The bill to transfer the land for original Devil’s Slide bypass from Caltrans to California State Parks is now on the governor’s desk. The Coastal Commission is withholding its approval of the tunnel until the promised transfer is complete. There was some opposition in the Assembly from Republicans who felt the land, which is surrounded by park land, should be sold.
Aloha in the Redwoods, featuring the music and food of Hawaii, comes to La Honda Sunday, August 29. All proceeds benefit 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.
The event features slack key guitar and ukelele masters in concert including “Ki Ho ‘Alu” Slack Key Guitar Master Dennis Kamakahi and hula dancers beneath the redwoods. Kalua pig plate lunch will be sold by Ono Hawaiian Grill.
Aloha in the Redwoods will be Sunday August 29, 2004 3:00 ~ 6:00 PM, La Honda Gardens, 8865 La Honda Road (Hwy 84), La Honda [map].
Now you can read the three-page letter from the Fish and Wildlife Service to the Coastal Commission [PDF] for yourself. I’ve uploaded it to Coastsider.
A fire destroyed a home on Bear Gulch Road in San Gregorio as well as 2 acres of brush. The San Mateo County Times has a good account of the blaze and quotes from the fire fighter who lived in the house.
More than 30 fire fighters from the La Honda Volunteer, CDF/San Mateo County, Half Moon Bay, and Woodside Fire departments responded, but more than half of the home was involved when the first units arrived.
Firefighters were challenged by ammunition, propane and welding tanks exploding. There was no on-scene water available for the firefighting effort. Initial efforts to suppress the fire proved to be futile when the nearly 5000 gallons of water brought by the fire engines ran out. A water shuttle was set up using 3000 gallon water tenders between the fire and La Honda, about 12 minutes away.
The cause of the fire is under investigation
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California Coastal Cleanup Day celebrates 20 years on Saturday, September 18.
The Coastal Commission’s web site has a list of beaches in San Mateo county where you can help clean up. I’m going to be at Montara State Beach, where the cleanup is sponsored by Montara Beach Coalition.
Each year, more than 40,000 volunteers turn out to over 400 cleanup sites statewide. Since the program started in 1985, over 552,000 Californians have removed almost 8.5 million pounds of debris from our state’s shorelines and coast.
Be sure to wear sunscreen, shoes, hat, and gloves. When you check in at the cleanup location, you will be given trash bags, pencils, and a special data card to tally the items you collect.
Data collection is important. Your data goes into the Ocean Conservancy’s international database, which is used to identify the sources of debris and to help devise solutions to the marine debris problem. Be sure to return trash, recyclables and your data card to the beach or site captain after the cleanup.
The Marin Independent Journal reports on tributes to Randy Fry, former West Coast Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, and there is a moving personal tribute in the Anderson Valley Advertiser. A burial at sea hosted by the RFA is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. tomorrow in Fort Bragg. The day’s activities will conclude with a barbecue.
Recreational fisherman are a serious threat to certain fish populations, according to a study published in the journal Science, and reported in the Mercury News.
The study analyzed 22 years of federal and state statistics. It found that although recreational fishing accounted for only 4 percent of the total catch nationwide, among “species of special concern,’’ or those species that the federal government classifies as overfished, recreational fishermen catch 23 percent.
Regionally, the numbers are even higher. In 2002 off California, Oregon and Washington, recreational fisherman landed 59 percent of the species of special concern.
That percentage has grown as the commercial catch fell due to lower fish populations and tougher state and federal rules.
“If you kick recreational fishermen off the water, it will kill local communities like Moss Landing, Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay,’’ said Jim Martin, West Coast regional director for the Recreational Fishing Alliance, a sportfishing group in the Mercury News report. “I don’t think people understand how much these coastal communities depend on fishing tourism.’’
Alana Frieberg and her daughter Anna have been found after going missing on August 3, and the mother has been arrested for child abduction. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call of a woman and a young girl parked in a car on an East Los Angeles street. The information received was that the two looked homeless and dirty and the caller expressed concern for their welfare.
The daughter is in protective custody pending return to her father.
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Coastsider will be at the Chili and Chowder Cook-Off on September 12, serving up Grandma Craner’s Long Island Clam Chowder. This also be Coastsider’s first public event, after a summer of promoting the site by word of mouth.
The Chili and Chowder Cook-Off is a fundraiser for Coastside Family Medical Center. CFMC treats insured, underinsured and uninsured patients up and down the Coastside.
This year, the cookoff is being held in conjunction with the Coastside Infant Toddler Center’s Half Marathon and 3K Fun Run. As I’ve mentioned here before, our daughter attends CITC and it’s a cause I strongly support. The half marathon and the 3K Fun Run start at the American Legion in Princeton Harbor and follow the Coastal Trail along the ocean in Half Moon Bay.
The Chili and Chowder Cook-Off will be 11am to 5pm at Pillar Point Harbor. In addition to the competitive cook-off, CFMC will host a Music Festival featuring newgrass greats, The Waybacks, country rock artists and local favorites California Cowboys, The Cowlicks and Lane & The Badass Chickenbones plus additional live entertainment, kid’s activities and more. There will be plenty of great non-chili-or-chowder food. Admission is $10.00, kids 12 and under free. Parking is free.
The CITC Half Marathon and 3K Fun Run start at the American Legion in Princeton Harbor at 8am and follow the beautiful Coastal Trail along the ocean in Half Moon Bay. Half Marathon is $30. Fun Run is $15.
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