August 6th, 2020



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An Alternative Bike Ped Path to the Miramar/ Medio 1 Year Closure?

PHOTO-ESSAY. A new possible path for the Coastal Trail DETOUR…

Should the Miramar / Medio bridge be rebuilt with Sea Level rise and Coastal Bluff Erosion?

More on the Miramar/Medio Bridge Closure on Coastside Buzz

What about a Bike/Ped bath bridge parallel to the west side of the Hwy 1?  Have a look at the pictures below.



San Mateo County: $100-$500 Fines Now Possible for Violating Health Orders for Refusing to Wear Face Covering

The adopted penalty structure draws distinctions between individuals and non-commercial entities, and commercial entities where violations jeopardize the health of both employees and customers.

Individuals can receive a $100 fine for the first violation, $200 for the second and $500 for additional violations with the same year.

Commercial entities risk a minimum fine of $250 and a maximum of $3,000 per violation depending on the gravity of the health risk, prior warnings and any good faith efforts to comply. Enforcement officers must personally observe an individual’s violation but can also receive a credible report for a business.


HMB Planning Introduces First Part of City’s Land Use Plan Draft

VIDEO. Half Moon Bay Planning Meeting on 7/28/2020.


  1. A LOCAL COASTAL LAND USE PLAN STUDY SESSION Receive a presentation from staff on the final draft Land Use Plan (LUP) Update; Hold a public comment forum; Conduct a discussion and provide direction to staff.

PROJECT PLANNER(S): Jill Ekas, Community Development Director & Brittney Cozzolino, Associate Planner.



Wet Weather Storage or Pumps? Cost vs Risk for 10 Year, 6 Hour Storm

VIDEO.  On April 13, 2020, the Board approved the design for the Wet Weather Storage Facility Expansion Project (“WWSFE Project”) and authorized staff to advertise the notice for bids.

The bids were received on May 29, 2020 and the apparent lowest responsive bidder was priced at $1,339,500, which was greater than Staff’s estimated cost.

The WWSFE Project meets the terms of the settlement agreement with the RWQCB associated with prior spills in SAM’s service area, and failure to approve the WWSFE Project will mean SAM has an obligation to pay a fine of $300,000 to the Regional Board.



Opening Up Downtown HMB for Outdoor Dining Piloting August 21st-23rd


At the City of Half Moon Bay’s 7/29/2020 Parks and Recs Commission meeting, Parks Director, Eddie Behle, presents the latest on the City’s Outdoor Dining Pilot Project for downtown Half Moon Bay. In a Main Street survey of all businesses, restaurant’s first choice was to close Main Street. Many stores preferred East Kelly, by Mac Dutra Park, has been closed before for Concerts in the Park.

Have listen to the thoughtful details…



School’s Out, Forever!

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez

Angry Schoolmarm Betsy DeVos is going to have to get a bigger ruler, because children and scientists keep disobeying and proving her wrong. The evidence has been piling up that reopening schools is the Wrong Choice, and this past week it became a tidal wave.



Midcoast Community Council and Connect the Coastside Transportation Study Session

The Study Session will record the community observations, questions, and ideas generated by community members review of Connect the Coastside.

The minutes of this meeting will be posted for review on Monday August 3 and submitted to the San Mateo County Planning Department on August 5. Minutes will include the meeting Chat Record and the online summary phrase for each comment.



Anthem for the Pandemic

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez

Turn on your speakers…  You’ll have to watch twice to catch all the humor.



Student Internet Access? City of HMB, Boys and the Girls Club, CUSD and HMB Library Working Together

VIDEO. At the City of Half Moon Bay’s 7/29/2020 Parks and Recs Commission meeting, Parks Director, Eddie Behle presents the latest on the cooperation with CUSD, the new HMB Library and the Coastside Girls and the Boys Club.

City is coordinating with Boys and Girls Club’s Director, Jill Jacobsen to make sure every student has internet access.



City of Half Moon Bay is on EPA’s “Green Power Community Top 100” Lists


The Earth Year theme for August is Energy – and we’re very excited to let you know some great news about the City’s and the community’s ongoing efforts to increase green energy usage. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted their newest Green Power Community top 100 lists and Half Moon Bay made the cut!

We ranked at #71 for total annual green power usage at 12,218,561 kWh, and #38 for percentage of green power at 21.8%.

A big thank you and congratulations to all our residents and business who are committed to helping our community achieve our clean energy goals!



What Does it Take to Demolish the BeBe at Pillar Point Harbor? $35k

PHOTO-ESSSAY. Who pays?  San Diego Boat Movers, Leland Parsons, still loves his job at 80 years old, told me a pretty good story today at the boat ramps at Pillar Point Harbor.

There once was a crab and salmon fisherman who needed to buy a new fishing boat. Turns out salmon and crab licenses are attached to the boat, not the person, and so the fisherman could not fish for salmon or crab without finding a boat that had salmon and crab licenses attached.Unwelding The BE-BE. Bye-bye BE-BE.

Enter the BE-BE. The Captain of the BE-BE was done fishing. The BE-BE had to be demolished…but it had salmon and crab licenses attached. The fisherman bought the BE-BE for her licenses and transferred them to his new boat.



Update. City-Wide Wi-Fi? And a Redundant Fiber Loop for the Coastside?

VIDEO. Have a listen to some longterm goals.
The County is trying buses as giant routers at Moonridge. 
The City of HMB attends the meeting with the joint powers San Mateo Cable and Telecommunications (SAMCAT) joint powers group with the goal of universal internet access for everyone on the Coast.
Matthew Chidester, Deputy City Manager of Half Moon Bay, gives the update for a longterm plan at the 7/29/2020 Parks and Recs Commission meeting.



Other Stories

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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DEADLINE TOMORROW!  Fri. Aug 7th @ 5:00pm
HMB City Council Nomination Period CLOSES 

NOTICE.  Interested in running for City Council? Here are some things for you to know!

– To be eligible to run, candidates must be registered voters within the district with an open seat

– In 2018, the City of HMB switched from at large elections to district elections, which begin with the November 3, 2020 Election

– Nomination period runs from July 13, 2020 – August 7, 2020. The pulling and filing of candidate papers will be done virtually by appointment only

– Districts 2 & 3 will have an election in 2020 and Districts 1 & 4 will vote in 2022, al

ong with an elected mayor

– Candidate Orientation will be held in late August


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!


Tues. Aug 11th @ 6:00pm to 9:00pm
5 Years in the Making: HMB Local Coastal Land Use Plan Study Session on Final Draft LCLUP

Local Coastal Land Use Plan (LCLUP) Update – Planning Commission Study Session on Final Draft LCLUP.

The Half Moon Bay Planning Commission will hold another online study session on the final draft of the Local Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) update. I encourage you to join the Commission online for this important study session:

When: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM (please note: meeting starts 1 hour earlier than usual)


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


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.


Fri. July 10th to Sun. Aug. 9th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Two New Exhibits Open at Sanchez Art ~ Woven Visions and Pathways & Journeys

Now that California has added art galleries to the list of businesses that may re-open, we are delighted to announce that new exhibitions will open on Friday, July 10, 1–5pm.

During the opening and for all gallery visits thereafter, safety protocols for the health and well-being of visitors, volunteers, and staff will include physical distancing and limiting the number of people in the galleries; a short wait outside may therefore be required.

We are delighted to welcome back to our East Gallery the Loom & Shuttle Guild, presenting 20/20: Woven Visions, an exhibition of handcrafted and handwoven textile artworks.


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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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.

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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
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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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