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

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.