Share your ideas & help create the vision of our new library

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posted by Joe Toschik
Thu, April 3, 2014
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Join the Half Moon Bay Library staff for a series of events to aid in the planning process for a new Half Moon Bay Library.

Community Vision
April 10, 4 to 6pm – Open House at the Library
April 10, 7 to 9pm – Community Meeting at the Library
April 12, 9am to noon – Visit us at the Information Kiosk by New Leaf Community Market
April 12, 1 to 4pm – Visit us at Brazzle Berry in Strawflower Village

Design Options
May 3,  9am to 1pm – Look for us at the Coastside Farmers Market at Shoreline Station.
May 8, 4 to 6pm – Open House at the Library
May 8, 7 to 9pm – Community Meeting at the Library

 

NOAA reviews white shark research and tourism in Gulf of the Farallones

Promotional video for shark diving off the Farallon Islands. I had no idea this was a thing in this area.
A white shark.
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posted by Barry Parr
Wed, April 2, 2014
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NOAA is reviewing potential disturbances to white sharks due to research and tourism in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary over the next five years.

This follows the previous draft analysis from 2010 that looked at the effects of a research project which placed small satellite transmitters on white sharks. It also evaluates shark dive tourism operations that use artificial seal decoys to attract sharks.

White sharks depend on the rich waters of the sanctuary. As top predators, they play a key role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem. Each fall, white sharks frequent the waters of the sanctuary. Adult white sharks are seen most frequently in the area between Tomales Point, Año Nuevo Island, and the Farallon Islands, where elephant seals and sea lions are abundant.

The public has an opportunity to review and comment draft proposal that evaluates a range of potential white shark research techniques that might be used in the sanctuary, including the use of tracking devices, decoys, chum and shark cages.

The final programmatic environmental assessment is expected to be completed this summer.

The draft programmatic environmental assessment is available at the sanctuary’s website. Comments can be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking portal, or by mail to Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129.

 

Darin Boville Gallery open house, Saturday

Darin Boville
Darin Boville
Darin Boville
These images are available as free large 5x8 postcards at the gallery
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posted by Barry Parr
Wed, April 2, 2014
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The Darin Boville Gallery is holding a public open house to celebrate its opening Saturday, April 5, noon to 4pm. There will be beverages and light finger food. The gallery is located in Spanishtown, off Highway 92.

Three of Darin’s photo projects will be on display. First, a series of images based on the work of Ansel Adams, but with lasers. Second, a series of flowers, with an odd glowing quality. Third, on the 50-inch 4k screen, a series of images made from the window of an Amtrak train as it cuts across the middle of California.

 

Coastside Democrats endorse incumbents, MROSD, CUSD, and GSD for June election

posted by Barry Parr
Tue, April 1, 2014
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The Coastside Democrats have published their endorsements for the June 3 primary election.  At a meeting on Friday, March 28, the organization heard presentations from the candidates, as well as supporters and opponents of ballot measures.

Members at the meeting voted to endorse incumbents Jackie Speier, Rich Gordon, and Don Horsley. They also endorsed the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District bond measure, Cabrillo Unified School District parcel tax, and Granada Sanitary District transition to a community services district.

Neither Half Moon Bay Main Street Bridge measures received enough votes to receive an endorsement.

Disclosures: I’m a member of the Coastside Democrats. I wasn’t at the meeting and have made no endorsements.

Candidate/Measure Yes No Endorsed?
JACKIE SPEIER, US House, 14th District 26 0 Endorse 100%
RICHARD S. GORDON, State Assembly 24th District 24 3 Endorse 89%
DON HORSLEY, Supervisor, 3rd District 25 0 Endorse 100%
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Bond Measure 21 5 Endorse 81%
Cabrillo Unified School District Resolution for a Parcel Tax Measure 16 10 Endorse 62%
LAFCo Resolution for a Measure to Reorganize Granada Sanitary District into a CSD 18 9 Endorse 67%
HMB Resolution for a Measure on the Main Street Bridge Safety and Accessibility Act 8 15 No Endorse 35%
HMB Resolution for a Measure on the Main Street Bridge Preservation Act 7 15 No Endorse 32%

 

Video of the full 2 1/2 hour endorsement meeting, recorded by CitizenAccess.tv.

 

KTVU reports heavy flooding in Pacifica [corrected]

KTVU
KTVU
Corrected
posted by Barry Parr
Tue, April 1, 2014
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CORRECTION: This story was from KTVU Monday. We apologize for the error.

KTVU has a report on heavy flooding in Pacifica [video], including at the intersection of Highway 1 and Linda Mar, just north of the Devil’s Slide. Earlier, police were turning drivers away from the intersection.

 

MROSD concerned about rodenticide’s effect on local bobcats

Yamil Saenz
Healthy bobcat at Rancho San Antonio.
MROSD staff
A lethargic bobcat near trail, Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, February 18, 2010.
posted by Barry Parr
Mon, March 31, 2014
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Based on information from MROSD

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is advocating for additional regulations on so-called second generation anticoagulation rodenticides due to illness and deaths of bobcats on the peninsula. These poisons have been linked to illness and deaths of foxes, eagles, owls and bobcats as well as dogs and cats throughout California.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has limited the sale of SGARs effective July 1, 2014.

In 2010, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District began to observe bobcats with symptoms of a severe disease called notoedric mange in the 4,150‐acre Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve near Cupertino. Until then, healthy bobcats were commonly seen throughout the preserve, often hunting rodents in meadows.

Studies by the National Park Service in southern California indicate that outbreaks of mange in animal populations is a result of exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides. These poisons weaken animals’ immune systems and make them less able to fight mite infestations. This leads to cracked, wounded skin that is subject to bacterial infections. Affected animals become malnourished, emaciated and unable to hunt or feed themselves, and eventually die.

 

Dixie Swim Club tickets on sale at 15% off through Thursday

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posted by Barry Parr
Mon, March 31, 2014
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Coastal Rep is discounting tickets for Dixie Swim Club by 15% when they’re purchased through Thursday, April 3.  Tickets are discounted for all performances through April 12.

This heartwarming story of five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, will have you laughing long after the show finishes. Every August the ladies set aside a long weekend to recharge their relationships on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Free from husbands, kids and jobs they meet at the same beach house to catch-up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives

 

Sheriff’s report: Mar 22 to 24

posted by Barry Parr
Mon, March 31, 2014
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2491
03/24 2019
Sierra @ Stetson Moss Beach
Information report
Deputy on patrol noticed a large bonfire in the area of a skate park, and made contact with six subjects who had built the fire. CalFire responded to extinguish the fire and all six were admonished to leave the area.

2489
03/24 2000-2005
Main @ Poplar HMB
Information report
Deputy on patrol was flagged down by a male subject who stated he and his daughter fell off a bicycle when a dog ran out of a driveway and knocked them over.  The father was uninjured and the child complained of pain to her pinky fingers.  A report was taken to document the incident.

2464
03/23/33
300 block of Miramontes HMB
242PC-Battery
Deputies dispatched to report of disturbance at a residence, and made contact with several individuals who were all intoxicated and uncooperative.  It was determined that two females were in a physical altercation, one of whom left before Deputies’ arrival.  The other female involved did not wish to seek prosecution.

2455
03/23/19
500 block of Main St HMB
166.4PC-Disobey court order
Deputy dispatched to report of restraining order violation, when the protected party saw the restrained party at a business within 100 yards of her residence, in violation of a court order.  Deputies checked the area, but were unable to locate the subject.  The case will be forwarded to the DA for review.

2451
03/22-03/231500-1000
8400 block of Cabrillo Hwy Montara
460(B)PC-Commercial burglary
Deputies dispatched to report of commercial burglary, when unknown suspects made entry into a business and took approximately 3,510 in merchandise and caused about 1500 in damage to the structure.  The case will be forwarded to the Detective Bureau for investigation.

2446
03/23/18
0-100 block of N. Cabrillo HMB
647(F)PC-Public intoxication
Deputies dispatched to report of a subject throwing a bicycle around at the entrance to a shopping center, and made contact with the man, who appeared to be too intoxicated to care for himself.  He was arrested and transported to SM County Jail.
Male Age 56 of HMB

 

Fern restoration day at FMR this Saturday

Former fern grove along eastern boundary of the Marine Reserve in 2011 before trail widening project.
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posted by Lisa Ketcham
Mon, March 31, 2014
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County Parks is seeking volunteers for a plant (fern) restoration day at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Saturday, April 5, 9am to noon. To participate, confirm with Carla Schoof at 599-1306 or cschoof@smcgov.org

 

Coastside Design Review Committee meeting Thursday, April 10

posted by Barry Parr
Mon, March 31, 2014
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The Coastside Design Review Committee is meeting Thursday, April 10, at 1:30pm, at the Granada Sanitary District Office, 504 Avenue Alhambra, Third Floor, El Granada. There are two items on the agenda:


1:45pm
Owner: Adel Shapiro
Applicant: Fred Strathdee
PLN 2013-00394
Isabella Road, El Granada 047-172-110
Consideration of design review recommendation to allow construction of a 2,575 sq. ft. new four-story, single-family residence, plus a 404 sq. ft. attached two-car garage on an existing 6,100 sq. ft. parcel, as part of a Coastal Development Permit, Grading Permit and Certificate of Compliance (Type B). The Coastside Design Review Committee will not render a decision, but will make a recommendation regarding the project’s compliance with design review standards. A decision on the design review and Coastal Development Permit, Grading Permit and Certificate of Compliance (Type B) will take place at a later date. No trees to be removed. The project is appealable to the California Coastal Commission and is continued from the March 13, 2014 meeting. Application submitted: September 19, 2013.

2:45pm
Owner/Applicant: Madji Abdulqader
PLN 2014-00007
San Ramon Avenue, Moss Beach 037-285-190
Consideration of design review recommendation to allow construction of a 2,654 sq. ft. new two-story, single-family residence, plus a 400 sq. ft. attached two-car garage on an existing 6,933 sq. ft. parcel, as part of a Coastal Development Permit. The Coastside Design Review Committee will not render a decision, but will make a recommendation regarding the project’s compliance with design review standards. A decision on the design review and Coastal Development Permit will take place at a later date. No trees to be removed. The project is appealable to the California Coastal Commission and is continued from the March 13, 2014 meeting. Application submitted: January 9, 2014.

 

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