Thursday, April 17, 2014

Remember the city "Strategic Plan"?

In five years everything will be swell.

From the City of Pacifica.  "Adopted on February 14, 2006, Pacifica's Strategic Plan represents the ideas, input and feedback of a cross-section of citizens who attended a series of workshops designed to identify where the city should be headed and what its priorities should be. The city council now has the directive to keep its governance in harmony with the strategic plan."  City of Pacifica Strategic Plan, updated March 2007.

Five year community vision statement. Pacifica will be: economically and ecologically vibrant, fiscally sound and community focused, and a beautiful, desirable and safe coastal community in which to live, work, play or conduct business. 

Mission statement.  The coastal community of Pacifica is dedicated/committed to:  The stewardship of its exceptional natural attributes, and cultivating and sustaining a high and excellent quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. 

Goals.  (Goals were not prioritized and numbering does not imply prioritization).

1.   Preserve and enhance Pacifica's natural resolurces and open space to ensure an ecologically vibrant community.
2.   Evaluate land use issues to ensure that the goals, policies and programs of the General Plan reflect the community's vision and mission.
3.   Maintain, modernize and beautify the City's infrastructure and facilities.
4.   Broaden and enhance local revenues to provide stable, reliable, and sufficient revenue sources.
5.   Foster a vibrant business climate.'
6.   Promote cultural arts and community services.
7.   Enhance economic development in a manner which emphasizes sustainable urban development, increased public sector revenue increased investment in the community, and positively impacts the physical environment and quality of life.
8.   Maintain a safe community that is prepared for emergencies.
9.   Provide efficient, cost effective city government and excellent customer service and administration.
10. Implement measures that improve traffic congestion and enhance safety.

Note:  graphic from Coturnix blog.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Small green building "gold standard" project, reality and the additional cost

Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, 4/15/14.  "New development takes shape on Dondee Way."

"Gold" 60 points, $100,000 extra cost
to comply with the standard
Steve Baldwin and his family from San Mateo are the developers behind the multi-use complex nearing completion in Rockaway Beach. ....  The Planning Commission approved this LEED gold development about a year ago. Baldwin said it cost about $100,000 extra to ensure everything was compliant with the LEED gold certification. "The LEED gold was then mandated by the city," Baldwin said.   Read more.

Reference, Fix Pacifica - Planning Commission, 2/19/13, 411 Dondee Way project summary, pdf 15 pages.  "Public hearings:  Construction of a mixed use project.  Three buildings, total commercial area approximately 1,700 square feet, with  three apartments on the upper floors. .... Commercial space on the ground floor of each building is approximately 600 square feet.  Proposed is one two-story building in front (the west unit), includes a one-bedroom apartment of approximately 600 square feet. The two three-story buildings in the rear lot  (north and south units), include a two-bedroom apartment of approximately 1,300 square feet each.  See Agenda Staff Report. 

Reference, Pacifica Planning Department - Green Building in Pacifica.  "On December 13, 2010 the City Council adopted a Green Building Ordinance (GBO), thereby establishing green building regulations for new and modified buildings within the City of Pacifica. The Ordinance also required approval by, and formal filing with, the State of California. On July 5, 2011 the Green Building Ordinance became effective. "  Pdf documents: Green Building Ordinance, 11 pages.  Green Building Handout, 2 pages. GreenPoint Rated Checklists.  U.S. Green Building Council's Rating Systems.
Related, general LEED information -  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) overview, WikipediaLEED - US Green Building Council.  Buildipedia,"understanding the LEED rating systems". National Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Building Green - LEED Certification Information, and (NRDC): If You Build it, They Will Come - Smart Growth (pdf).  HowStuffWorks "10 Facts..."

Note graphic from Buildipedia (above). 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Loaded football game, geez

San Jose Mercury News/Crime and Courts/Bay Area News Service, 4/15/14.  "Pacifica:  player allegedly brandishes gun on field after minor league football game."
Fury player:  I win

Islanders:  We play football

"PACIFICA - A member of a visiting minor league football team allegedly brandished a gun during a dispute with a rival player after a game at Terra Nova High School in Pacifica on Saturday afternoon, a police sergeant said. 

....  Police arrested one of the occupants, Julius Cesar Douglas, Jr., 25, on suspicion of brandishing a firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, Pacifica police Sgt. Dave Barranti said. Douglas, a Sacramento resident, is a player with the Capital City Fury, according to the team roster. Douglas allegedly brandished the gun after a confrontation with a player on the Pacifica Islanders, according to police. Police recovered the weapon, a .38 caliber revolver, and determined that it was stolen. Douglas was also arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, according to Barranti."  Read more. 

Reference from Nextdoor 4/15/14  -  Pacifica police Press_Release_Apr_12_2014_14-1281.pdf

Reference of the minor league football teams - Pacifica Islanders, Pacifica, CA.  Capital City Fury, Sacramento, CA. 

Note graphics -  Pacifica Islanders logo from Pacifica Islanders, guy with a gun from Common gun sense blog.  

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Trails vs. street repair, one man's opinion, Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay Review/Letter to the Editor, Max Lofland, 4/3/14. "Stop spending our Money for this."

Waterfront Coastside Trail: One of the trails along the edge of the cliffs.
Waterfront Coastal Trail
 Monies better spent on streets
.... "The cost was reported to be $2.85 million for a fiasco that also runs parallel to the other Coastal Trail by the beach. The wasted money used here could have put a large dent in the repair of our streets that are in dire need of repair.  What the heck are they thinking? City Councilwoman Naomi Patridge should be ashamed to have her name attached to this.

Ah, but wait, that’s not all. Now they are talking about another stretch of trail to go south to the golf course. Talk about a vacuum waiting to happen. All this for the cost of $11 million for one mile of trail. I do hope that was a typo in the paper.  

Thank you, Caltrans, and the small donations from the council for nothing and showing that our tax dollars really can be used to provide jobs at the wrong place and the wrong time for the very few. Now let’s get out there and support that bond initiative for the library like we did for that other fiasco, Beachwood. Oh, wait a minute. We weren’t asked about that one, were we?"   Read more.

Related - Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce, Beaches and Parks. 

Note photographs:  Waterfront Coastside Trail (3 of 18) from Tripadvisor, "Easy and scenic hiking trail along the Pacific coast that measures six miles round trip." Naomi Patridge Trail from Half Moon Bay Review/Charles Russo, 6/28/12, "Among the city’s plans for improvements along the Highway 1 corridor is the expansion of the Naomi Patridge Trail, which is a pedestrian and bicycle trail that fronts the busy highway."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

The total lunar eclipse most of us didn't see last night

Behind the fog, this was it.
San Francisco Chronicle, 4/14/14.  Images of total lunar esclipse, 34 slides.

"The "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse is visible in the skies above Oakland, Calif. early Tuesday, April 15, 2014."  Note: photograph by Douglas Zimmerman slide image is #19 of 34.  The celestial body on the right side may be Mars.

ABC 7, KGO TV 4/15/14.  Report from 4/14/14 local evening news, "'Blood moon' seen Monday night around the Bay Area."includes informational video 3:18 minutes.  Bay Area stargazers were in for a late-night treat last night when the moon passed behind the Earth's shadow and leading to a total lunar eclipse. Last night's celestial event is the first eclipse of the year and is sometimes called a "blood moon" because of the red appearance of the moon's surface when the moon is completely covered by the Earth's shadow."

There will be four (4) total lunar eclipses (Tetra) during the next one and one-half  years.  We missed seeing this one, but maybe we'll see the three (3) others:  October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, September 28, 2015.

Reference - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, "Lunar Eclipses: past and future".  Wikipedia, Eclipse.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Monday, April 14, 2014

Reminder City Council meeting, Monday, April 14, 2014

nothing to do with Council
except the city budget of course

Attend in person, 2212 Beach Boulevard, 2nd floor.  Or, view on local television or live feed Pacificcoast.TV, (formerly  The meeting begins at 7 p.m., or shortly there following.  City council updates and archives are available on the City website.  

City council agenda, 4/14/14.     

Fix Pacifica agenda article, 4/14/14.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

IRS wants your filing or extension and payment by Tuesday

opening art
Tick, tick...
other than that,
have a good day!
San Francisco Chronicle/Kathleen Pender, 4/12/14.  "Last-minute tax-filing advice."

....  "For federal taxes: If you can't file your return by Tuesday, request a six-month extension by filing Form 4868 electronically or by mail. See the form for instructions. If you file this form by April 15 and your tax return by Oct. 15, you will avoid a late-filing penalty. However, if you owe additional federal tax for 2013, you must pay it with this form by April 15 to avoid interest and possibly a late-payment penalty.  You can avoid this late-payment penalty (but not interest) if at least 90 percent of your total 2013 tax liability is paid by April 15 through payroll withholding, estimated tax payments or payments made with Form 4868. If you haven't completed your return, "the best thing is to pay in about 10 percent more" than you expect to owe, says Michael Gray, a San Jose certified public accountant.

For California taxes: There is no need to request an extension; you automatically get one until Oct. 15. However, as with federal taxes, you must pay at least 90 percent of what you owe by April 15 to avoid a late-payment penalty."  Read article.

Reference -  Interactive Federal tax extension forms:  IRS form 4868, automatic extension, and  Electronic Payment Options.

Related Fix Pacifica article and additional tax forms - "Tax filing 2013 home stretch."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bay Area geological landslide risk, and the latest version of NO from the gang of no

BJ Nathanson has some concerns, but the Gypsy Hill
geological study should assess hillside slide threat, and
the Planning Department/Commission will reassess project size.
San Jose Mercury News/Lisa M. Krieger, 4/12/14.  "Landslide prediction a risky venture:  who will move first, the hillside or the homeowner?" 

....  "But no one knows better than Santa Cruz geologist Gerald Weber that predicting landslides is a perilously imprecise science.  .... The Bay Area is replete with unstable hillsides that could instantly collapse during a heavy rain or an earthquake.  ..... 

....  Where? When? How big? Those are the three big questions we are trying to answer," said U.S. Geological Survey landslide expert Jonathan Stock, who is using probes to measure hillside moisture and slippage in east Castro Valley, Marin County's Lucas Valley, San Bruno and Pacifica's Montara Mountain."  Read article.   Note:  The article includes videos, and the above graph from the California Geological Survey. 

Related - Pacifica Riptide article/BJ Nathanson, 4/14/14, "Gypsy Hill a Gogo:  Pacifica Planning Commission, April 21," (study session).  The article includes notice of  the Planning Commission's  Proposed Project feasibility study, "A study session for a residential subdivision project at Gypsy Hill," (3 pages).  BJ Nathanson (former Planning Commissioner) encourages Riptiders to show up at the study session to protest this "... grossly larger development than we were originally presented..." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

CA Senator Jerry Hill visits Pacifica Monday, April 14, 2014

Conversation and free coffee with
CA Senator Jerry Hill, 8-9 a.m. Monday
Coastsider/Barry Parr, 4/12/14, "Join Senator Hill for coffee, Monday in Pacifica."

"Join Senator Jerry Hill for a cup of coffee and conversation about the issues affecting the community from 8 to 9am on Monday, April 14, at Mazzetti’s Bakery, 101 Manor Drive in Pacifica. 

Hill provides the coffee at no taxpayer expense. No RSVP or appointment necessary. Call Hill’s district office, (650) 212-3313, for more information."

Note:  photograph from the Peninsula Museum of Art, Grand Opening, 3/16/13.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Terra Nova High School's Basilisks (FC 6002) team is terrific at designing robots

Pacifica Tribune/Terra Nova Robotics and Jane Northrop, 4/1/14.  "Terra Nova named Western US Robot Design Champions."

Team Pacifica has #1 robot design, will travel
to World Championships, needs help funding
"Terra Nova Robotics (FIRST Tech Challenge team 6002, Basilisks) continued their march to their fifth straight appearance at the World Championships by taking the Robot Design Award at the Western US Championships last week. The Western US Super-Regionals is one of the five regional tournaments across the globe that advance to the World Championships, so their Robot Design victory ranks them amongst the favorites to repeat Terra Nova's (all-girl team Antipodes) accomplishment two years ago, becoming FTC Robot Design World Champions.

....  We (FTC 6002-Basilisks) were just named 2014 FTC Western US Robot Design Champions and therefore have advanced to the World Championships in St. Louis, April 23-26.  We need your help to afford this trip on such short notice.  Donations are tax deductible using Terra Nova High School/Jefferson Union HS District's Tax ID 943083772.  We are an after school program based at Terra Nova High School, Pacifica, CA, but we do not receive funding from the school.

....  FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a set of 4 worldwide robotics competition leagues.  We compete at the high school level in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Come see us at our send off reception at Oceana Gallery in Pacifica from 5:30 - 8:00pm on Wednesday, April 16.  There you'll be able to see our award winning robots up close, and we'll have a chance to thank our sponsors in person.   Read article. 

Reference  - Terra Nova Robotics, includes several videos, and a donation site link to GoFundMeFIRST Tech/about.  "The FIRST Tech Challenge is more than a high school robotics program.  It is a community focused on building a better world for tomorrow by engaging high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). FTC is about teaching students the value of hard work, innovation and creativity.  It goes beyond competition by teaching teenagers the importance of working together, sharing ideas and treating each other with respect and dignity. Is FTC a robotics program? Yes, but it is so much more."   The competition - FTC West Super-Regional Championship, Western US Championship Event – Teen Robotics Competition: March 20-22, 2014 McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento, competing in "the  top 72 teams from throughout the western US..."  Related videos -   Basilisks (FC 6002) at 2013 World Championships Teleop, 2:00 minutes, and Basilisks (FC 6002), robot,"ring-it-up CAD animation," no sound, 2:09 minutes.   

Note photographs:  Robots from FIRST Tech home page, and team Pacifica from the Terra Nova FTC 6002 website. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

San Francisco resolves to provide after-school programs to all K-5 students

San Francisco Examiner/Laura Dudnick, 4/10/14.  "SF school district seeks to expand access to after school programs."

Maybe not ready for Sanchez yet
Nice going San Francisco!
"The San Francisco Unified School District is taking steps to make after-school programs more widely available to all students, a move commissioners say has been needed for years. 

The Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday committing to increase access to after-school programs for the 26,005 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the district will seek to expand the capacity at schools where more space is needed for after-school programs already in place.

Over time, the purpose of the resolution is to create a districtwide standard for after-school programs that can accommodate all students. The resolution applies primarily to elementary schools because most middle and high schools aren’t at capacity for their after-school programs, according to district officials."   Read article.

"Chalk board from Roanoke County, VA, art work from Parkside Children's Learning Center.

Posted by Kathy Meeh