January 14th , 2021



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State Labor Violation: Castillo Seed Co. Has Not Paid Workers On Time in Six Months

PRESS RELEASE. From the San Mateo County Farmworker Affairs Coalition (FAC) meeting Friday, January 8th, 2021 held via Zoom. FAC members reported that Castillo Seed Company who rents space in the former Bay City Flower Nursery from Oso Vega, an agricultural services company focused on hemp, are now over two pay periods behind in paying their agricultural workers. 


Formation of Special Committee to Investigate Future Options for SAM

VIDEO. From Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) meeting 1/11/2021.

“One-Water” ~ Sewer and water on the Coastside in the next 40 years.

Can SAM become a water company?


Why Are Microgrids With Smaller Wastewater Treatment Plants Essential for Sustainable Community Survival?

WHITE PAPER. By Rinaldo Veseliza, Environmental Architect.

I live in Half Moon Bay, a beautiful small town on the Pacific Coast of California. It needs help in  staying sustainable when attracting tourists, growing organic crops and raising healthy children. As an Environmental Architect I am concerned about many aspects of our living environment which needs  to be improved for our community to survive and thrive. The impact of Sewage is one of the least  talked about issues which threatens our community, so let’s talk about it!


SMCo Harbor District Has Submitted 9 Grants Worth $4, 510,985 During Covid 2020

VIDEO. From the Pillar Point Harbor District Special meeting 1/5/2021. Presentation by California Consulting Grant Writing Services‘s Jaimie Lewis.


Room by Room Video Tour Tells Story of Multi-Cultural Johnston Family Home in HMB

VIDEO.  Take a video tour of the Johnston house!  Gail Stevens, Half Moon Bay History Association and Johnston House docent, takes us through the house room by room, telling its story and the story of the people who lived there. A guided glimpse into the past, mid 19th century, through the home of a multi-cultural, multi-lingual leading family on the Coastside.  Tour conducted by Gail Stevens in August 2020.


Miramar Residents Want the Medio/Miramar Bridge Replaced in 2021

The MCC meeting reviewing the Mirada Bridge project was last night Wednesday 1/13/2021.  Pat Tierney sent out the well thought out email below recently.  It is informative for people trying to decide how to support a resolution.

Many people are not aware of these events and the topics.  ~ Alec Hogg, Miramar resident


Half Moon Bay Poplar Annual Beach Parking Passes Are Now Available for $165 and $90

PRESS RELEASE.  Annual parking passes are now available!
In addition to the annual permit, this year the City introduces a new 9-month permit which runs from September through May.
Applications can be found on our website or by calling 650-726-8283.

  • The annual (12-month) permit is $165 and will run January through December.
  • The 9-month permit is $90 and runs September through May (excludes peak summer months)


San Mateo County Health Explains Their Three Tier Covid-19 Vaccination Program: Tier 1 Heathcare Workers, Long Term Care Residents

PRESS RELEASE. A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important interventions to end the COVID-19 pandemic. In active partnership with the state and federal government, San Mateo County Health is committed to being transparent, careful, and above all, equitable in providing COVID-19 vaccines to everyone who needs and requests vaccination.


Local Minimum Wage is $15/Hour in Half Moon Bay Effective January, 1st 2021

PRESS RELEASE.  Effective January 1, 2021, Half Moon Bay’s local minimum wage of $15.00/hour applies to all businesses operating within the geographic boundaries of the city of Half Moon Bay, for any employee working two or more hours per week. An employer may not use tips, or fringe benefits such as health insurance, vacation, sick leave, of other benefits to offset or use as a credit toward the employer’s obligation to pay the City’s minimum wage.


COVID-19 Update: Vaccination, Distribution, and Its Complications

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Bruce Laird —

What’s Going On Here?

If you want to track progress of shipments to, and administration of doses by different states, Bloomberg has put up a good vaccination tracker: “More Than xxx Million Shots Given: Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker.” at As of Jan. 11, 2021


“My Water Quality” Program Offers Tools Asking “Is It Safe to Swim in Our Waters?”

LINK. To the State of California Water Quality Monitoring Program’s “My Water Quality” webpage.

Beach water quality monitoring and strong pollution prevention measures are critical for protecting beach goers from waterborne diseases.

Monitoring is performed by city and county health agencies, publicly owned sewage treatment plants, other dischargers, environmental groups and numerous citizen-monitoring groups.


Other Stories

protest What Happens If SFPUC Watershed Keepers Lose Their Sheriff Powers and Have to Use 911 in a Fire?
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. Friday, Jan. 15th - 21st, 2021
Fire Trucks, Fire and Flames ~ Live Fire Training & Helicopter Film Crew at Half Moon Bay Airport


Live Fire Training & Helicopter Film Crew at Half Moon Bay Airport.

It’s that time of year again.

The County Airports staff and SFO Fire Department will again be conducting live-fire training at Half Moon Bay Airport (HAF) on January 18-20, 2021.

The north transient ramp at HAF will be closed January 15-21, 2021.

Fire trucks, flames, and smoke will be visible at HAF during the training exercises.

The training will be conducted by Industrial Emergency Council (IEC) using its self-contained mobile simulated (propane) fire trainer.


NEW. Thursday, Jan. 21st, 2021, 6:30pm 
City of Half Moon Bay Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) Meetings

The Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) consists of 10 appointed members who advise the City Council, Planning Commission, and Parks and Recreation Commission regarding development, maintenance, and implementation of the City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan and Bicycle and Pedestrian Design Guidelines.



NEW. Saturday, Jan. 30th, 2021, 10:00am to 5:00pm 
Sunari Lifestyle Outdoor Market at Moon Mother’s Nursery in Pillar Point Harbor

Featuring Yoga Streetwear, Boho Style Hat Collection, Vintage Kantha Quilts, Upcycled Totes and more….

Sunari Lifestyle is Popping Up Outdoor Market Style!

Come shop the line of Sunari Yoga Streetwear, Upcycled Canvas bags, Kantha Quilts and Boho Boutique Hats!

Featuring NEW Watering cans for decor or watering the garden and NEW linen aprons!


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.



REPEAT. 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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Residential and Commercial Repair, Service and Installation

Owner Mike Barbieri ~ Owner operated in business since 1993.

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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
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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


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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!


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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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