September 24th, 2020



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A Brief History of the JPA Collection Contract Between Sewer Authority, HMB, GCSD and MSWD

VIDEO.   Signed by Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside, City of Half Moon Bay, Granada Community Services District (GCSD), Montara Sewer and Water District (MSWD) in 1988.

As a part of the JPA, the Collections agreement was signed in 1988 by all the three (3) Member Agencies. Each agency had a separate agreement which was signed by them individually but the language in the agreement was common to all the agencies. HMB made a change to the Collections Agreement as they wanted to change to a Task based fee schedule and adopted it on July 24, 2018.


Should San Mateo County Harbor District Change Their Meeting Times From Night to Day?

VIDEO. This discussion was had during San Mateo County Harbor District (Pillar Point and Oyster Point Harbors) meeting held on September 16th, 2020 by Zoom.

Adopt Resolution 20-13, superseding Resolution 20-07 and 19-01, establishing that the regular meetings of the Harbor Commission will be held on the third Wednesday of each month and shall be held at 504 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, California 94018 except for meetings in the months of March, June, September, and December shall be held at the Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco, California 94080. Each meeting shall begin at 1:00 PM and terminate no later than 4:00 PM, unless extended by the Commission.



The Root of the Problem: Eucalyptus

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez

The fire hazard stemming from eucalyptus trees has been long understood, and documented in Coastside Buzz before. What I think is new now is that it’s finally time to solve the problem. So let’s review what’s known and suggest a plan for action. Consider this article a working draft for what should become a more official plan.

The danger from eucalyptus trees is not just an exploding roman candle of fire enveloping the tree canopy and then destroying homes. It is also the potential loss of life during attempted evacuation when fallen trees block our only exit road. Note that with a shallow root system, an earthquake (not only a wildfire) could topple eucalyptus over our exit road. Further, the danger is also the loss of, or massive cost increase in, our home insurance policies.



Half Moon Bay Neighborhood Beach Parking Pilot Project


As you may have seen in past editions of eNews, the City began a pilot parking striping project in the neighborhood near Poplar Beach and Half Moon Bay State Beach to help alleviate beach access impacts. Throughout the year, the City has received complaints from residents near beaches regarding the impacts from visitors over the spring and summer. By defining existing parking into specific parking spaces, the City’s goal is to minimize parking impacts to those neighborhoods that typically see a large influx of visitors during the peak travel season. The increase in parking demand on these streets has led to significant overcrowding, blocking of driveways, and impeding access for emergency responders.



HMB and CAL DART Airlift Fire Relief Supplies From Santa Barbara to Eugene, Oregon


Dear CalDART members and friends:

Saturday (9/19/2020) CalDART joined forces with Angel Flight West, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Air Squadron, Direct Relief and Reach Out World Wide to transport 100,000 KN95 masks, Wildland Fire Kits, trundle beds, shampoo, hair conditioner, and a broad variety of additional items from Santa Barbara to Eugene, Oregon. The Oregon firefighters and communities surrounding Eugene will greatly benefit from our service.



Midcoast Community Council Hosted Cabrillo Unified School District B & D Candidates Forum

VIDEO. Sponsored by the Midcoast Community Council and League of Women Voters North and Central San Mateo County.



City HMB Supports Using Art as Peace Activism in the form of an Art Collage

DISCUSSION: A local resident has approached the City to request permission to temporarily place a collection of art aimed toward peace and activism. The art would be placed for roughly three-four weeks, after which time it will be presented to the United Nations as an initiative to build peace across nations.

The goal of this project is to inspire and mobilize people to use art as activism to educate and advocate for policy change. The canvas collage will be placed either in Mac Dutra Park or at the northeast corner of Main and Kelly, dependent on best location once approved.



Grant Allows Reboot for a HMB Beverage Container Redemption Program

VIDEO. In 2016, beverage container redemption closed on the Coastside.

Now it is coming back at North end of Mill in HMB!



HMB Council Introduces Amendment For No Alcohol on HMB Beaches to Be Consistent With State

VIDEO. Listen to discussion form the 9/15/2020 Half Moon Bay City Council Meeting.

After considering public comment, the Council may either: 1) waive second reading and adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 8.04 (Animal Control), Chapter 9.12 (Public Nuisances Affecting Public Peace and Safety), and Chapter 9.13 (Park Regulations) of the Half Moon Bay Municipal Code to include “Beaches” in Chapter 9.13 and add and clarify rules and regulations including the walking of dogs on leash, off-leash activities, smoking in parks and beaches, alcohol consumption in parks and the prohibition of single use plastic bottles in City-owned parks and beaches



MCC Midcoast Community Council’s (MCC) Candidate Forums for Harbor District 4

VIDEO. Sponsored by the Midcoast Community Council and League of Women Voters North and Central San Mateo County.



MCC Midcoast Community Council’s (MCC) Candidate Forums for MCC

VIDEO. Sponsored by the Midcoast Community Council and League of Women Voters North and Central San Mateo County.



Nor Cal Car Show at Ocean Beach, S.F. ~ Hot Rods, Kustoms, Lowriders and Muscle Cars

PHOTO-ESSAY by Half Moon Bay resident, Stefanie Myhre.  Nor Cal Car Shows had a show at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Sunday 9/20/2020.

Red truck would be great for drive-ins!



GCSD Burnham Park Design Outreach and Survey Results

VIDEO. Granada Community Services District (GCSD) discusses the results of their multi-platform outreach for general comment on the design at their monthly meeting by Zoom on 8/20/2020.


In Deep: Water and Sewer History, Pipes, Wells and Aquifers, Septic, Package Plants

PODCAST.  When water comes rushing out of the tap, seemingly clear and perfect, it’s easy to think we’ve got it figured out. It’s hard to imagine that the underground labyrinth that brings us drinking water, and takes away our dirty sewage, is old, crumbling and in real trouble. Quench your thirst for knowledge and drama as we dive into the strangely fascinating world of clean water. Hosted by Jed Kim, In Deep is a new podcast from American Public Media’s The Water Main.


From the Coast to the Bay the Ohlone-Portola Heritage Trail Moves Forward With the Planning Process

VIDEO.  The Ohlone-Portola Heritage Trail is reviewed by the State Parks Historical Department September, 2020.

San Mateo County Parks: Ohlone-Portola Heritage Trail Plans

An overview of the first contact between the native people of the San Francisco Peninsula and European explorers in 1769. Learn more about the effort to tell the history of the native Ohlone people who lived in the area and were instrumental in supporting the Spanish Portolá expedition



Coastside Battalion Chief David Cosgrave Gets Sixth Star For 30 Years of Service

CONGRATULATIONS VIDEO. Thank you for your service Chief Cosgrave.

On September 10, 2020, I celebrated my 30th year of serving you on the coast on the last 24 hours of my 624 hour shift by having the 6th star embroidered on my Class A dress jacket. The stars on our sleeves represent 5 years of service. Mina at Peninsula Uniforms was kind enough to film the process for me and apologized for the diminished quality of the video from her phone. I personally think it makes it more nostalgic!

~ Coastside Half Moon Bay  Battalion Chief, David Cosgrave



Other Stories

video DA Wagstaff Answers Questions About Sandra Harmon Shooting at the City Council Special Meeting
video An Alternative Bike Ped Path to the Miramar/ Medio 1 Year Closure?
video What Are Your Thoughts on Consolidating Infrastructure on the Coastside?
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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Sat. Sept 26th @ 9:00am - 12:30pm
Gotta Water Dog? 2020 World Dog Surfing Championships LIVE and WORLDWIDE

The Livestream version of the 2020 World Championships for Dog Surfing takes place in multiple live locations — bringing together dog surfing talent for charity. Dog surfers are invited to bring home the gold.

Heats for this event will be live-streamed directly by the entrants to the viewing audience and judges, and watched on Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube live, and the WDSC and TasteTV websites, reaching thousands of fans worldwide and in real-time.

The World Dog Surfing Championships is the most prestigious and all-around-fun dog surfing event in the world.

Mark your calendars! More details coming soon on how to view, when to view, partners, sponsors, and more!


Mon. Aug 28th, 2020 ~ Check Schedule for Multiple Services
Coastside Jewish Community Virtual High Holy Days Services

Join us for CJC’s 2020 Virtual High Holiday Services led by Rabbi Moshe Heyn and Sheli’ach Tzibbur Lissin Lev Chaya, with musical accompaniment by Avram Frankel. Our services have a deeply spiritual and haimish (warm, friendly, inclusive) vibe that is unique to the Coastside.


Sun. Aug 30th to Sept 27th, 2020 ~ SIGN UP TODAY!
Taste of the Coast 2020 Goes Virtual for Senior Coastsider’s Annual Fundraiser

Tickets on sale now. I bought mine! $100/ $75 for seniors.

Event: August 30 – September 27

Eat, Drink, and Make a Difference

Senior Coastsiders is partnering with local businesses to bring you a fresh spin on Taste of the Coast that supports us and benefits local businesses.

Tickets go on sale August 1st. Each ticket buys a taste or a discount at participating restaurants, wine bars, breweries, sweet shops, and more. Plus, your purchase enters you in a raffle for a chance to win great prizes!

For more information, updates on participating businesses, and ticket purchases, click here.


Mon. Oct. 5th, 2020 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm
Miramar Bridge Hwy 1 Detour CalTrans Final Striping 1-Day Work

Mario Andreini of Andreini construction says this will be the last closure for this project.


Mon. Oct. 5th, 2020 @ 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Pillar Point Harbor Surfers’ Beach Restroom, Showers and Greenspace Design Community Workshop

San Mateo County Harbor District hosts a Community Input Workshop.

The San Mateo County Harbor District is actively seeking input on the upcoming Pillar Point Harbor RV Park Public Restroom and Greenspace Project. Please join us on Monday, October 5th at 5:30pm for a Public Workshop to discuss your vision for the project, via Zoom meeting. Project information and meeting access instructions are available on the District’s website at:


Wed. Oct. 7th, 2020 @ 3:00pm - 3:45pm
After School Beginning Embroidery For Kids Ages 7-9 By GCSD Parks

GCSD Parks and Recs are offering two after school embroidery classes in the month of October. The classes are being taught by Anna Davidson, who taught third grade at El Granada Elementary for many years and introduced all her students  to the fine art of cross stitching.

The first class is for absolute beginners, ages 7-9, with the second class for advanced students, ages 9-11.  Each class is four separate sessions of forty-five minutes each, with the fee of $85. per student for all materials. Masks and social distancing will be required.


Wed. Oct. 7th, 2020 @ 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Advanced Embroidery for Kids Ages 9-11 After School By GCSD Parks

GCSD Parks and Recs are offering two after school embroidery classes in the month of October. The classes are being taught by Anna Davidson, who taught third grade at El Granada Elementary for many years and introduced all her students  to the fine art of cross stitching.

The first class is for absolute beginners, ages 7-9, with the second class for advanced students, ages 9-11.  Each class is four separate sessions of forty-five minutes each, with the fee of $85. per student for all materials. Masks and social distancing will be required.


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.
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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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.

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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


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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