Monday, December 18, 2017

KIMCO Proposes 179 New Apartments for Westlake Shopping Center

Could they do the same at Linda Mar or Fairmont Shopping Centers?   This is "SmartGrowth"!!

According to 12/11/2017 Daly City City Council report:  "The applicant, Kimco Reality Corporation, has submitted an application to redevelop a portion of Westlake Shopping Center adjacent to Park Plaza Drive The project consists of replacing the existing two-story 53,662 square foot commercial building and 60 space surface parking lot, currently on the north end of the existing building, with a six-story mixed use building including a below grade parking garage accommodating 260 parking spaces, 34,458 square feet of ground floor commercial space, and 179 upper-story apartments. The existing building is comprised of 23,232 square feet of medical office space, which would not be replaced, and 30,430 square feet of retail space, which would be replaced with 34,458 square feet of retail space at the building’s ground floor."

Submitted by Victor Spano

Saturday, December 9, 2017

City Council meeting, Monday December 11, 2017

Attend in person, 2212 Beach Boulevard, 2nd floor. Or view on local television or live feed Pacific Coast TV. If you missed meetings, view on PCT26 YouTube!  The city council meeting begins at 7 p.m., or shortly there following. City Council updates and archives are available on the City Council website.      Channel 26 television schedule, see Monday, 11/27/17.  

 Interactive City Council agenda, 12/11/17.      City Council agenda, 12/11/17, pdf pages 156. 

Closed Session, 5:30 p.m.
Image result for Mike O'Neill, Pacifica, CA picture
Items 13, 14. Thank you Mike O'Neill
for your years as Mayor!
A.     CA government code 54956.8, property negotiations, instructions to negotiators, price and terms of payment:  Friend Development Group LLC, a Delaware LLC, 2212 Beach Boulevard.  
B.    CA government code 54956.8, property negotiations with Brendan Murphy, price and terms of payment:  A portion of 540 Crespi Drive, APN 022-162-420.
C.    CA government code 54956.9 )d) (1), existing litigation:  Scenic Coast v. CA Dept of Transportation, et. al., San Mateo Superior Court Case DIV523973.

Open session, 7:00 p.m.  Call to order, roll call, salute to flag.  Closed Session report.  Proclamations, none. 
Special presentations.  1) HIP  Housing, Alie Sobczak.  2) Beautification Advisory Committee Mayor's Awards.  

Consent Calendar   
1.      Approval of financial disbursements (checks), FY 2017-18,
report.  a) 11/3/17 - 11/14/17.
2.     Approval of Minutes,
report.  a) 11/27/17.
3.     Proclamation confirming existence of a local emergency, coastline Westline Drive to end of Beach Blvd, report.  a)  photographs, 12/6/17.
4.     Cancel City Council meeting, 12/26/17, report.
5.     Establish and adopt zone regulation ordinance limiting number of Alternative Financial Services (AFS) businesses, and require a use permit requirement for operation, exempt from CEQA (second reading), report/ordinance.
6.     Amend the Emergency Preparedness and Safety Commission ordinance to increase membership (second reeading), report/ordinance.
7.     Resolution declaring results of the 11/7/17 consolidated municipal, school and special district election, report/resolution. a) Certification.
8.     Change order #1, Collections System Project FY 2016-16 COO5D: C2R Engineering, amount $60,000. Wastewater Enterprise Fund 34, report.  a) Contract and change order, revised budget $614,758.65.
9.      Approve commercial and industrial stormwater inspections and related services: Eisenberg, Olivieri & Associates, Inc., not to exceed $50,000 each year or $200,000 for duration of the contract,  report. a) Agreement.
10.    Resolution supporting Manor Drive Overcrossing Improvement Project, and authorizing application requesting Measure A Highway Program Funding (grant from .05 cent SM county highway improvement taxes), report/resolution.
11.     Approve the 2016-17 City new developer mitigation annual fee report, (State AB 1600, Mitigation Fee Act, 1987), report.  a) City AB 1600 report 6/30/17, 11/22/17 revised.
Oral communications. Public; Council, Staff.  Consideration items, none. 

Public hearings
12.    Recology of the Coast contract franchise agreement (12/31/2022):  2018 rate adjustment, report, resolution. a) rate schedule, (6.66% rate increase over 2017).  b) Recycled tonnage 2017 (ROTC) interim 2017 report.  c) Notice of public hearing, 12/11/17.
13.   City council reorganization. a) Outgoing Mayor's remarks.  b) Presentation to the outgoing Mayor. c) Selection of new Mayor. d) selection of new Mayor Pro Tem. e) incoming Mayor's remarks.
14.    Adjournment followed by refreshments.     Note photograph from City Council, Mike O'Neill vote history. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Open the Shoreline Protection Process

By Mark Stechbart & Jim Wagner

After last Monday’s Council meeting confusion over protecting our neighborhoods from ocean flooding, it’s clear we are in for a long year-long slog.

After 5 years and innumerable reports, the California Coastal Commission authorized San Francisco to repair and reinforce the golf course sea wall. SF pays for the work, not Pacifica.

The City of Pacifica will be on the record with a letter to SF expressing the need and urgency to begin work on long deferred Sharp Park sea wall maintenance before the winter storms. All our neighborhoods north and south of the course will benefit from the protection.

The good news is common sense and rational practicality carried the day by a narrow 3-2 vote.

A great deal for Pacifica, right?  Well, we have two votes on the Council (and people in the audience) that don't have a concern for or see any urgency in the possibility of winter storms breaching the Sharp Park sea wall.

We actually have folks in this town who want to debate sea wall maintenance that protects our neighborhoods rather than act now to prepare for storms we know are on their way.

This curious wait and debate mentality leads us to raise a caution flag on the underlying process of shoreline protection planning. The devil is always in the details. The cure is complete open government as this very important process unfolds.

City Council has an Ad Hoc Meeting Group to discuss shoreline protection. They last met October 27 with no public notice or public participation.  This group discussed a) creating a technical work group; b) frequency and method of project updates to Council and the public; c) discuss community sensitivity regarding scenario/horizon recommendations… (what does that even mean??); d) future meeting schedule.

This Ad Hoc group is thought to be responsible for citizen appointments for a coastal planning advisory group which will meet three times through August 2018.

We raise these issues to mandate complete transparency and full community input. All coastal planning and shoreline protection meetings and advisory groups need to be fully noticed in the Tribune and the city website; videoed by community TV 26; full public testimony opportunities on all items and compete minutes. Just like city council and all affiliated city committee meetings.

Ad Hoc meeting minutes from October 27 are not available. The meeting was behind closed doors.

Let’s open this to the public. The nature of the Ad Hoc discussions are no different than a Council study session.

When citizen advisory applications are reviewed, let’s conduct a normal public interview process to evaluate applicants. The applications need to be posted on the city website.

All documents and committee emails must be a public record, just like Council’s are now.

In all meetings, the public gets 3 minutes to discuss items not specifically on the agenda and also on each discussion item before a decision is made by the committee. Again, copies Council’s practice since 1957.
This is the boring minutia of making government work for everyone in town. Some people may dismiss this as overboard. However, some people in town want to endlessly talk about the present ocean rise danger to our homes, businesses and Hwy 1, without any urgency to act. We think that’s overboard.

But at the end of day, City Council, open the currently closed doors. And please explain what “discuss community sensitivity regarding scenario/horizon recommendations” means. Does not sound good.

( Wagner and Stechbart are long term Pacifica residents active in the Pacifica Business and Community PAC supporting forward looking solutions to Pacifica issues)


this agenda contains the items I was complaining about in guest column...  last item indecipherable, rest significant with no detail...

 this is why ad hoc meetings need to be public and recorded...


Submitted by Mark Stechbart