Fire safety concerns for properties bordering open spaces in the Midcoast


By on Tue, September 13, 2011

The Midcoast Community Council meets September 14 at 7:30pm at the Seton Medical Center Coastside, Marine Boulevard & Etheldore, Moss Beach. Take Highway 1 to Marine Boulevard and follow hospital signs uphill. MCC attendees must park in upper parking lot per hospital policy.

The first item on the regular agenda is 4a. Fire Safety Concerns for Residential Properties Bordering Open Spaces in the Midcoast. We will be addressing community issues with POST, CUSD & Other open space properties regarding combustible debris in the defensible spaces bordering residential neighborhoods. This issue was raised by some residents in the Coral Ridge/El Granada area but we would like to hear from other communities in the Midcoast who have similar concerns. One possible action for the Council is to ask for County intervention and quick resolution before the fire season.

Other agenda items include:

4b. MCC Status: priorities and projects. (Len Erickson) 8:40

Review of letter from the chair concerning action priorities, long range plans, and MCC / community process and communication.

4c. Response from County on Items (Len Erickson) 8:55

•       Highway 1 / Transportation Management – Steve Monowitz.

•       Fiscal Study – Martha Poyatos

•       CCAG – Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee – D. Horsley/M. Grocutt

4d. MCC Committees / Citizen Committees (Bill Kehoe / Len Erickson) 9:10

With regard to Item 2 on page 3 of the agenda: Assess the views of the council regarding:

o    What role should the Community/MCC play in determining the membership of action committees of county departments or steering committees to advise on county direction on key issues.

o    What is the selection process for committees?

Develop Action Plan for a Position Paper

Agendas are posted at each of the local Post offices, the MCC office at the airport and online at the MCC website under Agendas. It is also emailed to all who subscribed to the Google Group "MCC-Agendas"


Comment 1
Tue, September 13, 2011 1:39pm
risa galant
All my comments

Coral Reef + Clipper Ridge = Coral Ridge? :)

Comment 2
Tue, September 13, 2011 11:29pm
Bill Kehoe
All my comments

Risa, for some reason I keep doing that. Thanks for keeping me honest. BTW, so far we have POST, CUSD, GGNRA but no Fire. But I will continue to try.

Comment 3
Wed, September 14, 2011 9:25am
Bill Kehoe
All my comments

Latest update: Just heard back from CFPD and they will also be in attendance. So all the major stakeholders should be represented. It could be a full house so plan accordingly.


Comment 4
Wed, September 14, 2011 11:15am
risa galant
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Bill, you do great work—thanks for keeping us all in the loop and organizing these meetings!

This topic was covered in an excellent manner.  The gentleman, who presented first for the neighbors, did an excellent job.  I am impressed by how much prep work has been done.  Thanks to POST, GGNRA, CalFire, and Coastside Fire Protection District. We are in a much better situation than we were in years past.  Thanks to all for the info and all the hard work.


Comment 6
Fri, September 16, 2011 6:35pm
Bill Kehoe
All my comments

Kathryn, the speaker you are referring to is Brady Logan from Montara. And we really need to thank Merideth Lamont from Clipper Ridge who got our attention and did most of the research on this. And there were others who also contributed from the Northern Coastal Communities Association who have been working hard to keep the impacts of Rancho Corral de Tierra from negatively impacting the MidCoast residents.

But this is only a step in a process that will continue with all the named agencies and community members around the Fire Safety issues in neighborhoods.

Comment 7
Mon, September 26, 2011 8:58am
Laura Stein
All my comments

I hate to be a naysayer, but my experience with POST in 2008, regarding fire safety did not turn out quite so warm and fuzzy. Be vigilant.I am referring to the area just north of Quarry Park, right hand side. Yes we are happy to have our fire danger reduced. No we were not happy with the lack of public process (POST doesn’t take minutes at public meetings - better not miss the one midweek meeting), POST’s complete disregard for the neighbor’s concerns, (quote: “you are just worried about aesthetics”) being notifed of changes in the plan after they had already been done.

Immense logs, have been tossed on the hillside looking like a clear-cut logging operation.Re-planting was not funded.El Granada has been left with an eyesore as well as steep drop offs, on the side of the street, eroding because they are devoid of all vegetation. (I can’t help but wonder if Palo Alto, where POST resides, would allow such a site?) Just a few words of warning…