April 23rd, 2020



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No Late Fees Charged by Montara Sewer and Water District

VIDEO.  No late fees, but do call the office to negotiate a payment you may not be able to pay during the pandemic.

  • (650) 728-3545




Surfers Beach Pilot Project Update: Dredging, Beach Replenishment and Eel Grass

VIDEO.     Presentation (Moren) Approve a proposal from consultant Damitz for an amount not to exceed $64,500, and increase the Capital Expenditure Appropriations by the same, to complete project management and long-term permitting work associated with the Surfers Beach Restoration Pilot Project and authorize General Manager to amend the contract for such work.



Governor Newsom’s Executive Order Stops Water Shutoff for Lack of Payment

VIDEO.  To be clear, MSWD, for a decade, has NOT shut water off for any customer for non-payment as MSWD sees water as a health and safety issue. We will work with anyone and everyone to come up with a payment plan during this crisis and afterwards.

~ Clemens Heldmaier, General Manager, MSWD



HMB Battalion Chief Cosgrave’s 5th Coronavirus Message

Thank you, Coastsiders!

Firefighters, Medics, Sheriffs, and Harbor Patrol are the usual suspects when you think of first responders and of course we continue to serve, but COVID-19 has evoked a much broader citizen response as so many of you have taken individual actions big and small to help our community stay safe, healthy, and resilient.  Coastside generosity, ingenuity, kindness, and compassion are evident everywhere – giving us hope, supporting public health, and literally putting food on local tables. We thank you!



Commercial Fisherman Todd Korth Describes How the Docks Might Open by Salmon Season

VIDEO. During General Comment Todd Korth commented remotely by phone.

Meet Todd Korth’s  “Safer Than Safeway Game Plan” to allow direct to consumer dock sales. The docks are safer than Safeway.  There will be social distancing, gloves, masks and sanitizer, our in the open air.

He asserts that the wholesale fisherman are anti-competitive and corrupt and adversarial to the commercial direct to consumer fisherman.

May 5th is opening for Salmon Season. Buy American fish off Pillar Point docks, not the Safeway freezer section.

He asked the commissioners “What is your plan for us”~ Todd Korth



Resource Conservation District (RCD) Pillar Point Harbor Water Quality Update and Proposal

REPORTS. San Mateo Resource Conservation District Pillar Point Harbor Water Quality Update and Proposal for Continued Assistance;

Presentation (Moren) Authorize the General Manager to enter into a contract not to exceed the amount of $300,000, for a period of 3 years, with the San Mateo Resource Conservation District to continue their work monitoring water quality at Pillar Point Harbor, identifying sources of contamination and suggesting ideas to mitigate them.



Mayor’s Letter: Face Coverings, CENSUS 2020, Earth Year, Resources

LETTER. Dear Half Moon Bay Community (Para ver esta carta en español, oprime aquí​),
I hope everyone is doing well. I’m becoming somewhat more acclimated to this new normal of ours – I hope you’re also getting more comfortable with the changes in how we live our lives. It’s not easy to change life-long habits, but let’s remember that by staying home, we’re protecting health care workers and others working on the front lines. Our efforts in staying home and practicing social distancing remain critically important– we all play a part. If anyone wants to chat, please reach out to me – I’m happy to chat via email or give you a phone call. I want you to know that I’m here for you.



Big Wave Risk Assessment Training (BWRAG) for Big Wave Surfers in 2020?

Big Wave Risk Assessment Group 2020 Half Moon Bay Training Summit (Moren)

Recommend the Board consider the attached proposal from Big Wave Risk Assessment Group (BWRAG), and if the Board chooses to do so, direct the General Manager to enter into a Professional Services Agreement with BWRAG for a sponsorship fee of $20,000 for a professional two day water safety and emergency first-aid training summit.



Marriage Prep 101: Virtual Workshops on Love and Marriage

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP for engaged, newlywed and seriously dating couples.

I know, these times are tough right now… I am hearing a lot of my couples struggle with being cooped up together, and the relationship issues they had before only get amplified under stress.

It is important for couples to learn the skills we teach, especially during these times. So we have decided to teach our next workshop over a new platform so that couples can still attend. For the first time and possibly the last time, we are going to hold our May 8 & 9th Marriage Prep 101 Workshop virtually via Zoom! This means you can join us from the comfort of your own home, from anywhere in the U.S.!



City HMB Special Finance Committee ~ Addressing $6 Million Income Shortfall

Link includes the presentation PowerPoint.

In accordance with the San Mateo County Health Officer’s March 16, 2020 and March 31, 2020 Shelter-In-Place Orders and Governor Newsom’s Executive Order No-29-20, this will be a teleconference meeting without a physical location to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This meeting will be conducted entirely by remote participation, in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 allowing for deviation of teleconference rules required by the Ralph M. Brown Act.



CUSD Approves To Update 40 Year Old Communication System with Comcast

VIDEO. Staff asking board to replace phone system moving to commercial grade fiber optic speed and VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol).

Every classroom will have a phone, now; better for 911 emergencies.

Every school will have backup batteries.



Want to Sample Water for Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF)?

INVITATION.   Three sites are currently being tested every week: San Pedro Creek (Linda Mar), San Vicente Creek (Fitzgerald Marine Reserve), and the Capistrano Outflow (north side of Barbara’s Fish Trap, across from Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.). We hope to add more locations as we gain more trained volunteers for the program.



Virtual Museums, Cirque de Soleil and Exercise Classes, Plus Fraud and Farm Food Delivery

RESOURCES from Village of the Coastside (VOTC).

Dear Members,

I hope you’re enjoying our ideas for diversions, entertainments and shopping. Any resources we can share with each other may be important to someone else, so please share yours.  Follow, post, comment on the VOTC Facebook page! This month we are promoting our Coastside GIves Fundraiser on May 7th.  Like our posts on Facebook! Pass it on to your friends!

This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat.  It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house and told my dog…we laughed a lot.”



Kim Prather, UCSD Atmospheric Chemist, on Viral Aerosol Reach on Land and Water

ARTICLE.    Hope everyone is laying low and staying healthy. Warning: this is a long post that addresses many questions and conversations I have had over the past week on topics that are very important to many right now.

We are all experiencing and adapting to unprecedented times right now. My week was made even crazier by being re-taught the meaning of “out of context”. For those who read it, the LA Times article with subsequent twists made by additional media outlets was a major disappointment — and caused some people extra angst which is not needed right now.


Other Stories

link COVID-19 Primer: Tracking the Latest Scientific Research Every 24 Hours
video Connect the Coastside: Overall Vision for Transportation on the Midcoast
article/map San Mateo County Proposes Acquiring 540 Acres Tunitas Creek, East Hwy 1
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
video Interested in Scheduling Virtual Public Meeting Training for Your Agency?
article My Census Experience Was Super Easy! Have You Done It Yet?
article  Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like 
Sewer Rate Adjustments Coming to Pay for Old Infrastucture
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 Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day
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?
own voice InPerspective: Driving In Circles?
video Census 2020 Participation is Critical for Funding Everything
video How Does China Sword Affect Allied Waste’s Diversion Rates?
video Census Assistance Outreach at the Farmers Market in HMB, Pescadero and Pacifica
links Roundabouts? 16th, Cypress, California…..Moss Beach, Montara and HWY 92/35?
video Debbie Ruddock Sees Non-Occupancy Short Term Rentals as Armageddon
article Did You Know There is a Road From El Granada Blvd. to Milbrae?
video Got Hearing Loss? Check Out ClearCaptions: See Every Conversation. It’s FREE.
video Harbor Village RV Park Plans Tabled Unanimously by SMCo Planning
video AB 1672 Will Redefine the Marketing of “Flushable” Wipes

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Sat. April 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thriving Together: A Health & Wellness Webinar Benefit for Pacifican Cares


Let’s come together and join digital hands as a community around our health and wellness.

Bring a hot cup of tea, favorite snack or beverage, while exploring integrative solutions for living well in difficult times.

We are a panel of health and wellness providers who frequently work together and are offering this event in appreciation and in service to our communities.

Our intent is to invite you to join us for a morning of learning self care tools to support the health and wellbeing of you and of those you love. We will be sharing tools and recommendations to handle stress, as well as, general preventative health and wellness practices from a variety of disciplines.


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.


Sat. April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Calling All “Members of the Tribe”


On Saturday, April 25th at 7:00 pm, the Coastside Jewish Community is hosting an online gathering for the 400+ Jewish residents on the Coastside!
It will be an enlightening and entertaining encounter featuring celebrities and notable Coastsiders along with live music, Jewish humor, local trivia and a few words from our beloved rabbi and board members.
Bring the mishpacha for this rare chance to meet and shmooze with your fellow Coastside yiden.
What’ll it cost you? Bupkes! In other words, it’s free but registration is required to prevent anti-Semites from crashing the party.
Register here for a unique code that will allow you to join us on April 25 at 7pm.


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 must 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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