HMB has a new bill (details TBA) to help cover Beachwood settlement

Posted by on Fri, February 27, 2009

The details are sketchy, but Half Moon Bay has had a new "placeholder" bill introduced by Assemblyman Jerry Hill to help cover the $18 million cost of the Beachwood settlement, reports the County Times.

"I can guarantee you for sure it’s not about building houses. My ultimate goal would be to get some financial assistance and make this a nice little rest/park area," said [HMB Mayor John] Muller of Beachwood, which is a 24-acre expanse of tall grass, trees and scrub along Highway 1.

What form that financial assistance will take is unknown, especially considering the state budget debates. [Assemlyman Jerry] Hill said it might be possible to appropriate some new funds, but Muller said the city was much more likely to succeed at tapping into an existing bond with set-aside monies for a cause such as building a community park.

State Senator Leland Yee is also on board. Yee’s withdrawal of support played a significant factor in scuttling AB1991, the city’s first try at getting some relief. Because this has been introduced an an urgency measure, it will require a two-thirds vote to pass.



NOW is the time to write that “Requiem for the MCC”!  The MCC is now set to be controlled, just as all HMB boards are now controlled.

Ken Johnson

“Past Performance Is No Guarantee Of Future Results” - the warning in all financial prospectus. I hope this is true, because the City Council Four blew between $1,200,000 and $2,000,000 of our money on the last flawed attempts and got nothing except alienating the people they will again ask for money.

The City Council Four seem willing to do anything, to pay whatever the developer asked for, rather than seek a set aside or a reduction in the amount.

Municipal Bankruptcy is the only solution I see that will preserve necessary City services for the residents of Half Moon Bay and bring a possible reduction in payment to the developer. Who is more important to the City Council Four: the Developer or the residents?

Ken Johnson