Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Reminder Planning Commission meeting, tonight Tuesday January 17, 2017

Item 1, modify proposed design
addition from 400 to 625 sq ft.
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.  

Fix Pacifica Planning Commission 1/17/17 article.     Planning Commission Agenda, 1/17/17, pdf pages 70:  Item 1 pages 2 -47; Item 2 pages 48 - 70.

Public hearing
1.     Modify a single-family residence development design permit, 111 Kent Road, Pedro Point.
2.     Emergency Coastal Development Permit to demolish 310 Esplanade Avenue apartment building. Demolition begins this week.
Note Item 1, photograph from Zillow, street view, see Redfin.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Monday, January 16, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration week

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What to do on Martin Luther King Day:
Trump meets with Martin Luther King, III
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Reality check: Look out
Black (and all other) people!
ABC News/Politics/Veronica Stracqualursi, 1/16/17. "What to Expect at Donald Trump's Inauguration." "On Friday (1/20/17), Donald Trump and Mike Pence will participate in a tradition that’s over 200 years old -- the presidential and vice-presidential inauguration. “We're going to have a very, very elegant day. The 20th is going to be something that will be very, very special, very beautiful," President-elect Trump has said of his big day."
ABC News/Jordyn Phelps and Alana Abramson, 1/16/17. "Trump meets with Martin Luther King Jr.'s son." "President-elect Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King Jr.'s son to discuss the civil rights leader's legacy. Martin Luther King III said that he had 'a very constructive meeting" with the president-elect and touched on how he hopes to be a "bridge-builder' to help the country "become a greater nation" moving forward. He praised the work of Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia congressman and icon who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. at Selma and other key civil rights protests. 

Martin Luther King III did not criticize Trump directly, saying that in the 'heat of emotion, a lot of things get said on both sides.' 'The goal is to bring America together,' King said in the lobby of Trump Tower this afternoon. Trump's incoming press secretary, Sean Spicer, announced on Twitter that the president-elect would meet with Martin Luther King III today, as the nation observes the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr."

Related, inauguration week events. Newsweek/Michele Gorman, 1/10/17, "2017 Trump Inauguration: Schedule of Events."  Related, protest events,  SF Gate/San Franciso Chronicle/Sarah Ravani, 1/14/17, "Bay Area events tied to Trump inauguration."  Note photographs and related articles. Meeting with Martin Luther King III by Drew Angerer/Getty from People/Politics/Sandra Sobiera J. Westfall, 1/16/17, "Martin Luther King III, After Meeting with Donald Trump: 'We've got to move forward."  Martin Luther King III by Getty Images from MogaznewsEn, 1/16/17, "Trump to meet Martin Luther King III in New York after John Lewis spat."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017


Time and date.com, "Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States." "Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. 

Image result for Martain Luther King, Jr. picturesImage result for Martain Luther King, Jr. picturesWhat do people do?  Martin Luther King Day is a relatively new federal holiday and there are few long standing traditions. It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Some educational establishments mark the day by teaching their pupils or students about the work of Martin Luther King and the struggle against racial segregation and racism. In recent years, federal legislation has encouraged Americans to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.


Martin Luther King Day, also known as Martin Luther King’s birthday and Martin Luther King Jr Day, is combined with other days in different states. For example, it is combined with Civil Rights Day in Arizona and New Hampshire, while it is observed together with Human Rights Day in Idaho. It is also a day that is combined with Robert E. Lee’s birthday in some states. The day is known as Wyoming Equality Day in the state of Wyoming."


Reference.  HistoryNet.com/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Facts, information and articles about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a prominent figure in Black History." "Dr. Martin Luther King (National Archives) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. summary: Martin Luther King, Jr. became the predominant leader in the Civil Rights Movement to end racial segregation and discrimination in America during the 1950s and 1960s and a leading spokesperson for nonviolent methods of achieving social change. His eloquence as a speaker and his personal charisma, combined with a deeply rooted determination to establish equality among all races despite personal risk won him a world-wide following. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1964 and was selected by Time magazine as its Man of the Year. His “I Have a Dream” speech, which is now considered to be among the great speeches of American history, is frequently quoted. His success in galvanizing the drive for civil rights, however, made him the target of conservative segregationists who believed firmly in the superiority of the white race and feared social change. He was arrested over 20 times and his home was bombed. Ultimately, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, on the balcony of a motel where he was staying in Memphis. A monument to Dr. King was unveiled in the national capital in 2012. .... Accomplishments: Leader of African American Civil Rights Leader; Nobel Peace Prize (1964); Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977); Congressional Gold Medal (2004). Died April 4, 1968, Memphis Tennessee."   March on Washington speech, 1963. "I have a dream", pdf pages 6. .... "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ..." (page 5). 


Related articles.  The New York Times/Opinion/The Stone/Chris Lebron, PhD, Black studies/philosophy, Yale, 1/18/15,"What, to the Black American, is Martin Luther King Jtr. Day." .... ...  joy in a time of injustice is a very great luxury, one indulged in by either the willfully blind or the callously indifferent. The rest of us must come to terms with what we face and where we are headed. It is as Dr. King says: The arc of the moral universe is long; and it does bend where dissatisfied courage triumphs over privileged contentment.  The New Yorker/Jelani Cobb, 1/16/17, "Martin Luther King Day with Trump." "The holiday will be presided over by a President who scarcely seems to comprehend King's principles. ....This year, it highlights the fact that we’ve arrived at a place where the familiar landmarks are missing. The Memphis marchers in 1968 held one advantage: they knew the road they were going down."  Independent/UK/Adam Withnall, 1/15/17, "Martin Luther King Day: Donald Trump cancels visit to African American history museum in wake of civil rights row."Donald Trump will no longer visit the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture to mark Martin Luther King Day, according to reports. .... It was not immediately clear what Mr Trump would be doing instead of the trip, while the sources told ABC News he would be marking MLK Day in another way."   Note photograph/graphics. Celebrate from Alaris Health calendar; do the right thing from Picsholic pictures, quotes and wallpapers, "25+ famous Martin luther King jr Quotes.


Posted by Kathy Meeh

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Illegit councilwoman Deirdre will be given her orders from the gang. Everyone should attend and watch!

·  Pacificans for Highway 1 Alternatives, 
·  Fair Rents 4 Pacifica, 
·  Pacifica Peace People, & 
·  Pacifica Climate Committee 

invite you to:

Build the 
Beloved Community
 ...a community planning event to share 
our dreams for Pacifica and beyond,…

Sunday, January 15
2:30-4:30 pm

Brief presentations by representatives of 
 Fair Rents 4 Pacifica
 Pacifica Peace People
 Pacifica Climate Committee
 Discussion in break out groups Reconvening of all present to discuss

… beginning to build an organization that will further our work of building a more progressive, resilient and compassionate community in these critical times.

Pacifica Coastside Museum 
(Little Brown Church) 
1850 Francisco Blvd.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact:       kaufman.cynthia13@gmail.com

Posted by Steve Sinai

Connect newsletters, mid-January, 2017

City of Pacifica/Connect with Pacifica weekly newsletters archives/Office of City Manager.  Week of 1/9/2017: Winter Storms, read more.

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310 Esplanade Avenue, seabird view
"Highway 1 Landslide. Late Sunday night, a landslide on Highway 1 at Shelldance forced closure of the northbound lanes.  .... ... Tuesday’s morning commute flowed normally. From the City’s perspective, the response from Caltrans was a marked improvement compared to the last major traffic tie-up in 2015.

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Highway 1 landslide blocks traffic
Drainage System Failure Behind Manor Fire Station.  .... The recent storms have expanded the hole significantly and created safety concerns for traffic on this stretch of Edgemar Avenue.  The hole was caused by an underground drainage pipe becoming misaligned with age, and with last year’s rainfall, the system began to fail and produced the initial problem.

Downed Trees Posed a Serious Problem.  Over the weekend we received 33 calls for service, 26 of them were for downed trees.  We experienced flooding in the Linda Mar area but, fortunately, no private property was affected.  Staff attributes the positive flooding results to the proactive actions taken last week to get ready for storm conditions.
Not included in this tally is the tree that fell and crushed a house, trapping a resident inside until PG&E arrived and de-energized the power lines that had fallen with the tree.  City staff also responded and helped rescue the resident and clear the roadway.  There were other emergencies as well that kept us busy.
I wish us all a safe weekend, free from landslides, sink holes and falling trees! 
Lorie Tinfow, City Manager.  Email ConnectWithPacifica@ci.pacifica.ca.us

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Manor Fire Department
parking lot sinkhole
Related, prior week.  Week of 1/2/2017: Happy New Year, and the first storm, read more. "First of all, Happy New Year!  I hope that 2017 proves to be a wonderful year of health and happiness for you and your family!
 .... ...  be sure your gutters are clean and not blocked by obstacles and check nearby storm drains; if you see debris, please remove it.  Also high winds can bring down trees and power lines so make sure you have flashlights with fresh batteries placed around your home or office. If you need sand bags, we have set up three locations to get supplies: (1) behind the Linda Mar Fire Station, (2) at the City’s Corporation Yard located on the corner of Oceana Blvd. and Milagra Ave., and (3) at the former waste water plant site located on the corner of Montecito & Palmetto Avenues.  Supplies are limited so please take only what you need. 
The City staff who are directly involved in preparing for and responding to storm conditions do an amazing job.  I am so proud of their efforts and their commitment to take care of the community under very challenging conditions." (Lorie Tinfow, City Manager)

Related, Manor Fire Department parking lot drainage articles. KRON 4, 1/13/17, Vince Cestone KRON and Shannon Conking,"Massive Pacifica sinkhole opens up after recent Bay Area Storms. includes video 45 seconds. "PACIFICA (KRON) — A massive sinkhole in Pacifica that started about five months ago really opened up after a recent series of Bay Area storms, (1/10/17 rainfall 24 hours 3.42 inches).  The sinkhole is about 40 feet across and more than 15 feet deep. The heavy rain over the weekend expanded the hole, making it three times larger. The sinkhole is located in the parking lot behind the Manor Fire Department in Pacifica at 616 Edgemar Avenue just off Highway 1.  A creek nearby might have contributed to the creation of the sinkhole.  A runoff pipe from that creek runs underneath where it developed.  SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle/Michelle Robertson, 1/13/17, "Massive sinkhole in Pacifica opens up."  .... The sinkhole appeared about five months ago and recently opened once again, expanding to three times its size following this weekend's heavy rainfall. Pacifica city officials have been applying for emergency erosion grants as homes continue to be demolished in the face of dangerous erosion."   
Note photographs. Left:  Mudslide on highway 1 Dave Kent, YouTube,3:03 minutes,"Pacifica CA landslide blocks highway 1 Monday January 9, 2017, drone footage." Right:  310 Esplanade Avenue apartment building from KRON 4, 12/15/16,video, 2:17 minutes, "Pacifica set to demolish vacant apartment building at edge of crumbling cliff/Bay City News." Sinkhole from the related KRON article, 45 seconds.  Related archived video, see KRON 4/Pacifica video. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Friday, January 13, 2017

Planning Commission meeting, Tuesday January 17, 2017

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.

Planning Commission Agenda, 1/17/17, pdf pages 70:  Item 1 pages 2 -47; Item 2 pages 48 - 70.

Open Session, 7:00 p.m.
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Item 2, Demolishing 310 Esplanade Ave
is expected to being the week of 1/17/17.
Administrative (page 1):  Order of the Agenda; Approval of the Minutes 12/5/16.  Liaison to next City Council meeting, none. Communications: Public oral. Study Session, none.  Consent Items, none.  Closed Session, none. Presentation, none.

Public hearings
1.     CDP-336-13.  Modify a 10/3/16 approved 400 sq ft addition development design permit (coverage, height, side setback, garage areas) to 625 sq ft:  111 Kent Road, (APN 023-032-070), a 3-strory single-family residence located on a 5,700 sq ft lot, Pedro Point.  Recommendation approved as conditioned with no other approvals, subject to City Council and California Coastal Commission appeal. 

2.     CDP-379-16.  City ""imminent health and safety hazard" Emergency Coastal Development Permit application to demolish vacant 310 Esplanade Avenue apartment building (APN 009-413-010) was approved 12/27/16. The demolition is expected to begin this week (1/17/17) with up to 4 weeks to complete, (the 60 days permit ends 2/25/17). 
Communications:  Commission, Staff. Adjourn.

Reference Acronyms.  APN, Assessor's parcel number. CDP, Coastal Development permit. CZ, (Coastal Zone Combining) zoning districts. LDR, low density residential.  PE, Parking Exception. PSD, Site Development permit. PV, Variance. S, Sign permit. SP, Specific Plan. SUB Subdivision. 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, Reference.com. S, City of Pacifica Sign ordinance.
Related Item 2 article, and photographs. SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle/Sarah Ravani, 1/6/17, "Pacifica moves closer to demolishing crumbling apartment complex. Caption image 1 and 2, photograph 2 of 6. "Plans to demolish an apartment building at 310 Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica moved a step closer when city officials this week hired a San Jose demolition company."

Posted by Kathy Meeh