January 7th , 2021



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Mayor Brownstone Reaches Out to the Community on January 6th, 2021


Many of us have spent today following the troubling images and news reports emanating from our nation’s Capital. Once again this past year, we find ourselves navigating our way through multiple once-in-a-lifetime challenges.
Despite the weight of so many simultaneous challenges and events, I remain optimistic. I remain optimistic and confident because I live in Half Moon Bay. I am confident that we live in a proud and resilient community that continues to come together in the face of adversity.

We are a thoughtful community; most often characterized by our individual and collective efforts to support our neighbors during trying times. We are a community that cherishes our democratic freedoms and we believe in decency and respect for a range of differing points of view.


What Happens If SFPUC Watershed Keepers Lose Their Sheriff Powers and Have to Use 911 in a Fire?

PROTEST.  Is this a big deal?  
Ken Lomba is the President of the San Francisco Deputy Sheriff’s Association, and he thinks so.
He had 7 days to comment starting 12/23/2020.
His protest is 12/29/2020 (see below).


Do You Know How the 1953 Brown Act Guides Public Agencies Towards Transparency?

VIDEO. From the December 16th, 2020 Midcoast Community Counsel (MCC) by Tim Fox of the San Mateo County’s Office of the County Counsel.


Half Moon Bay History Revealed Through Glass and A Basic Guide to Bottle Age Identification

PHOTO-ESSAY. Written by Jo Fry of the Half Moon Bay History Association 12/2020.

Visit the Half Moon Bay Jail Museum and one of the first displays to greet you are bottles – glass in a variety of heights, shapes and colors that at first glance look no different from what you can buy today at Cunha’s. Look closer, however, and you’ll notice odd differences: advertising embossed up the side for a curious cure that the FDA would surely never approve of, glass in a blushing lavender hue, a warning not to refill, even one that can’t stand up.


Sign up to Get Weekly Local Beach and Creek Mouth Water Quality Report From SMCO Health

LINK. Weekly Beach and Creek Water Sample Results.

Avoid contact with the following beaches and creeks due to elevated levels of bacteria that may be hazardous to your health. Do not swim in ocean waters during, and 3 days after a storm event. Always stay at least 300 feet from a flowing storm drain or creek mouth.

Sign up for Weekly Email ~ San Mateo County Beach and Creek Mouth Monitoring webpage


Ocean Shore Railroad History by the Pacifica Historical and Ocean Shore Railroad Societies

ESSAY. Much of Pacifica’s layout owes its beginnings to a small, little-known railroad company. Incorporated in 1906, the Ocean Shore Railway Company planned to run a high-speed electric railway between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. To attract weekend excursions and tourists, the route would hug the shoreline as closely as possible. That decision was probably its undoing.As part of California’s coastal history, this rail car brings the City of Pacifica a tangible link to its history.  Car #1409 was the last purchased by the Ocean Shore Railroad, and ran on rails from San Francisco through Daly City to the coastal towns of Pacifica, Montara, Moss Beach, Princeton, Granada, Half Moon Bay and beyond with connections to Santa Cruz.


E-Bike Use on Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) Trails Evolves


E-Bike Updates: Paved Pilot Underway; Unpaved Pilot Discussion

In December we launched our pilot project at Ravenswood Preserve and Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and County Park, allowing class 1 and class 2 e-bikes on select paved and improved trails where bicycles are currently allowed. A proposed pilot for class 1 e-bikes on select unpaved trails was postponed until next fiscal year (July 2021 – June 2022) due to the staff resources required for COVID-19 response.

At a public meeting on January 20, the board of directors will discuss whether or not the unpaved pilot proposal will remain on this timeline or start sooner, which may require shifting resources from the paved pilot.                   ~ From the MROSD E-News


MROSD Wants to Hear From You: Wildland Fire Resiliency Program – Draft EIR

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINES.   We are continuing our essential wildland fire prevention and preparation work. This includes analyzing and identifying ways to reduce potential environmental impacts from our newly developed Wildland Fire Resiliency Program. The goals of this program are to proactively expand Midpen’s ecologically sensitive vegetation management to establish healthy ecosystems, reduce wildland fire risk and facilitate fire suppression.

You can review and comment on the environmental analysis in the draft report during the public comment period from January 15 to March 1, 2021. Comments related to the environmental analysis and received by March 1 will be included and addressed in the final program environmental impact report later this year.


Public Comment Open for Tunitas Creek Beach Improvement Project Preferred Design Option

PRESS RELEASE. Date 1/7/2021.

Tunitas Creek Beach Improvement Project Preferred Design Option

San Mateo County Parks is partnering with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and the Coastal Conservancy to protect environmental resources and promote public safety at Tunitas Creek Beach. With participation from the public, we will be developing this stunning and rugged section of coastline with proper public facilities and amenities. Get to know Tunitas Creek Beach and this project with the video below.

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Other Stories

video The Mystery of SAM’s BOD Spikes ~ Fertilizers? Frozen Fisheries? Breweries? Distilleries? Wineries? 
video The Balancing of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) at Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM)
video Sheriff Candidate Mark Melville Would Release the AXON Video of the Harmon Shooting ~ Would You?
video Hanging Fire: Eucalyptus Crown Fires and El Granada
video Supervisor Horsley Special Study Session on Fuel Load Reduction and Weed Eradication
video A Brief History of the JPA Collection Contract Between Sewer Authority, HMB, GCSD and MSWD
video  DA Wagstaff Answers Questions About Sandra Harmon Shooting at the City Council Special Meeting
video Why Did San Mateo Deny the Appeal to Allow the Historic 1868 Purissima Cemetery?
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 More Than 50 People Attend MSWD Zoom Meeting on New Rates and Charges
video. Should a 6,438 sq.ft. Residence in Miramar Go Through the CEQA Process?
video RCD’s First Flush Water Quality Program ~ Want to Volunteer?
invitation Want to Sample Water for Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF)?
podcast Live to Die ~ First Responsibility – Have You Planned for Your Death?
video Trash Wipes and Rags; Do NOT Flush. Cost For Repair?
article HAM Radio Technician License Training ~ Remote Testing Starting Due to Covid 19
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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NEW. Deadline Friday, Jan. 8th, 2021 @ 5:00pm 
Want to Serve on the HMB Planning OR Parks/Recs Committee? Deadline Fri. 1/8/2021

Interested in serving on a City commission or committee? Terms vary, and there are not always seats available for appointment, but you may fill out a Willing to Serve Form at any time and submit it to the City Clerk’s office.

Please apply here by January 8, 2020 to serve on the Planning Commission or Parks and Recreation Commission beginning in January 2021. 

Please apply here by Friday, January 8, 2020



NEW. Saturday, Jan. 9th, 2021 @ 10:00am-Noon 
Sea Hugger Dunes Beach Cleanup Near Half Moon Bay Every 2nd Saturday

Join Sea Hugger the second Saturday of every month for a beach cleanup at Dunes Beach in Half Moon Bay. Bring your own reusable gloves and mask and come help Mama Ocean!

Sign the waiver and print your parking pass here:


REPEAT. Deadline Friday, Jan. 15th, 2021 @ 5:00pm 
5 Route Alternatives for the Mirada/ Miramar Road Bridge Fix ~ Public Comment Period Ends Jan. 15th, 2021

Midcoast Community Council Meeting 2020-12-16:  DPW publishes Notice of Availability and Notice of Intent to Adopt an Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration (project CEQA review).

5 alternatives.

Public Comment period is 12/16/20 – 1/15/21

Comment Contact:
Alex Zhang 650-363-4100

Wency Ng 650-363-4100



REPEAT. Deadline Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 2021 @ 5:00pm 
Sanchez Art Center’s Call for Entry for the 2021 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition

Sanchez Art Center seeks artists (18 and older) from California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii for its 2021 Left Coast Annual Show, April 9–May 16, 2021.

Online entries only. Deadline for entries 2/2/2020

Enter at

Christine Koppes is the Curator and Director of Public Programs at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.



NEW. Deadline Friday, Feb 28th, 2021 @ 5:00pm 
Made on the Coast Is Looking to Give an Emerging Artist $1,500. Know an Artist?

What is the Emerging Artists Program?
The MoTC Emerging Artists Program (EAP) provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career. Therefore, the EAP grants are not restricted to un-established artists. However, MotC does like to promote art that can be enjoyed by the community at large.



REPEAT. Daily in 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm 
Treat Yourself to a Day of Beauty at Filoli Gardens and Historic Museum. Register Online.

Filoli, also known as the Bourn-Roth Estate, is a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate, located in Woodside, California, about 25 miles south of San Francisco, at the southern end of Crystal Springs Reservoir, on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Wikipedia



REPEAT. Every Monday 2021 @ 3:00pm - 6:00pm
COVID-19 Mouth Swab Testing Every Monday 3:00-6:00pm Sponsored By City of Half Moon Bay

The City of Half Moon Bay and County of San Mateo – Government have partnered to offer more COVID-19 testing on the Coastside.

Using Curative self-administered testing kits, you simply swab your own mouth and you’re done.

Testing will offer safe, outdoor walk-up access.

Tests are free, no insurance necessary, but if you have it, bring your information.

The testing will continue to be held every Monday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Ted Adcock Community Center. Please register at



REPEAT.  Fridays, 2020 @ 9:00am to 10:00am
Coastal Windage ~ “The Talk of the Coast” Call-in LIVE Talk Show on KHMB

The Coastside’s only live, call-in talk radio show, Coastal Windage features Coastside issues, hot topics, and live comments from Coastsiders in real time.

Finally, the people of the Coastside have an opportunity to participate in their own community.

Co-hosts Reuben TruthMaker and Livvy Streetwise provide a curated and encouraging forum for discussion while regaling listeners with their informed, entertaining, and insightful takes on a full spectrum of topics.



REPEAT.  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.


More Live Music Coming Soon.....

CoastViews Music Weekly Entertainment Guide



Coastside Agency Meetings GOING REMOTE!

Stay Tuned.
Highlighting indicates meetings occurring in the next week

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

Granada Community Services District Parks and Recs  ~ 4 Mondays per year at 7:00pm

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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CalPlumbing and Heating


Residential and Commercial Repair, Service and Installation

Owner Mike Barbieri ~ Owner operated in business since 1993.

Free estimates * Insured * Senior Discounts

Our mission is to provide quality plumbing for the health and safety of our community.
Why Choose Cal Plumbing & Heating? We've been in business for so long because we are focused on doing what's best for you. We aim to earn your respect and trust through our quality, craftsmanship, and customer service.


HIP Housing


Human Investment Project Housing (HIP Housing) is a non-profit organization based in San Mateo, CA that has specialized in affordable and creative housing solutions in San Mateo County since 1972. Each year, HIP Housing helps 1,400 people find housing or keep their homes through our Home Sharing and Self Sufficiency Programs as well as through housing units we own and manage.

  • 800 S. Claremont St. #210
    San Mateo, 94402
    United States of America


San Benito House

Food, beverages, outside dining, Live music.
356 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, 94019

Sunday 10AM–9PM
Monday 10AM–9PM
Tuesday 10AM–9PM
Wednesday 10AM–9PM
Thursday 10AM-9PM
Friday 10AM-10PM
Saturday 10AM-10PM


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
  •    ....   and Special dessert wines from Madera


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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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