August 13th, 2020



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Surprise! Surprise! Another CalTrans Painted Crosswalk at Miramar Drive

VIDEO.  This afternoon, CalTrans released a press release regarding a Wed. 8/26/2020 meeting to present a proposal for a painted-on crosswalk installation at Hwy 1 and Miramar Drive.


Wed. 8/26/20204:00pm to 5:30pm   Join the Webex Meeting



It came from CalTran with NO warning to County; “a complete surprise”, said Supervisor Horsley’s aide, Chris Hunter.

CalTran never even discussed this possibility at any Connect the Coastside Meeting, over the last year.

Chris believes, like the Moss Beach painted cross walk that just appreared with no coordination with the County, that CalTrans responded to a local resident’s complaint for safety.



Do You Depend on a Medical Device? Peninsula Clean Energy Can Offer Backup Solutions for PG&E PSPS

FREE ENERGY PROGRAM.  PG&E fire Public Safety Power Shutoffs are coming. If  you know someone that relies on power to survive, give these guys a call.

This program is specifically geared to residents who rely on medical devices that require energy. If you would like additional information about how the program works or the collaboration please contact Casey at or 650-726-9056.

Are you prepared for the next public safety power shutoff? 



SMCO Heath Officer Scott Morrow Tells State They Misdiagnosed Our Current Closure

I wish to apologize to all the businesses that were closed this week.  I am not supportive of these actions and, for San Mateo County, I believe they are misdirected and will cause more harm than good.  This action is a bit like looking for your lost keys under a streetlight even though you lost them miles away.  If you have read my previous statements, you know I put great import on balance.  We have to minimize spread while not destroying everything else in the process.



CV-19: When You Hate To Be Correct…

We’ve been saying for weeks that the U.S. wasn’t ready to re-open schools.  The virus isn’t controlled.  Rapid testing isn’t widely available – and what good are test results a week later?  Testing in the U.S. is a bad joke – finding a week-old case of the virus does almost no good at all in stopping the spread, and our inflated test counts are meaningless.   We explained that most of the U.S. was still out of control in July, and called it slow motion manslaughter.  Then we detailed the evidence from six (6) countries which detailed the outbreaks caused by schools being opened.  Part of that last article was an analysis from researchers at University of Texas at Austin , which forecast that over 80% of the counties in the U.S. would have at least one infected person show up in a school of 500 students.



Opportunity to Serve Your Community: Red Cross Shelter Worker

American Red Cross is looking for people who would be interested in being a Shelter Worker.

This is an in-person opportunity to volunteer in a Red Cross shelter before, during and/or after a disaster event this wildfire season.

Shelter Workers complete tasks necessary for shelter operations and aid with disaster clients within a shelter which may include working in reception, registration, feeding, or other areas within a shelter.


Half Moon Bay Coastside History Overview Video with Dave Cresson

VIDEO.    An overview of the history of Half Moon Bay and the Coastside. Intended for future docents of the Half Moon Bay Coastside History Museum. Presented by Dave Cresson at the Johnston House on May 5, 2018. Video production by Liane Brookhart of Liane’s Lens.


EV’s Getting MUCH Better…

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez

Remember my article on electric vehicles getting better? Now we have a Mercedes Benz concept car with 700km (434 mi) range that recharges in ~15 mins, with 469 HP, and drives sideways…  Not much of a trunk, though it seats 4.



The PARCA Remarkable Challenge Aug. 28th to Nov. 14th, 2020

INVITATION. A whole new way to run the race and participate in the PARCA fundraiser.  Do the run all at once, or spread it out.

Great opportunity for PE with your kids and well as raising awareness and compassion for others.



Are We Still Having Fun?

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez

It’s better to laugh than to cry.

Better still: VOTE!



Other Stories

video An Alternative Bike Ped Path to the Miramar/ Medio 1 Year Closure?
video What Are Your Thoughts on Consolidating Infrastructure on the Coastside?
links and maps Who is Running on the Coastside? Almost 30 Candidate Opening for More Than 12 Public Agencies
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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ZOOM TONIGHT ~ Thur. Aug 13th @ 7:00pm
CUSD Covid Survey: 81.12% Respond ~ 3,152 Total Students; 2557 Respond


Agenda Packet and ZOOM link for Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) Meeting for 8/13/2020 at 7:00pm

CUSD Survey (English speaking):

67% Hybrid, 24% Remote, 7% Independent, 2% Not Returning

CUSD Survey (Spanish speaking):

52% Hybrid, 41% Remote, 8% Independent, 0% Not Returning


Tues. Aug 18th @ 7:00pm to 9:00pm
HMB City Council: Law Update, Budget Update, Mask Fines?, BLM on City Parking Lot

  • Annual law enforcement update
  • RHNA – Regional Housing Needs Assessment
  • Presentation from Pillar Point Harbor
  • Budget and Financial Update (Transient Occupancy Tax and Sales Tax)
  • Mask ordinance?  $100 fine?
  • Midcoast Community Council Update (Medio/Miramar Bridge)
  • BLM painted on the City of Half Moon Bay parking lot


Tues. Aug 25th @ 9:00am to 3:00pm
NEXT COVID-19 Testing at Cunha Intermediate School 8/25 and 9/1/2020

COVID-19 testing will be available at Cunha Intermediate School intermittently, on some Tuesdays, from 9:00am – 3:00p.m. through Project Baseline.

Moving forward, it appears testing in HMB will continue 2 Tuesdays on and 2 Tuesdays off for the foreseeable future. Testing appointments open 72 hours in advance so for Tuesdays, that means anyone can sign-up starting the prior Saturday. But the trick is that more appointments are released from Saturday right up to the day of, so if at first one doesn’t succeed they should keep trying.      Stay tuned!


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.


Sat.-Mon. Sept. 5, 6, 7th, 2020 @ 10:00am to 4:00pm
Kings Mountain VIRTUAL Art Fair Labor Day Weekend: Sept. 5th, 6th and 7th


57th Annual Kings Mountain Art Fair – Virtual in 2020

One of the top fine art fairs in Northern California featuring original art by independent artists.


Labor Day Weekend

September 5, 6, and 7 (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)

10 am – 4 pm (PDT)


Online in 2020


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

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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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 ~ 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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