San Mateo County is holding a meeting Wednesday, June 30, on The Mechanics of Running for Public Office [pdf] for people who are thinking about running in November. The meeting, subtitled “Getting a Head Start on November 2, 2004”, will take place at 40 Tower Road San Mateo 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
According to the county’s official elections site, elections will be held in November for the Cabrillo Unified School District, San Mateo County Harbor District, La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District and Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council.
The Cabrillo Unified School District election is likely to be contentious, as it has in recent years. The terms of Board members Ken Jones and Ruth Palmer expire this year.
Time is running out. The deadline for filing is Friday, August 6. If any incumbents fail to file, the deadline will be extended to Wednesday, August 11.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal that more than 4 million acres be designated as crucial habitat areas for the California red-legged frog will close for comments July 14. The areas to be designated include coastal watersheds in San Mateo County, including Pescadero Marsh, and Elkhorn Slough in Santa Cruz County.
The frog, which inspired Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, was classified as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1996 because of the loss of its habitat. According to the Santa Cruz Sentinal the numbers in Elkhorn Slough’s largest ponds has dropped from around 300 to 20.
I dropped by Fiesta in the Park, the big benefit party for Moss Beach Park, at around noon today. The music was great, the food was tasty, and all ages seemed to be having a good time.
I was also gratified to see the size of the crowd that turned out for this community event.
The Department of Transportation has given Half Moon Bay Airport a grant of $186,000 to help pay for an Automated Weather Observing System to replace existing weather equipment at the airport.
The Montara Beach Coalition has created a beautiful new website dedicated to Montara Beach and the surrounding recreational areas (including McNee Ranch, Gray Whale Cove, and Montara Lighthouse). It’s designed to be a place where people can go for information, pictures, as well as to discuss the area and organize to help the beach.
Illustration: The home page of the Montara Beach Coalition is clearly a labor of love and the work of someone who knows how to design a Web site.
The Coast Guard called off the search for the missing boat Tuesday night and the two men aboard have been declared missing, according to the San Mateo Times. The men have been identified as Dave Pennisi, a commercial fisherman out of Monterey, and Mike Odom, who lived and worked on the boat.
On the other side of the hill, you can pretty much get whatever cell phone service offers you the best deal or the coolest phone.
Here in paradise, it’s little more complicated. Cell phone coverage is really bad in unpredictable ways. Please share your experiences with cell phone service on the coast and make your recommendations.
Illustration: Sprint’s tower map for the midpeninsula shows just a handful of towers west of Skyline.
A fishing boat, on a charter trip, has been missing off Half Moon Bay since a distress signal was received at 4:22 am on Monday. The boat, according to the Mercury News, is based at Moss Landing, but docked at Pillar Point Harbor for four years before moving last year. The Daily Review reports that the Coast Guard is using two helicopters, a C-130 plane and an 87-foot patrol boat in the search.
The identity of the vessel and its passengers is being withheld pending notification of the families.
Coastsider’s navigation bar now features a list of weblogs by coastside residents. The only requirement for inclusion is that the blog should be updated from time to time and that it have some local connection. Some of these sites are not all that local in content, but have enough about their authors’ personal lives that they have a coastside flavor.
I’m hoping that our readers know of more or that I’ll inspire some coastsiders to start their own blogs.
The Surfrider Foundation has turned an old garage into a water-quality testing lab, according to the San Mateo County Times. The lab, which opens Saturday, is located in a garage on the at the end of Stanford Avenue in Princeton [Map], is owned by Sewer Authority Midcoast and leased to Surfrider at no cost.
Surfrider’s 14-member Blue Water Task force has been collecting water samples from 32 sites and taking them to the County’s Department of Health for analysis. The information is used to close beaches and warn the public. Beach and water closures are posted on the County’s web site. The new lab should help the task force get that information to the public sooner.
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