Saturday, May 20, 2017

City Council Meeting, Monday May 22, 2017

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.      Channel 26 television schedule, see Monday, 05/22/17.

Interactive City Council Agenda, 5/22/17.      City Council Agenda, 5/22/17, pdf pages 648.

Closed session, 5:30 p.m.
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Item 10.  And what are your local NIMBIES doing for you today?
Continued TRAFFIC hazard forever, what else.
Friend Deelopment LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company, price and terms of payment, 2212 Beach Blvd.

Open session, 7:00 p.m.
Consent Calendar
1.     Approval of financial disbursements, report.  a) 2/15/17 - 5/10/17.
2.     Rental agreement, Pacifica School District, child care services, FY (school year) 2017-18, amount $142,272, report. a) Lease.
3.     Amend City ordinance to increase Sewer Charges (second reading).  Report, Ordinance, pdf pages 6. 
4.     Amend City Fireworks ordinance, report, Ordinance, pdf pages 5.
Communications - Public (Oral); City Council; City Staff.   

Public hearings
6.     Appeal the Planning Commission's 3/20/17 denial to extend development permits for a 9-unit condominium development, 1567 Beach Blvd (APN 016-011-190).  a)
Appeal Letter, 3/30/2017. b) Approved project, 5/14/07.  c) PC Minutes 12/19/2016. d) PC report, 12/19/16. e)  PC report 3/20/2017. f)   Attachment 06 - Planning Commission Minutes 3/20/17
g)  PC Resolution, 3/20/17.  h) Mitigated Negative Declaration.  i) Appellant Cover Letter 3/20/17.  j) Vector Vision Stormwater Response 3/20/17.  k) GeoSoils Inc. Letter 3/19/17.
7.     Wet Weather Equalization project:  1) Construction to Sierra Mountain Construction, Inc., 2) Additional engineering services to Freyer & Laureta, Inc. (second amendment), report, pdf pages 4:  a)  SMCI agreement, pdf pages 9, b)  F&L agreement, pdf pages 9.
8.    Resolution authorizing sale of Wastewater Revenue Bonds to finance improvements and related documents and action, $27,000,000  Report, resolution, pdf pages 9.  a) Preliminary official statement, pdf pages 67.  b) Indenture of Trust, pdf pages 53. c)  Bond purchase contract, pdf pages 25. d)  Installment sale agreement, pdf pages 29.
9.     Review current Rent Advisory Task Force committee activities, report. a) RATF charter guidelines.
10.   Councilmember Deirdre Martin's letter to Caltrans and San Mateo Transportation Authority to reject and repurpose funds previously designated for Highway 1 widening (Calera Parkway Project) for "other City infrastructure needs", review at 6/12/17 meeting, report:
a) Letter (draft), b) Letter (draft) Public Works/Van Ocampo, Director.
11.   Economic Development Committee appointments, report:  a) Applicants.
Reference, Item 10, Highway 1 widening project Caltrans District 4 | Highway 1 / Calera Parkway.   Related. "Traffic at Reina del Mar" photograph by Horace Hinshaw from Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff Writer, 3/22/17, "City bans new highway lanes, Ordinance forbids Highway 1 widening without voter approval."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Friday, May 19, 2017

Illegitimate Councilmember Martin's attempt to kill Highway 1 widening

I noticed the following on the agenda for the May 22 Pacifica City Council meeting -

Consideration  of  Request  by  Councilmember  Martin  that  the  City  Transmit  a  Letter  to
Caltrans  and  the San  Mateo  Transportation  Authority  Requesting  the  Repurposing  of
Funds Previously Designated for the Widening of Highway 1 (Calera Parkway Project).


Move to direct staff to work with Councilmember Martin to finalize a letter addressed to
Caltrans and the San Mateo Transportation Authority to redirect funds previously designated
for the Calera Parkway Project to other infrastructure needs in the City and include
the letter for formal review and consideration by the City Council at its regular
meeting of June 12, 2017

Here is the initial draft of Martin's letter requesting Highway 1 widening funds be redirected elsewhere -

Remember, the only reason Martin is on council is because she gamed the election to guarantee herself a seat. By pursuing the endorsement of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee, Martin changed the classification of the election from non-partisan to partisan. Since the Hatch Act says government employees cannot run in partisan elections, VA employee Mary Ann Nihart was forced to withdraw from the race, which guaranteed Martin a spot on council.

Martin decided her own self-interests were more important than letting Pacificans choose who would be on council.

Martin cannot legitimately claim that her election to council, nor her actions on council, represent the will of the voters.

I've seen nothing that indicates the majority of citizens of Pacifica want to stop Highway 1 widening. If the small group of NIMBYS who want to stop highway widening are so sure they represent the desires of Pacifica voters, why are they afraid to have a vote on this issue?

Posted by Steve Sinai

Thursday, May 18, 2017

City Connect items: library, commission, committee

From Connect with Pacifica this week/Keith Breskin, Interim City Manager, 5/12/17,"Save the date."

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By May 25, looking for a few
good men and women to apply
May 23 - "Pacifica Library Project Community Open House and Workshop at Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School from 4:00pm - 7:00pm (open house) and 7:00pm - 8:30pm (workshop). See City News section above for more information. 

May 25 - Deadline for Submission of Applications for Planning Commission. See Recruitment Notice for more information. Click here for an application.

May 25 - Deadline for Submission of Applications for Beautification Advisory CommitteeSee Recruitment Notice for more information. Click here for an application.

Related from the article.  Upcoming City Meetings – For information about upcoming City meetings, visit the City of Pacifica website at and check the Calendar for City Council Meetings and Other City Meetings at the bottom of the page."  The City Calendar is here.

Note photograph face page image to Strategy Management Consulting.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

KTVU: 5 daytime home burglaries reported Monday in Pacifica, suspects at large

PACIFICA (BCN)-- Jewelry, laptops, tablets and other electronics were stolen Monday in Pacifica in five home burglaries that appear to be connected, police said today.

All the burglaries occurred between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at least three of the five were in the same area.

At 12:55 p.m., officers went to the 200 block of Stanley Avenue following a report by someone who said they saw two people running with some things from the backyard of a home, according to police.

Officers found that a rear glass door to a home had been broken and the home's residents told police some items were taken.

A witness told officers the suspects appeared to have been black men in their 20s with medium builds wearing black hooded sweatshirts, police said.

About 25 minutes later, officers went to the 1000 block of View Way where a resident told police at least one room in their home had been ransacked and electronics and jewelry taken.


Posted by Steve Sinai

Monday, May 15, 2017

Special City Council meeting, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Closed Session, 5:30 PM
CA code section 54956.9, (d) (2). Conference with legal counsel, anticipated litigation, one (1) potential case.
Open Session, 7:30 PM
1.    Direction to Staff regarding mandatory mediation process for rent disputes, report.
2.    Proposed budget for public safety, Fiscal Year 2017-18: Police and Fire departments, report. a)  Police Department budget summary. b)  Fire Department budget Summary.
Related meeting. City Calendar, Thursday, May 18, 2017, Special City Council meeting, "Budget Study Session", 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM, City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd.

Note photograph from Amerian Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Posted by Kathy Meeh

UPDATE: Pacifica Rent Control Referendum COMPLETED

Good News! On Monday morning, 3,760 signatures were successfully submitted to the City Clerk in a referendum on a Rent Control Ordinance in Pacifica. Monday's submission of the signatures puts an immediate halt to the rent control ordinance passed 3-2 by the Pacifica City Council.

The 3,760 signatures were gathered in only 12 days, even considering the heavy obstruction and interference by pro-rent control advocates, who literally got into people's faces attempting to block signature gatherers from collecting signatures. The number submitted to the City Clerk today is 155% of the signatures necessary to qualify the referendum, an incredibly safe margin.

Thanks to all of the people who helped gather signatures and talk to their friends and neighbors about the onerous Rent Control Ordinance passed by the Pacifica City Council.

Now, SAMCAR will join the Coalition for Housing Equality and turn its attention to defeating the Comprehensive, Retroactive Rent Control, "Just Cause" Eviction, Mandatory Relocation Payments Ordinance that the Pacifica Council placed on the November ballot.

Submitted by

850 Woodside Way, San Mateo CA 94401 (map)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Planning Commission, Monday May 15, 2017

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: City Council Agendas, and City Planning Commission.  Channel 26 television schedule, see Monday, 05/15/17.


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Item 1. Nope, he's not watering lettuce.

Interactive Planning Commission Agenda, 5/15/17.    Planning Commission Agenda, pdf pages 146. 

Open Session, 7:00 p.m.  Administrative :  Order of the Agenda; Approval of the draft Minutes 04-17-17, pdf pages 20. Approval of the Draft Minutes 05-01-17, pdf pages 18. Liaison to City Council meeting/permit extention, 5/22/17, Commissioner Tom Clifford  Communications: Public oral. Study Session, none.  Consent Items, none.  Closed Session, none. Presentation, none.  


New public hearings

1.  TA-106-17, RZ-197-17. Marijuana business and related activities, 1) Citywide Text Amendment (TA), and 2) specific properties rezoning (RZ), report pdf pages 12.  Attachments, a) Resolution. b) Zoning Regulations. c)  Ammended ordinances. d)  Map. e)  Youth buffer zones, 600ft. f)  MPSL Ordinance outline.  g)  Overlay (MO) districts.

2.  TA-107-17.  Growth manage ordinance extension affecting properties Citywide, Title 9, Chapter 5, (expiration 6/30/17), report, pdf pages 6.  Draft attachments: a)  Resolution, GMO expiration. b) Resolution, extend GMO/Ordinance, 5 years, pdf pages 5, c) Existing GMO Ordinance, pdf pages 5.


3.   Appoint one Planning Commissioner to the Library Advisory Committee, report. a)  Report, 1/19/16.

Communications:  Planning 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 (ordinance). 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.  CA code, accessory (second residential) dwelling units, 65852.2.  Zoning/Planning Handouts,
City of Pacifica.     Note photograph. Watering the plants from Vancouver Sun/Lori Culbert, 8/22/15,"Medical marijuana business no gold rush."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Don't forget about Mother, today, May 14, 2017

The Telegraph News/UK/Emily Allen, 3/26/17, "Mother's Day Today: Fun facts and traditions about Mothering Sunday."
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Honoring good mothers today.
Have a happy day all!

" .... ... It was American social activist Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) from Philadelphia who lobbied the government for an official day to honour mothers in the US, and is regarded as the "Mother of Mother's Day". She dedicated her life to the cause after swearing she would do so after her mother's death. .... Mothering Susday or Mother's Day? When you say 'Mother’s Day' you're actually referring to the American version, although the term is widely used in Britain too. In the US, Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 14 this year.  Read article.

Related, USA. "Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts." 

Related, World. Clare Florist, UK, "International Mother's dates in different countries around the World." "May 14, 2017.  Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Curaasao, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe."

Note photograph of incoming Mayor Sue Digre 2015 and outgoing Mayor Karen Ervin 2016 by Jane Northrop from Pacifica Tribune, Jane Northrop, Staff Writer, 12/24/15, "Sue Digre named Pacifica's mayor."
Posted by Kathy Meeh