Sunday, February 14, 2016

He gave his life to save her, Sharp Park ocean tradegy

Love story which ends in Sharp Park ocean tragedy-- still, he was a hero, so were the swimmers who helped her.  Follow-up from the Tuesday, 2/9/16 CBS account of this story, Fix Pacifica reprint, 2/10/16, "Sharp Park sneaker wave, surf, riptide claims Pacifican."

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Coast Guard, Fire Dept, paramedics,
swimmers too late for Larry, save Claudia.
San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate, Kimberly Veklerov, 2/11/16. "'I can't lose you: Pacifica man dies trying to save wife."

"A Pacifica man swept out to sea Tuesday (2/9/16) died trying to save his wife from a sneaker wave.  The couple, 61-year-old Larry and 63-year-old Claudia Moore, had just finished picnicking and were walking along the beach when Claudia was pulled into the water by the undertow.  ...

Her feet were barely in the water, the wife said, when larger waves suddenly crashed down. Her husband took their dog back to the sand and turned around to see his wife falling into the rising water. “He tried to grab my hand, and I told him, ‘No, I’ll hold on. Go get help,’” Claudia Moore said. It felt like everything happened within a matter of seconds, she said. Her husband dived in after her, but they were quickly separated. She decided to ride the swell and floated to the top of the water. About 40 or 50 feet out from the shore, she said, two men helped her swim back to the beach.

....  The couple met on BART in the early ’90s and immediately fell in love, she said. They had been married for 20 years and lived in Pacifica since 2004.  She said it was a twist of fate which wave he got and which one she got. 'He gave his life for me but just couldn’t get to me,' she said. 'He would tell me, ‘I can’t lose you. I can’t lose you.’ About 40 or 50 feet out from the shore, she said, two men helped her swim back to the beach. Read article.

Note photograph.  Image face page to CBS local/San Francisco, 2/9/16, 10:20 pm news video, 3:26 minute, "Man dies after wave knocks him into the waters of Pacifica." .... "The San Mateo County coroner’s office said Larry Moore was pronounced dead at 3:20 p.m., about five minutes after he was pulled from the ocean by a Coast Guard helicopter.  ... The woman was pulled to safety by an unknown party by the time rescuers arrived, but Larry Moore appeared to be unconscious when he was pulled from the water. Both the man and the woman were taken to a hospital." (The above Fix Pacifica reprint article link includes this news account).

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Planning Commission, Tuesday, February 16, 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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Meet the neighbors

Planning Commission Agenda 2/16/16, pdf pages 86.

Closed Session, 6:00 p.m.  Govt. code 54956.9 (d)(2), significant exposure to litigation, 1 case.

Study Session, 6:00 p.m.  Very low density residential (VLDR) City policy discussion: 93, up to half acre lots, Rockaway valley north and south boundariesSee above 2/16/16 Agenda pages 3-18, Summary bottom of page 7.  

Regular Session, 7:00 p.m.  Administrative.  Public Oral Communications.  Consent items, none. 

Public Hearing (Continued from 2/1/16). See above 2/16/16 Agenda pages 19-86, Resolution pages 26-32.   
2.  PSD-792-15, CDP-349-15, SUB-225-15, S-113-15.  4-detached motel rooms on 1-lot subdivision, vacant lot, 500 San Pedro Avenue (APN 023-073-190).  Coastal Zone, recommend CEQA exemption section 15303 and 15315.  Filed by David Blackman, agent for property owner David Colt.  Related. Planning Commission Agenda, 2/1/16. 

Consideration items, none.
Planning Commission communications. Staff communications.  Adjourn.
Note:  photograph by Mary A. from Yelp/Pedro Point Firehouse. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Coastal Commission fires executive director

MORRO BAY, San Luis Obispo County The California Coastal Commission fired its executive
director Wednesday, defying more than 1,000 people who packed a meeting to support a man they called one of the state’s most important guardians of public access to the coastline.

The commission’s 7-5 vote ended a contentious debate over Charles Lester’s tenure, which his opponents said was marked by slow, inefficient work by the agency’s staff and the stonewalling of commissioners, and his supporters insisted was forward-thinking and focused on keeping destructive development away from the coast.

Environmental groups accused development-oriented commissioners appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown of pushing Lester’s ouster to appease builders and rich movie stars who wanted to construct Malibu mansions. More than 250 of Lester’s supporters spoke at Wednesday’s meeting at the Morro Bay Community Center, which began at 10 a.m. and stretched well into the night.

Lester “has always been a strong ally and friend to local government,” said Mark Lovelace, a supervisor in Humboldt County. He said he and his colleagues “cannot fathom what is going through the minds of the commissioners who seek his dismissal. He is our friend.”


Posted by Steve Sinai

Mavericks is on for Friday, February 12, 2016

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Doing this is so worth it, really...
KGO/ABC7 News, 6:20 pm, 2/9/16, "Titans of Mavericks surf competition to take place Friday in Half Moon Bay."

"HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (KGO) --The world-famous Titans of Mavericks surf competition is on for Friday. The announcement was made early Tuesday to give entrants a chance to fly in from as far away as South Africa. They're predicting 30 foot or higher waves, kicked up by El Nino out at sea.

The surf is tame now, but by Friday a storm out at sea will churn up the water and create waves 30 to 40 feet high. Twenty-four hand-picked competitors will go for the glory of conquering the big waves and a share of a $100,000 prize pot."  Read article.

Note:  The Titans of Mavericks surf competition link (above) carries the live webcast event.  Mavericks photograph by Nelly/SPL 2/14/10 from GrindTV/Killer California Photo Gallery. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Sharp Park sneaker wave, surf, riptide claims Pacifican


CBS/KPIX5 Bay Area News, 2/9/16, 10:20 pm, includes video 2:26 minutes. "Man dies after wave knocks him into the waters off Pacifica." 

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Coast Guard rescue
"PACIFICA (CBS SF) — A 60-year-old man died Tuesday afternoon after he and a woman in Pacifica were apparently swept into the ocean by a large wave.  The San Mateo County coroner’s office said Larry Moore was pronounced dead at 3:20 p.m., about five minutes after he was pulled from the ocean by a Coast Guard helicopter.
The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the incident around 2 p.m. and staged a water rescue near the Pacifica Pier after the couple was knocked into the water, according to Coast Guard Lt. Marcia Medina. The woman was pulled to safety by an unknown party by the time rescuers arrived, but Larry Moore appeared to be unconscious when he was pulled from the water.
Both the man and the woman were taken to a hospital. The woman’s condition has not yet been released."

Related, ABC 7 News, 2/9/16, 7:31 pm, includes video 1:45 minutes. "Coast Guard rescue man from ocean off Pacifica Coast, condition unknown." .... "When the fire crews arrived, they found the female adult on the shoreline. She was able to walk, with help, to an ambulance and taken to the Seton Medical Center.  A rescue swimmer was lowered into the ocean and helped bring the adult man to shore. Rescue crews believe the man may have been in the water for more than 15 minutes."    

Note photograph from the related ABC 7 news article.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Coastal storm damage, sea wall repair, planning for the future

Image result for Pacifica, CA coastal storm damagePacifica Tribune/Local News/Lorie D. Tinfow, City Manager, 2/6/16. "Storm damage in Pacifica."

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In this City, hopefully the plan
will be better than: "run!"
Image result for Pacifica, CA coastal storm damage....  "On Friday, January 22, 2016, storm #11 hit, bringing with it powerful waves once again. The temporary fix was no match for the storm and the sea wall cap that had remained in place gave way leaving an open gash in the sea wall. This additional failure caused me to issue the declaration of local emergency that the City Council confirmed on January 25.

....  Although storm damage isn’t a new issue in Pacifica, what does seem different now is the way the damage is occurring. Pacifica is being battered by an unrelenting barrage of storms (12 so far this season) that may be a harbinger of the new normal in terms of weather, at least during our periodic bouts with El NiƱo. Saturated soil from rain, high winds from storms, and large, powerful waves enhanced by warmer oceans and increased King tides, are a combination that we can’t respond to on our own.In that respect, Pacifica may be the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” when it comes to climate change damage to coastal communities, a problem that is far bigger than our city alone.

The City Council and I will be discussing how to create a plan for the City’s future. In the meantime, we have created a new webpage to share information about the City’s storm response and resources available to those affected at"  Read article. 

Reference, City of Pacifica, City Manager's Office.   

Note photographs. Left: Beach Blve CNN/Tony Marco, 1/26/16.  Right: Sharp Park Pier from Detroit News/Associated Press, 1/31/16.  Beach Blvd from Weather Underground/WunderBlog/Dr. Jeff Masters, 1/7/8. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Monday, February 8, 2016

Reminder City Council tonight, Monday, February 8, 2016

When Is Chinese New Year 2016 Over
 Lunar Year of the Monkey, 2/8/16

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 city council meeting begins at 7 p.m., or shortly there following.  City council updates and archives are available on the City website.    

Fix Pacifica full article, City Council meeting, 2/8/16.      Interactive City Council Agenda, 2/8/16.

Consent Calendar - 6.   Introduction of ordinance adopting San Mateo County Clean Energy Program.
Public Hearings - 7.   Appeal New Cingular Wireless (AT&T) utility pole right-of-way Use Permit, Vallemar.  8.  Mayor Digre Call up of Cingular Wireless (AT&T) Applications and Use permits.
Consideration - 9.   City grants to Pacifica Resource Center and Pacifica Beach Coalition (from ERAF Fund 30).  10.  Emergency expenditure of $450,000 to repair Beach Blvd (from ERAF Fund 30).

Note photograph from  Related Lunar New Year article, Sydney Morning Hearald/Daisy Dumas, 2/7/16, "Year of the Monkey do's and don'ts."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Happy Chinese New Year, Monday February 8, 2016

The Telegraph, UK/Rozina Sabur and Cameron Macphail, 2/7/16. "When is Chinese New Year 2016? The Year of the Monkey: Everything you need to know and how to celebrate in London."

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Chinese New Year Lunar Spring Festival
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Year of the Monkey
....  "The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year.

.... This year it's the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.  The personality of the Monkey People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.
The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth.

In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.  Strengths: sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, self-assured. Weaknesses: suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant, jealous."  Read more.

Related. Southwest New Year Festival and Parade, San Francisco, Saturday, February 20, 2016. "Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by IFEA, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated Parades in the country. .... Over 100 units will participate in the Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people that come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television on KTVU Fox 2  6:00-8:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 20, 2016." Chinese New Year San Francisco: 2016 Event Details, ...." The 2016 Chinese New Year Parade is on Saturday, February 20. It starts at 5:15pm at the corner of 2nd and Market Streets. It then weaves its way through Chinatown and ends at Jackson and Kearny Streets. The parade usually ends around 8pm."
Note graphics/photographs.  Monkey from Cairns Chinese New Year. Dragon face page to the 2013 parade, You, 23 minutes, 48 seconds, "Chinese New Year Parade 2013 San Francisco (compilation).
Posted by Kathy Meeh