June 11th, 2020



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Parking Permits to Control Pee, Poop, Tampons, Diapers, Fast Food and Residential Anger?

VIDEO.    City of Half Moon Bay’s City Manager, Bob Nisbet, discusses the history of parking permits in Half Moon Bay.

If the San Mateo County public health officer, Scott Morrow, says that parking permits were in the best health interest of the Coastside, then the California Coastal Commission might allow parking permits.



HMB Sewer Service Charges Protest Hearing Had 7 Protests ~ Moving to Flat Rates

VIDEO. The Half Moon Bay City Council and staff worked through the protest hearing process at the 6/2/2020 City of Half Moon Bay Council Meeting.

Watch the Whole Meeting  >>>>

Note at 1:32 Mayor Adam Eisen explains how flat rates will work.

Two Flat Rates 1. Mobile Homes and Seniors  2. Single Family and Multi-Family

80% of sewer authorities use flat rate to create consistent revenue and equitiblity.



San Mateo Harbor District Board Censures Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan

April 15, 2020 Regular Board Meeting of the San Mateo County Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Resolution of Censure of Commissioner Sabrina Brennan (Reyering) Review and consider for adoption Resolution 20-08 censuring Commissioner Sabrina Brennan for inappropriate conduct during the April 15, 2020 Regular Board Meeting of the San Mateo County Board of Harbor Commissioners.



Montara Sewer Water District Engineer Explains the Expense of Sewer Pipe Along Highway 1, Over Montara Creek

VIDEO. At the Montara Sewer and Water District 5/21/2020 meeting Montara resident, Gregg Dieguez, asks about medium and high priority sewer pipe projects.

The goals in the MSWD master plan is to make yearly Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) maintenance repairs to pipe to avoid leaks and stopping rain from entering the system which reduces the contract costs for Sewer Authority Midcoast (SAM).

Improvement are needed to deepen sewer system from the stress of traffic along Highway 1.



The Power in Kindness for the HMB High School Graduation of 2020 ~ Congratulations!

PHOTO-ESSAY. Photos thanks to CUSD parent Amy Broome.


Coastsiders Stand in Peaceful Solidarity Together at The Jetty ~ #WeCan’tBreathe

PHOTO-ESSAY by Coastside resident, Cathy Burton Taylor. Thanks you Cathy!

Standing in Solidarity was organized by Coastsiders Cass Cleave, of Sea Hugger fame, and Thomas Agramonte, who is also a California State Park Lifeguard.

The thumbnail photo of the enthusiastic fist pumping woman on the bike, is Shell Cleave, Cass’s mom, and founder of Sea Hugger.

Great job.



Keep America Beautiful ~ Cigarette Butt Prevention Program Grant for $10,000

VIDEO.   City of Half Moon Bay Sustainability Analyst, Veronica Vostinak, presents to the Half Moon Bay City Council on 6/2/2020.

Keep America Beautiful ~ Cigarette Butt Prevention Program Grant for $10,000 for 400 portable ashtrays to be distributed around the City.



Mask Ambassadors in Half Moon Bay? City Council Woman Dr. Penrose Suggests

VIDEO At the 6/2/2020 City Council meeting, at the very end of a 3 hour meeting, Debbie Penrose follows up on the question of people not wearing masks on the Coastal Trail.

Her idea? Given the number of emails council are getting about people not wearing masks, and offers to help hand them out, Debbie suggested a Mask Ambassador program. Masks saying:

  • “I Love the Coastal Trial”
  • “I Love HMB”
  • “I Love HMB Main Street” and the like.

Many cities across the country are asking people to seriously wear masks in order help stop the spread of the Corona virus. (Note these masks are NOT N95). By wearing masks we can stop the droplets and aerosol that come out of our mouths when we talk, cough and sneeze.

Although the spread outdoors, is relatively low risk, HMB is asking people to where masks to protect people who may be more at risk.



InPerspective: Our Next Sewer Crisis?

If growth consumes available capacity without funding reserves for asset replenishment, then existing ratepayers are going to subsidize the cost of the newcomers. This problem exists in the Jan. 15 Connect The Coastside (CTC) plan to enhance our transportation infrastructure; wherein the County proposed newcomers pay only $15m of the $150m price tag for growth-induced changes.

The same type of problem also exists in Big Wave, where the developer is going to donate to the traffic and water infrastructure – but, in the first case, at a fraction of the true costs for traffic controls, and in the second case leaving MWSD with the burden of replacing the main at perhaps multiples of the cost when it wears out.




$100 Million Upgrade for El Granada and Farallone View Elementary



On January 16, 2020, the Governing Board approved Phase II of the Facilities Master Plan. The Facilities Master Plan for the new bond program, Measure M Implementation Plan, is being developed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) Architects. The plan was divided into two phases, the first to study the elementary schools and the second to develop the full plan.


Quattrocchi Kwok Architects have performed their study at El Granada Elementary and Farallone View Elementary Schools and have developed a Facilities Master Plan for these schools. Tonight’s presentation will present that overarching vision based on school community input, and next steps will include going back to those school communities to develop priorities for work that can be achieved with current bond funding.



GCSD Rates? Sewer Bond Income Ends in 2020; Rate Study to Follow

VIDEO. At the 5/21/2020 Board meeting, Granada Community Services District General Manager, Chuck Duffy presents the:

Draft GCSD Operations, Capital Budget, and 5 Year Budget for Fiscal Year 2020/21.



Should a 6,438 sq.ft. Residence in Miramar Go Through the CEQA Process?

VIDEO. At the 5/26/2020 meeting, Senior Planner, Scott Phillips, presents to the City of the Half Moon Bay Planning Commission the latest update for 2800 Champs Elysee Boulevard a single family home.  The proposed home is 6,438 sq.ft. on a lot of 31,699 sq.ft.



Post Covid HMB Capital Improvement Program Proposed Project List For 2020-2021

VIDEO. At the 5/26/2020 Half Moon Bay City Council Meeting, Mazier Bozorginia, City Engineer, presents.  Have questions? You can reach him at and 650-726-8251

Now 8 Unfunded Projects
  • HIGHWAY 1 SAFETY ‐ NORTH  $9,084,000



HMB Mayor Eisen Heads Up on Law Enforcement Discussion, Poplar Stairs Open, Street to Beach Cleanup

Many of you know about a much-needed construction project we started last month, to repair and improve the so-called “vertical” access to Poplar Beach. That’s the well-used pedestrian access from the bluff top down to Poplar beach, which has continued to erode leaving the slope and pathway bare, steep, and difficult to navigate. This project created stepped access and added handrails for safety, along with improvements to the drainage along the staircase to ensure proper runoff flow away from the bluff.


Other Stories

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
video Have You Heard of the Old Historic Colma Road for Hiking, Biking and Bird Watching?
link Have You Heard of the Old Historic Colma Road for Hiking, Biking and Bird Watching? 
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”
own voice CV-19: Learning the Right Lesson From Sweden
link Great Plates: Know Someone Who May Benefit From This Amazing Program?
video RCD’s First Flush Water Quality Program ~ Want to Volunteer?
video  Construction of Poplar Vertical Access Project to Begin May 4
links Coastal Food Delivery: CoastMates, Rebyl Food and Instacart
video Commercial Fisherman Todd Korth Describes How the Docks Might Open by Salmon Season
video City HMB Special Finance Committee ~ Addressing $6 Million Income Shortfall
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?
video What Will Happen to Our Transient Occupancy Tax with the Covid 19 Virus?
link Do You Know the History of the Crystal Springs Watershed?
video Please Don’t Flush “Flushable Wipes” ‘Cos It Clogs Sewer System
video Who Should Pay For Construction of SAM Wet Weather Storage Expansion Project?
video Census 2020 Participation is Critical for Funding Everything
video How Does China Sword Affect Allied Waste’s Diversion Rates?
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. June 16th, 2020 @ 6:00pm
City of HMB Will Have Sheriff’s Department/Law Enforcement Discussion

I think most of you know that Half Moon Bay has contracted with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services for the past nine years.

Next Tuesday evening, 6/16/2020, the City Council will hold a special meeting (online) starting at 6 p.m., to open a discussion around law enforcement and police services (the regular meeting starts at 7 p.m.).

We felt it was crucial to have a public dialogue – the first of several, I’m sure – about law enforcement and police services in Half Moon Bay. We all need a chance to share our thoughts and ideas on this, in light of the national focus on racial injustice, and the indefensible excessive use-of-force in the death of George Floyd, and others.
Sheriff’s Captain Saul Lopez, who is our top law enforcement officer on the Coastside, will be at the meeting.


Mon. June 15th @ 6:30pm
San Mateo County Hosts Connect the Coastside; Montara and Moss Beach Focused Meetings by ZOOM

We received an overwhelming number of survey responses (the current count is over 600!). The results will be presented at the May 27, 2020, Midcoast Community Council (MCC) meeting and posted on the MCC website.

Given the high interest we’ve heard from the Coastside community in transportation matters, note the upcoming virtual community conversations hosted by San Mateo County Planning & Building. The meetings will be an opportunity to learn more about the Connect the Coastside transportation plan and share your ideas to improve transportation on the Coastside.  Katie Faulkner, San Mateo County Planning

Katie Faulkner, Planner III, County of San Mateo, Planning and Building Department,


Fri. June 12th @ 12:00pm
Virtually Learn About Indigenous History in the Bay Area From State Park Archeologist, Mark Hylkema

Indigenous History in the Bay Area (Virtual) – June 12, 19 & 26
Join this three-part webinar series with expert Mark Hylkema on the history of California native people, focusing on Indigenous cultures of the Peninsula and the South Bay. This is an exciting opportunity to hear Mark share his knowledge and experience in an online format for the very first time! Register once and you’re in for all three webinars.


For thousands of years, the Bay Area has been the home of many, diverse groups of Indigenous Peoples with complex cultures and relationships to the land. Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and California State Parks for a three-part webinar series delivered by Mark Hylkema, California State Parks Archaeologist and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Foothill College. Mark will draw from over 40 years of experience studying the history of California native people, focusing on Indigenous cultures of the Peninsula and the South Bay.
REGISTER for Event:  Friday, June 12, 6:00pm-7:30pm, online.


Fri. June 12th @ 6:00pm
Join Sonrisas Dental Health Fundraiser for a Paella Cook-Along!

Join Sonrisas Dental Health for a free Paella cook-along!
Optional purchasing of recipe kit or donations are accepted.
Culinary explorer Clyde Hinshelwood will lead this lively event benefitting Sonrisas.
Whether you have attended Sonrisas Dental Health’s annual ‘Cooking for a Cause’ event for years, or you are joining us for the first time, you will find yourself in the right place on Friday, June 12, 6:00pm-7:30pm.

REGISTER for Event:  Friday, June 12, 6:00pm-7:30pm, online.


Wed. and Thurs. @ 9:00am-4:00pm  ... ongoing but intermittent. Contact Project Baseline: 
COVID-19 Testing Available at Cunha Intermediate School on Weds. and Thurs.

Starting Wednesday, COVID-19 testing will be available at Cunha Intermediate School on Wednesdays and Thursdays  from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through. Check with Project Baseline's latest dates.

Then there is a two week break, and the next testing will be Wed. 7/1/2020 and Thurs. 7/2/2020 9:00am to 4:00pm…Stay Tuned.

Residents 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.


Sat. June 13th @ 11:30am
Meet Your Village of Support: Coastside Birth Options – Birth Workers Serving the Coast (Formerly Meet the Doula)


Meet Your Village of Support: Coastside Birth Options –
Birth Workers Serving the Coast
(Formerly Meet the Doula).


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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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
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  • Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River
  • Cabernet Sauvginon from Alexander Valley
  • Reisling and French Colombard from Mendocino
  •    ....   and Special dessert wines from Madera


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 ~ 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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