Saturday, October 15, 2016

Protecting our coastline, City moving forward

From the new Lorie Tinfow, City Manager and Staff email newsletter, "Connect with Pacifica this Week".  Excellent!  Hopefully this weekly newsletter report will soon be added to the City website as well. 

City of Pacifica/Lorie Tinfow, City Manager, 10/13/16, "Connect with Pacifica this Week," email newsletter.

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Action to protect the City, is sooo
preferred to the "alternative". 
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12 damaged sites getting fixed.
"At Monday’s City Council meeting, staff and I presented an update on our efforts to respond to the storm damage sustained last winter including efforts to obtain grants to help offset the total costs. Repairs to the twelve damage sites are estimated to cost $3.3 million and of that amount, our insurance and grants from the State of California will cover $2.64 million; the remaining balance will be paid for by the City directly.  Fortunately, we have put aside some one-time monies that can cover our portion of the repairs. 

In addition, we also shared an update on two other sites that I have called “hazard mitigation” projects.  These are the reinforcement of the 300 block of Esplanade Avenue and the replacement of the northern section of the Beach Blvd. sea wall.  Both projects are needed to protect the streets and underground utilities that are immediately adjacent.  We have applied for financial assistance with both projects as well as requested assistance from the US Army Corps of Engineers and are waiting to hear back from them.  

Council also heard about our participation in regional efforts focused on sea level rise and climate change including our plans to update our Local Coastal Plan to address sea level rise and for which we received a grant from the California Coastal Commission.  That process will start over the next month or so. To view the full report, please click here.

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This time I'm voting for those
progress City Council candidates.
The City Council unanimously confirmed our continued work to protect City assets such as replacement of the northern section of the Beach Blvd. sea wall and reinforcement of the Esplanade bluff—important direction to ensure City resources are focused on the right activities."

Reference. Join email list.  Past editions found on Nextdoor/Government, (currently the 10/3/16 edition is shown there); and, Connect with Pacifica this week, 10/8/16-10/16/16.  Related newspaper articles.  Pacifica Tribune/Lorie Tinfow, Pacifica City Manager, 10/7/16, "City Hall makes greater connection with the community."  Fix Pacifica reprint, Pacifica Tribune/Lorie Tinfow, City Manager, 10/5/16. 

Reference. Current weather update. ABC/KGO News, 10/15/16, 10:20 am, "Heavy Wind gusts, rain expected for Bay Area." "Friday's rainstorm is set to continue through Sunday according to officials from the National Weather Service. A wind advisory was issued by the NWS for this afternoon and evening for the North and East Bay hills, the North Bay coast, San Francisco and the San Francisco peninsula coast from 2 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Sunday. Southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 40 to 45 mph are expected near the coast, NWS officials said."   

Note photographs. Left: Man looking down by Connor Radnovich/the Chronicle (image 61 of 62 slides) from SF Gate/Peter Fimrit, 2/3/16, "Pacific Ocean devours Pacifica cliffs..." Beach Boulevard from the ABC/KGO current weather article reference (above). Right: Break in seawall from CBS San Francisco Channel News, 1/25/16, "Residents fear seaside homes may crumble in pounding surf." Man carrying dog by David J. Phillips/AP from Business Insider/Science/Houston, Tx article, 4/19/16.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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