March 7th, 2019

CAL Fire FIRE RISK Report ~ Kings Mtn. 2nd and El Granada 16th on Fuel Reduction List

ARTICLE / LINK. Do you have 100 feet of DEFENSIBLE SPACE around your home? 

Here is the problem:

#2 Kings Mountain Roadside, 467 acres, 271,096 ~ 2nd largest affected population

#16 El Granada Quarry Park Fuel Break, 250 acres, 100, 433 ~ 6th large affected population

100 Feet of Defensible Space is the Law

In January 2005 a new state law became effective that extended the defensible space clearance around homes and structures from 30 feet to 100 feet. Proper clearance to 100 feet dramatically increases the chance of your house surviving a wildfire. This defensible space also provides for firefighter safety when protecting homes during a wildland fire.


City of HMB Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) Past and Future

VIDEO / PODCAST. Do you know what projects the City Council and City Staff have been working on in this last year? Watch (or listen) to the meeting.

Have a comment, idea, or question?  Don’t hesitate to email city council and/or city staff.

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To name a few projects:

  • ADA Plan
  • Parks Plan
  • Road Repair
  • Library Opening
  • South Gateway
  • Sidewalk Repair
  • Poplar Beach
  • Capital Maintenance

City Council discussion of CIP video is all cued up for you.

FRS/GMRS Radio (WalkieTalkies) Basic Training ~
Learn How to Communicate in a Disaster, Part 1


  • Neighborhood Command Post must maintain communications with all teams during an incident.
  • Use whatever works: phone, cell, texting, pen and paper, smoke signals ….
  • But when all else fails, radio still works.
  • To be effective, we need to learn Emergency Radio Communications!

About FRS Radios

  • Also known as “Walkie Talkies”
  • No license required.
  • 22 FRS channels available since 2017.
  • Shares channels 1-7 and 15-22 with GMRS since 2017.
  • Many FRS radios only work on Channels 8-14 but may be numbered 1 – 7.
  • Channels 15-22 are GMRS-FRS and GMRS Repeater outputs.
  • Typical 0.5 – 1.25 mile communication
  • Very low power, 1/2 watt ERP (Effective Radiated Power).
  • New designs since 2017 will output 2 watts of power.
  • Low cost.


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Local Liz Knier ~ Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

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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.  

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.


ART SHOW ~ A Quartet of Views @ The Coastal Arts League

Steve Renwick, Gary Frink, Ingo Bork, and Chris Manchester present views of the world particular to each of them. Their backgrounds are as varied as their work, but each one uses his art to provide a balance to modern life. 
Four perspectives on the world will be on view at the Coastal Arts League in February. The work of pen-and-ink artist Gary Frink, mixed-media artist Chris Manchester, and photographers Ingo Bork and Steve Renwick.  

A Quartet of Views

​on view February 21 through March 17, 2019
​300 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

Timeout by Chris Manchester


HISTORY Lecture ~ The Lost Town of Purissima

Site of Purissima from Verde Road near Highway 1, May 2008.

Located on José María Alviso‘s Rancho Cañada de Verde y Arroyo de la Purisima in a rural area four miles (6 km) south of Half Moon Bay, the village was one of the earliest settlements on the San Mateo County coast, founded in an agricultural area in the early 1850s. The community was badly flooded by Purisima Creek in January 1862, the same month that much of northern California experienced its worst floods in history. Some fields and buildings were swept away.[1]


Sewer Authority Mid-Coastide (SAM) ~ 2nd & 4th Mondays 7pm

The Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) provides wastewater treatment services and contract collection maintenance services for a population of approximately 27,000 in the following areas:

  • City of Half Moon Bay
  • El Granada
  • Miramar
  • Montara
  • Moss Beach
  • Princeton by the Sea
  • Attached Document or FileSAM Transparency Portal

Hatch Elementary AUCTION – Swanky Speakeasy





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How to Record & Edit Your Own mp3 Podcast for Bedtime Stories!

“Watch this instructional video on “How to Record and Edit Your Own mp3 Podcast for Bedtime Stories!”  Anyone can record a podcast.

  • Are you a parent that works late, or travels a  lot? How would your little one like to hear your voice before they nod off to sleep?
  • Grandma and Grandpa can’t usually be there all the time. How comforting to remind your child of their grandparents, and that their voice read to you, too, when you were little. Nostalgic for parents and grandparents.
  • Friends of kids. Know a kid that you just love a whole bunch? Read a Bedtime Story for them for their birthday, or Christmas, or just cause you’d like to share a story you loved when you were a kid.


Bedtime Stories ~ Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

This Honey Tree story has an interesting genealogy. Originally, A.A. Milne wrote it in 1926, and it was published by E.P. Dutton & Co..  And Disney turned several of the original stories into an animated featurette in 1966. By 1974 Disney partnered with Little Golden Books. Bob Totten adapted the original text for this version of the story.  Pictures were created by Disney Studio. Sort of a Disney Flip book.

Pooh tries to get his honey. He observes, assesses, acts, pivots and reassesses. He is such a smart bear. And Christopher Robins (A.A. Milne’s son!) is such a smart and kind boy.


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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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