Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time for our community to invest in a modern library, vote Yes

Pacifica Tribune/Letters to the Editor, print edition, 10/19/16.  "Good investment" by Cynthia Sevenants.

Image result for library picture, Pacifica, CA"Dear Editor, I don't usually support bond measures, but this November, I will vote Yes on Measure N to strengthen local library services here in Pacifica.

I live in Park Pacifica and I frequent Sanchez Library when I can get there after work. Of course, I have to remember that it's closed on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and is only open late on Mondays (if there isn't a holiday). How convenient that our new library will be open seven days a week.

Sanchez may be convenient (when it's open) but it's a rather sad building with everyone on top of each other because there is no 'real' room for children's activities, teens and adults to spread out. And Sharp Park-- the musty, moldy smell is enough to get us folks with allergies wheezing in no time.

Libraries speak volumes about who we are as a community.  Are we small and run-down? Do we stay stuck with the status quo and fall behind the times? Do we stay stuck with the status quo and fall behind the times? Or are we proud Pacificans that believe in and are willing to invest in a 21st century library that will be capable of providing the services that will allow our community to continue to thrive?   Measure N invests in a quality library in our beloved Pacifica. I hope you join me in voting Yes."
Reference. City of Pacifica, proposed new library.  Related.  Libraries. Facebook (some activities). Sharp Park,  Sanchez.  Support organizations. Pacifica Library Foundation.  Facebook.  Note graphics. "Yes on N" from Our Library Our Pacifica, FPPC#1359429.  Sq. graph from Library Foundation FAQS. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Friday, October 21, 2016

City Council meeting, Monday October 24, 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.

Interactive City Council Agenda, 10/24/16.   City Council Agenda, pdf pages 105. 

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Item 5.  Recology of the Coast, 5 year extended contract.
Closed Session, none.
Open session, 7 p.m. Call to order, roll call, salute to flag.  Closed Session report. Special Presentations.   
Closing the Jobs-Housing gap, Jessica Mullin.
San Mateo County Library Annual Report, Julie Finklang.

Consent Calendar
1.     Approval of disbursements, report. a) 10/01/16 - 10/15/16. 
2.     Approval of City Council meeting Minutes, report.  a) 9/26/16, b)  10/10/16.
3.     Part-time salary schedule update (10/29/16), 35 classifications.  Resolution.  a) Hourly salary range schedule.
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Item 6.  Adopt our CITY Goals and Work Plan, our small world.
4.     Authorization to sell surplus vehicles and equipment (over $1,000), report.  City revenue generated may be at least $2,000.

Communications - Public (Oral); City Council; City Staff. Public Hearings, none. 

5.     Recology of the Coast 5 year extension through 12/31/22 request, (first amended franchise agreement).  Resolution, pdf pages 5:  Local residential services and rate comparison, pages 2,3.  Annual fiscal impact paid to the City from Recology:  Franchise fee, $805,000; Frontierland Park Remediation Fee, $75,000; mandated AB939 recycling program, $30,000, pages 3, 4.  Resolution, page 5.
6.    Adopt City Council Goals and Work Plan, 2016-17, report. a) Draft Goals and Work Plan, 2016-17.
Reference, Item 5. City and Recology of the Coast recycling program.  City of Pacifica, CA - Residential Recycling.  Related, Recology of the Coast Facebook.  

Note photograph and graphic. Recology truck, facepage image to Recology of the Coast, waste zero.  Item 6, Goals, facepage to The International Symposium on Globalization and Media in Asia. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Affordable and low cost housing, thanks!

Pacifica Tribune Letters to the Editor, 10/7/16.  "Much thanks" by Timothy Buell

Ocean View Senior Apartments
555 Crespi Drive
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Pacific Oaks Senior Apartments
750 Oddstad Avenue
"Dear Editor, I’d like to express my gratitude to Bridge Housing for providing me a lovely remodeled apartment and to Deacon Corp. for their courtesy to, and accommodation of, all residents. They made a stressful experience as smooth as possible for everyone."

Reference.  City of Pacifica, CA - Information & Referrals.  "Housing. Pacifica is home to four independent living senior housing communities..." Oceana Terrace (Mercy Housing, Ocean View Senior Apartments (Bridge Housing), Pacific Oaks Senior Apartments (Bridge Housing), and Casa Pacifica.  .... "Bridge Housing strengthens communities by developing, owning and managing high-quality, affordable homes for working families and seniors." ... Who we are:  "affordable housing."  Deacon Construction, Inc.

Related. San Mateo County Health System/Seniors and People with Disabilities, "Low cost homes/housing units."  Related article, Fix Pacifica reprint. The Daily Journal/Bill Silverfarb, 9/25/15, "Housing task force launches: Group to brainstorm solutions to gap between jobs and housing."

Note photographs.  Pacific Oaks Senior Apartments from the County of San Mateo/Department of Housing, "Waiting List".  Ocean View Senior Apartments from the Ocean View reference link above.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Final Presidential Election Debate, Wednesday October 19, 2016


2016 Election Central, 2016 Presidential Debate Schedule, including video of the first two presidential debates, 9/26/16 and 10/9/16.


3rd Presidential Debate Mop-up

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Third presidential debate
Time: 9pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT)
Moderator: Chris Wallace, Anchor, Fox News Sunday
Location: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

The format for the third debate will be identical to the first 2016 presidential debate. .... "The first debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic."  Read more.


Reference.  Fox News Insider, "Fair and Balanced! Chris Wallace Moderates the Final Debate on Fox News", 10/10/16. ....  "Wallace has announced the topics, which will be discussed in six 15-minute segments:  1) Debt and entitlements; 2) Immigration; 3) Economy' 4) Supreme Court; 5) Foreign hot spots; 6) Fitness to be President. He said these chosen topics may be altered depending on news events leading up to the event. "


Related. Where to view the debate, television or internet.  Observer Business and Tech/Livestream/Brady Dale, 10/17/16, "How to watch the final presidential debate online, just use YouTube." "Thank goodness, this endless election is nearly over. The final presidential debate before Election Day will take place this Wednesday night, at 9PM ET/ 6PM PT, moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Every single major broadcaster will air it, including all the major television networks, C-SPAN, PBS and CNN, among others. If you don’t have a television and rely on an internet connection for all your media, the debate will be live on multiple streams on YouTube, according to the service’s official blog.


Related. A young man's research and opinion.  Policy.Mic/Tom McKay, staff writer, 10/15/16, "Oct. 19 debate guide: Here's what to know for Wednesday's presidential debate showdown.". .... "The occasion will be moderated by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, who has said media figures are too easy on Trump in the past. .... Oh, well. Trump still has Reince Priebus on his side, for all the good that's going to do him."


Note photographs. Hillary mopping up by "The Ale Party (TAP) FB from Daily Kos/Leslie Salzillo, 9/26/16, "In case you missed the first debate, here's what Hillary did for 90 minutes (Image)"

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Monday, October 17, 2016

Reminder Planning Commission meeting tonight Monday, October 17, 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.

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Item 1: Palmetto Avenue Streetscape began
early June, 2013 with utility undergrounding.
 Fix Pacifica article, Planning Commission, 10/17/16.     Planning Commission Agenda, 10/17/16, pdf pages 77.  Item 2 Pedro point Headlands restoration and trail improvement from pdf page 3, (project background, report page 4, item 3). The full report includes attachments A-H.    Item 2, attachment 1, County of San Mateo Parks Department, Pedro Point Headlands restoration and trail improvement project, initial study, pdf pages 274.    Item 3, 4009 Palmetto Avenue, Amended apartment building project, pdf pages 216. 

1.    Palmetto Streetscape Project. 
Continued public hearings
2.    Middle Ridge Trail, Pedro Point Headlands (area owned by the State of CA), grading and landscaping.
3.    3-story. 4-unit apartment building (4009 Palmetto Avenue), new construction.

Reference, Item 1 (above), City of Pacifica, Palmetto Streetscape Project.  Related article. Mercury News/Jane Northrop/Special to the Pacifica Tribune 6/4/13, updated 8/12/16, "Utility undergrounding begins on Palmetto Avenue." The undergrounding of the utilities officially began with the unveiling of a sign at Brighton Park that announced work will commence on this first portion of the new streetscape along Palmetto Avenue.  At the ceremony that kicked off the work, city personnel, City Council, and city business leaders joined representatives from PG&E to commemorate this milestone in what will eventually be a whole new look for Palmetto Avenue. The area will be tied together with attractive landscaping, including planters and street trees, light poles, pedestrian friendly benches, parking enclosures and other details that will identify Palmetto as an historic area and an inviting “Main Street” shopping district. 'We have been working on this since the 1990s,' said Pacifica Mayor Len Stone. 'And now, in a couple years, we are going to have a whole new Palmetto.' ”  Note the photograph from the article was taken by Jane Northrop. "City Council members, left to right, Sue Digre, Mary Ann Nihart, Karen Ervin, Len Stone, Mike O’Neill and City Manager Steve Rhodes." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

California Coastal Trail through San Mateo County, Pillar Point bluffs

The Daily Journal/Samantha Weigel, 10/8/16.  "Pillar Point bluffs preserved in perpetuity: County parks, nonprofit Peninsula Open Space District partner to link coastal trail."

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Pillar Point bluffs aerial view.
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Pillar Point bluff above Mavericks.
"Pristine coastal bluff top views overlooking one of the state’s most prominent marine reserves will be preserved for the public in perpetuity, through a public-private partnership.  This week, the county Board of Supervisors accepted another 21 acres of Pillar Point bluff courtesy of the Peninsula Open Space District, or POST.  The nonprofit bought the former private property last year as part of its ongoing work to transfer these unique coastal lands to the county. 

The goal has been to complete the beloved California Coastal Trail, and this segment will help preserve access to the bluff tops near the infamous Mavericks surf break. “From vision to uninterrupted bluff trail, it has taken nearly four decades to make what was once a patchwork of private properties into one of the most beautiful segments of the 1,200-mile California Coastal Trail. First envisioned back in 1976 by San Mateo County Parks, POST could not be happier to have completed the transition of this property at long last for all to enjoy,” POST spokeswoman Marti Tedesco said in an email."   Read article.

Related.  Save Pillar Point/California Coastal Trail.   Note photographs. Pillar Point Bluff sign  (not found on the article or by itself) image to Coastsider/Barry Parr, 8/14/08, "POST breaks ground for new and improved trails at Pillar Point Bluff." Google Earth aerial view (8/08) found on "Save Pillar Point California Coastal Trail.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Developing a new neighborhood near Highway 101 and more, San Mateo

The Daily Journal/Samantha Weigel, 9/21/16.  "Redevelopment abounds at San Mateo juncture: Station Park Green housing, Hines office complex under construction."

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Live, work, play if the job is right.
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Commute in/out, or even better: bicycle.
"Nestled against the Hayward Park Caltrain tracks, a large segment of San Mateo is in the midst of a noticeable metamorphosis as three major redevelopment projects are slated to create hundreds of housing units and more than 300,000 square feet of office space. Years of planning Station Park Green and the Hines office complex — two major redevelopments near the intersection of State Route 92 and Highway 101 — are coming to fruition as a flurry of construction activity is underway at both sites. The train station has served as the catalyst for nearly 18 acres immediately east of the tracks being tagged for redevelopment; even Caltrain is in the early stages of planning a new housing project on its surface parking lot.

On Monday, San Mateo city officials gathered with the development community to commemorate the first of four buildings beginning to rise from the ground at Station Park Green. Owned by Essex Property Trust, the 12-acre site of the former Kmart will be transformed into a mixed-use 599-unit housing development with more than 2 acres of parks and open space.

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Recess is always the most fun.
A stone’s throw away, also at the corner of Delaware Street and Concar Drive, the Hines office complex is nearing completion as two four-story buildings will have about 300,000 square feet of Class A office space. The Hines office complex is further along and anticipated to open late this year, while Station Park Green is expected to welcome new tenants beginning spring of 2018. Both projects are planning to capitalize on their location — centrally situated between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, near the intersection of Highway 101 and State Route 92, and a short jaunt from the Caltrain station."  Read article.

Reference.  City of San Mateo, CAStation Park Green mixed-use developmentHines 400 & 450 Concar Drive office development.  Hines website: 400/450 Concar (at Hwy 101 & 92), "... 305,000 office space, 35,000 retail, 2 acres of open space, access to Caltrain, highway-orientated signage." Related.  Caltrain Hayward Park Station, 401 Concar Drive.  The Registry Bay Area Real Estate/News Release, 6/9/15, "Sares Regis Group Of Northern California to develop San Mateo site near Harward Park Caltrain Station."  Hexagon Transportation Consultants, Inc., 10/19/12, pdf pages 5. "Rail corridor development plan and Bay Meadows Specific Plan EIR.".

Related. Nearby development on El Camono Real approved.  San Mateo County Daily Journal, Samantha Weigel, 10/15/16. "Planners praise new high-density housing proposal..." .... "The Planning Commission voted 4-1 Thursday (10/13/16) to recommend approval of the transit-oriented Hillsdale Terrace; a housing proposal to construct 74 condominiums on a 1-acre site near the soon-to-be relocated Caltrain station. ....  The proposed Hillsdale Terrace, just north of the Hillsdale Shopping Center, would be across from the future relocated Caltrain station. The potential residents might also have an easier time traversing to the massive Bay Meadows mixed-use development, as new grade separations are planned for 25th, 28th and 31st avenues at the train tracks."

Note photographs. Front of transit orientated development, 450 Concar Drive ,from San Mateo City Insider News and Events.  Area graphic from The Registry/Nancy Amdur, 3/11/15, "San Mateo Transforming With Office, Residential Projects..." Office lobby space from Studio 216,"400/450 Concar. visualization." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh