Gas spill at Pillar Point Harbor leads to evacuations

Posted by on 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

Posted by on 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

Posted by on 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.

One man’s lonely battle against the tunnel, and everything else

Posted by on Mon, April 5, 2004

The Mercury News discusses Oscar Braun’s struggle against the Devils’ Slide Tunnel, as well as his threat of a RICO suit against open space non-profits, county officials, county employees, and environmental activists. Braun describes himself as "very litigious".

Says Braun,  "Their motivation is as old as biblical times. It has to do with power. It has to do with corruption. It has to do with greed.’’

The Half Moon Bay Inn, Main Street dive, is closing

Posted by on Thu, April 1, 2004

image The Half Moon Bay Inn is closing after 33 years, according to the Oakland Tribune.  With it are going 12 residential hotel rooms and five apartments on the second floor. When it’s gone, you will no longer be able to buy a drink downtown at 6am.

"It’s the end of an era," said regular Ron Mazzanti, who stopped in Tuesday morning. "It’s hard to find a good dive bar anymore. When you find out where everybody’s going to go, let me know."

Other "dive bar" possibilities—the American Legion of Honor and the Old Princeton Landing—are both in Princeton, a few miles away. Having to drive to your favorite bar defeats the purpose, some say.

"Princeton might as well be in San Francisco," Mazzanti said.

The new owner plans to turn it into a "very elegant establishment".

Coastsider is now in public beta

Posted by on Wed, March 24, 2004

After several months of beta testing among a few brave users, Coastsider is now open to the public for testing. For more information on the site, please see our earlier welcome message.

Please try out the site and let us know if you have any questions or problems by adding a comment to this message. We’ll try to resolve it as soon as possible.

Adding Opinions to Coastsider?

Posted by on Wed, March 24, 2004

Here’s a question for beta testers and early adopters.

I’m trying to decide how to deal with opinion pieces (versus purely factual items) on Coastsider. I’m considering two alternatives, but there may be more. The first is to create a separate section called Opinions, where all opinion pieces would reside. The second is to put them in the most appropriate section (Business, Community, Fun, Government).

In either case, opinion pieces should have an Opinion tag in the title (e.g. "Opinion: Secret meetings are good for the community"). I can see several types of opinion tags: Opinion, Coastsider Editorial, Column. Can anybody think of others?

What is RSS and how does Coastsider use it?

Posted by on Wed, February 18, 2004

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an Internet standard for making headlines available from web sites to users and other sites. If you look at our RSS feeds, they’re not going to seem very interesting, because they are designed to be read by computers.

Get ready for wildflower season

Posted by on Fri, January 30, 2004

Soon it will be time for wildflowers on the coastside.  And, with some good rains already this winter, we should have an abundance of color.  Already the brilliant yellow oxalis is spreading in the fields across from the airport, and soon we’ll have Montara Mountain Blue Lupine (pictured here) on the hills.

After your next hike on Montara Mountain, you can click to to identify some of the beautiful flowers you enjoyed on your walk.  (Thanks to Chuck Kozak for this resource.)

Coastsider has local news from around the Web

Posted by on Wed, January 28, 2004

Our Local Headlines section has local coastside news from other Web sites.

On this page, you’ll get the most recent stories featuring coastside communities from the Mercury News, San Mateo Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and a lot of other sources. We use Google News, which is entirely automated, so sometimes the stories may not be on-target, but it’s amazing how many interesting local stories it turns up. This page also contains a link to our RSS feed of local headlines.

We also link directly to Google news from our navigation bar on the left side of every page.

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