Santa Cruz dumpsites will be discussed tonight

posted by Barry Parr
Thu, September 2, 2004
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Santa Cruz County Public Works
You can get a large version of the Santa Cruz dumpsite map by clicking on the picture above.

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.

 

Alleged abductor claims to be her own daughter

posted by Barry Parr
Thu, September 2, 2004
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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”.

 

Album: Aloha in the Redwoods

posted by Barry Parr
Wed, September 1, 2004
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Ron Marler
Ron Marler

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.

UPDATE: Karen Shaff has posted more photos from Aloha in the Redwoods 2004.

 

Lock your car, hide your phone

posted by Barry Parr
Wed, September 1, 2004
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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.

 

Los Pueblecitos supporters are circulating petitions

posted by Barry Parr
Tue, August 31, 2004
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Los Pueblecitos petition
The town of Los Pueblecitos would be huge and sparsely populated. The letter and numbers on the map designate voting districts. Click on the map for a full-size version in a new window.

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.

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.

 

Have you seen Warren Slocum’s blog?

posted by Barry Parr
Tue, August 31, 2004
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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 proposes trucking garbage though coastside parks

posted by Barry Parr
Tue, August 31, 2004
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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.

 

Latest Coastsider classifieds are now on every page

posted by Barry Parr
Mon, August 30, 2004
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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.

 

Neil Young’s Greendale returns to Half Moon Bay

posted by Barry Parr
Mon, August 30, 2004
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Neil Young's Greendale will be shown Friday, September 10, at 8pm in Half Moon Bay.

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.

 

Help Renovate Moss Beach Park: work begins Sept 29

posted by Stephen Miller
Mon, August 30, 2004
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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.

 

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