Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sunday Super Bowl, Sunday, February 1, 2015 - Update: Patriots win 28-24

"There are only a matter of hours left until Super Bowl XLIX is played at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday (February 1) in Glendale, Ariz.
The game will begin at 6:30pm ET  (3:30 pm Western, our time)and coverage of the game will air live on NBC starting at 1:00pm ET (10:00 am Western, our time), so you’ll have plenty of football themed television to watch all day!
The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots will face off in the game and the Super Bowl Halftime Show will feature Katy Perry with her special guests Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.
Idina Menzel will be singing the National Anthem while John Legend will take on “America the Beautiful.” Stay tuned to all night for all the great performance videos and photos, as well as all the commercials!"  Just Jared (entertainment blog), /1/31/15, "What time is the Super Bowl 2015? Find out here!"

Related background. Everything has come down to this. On the one hand, it seems like only yesterday we were sitting here with one another, commiserating about how long it would be until football started. Worse yet, that we had to sit through the "agony" of preseason football before the real stuff started. We've come a long way since then. We've had highlights, lowlights, hackneyed narratives and honest-to-goodness storylines, with everything in between.
Then again, doesn't it also seem like that was forever ago? The NFL season is a monolith. It comes and goes in a flash, yet it is so all-encompassing that it's easy to get lost in the expanse of it all.
And it's all come down to this. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are getting ready to face each other in the biggest game in all of sports, and Bleacher Report has collected absolutely everything you need to know. ..."  CNN/Michael Schottey, NFL National Lead Writer, 1/29/15.  "Super Bowl 2015: the ultimate guide to Sunday's Big Game." Read article with slideshow, 10 pages.

Related NFL controversies.  "Another day, another controversy. It's been that kind of a year for the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell talked about it all Friday at his annual State of the League address in downtown Phoenix.
The most recent controversies — deflated footballs and Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch's refusal to talk to reporters — have dominated media coverage in the run-up to Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and defending champion Seattle Seahawks. Regarding Lynch.
Goodell said he understands that speaking with the media may not be at the top of the running back's list, but, "everyone else is doing their part because it's their obligation. Part of the job of being an NFL player."  NPR/Tom Goldman, 1/31/15. "All is not so well in the NFL ahead of Super Bowl Sunday."

Related commercials. "Audiences no longer need to wait until the Big Game to watch Super Bowl commercials, with an increasing number of marketers opting to release their spots days before kickoff. This year is no different, with Budweiser, Budweiser, Bud Light, Kia, Mercedes-Benz USA, T-Mobile, Victoria’s Secret, BMW, even Paramount with “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” among those having already posted their ads online.
The reason? The high cost to play the Super Bowl promo blitz is one. At around $4.5 million per 30 second ad, buying time during the match up between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots is at record levels. NBC is airing the game Feb. 1. An early look at this year’s ads signals that comedy will play a major role after scoring with consumers in previous years."  Variety/Marc Graser, Senior Editor, 1/27/15, "Watch: Super Bowl 2015 commercials"  All commercials HERE.

Update win: Yahoo Sports/Dan Wetzel, 2/1/15. "Malcolm Butler's goal-line pick clinches Super Bowl win for Patriots against defending champion Seahawks." "GLENDALE, Ariz. – On the ropes, down 10 points in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady engineered a comeback to give the New England Patriots a 28-24 lead over the Seattle Seahawks with a little more than two minutes left in Super Bowl XLIX. Brady and the rest of the Patriots couldn't exhale until defensive back Malcolm Butler picked off Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at the goal line with 20 seconds left to secure a dramatic championship in what will go down as one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever played." 

Update conspiracy: CNN/Bleacher Report/Dan Carson, Trending Lead Writer, 2/2/15. "Report: "Anonymous Seahawks player ponders anti-JMarshawn Lynch conspiracy." The moment Malcolm Butler plucked Russell Wilson's pass out of the air, the NFL conspiracy mill began churning. "Why would you pass on the 1-yard line? You have the Beast at your disposal, and he is starving. Why call a high-risk pick play that's experienced Hindenburg levels of success in recent memory?" Such were the questions flooding in from all angles after Wilson's sole interception of Super Bowl XLIX—a turnover that flipped the game on its ear and doomed a miraculous fourth-quarter comeback by the Seattle Seahawks. Fans and pundits alike wondered aloud exactly what led Pete Carroll to call a risky, no-read passing play with the Lombardi Trophy on the line and Marshawn Lynch waiting in the backfield."

Note photo/graphics.  Seattle Seahawks logo from Sports Logos Screan Savers.  New England Patriots logo from Jewish Women's Archive.  Grumpy Cat from Grumpy, "... the Super Bowl - this game is awful."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl media day 2015, Seattle Seahawks, great athlete, few words, hometown Oakland

"OAKLAND -- As much as Marshawn Lynch detests doing interviews, something the Seattle Seahawks' star running back reinforced during his "I'm just here so I won't get fined" auto-answer session during Media Day (and his "You know why I'm here" follow-up on Wednesday), there's absolutely no question that one particular subject is near and dear to his heart.

Ask Lynch about where he grew up, and if you're someone he trusts, he'll talk about 'The Town' with a gleam in his eye and a massive smile on his face.  .... Everything about Oakland," he told me then, "is everything about me."  NFL/Michael Silver/Media Columnist, 1/28/15, Mashawn Lynch's Oakland ties reveal Seahawks star's spirit." includes video 2:39 minutes.

PHOENIX -- Marshawn Lynch saved his best media performance for last. In a fascinating five-minute sitdown that included one soliloquy, minutes of awkward silence, and lots of shout outs, Lynch spoke honestly of his difficulty dealing with all the attention this week."

I mean all week, I done told y'all what's up. And for some reason y'all continue to come back and do the same thing," Lynch said. "I don't know what story y'all trying to get out of me. I don't know what image y'all trying to portray of me, but it don't matter what y'all think, what y'all say about me because when I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face -- my family, that I love -- that's all that really matters to me.

....  "I'm here preparing for the game and y'all want to ask me all these questions which is understandable. ... But I told y'all I'm not about to say nothing," Lynch said. "If y'all ain't mad at me, then what y'all here for?" Lynch said earlier in the session. "I ain't got nothing for y'all though." Around the NFL/Gregg Rosenthal, 1/29/15. Around the NFL/Gregg Rosenthal, 1/29/15,"Marshawn Lynch: What are y'all here for?", includes video 5:10 minutes. 

Reference: 2015, New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks. 

Photographs. Marshawn with Coach Zimbio/Marshawn Lynch pictures. Running image Zimbo. Looking back by Jake Foster, Chat sports. Running on field image 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rotary Club, monthly dinner meetings from Tuesday, February 3, 2015

anita rees
Anita Rees, Executive Director
Pacifica Resource Center, Guest Speaker
February 3, 2015 dinner meeting
The Rotary Club of Pacifica/Victor Spano,"Evening Meeting Schedule!" Information from Linda Jonas, President, Pacifica Rotary Club. "As a result of the survey conducted a few months ago, the Rotary Club of Pacifica will have one evening meeting per month from February through June, 2015, as a trial to see how the membership responds. Said meetings will be held at Sharp Park Restaurant from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. on each FIRST Tuesday of the month..."  
"Anita Rees, Director of the Pacifica Resource Center, will be the featured speaker at the inaugural meeting, sharing the center's plans for celebrating their 40th anniversary as an important social service agency serving Pacificans. The evening meeting will be held at Sharp Park Restaurant beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a brief meeting, conversation over dinner and the featured speaker, all finishing by 8:30 p.m. Dinner is included for $20 per person or coffee only for $5." 

The public is invited to attend the meeting and learn more about the work of the Rotary Club of Pacifica. RSVP by calling President Linda Jonas at 650-438-4848. Rotary International promotes fellowship and performs service for the local and international communities. The public is also welcome to visit Rotary any other Tuesday morning for its breakfast meeting from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Sharp Park Restaurant at Sharp Park Golf Course. Breakfast is available for $15 and coffee for $5."  Pacifica Tribune, 1/27/15, "Rotary schedules evening meetings".

Reference, speaker - Anita Rees, Executive Director, Pacifica Resource Center. "Anita is committed to helping other low-income and underrepresented families in Pacifica and throughout California access the resources they need to become stable and economically secure. Anita joined the PRC in January 2010."  Note:  photograph of Anita Reese by Lynne Fried as noted on the Pacifica Resource Center website/Staff.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Planning Commission meeting, Monday, February 2, 2015

Yeah but, City water tower art
with cell antenna purpose, win, win.
There was no Planning Commission quorum 1/20/15. Thus, with no prior meeting, the 2/2/15 public hearing information was continued and is the same as it was 1/20/15.

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.

Planning Commission Agenda and Staff Report, 2/2/15, pdf computer pages 31.
Public hearing:  TA-103-15.  City of Pacifica Planning Department amendment to Municipal Code Wireless communications facilities text: Article 26, "Public Uti
lities/Residential and Commercial Antennas", Chapter 4, "Zoning", Title 9, ""Planning and Zoning".

The code change effects General Plan and zoning for future uniform on-pole wireless antenna and equipment standards citywide, including "smaller installations within public rights-of-way along major thoroughfares as well as within residential neighborhoods."  Suggested Planning Commission Resolution, pages 6-7; Ordinance amendment, pages 8-20.  Code Sections and changes, pages 21-31. 

Note photograph from Mlive,"Water tower-based cell antennas provide municipal revenues, better phone service."  The prior Fix Pacifica article for the 1/20/15 meeting included a more realistic cell antina photograph.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pacifica Arts/Poetry at Florey's 2015, last Saturday of the month

Like poetry? Join with us.
Sherri Rose-Walker
"Hail and Happy New Year, Poetry Friends,  A reminder that on Saturday, we'll convene for the first reading of this new year.  I  hope you'll consider joining us to begin a new year of celebrating poetry.  Bring a snack or beverage to share, if you can, as well as your own or a favorite poet's work for open mic." (Sherri Rose-Walker, email 1/27/14)
Florey's Book Company, Saturday, Janurary 31, 2015, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica.  Aaron Schlieve, Proprietor, (650) 355-8811.
This month Featuring:  Kari Flickinger, and Christina Lloyd.  Open mic to follow, participate or listen. Facebook/Florey's Book Company.   
Note:  the Florey's Book Company link includes biographical information about the featured poets.

Related series history - Pacifica Tribune/Jean Bartlett, Arts Correspondent, 4/26/11. "Let the poetry begin Florey's Books hosts Saturday night series." To explain why she is "inaugurating" an every-last-Saturday-of-the-month poetry night at Florey's, Pacifican and poet Sherri Rose-Walker, quotes prolific poet, essayist and fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin. "I want to see poetry, not as fancy pastry, but as bread; that is, a common language, not a rarified one." "That's what poetry readings are for," Rose-Walker said. "To be nourished with news from the heart from all the kinds of poets there are — and to be inspired, perhaps, to raise your own voice." Following the presentation of the featured poets, each evening in the poetry series will offer open mic opportunities for poets in the audience. .... Poets who wish to be featured in the future, should send a brief bio and sample poems to Sherri Rose-Walker at  Read article.

Related Poetry Express Berkeley, Sherri Rose-Walker featured poet, Monday, February 2, 1015.  Note:  photograph from this article.

Posted by Kathy Meeh