Saturday, April 29, 2017

Planning Commission meeting, Monday May 1, 2017

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: City Council Agendas, and City Planning Commission.  Channel 26 television schedule, see Monday, 05/01/17. 


Interactive Planning Commission Agenda, 5/1/17     Planning Commission Agenda, 5/1/17, pdf pages 215.

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
Item 1.  Modus, Inc. antennas: roof level
enclosure, Grocery Outlet location.

Open Session, 7:00 p.m.  Administrative :  Order of the Agenda; Approval of the Minutes 4/17/17.  Liaison to City Council meeting of 5/22/17, Commissioner Tom Clifford:  1567 Beach Blvd. permit extension. Communications: Public oral. Study Session, none.  Consent Items, none.  Closed Session, none. Presentation, none.   


New public hearings
1.     UP-081-17,
report, pdf pages 1.  Replacement of  6 Antennas  and 3 additional antennas, roof level enclosure: Modus, Inc. and SHP Pacifica, wireless facility operator, 5550 Coast Highway (APN 023-072-070). Withdraw prior UP-081-17.

2.     Resolution determining the 2017-2022 Capital Improvement Program is consistent with the General Plan and Local Coastal Land Use Plan.
Report, pdf pages 6.  a)  Resolution (draft), pdf pages 1.  b) Capital Improvements Program (CIP) 2017-2022 (draft), pdf pages 172. 

Study Session

3.    TA-106-17.  Methods ordinance, licensing  and land use for the City to regulate the location of marijuana business and related activities.  Report, pdf pages 11.  a) Buffers schools and youth Centers map, pdf pages 1. 

Communications:  Planning Commission, Staff, Adjourn. 
Reference.  Acronyms.  APN, Assessor's parcel number. CDP, Coastal Development permit. CZ, (Coastal Zone Combining) zoning districts. LDR, low density residential.  PE, Parking Exception. PSD, Site Development permit. PV, Variance. S, Sign permit. SP, Specific Plan. SUB Subdivision. TA, text amendment (ordinance). UP, Use permit.  Zoning. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).   CA CEQA Guidelines, Article 19, Categorical Exemptions.  Freestanding single-family residences set-back and parking, R1, S, City of Pacifica Sign ordinance.  CA code, accessory (second residential) dwelling units, 65852.2.      Related.  Item 1. 5550 Coast highway, Pacifica, Pedro Point Shopping Center/Supermarket:
PropertyShark.  Note graphic:  Funny people from Grocery Outlet market found on the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce Business Profile.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pacifica Tribune: DA looking at Sue Digre complaint

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe is conducting a “first step” inquiry into a complaint regarding Pacifica City Council Member Sue Digre.

“We are trying to find out if it is appropriate for us to open an investigation. We do look at whether someone properly lives in a jurisdiction or any conflict of interest. At this point I have assigned someone to collect all the information to determine whether or not to open an investigation,” he said.

The inquiry may take a week or two, he said.

The issue arose when an anonymous letter arrived at city hall alleging that Council Member Digre did not live at the address she said she lived at when she filed to run for office. City papers show Digre declared her residency at 780 Edgemar Ave.

The letter says she actually lived at Pacific Skies Estates.


Posted by Steve Sinai

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Chamber of Commerce CEO

The Pacifica Chamber of Commerce has a new Chief Executive Officer. JAMIE MONOZON, currently San Bruno Chamber of Commerce CEO, will split her time equally between the two chambers, serving both communities and collaborating at times.  She will be partnering and sharing responsibilities with current Board President VICTOR SPANO.

Following the resignation announcement by Vickie Flores, the Chamber Board received a large number of resumes, several from seasoned CEO’s in high tech and other industries. The Chamber Board was hoping to find an applicant who was knowledgeable of Chamber operations and who could fit in well with the business community. Monozon has served as San Bruno Chamber CEO for the last five years. 
She has over 25 years of business leadership experience including owning her own business and serving as an Executive for multiple Fortune 500 companies in the title and escrow industry here in San Mateo County. She is a close friend and peer of former Pacifica Chamber CEO Courtney Conlon, and they attended many local, state and national chamber events and symposiums together.

Spano has been on the Chamber of Commerce Board for the last three years. His term as Board President began in January 2017.  According to Spano, “The shoes of Vickie Flores and Courtney Conlon are hard to fill….we are moving forward to ensure the continuity and success of the Pacifica Chamber and Jamie is going to be an awesome leader who will bring new ideas that will help the entire community.  She wants to include Pacifica’s chamber in some of her San Bruno events, and that is going to a boon to our Pacifica Chamber membership.”

Submitted by Victor Spano, 
Pacifica Chamber of Commerce

Nextdoor claims privacy on public comments, kicks out offender

If you are having problems with Nextdoor dumping your comments, or even dumping YOU, let us know!  The following is my recent response email to the Nextdoor lead, and their email. The suspension/termination of my account came with links to their previously undisclosed (to my knowledge) "privacy" and "membership" rules.  Their email titled "your email account" was hardly noticed, until no more community emails came from them. (Kathy Meeh)

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Are NIMBIES eating our public Nextdoor forum?
Response email to Nextdoor.  "Needless to say, the action Nextdoor chose to take was from the termination line, rather than the emailed help line above.  There is a difference.
My prior understanding of the Nextdoor email function was that Nextdoor is a Citywide sponsored email for the community:  a public forum, with similar public "free speech" characteristics and standards the City would adhere to.
Signing-up to participate with Nextdoor dialog a few years ago, I don't recall a long list of not easily or clearly understood privacy and member agreement requirements. Do you? 
And BTW, of these privacy/member clauses, where is the exact reference, which has caused this "egregious" Nextdoor community termination?

Copyright standards and crediting sources were included in my Fix Pacifica article consideration.  Direct:  or General:
As noted:  The conversation about rent control and affordable housing began on the biased Nextdoor/Sam Casillas article, which gave Realtors (the Realtor Association) a "bad rap" (and that smacks of scapegoating without solution from the NIMBY crowd). 
Doesn't the the unfair nature of that Nextdoor article itself bother you a little?  I think it should.

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Pro Economy Nextdoor game:  bye, bye, you're out.
The Fix Pacifica article
1.  Steve Sinai's Nextdoor comment: Steve is my friend and Blogmaster of Fix Pacifica blog (where we post a majority of articles).  Posting Steve's comment was intended as a  fun surprise, rather than a  breach of what is in reality viewable Citywide privacy.
2.  Dorothy Bouly Bolton's comment was a direct City researched rent control data quote, so how private is that? 
3.  Mike Hicks astute "need for affordable housing" comment is fact, and it's doubtful he objected.
4.  Helen Risinger, complaint of passing cost to landlords, doubt she objected.

I think the action taken by Nextdoor to dump me (and likely many others), lacks sufficient cause and should be reviewed. 
Also FYI, lately I'm hearing complaints about Nextdoor, that Nextdoor is not being fair.  There is the dumping of factual comments (just as one of my comprehensive comments was dumped a few months ago).  And there also seems to be the dumping of participants who do not support and adhere to the pro-NIMBY (nothing for Pacifica) bias. 
Over decades, hasn't this City had enough damage done to the viability of it's infrastructure?  Has Nextdoor recently been absorbed by those who pretend, "nothing happening here"?  I'm beginning to think so. A response and reinstatement is expected."  Kathy (Kathleen Meeh)

Reference. The Nextdoor/"Helpline" email, 4/21/17. The "suspension/termination" email was signed cordially with "Best", (an alternative to "regards" or "love" I suppose); and, we'll call this fearless Nextdoor lead: "Anonymous". "I’m reaching out to you today because it was brought to our attention that you posted Nextdoor content authored by Nextdoor members onto your blog without their consent. This violates Nextdoor’s Privacy Policy and your Member Agreement. Due to this violation, your account has been suspended. If you remove the Nextdoor content from your blog and agree to respect the Privacy Policy and Member Agreement, then we can discuss the recovery of your account access."  Hum, I don't recall seeing these Nextdoor Privacy Policy and Member Agreements prior, do you?  But it might not matter anyhow, if our local Nextdoor has now been taken over and is being controlled by NIMBIES.  The Fix Pacifica article in question, (comments from Nextdoor), 4/18/17, "City infrastructure wisdom: bonehead economics 1." (This article is also linked above, and no, Nextdoor, I won't be taking it down).    

Note photographs. Red legged walking frog by Elisa P. from Strange by Nature Deviant Art. Stick man from  Culik Law PC/Shawna Culik, 2/21/14, "What to Do if You Are Wrongfully Terminated..."  

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Sunday, April 23, 2017

City Council meeting, Monday April 24, 2017.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Digre-Gate Continues

Below is a copy of an email from the county district attorney's office regarding the allegation that Councilmember Digre didn't list the correct address on her voter registration and councilmember nomination papers.  It looks like the county DA will at least check it out. I don't know who the xxxxxxxxxx refers to.

From: Al Serrato []
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:33 PM
To:  xxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Steve Wagstaffe <>
Subject: Re: Council member should be removed from Council

Dear xxxxxxxxxx

Mr. Wagstaffe forwarded your email to me, as I am the Assistant District Attorney who handles allegations involving public integrity issues.

In the past week, we have received requests from a number of concerned citizens to take action with regard to Pacifica City Councilmember Sue Digre. It has been alleged that since 2012, she resided at an address other than the one listed on her voter registration and councilmember nomination documents. Since those documents were signed under penalty of perjury, we have been requested to review the matter to determine whether Councilmember Digre has violated the law in this regard.

Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. Promoting honesty and integrity in government is an important societal interest, and we take these allegations, and your concerns, seriously. The issues raised by the allegations involve both factual and legal determinations, and consequently, cannot be made quickly.

Please be assured that we have received your email and are in the process of reviewing the matter to determine what, if any, action might be appropriate.

Best regards,

Albert A. Serrato
Assistant District Attorney
400 County Center, 3rd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 363-4823

Posted by Steve Sinai

Economic development manager transition

Pacifica Tribune/Letter Anne Stedler, 4/12/17. "Economic development manager resigns."

"I have submitted my resignation so I can pursue plans for my life and work. My last day in the office will be April 11. Regrettably, this means leaving many relationships in the community and at the office, and many terrific projects.

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Anne Stedler, thank you for your
role in improving economic
conditions within our City!
Interim City Manager Keith Breskin and I have discussed plans to continue the key projects and initiatives while a new economic development manager is hired. Continuity for the work and service to this community remain a priority, of course. I have used my last weeks in Pacifica to arrange for that.

It has, as always, been a pleasure to work with so many Pacifica residents and businesses on projects, such as the Palmetto Streetscape that City Council recently approved for construction. Thanks to all of you, as individuals and organizations. My best to the City and community."  With regard and respect, Anne Stedler

Reference.  Anne H. Stedler/LinkedIn,"Professional background."  City of Pacifica/Economic Development, current link.  Example related activities. Economic Development Committee Agenda, 1/10/17. Fix Pacifica articles, Meet new Economic Development Director/Victor Spano, 5/22/15,  Ann Stedler to address Rotary Club/Victor Spano, 9/10/15.  

Related articles.  The Mercury News/Anne Stedler, 10/6/15, updated 8/12/16, "From the desk of Ann Stedler."  "I want to share a few thoughts, as resident and economic development practitioner, about big economic reasons for retail vacancies. Prompted by concerns about vacancies at Kimco centers, and formerly at Eureka Square, my comments are general because I can’t speak for retail property owners. However, retail issues and perspectives merit discussion, because the industry plays an important role in our city."  Redwood Times/Courtney Conlon, CEO, Pacifica Chamber of Commerce Pacifica Tribune, 7/21/15, "Supporting business and promoting community."  Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff Writer, 8/10/16, "Palmetto Avenue streetscape changes revealed."

Note photograph by Jane Northrop from Anne Stedler's related article, Mercury News, 10/6/15, updated 8/12/16, above. This is a thoughtful article, worth reading.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

San Francisco senator calls for more market-rate housing

Senator Scott Wiener says “market-rate” isn’t a bad word


State Senator Scott Wiener took to Medium over the weekend to pen a nearly 1,700-word essay on the merits of new market-rate housing construction in the Bay Area and California.

In piece titled “Market-Rate Housing Isn’t a Bad Word, and We Won’t Solve the Housing Crisis Without It,” Senator Wiener alleges that lawmakers and community groups show “skepticism and even hostility” toward any new construction that is not “exclusively or largely [focused] on publicly subsidized, income-based affordable housing,” creating a culture of anger toward those who want to sell new homes at market rates. 

To underscore the need for more housing, the senator breaks out some cold, hard numbers:
“According to California’s Legislative Analyst, the state needs to produce about 180,000 units of housing a year to keep up with [population] growth. In practice, we produce less than half that.”

California’s Legislative Analyst Office did in fact say that in a 2015 report, adding, “Seattle—a coastal metro with economic characteristics and average temperatures that are similar to California’s Bay Area metros—added new housing units at about twice the rate as San Francisco and San Jose over the last two decades.”

So okay, just build more affordable housing if that’s what people want. But Wiener says, pointedly, “We will never — and I truly mean never — produce enough of that housing to satisfy” all of our housing needs.

Posted by Steve Sinai