Monday, October 20, 2014

Reminder Planning Commission meeting tonight, Monday, 10/18/14

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 Agenda, 10/20/14 (pdf pages 20).    Fix Pacifica Agenda 10/20/14 article.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Redwood City downtown palm trees will be replaced

The Daily Journal/Michelle Durand, 10/17/14.  "Palm fungus may force more Redwood City tree removals."

Redwood City downtown,
"new urbanist renaissance"
 Pacifica Vallemar: "we saved
our palm trees, 2010-11."
"The same fungus that caused the removal of five Redwood City palms around Courthouse Square and Theater Way may force the city to uproot all of its downtown trees.
 ....  One tree removal is currently scheduled but any others will be held off until the new year to maintain downtown’s ambiance during the holidays, Smith said.

.... Replacing the fallen trees with other palms — at a cost of up to $30,000 per tree — is ill-advised because the infection remains alive underground even after the removal and will attack the new plant.  The City Council is expected to hear by year’s end some options to ease the aesthetic loss of the trees, including replacement with a more resilient species."   Read more.

Related, Redwood City -  CNU 23, Dallas Forth Worth,"City spotlight: the new urbanist renaissance of downtown Redwood City." "It is unknown to many New Urbanists, but one of the most dramatic downtown comeback stories of our generation is taking place in Redwood City, California

Usual NIMBY tactics
I have been lucky enough to serve as Redwood City’s Downtown Development Coordinator for the past ten years, and to play a role in its renaissance. This dynamic district, formerly ridiculed as “Deadwood City,” has seen an amazing turnaround due to an aggressive program of code reform, a strong investment in public spaces, and a strategy of using entertainment as a catalyzing force. .... The citizens of Redwood City had long desired for their Downtown to be revitalized, and steadily demanded that actions be taken to improve the area."

Related, Pacifica (its a stretch but someone's got to do it)  Coastsider/Barry Parr, 3/25/10. "Rally in Pacifica to save the palm trees in Vallemar, Palm Sunday, Mar 28." .... "The core issue is that the trees have now grown close enough to PG&E’s high voltage lines to present a fire and electrocution hazard.  Citizens have argued that this was a foreseeable consequence of placing lines directly above these trees, which have, naturally, grown taller.  As of now, PG&E is not willing to fund environmentally friendly solutions such as redirecting lines, extending poles, or undergrounding the wires." 

 Vallemar Palms blog/Alp Sendil, 4/30/11. "Palm update."  "In April 2010, Mayor Sue Digre announced the formation of the Vallemar Tree Tree Working Group. This group consisted of concerned residents of Vallemar, representatives from Parks, Beaches & Recreation commission, representatives from PG&E, and of course, members of public works from the City of Pacifica. Although specific residents are appointed to the group, the meetings have been open to the general public. The members of the original Vallemar Tree Working Group were myself, Jeff Moroso, Ken Miles, Jody Webster, and Amy Mayo. Amy eventually stepped down and Patti Wylie joined."

Note photographs are from the related articles above.  Redwood city downtown from CNU 23.  Vallemar palm trees with PG&E truck from Coastsider; sign tacked on Vallemar palm tree from Vallemar Palms blog. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Heroic attempts to save a woman on a Coastside beach, powerful currents

The woman did not survive.

Half Moon Bay Review/Mark Noack, 10/16/14.  "Woman drowns at local beach, powerful swells cause injuries."Beautiful weather attracted large crowds to Coastside beaches including Gray Whale Cove, but the surf was exceptionally powerful." (Caption from the article photograph by Bill Murray).
6 feet waves, powerful undercurrent

Gray Whale Cove
"Coastside firefighters were called out to the beach around 2:30 p.m. (10/16/14) on reports that three people had nearly drowned and needed emergency CPR. When they arrived, they found a large group of people surrounding an unresponsive adult female and two conscious men who had all been pulled out of the water. The woman reportedly had been standing near the waterline at Gray Whale Cove when a wave hit her and knocked her off her feet.

San Bruno resident Manny Ponce said he and the woman’s son tried to help her stay afloat, but the water kept pulling her back. They soon found themselves also struggling in the tides. The waves were only about 6 feet high, Ponce said, but the undercurrents were the most powerful he had ever experienced.

....  About a dozen beachgoers eventually formed a human chain in order to keep themselves safe and help pull the mother out of the water, Ponce said. They were able to grab her when she was washed close to shore.

State Parks lifeguard Jeff Wadkins urged beachgoers not to attempt to swim out to rescue someone swept out by the ocean currents, unless they have training to do so. In such cases, rescuers could be putting themselves in danger, he warned. For water emergencies, Wadkins suggested the best option is to call 911 and to keep a close eye on where the victim is located at all times. Read article.

Note Gray Whale Cove photographs: coastal view by Andy Sternberg ( from Best California Beaches; wave crashing shore by T. Davis from Places to visit in CA.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Planning Commislsion, Monday, 10/18/14

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 Agenda, 10/20/14 (pdf pages 20).

6 p.m. -  Budget presentation (Lorie Tinfow, City Manager).

7 p.m.  Planning Commission meeting.

Public hearings:

1.   CDP-343-14.  1 Blackburn Terrace (APN 023-033-080).  1,300 sq.ft. living area, new garage and decks addition.  The 2-story, 1,600 sq. ft. remodel removes a carport and other structures.

2.   SUB-211-06, UP-965-06, PSD-757-06.  1567 Beach Boulevard (APN 016-011-190), 9-unit, 3-story condominium building with subterranean garage. Extension of permits.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Pacifica, US Census demographic statistics, and others

Pacifica, CA, selective demographics from the United States Census Bureau, "People Quick facts."

Statistics trend more or less consistent,
and most data is reasonably correct
Population:  38,606 estimate (2013); 37,234 (2010).  White (not Hispanic) 55.6%, Asian 19.4%, Hispanic 16.8%.  Female 51.1%, male 48.9%.  Under age 18, 26.10%; age 65+, 12.1% (2010). 

Education:  High school graduate +, 95.4%, Bachelor's degree +, 40.3%. (age 25+ 2008-2012). 

Housing:  Units 14,523 (2010);  multi-unit structures 18.7%, ownership 70.1%, individuals per household 2.66 (2008-12). 

Transportation:  Mean travel time to work (age 16+) 28.2 minutes.  Per capita income $43,089, median household income $96,014.  Below poverty level 4.6%. (2008-12). 

Pacifica retail sales:   $177,475, per capita $4,826 (2007).    

Transportation to work (age 16+):  19, 957:  car, truck or van, 16,991 (85.1%), drive alone 14,819 (74.3%), carpooled 2,172 (10.9%), public transportation 1,299 (6.5%), worked at home 1,055 (5.3%), other 612, 3.10%. (2006-2010).  CA Bay Area Govt. Census.

Estimated annual household income in thousands:  Less than 15 (4.89%), 15-20 (1.86%), 20-30 (5.06%), 30-40 (5.77%), 40-50 (5.18%), 50-60 (7.08%), 60-75 (7.99%), 75-100 (14.61%), 100-150 (24.19%), 150-200 (12.29%), 200+ (11.10%).  Sperlings/Best places. Income per capita is stated the same as US Census:  '...  $43,089, which includes all adults and children. The median household income is $96,014".  Unemployment is stated as 4.90%, "with job growth of 1.66%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 38.40%." The future data could be a rosy scenario, another reason for Caltrans to fix our highway 1 traffic bottleneck.

Population by occupation:  Management, business, finance (17.76%), engineering, computers, science (8.50%), community, social services (1.58%), legal (1.57%), education, library (6.33%), arts, design, media, sports, entertainment (2.87%), healthcare, practitioners and technology (7.23%), healthcare support (2.13%), firefighters, law enforcement (2.99%), food preparation, servicing (4.46%), building maintenance (3.39%), personal care (3.16%), sales, office, administrative support (24.70%), farming, fishing, forestry (0.13%), construction, extraction, maintenance/repair (7.44%), production, transportation, material moving (5.75%).  Sperlings/Best places.

Real Estate statistics:  Based upon total households of 14,103:  9,900 family, 4,203 non-family. With children 4,404, without children 9,699, average individuals per household 2.69.  San Francisco Association of Realtors.  Also see Movoto.   

Statistical variation.  Clearly there are variations in the statistics above.  The date and the data should account for most of that, example City-Data  lists city population at 38,189 (2012).  But, there are other variations, some in the Real Estate statics.  And Surburban Statistics, an internet organization which charts demographics throughout the USA, claims the population in Pacifica is 37,234 (2014 and 2013), (-1,372 from US Census 2013, that is quite a variation in data).     Note:  Graphic from Java code geeks developers resource center.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Rev. Peirs letters are welcome on Fix

Probably just a Tribune transition glitch.
We're always happy to hear from you!

Pacifica Tribune Letters to the Editor, 10/14/14,  "What's up? by Rev. Peirs M. Lahey 

....  "My recent letters to the Tribune never made it to the printed page. I thought they were well-written, sometimes humorous, sometimes direct, but always out of my sincere love for this city by the Pacific which was my home for 14 years. So it seems letters from an "outsider"are printed in the paper, but my letters are not. There must be some other reasons.. Maybe folks disagree with my opinions or are sometimes upset by my comments? 

....  So, dear Tribune Staff, can someone please tell me why my letters are no longer welcome in this local paper? As far as I know, a newspaper is still a forum for the free expression of ideas and opinions of all sorts. It seems to me that a newspaper must keep "doors and windows," "eyes and ears" open to the world, not just to the folks who may be currently in favor."

Note graphic from HD Paper Wall.

Posted by Kathy Meeh