May 14th, 2020



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HMB Census Response Rate is 71.2% ~ Let’s make it 100%!

VIDEO. Census Response Rates as of 5/4/20.

At 67.7%  San Mateo County has the highest census response percentage than any county in the state.

City of Half Moon Bay has a 71.2% response rate (it was 63.5% on 4/20/20 – 7.7% increase).

Let’s get it to 100% so we get the most money we can from the Federal Government.



Coastside CERT and theEarthquake Country Alliance Host Part 1 of the Coastside Great “ShakeIN”

VIDEO. Andrew Michael, Ph.D., is a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earthquake Science Center in Menlo Park where he combines observations of earthquake processes and statistical models to determine earthquake probabilities, to evaluate earthquake prediction methods, and to understand how stress and structure function as part of the seismogenic process.
Stephanie Ross, Ph.D., is a USGS research geophysicist with the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. Dr. Ross’ research focuses on paleotsunamis (tsunamis caused by earthquakes and landslides) with the goal of tsunami hazard mitigation and risk reduction.

PART 2: Tuesday, May 19th from 6:30-7:30 PM Coastside CERT and the Earthquake Country Alliance will host Part 2 of the Coastside Great Shake-IN – The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety and the UC Berkeley MyShake App




HMB Public Work Suggests “Take Back Your Streets” by Parking in Front

VIDEO. City of Half Moon Bay Public Works Director, John Doughty had a simple and inexpensive idea. Park your cars in front of your homes, so 10+ mile visitors can’t?




What Will the Restaurant Experience Look Like During COVID SIP Phase 2?

Covid-19 Industry Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants

The California Department of Public Health and CAL OSHA present the Covid 19 Industry Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants as of May 12th, 2020.

27 counties are in negotiation to adopt the new protocols, but not San Mateo County, yet.

Key prevention practices include:

  • physical distancing to the maximum extent possible,
  • use of face coverings by employees (where respiratory protection is not required) and customers/clients,
  • frequent handwashing and regular cleaning and disinfection,
  • training employees on these and other elements of the COVID-19 prevention plan.




InPerspective: Some Good News When We Need It…

OWN VOICE ~ InPerspective by Gregg Diegez.

After one of our MIT Clean Tech seminars last year, I told several friends to expect EV batteries at $25/Kwh by 2025 – which would mean Electric Cars with 1,500 miles of range – for the same cost as my 300 mile range Chevy Bolt. [Of course, people may choose to pay even less cost for less than 1,500 miles of range]  AND, I pointed out that industry was already ahead of the cost curve predicted for 2020, which was $125/Kwh, down from about $300/Kwh in my Bolt’s 2017 battery technology. This continues a trend: from 2010 to 2019, lithium-ion battery prices (when looking at the battery pack as a whole) have fallen from $1,100 per kilowatt-hour to $156/kwh—an 87% cut.  Previous press reports had suggested that we’ll reach the $100/kwh mark earlier than previously anticipated—by 2023, and I was expecting to beat even that pace of price reductions.



Coastside Gives Raised $1,076,254 with 6,505 Donations for 53 Organizations





Coastside CERT’s First Anniversary of Coastside Fire District’s Sponsorship

ARTICLE from Half Moon Bay Battalion Chief, Dave Cosgrave:

This week marked our first anniversary since the Coastside Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted unanimously to sponsor Coastside CERT at a special board meeting packed with CERTs and supporters. What a year it has been!

We thank the Board, Chief Ian Larkin, and all of you who have stepped up to neighborhood and central program leadership roles as we have grown since May 2, 2019.





San Mateo County Order for Highly Regulated Vehicle Gatherings

ORDER 5/11/2020.     For the purposes of this Order, a Highly Regulated Vehicle-Based Gathering is a gathering where during the entirety of the gathering every participant, excluding the Host, Personnel, and security, except as expressly provided herein, remains in a fully enclosed motorized vehicle parked at least six feet apart from other vehicles and where all occupants of each enclosed vehicle are members of a single household. For clarity, an enclosed vehicle does not include a motorcycle, a convertible with the top open, a vehicle with no doors, or bicycle.



Public Zooms Dunes Beach Comments to HMB City Council with City Manager Update

VIDEO (PODCAST). If you have not emailed the City with your opinion, please do so:

Jill Ekas:, Community Development Director.

The Dunes at Half Moon Bay website debuted Apr 2018 with plans for:
206-room luxury hotel with 15,000 s/f conference center/spa,
173-space RV park with clubhouse & general store.

The “Surf Beach/Dunes Beach” area (map) is 50 acres bisected by Young Ave, and bounded by HMB State Beach on the westand south, Hwy 1 on the east, and the partially developed Naples subdivision on the north. 



Covid 19 HMB City Council 1 Hour Study Session

Commercial Tenant Eviction Moratorium

Consider adoption by a 4/5 vote of an Urgency Ordinance Establishing a Temporary Moratorium on Commercial Tenant Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent for Tenants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic through May 31, 2020, unless extended or replaced by the City Council


City Manager takes 10% furlough pay cut and Workforce Reduction Plan

By motion, approve Amendment No. 2 to the City Manager Employment Agreement with Bob Nisbet, effective May 1, 2020, to adjust the annual salary from $236,500 to $215,000 reflecting a 10 percent salary reduction/furlough in light of financial and budgetary challenges resulting from COVID-19.



New Zonehaven Interactive Website Matches Location to Covid-19 Resources

RESOURCE.  Check out the new, interactive San Mateo County community COVID-19 web portal There, you can find location-specific information on a variety of services and business and the status of each. As a note, the site works best with Chrome or Safari.

For any questions, or to update your business’s information, please contact the City’s Emergency Services Analyst Corie Stocker, at

~ From Half Moon Bay City Council, Mayor Adam Eisen’s Weekly Email 5/12/2020.


Other Stories

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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Saturday May 16th 2020 @ 10:00am - 11:00am
Rainwater Harvesting 101 Webinar: A (Rain) Barrel of Fun and Learning


Are you interested in having an eco-friendly garden? Join for a one hour webinar as we learn how to capture and harvest rainwater from your roof. We’ll discuss how rain barrels help in pollution prevention, their many benefits, what you need to get started at home, and how you can save money with the installation of a new rain barrel with the countywide rebate. We’ll also explore how rain gardens can be used in your home to help decrease water usage and property flooding using native plants.


Saturday May 16th 2020 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm
Home Composting Workshop ~ Online and Interactive Webinar


Do you want to start composting at home? Join us for a no-cost, two-hour ONLINE workshop through the County of San Mateo’s Sustainability Academy to learn the basics of starting your own backyard and worm composting system!

Learn how to turn your food scraps, leaves, and plant cuttings into nutrient-rich compost that helps your garden retain moisture, suppress weeds, and prevent soil erosion, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Admission is free!

County residents get a $65-$100 discount off compost or worm bins. 


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.


Thu April 16 - Sun May 17
Sanchez Art Center – VIRTUAL 2020 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition


The 2020 Left Coast Annual (LCA) Exhibition was scheduled to open at Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, on Friday April 10, 2020.  As the world turned upside down with the spread of COVID-19, it became clear that the exhibition would not be able to take place in-person as communities responded to shelter-in-place orders to protect public health.  Artists and Sanchez Art Center Staff, (Janet Barker, Program Manager and Cindy Abbott, Executive Director) pivoted to create this first show in new virtual galleries.

Click HERE or enter in your browser bar to enter the galleries.


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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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 ~ 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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