fix Pacifica, and rejects a city council candidate with an awesome economic development background. That candidate, Victor Spano wants to help fix Pacifica-- definitely vote to elect him!    Note photograph: dogs from Language lab unleashed.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

The last candidates forum review

We're done with city council candidate forums,
okay, I didn't get it the first 5 times
Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff, 10/21/14.  "Last candidates' forum aired views-- time now to vote."   

The last candidates' forum of this election season happened last Saturday (10/18/14) at the Pacifica/Daly City Democrats meeting at Sharp Park Restaurant. .... The first question asked the candidates to name their position on highway widening. Since that issue has come up in other forums and in the candidates' responses to Tribune questions, it won't be rehashed here.

What decision will you work on first?  ....  Therese Dyer said completing the highway widening and selling the former wastewater treatment plant will be her first acts.  .... John Keener said to vote 'no' on the highway widening and to begin holding public budget forums.  Read article.

Note photograph from Adrian Medina/lishengpanda,"self portrate".

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Measure H

The College District has grossly misspent previous bond money, using it for projects such as paying off CSM faculty housing debt ($48 million, building a private Athletic Club with bond money, and spending $90 million on the College Center at CSM. The cost to construct this building comes out to $650 per square foot!  And the "Yes" campaign is financed by companies that are being paid by bond and tax money.

Please visit for information about past spending as well as about projects the District plans to build if this newest bond measure passes (including $100,000,000 to replace the theater at Skyline and $30,000,000 to remodel and expand the four year-old building that houses the private SM Athletic Club). Neither project is mentioned in the intentionally vague language of the ballot argument.

Submitted by

Donna Bischoff, CSM and Canada student

Water supply earthquake ready

Retrofit:  New 5 mile tunnel under the San Francisco Bay.

The Almanac/Barbara Wood, 10/16/14.  "First water from new Bay Tunnel reaches Crystal Springs."

system map
Water supply route Hetch Hetchy to Crystal Springs
Eighty years ago, the arrival of the first drinking water to make the long journey from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in the Sierra Nevada to Crystal Springs Reservoir was greeted at the site of the Pulgas Water Temple off Canada Road north of Woodside by a crowd estimated at 20,000 people.

On Wednesday (Oct. 15) a much smaller group met in the same place to greet the arrival of the first drinking water to travel from Hetch Hetchy to Crystal Springs via a newly completed Bay Tunnel, which goes under the San Francisco Bay.  The new tunnel should make the water supply for the Peninsula and San Francisco much more likely to be available after a major earthquake, officials say.

.... "San Mateo County has been pivotal to the water supply of San Francisco going back to 1852," when the first water storage reservoir was built here, he said. Today, as scientists warn that another major earthquake could be imminent, the system is ready, he said, "This work was done ahead of "a possible disaster, he said.   

....  The Bay Tunnel is just one part of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program, with a $4.6 billion budget, primarily designed to assure water will still be available after an earthquake. The project also will develop new sources of groundwater and a supply of recycled water.    Read article.

Related article with video - ABC 7 news/Katie Marzullo, 10/15/14. "Hetch Hetchy delivers seismically sound water tunnel." This tunnel is one of the most significant projects, of the 83 projects on tap. Officials had two choices -- replace the aging, leaking pipes that run along the Dumbarton Bridge or bore a tunnel under the San Francisco Bay. We decided the tunnel because the tunnel was more seismically resistant and also it minimized the impact of sensitive habitat and wildlife that was on the surface," said Harlan Kelly, General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The tunnel is five miles long, under the San Francisco Bay and it's the first of its kind. Not to be confused with the Transbay Tube, which sits on the bay floor."

Reference San Francisco Water Power Sewer,"services of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission". "We manage a complex water supply system stretching from the Sierra to the City and featuring a complex series of reservoirs, tunnels, pipelines, and treatment systems.  ...The Peninsula watershed in San Mateo County contributes surface water supplies captured and stored in lower and upper Crystal Springs and San Andreas Reservoirs and in two smaller reservoirs, Pilarcitos and Stone Dam. The 6 reservoirs in the Alameda and Peninsula watersheds capture rain and local runoff.

Note the graphic water system map is from this San Francisco Water Power Sewer (reference above). The map details are fuzzy, for better detail you may want to open that link.   

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Gypsy Hill Rezoning

Just saw this article on Gypsy Hill on the Riptide blog. Several weeks ago,m I had commented on about the feasibility of rezoning Gypsy Hill as commercial. Unknown to me at the time, it appears that a portion of Gypsy Hill already has that zoning and building homes on that portion of the property would require a modification of the General Plan. I still feel that an office park or other commercial venture at that location is worth exploring if indeed, Pacifica is serious about increasing revenue via a commercial base. Perhaps you can share this article with your readers.


Dan Murray
Opinion: Gypsy Hill Project Requires Change in General Plan
Pacifica Riptide is the original social media in Pacifica, California, featuring news and opinion on the San Mateo County coastside since 2007.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Reminder Planning Commission meeting tonight, Monday, 10/18/14

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.

Planning Commission Agenda, 10/20/14 (pdf pages 20).    Fix Pacifica Agenda 10/20/14 article.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Redwood City downtown palm trees will be replaced

The Daily Journal/Michelle Durand, 10/17/14.  "Palm fungus may force more Redwood City tree removals."

Redwood City downtown,
"new urbanist renaissance"
 Pacifica Vallemar: "we saved
our palm trees, 2010-11."
"The same fungus that caused the removal of five Redwood City palms around Courthouse Square and Theater Way may force the city to uproot all of its downtown trees.
 ....  One tree removal is currently scheduled but any others will be held off until the new year to maintain downtown’s ambiance during the holidays, Smith said.

.... Replacing the fallen trees with other palms — at a cost of up to $30,000 per tree — is ill-advised because the infection remains alive underground even after the removal and will attack the new plant.  The City Council is expected to hear by year’s end some options to ease the aesthetic loss of the trees, including replacement with a more resilient species."   Read more.

Related, Redwood City -  CNU 23, Dallas Forth Worth,"City spotlight: the new urbanist renaissance of downtown Redwood City." "It is unknown to many New Urbanists, but one of the most dramatic downtown comeback stories of our generation is taking place in Redwood City, California

Usual NIMBY tactics
I have been lucky enough to serve as Redwood City’s Downtown Development Coordinator for the past ten years, and to play a role in its renaissance. This dynamic district, formerly ridiculed as “Deadwood City,” has seen an amazing turnaround due to an aggressive program of code reform, a strong investment in public spaces, and a strategy of using entertainment as a catalyzing force. .... The citizens of Redwood City had long desired for their Downtown to be revitalized, and steadily demanded that actions be taken to improve the area."

Related, Pacifica (its a stretch but someone's got to do it)  Coastsider/Barry Parr, 3/25/10. "Rally in Pacifica to save the palm trees in Vallemar, Palm Sunday, Mar 28." .... "The core issue is that the trees have now grown close enough to PG&E’s high voltage lines to present a fire and electrocution hazard.  Citizens have argued that this was a foreseeable consequence of placing lines directly above these trees, which have, naturally, grown taller.  As of now, PG&E is not willing to fund environmentally friendly solutions such as redirecting lines, extending poles, or undergrounding the wires." 

 Vallemar Palms blog/Alp Sendil, 4/30/11. "Palm update."  "In April 2010, Mayor Sue Digre announced the formation of the Vallemar Tree Tree Working Group. This group consisted of concerned residents of Vallemar, representatives from Parks, Beaches & Recreation commission, representatives from PG&E, and of course, members of public works from the City of Pacifica. Although specific residents are appointed to the group, the meetings have been open to the general public. The members of the original Vallemar Tree Working Group were myself, Jeff Moroso, Ken Miles, Jody Webster, and Amy Mayo. Amy eventually stepped down and Patti Wylie joined."

Note photographs are from the related articles above.  Redwood city downtown from CNU 23.  Vallemar palm trees with PG&E truck from Coastsider; sign tacked on Vallemar palm tree from Vallemar Palms blog. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh