Coastal erosion, flooding, and sea level rise in Pacifica, Sun, Aug 16

Press release

By on Sat, August 7, 2010

Bob @ Sharp Park

Worried about coastal erosion, flooding and sea level rise?

Come hear local coastal engineer, Bob Battalio, present an assessment of our challenges and opportunities in an age of climate change. Learn how Pacificans can adapt while maintaining our coastal community, save our natural shores and enjoy the ride.

August 16th 6:30pm to 8:00pm @ Sharp Park Library Community Room, 104 Hilton Way, ?Pacifica.

Does anybody know the present state of that Pacifica apartment house that was falling into the ocean a while back?

Julia Scott wrote a good story on this a couple of weeks ago for the County Times. It would appear that the status of the buildings is, um, up in the air.

Owner misses deadline for plan to save Pacifica cliff apartments

Cliffside apartment building owner Millard Tong failed to meet a deadline to submit a timeline for repairs to the cliff behind his evacuated building Monday, but building officials said they don’t plan to enforce it.

When the city emptied 320 Esplanade Ave. on April 29 because tenants were living in a dangerous building at the edge of an eroding cliff, officials slapped Tong with a notice of violation requiring him to submit a timeline on how to save the building or choose to demolish it. The initial deadline was May 28. It was extended, at Tong’s request, until June 17 and then again to July 19.


Both Tong and Farshid Samsami, owner of 330 Esplanade, are struggling to come up with a way to finance an elaborate cliff repair expected to cost $1.5 million to $3 million.


Both men have also been sued for unpaid bills by the firm that did the cliff work, Engineered Soil Repairs Inc. On Monday, ESR sued Samsami for $589,589 for work done since 2008. The firm asked a court to place a lien against the apartment building in April. The lawsuit asks the court to seize the building and try to sell it to pay off its bills. ESR also sued Tong for $1.8 million in unpaid construction bills in May.


He said he would meet with planning department officials next week to consider the city’s next move. Samsami and several other neighbors are working on putting together a Geologic Hazard Abatement District on Esplanade Avenue that would allow a group of residents to sell bonds to help fund a single engineering “fix” behind several cliffside properties.

Samsami estimated the district is still three or four months away from being approved — which would mean no new construction, and no new financing, until the rainy season begins.

Bob Battalio is a very good speaker!