Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Private property owner dreams systematically mangled, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay Review/Ester Hahn, 5/21/15. "Wavecrest property violates city, county codes. Improper use draws criticism, hefty fines." 

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450 Wavecrest Road
.... "The address has brought public interest in the past while under the ownership of Don Heinz, a founding member of the Half Moon Bay Open Space Trust and a former member of the city's Planning Commission. “I bought that property in 1980 or ’81, and I was going to put up a barn and farm,” Heinz said in a phone interview from his current home in Massachusetts. “The city stopped that and wanted to put it into eminent domain.”

Local voters thwarted plans to develop the land in 1995, and a consequential Environmental Impact Report effectively limited the area’s development by private landowners, as well. In 2007, the city forced Heinz to vacate his land after he attempted to live there without sewage. He also violated zoning codes by allegedly repairing automobiles on the property zoned for agriculture.

Heinz leased out the land to Steve Melo and his local landscaping business. Melo recently purchased the land in November 2014, according to Heinz, although public records show that the land was purchased by a limited liability company. Heinz claimed that Melo used the land to store broken down vehicles since the lease began.  .... Environmental Health issued a notice of violation to the property owner on April 2, for violating state hazardous materials storage and disposal regulations.  .... Environmental Health officials say they believe that the property owner is addressing the violations and that the issues will be resolved in the next few weeks."  Read article.

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Next door, 460 Wavecrest Road
Reference, 450 Wavecrest Road, Half Moon Bay., Heinz Auto Service map (Between Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean, Half Moon Bay south, across the street from Wavecrest Open Space.  Google, street view.  Spokeo, property value $80,000.

Related article - Coastsider 8/16/07, "POST is buying Wavecrest." "Wavecrest has been planned for development since 1947, but the current era began in 1995 [timeline] and picked up steam when the school district decided to build a new middle school on the site. The site was the center of wrangling between pro-development and slow-growth forces until November 2005, when the district finally acknowledged that it couldn't afford to build there. However, the real blow to Wavecrest came a year earlier in August 2004 when the site was determined by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to be California red-legged frog habitat. The project became mired in the federal endangered species habitat process. It became clear that the site was a long way from being developable, regardless of what happened in Half Moon Bay." 

Related land area description -,"Off of Wavecrest." Property details, 1.5 acres, $105,000. Beautiful parcel of land near protected open space land closeby Wavecrest. The parcel may not be buildable at this time. Contact Half Moon Bay Building Department regarding use and variances. The land is level with some trees. This maybe the perfect place to fly a kite or picnic. Enjoy walking and hiking trails that are nearby in the Wavecrest area that Peninsula Open Space Trust cares for. The fresh ocean air lifts your senses while the scenery is breath taking. Seller financing is available."

Note photographs. 450 Wavecrest Road by Dean Coppola from the Half Moon Bay article. 460 Wavecrest Road, face page to Walk Score.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sonoma County whale washes ashore

The Press Democrat/Clark Mason, 5/23/15. "Dead whale washes up at Portuguese Beach in Sonoma County."

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Gray whale dinner for scavenger shorebirds
A dead, juvenile gray whale washed up on the Sonoma Coast this weekend at Portuguese Beach. The 28-foot whale appeared to have been dead for some time and was in a state of obvious decomposition, according to California State Parks Ranger Damien Jones.

....  Jones said State Parks did not plan to remove the whale from the beach, which is about halfway between Jenner and Bodega Bay. He said the tide could carry it out to sea again.“Generally we leave dead and sick animals where they are and let nature take its course,” he said.

May is the tail end of the gray whale northern migration from their breeding and birthing lagoons in Mexico back to their feeding grounds in Alaska. Although thousands of whales make the approximate 5,000-mile journey, including the newborn calves and their mothers, some of the cetaceans, especially juveniles, are believed to stay closer year-round to a more confined area.
There has been a series of dead whales washing up on Northern California beaches over the past five weeks.  Read article.

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Gray whale migration destination, Alaska  
Related articles - The Daily Journal/Bay City News Service, 5/26/16. "Another whale washes ashore, one of several in recent months." "A volunteer from the Marine Mammal Center took a tissue sample from the whale on Sunday, according to spokeswoman Yvette Koth. .. .. The dead whale washed ashore at Portuguese Beach in Sonoma County Sunday, a state park ranger said Monday. ....  State parks officials do not have plans to remove the whale carcass from the beach, Stinson said. Tech Times/Ted Ranosa, 5/25/15, Dead gray whale found washed up on Portuguese Beach." "Damien Jones, a ranger from the California State Parks, said the whale carcass does not show any injuries caused by trauma such as being hit by a ship. A tissue sample was sent to the Marine Mammal Center to further investigate what could have killed the animal. The Times Gazette/Sumitha Mani, 5/25/15. "Seventh dead whale washes ashore in 2015 on Sonoma County Beach." This one is number seven. The seventh dead whale this year washed ashore on a beach in the California bay area." 

Photograph of the dead whale from KRON4 News/Ana Verayo, l2/26/15. Gray whale jumping by Tom Brakefield/Getty Images, from USA Today/Travel/Seattle.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

City Manager presents ‘City Update’ to Rotary

City Manager Lori Tinfow will present a ‘City Update’ address to the Rotary Club of Pacifica at its Tuesday evening meeting on Tuesday, June 2nd starting at 6:30pm at Sharp Park Restaurant at the Sharp Park Golf Course. Rotary, a breakfast meeting club, now meets the first Tuesday evening of the month to provide an opportunity for those who cannot make the early morning weekly meetings to benefit from the fellowship and community service experiences that Pacifica Rotarians enjoy.

Manager Tinfow will discuss Council’s process to develop the 2015-16 Work Plan and highlight some of the projects and initiatives included in the plan.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the community and its future direction.  Time is always set aside for questions from the audience.

Interested individuals are invited to attend the meeting, meet the City Manager and learn more about the work of the Rotary Club of Pacifica.  Dinner is $20 or you can enjoy coffee only for $5.  RSVP by calling President Linda Jonas at 650-438-4848.

Rotary International is a leadership organization that promotes fellowship and focuses on service to the local and international communities.  We also welcome guests to visit Rotary any other Tuesday morning for our breakfast meeting from 7:15am to 8:30am at Sharp Park Restaurant.  Delicious breakfasts are available for $15 and coffee only for $5 at our meetings.  Visit or Rotary or call 650-438-4848 for further information.

Submitted by Victor Spano

Stalemate in solving existing Coastside water shortage

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Maybe it is "rocket science" to affect
Government and Agencies moving forward.
Half Moon Bay Review/Esther Hahn, 5/21/15. "Recycled water remains pipe dream. Local water agencies agree to work together, again."

"It’s been a decade since Half Moon Bay voters overwhelmingly approved a measure supporting recycled water and now the state is locked in record-breaking drought. Yet Coastside agencies responsible for bringing recycled water to the area remain in the early planning stages.

In 2005, a city ballot measure recorded the local electorate’s 84 percent approval rating for a cooperative local approach to recycling water. But water managers and directors of wastewater treatment provider Sewer Authority Mid-coastside have only recently committed to work together.

Last October, officials with SAM and the Coastside County Water District sounded as though they had worked out their jurisdictional issues in regard to production and distribution of recycled water. They signed a letter of intent and guiding principles in January. “This is clearly a doable thing,” said Allan Alifano, the former Half Moon Bay City Councilman and former vice chair of the SAM board of directors. “This is not new. It’s not rocket science. If we’re truly committed, we can make it happen,” he said last year near the end of his term.   Read article.

Note photograph from Bill Whittle Dot.Com, the common sense resistance year two.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015

From USA Today/Allison Sylte, KSDK-TV, St. Louis, MO, 5/23/15.  "10 historical facts about Memorial Day."

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A day to remember soldiers who
gave their lives for America.
... "Memorial Day, a holiday honoring American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country: ....

Civil War: Approximately 620,000 Americans died. The Union lost almost 365,000 troops and the Confederacy about 260,000. More than half of these deaths were caused by disease.
World War I: 116,516 Americans died, more than half from disease.
World War II: 405,399 Americans died.
Korean War: 36,574 Americans died.
Vietnam Conflict: 58,220 Americans died. More than 47,000 Americans were killed in action and nearly 11,000 died of other causes.
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm: 148 U.S. battle deaths and 145 non-battle deaths.
Operation Iraqi Freedom: 4,422 U.S. service members died.
Operation New Dawn: 66 U.S. service members died.
Operation Enduring Freedom: 2,318 U.S. service members have died as of May."

And beyond these deaths, many more returning soldiers and their families have been permanently injured in so many ways. 

Reference, includes videos. "Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer."   US Memorial Day, from About. "This site was created in the fall of 1994 to be a central point of information about Memorial Day in the United States of America, help restore its original intent, and to provide others a chance to share their feelings, pride, respect, and honor for those that gave their all. ....  Memorial Day started off as a somber day of remembrance; a day when Americans went to cemeteries and placed flags or flowers on the graves of our war dead. It was a day to remember ancestors, family members, and loved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  ... How do we honor the 1.8 million that gave their life for America since 1775? How do we thank them for their sacrifice? We believe Memorial Day is one day to remember."

Note graphic from All latest HD images, clip Art.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Bad tuna, not ours

CA Department of Public Health, 2/21/15. "CA Department of Public Health announces salmonella cases investigation."

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Not a tuna, but fresh to begin with 
Image result for sushi picture"California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Karen Smith today announced that CDPH is investigating a cluster of Salmonella cases that has so far sickened 31 California residents in six counties.  The California cluster is part of a multi-state Salmonella Paratyphi B outbreak that is likely linked to consumption of raw tuna commonly used in sushi. As of May 21, 2015, 53 cases have been reported in nine states, including 31 in California.

Image result for sushi picture"As the investigation continues, this is a good reminder to Californians that there are sometimes risks when eating raw or undercooked meats, fish or poultry,” said Dr. Smith. “This is particularly true for young children, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems who may be at an increased risk of severe illness.”

Most of the patients reported eating sushi containing raw tuna. To date, 10 patients have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The outbreak appears to be ongoing. The California case-patients reside in six Southern California counties, including Los Angeles (nine), Orange (six), Riverside (four), San Diego (seven), Santa Barbara (one), and Ventura (four). Illness dates have ranged from March 5, 2015 through May 13, 2015. The ages of the patients range from less than one to 83 years.
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Not a tuna, and so not fresh later 

CDPH, state and local health departments, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are continuing to investigate the source of the outbreak. CDPH’s Division of Communicable Disease Control will continue to monitor for additional cases with a matching strain, coordinate follow-up of possible cases and review epidemiological data to further evaluate the source of the outbreak. CDPH’s Food and Drug Branch, in coordination with FDA and food safety partners in other state and local health departments are continuing efforts to trace food distributors and sources from sushi restaurants named by case patients.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Most patients recover without any treatment, however, some patients may need to be hospitalized because of the severity of the diarrhea. The disease can cause death if not treated promptly.
For more information about Salmonella, visit CDPH’s website. For information about the FDA investigation visit: .

Related news Ryan, 5/22/15. "Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 31 in California linked to raw tuna."

Note:  Cafe Sushi from Cambridge USA. Chef by Thaddeus Zwolfe from Man I love films. Tuna Sushi  by Tony Cenicola from New York Times/Dining and Wine.  Unrelated Humpback whale necropsy (autopsy) photographs upper right by Lisa Fernandez from NBC Bay Area; lower right by Ryan Berger from Point Blue Conservation science.  The whale pictures are a last jab at the City for not taking care of the rotting whale problem.   

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Central Park area development, San Mateo

The Daily Journal (San Mateo County), Samantha Weigel, 5/14/15. "Central Park development gets approval: San Mateo planners approve Trans World's housing, office redevelopment proposal."

Image result for Central Park, San Mateo, CA pictureImage result for Central Park, San Mateo, CA picture.... "A new office building and up to 60 residences is set to share the southwest corner of San Mateo’s premier park after planners narrowly approved the Central Park South redevelopment. Trans World Assurance Company, owner of the site, has long sought to redevelop the properties that Planning Commissioners turned an extra critical eye toward Tuesday evening as the location borders Central Park. The nearly 2-acre site covering four properties spanning from El Camino Real down to 31 Ninth Ave., currently houses a two-story office and bank building, two facilities occupied by the substance abuse treatment center Project 90 and a multi-family housing complex.

Image result for Central Park, San Mateo, CA picture.... Trans World now seeks to construct a four-story office building on the El Camino Real corner and condense its three Ninth Avenue properties into a four-story apartment building with 60 units, five of which will be offered as affordable, according to a city staff report. The 33,400 square-foot office building will house Trans World’s headquarters along with other commercial tenants while providing 88 parking spaces spread between an at-grade lot and underground structure. The 77,800-square-foot housing complex will contain a mix of one-and two-bedroom units as well as 112 parking spaces with the majority located in two underground levels, according to the report.
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The park, the community,
business, residential,
all will co-exist

.... Despite public concerns the project would result in more traffic and parking problems while removing 41 trees just south of downtown, the commission vote 2-1 to approve the proposal." Read more.

Related article - San Mateo County Times/Aaron Kinney, 5/13/15. "San Mateo Planning Commission approves Central Park South development." Residents added they are worried about the cumulative impact on traffic from other nearby projects. Another developer has proposed erecting a 117-unit residential building along Fifth Avenue on the northern edge of Central Park. The 83-acre second phase of the Bay Meadows racetrack redevelopment is underway, and a massive project that includes up to 599 residential units is about to be constructed on Delaware Street at the former home of Kmart. But a traffic consultant told the commission that while Central Park South will increase traffic on Ninth Avenue, the effect will be "fairly modest" and within city guidelines. Ron Munekawa, the city's chief planner, told the commission that Hexagon's study took the other projects into account. "

References.  Planning - City of San Mateo, PA13-044 Central Park South Pre-application completed, 885 South El Camino Real; 15, 25 and 31 9th Avenue.  The property owner - Transworld Assurance Company. and About, ...."TWA is also proud to be an underwriter of our U.S. military's Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) program that protects all military members throughout the world." Central Park map, City of San Mateo. north E. 5th Ave, West El Camino Real, south 9th Avenue, east Laurel Avenue.

Note photographs of Central Park. Park entry from  Wikipedia.  Rose garden image from City-Data.
Japanese Garden from Trip Advisor. Fitzgerald Field from Bay Area Softball Stats.

Posted by Kathy Meeh