May 28th, 2020



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GCSD Parks and Recs: Jetty Skate Ramp Covid-19 Update; Figuring It Out

VIDEO and PLAN.   I rarely post from personal perspective, but since I am on the Granada Community Services District Parks and Recs Committee, I will today. I participated in a GCSD meeting, yesterday 5/21/2020, 7:30 pm by Zoom. I, personally love Zoom as you can see every face talking to you. Remote participation is sooo much easier, and just as effective.  Next meeting, June we will get all those interested in the skate ramp to Zoom the GCSD meeting and show them how much you need it open.



Should the San Mateo Harbor District Defer Rent or Forgive Rent for Berthers?

VIDEO. San Mateo County Harbor District Meeting on 5/20/2020.

Shelter in place from April 1st to June 3oth has made everyone in the harbor vulnerable. Harbor district discussed whether to defer or forgive.

Many agencies allowing deferral of rents pay for a year, but they are not forgiveness.  25 berthers have asked for forgiveness.

Have a listen to the discussion and the decision.




City of HMB Discusses The BID: Business Improvement District and Loss of TOT Transient Occupancy Tax

VIDEO. TOT is the lifeblood of HMB. The BID can help. Presented at 5/19/2020 City of Half Moon Bay’s City Council meeting.


1) approve the Half Moon Bay Hotel Business Improvement District Annual Report for 2019;

2) adopt a resolution declaring the City’s intention to continue the Half Moon Bay Hotel Business Improvement District, to continue the basis and to levy the assessment for the District, and to set a date (June 16, 2020) for the public hearing on the District and the assessment for FY 2020-21; and

3) consider a $40,000 funding request to be included in the FY 2020-21 Recommended Budget.




Mayor Adam Eisen Letter: State vs County Orders, Cigarette Butts Grant, Pride Month

I am pleased to report that our Sustainability Division has secured a 2020 Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant. The City of Half Moon Bay is being granted $10,000 to install cigarette butt recycling receptacles and some accompanying education on how to recycle and properly dispose of cigarette butts, 200 pocket ashtrays, and 200 portable auto ashtrays for distribution. Congrats to our sustainability team!




SAM Collection Contract Services Draft Budget Review with CCWD, GCSD and MSWD

Know where you poop goes on the Coastside?
1. All Agencies will now have a minimum of 50% of their lines cleaned on an annual basis.

2. Total costs were calculated including services for Line Cleaning, Lift Station Routine Maintenance, FOG Inspections (where applicable), Hot Spot Cleaning, Emergency Response, USA Markings, Reporting and Related Meetings.




Remote Meetings Allow Public Agencies to Reach New Internet Audience ~ Get Involved From Your Armchair!


Five years ago I had the idea that the internet audience wouldn’t show up to public meetings, ever, but they might participate remotely.

I hate going to meetings. When I discovered you can watch the meeting from home, streaming through Pacific Coast TV, I was happy to sit and watch meetings.  I was even happier to realize I could watch the rerun of the meetings on PCTV’s You Tube Channel.

I now actually love our Coastside public agency meetings. They are technically fascinating between juggling law, finance, pandemics, water and sewer systems …. The amount of work that goes into the background of our lives is literally mind-boggling.  There is also the occasional drama which keeps things interesting from a human perspective.




New Covid-19 Pillar Point Harbor Boat Ramp Rules: One Vehicle, One Vessel, Social Distancing

NOTICE.    These are the rules that *will* apply after Pillar Point Harbor opens. That won’t happen until after the County Health Officer removes the 11am-5pm beach and park closure, from the Harbor Commission meeting on Wed, May 20th.

~ From MCC’s Dave Olsen. Thanks for the clarification.

Modified Boat Launch Rules are as follows:

  • One Vehicle on Ramp at a Time
  • One Vessel Launching at a Time
  • Remain in Your Vehicle While Waiting to Launch
  • Maintain Social Distancing at All Times

Please note that annual launch ramp passes will also be extended by the number of months the ramps were closed.




City HMB Youth Waves of Strength Art Contest: What Does Strength Look Like to You?

VIDEO and KID’s ART. We all need this.  33 entries were received from the Youth on the Coast.

Enjoy how our Coastside Youth are interpreting this time.



HMB Sustainability Marches Forward Even With Covid ~ Earth Year, Website Resources, Grants, Disposable Foodware

Show us how you’re reducing your carbon footprint at home and enter to win a $100 to use with Coastmates Delivery services, sponsored by Republic Services!* The credit can be used for hot delivery services, produce box deliveries or a combination of the two! Credits do not need to be used all at once and can be spread out to multiple orders.



Have You Heard of the Old Historic Colma Road for Hiking, Biking and Bird Watching?

Historic Old Colma Road is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Montara, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.



InPerspective: It’s Getting Dark (Humor)… More From the Pandemic

OWN VOICE ~ InPerspective by Gregg Diegez.

Mr. Dieguez is a semi-successful, semi-retired MIT entrepreneur who causes occasional controversy in the Coastside. He lives in Montara. He loves to respond to comments.


Charmin TP Commercial Frustrates the Sewer Authority Mid-Coast Board

VIDEO. Public Service Announcement from Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM).

SAM Director, Rick Lohman, speaks to the “flushable wipes” problem.


It costs SAM a lot of labor hours fixing machine parts that are built for dissolvable Toilet Paper.

Read below about AB 1672 which will redefine the marketing of “Flushable” Wipes.


My Census Experience Was Super Easy! Have You Done It Yet?

12 questions, 10 minutes. The more people who do the census on the Coastside, the more money we will get from the federal government.

  • How many people were living or staying in this house?
  • Were there any additional people?
  • Is this house, apartment, or mobile home …
  • What is your telephone number?
  • What is Person 1’s name?


WSJ The Future of Everything ~ Did You Know Viruses Shaped Our Genome?


Dead or Alive, Viruses are Everywhere, and Here to Stay

Viruses are ubiquitous, found in every crevice on earth.

Some, like SARS CoV 2, can end up killing their hosts.

But researchers credit ancient viruses with helping us form long term memories.

As parts of the world reopen for business, we consider how these little packets of genetic material are not just our enemy, but helped us to evolve.

Viruses, it turns out, shaped our genome, and will like be part of our evolutionary future.  5/8/2020.


SAM Primary Digester Cleaning Complete: First Cleaning in 20 Years

VIDEO and POWERPOINT.  They are using the backup digester, in the mean time.   Watch remotely. Comments and questions by email.Agendas and Zoom Links SAM Meeting Videos via Pacific Coast TV.   Regular Board Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7:00pm.


Other Stories

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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TONIGHT!   Thur. May 28th @ 7:00pm to 8:30pm
*VIRTUAL* Author Series: Gabrielle Jimenez, LVN, Soft Landing

Part of our FREE series of readings and discussions by leading writers about end of life, dying, and grief.

In her first book, Gabby writes about her experience going back to school in her 40s to become a nurse – and finding her passion for end-of-life care. She shares stories and lessons from her patients, and describes the art of dying with kindness and compassion. Gabby blogs at

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register at least 60 minutes in advance to receive the login info needed to join the event.


Sat. May 30th @ 10:30am to 12:00pm
San Mateo County Hosts Connect the Coastside; An Overview Meeting 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,


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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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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