Comments by Sabrina Brennan

Video: Coasting Devil’s Slide

March 25, 2014
Are you on a motorcycle?

Letter to the Supervisors on election irregularities

July 09, 2013
I'm sorry your going through such a hard time. I hear she's not working at the San Mateo County Elections Office any longer.

Loving Fitzgerald too much?

February 27, 2012
Keep up the good work!

Loving Fitzgerald too much?

February 19, 2012
Craig, Are you suggesting that volunteers take up law enforcement duties at the FMR? As I'm sure you are already aware the Friends of the FMR are prohibited from enforcing the marine mammal act and marine reserve rules. FMR volunteers are not trained in law enforcement.

Half Moon Bay Lions Club sponsors speaking contest for high school students

January 07, 2012
How about this topic: Could the founders of the US constitution teach today's leaders about separation of church and state?

Loving Fitzgerald too much?

December 18, 2011
@Anneliese— Thanks for the MidPen suggestion! I agree that the County is not going to spend money to increase staff at the FMR no matter how many Dog's on the Reef videos are posted on YouTube. The County budget problems and Supervisor Horsley's comment makes that clear. I'm aware of the systemic budget problems in California, the proposed State Park closures and the overrun conditions of State Beaches. The FMR tide pools are designated as a Marine Reserve not a park and that means the tide pools should be protected. The 2002 Master Plan for the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve recognized the area's rich natural resources through it's guiding principles: "The fundamental concept underlying the Master Plan is that protection of the outstanding natural resources of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve will require a new approach to management of ecological systems and visitors in future years, and that the best way to accomplish this goal is to emphasize the sensitivity of the resource, to enhance the educational value of the Reserve, to manage visitation, and to limit use of the Reserve as a recreation destination." To-date the County has not taken reasonable action to protect the tide pools from the onslaught of overuse. When the good times were rolling in SMC the FMR was underfunded. Budget problems don't make it any easier to get the County to fund staff at the FMR however first you need the will to prioritize the environment and that seems to have been missing for some time. I appreciate your point about the Monterey Bay Aquarium however I don't think it serves as a relevant revenue model. The FMR is located in a residential neighborhood with limited parking and without adequate space to build an aquarium. Moss Beach is an unincorporated area of San Mateo County without local government/city council. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located in the Historic Cannery Row area; a commercial zone located in a city with parking garages, restaurants, hotels, and other visitor amenities within easy walking distance. Año Nuevo serves as a successful controlled public access example for protecting marine mammals and the environment on the unincorporated San Mateo County coast. I wonder if Año Nuevo generates enough revenue to cover staff?

Loving Fitzgerald too much?

December 18, 2011
SMC 2011/2012 budget info below. San Mateo County budget both gives and takes away: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2011/06/san-mateo-county-budget-both-gives-and-takes-away#ixzz1gwS8IuT5 Ups and downs $18 million: Amount restored from March budget proposal $129 million: Proposed cuts in 2011-12 budget $48 million: Amount proposed to take from reserves to balance budget 208: Number of positions proposed for elimination SMC Budget Info: http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/cmo/menuitem.e6a58c3934b92bca27e8f2c3917332a0/?vgnextoid=5ef59d3ed51b8210VgnVCM1000001937230aRCRD&vgnextchannel=3ef59d3ed51b8210VgnVCM1000001937230a____&vgnextfmt=DivisionsLanding

Loving Fitzgerald too much?

December 17, 2011
@Anneliese— The lack of County management at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is an ongoing discussion. Suggestions include a paid visitor parking lot, no visitor street parking, restricting access to various parts of the reserve to guided tours on weekends and enforcing a “by reservation only” policy for group visits. Other ideas include transferring FMR management responsibilities to Golden Gate National Recreation Area and/or Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. This year the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors closed the County Parks Department. The budget for park ranger staffing has been on the chopping block for years. It's time the County live up to its responsibilities at the FMR or find an agency or partnership that will provide marine habitat stewardship and enforce reasonable limits on visitor access. If you have any suggestions I would like to hear them. All suggestions are important, this is a challenging problem.

Loving Fitzgerald too much?

December 17, 2011
Supervisors Horsley's response to FMR letter: "I agree in principle but limiting visitors without a visitor center or adequate staff to monitor, it is not possible at this time." —Supervisor Don Horsley, Dec. 13, 2011 QUESTION How would a grant funded FMR visitors center provide funding for more County staff/rangers to manage the FMR? ANSWER Grants for a new parking lot and visitors center won't provide any funding for day-to-day management/ranger staff at the FMR. So what the heck is Supervisor Horsley suggesting? More visitor amenities and less management?!! This "solution" has been tried before and it has been devastating for the marine environment.

Loving Fitzgerald too much?

December 12, 2011
The FMR tide pools are within the jurisdiction of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and San Mateo County. The County is responsible for managing the park and reef. To-date, the County has not allocated the resources/staff necessary to manage the FMR. Years of neglect have resulted in excessive wear and tear. Foot traffic has worn away sea life, birds avoid people on the reef, and marine mammals relocate during busy times. A watershed in critical need of protection from polluted runoff flows into the FMR. The 'Area29' watershed is part of a state water quality protection area and is designated as a Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS). The FMR has a significant beachwater contamination problem and a record number of closure day. San Vicente Creek, which drains into the reef is chronically contaminated with coliform bacteria.

Loving Fitzgerald too much?

December 12, 2011
Dear Supervisor Horsley, On a busy low tide weekend in November over 10,000 people visited the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tide pools. The reef is growing more crowded every year. Last time I checked 4,854,787 people had watched the “Octopus Walks on Land at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve” video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/FjQr3lRACPI The Red Octopus has gained celebrity status. The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is designated as a protected reserve and that requires appropriate stewardship. With such a large number of visitors, responsible stewardship is not possible with only one or two San Mateo County rangers on duty. From the FMR Master Plan 2002: D. VISITOR MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Policy 1. Visitor use of the Reserve will be managed and limited to the number of persons that can be accommodated without damage to resources. Visitor use of the Moss Beach Reef will be limited to a maximum of 300 persons at one time for a minimum period of ten years. The Moss Beach Reef is the area most accessible to visitors, and therefore the most impacted and vulnerable. Highest levels of visitation occur during low tide, when the reef is accessible by foot and most visible. Visitors to the Moss Beach Reef will be limited to a maximum of 300 persons at one time, with a target goal of no more than 500 persons in one day. As part of the Reserve’s adaptive management program, the number of visitors can be lowered at the discretion of the Reserve Manager, if the resource remains impacted by visitation. Responsible marine habitat stewardship is needed. Please restrict the number of visitors allowed on the reef and protect the FMR for future generations. Thank you!

Loving Fitzgerald too much?

November 28, 2011
Last time I checked 4,397,873 people had watched the "Octopus Walks on Land at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve" video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/FjQr3lRACPI I support the Coastal Act and public access to California beaches. The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is designated as a protected reserve and that requires appropriate stewardship. On busy low-tide weekends over 2000 people per day visit the FMR tide pools. Paths are worn down in the reef due to heavy foot traffic. Only one or two County employees are on duty during busy low-tide weekends at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Visitors and docents can be found poking at marine life with hiking poles every weekend. Improved Coastal Access needs to include responsible stewardship of the marine habitat, wildlife, and invasive plant management. With such a large number of visitors responsible stewardship is not possible with only one or two San Mateo County ranger on duty at the FMR. From the FMR Master Plan 2002: D. VISITOR MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Policy 1. Visitor use of the Reserve will be managed and limited to the number of persons that can be accommodated without damage to resources. Visitor use of the Moss Beach Reef will be limited to a maximum of 300 persons at one time for a minimum period of ten years. The Moss Beach Reef is the area most accessible to visitors, and therefore the most impacted and vulnerable. Highest levels of visitation occur during low tide, when the reef is accessible by foot and most visible. Visitors to the Moss Beach Reef will be limited to a maximum of 300 persons at one time, with a target goal of no more than 500 persons in one day. As part of the Reserve’s adaptive management program, the number of visitors can be lowered at the discretion of the Reserve Manager, if the resource remains impacted by visitation. It's time for some restrictions on the number of visitors allowed on the FMR tide pools. I propose that paid parking meters be installed in the FMR parking lot to cover the cost of additional ranger staff, public information about protecting the seals/marine environment, and signage. No parking signage could be installed on neighborhood streets near FMR entrances. Residents could be allowed to park on the street with a proof of address windshield sticker they pickup from the Sheriffs sub-station. This would reduce reef damage, prevent crime (the FMR ranger station shack was broken into twice recently), keep narrow residential streets safe for kids—pedestrians—pets—bicyclist and generate revenue to fund additional ranger staff to protect seals and marine life. Paid meters and parking restrictions would allow marine life to thrive. FMR is one of the richest, most biodiverse intertidal environments on the California coast. —2008 FMR Water Quality Assessment Report Protecting tide pools so that future generations have something natural to experience is good environmental stewardship. The problems at the FMR are the result of poor management by the San Mateo County Public Works Department and the Board of Supervisors. The County no longer has a Parks Department due to budget cuts and ranger staff has been reduced. Please checkout the FMR facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/FitzgeraldMarineReserve

Coastsider endorses Ketcham, Stein, and Haggerty for MCC

October 20, 2011
This morning, the HMB Review editor confirmed that he was aware in advance of the Review endorsement that Mr. Stone has a leadership role in the Tea Party.

Coastsider endorses Ketcham, Stein, and Haggerty for MCC

October 20, 2011
Interestingly, the HMB Review editor confirmed this morning that he was aware in advance of the Review endorsement that Mr. Stone has a leadership role in the Tea Party.

County plans to pave Quarry Park with 60 tons of asphalt

September 05, 2011
Quarry Park has a new Facebook page! Please "like" Quarry Park. facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quarry-Park/232747180106461?sk=wall

Traffic & Trails in Montara, Moss Beach, Thursday & Saturday, April 28 & 30

April 25, 2011
Traffic & Trails community Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Traffic-Trails/206560782694957 This is the place to post your UNCENSORED community planning ideas, photos and videos. Like the page!

Traffic & Trails in Montara, Moss Beach, Thursday & Saturday, April 28 & 30

April 25, 2011
Carl, That is an excellent question and one I hope you keep asking.

Traffic & Trails in Montara, Moss Beach, Thursday & Saturday, April 28 & 30

April 24, 2011
Correction: No public meeting on Friday evening.

Traffic & Trails in Montara, Moss Beach, Thursday & Saturday, April 28 & 30

April 24, 2011
Highway 1 Citizen's Committee - Community Planning Meeetings Citizen committee members were hand selected by Len Erickson Meeting Location: Granada Sanitary District Thursday, April 28, 2011 Study Session: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2011 Study Session: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Public Meeting: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Members of the public who signed up to be part of the Highway 1 Citizen's Committee but were not chosen to participate might want to consider attending these community planning meetings in advance of the public workshop.

Five organizations appeal Big Wave to Coastal Commission

April 19, 2011
I appreciate the hard work and late nights the appellants have put into fighting this overblown project. Thank you.

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