Saturday, December 3, 2016

Rockaway Tree Lighting, Sunday, December 4, 2016

City of Pacifica, City Manager's Office/Lorie Tinfow City Manager, "Connect with Pacifica this week, 11/28/16. 

And good news: the City library planning continues.
"Since the election, there have been some questions raised about the library bond measure and the City’s library planning efforts.  For answers to some specific questions we have received please click this link: For The Record webpage

While it’s true that the library bond measure failed to pass—it garnered 54% in “yes” votes but failed to get the required 2/3 needed to pass—the City’s library planning efforts continue.

We want to hear from the community regarding the library and are preparing a survey to gather your feedback.  More information about this effort will follow in next week’s Connect with Pacifica.

On a different topic, if you are planning to attend the Rockaway Tree Lighting event on Sunday, Dec. 4, please stop by the City’s information booth and say hello!"  Read More.
Related, City News" from the above article:  Chamber of Commerce in coordination with the City of Pacifica Tree Lighting event."...  Sunday, December 4th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm with the  6th Annual Rockaway Tree Lighting Festival. Stop by the City of Pacifica booth to say "hi" while enjoying local shops, vendor booths, food trucks, pony rides, visits with Santa and more. Click here for more information about the event."  More Parks, Beaches & Recreation Special Events.
Posted by Kathy Meeh

Planning Commission meeting, Monday December 5, 2016

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.

Planning Commission Agenda, 12/5/16, pdf pages 118. 

Open Session, 7:00 p.m
Administrative (pages 1-2):  Order of the Agenda; Approval of the Minutes 10/17/16, 11/7/16, 11/21/16 Liaison to next City Council meeting. Communications: Public oral. Study Session, none.  Consent Items, none.  Closed Session, none. Presentation, none. 

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Ah, it's the view...
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Item 3. 1493 Grand Avenue:
Continued Public Hearings 
1. CDP-364-16.  Renovation of Pacifica Skies Estates (93-unit mobile home park, 1300 Palmetto Avenue (APN 009-291-020).  Continue to a future date, item will be re-noticed to the public.
 2.  CDP-374-16, PSD-813-16, PV-517-16.  Construct a 154-sq. ft. balcony enclosure, 2355 Beach Blvd, 202 (APN 115-210-050). CEQA status: class 1 categorical exemption, section 1530 (e).  Deny or approve with conditions. 

New Public Hearings
3.  CDP-376-16. Construct a 1-story addition (661 sq. ft. and attached 250 sq. ft. deck near the rear of an an existing single family dwelling 1493 Grand Avenue (APN 023-021-110).  CEQA status: class 1 categorical exemption, section 15301.  Approve as conditioned. 
4.   S-117-15.  Construct a 4 ft. wide x 6 ft. high, double sided monument sign, in the front and center island section of 7-Eleven commercial parking lot, 137 Manor Drive (APN 009-141-320).  Approved as conditioned.

Consideration items, none.  Communications: Commission, Staff. Adjourn.
Related, Item 4 (above).  Google Map location:  7-Eleven, 137 Manor Drive, Pacifica. Note photographs, Item 3 (above), 1493 Grand Avenue house and view from Zillow
Reference Acronyms.  APN, Assessor's parcel number. CDP, Coastal Development permit. PE, Parking Exception. PSD, Site Development permit. PV, Variance. S, Sign permit. SP, Specific Plan. TA, text amendment. UP, Use permit.  Zoning. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).   CA CEQA Guidelines, Article 19, Categorical Exemptions.  Freestanding single-family residences set-back and parking, R1, S, City of Pacifica Sign ordinance.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Santa myth, children and adults

Science Daily/University of Exeter Journal Reference, Christopher Boyle, Kathy McKay (The Lancet Psychiatry, 2016), 11/25/16. "A wonderful lie."

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Image result for Santa Claus picture"Millions of parents convince their kids Father Christmas is real -- but this lie may be damaging, according to psychologist Christopher Boyle and mental health researcher Kathy McKay. They also suggest parents may not be motivated by purely creating magic for their children, but by a desire to return to the joy of childhood themselves. 

Writing in the Lancet Psychiatry, they say children's trust in their parents may be undermined by the Santa lie. "If they are capable of lying about something so special and magical, can they be relied upon to continue as the guardians of wisdom and truth?" they write. They also say idea of an all-seeing North Pole intelligence agency which judges every child as naughty or nice is -- when considered as an adult -- terrifying.

Professor Boyle, of the University of Exeter, says: "The morality of making children believe in such myths has to be questioned. "All children will eventually find out they've been consistently lied to for years, and this might make them wonder what other lies they've been told. "Whether it's right to make children believe in Father Christmas is an interesting question, and it's also interesting to ask whether lying in this way will affect children in ways that have not been considered."

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'Tis the season ... 
The authors accept that lying to children may sometimes be right. "An adult comforting a child and telling them that their recently deceased pet will go to a special place (animal heaven) is arguably nicer than telling graphic truths about its imminent re-entry into the carbon cycle," they write. But the Father Christmas fantasy may not be purely for the children, according to the authors. For adults, it's a chance to go back to a time when they believed in magic.

Dr McKay, of the University of New England, Australia, says: "The persistence of fandom in stories like Harry Potter, Star Wars and Doctor Who well into adulthood demonstrates this desire to briefly re-enter childhood. "Many people may yearn for a time when imagination was accepted and encouraged, which may not be the case in adult life." The essay concludes: "Might it be the case that the harshness of real life requires the creation of something better, something to believe in, something to hope for in the future or to return to a long-lost childhood a long time ago in a galaxy far far away?"

Note Santa graphics and photographs.  Santa and deer from EASY/Webneel, on 25 Funny Santa Claus pictures... Santa blowing snow from  One HDWallpaper.  Cats from Imagefully. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tribune Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Deirdre Martin does not deserve a place on Pacifica City Council. Rather than respecting the will of Pacifica voters, and in a tactic criticized by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senator Jerry Hill, and State Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Martin assured herself a seat on council by using an obscure provision of the federal Hatch Act to force Veterans Administration employee Mary Ann Nihart to resign from the race.

Martin tries to spin this as an unfortunate set of circumstances beyond anyone's control, but Martin and her supporters worked to force Nihart out. The Hatch Act says federal employees cannot run in partisan elections. Unlike Nihart and Vaterlaus, Martin pursued an endorsement from the San Mateo County Democrats, which turned the election from non-partisan to partisan. Martin's backers used that opportunity to appeal to the government agency that oversees these matters to eliminate Nihart from the race.

This is one of those laws that's only enforced if someone complains. Former Councilmember Jim Vreeland was an EPA employee who also ran in partisan council elections, yet his opponents never stooped to the level of Martin's backers and appealed to have him removed.

Recognizing the way the provision was abused, Speier has promised to try to get it removed from the Hatch Act.

So when Martin is giving the requisite platitudes about how she wants to represent and listen to all Pacificans, ask yourself why she didn't let you, the Pacifica voter, decide who would be on council?

Steve Sinai
East Sharp Park

Posted by Steve Sinai

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Disgusted with election tactics

"Disgusted with the election." by Robert Hutchinson

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Once again, NIMBIES breach ethical
boundaries, negate civic accountability,
and propagandize this City.
"I’m very disgusted. This election was a huge win for scoundrels using lies and deceit to get their way. It affirmed Lincoln's adage about fooling all of the people some of the time. The top office taker in D.C., the anti quarry campaign, and Mary Ann Nihart being forced to pull out, all based on deception. The strategy is to scare voters with statements such as 'the quarry developer can build 206 four-story-high housing units in Rockaway' - John Mayberry 11/2/16. 

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And locally, the Tribune?
And did our hometown paper attempt to correct any of these mistruths, lies and distortions?  No, it seemed they did the opposite by allowing a 'reporter' with no growth bias, and a no growth 'opinion writer' to write a string of slanted and untrue pieces, while the reporter and the newspaper itself failed to ask hard questions. Example, did city council candidate Deirdre Martin believe in planned retreat which involves abandoning Beach Blvd similar to their last candidate John Keener? It turns out she does. 

Don’t even get me started about these same opportunists taking no steps to try to save Nihart from having to withdraw.  They didn't even try by asking the Dems to withdraw the endorsement, or by asking Nihart what they could do. The Chronicle reported that Nihart would still win if she got the most votes, and that city council could then appoint her to council. But the Tribune failed to inform voters of that.  Now a third term popular incumbent candidate who has done so much for this city lost by about 100 votes. Disgusting.

The old Tribune of the 80’s & 90’s is alive and well. If nothing is done to the people responsible I won’t be renewing and paying them to spread disinformation. I would call for all advertisers and readers that feel the same way to email the Tribune Publisher ."

Submitted by Robert Hutchinson

Note:  the above Letter to the Editor was rejected from the Pacifica Tribune.  Photograph/graphics. Breaking News.. by Getty from US News and World Report/Rachel Dicker, 11/14/16, "Avoid These Fake News Sites at All Cost."  Anderson Cooper CNN news, from, Ed Ward, MD's Blog: US tyranny & treason.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reminder City Council meeting tonight, Monday, November 28, 2016

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Item 10. Camera worn
above shoulder (one version)
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.  

Public hearing. 
8.      Adopt updated CA Building Standards Codes.
9.     July 4, 2016 activities report.
10.   Police body worn camera implementation plan report.
Note photograph from the Baltimore Sun (video) from Police Technology, 10/27/15, "Baltimore PD Begins Body-Worn Camera."  

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Robot delivery coming to Silicon Valley, Redwood City

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Thanks for delivering lunch!
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Nice toy, but are you practical?
The Mercury News/Aaron Kinney, update 11/25/16, "Redwood City ready to debut futuristic delivery robots." 

"REDWOOD CITY — Starting in a few weeks, people walking in Redwood City will notice something strange underfoot: six-wheeled robots delivering food, groceries and packages in the downtown area.  By early 2017, there will be as many as 20 of the robots, or personal delivery devices, cruising the sidewalks as part of a ninth-month pilot program approved this month between the city and a European company launched in 2014 by two co-founders of Skype.

....  The pilot project is one of two in the United States — the other is in Washington, D.C. — and the latest step in the company’s plan for a rapid global expansion. Starship Technologies, headquartered in London, has also approached Menlo Park and Sunnyvale about a pilot project, conducted an autonomous driving test with its robots over the summer in Silicon Valley and performed testing this fall in Redwood City."  Read article.

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Beep, beep, don't step on robo.
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Ur, careful crossing the street.
Related article, presentation to Sunnyvale. Mercury News/Victoria Kezra, 11/24/16, "Little robots delivering packages and groceries? It could happen in Sunnyvale." "Henry Harris-Burland, marketing and communications manager at Starship Technologies, gave a presentation Nov. 15 to Sunnyvale City Council members, asking them to consider allowing the company to run a test pilot program in the city using “autonomous delivery robots” that would deliver parcels, groceries and food. .... Because of their size, robots travel only on sidewalks and curbs. Harris-Burland told the council that one of the company’s robots could take as many as 10 delivery cars off the road. The robots use GPS and their own software to find their way around cities."

Related approval, US Department of Transportation. Digital Trends, Drew Prindle and Ed Oswald, 7/6/16, includes YouTube video, 1:49 minutes, "Starship Technologies' cute sidewalk drones will roll into London soon." In the U.S., Starship Technologies has gained approval from the Washington, D.C., Department of Transportation to begin tests of the (ground-based) drone. Given that D.C. is a “no-fly zone” for airborne drones, Starship’s option appears to be a solution to that problem. It is the first ever approved test for ground-based drones anywhere in the U.S., and they should begin in September and continue through to the end of 2017.  Reference. Starship Technologies:  Starship Technologies/about.   Press Release - Starship Technologies.  Wikipedia.

Note photographs, Left:  Woman eating lunch (delivery from Just Eat) from Vemtire Beat/Paul Swers, 7/5/16, "Just Eat and Starship Technologies to power food delivery in London with self-driving robots." Robot crossing the street Emirates Business, 11/28/16, "Meet Robbie, the bot which delivers your shopping." Right:  Older man viewing robot,  Robohub/Robocars/Brad Templeton, 7/7/16, "Starship delivery robots getting ready to deliver in London, Germany, Bern." Younger man viewing the robot image to Swiss Post, 8/23/16, "Swiss Post to test self-driving delivery robot."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Sunday, November 27, 2016

President-elect Trump claims he won the popular vote, right

CNN/Tom LoBianco, 11/27/16, "Trump falsely claims 'millions of people who voted illegally' cost him popular vote." 

Image result for Trump photographs funnyImage result for Trump photographs funny"President-elect Donald Trump alleged Sunday, without evidence, that "millions of people" voted illegally for Hillary Clinton and otherwise he would have won the popular vote. It's an unprecedented allegation by a president-elect. Trump won the Electoral College and thus the White House, but the Democratic nominee leads him in the popular vote by about two million ballots. 'In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,' Trump tweeted.

....  This is the first time he has alleged voter fraud in his own victory and there is no evidence of any widespread voter fraud. Trump could be referencing a series of fake stories on conspiracy websites that said he actually beat Clinton in the popular vote count. Trump's transition team did not return requests for comment Sunday afternoon.

.... ... Trump has been railing over the weekend against a recount effort led by the Green Party, that he has dubbed a 'scam.' Green Party officials filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday after reports of possible voting discrepancies in areas that used paper ballots versus those where electronic voting took place. Earlier Sunday, Trump launched one of his trademark tweetstorms, reiterating his previous criticism of the recount effort, taking aim at Clinton. .... ... Trump has vacillated in his support for the Electoral College. In 2012, he tweeted: "The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy."  Read more.

Related article. NBC News/Phil McCausland, 11/27/16, "In tweet flurry, president-elect Trump calls election recount efforts 'sad'." .... "Trump was responding to the Clinton campaign's announcement that they intend to back the statewide presidential election recount effort taking place in Wisconsin, which was led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Marc Elias, a Clinton campaign lawyer, said they would involve themselves to ensure a "fair" process for all involved. .... Stein said she also intends to pursue recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, though she also stated on Twitter that she would "do a recount in any state where the deadline has not passed."      Note photographs. Trump Toilet paper by Gagster for sale, on, 250 sheet per roll, $12.95.  Trump in rage from Memes ... .

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Serving our community with distinction: recognizing Cal Hinton

Pacifica Tribune/Jean Bartlett, Features Correspondent, 11/25/16. "Travels through war and peace with former Pacifica fire chief."

Happy Birthday Cal!
"A resident of Pacifica since 1954, on the last day of November, Calvin “Cal” Hinton will turn 90. 'If I had known I was going to live this long,' Hinton laughed, 'I would have taken better care of my pickup truck.'

The former Pacifica Mayor and Councilmember was recognized for his commitment to his community by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California, 14th) in the Congressional Record on December 10, 2008.  ....  Hinton volunteered as a firefighter in 1955, was hired on in March of 1956, and made Captain in February of 1958. November of 1968 he was named Assistant Chief. In January of 1970 he was the City’s Fire Chief. He retired December of 1983. 'In 1996, Cal offered his services in a different capacity,' Speier went on to say, 'by seeking—and winning—a seat on the City Council. Twice more the voters of Pacifica returned him to office.'

....  'If we all just stop and look at all the things that we have in this country,' Hinton said, 'and all the things that we can do here that we can’t do any other place, we would know there’s so much to be thankful for.' "  Read article.
Reference, Congressional Record, Volume 154 Part 18. "In recognition of Pacifica City Councilman Calvin Hinton/Hon. Jackie Speier of California in the House of Representatives, Wednesday, December 10, 2008."  "Ms. Speier. Madam Speaker, please join me in paying tribute to Pacifica City Councilman Calvin Hinton, who retires this month after twelve years of admirably and honorably serving his community..."   Related.  Pacifica Historical Society/Famous Pacificans/Community Members.   Council Council candidates, 2004.   Legendary Locals of Pacifica/Chris Hunter/2013, photograph of City Council, page 2, scroll down for  more chapter 1, politics pictures. 

Note current photograph of "Cal Hinton and his dog Buddy" by Jean Bartlett from her Pacifica Trubune article above.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Friday, November 25, 2016

City Council meeting, Monday, November 28, 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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Item 5. Linda Mar Beach bacteria monitoring.
Special Presentations Beautification Advisory Committee, Mayors' Beautification Awards. 
Consent Calendar
1.     Approval of disbursements, report.  a) 11/4/16 - 11/15/16.
2.     Approval of City Council meeting Minutes, report. a) 11/14/16.
3.     Cancellation of 12/23/16 City Council meeting, report.
4.     MOU side-letter to San Mateo County Firefighters, IAFF Local 2400, Pacifica Firefighters:  requiring each unit member to contribute one percent (1%) of his/her base salary into a pretax 401(a)(h) account (for retirement medical expenses).  No fiscal impact to the City, report. a) Side letter (final).
5.     Approval of San Mateo Resource Conservation District for Pacifica Inter-Agency agreement:  1) Pacifica State Beach bacteria monitoring services, $133,494, with 2) San Mateo County reimbursing one quarter of the monitoring and reporting cost, $33,374, report. a) San Mateo County Resource Conservation District. b) Pacfica State Beach Bacteria TMDL Monitoring Services.
6.    Resolution, approving City Manager, Lorie Tinfow's employment agreement, third amendment: base salary $224,824, (annual City budget $5,756), report/resolution. a) employment agreement, 1/1/17. 
7.     Resolution, approving the Paul and Amy Kukielka dba Chit Chat Cafe lease Agreement, 2100 Beach Boulevard, located at the Pacifica Pier, report/resolution. a) lease,11/1/16, up to 5 years. 
Communications - Public (Oral); City Council; City Staff. Public Hearings, none. 

Public hearing
8.     First reading, adopt the 2016 Edition of Calforonia Building Standards Code with local amendments, report. a) Building Standards Code with Local Amendments, pdf pages 44. b) Stormwater Management and Discharge Control, pdf pages 13. c) Sewer Lateral Compliance Certificate, pdf pages 3.
9.     July 4, 2016 activities, report. a) Fireworks sales 2016, net proceeds $116,735.03. 
10.   Police body worn camera implementation plan, report. a) San Mateo County Superior Court report, pdf pages 48.  b)  City response to Grand Jury Report, pdf pages 3. 
Note photograph of Linda Mar Beach from Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica | Pacifica Beach Coalition.

Posted by Kathy Meeh