July 23rd, 2020



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Who is Running on the Coastside? Almost 30 Candidate Opening for More Than 12 Public Agencies

LINKS and MAPS for every Coastside election, in one place. One-stop shop for action. RUN!   This is the map for the San Mateo County Harbor District. The following seats are opening.

Commissioner Virginia Chang Kiraly. Term: 2016-2020

Commissioner Tom Mattusch. Term: 2016-2020

Commissioner Sabrina Brennan. Term: 2016-2020



CV-19: It’s All About The Kids

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez
There’s enough risk with CV-19 as it is, but the unknowns could really kill us: Opening schools, super-spreaders, herd immunity, and long term damage among recovered patients. There are things we know for sure: for example, masks help. And things we don’t know: for example, how to get people to wear masks. But in between the known improvements in treatments and the known unknowns of when we’ll get effective vaccines and cures, lie several issues which could really harm us if we handle them the wrong way. Let’s start with schools…


MCC Prepares For 7/29 Connect the Coastside Meeting Where We Can All See and Hear Each Other

VIDEO. At last night’s 7/22/2020 MidCoast Community Council meeting the MCC prepares questions and Zoom meeting format for next weeks Wed.  7/29/2020 at 7:00pm.

Len is talking to Jill Ekas, the Community Development Director of Half Moon Bay, to match LCPs, to be in coordination.

New Department of Public Works Manager of Roadways is commencing on a new review of county roads.

The 7/29/2020 meeting emphasis will be on the Moss Beach Corridor.


Is It Cheaper for the Harbor District to Lease or Build New Building?

VIDEO.  From the San Mateo County Pillar Point Harbor District Meeting on 7/15/2020.

Administrative Building Analysis – Build versus Lease

Recommendation: Refer the Administrative Building Analysis to a duly noticed Finance Committee Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to review the assumptions and calculations and to form a recommendation for the Harbor Commission to consider at a future meeting.


Hyatt Hotel Design Review at HMB Architectural Advisory Committee

An application for a new Hyatt hotel has been under review with the City since 2016.

This private development proposal has not been approved, nor has the robust project and environmental review process that precedes consideration of approval been completed. This proposal involves only private property on land that is zoned Planned Development.


HMB City Council Nomination Period Open Until August 7th, 2020

NOTICE.  Interested in running for City Council? Here are some things for you to know!

– To be eligible to run, candidates must be registered voters within the district with an open seat

– In 2018, the City of HMB switched from at large elections to district elections, which begin with the November 3, 2020 Election

– Nomination period runs from July 13, 2020 – August 7, 2020. The pulling and filing of candidate papers will be done virtually by appointment only


San Mateo County Aiming for Quarry Park Pump Track Groundbreaking April, 2021

Nick Calderon, SMCo Parks presents:
  • Temporarily sidelined by Covid-19. Commitment to build in one year, but will not make it.
  • However, Parks is aiming for April 30th, 2021 to start construction with grading.
  • Working on information gathering for:
    • Site survey boundaries and topography
    • Soil analysis
    • Drainage analysis
    • Depth of water table
    • Geo tek


Questions Arise Regarding PGE’s Tree Cutting on Highway 92

VIDEO.  Due to questions about the way PG&E is cutting the trees down (leaving roots in place?), the City of Half Moon Bay Planning decided to continue this agenda item until the next meeting on August 11th, 2020 meeting.

The trees are planted on top of a PGE gas pipe. There is a plan for 3 to 1 tree replacement.



City HMB Planning Approves General Plan Conformance for the New City Corp Yard

VIDEO. Deputy City Manager, Matthew Chidester, presents an update on the 880 Stone Pine property acquisition at the 7/14/2020 City of HMB Planning meeting. This property will be the new City Corp Yard.



What is RCD? Did You Know San Mateo Resource Conservation District was Formed in 1939?

LINKS. The original SMRCD boundaries encompassed agricultural lands in northern San Mateo County. Coastal areas (less publicly owned lands and developed areas) were added to district boundaries in two subsequent annexations in 1942 and 1946.

In 1954 several subdivisions from the District. Current District boundaries therefore have several “excluded pockets” but generally include western San Mateo County from the San Francisco-San Mateo County boundary to the Santa Cruz-San Mateo County boundary.

The LAFCo adopted sphere of influence for the District is conterminous with District boundaries.



Montara Water and Sanitary (Sewer) District Rates Fact Sheet


Water and Sewer Rates: District Financing, History, Spending, Limitations, and Infrastructure Investment

Montara Water and Sanitary District (MWSD) works every day to deliver water, garbage and sewer services for the residents of Montara and Moss Beach. Over 6,000 residents rely on our services for their homes and businesses.

The District’s operating funds come from:
  • Rates (Bills paid by customers): 49-75%
  • Property Tax 1% (stable): 11-12%
  • Connection and Other Fees* (variable): 10-40%
  • Investment Income: 0-3%

*depends on development and new construction



Open Letter to SMC re Fiscal Sustainability

OWN VOICE:  ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez
Sent on July 13, 2020, 1pm, to the County Manager and Comptroller

Dear Mr. Callagy, Dear Mr. Raigoza,

I noted with interest a few months back that the County was able to obtain a pledge of about $1.6 million from the developers of the Big Wave project to contribute to certain infrastructure enhancements – if I recall correctly some trails and traffic controls. That led me to wonder how the County knows it is receiving enough monies from any given project?



SAM Sewer Odor and Corrosion Capital Improvement Project Update

Chemistry applied. Fascinating presentation on how corrosion and odor walk hand-in-hand. Fun for middle school and high school students.

Sewer management is the most important job on the Coast (in the world).



Other Stories

video Why Did San Mateo Deny the Appeal to Allow the Historic 1868 Purissima Cemetery?
video Supervisors Direct LAFCo to Review the San Mateo Harbor District
video City of Half Moon Bay District Elections Workshop for Voters and Candidates
video San Mateo Sheriffs Get 136 Hours of Psychiatric Emergency Response Training (PERT)
video Charmin TP Commercial Frustrates the Sewer Authority Mid-Coast Board
video SAM GM Explains the 6 Month Budget Process for the Sewer-Water Joint Powers
video More Than 50 People Attend MSWD Zoom Meeting on New Rates and Charges
video. $100 Million Upgrade for El Granada and Farallone View Elementary
video. Should a 6,438 sq.ft. Residence in Miramar Go Through the CEQA Process?
video Mask Ambassadors in Half Moon Bay? City Council Woman Dr. Penrose Suggests
video. Marine Mammal Center Sea Lion Rescue 5/30/2020 From Barbara’s Fishtrap Beach
video. Connect the Coastside Moves Forward With Roundabouts, But Will There Be Money?
video. Have You Seen the NEW Half Moon Bay Map For Nov. 2020 District Based Elections?
video 10+ Year Plan for Transportation Projects Including Cypress Point in Moss Beach
update Eric Hassett Gives a Supply Chain Update on KN95 and N95 Masks for Hassett Hardware
link University of Washington Syllabus: “Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World”
essay Battalion Chief David Cosgrave Experiments With the Antigen and Antibody Tests
own voice InPerspective: MWSD Rates: How Much Is Enough?
video Covid-19 Water Revenue Drops and Past Due Increases, Plus No Rain Means Extra Crystal Springs Costs
video Are Low Interest Loans at 1-2% the Answer for Building Public Utility Reserves and Maintaining Infrastructure?
video Coastside CERT and the Earthquake Country Alliance Host Part 2 of the Coastside Great “ShakeIN”
video RCD’s First Flush Water Quality Program ~ Want to Volunteer?
invitation Want to Sample Water for Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF)?
video Surfers Beach Pilot Project Update: Dredging, Beach Replenishment and Eel Grass
link COVID-19 Primer: Tracking the Latest Scientific Research Every 24 Hours
video Connect the Coastside: Overall Vision for Transportation on the Midcoast
podcast Live to Die ~ First Responsibility – Have You Planned for Your Death?
video Trash Wipes and Rags; Do NOT Flush. Cost For Repair?
link “Covid Near You” ~ Crowdsourcing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Real Time
article HAM Radio Technician License Training ~ Remote Testing Starting Due to Covid 19
article My Census Experience Was Super Easy! Have You Done It Yet?
link Do You Know the History of the Crystal Springs Watershed?
video Please Don’t Flush “Flushable Wipes” ‘Cos It Clogs Sewer System
links Roundabouts? 16th, Cypress, California…..Moss Beach, Montara and HWY 92/35?
article Did You Know There is a Road From El Granada Blvd. to Milbrae?
video AB 1672 Will Redefine the Marketing of “Flushable” Wipes

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Tues. July 28th @ 10:00am to 12:00pm
Kids! Design a T-Shirt Class Through GCSD Parks

Granada Community Services District invites:

Children ages 7-12 to join instructor Vicki Rudolph for one, two,  or all three individual four day outdoor workshops at Mirada Park in El Granada (accessible from Magellan Road)!

Granda Community Services District is offering three four (4) day outdoor workshops for children (7-12)at the Mirada Park site in El Granada.


Sat. July 25th @ 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Coastal Arts League Presents 12 Peninsula Camera Club Photographers

Nature photographer Bruce Finocchio is a master when it comes to capturing exquisite photos of birds and other wildlife. He totes a pro camera with a long and heavy telephoto lens. At his rural ranch, Bruce has set up several camouflaged bird blinds near a pond on his property. Hidden inside, he watches a parade of birds arrive at the pond. 

The Coastal Arts League has at last reopened her doors. During the last four months we have had a steep learning curve, learning how to post our exhibits in an online gallery. Visitors to the gallery will find that we have implemented a social distancing plan.


CANCELLED:  Tues. July 28th @ 9:00am to 4:00pm
COVID-19 Testing Available at Cunha Intermediate School

COVID-19 testing will be available at Cunha Intermediate School intermittently, on Tuesdays, from 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. through Project Baseline.

Stay tuned!

www.projectbaseline.comResidents can sign up 72 hours before the testing site opens by visiting the Verily site

Those who’d like to get tested must register in advance and be 18 years or older.

It is FREE to you.


Fri. July 10th to Sun. Aug. 9th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Two New Exhibits Open at Sanchez Art ~ Woven Visions and Pathways & Journeys

Now that California has added art galleries to the list of businesses that may re-open, we are delighted to announce that new exhibitions will open on Friday, July 10, 1–5pm.

During the opening and for all gallery visits thereafter, safety protocols for the health and well-being of visitors, volunteers, and staff will include physical distancing and limiting the number of people in the galleries; a short wait outside may therefore be required.

We are delighted to welcome back to our East Gallery the Loom & Shuttle Guild, presenting 20/20: Woven Visions, an exhibition of handcrafted and handwoven textile artworks.


Sun. Oct. 18th, 2020 @ 7:00am 
Save the Date for 2020 1st VIRTUAL Pumpkin Run (42nd Annual)

Due to COVID-19, the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival has been cancelled BUT the 42nd ANNUAL PUMPKIN RUN WILL GO ON! We are excited to announce our first ever
Please join us in running or walking this year’s races as part of our virtual race family! Sign up to run, or walk, the 5K, 10K or Half-Marathon. All distances can be run or walked during the event period, Monday, October 12 through Sunday, October 25 from wherever you are at whatever time is convenient!

Stay tuned for Registration


1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:00pm 
VIRTUAL GATHERING: Drop-in Support Group for Suicide Loss 

This *virtual* support group offers a safe, supportive place for those grieving the loss of loved one to suicide. Open to all members of the community free of charge.

Please contact facilitator Isabel Stenzel by email for more information.


Every Day from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Filoli Gardens Are Open Daily. Register Online.

Before You Visit
  • The Garden and Estate trail are open, the historic House is closed at this time
  • The Clock Tower Shop is open with Filoli-made products, plants for your garden and other special items. All purchases are credit card only, no cash or checks
  • Online advanced tickets are required for all visitors, including members 
  • No seating or drinking fountains are available
  • Visitor and Education Center restrooms are the only available restroom facilities onsite
  • Daily capacity is capped to ensure necessary space for social distancing
Visiting Guidelines


Wednesdays 2020 @ 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Pacifica Coastside Farmers Market Opens With Single Entry, Single Exit, May 6th

California defines Certified Farmers’ Markets as “essential services” in the Shelter in Place order. When we open for the season there will be several changes in place to support the wellbeing of our farmers, our staff, and our shoppers. We are asking the community to keep these protocols in mind, and be as committed to keeping our local farmers, ranchers, fishers and foodmakers healthy during this remarkable time as we are committed to doing the same for you.


Saturdays 2020 @ 9:00am-1:00pm
Half Moon Bay Coastside Farmers Market Opens With Single Entry, Single Exit

No One will be allowed into the market area before 9 AM, and/or all required sanitation protocols are in place. 
  • The first 45 minutes of the market day are reserved for Seniors.
  • Help Us! Keep six feet distance between you and fellow shoppers. We need everyone to be observant and respectful of this basic requirement.
  • Do not handle anything you do not intend to buy. If you touch it, you have to buy it.
More Live Music Coming Soon.....

CoastViews Music Weekly Entertainment Guide


Possible Future Buzz Calendar Events

August 4th, 2020 @ 5:00-9:00pm
National Night Out 2020 ~ Crime and Drug Reduction and Some Disaster Prep?

Coastside Agency Meetings GOING REMOTE!

Stay Tuned.

HMB City Council ~ 1st / 3rd Tues. @ 7:00pm

HMB Planning ~ 2nd /4th Tues. @ 7:00pm  

HMB Parks and Recs ~ 4th Wed. only @ 6:00pm 

Sewer Authority Mid-Coastide (SAM) ~ 2nd / 4th Mon. @ 7:00pm  

Granada Community Services District ~ 3rd Thurs. only @ 7:30pm

Montara Water & Sanitary District Meetings ~ 1st / 3rd Thurs. @ 7:30pm (second meeting often cancelled, so call ahead)

Coastside County Water District ~ 2nd Tues. only @ 7:00pm 

Midcoast Community Council Meeting ~ 2nd / 4th Wed. @ 7:00pm 

Coastside Fire Protection District ~ 4th Wed. only @ 6:00pm

San Mateo County Harbor District ~ 3rd Wed. only @ 6:30pm

Cabrillo Unified School District ~ 2nd Thurs. @ 7:00pm

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Cooking for Friends

With a tenacious eye, Richard began watching chefs in Hawaii as they prepared pigs for traditional Luaus. The allure of the banquet sized paella pan for up to 200 guests enables everyone to enjoy his superb culinary treats.

As a personal chef, I specialize in recreating authentic, vegan, gluten free paella. My pleasure is to keep paella coming to your table for your parties. No job is ever too big, or too small, too near or too far. Please contact me for more information or to book a date. ~ Richard


Barterra Winery

Barterra offers the finest California wines from top vineyards located from Santa Barbara to Mendocino…

  • Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sparkling from Carneros
  • Sangiovese from Silverado
  • Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Primitivo from Lodi
  • Viognier from Paso Robles
  • Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River
  • Cabernet Sauvginon from Alexander Valley
  • Reisling and French Colombard from Mendocino
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2020 Summer Youth Sailing Camp at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club

Learn to sail! This is a safe and fun way for youth ages 8-16 to learn how to sail in either an Optimist (Opti) or Laser. Both boats are extremely popular recreational dinghies that also feature prominently in competition. Most certainly STEM! (science, technology, engineering, and math).


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Bedtime Stories 2-Hour Mix ~ Michelle Dragony Reads

PODCAST.   Here are almost two hours of BTS stories recorded by Michelle Dragony of Coastside Buzz from 2016 to 2019. Stay tuned for new podcasts in the new year.

Don’t you think this would make a great podcast for NPR? Could have lots of amazing, world-class guest readers!


Listen to More Bedtime Stories Podcasts.

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Bedtime Stories ~ A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Bedtime Stories ~ Skippyjon Jones Podcast and Read Along Video

Bedtime Stories ~ Scaredy Mouse BOO!

Bedtime Stories ~ When Dinos Came With Everything!

Bedtime Stories ~ Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

Bedtime Stories ~ Harold and the Purple Crayon 

Bedtime Stories: Mr. Peabody’s Apples

Teach your Kids to Listen and Imagine with Bedtime Stories

Prepare your child for a relaxing audio podcast experience. Whether in the car, the store, or before bed, let your child immerse their ears in their imagination. School is largely auditory. So, prepare your kid to listen and visualize a story without TV or video. Just listen!

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