February 21st, 2019

Want to Grow Hemp?
HMB City Staff and Council are Thumbs Up.

ARTICLE / VIDEO. The 2018 Farm Bill, which includes language that legalizes hemp across the U.S., was signed into law this week by President Trump. The stroke of that pen unleashes a potential economic dynamo for American farmers. ~ Read more @ Forbes

Deputy City Manager, Matthew Chidester, and Jill Ekas, Community Development Director, met with the San Mateo County Agriculture Commissioner, Fred Crowder, and they all agreed that HMB is free to grow hemp


Want to Know Where City of Half Moon Bay Makes its Money?

The purpose of this report is to provide the Council and the public with an overview of the City’s general operating revenues and expenditures for the first half of the fiscal year compared to the annual budget. The focus of this report is the City’s General Fund which is the primary operating fund of the City and is used to account for most operating activities.

GENERAL FUND. General Fund Financial Condition. At mid- point of the fiscal year, General Fund operating expenditures are at 37% of budget (vs. 41% in the prior year). The revenues are at 43% of budget estimates (vs. 41% in the prior year). The reason for low percentages is that this report is on a cash basis and as a result it includes only the revenues received and the expenditures paid by the end of December. Expenditures. Operating expenditures are running below budget as of the end of the of the first half of the fiscal year. 


Learning from the 1989 SF EARTHQUAKE ~ by Stewart Brand (Spring 1990) 

PHOTO-ESSAY.  This article—which first appeared in much briefer form in the Chronicle—is an attempt to reconstruct the confused events of that first two hours at Divisadero and Beach, and to distill some advice that might be useful to anyone wishing to survive a disaster and to help others to do the same.  The article is dedicated to Janet Ray, who did not survive October 17. ~ Stewart Brand


There simply aren’t enough professionals available to cover all the emergencies in a disaster.  Volunteer rescuers in San Francisco’s Marina District on the night of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake outnumbered professionals three-to-one during the critical first few hours.  And it still wasn’t enough.  Only a small portion of the people present offered emergency help, despite the romanticized press to the contrary.


Hwy 1 / Kelly Ave. Storm Drainage Improvement Project


This project involves improvements to the drainage at the intersection of Highway 1 and  Kelly Avenue,  diverting stormwater to flow along the east side of Highway 1, to the north  of the intersection adjacent to Shoreline Station. They will direct water to the existing bio swales along Shoreline.

There is an existing storm drain culvert beneath Highway 1 that conveys storm drainage  from the east to west of Highway 1. Due to the lack of adequate drainage capacity west of  Highway 1 at Kelly Avenue, excessive amounts of storm water flood Cabrillo Unified and  Hatch Elementary school as well as Kelly Avenue.

Watch or Listen the discussion of this project, it is all cued up for you…


Take a Hike and Discover Banana Slugs ~ The Secret of Slime!
VIDEO. Beneath the towering redwoods lives one of the most peculiar creatures in California: the banana slug. They’re coated with a liquid crystal ooze that solves many problems slugs face in the forest — and maybe some of our own.  Slime vs snot! :-0 Same thing ;-)  Goblet cells… ~ Deep Look


Sabrina Brennan and CEWS Aim for Equal Pay Regardless of Gender

LETTER from Sabrina.

I have big news!  Bill for equal pay for all athletes regardless of gender as a condition for approving a lease or permit for events held on California state land has been introduced.

This week, Assembly Bill 467 was introduced in the California State Assembly by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath and was joint authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez. It was inspired by the precedent set by the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing (CEWS), an organization I co-founded with professional surfers Bianca Valenti, Paige Alms, Keala Kennelly, Andrea Moller, and founding counsel Karen Tynan.


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Half Moon Bay Yacht Club ~ "A Community of Friends"

Two types of membership are available to those wishing to join the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club.

Join for $60/month! and get to sail as much as you want in one of the most picturesque harbors in the world. There is also a great bar and event center serving this community of friends.

Regular Membership:

Initiation: $500
Annual Dues: $720 (billed $180/quarter)

The regular membership may be held by adults age 18 or over, and includes the member’s spouse/partner, if any, as well as their minor children residing at the same address. Members receive full use of club facilities both on and off the water. When voting on club matters, the member is entitled to one vote per family membership.

Youth Membership:

Initiation: $100
Annual Dues: none


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HEAL PROJECT Spring Ahead Strolling Dinner @ the NEW Pasta Moon

The HEAL Project presents its 9th Annual Spring Ahead on March 20th 2019, at 6:30pm at the new Pasta Moon
location in the former Half Moon Bay Growers’ Exchange Building at 845 Main Street in Half Moon Bay. Some of
the finest chefs on the San Mateo County Coast will create this fabulous 5-course strolling supper showcasing
ingredients grown by local farmers and ranchers. Local celebrity chefs include Kim Levin of Pasta Moon, Scott Clark of Dad’s Luncheonette, Ursula Schnyder of Sweet 55, Aaron Little of The Cove, and Roberto Rodriguez of Mullins Bar & Grill.  GET TICKETS


THIS SAT.! Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton Silent Film Night with
LIVE MUSIC at the Odd Fellows Lodge

Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows presents two classic silent films accompanied with live music performed and composed by Coastside musician, Shauna Pickett-Gordon.

The Immigrant (Charles Chaplin – 1917 – 25 min)

Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp character stars as an immigrant coming to the United States, who is accused of theft on the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and falls in love with a beautiful young woman along the way. When he arrives in New York, his troubles have only begun.
“The Immigrant is a delightful mini masterpiece from one of the screen’s finest comedians. Do take the time to see it. It’s famous for a reason.” Movies Silently

Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton – 1924 – 44 Min)

Buster Keaton plays Sherlock, a daydreaming movie projectionist in love with an unattainable woman. While napping on the job, Sherlock dream walks into a surrealistic fantasy world, where he battles dastardly villains and wins the heart of his gal.
“No other silent films turns logic on its head with such grace and comic hilarity.”
– Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“The best Holmes film ever made!” Sabotage Times.


CITY HMB NET Community Academy Application DEADLINE ~ 3/21

APPLY TODAY!  NET (Network – Engage – Transform) is an exciting and fun community engagement program in Half Moon Bay. This four-session community academy provides an overview of the management and governance of Half Moon Bay, while helping to build relationships that will strengthen our entire community.

Oprime aquí para el programa en español
(Nota: Este programa se lleva a cabo en inglés, pero la Ciudad está desarrollando una nueva academia comunitaria en español que se anunciará en el futuro)

The spring, 2019 program takes place on Thursday evenings:

April 4, April 11, April 25, and May 2, from 6 – 9 pm

(including really good catered dinner)!

The deadline to submit an application is 5 pm, March 21, 2019. Click here to apply.

Participants are encouraged to commit to attending all four sessions in order to gain the most benefit from the program. If you are not able to commit to all four sessions, please apply for a future NET program that better meets your schedule.


Parks Advisory Committee for Granada Community Services District ~ This Mon. 2/25 @ 7:00pm

PARK & RECREATION MEETINGS. The Granada Community Services District (GCSD), formerly the Granada Sanitary District, gained park and recreation jurisdiction on October 1, 2014, for the unincorporated areas of El Granada, Miramar and Princeton (i.e. the “GCSD Community”) by a positive vote of 60% of the voters in the District. This reorganization allows the district to provide parks and recreation services in addition to the sewer, solid waste and recycling services it currently provides to over 2,500 residences and businesses in the District as well as the northern portion of the City of Half Moon Bay.

The parks and recreation function is funded by utilizing a portion of GCSD’s share of property tax revenues, not from sewer charges. GCSD’s goal is to provide parks and recreation services that benefit the GCSD community, with a commitment to robust neighborhood outreach on new projects.




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  • Every Friday is Accoustic Friday @ Mullins Bar and Grill & Prime Rib special! Yum.

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Bedtime Stories: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

PODCAST. Today’s Bedtime Story is Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, read by the Half Moon Bay’s Chamber of Commerce CEO Charise McHugh. Mike and Mary Anne the red steam shovel are a true pair, digging all sorts of things like railroad tunnels and big boat canals. But once the new types of shovels started to take all the jobs, Mike and Mary Anne can’t get any work. They finally hear of a job in the small town of PopperVille to dig the town’s cellar and head on an adventure. Find out how Mike and Mary Anne triumphed thanks to their hard work and found an ingenious way they could continue to contribute to the community!

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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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