JANUARY 2nd, 2019
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Laureen Diephof’s

“Walking Over the Earth”

Book Launch and Signing

Meet Author Laureen Diephof at the book launch and signing for “Walking Over the Earth” at the Half Moon Bay Library on Sat. Jan. 11th at 3:30 in the B room.  

You are invited to join the event and learn what it was like to travel, at age 74, around the world for one year on a limited budget.

The book, “Walking Over the Earth: A 74-year-old woman chronicles her solo journey to the Arctic Circle, the Sahara Desert, and points in-between” gives a day to day description of my solo experience that began in the Arctic Circle, and adventured on for one year.



SAY YES! to a Prom Dress Collection Drive and Giveaway

at the NEW FIT Studios


Tech Talks for 55 and Up ~ Explore New Electronic Gadgets

Come to the library on the first and third Thursday of every month for Tech Talks!

Half Moon Bay Library staff will help you better
understand the technology resources they offer and more!

Ask questions about your email, the cloud, e-resources or anything else.

They’ll provide a new topic every Thursday and leave time for Q&A.


Do You Have Concerns About Falling?

A Matter of Balance Program Can Help





A Messy World With Dee Hooker and Dag Weiser and Sanchez Art

Sanchez Art Center begins the new year with three new exhibitions, opening Friday, Jan 10, with a reception from 7 to 9 pm.

In the Main Gallery are mixed media works by painter Dee Hooker and sculptor Dag Weiser, in a show titled A Messy Worldcurated by Susan Hillhouse Leask.


American Red Cross Shelter Operations Workshop

Montara Water Public Hearing on 4.71% Increase for Garbage Collection and Recycling

This Notice provides information about proposed increases in garbage collection, recycling and disposal fees and charges for those services provided by Recology of the Coast to MWSD customers.

HEARING DATE: Thursday, January 16, 2020

HEARING TIME: 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Montara Water and Sanitary District 8888 Cabrillo Highway Montara, CA 94037 (Adjacent to the Point Montara Lighthouse & Hostel)

Dear Property Owner or Customer,

Montara Water and Sanitary District (MWSD) is proposing to adopt a 4.71% increase in garbage collection, recycling and disposal fees and charges for those services furnished by Recology of the Coast (Recology) under a franchise agreement with the District. The rates are proposed to go into effect on January 1, 2020.


Fixit Clinic – Textile and Garment Repair Workshop at the HMB Library

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Half Moon Bay Library, 620 Correas St, Half Moon Bay

Join us for a hands-on textile and garment Fixit Clinic workshop!
Coaches will be on hand to listen and guide you through the process of hemming, fixing zippers and buttons, mending woven or knitted items, etc. Learn skills to prolong the life of your belongings and reduce waste.

Other Buzz Calendar Events

Call for Entries – 2020 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition Deadline 1/28/2020


Coastside Agency Meetings:
No meeting this week. Both City HMB Council and Montara Sewer and Water cancelled this week.

Sewer Authority Mid-Coastide (SAM) ~ 2nd / 4th Mon. @ 7:00pm  

HMB City Council ~ 1st / 3rd Tues. @ 7:00pm

HMB Planning ~ 2nd /4th Tues. @ 7:00pm  

Coastside County Water District ~ 2nd Tues. only @ 7:00pm  

Midcoast Community Council Meeting ~ 2nd / 4th Wed. @ 7:00pm

San Mateo County Harbor District ~ 3rd Wed. only @ 6:30pm

Coastside Fire Protection District ~ 4th Wed. only @ 6:00pm

HMB Parks and Recs ~ 4th Wed. only @ 6:00pm

Cabrillo Unified School District ~ 2nd Thurs. @ 7:00pm

Granada Community Services District ~ 3rd Thurs. only @ 7:30pm 12/19

Montara Water & Sanitary District Meetings
 ~ 1st / 3rd Thurs. @ 7:30pm 12/19


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Wrecks at Franklin Point and the Shipwreck Cemetary ~ HMB History Lecture

HMB Coastside History Association presents maritime history event with Mark Hylkema, Cultural Resources Program Manager & Tribal Liaison/Archaeologist, Santa Cruz District, California State Parks.

Mark has 39 years of experience in California archaeology and Native American culture.

Between 1865 and 1867, three consecutive shipwrecks occurred along the rocky coast of Año Nuevo State Park, resulting in the loss of many passengers and sailors. After their sailing ships miscalculated their positions and “struck the rocks,” many of the victims were buried in a small area of sand dunes at Franklin Point. In response to these maritime tragedies, Pigeon Point Lighthouse was established in 1872.


Residential Rental Security Measures Approved for City of Half Moon Bay

VIDEO. Watch or listen to the discussion. Approved by City Council persons Penrose, Rarback and Brownstone. Eisen and Ruddock were absent.

From Staff Report for 12/3/19 City Council Meeting:

Part of the proposed amendments regulate the relationship between landlords and tenants in the City of Half Moon Bay. These amendments are not anticipated to have an impact on City finances. The remainder of the amendments establish a City-funded mediation program for landlords and tenants.

Having conferred with staff in other cities, it is anticipated that the cost of mediation services can be covered by either Community Development or Community Services budgets. If the expense is unexpectedly higher than these budgets can support, it is possible for City Council to allocate monies from the Affordable Housing Fund to support this activity as an eligible use of that fund; however, staff recommends not drawing down the Affordable Housing Fund for such programmatic activities unless absolutely necessary.


Got Hearing Loss? Check Out ClearCaptions:

See Every Conversation. It’s FREE.

LINK.   See Every Conversation.  Your Calls are Captioned for FREE.  ClearCaptions enables anyone with hearing loss to communicate easier with the most advanced call captioning system available: WordsMatter.™

If you are experiencing hearing loss that inhibits your phone use, you may qualify to receive a ClearCaptions phone at no cost to you! ClearCaptions offers real-time phone captioning that allows you to see every word said on the call.

ClearCaptions is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certified telephone captioning provider. Our captioning service is paid for through Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a fund which established the Telecommunications Relay Service. There is no cost to qualified individuals whose hearing loss inhibits their phone use.


New Ocean View Restrooms To Be Installed In January

ARTICLE. Project Description: This project will relocate and install a new 2 stall prefabricated restroom facility, remove the wood retaining wall along Alsace Lorraine and replace them with decorative concrete block retaining wall, replace the walkways to make accessibility compliant, reconstruct the picnic area and renovate the lawn area to better serve daily park users.

Project Status: Under Construction

Funding Source(s): General Fund

Latest Update12/12/2019 –The construction of the prefabricated restroom has started and is being constructed off-site in Reno, Nevada. Grading, site utilities, and reconstruction of the walkways, retaining walls, and other work is expected to start in early January and will continue through the spring. The park will closed to the public during the construction of the walkways and playground area reopened when the walkways are completed. Signage will be posted to identify which parts of the park are open. The prefabricated restroom is scheduled to be completed and installed in February 2020



SAM Presents to Montara Water on the $40 Million Capital Improvement Plan

VIDEO.  Dan Childs, Waste Water Management consultant for Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) presents SAM Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to the Montara Sewer and Water District (MSWD).

SAM was built in late 1970s. In late 1990’s there was an upgrade. Time for another upgrade. Last upgrade was 20 years ago.

The $40 million does not include the cost for the inter-tie replacement, or pump station upgrading.

Kishen Prathivadi is currently the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside’s General Manager.



Typical Cleaning Operation for Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside

VIDEO. Tony and Felipe doing their jobs. Teamwork makes the dream work. Safety first at SAM. Say thanks when you you see them.


CUSD Sean McPhetridge Descibes What Happens If the State Takes Over

VIDEO. Using the Bankruptcy of the Oakland Unified School District, as an example, our Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) Superintendent, describes how they are still paying millions in interest on the loans that they were forced to take to remedy the bancruptcy.


Are You a Hipster? Find Out More About the HIP House Sharing Program

VIDEO. Many seniors struggle with fixed incomes.
HIP Housing will help you earn rent and have someone to help out around the house. Win-Win! 
HIP Housing does the interviewing for you.
It is a FREE county service.



Other Stories

video $15 Minimum Wage Passed by Half Moon Bay City Council
video $300k Loan for Workforce Development Center is Approved by the City of HMB
video Harbor Village RV Park Plans Tabled Unanimously by SMCo Planning
video AB 1672 Will Redefine the Marketing of “Flushable” Wipes
link Anonymous Survey by San Mateo County for Aging & Adult Services
article Parklet Pilot Project at Cafe Society on Main Street HMB
podcast KHMB With Eric Harger ~ Community Swimming Pool at CUSD Headquarters?
video Medio Bridge Repair and SAM Sewer Pipe Replacement Update
video Please DON’T FLUSH “Flushable” Wipes Down the Toilet
video Farallone School Is Off the Chopping Block; No More Moonridge Bussing
video Demographic Enrollment 
Study for CUSD ~ Falling Enrollment, Falling Income
article Montara Water and Sewer Director Eric Marshall Resigns ~ Want to Apply?

SURVEY: What Do You Think of Short-Term Rentals in HMB?
article Montara Water and Sewer Director Eric Marshall Resigns ~ Want to Apply?
article/video Portable Generator Safety Tips ~ Carbon Monoxide, Transfer Switch, Backfeed, Noise
video $300,000 Funding Request From Abundant Grace Workforce Development Center
video $12.5 Million Allocated by Cal Trans for Devils Slide Tunnels
photo-essay Did San Mateo County Unintentionally Incentivize Coastside Bay City Flower to Sell to Cannbis/Hemp?
video Johnston House Trail and Class One Trail Planned to Connect Main Street
video 10 Jurisdictions AGREE to the Bay to Sea Trail Letter of Intent
video/powerpoint How Census 2020 Data Works in San Mateo County
Recommend Goal Zero Yeti 400 Power Station + Boulder 50 link Solar Kit 
video Cabrillo Unified School District’s County Takeover and Pink Slip Process 
photo-essay A Review of the Half Moon Bay Review in 1969 

KQED podcast 40 Years on, How Does Proposition 13 Impact the California Dream? 
article Cal Trans Says Gray Whale Cove Pedestrian Crossing Has Zero Impact on Environment
link Coastside Wave ~ City of HMB Public Safety Newsletter 2019 

article CERT Field Operating Guide is Great for Triage ~ Buy One for Your CERT Bag 
video How Long Can CCWD Provide Wat
er During a PG&E Fire Safety Shutdown? 
article SFPUC Plans for Montara North Peak Include Public Outreach and Whiting Ridge? 
video The State of California is Causing CUSD’s Financial Crisis 
photo-essay  Kirk Lombard of Sea Forager Takes Us on a Seafood Adventure 
photo-essay  Wastewater and Microgrids for the Coastside? No More Inter-Tie or Outfall!? 

podcast CoasTalk #5 with Mark Weisbarth and Local Hip Hop Rapper Lil MC 
KQED podcastThe BIG One: Your Survival Guide for a 7.8 Earthquake a KPCC Radio Production 

Dyslexia? CUSD Dyslexia Advisory video Committee Presents the Latest Research  
article Home and Car Emergency Supply Checklists ~ Are you Prepared? 
video Phog Foundation Lecture ~ Cannabis Consumption; Finding What Works Best for You 
photo-essay  HMB Jail and Museum Remote Tour 
Spectacular Goes17 
podcast What are Terpenes? What is the “Entourage Effect?” 
photo-essay  The Ring.
video Coastal Trail, 

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Emergencies call 911 - Harbor Patrol/Emergency Staff Available 24 Hrs 

  • HARBOR OFFICE HOURS:  7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  M-F
  • ADDRESS:    One Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA  94019
  • CONTACTS: Harbor Patrol:  650-726-4382  - Maintenance: 650-726-4382
                           Fax:  650-726-7740   Weather:  650-726-6070
                           District Administration: 650-583-4400                                    
May contain: water, waterfront, transportation, boat, vehicle, port, dock, pier, marina, vessel, and watercraftPillar Point Harbor                                                                     Photo Credit: Glenn Mitchell 


About Pillar Point Harbor

Pillar Point Harbor is a protected harbor of refuge along the San Mateo County California Coast. Pillar Point Harbor is home port to a vital commercial fishing industry, to sport fishermen, and to pleasure boaters seeking the amenities this modern coastal harbor facility provides. The Harbor has 369 berths and an inner and outer breakwater, making it one of the safest harbors in the United States.


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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!

Michelle Dragony:

  • Skippyjon Jones
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree
  • Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly
  • When Dinosaurs Came With Everything
  • The Story of Ferdinand
  • Mr. Peabody’s Apples
  • Sheep in a Jeep
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Cow Who Fell in the Canal
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
  • The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas



Listen to More Bedtime Stories Podcasts.

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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