July 16th, 2020



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MCC Elections, 3 Vacancies, Filing Open 7/13 to 8/7/2020

ELECTION. There are 3 vacancies. Dan Haggerty (terms out) and Barbra Matthewson (not running for re-election) and one vacancy that has been open for a while.

Filing opens on July 13th, and ends August 7th.

Meetings are remote, now and it is so much easier to participate, so please consider running.


Supervisors Direct LAFCo to Review the San Mateo Harbor District

VIDEO.  “The County BOS (Board of Supervisors, San Mateo County), on May 19, 2020, voted 5/0 to request LAFCo to conduct a Municipal Service Review of the Harbor District.

As a result, LAFCo agreed and it is our understanding they will conduct a Municipal Service Review this fall.”

James B. Pruett, General Manager, San Mateo County Harbor District



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CTC at MCC: 2 Roundabouts on 92, Delay Index, Lot Merger, Traffic Fee Mitigation

VIDEO.  San Mateo County Planning Manager, Joe LaClaire, presents.  

The MCC Meeting Agenda on July 8, 2020 will be conducted remotely as a telephone and video conference via Zoom. 



Will There Be a Transient Occupancy Tax Increase on the Ballot in November?

VIDEO.  At the City of Half Moon Bay and Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) “2×2 Meeting” on 6/29/2020, Deputy City Manager for the City of HMB, Matthew Chidester speaks to the diversification of City HMB income streams.

HMB City Council will ponder this in coming months…Stay tuned!



Seeking Comments! Burnham Park Preliminary Plan Ready for Your Review

Seeking Comments! Burnham Park Preliminary Plan Ready for Your Review.

Hi Neighbors - I chair the Granada Community Services District Parks Advisory Committee. GCSD has had three public outreach efforts over the last two years to gather community input on features and landscape design for a new Park on the Burnham Strip, along the west side of Obispo Road. The Preliminary Plan is now ready for the next round of community review and feedback, before it is submitted to SM County to begin the formal review process. That's a long process with multiple public hearings so this isn't the last opportunity to comment but it's important!   ~ From Granada Community Services District, Parks and Recs, Nancy Marsh



Why Did San Mateo Deny the Appeal to Allow the Historic 1868 Purissima Cemetery?


According to Ed Bixby:    The Purissima cemetery was created was 1868, to serve the now disappeared town of Purissima and its land use and operations have been in good standing with the State of California the whole time. It is still owned by The Purissima Association and the original deed is still in full effect. It has not changed in size or purpose, either. Further, the State of California has recognized that the cemetery is operating legally. State of California Cemetary Board did an investigation and found the 5 acre cemetery was legal. The State told the County.



Tunitas Creek Beach Park Enters Public Planning Phase

From DAVE OLSON DateTUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020 AT 2:08PM from the Midcoast Community Council website.

San Mateo County Parks, along with it’s agency partners, is beginning the public process where  the community can get involved and provide  feedback on the future design of the park.



San Mateo County Elections is Now Hiring Starting @ $21/hour

NOTICE.  The Elections Division for San Mateo County has begun hiring Vote Center Representatives for November’s election. Wages start at $21.02 and bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply!

You can apply for this position at

Ideal candidates will have a minimum of one year of general clerical, office assistant, phone services or computer experience, and a close attention to detail. Vote Center hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily during the period of operation, including weekends and holidays, and 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Election Day. These positions may require evening work assignments.



City of Half Moon Bay’s $30,000 Relief Aid Funding Helps Non-Profit Coastside Crisis Fund to Bring Nearly $300,000 to Struggling Families


Half Moon Bay, CA – With some funding assistance from the City of Half Moon Bay, the Coastside Crisis Fund (CCF) has raised over $300,000 in relief aid for struggling families in the Half Moon Bay area impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donate to Coastside Crisis Fund (CCF)

So far, CCF has disbursed $278,000 to 165 families in need, and has announced it is reenergizing its fundraising efforts as it pursues the goal of $500,000 in donations by the end of July.


Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case Map by John Hopkins University


LINK. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering have developed an online dashboard showing the daily status of coronavirus infections worldwide. ~ San Jose Mercury


Virtual Walking Tours: Pescadero From Buggy to Auto and Pigeon Point’s story of Tragedy, Hope and Innovation

Greg Timm, Pescadero historian, takes a new approach for this virtual walking tour, pulling out rarely seen historical town photos, and telling the history of Pescadero’s years From Buggy to Automobile.

Come learn the story of Pigeon Point on this virtual tour of the light station. We will highlight various locations on the grounds of the park while we tell Pigeon Point’s story of tragedy, hope, and innovation.


Open the HMBHS Pool for Free Swim on the Weekends? City HMB and CUSD Explore Joint Use Agreements

VIDEO. At the City of Half Moon Bay and Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) “2×2 Meeting” on 6/29/2020, they discuss joint use facility agreements, but in particular, the opening of the Half Moon Bay High School pool.


Other Stories

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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Tues. July 21st @ 10:00am to 12:00pm
Kids! Embroidery and Design a T-Shirt Classes Through GCSD Parks

Granada Community Services District invites:

Children ages 7-12 to join instructor Vicki Rudolph for one, two,  or all three individual four day outdoor workshops at Mirada Park in El Granada (accessible from Magellan Road)!

Granda Community Services District is offering three four (4) day outdoor workshops for children (7-12)at the Mirada Park site in El Granada.


Sat. July 25th @ 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Coastal Arts League Presents 12 Peninsula Camera Club Photographers

Nature photographer Bruce Finocchio is a master when it comes to capturing exquisite photos of birds and other wildlife. He totes a pro camera with a long and heavy telephoto lens. At his rural ranch, Bruce has set up several camouflaged bird blinds near a pond on his property. Hidden inside, he watches a parade of birds arrive at the pond. 

The Coastal Arts League has at last reopened her doors. During the last four months we have had a steep learning curve, learning how to post our exhibits in an online gallery. Visitors to the gallery will find that we have implemented a social distancing plan.


Tues. July 28th @ 9:00am to 4:00pm
COVID-19 Testing Available at Cunha Intermediate School

COVID-19 testing will be available at Cunha Intermediate School intermittently, on Tuesdays, from 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. through Project Baseline.

Stay tuned!

www.projectbaseline.comResidents can sign up 72 hours before the testing site opens by visiting the Verily site

Those who’d like to get tested must register in advance and be 18 years or older.

It is FREE to you.


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.

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

7/2/2020 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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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 ~ 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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