Farallone View Elementary School changed its start time this year from 8:00 am to 8:25 am, but the district neglected to notify parents or any of the dozens of local merchants, tutors, or child care providers who were affected by the change. “I apologize for it,” said superintendant John Bayless. “We should have sent a letter to parents, and there’s no excuse for it.”
The only notifications were street signs and notices posted at the school the week before classes began. Because the school is on a dead-end street, no one who didn’t visit Farallone View the week before school would have seen the sign. As parents trickled in to read the postings of class assignements, they found out.
Monday morning, on the first day of school, one parent says she found principal Mike Bachicha “surrounded by unhappy parents” when she arrived to drop off her son. Gymtowne Gymnastics in Moss Beach has had to move their afternoon students and classes, and only found out about the change when one of their employees, whose child attends Farallone View, called the school. Jari Chidester, a tutor in Moss Beach, says that five of her afternoon students needed to be rescheduled.
The change was made because the January redrawing of elementary districts made it necessary to have two school bus runs from Half Moon Bay to Farallone View each day, according to principal Bachicha. The decision to have two bus runs, he says, was made the first week of July. But no one was in the Farallone View office until the second week of August, when everyone was so busy putting class schedules together that there was no time to write, review, translate, print, and distribute a letter to the community.
The only other public notice was in the third paragraph of a story in the Review with the innocuous title “Bell set to ring in new school year”.
The meeting to discuss the location of the Santa Cruz County landfill will be 6:30 to 9:30 pm tonight. The two sites near Pescadero would require use and possible expansion of coastside roads, according to the Committee for Green Foothills.
The meeting will be held at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts, 250 E. Beach St. in Watsonville. There’s a lot of information at the Santa Cruz County Public Works Department web site.
UPDATE: The SMC Times confirms that the two dumpsites near San Mateo county have been eliminated from consideration.
Alana Freiberg appeared in court Wednesday for allegedly abducting her daughter Anna. Unexpectedly, she claims to be her daughter. “With all due respect, your honor, Alana Freiberg is my mother. . .I plead guilty to driving a car without my permit,” the 57-year-oold is quoted as saying the San Mateo County Times. Freiberg told the judge that her birth date was June 8, 1992, and spoke in a “girlish voice”.
Ron Marler has posted a nice album of photos from the “2004 Aloha in the Redwoods” on Sunday in La Honda. Aloha in the Redwoods is a benefit for the La Honda Educational Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for teacher salaries, classroom aides, educational enrichment, and the music program at La Honda Elementary School.
Aloha in the Redwoods featured Hawaiian Music and Culture with Slack Key Guitar & Ukelele Masters. in Concert, David Kamakahi, Herb Ohta, Jr., Keoki Kahumoku, and Patrick Landeza with “Ki Ho ‘Alu” Slack Key Guitar Master Dennis Kamakahi and hula.
Here in Montara, and across the coastside, a lot of us don’t think to lock our cars. Several of my neighbors have had phones and other things stolen from their cars this month. Once you start talking to people about thefts, you begin to hear more stories, so this is not statistically significant. But several long-time Montarans have told me that they’re hearing more about opportunistic crimes.
I emailed Lt. John Quinlan at Sheriff’s office and he said he wasn’t aware of a wave a thefts from cars, but a lot of this stuff goes unreported. He says most of the thefts are from cars parked at the beaches, but recommends keeping your car locked and your valuables out of sight. Clearly this advice applies beyond Montara.
Supporters are circulating a petition to begin the process of incorporation for new town of Los Pueblecitos[PDF]. According to the petition, the town would have 3,600 registered voters and 1,000 signatures are required to move the process to the next step. The organizers’ goal is to put the measure on the ballot in March, 2005.
Los Pueblecitos would be vast: stretching from Santa Cruz county in the south to Pacifica in the north, Skyline boulevard in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, carefully carving out the more-densely populated unincorpated areas of El Granada, Moss Beach, and Montara.
The petition also requests that all land owned by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District be given to the new town.
Voters in Pescadero and La Honda would have more control of the area surrounding Moss Beach, Montara, and El Granada than the people who live there. For comparison, here are the populations for some unincorporated coastside towns. I have linked the town names to census information for the town or the ZIP codes.
- El Granada: 5724
- Montara: 2,950
- Pescadero: 2,042
- Moss Beach: 1,953
- La Honda: 1,610
- San Gregorio: 287
- Loma Mar: 128
This process is governed by Cortese-Knox Local Government Reorganization Act [PDF], which you can download from Coastsider. Warning: this document is 238 pages that only a lawyer can love.
Click on “Read more” to see the press release and letter to petition circulators.
I just discovered that Warren Slocum, San Mateo County’s Chief Elections Officer, has a blog. It’s mostly about elections and politics in Calfornia. It’s a little weird because he’s reprinting full articles from newspapers without comment and without permission. But it’s an interesting glimpse into the mind of an influential public official.
Santa Cruz county is considering a couple of new landfill sites that would require garbage to be trucked through sensitive areas of San Mateo county’s coastside.
According to San Mateo county supervisor Rich Gordon, quoted in the SM County Times, both sites would require transportation of garbage through Año Nuevo State Reserve and Cascade Ranch State Park. Roads in landslide-prone areas would have to be widened and improved.
If you haven’t posted a classified ad on Coastsider yet, here’s a reason to try it. I’ve added a list of the most recent classifieds to the top of the right-hand column. As new ads are created, they appear at the top of the list. Your ad will be seen by everyone who uses the site while it’s on the list.
In July, the Coastside Film Society’s local premiere of Greendale sold out. Half the audience was turned away. But Greendale is returning on Friday, September 10.
Greendale is a film shot on the coast by Neil Young, using locals as the cast and crew. According to the Film Society:
Everybody who came to see the film at least one of the locations used in the film, if only because the Methodist Sanctuary in which the Film Society screenings are held was used as a backdrop in the film. How often do you get the chance to see a movie that features the place you are sitting in at the time? In the QA period after the July screening, Young confirmed his love for area and confirmed that in his mind at least “Greendale is Half Moon Bay”.
They’re not saying how many members of the cast and crew will attend, but assure us that some of them will be there to talk to the audience. For more information, see our earlier story on Greendale.
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