MROSD opponents have produced 5,344 petitions. What comes next?

Editorial

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Fri, June 11, 2004

Citizens for Responsible Open Space produced 5,344 signed petition cards to put the expansion of the MROSD (Midpeninsula Open Space District) up to a vote. The petitions were delivered to the LAFCo meeting today at the Ted Adcock Center. While it’s unclear whether they will have the roughly 4000 signatures they need to put MROSD’s expansion on the ballot, after duplicates, invalid signatures, and requested removals have been eliminated and this weekend’s signatures have been added, they certainly appear to be in the ballpark.

If there is an election, we’ll be covering it in depth, from both sides, on Coastsider. But this is a good occasion for me to say a few things that have been on my mind. I’ve been silent on the petition so far, unless you count the “Decline to Sign” sign in my front yard.


Illustration: MROSD’s boundaries, which currently barely cross Skyline, would be extended to the coast under the proposed annexation.

Coastsider now features local events on every page


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Thu, June 10, 2004

Coastsider now lists community events in the right-hand column of every page, just below the ads. My goal was to make the information prominent on the site and make better use of the right column.  Coastsider should have enough space to feature one week’s worth of general community events. This is an experiment, both in form and content, and your feedback is welcome.

Assembly considers a smoking ban on state beaches


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Tue, June 8, 2004

Assemblyman Leland Yee has introduced a bill that would impose a $150 fine for smoking or discarding cigarette butts on any of California’s state beaches. Yee said the bill was intended to reduce litter: “We don’t have enough resources to keep our beaches clean, so if there’s a way to prevent the dumping of this garbage, these cigarette butts, we should do that.” Smoking is already banned by local ordinance in Malibu, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, San Clemente, and Solana Beach.

This bill would apply on many beaches on the Coastside, including Gray Whale Cove, Montara, Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio, and Bean Hollow State Beaches.

A seven year old girl is killed on her way to school in Half Moon Bay


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Fri, June 4, 2004

Seven year old Maria Perez was struck by an RV near Hatch Elementary School, at the intersection of Pilarcitos and Kelly Ave [Yahoo Map]  on Thursday at 8am.  Perez, seriously injured, was taken to San Mateo County General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The Chronicle says that although the driver apparently stopped at the crosswalk, the design of this intersection may be partially at fault:

Residents have complained about the area along Kelly Avenue near Highway 1 and Pilarcitos Avenue, saying the combination of vehicle congestion and high foot-traffic use—with students walking to and from Hatch Elementary and Cunha Intermediate School—was a dangerous mix.
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Cabrillo Unified School District Board Member Dwight Wilson said the accident probably will renew debate on possible crossing guards or police supervision for Kelly Avenue. He said the district considered organizing crossing guards two years ago when it stopped busing but dropped the issue because of funding and liability concerns.

Visit the intersection. Kelly at this location is clearly more suited as an access road to Highway 1 than it is for pedestrians.

Donations for the family can be sent to:

Perez Family
c/o Hatch School
490 Miramontes Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

The Lutheran book sale is Saturday, May 29


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Fri, May 28, 2004

I just dropped off eight boxes of books at the Coastside Lutheran Church for their book sale, which begins at 9am on Saturday. I plan to get there early before all the good books are gone.

This is the second year they’ve conducted the sale. The church is located at 900 N. Cabrillo Highway, a little north of the 92

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors give the tunnel a final OK


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Thu, May 27, 2004

On Wednesday night, the county Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the last major permit for the Devil’s Slide bypass tunnel. Tunnel opponent Oscar Braun says he will file an appeal with the Board before the October 15 deadline.

The Mercury News reports that “Caltrans had to clear myriad hurdles ranging from protecting a shaggy wood rat that lives nearby, to bridging a red-legged frogs’ pond, to designing tunnel portals that satisfy nature-loving tastes of coastal residents. ”

County beaches get mostly A’s on Heal the Bay’s report card


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Thu, May 27, 2004

San Mateo County’s beaches did well in Heal the Bay‘s 2003-2004 Beach Report Card, with 80% of surveyed beaches receiving a grade of A in dry weather. Three beaches scored poorly in dry weather: Fitzgerald Marine Presearve, Pillar Point Harbor at Barbara’s Fish Trap, and Venice Beach at Frenchman’s Creek. According to the San Mateo County Health Services Agency, Venice Beach and the beach at Capistrano Boulevard in Princeton currently have elevated bacteria levels.

During wet weather, the impact of storm drains reduced the number of A-graded beaches to 50% of the total.

Gas spill at Pillar Point Harbor leads to evacuations


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Thu, May 27, 2004

Twenty people who live on boats in Pillar Point Harbor were evacuated Tueday night when a thousand gallons of gas were spilled in Pillar Point Harbor Tuesday night,  according to The San Mateo County Times. The gas spilled from the fuel dock on the main pier.

LAFCo approves MROSD expansion


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Thu, April 8, 2004

The San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) approved increasing the size of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District by a 6-1 vote, according to the Mercury News.

Opponents of the expansion are considering taking the matter to the voters, which would require getting a quarter of Coastside voters to sign petitions in the next 60 days. They’ve been talking up the need to put this question to a vote for a couple of weeks, in public meetings and the HMB Review.

The Almanac answers objections to the MROSD


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Tue, April 6, 2004

What are objections to expanding the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to the Coastside? The Almanac in Palo Alto lists and answers each of them.

The next LAFCo hearing on the plan will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in Redwood City at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 400 County Center, at the corner of Bradford Street and Hamilton Avenue.

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