Comments by Jack McCarthy

CCWD director sends anonymous hate mail to HMB planning commissioner

August 29, 2007
The contents of this unsigned letter violate the norms of common decency expected of everyday citizens, much less public officials, and should be condemned by all. -- Jack McCarthy

Why can’t the Review be objective about the Pilarcitos Creek park site?

June 22, 2007
To further cut through some of the confusion that has been deliberately put out about the park: - The presence of frogs has been noted and accounted for in the park planning from the beginning. There is ample space set aside for the frogs while still having a park with many active and passive public uses. - The $10 million figure being thrown around is the cost of doing everything asked for by the public during the long public hearings process on the park's development. It was a wish list that by…

The Review’s publisher is confused about park financing, democracy

June 18, 2007
Well said Frank. Some people are quick to attack community activists, whether they are gathering signatures or distributing lively and informative editorial news and comment. -Jack McCarthy

Opinion: County Supervisors push their buildout vision on Coastside residents

October 13, 2006
One of the frustrating outcomes of this long process has been the refusal to consider county and state traffic studies that show the Midcoast and Half Moon Bay is already experiencing terrible levels of service for daily transportation and for emergencies. If traffic flow was factored into the Midcoast LCP planning, as it shuold obviously be, the proposed buildout for dwellings could not be set at 75 homes a year instead of 52 as is now proposed. - Jack McCarthy

Letter: Attacks against HMB planning commissioners are unfounded

September 24, 2006
Terry, I'm all for infrastructure, as followed by good community planning and California , as sought after by the Coastal Commission guidelines that protect our fragile coastide community from unthinking development that would turn it into Daly City or Foster City. And I'm not for the hairbrained schemes now being floated that would carve out our foothills to build more roads to enbale more subdivisions that will create gridlock. Our Coastal Commission doesn't support those kind of boondoogles either.…

Letter: Attacks against HMB planning commissioners are unfounded

September 24, 2006
So there you have the thinking of Mr. Larimer. Planning Commission Chairman Lansing is wrong. The California Coastal Commission is wrong. The previous Planning Diretor is wrong. The biological report is wrong. This is not the type of mindset that is going to preserve the beauty and uniqueness of Half Moon Bay.

Coastsider’s Town Hall is open

September 21, 2006
Thanks for Town Hall! This comes at the right time because we really need an open forum to freely exchange and debate the issues that will result in changes on the Coast that will last for decades. We need to discuss the kind of life we want to live here in this special place. Jack McCarthy

Environmentalists didn’t kill Measure S

August 03, 2006
This is certainly a community blog in the best sense of the word, with lots of participation taking it through many twists and turns as points of view get aired. But let's not forget the original point. Barry's article showed that neighnorhoods that strongly favored LCP candidates also favored Measure S. Neighborhoods whose support for LCP candidates was much lower also showed much less support for Measure S. Those facts tell a pretty clear story. - Jack McCarthy

Environmentalists didn’t kill Measure S

July 27, 2006
Barry, Thank you for the fine investigative piece that clearly shows 1, that people who support a healthy environment on the coast also support good schools, and 2, that there is a continuing attempt to demonize environmentalists in order to push aside community concerns about over development. - Jack McCarthy

Be sure to vote today

June 06, 2006
Voting "Yes" for Measure S today is one of the most important things we can do to help our coastal community. Our public schools represent the heart of our civic life. Whatever differences we may have, helping educate our children goes before eveything else. Jack McCarthy

Coastsider endorses Measure S

June 05, 2006
This is an issue that goes to the heart of the community. Our public schools are the essence of our quality of life. People may have issues with the school district for one reason or another, but the bottom line is we need to support our public schools and the children for attend those schools. Measure S is the way to do that. - Jack McCarthy

Coastsider’s Devil’s Slide coverage

June 05, 2006
Coastsider, Please keep up the great coverage of Devil's Slide, because we need your constant scrutiny to hold feet to the fire on this critical issue facing us all. - Jack McCarthy