Thursday, July 26, 2018

Save our homes and businesses

Jim Wagner and Mark Stechbart

To quote Mark Twain “No one’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” Or the Pacifica CityCouncil.
Let’s review the severe threat to homeowner value posed by the city’s sea level rise planning. It hits existing homes and businesses and all future development and remodeling.
The flood zone has not been clearly described to Pacifica homeowners and businesses. Everything west of Hwy 1 is exposed. In Linda Mar, everything west of an imaginary dotted line from Peralta Road to Fernandez Way is in the flood zone.
Managed retreat is in the sea level planning document. That means let the sea erosion chew east. Which properties are protected and which are unprotected? What neighborhoods will enjoy shoreline protection like seawalls and which will be unprotected? We don’t know because after months of talk, the members of the Council has not made a firm decision. Our suggestion is managed retreat must be rejected for the entire Pacifica coastline to protect our existing homes and businesses. Protecting homes must be the first priority.
Properties in the flood zone include at least several hundred homes; most of our hotels; Hwy 1; 80 percent of all Pacifica businesses; sewer, water and communications lines; schools; shopping centers. In short, the heart of Pacifica.
The City’s sea level planning incorporates a lot of California Coastal Commission language that is also under review but not fully disclosed to Pacifica homeowners. The Coastal Commission wants this: structures in the flood zone will need a bond or lien, paid for by the owner, to pay for the structure to be moved or demolished and the affected area restored at the applicant’s expense. The coastal commission will determine removal “triggers” and the date the order is given.
Will Pacifica become labeled the “Town Falling into the Sea”? The consequences and domino effect are clear. Home values will stall or drop. Buyers will be uncertain about buying a 30-year mortgage for a home under a sea level cloud. Mortgages will be tough to get if the property life is unknown.
Insurance will be hard to secure and expensive. Who wants to move to a town where the business district is eroding? When Hwy 1 is threatened, east side home values will suffer if buyers can’t commute out of town. When sea level rise threatens sewer and water lines, all homes and businesses in town, regardless of location, will face hundreds of millions in new taxes to move the pipes and facilities further east.
And here is the final insult to not having a clear rejection of managed retreat and a full commitment to shoreline protection: city finances take a huge hit and bond ratings drop.
Fifty percent of total city revenue for essential city services comes from property taxes. The math is simple—do anything to damage property value and city tax collections drop. Additionally, Moody’s, the bond rating company, has already warned coastal towns that if property values are not maintained from sea level rise, bonds ratings will drop. The City and school districts rely on property values to pay off their bonds. If property values are dropping or uncertain, bond costs increase and investors will hesitate to buy the bonds because the underlying ability to repay is questionable. No one in the City or school districts is talking about sea level issues damaging the fundamental economic health of Pacifica.
Our solution is for an informed citizenry to attend the next sea level rise meeting Saturday, Aug. 11, noon, in the community center. Ask, even demand, that City Council and anyone running for Council this November take a full-throated pledge to reject managed retreat and pledge to support shoreline protection measures. Our homes and businesses require the certainty of a clear Council policy. No reason to study managed retreat when that policy will cut the heart out of Pacifica. Managed retreat—a bad idea we can’t afford.
(Jim Wagner and Mark Stechbart are longterm Pacifica residents active in the Pacifica Business and Community PAC supporting forward looking solutions to Pacifica issues.)

Submitted by Jim Wagner

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Pacifica Progressive Alliance City Council Candidates Endorsement Questionnaire

Blogmaster's note : As usual, the Pacifica Progressive Alliance is fixated on using Pacifica's tax dollars to save the world, and shows absolutely no interest in economic development, the city's finances, or the nuts-and-bolts of running a city, such as filling potholes and maintaining public services and infrastructure. 


Please fill out and return to the PPA via email at by 5pm August 19th. Use as much space as you need.
  1. What is your position on the workforce housing proposed for Oddstad Blvd?
  1. What do you think the City Council should do for people living in RVs and cars?
  1. What commitments do you think Pacifica should take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change.
  1. What would you do as a council member to improve public transportation?
  1. Would you help to designate Pacifica as a Compassionate City and what would a Compassionate City of Pacifica do?
  1. What do you want to do for Pacifica and what experiences have most prepared you to serve our community?
  1. What would you do for immigrants in Pacifica?
  1. What would you do about income disparity in Pacifica?
  1. Given that Caltrans has not acted accountably to Pacifica, what would you do as a City Council member to change that?
  1. Where do you stand on city liability for new development in at-risk areas?

Posted by Steve Sinai

Friday, July 20, 2018

City Council meeting, Monday July 23, 2018

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sister District ("Blue Wave") Project, Democrats meeting, this Saturday July 21, 2018

The monthly meeting of the Pacifica-Daly City Democrats Club is this Saturday, July 21st. Gaby Goldstein and Lisa Diaz Nash, representatives from the Sister District Project, will tell us about their grassroots organization, formed after the November 2016 elections to mend America’s seriously flawed democratic system and promote equal governmental representation. 

Image result for Sister District Project graphicWe promise a spirited discussion on a number of topics, including Justice Kennedy’s successor to the Supreme Court, partisan gerrymandering, “District-flipping” and Sister District’s efforts to bring about a Big Blue Wave this fall.

The Club’s July 21st meeting will begin at 9:30am in the rear banquet room at the Sharp Park Golf Course Restaurant.  A full breakfast is available at $12, a continental breakfast at $6 or just coffee for $3, although no purchase is necessary. This meeting is open to the general public. You need not be a member of the Club to attend, although we welcome your membership. 
Submitted by Connie Menefee, President of the Pacifica-Daly City Democrats Club

Reference, Sister District Project, website.  ":....  Sister District aims to ensure that all Americans have equal representation and our government works for all people, not just the minority in power. We organize volunteers into local teams based on where they live, and "sister" this deep blue energy with swing districts across the country to support strategic state races that matter. We are open to volunteers and candidates of all genders."  Facebook.  Ballotpedia: from the 527 group, "..... In 1976, 527 groups were established in the wake of the Buckley v. Valeo U.S. Supreme Court decision, in which it was ruled that the First Amendment protected individuals' right to spend unlimited amounts on political speech. ..."  Note graphic: face page to Join the Sister District Project,  "One Thing You Can Do... Join the Sister District Project ", 4/5/18. "...  an effort to help elect or defend Democrats in races across the country."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Friday, July 13, 2018

Planning Commission meeting, Monday July 16, 2018

Attend in person, 2212 Beach Boulevard, 2nd floor.  Or, view on local Pacific Coast television, Pacifica Channel 26If 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, 6/18/18.


Interactive Planning Commission Agenda, 7/16/18.      Planning Commission Agenda, 7/16/18, pdf pages 72.

Open Session, 7:00 p.m.  Administrative:  Approval of order of Agenda, Approval of Draft Minutes:  a) 6/18/18.  Designation of Planning Commission liaison to City Council meeting, none.  Consent items, none. 

Communications: Public (oral).

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Item 1: vacant lot area.

Continued Public Hearings

1.    File 2017-033: SP 166-17.  Construction of a 3-story, 3,643 sq. ft. single family residence on a 3,643 sq. ft. lot: 327 Beaumont Blvd, (APN 009-037-470),  report.

New Public Hearings 

2.   File 2018-013: UP 804-97, PE 182-18.  Amend "Sunvalley Chateau Pacifica"existing use permit (UP 804-97) to increase a special care facility residents from 12 to 16 persons, and allow for a reduction in required off-street parking: 689 Ladera Way (APN 022-241-160), report.  a) Draft Resolution and COAs. b) Land Use and Zoning Exhibit, c) Project Plans.

3.    File 2018-038: UP 041-15 annual review:  7-Eleven store, 700 Hickey Boulevard (APN 009-540-030), report.  a) Draft resolution, substantial compliance findings. b)  Exhibit A to City Council Resolution 40-2015 (Conditions of Approval).  c)  Police Chief Memorandum. d)  Operator-submitted Information.

Communications:  Planning Commission, Staff, Adjourn.     


Reference, development/planning acronyms.  APN, Assessor's parcel number.  CDP, Coastal Development permit. CZ, (Coastal Zone Combining) zoning districts. DP, development permit. GPA, General Plan Amendment.  LDR, low density residential.  PD, Planned Development.  PE, Parking Exception. PSD, Site Development permit. PV, Permit Variance. S, Sign permit. SE, Sign Exception. SP, Specific Plan. RIA, Rent Increase Application.  SUB Subdivision. TA, text amendment (ordinance). UP, Use permit.  Zoning: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  CA CEQA Guidelines, Article 19, Categorical Exemptions: Class 1 categorical exemption, section 15301. Freestanding single-family residences set-back and parking, C-1, neighborhood commercial. C-3, Service Commercial.  R1, single-family residential,  S, City of Pacifica Sign ordinance.  CA code, accessory (second residential) dwelling units, 65852.2.  Zoning/Planning Handouts, City of Pacifica.  RZ, rezoning.  TDR, transfer of development rights (urban planning).  City: Capital Improvement program (CIP), Title/Ordinances/Municipal Code. General Plan. (GP) update documents, background history.  Pacifica Municipal Code (PMC). Local Coastal Land Use Plan, (LCLUP), update documents.   

Related:  Item 1, note photograph, nearby lot: Redfin, (325 Beaumont Blvd).  Item 2, Sunvalley Chateau - SeniorCareHomes.Com.  Item 3, 7-Eleven, 700 Hickey Blvd location (Google).

Posted by Kathy Meeh

Friday, July 6, 2018

City Council meeting, Monday July 9, 2018

Attend in person, 2212 Beach Boulevard, 2nd floor.  Or, view on local Pacific Coast television, Pacifica Channel 26If you miss civic meetings, view on PCT 26 You Tube!  For Channel 26 television schedule, see Monday, 6/24/18.  The City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m., or shortly there following.    City Council Agendas and Minutes archives are available on the City website.


Interactive City Council meeting agenda, 7/9/18.       City Council meeting, 7/9/18, pdf pages 84. 
Closed Session, 5:30 p.m. 
1.     CA code 54957 (b) 1.  Public employee performance evaluation: City Manager. 
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Item 7, homelessness. Got to live somewhere, or not.
Here's a humane idea: build housing and an
economy on our 50-60% open space. Ribbit.
2.    CA code 54957.6.  Conference with labor negotiator:  Firefighters local 240, Battalion Chiefs, Local 856; Wastewater Treatment Plant employees, Local 856, Miscellaneous Local 856, Department Directors, Local 350, Managers Local 350; Police Officers Association, Police Supervisors Association, Police Management Local 350.  

Open session, 7:00 p.m.  Call to order, roll call, salute to flag.  Closed Session report.

6.     Adopt resolution revising job descriptions: 1) Information Systems and Technology (IST) Manager (formerly Management Information Systems (MIS) Manager, and 2) the City Clerk, report, Resolution.  Contract requirements: a)  City Clerk final draft (redlined), b)  City Clerk (current); c) MIS Manager, revised to IST Manager, d) MIS Manager (current).  
Communications (oral).  Public, City Council, City Staff.   

Public hearings, none. Consideration, none.  
Study Session
7.    Homelessness/recreational vehicle issues, report. a) Unsheltered 1 day count, Mateo County (select areas of South San Francisco, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Redwood City).
Item 7, related news articles.  Pacifica Patch/Christa Bigue, Staff, 6/3/13, "Study reveals homelessness as a growing problem in Pacifica.  The Mercury News/Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, Staff, 8/12/16, "Volunteers seek homeless in Pacifica";  note photograph by Ann Cooney from this article.
Posted by Kathy Meeh