Comments by Kevin Stokes

Photos: Big day at Montara Beach

March 06, 2014
Thanks guys! And Cheri I do most of my post production in Lightroom if you are interested. I developed a processing techique that works nicey with waves and the ocean, giving nice highlights without losing detail, strong midtones and balanced shadow detail. You can check out more of my work at if you are interested.

La Costanera restaurant seeking permit for daytime operation

March 05, 2014
Thanks for clarifiying again Lisa, I'm guessing that Montara residents will not be happy about a 2.00am closing time for the restaurant. Noise, parking and congestion will also be a problem. And as I have pointed out, it's just not in the spirit of our community, this is not San Francisco. He's asking for 2.00am, knowing that he will get 12.00am it's a stratagy. Again my problem with Mortazavi is his brazen disregard for the county and the community culture in which he conducts his business.

La Costanera restaurant seeking permit for daytime operation

March 04, 2014
Thanks for the clarification Lisa, I was hoping it was a typo! I'm curious do you know of any other bar/restaurants on the coast that have been granted a licence till 2.00am in the morning? I mean come on, Montara is a sleepy coastside town, not a hopping San Francisco party district. The last thing we need is an increase in late night traffic on the slide all sleepy and boozed up.

La Costanera restaurant seeking permit for daytime operation

March 04, 2014
Upon re examining the information, I'm going to guess that the request is for a 10.00am - 2.00pm opening slot NOT 10.00am - 2.00am, is that a typo? I hope so!

La Costanera restaurant seeking permit for daytime operation

March 04, 2014
Agreed Barry, I'm also happy we have another thriving coastside business, but I'm also horrified at the thought of 2nd Street and Highway one looking like Sam's on a busy day, the potential for roadside carnage is scary. And let's be clear here, Mr. Mortazavi has a history of ignoring permit restrictions and mocking the county. He has been opening the Resturant at 4.00pm, an hour earlier than permitted, for quite sometime with no penalties. Am I now to understand he wants official pardon for the…

Montara residents should review the GGNRA proposed access portal

March 20, 2011
"I know that there has been a request for more parking along Hwy 1, although I don’t know where that stands." I know La Costanera wants to pave over and develop the dirt lot attached to the existing paved lot on the North side of the restaurant as I was approached by a representative of the restaurant a few months back trying to gather local opinion. Not sure if an application has been made yet.

Montara residents should review the GGNRA proposed access portal

March 17, 2011
This is a copy of a letter that was forwarded to me via someone I know in the Farallon View Group Group. I thought it important that Montara residents be aware of this proposed action, so while I posted this letter unedited as I received. It doesn't necessarily reflect my personal views. I do however think we need to pay very close attention to the proposal and get involved as residents. Mr. Barron I suggest you join the group if you wish your questions answered by the letters original author.

Album: Devil’s Slide punch-through

October 05, 2010
A truly historic coastside event!

Hands Across the Sands at Montara Beach, Saturday

June 23, 2010
Please try to wear all black to the gathering too represent the tar balls left behind. I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!

Photo: Backyard hummingbird nest in Montara

June 11, 2010
Fantastic shot, Humming bird fact: Humming birds are the only birds that can fly backwards.

A suspicious report by HMB Airport manager?

May 20, 2010
There is no way this report can be based on reality, I called twice last year from Montara, surely I'm not the only caller from or town? I have only called to report pilots who blatantly disregard the FAA rules regarding low full throttle fight over residential areas.

Earth Day 40th Anniversary Day of Action: Coastal Cleanup in Pacifica

April 19, 2010
The Montara Beach and Grey Whale Cove beach clean up details can be found here at Please join us on Earth Day!

No injuries in bad landing at HMB Airport

March 22, 2010
Good job it was not engine failure over a residential area.

Photo: Pacifica’s Nurdle Beach

January 29, 2010
Mr Barron, Please take a good look at this website: And if that doesn't convince you try this one:

Montara Life Rings, Stolen Again?

November 12, 2009
Thank-you Benjamin!

New Peruvian Restaurant in Montara

October 15, 2009
I have posted this before but it seems that some people still might be interested. This is my review from the 'soft' opening night at La Costanera before the official Grand Opening night. I still stand by my initial impressions of good food etc and agree that the service has had some major hiccups, but as David points out they can be ironed out in time as the staff settle in to a routine. Here is my review from my blog:

Results for California Coastal Clean Up Day

September 25, 2009
Diane, Apparently yes, a gunshot wound, I never saw it myself but that's what I was told buy two volunteers. And I always report deal or stranded marine animals to the Marine Mammel Society. It's also very well documented that some fishermen shoot seals to stop them stealing their catch. If that's what happened here I don't know.

Calif. Assembly Committee Meeting on Park Closures

September 21, 2009
Notice how these meetings where the public are invited are always held midweek at hours that most people are working. This is an excellent email Suzanne, I applaud you! Keep at it and get this on his desk, let us know if you are successful at getting this in front of Huffman, don't be put off by the red tape. Kevin

Probable mountain lion sighting

July 30, 2009
I came across a young Mountain Lion while running the Montara trails last year. I think I scared him more than he scared me. Remember: If you do happen across one DO NOT RUN that might trigger the hunt/chase instinct in the animal. Here is a link to Police advice on the subject: We do have Mountain Lions in the hills although it's rare to see one, it is us that have intruded on these majestic animals territory, we just need to be mindful of safety in the…

Montara State Beach has “poor attendance” according to state

July 28, 2009
Anyway, we beat Thornton SB in attendance at least. I also wonder what the Sate Parks would consider to be good attendance for Montara, each Park is different in size etc, so it's not really apples to apples is it? Kevin

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