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.
Build Day for the Moss Beach Park Renovation Project is a month away! It starts on September 29 and continues through October 3. For those who don’t know about the effort to build the new park in Moss Beach, you can find out more at the project’s web site at www.mossbeachpark.com.
Click “Read more” for other ways to help build the park.
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.
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