October 29nd, 2020



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Arson Wildfire at Pillar Point Bluffs Near Mavericks Beach

PHOTO-ESSAY. Cathy Burton Taylor caught the fire from her office with her camera. Thanks Cathy!

Coastside Battalion Chief, David Cosgrave, at the scene.

The Big Heavy Fire truck attacked the fire from the top.

From Coastside Buzz Facebook Post 10/27/2020 @ 2:30pm:

“White smoke means CalFire is getting water on the wild fire.
Fire caused by pampas grass peace sign arson.
Suspect in custody.
Fire contained.”
Thank you Kent Taylor for listening to the fire scanner.


The Biology of Ageing and Our Body’s Readiness for COVID-19

VIDEO.  As the world waits anxiously for a vaccine that will protect against the novel coronavirus, questions remain about the mechanisms and effectiveness of anticipated vaccines, especially for older adults. To understand the potential of COVID-19 vaccines for older adults, we must first understand how the immune system ages and how this impacts vaccine effectiveness. This free, one-hour webinar explored:

  • Why the immune system is key to vaccine effectiveness
  • What we know about how the human immune system ages
  • How has a geroscience-perspective advanced our understanding of the aging immune system
  • What we have learned (and have not learned) about the immune system and aging from animal models in the lab and human trials
  • What our understanding of shingles, flu and pneumonia vaccines tells us about challenges for COVID-19 vaccines


Beware of Good News

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez —

In what may be no surprise to many of you, you’re going to hear of a government study shortly that makes it sound like airplane travel will be relatively safe. My advice: Beware of Good News.

Thanks to Bruce Laird and Dan Goodspeed for their initiatives which spurred this article.
Images: most will enlarge for improved readability in a new window when you click on them.

The results of the Air Force Transcom/DARPA-sponsored aircraft aerosol measurement experiments are now published: US Transportation Command,DARPA, and Air Mobility Command, “TRANSCOM/AMC Commercial Aircraft Cabin Aerosol Dispersion Tests.” Final Report posted 15 Oct 2020.


Abundant Grace’s Farm to Table Event Zoomed to Raise $36k With 80 People Attending

VIDEO. If you have never heard of Abundant Grace, you will want to learn more.

If you are feeling a bit low, what with the pandemic, this video will give you a place for the hope that burns in all of us.

The virtual Farm to Table event took place Sunday, 10/25/2020.


Down with Eucalyptus!

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez —

It’s either them or us. It’s time to end the bureaucratic roadblocks to our homes, insurance, and evacuation safety. And it turns out, the County has had evidence since 2011 that this is also the correct ENVIRONMENTAL thing to do.

We are not alone in our concerns about eucalyptus dangers, as it turns out.   San Diego has undertaken a project for years to address the same risks we now face, and provides valuable Lessons Learned in this slide show

We have already documented in prior Buzz articles: the fire danger from eucalyptus “Hanging Fire: Eucalyptus Crown Fires and El Granada“, and techniques for removal “The Root of the Problem: Eucalyptus“.


Ghosts on the Coast ~ Do You Have a Coastal Ghost Story? Let Us Know!

GHOST STORIES.    Coastside history is filled with vivid stories of the vivid people who lived here. Those who have passed are no longer here, bodily, but might some still be here, in some form? A few hauntings, reported by various sources… 


San Mateo County Vacancies for Veteran, Disabilities, Juvenile Justice Commissions and Coastside Design Review Committee

PRESS RELEASE. 10/29/2020.


The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications for appointment to the following Boards, Commissions and Committees:


San Mateo County in Orange Tier – Less Restrictions, Moss Beach and Quarry Park Playgrounds Reopen

PRESS RELEASE. 10/29/2020.

“We were excited to reopen our playgrounds because we understand how important access to outdoor recreation is especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said San Mateo County Parks Director Nicholas Calderon. 

Before kids could climb, swing or slide, each playground was examined by the department’s certified playground inspectors which is standard procedure following an extended closure."


Political Election? Humor?

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez —

There’s nothing funny about this year, but we do our best.


Other Stories

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

Great Local Coastal Content Every Week. 
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Every Monday 2020 @ 4:00pm - 7:00pm
COVID-19 Mouth Swab Testing Every Monday 4:00-7:00pm 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 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Ted Adcock Community Center. Please register at



Fri. Oct. 30th, 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.



Fri. Oct. 30th, 2020 @ 9:30am to 4:30pm
Skyline Chestnut Orchard is OPEN!

Pick your own chestnuts at this historic orchard! Skyline Chestnuts is a 20-acre orchard sitting at an elevation of about 2,500 feet above Palo Alto in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The Skyline Chestnut Orchard was originally planted over 100, and perhaps as long as 150 years ago. Shortly after California was acquired by the United States in 1847, a Spanish settler moved up into the mountains where he planted the oldest of the trees growing there today.



Sat. Oct. 31st, 2020 @ 9:00am to 5:00pm
BOO! 4-Day Vote Center Opens in Half Moon Bay on Halloween

4-Day Vote Center (Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Avenue) open October 31 to November 3

  • October 31 to November 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • November 3: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Link to other vote centers in the county (total of 45)



Sat. Oct. 31st, 2020 @ 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Blunder Buss playing at San Benito House 

Spend Halloween at San Benito House with great music and great company.

Blunder Buss will be filling our ears with lively music from 1:30pm – 3pm.

Come hang out with us, dress up, and have fun!



Mon. Nov. 2nd, 2020 @ 6:30pm to 7:00pm
ZOOM Día De Los Muertos Celebration and Storytime and Coloring Sugar Skulls

Please join us in celebrating Dia De Los Muertos.
We will be reading a book about Dia De Los Muertos and coloring sugar skulls.

If your family wants to build an ofrenda (altar) to show, please feel free to do so.

RSVP at to receive an email with the Zoom link and coloring pages!



Wed. Nov. 4th, 2020 @ 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Quarry Park Pump Track Virtual Community Workshop for Latest Design

ZOOM Wed. Nov. 4th at 6:00pm to 7:30pm about Quarry Park.

You are invited to the Quarry Park Pump Track – Virtual Community Workshop.
When: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:30PM.Please register in advance for this meeting, at the link below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting


Fri. Nov. 6th, 2020 FREE
Wood Chipping Program for Moss Beach and Montara Nov. 6th, 2020

The San Mateo Resource Conservation District, in coordination with CalFire, is offering a free chipping program for large brush and small trees or limbs, up to 8 inches in diameter.

This is the last chipping program done for the year.

Montara & Moss Beach- November 6 2020 ADDED

Selected Streets for Montara & Moss Beach:
• Alamo St (including side streets),
• Sunshine Valley Rd
• Tamarind St
• Grand Rd (including side streets)
• East Montara Blvd
• Monte Vista Rd


Tues. Nov. 10th, 2020 @ 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Blood Drive at Ted Adcock Nov. 10th, 2020 ~ 1:00pm to 6:00pm


Thur. Nov. 12th, 2020 @ 6:30pm to 7:30pm
City of Half Moon Bay Invites You to the 2020 State of the City Address ~ Zoom A Year of Adaptation

Join us for the annual City of Half Moon Bay State of the City Address as we offer a look back at an unprecedented year of adaptation.

This past year has been one of extraordinary events and significant changes that have tested the strength of many. But the people of Half Moon Bay have come together to demonstrate what true community strength looks like.


Mon. Sept. 28th, 2020 to Sat. Nov. 21st, 2020
Donate Anytime to Table of Plenty to Support a Weekly Supper for Struggling Families, Elders, Homeless, and Hungry

After operating as an all-volunteer organization since 2012, the TABLE of PLENTY in Half Moon Bay we admit we were caught by suprise by the sudden impact of COVID-19 Pandemic as we have been across our nation and the world. We have been committed to our mission of bringing a distinctive supper to struggling families, elders, homeless and hungry, 52 weeks a year. In the process we created community from strangers. and we Confronted with unexpected has been humbling and inspiring all in one.The story below shares what happened and the small miracles that took place working together to feed our most vulnerable.


Sat. May. 22nd, 2021 @ 7:30am - 5:00pm 
Live Devil’s Slide Run Scheduled for May 2021

Run the most scenic trails in Northern California, while supporting more than 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities.

The DSR features five courses that offer something for everyone, from weekend warriors to hard-core endurance athletes. Each distance features breath-taking coastal vistas, fearsome climbs, rolling hills, epic descents and best-in-class support.

The 50k, 30k, and half marathon feature the Alta Vista Trail, a cruel and beautiful climb that is dubbed the steepest in the Bay Area!


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


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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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
    United States of America


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!


Listen to More Bedtime Stories Podcasts.

Bedtime Stories 2-Hour Mix ~ Michelle Dragony Reads

Bedtime Stories 2017 Mix ~ 1 Hour of Stories ~ Listen In!

Bedtime Stories 2016 Podcast Mix ~ 1 Hour of Stories

Bedtime Stories ~ A Sick Day for Amos McGee

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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