June 18th, 2020



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Post SIP 38% Want To Come to the Beach, 30% Want to Come to a Small Town

VIDEO. At the 6/10/2020 City of Half Moon Bay Park and Recreation Meeting, Deputy City Manager, Matthew Chidester, has some good economic news for the Coastside.

Starting with conversations last year, the City has been discussing the increase of the TOT tax  (Transient Occupancy Tax). You may see it on a ballot soon.



Half Moon Bay Working With County On a “Pack It In, Pack It Out” Campaign

VIDEO. How to manage visitors?  We will have more visitors this summer than ever before because people are not flying very much and, so, are traveling within a couple hours of their home.

Some suggestions that were made during general comment (@ 9:48 minutes) by the public at the June 16th, 2020 Half Moon Bay City Council meeting:

  • Expand Poplar parking lot?
  • Take-out containers causing more garbage ~ add more dumpsters?
  • More signage?
  • An app indicating where parking is full and where there are still spaces.



HMB City Council Forms Subcommittee to Study Sheriff Contract

VIDEO. At the City of Half Moon Bay 6/16/2020 Special City Council Meeting the board decided to form Committee to consider the renewal of the San Mateo County Sheriff contract.  The contract represents almost  30% of the City budget. The contract is in the 9th year with a two year extension.

City Manager, Bob Nisbet, and Deputy City Manager, Matthew Chidester, will be on the committee with three City Council members 3-4 times per year.

Head elected Sheriff for San Mateo County, Carlos Bolanos, and Sheriff for the Coastside, Saul Lopez, were in attendance.



New Plans for the Old Gas Station Vacant Lot at Main and Kelly

VIDEO.  Jill Ekas, who is the Community Development Director for the City of Half Moon Bay, presents a brief overview of planning on Main Street during Covid-19.  Finally, after many years the old gas station is moving forward.

Another project, on the corner of Purissima and Mill, is in the beginning of the planning process. The plans pay homage to our Coastside Main Street architectural style. Will include 5 living units upstairs.


Connect the Coastside Virtual Meeting With San Mateo County Staff ~ Moss Beach/Montara

VIDEO. You’re invited to join a series of virtual conversations hosted by the County of San Mateo to learn about the Connect the Coastside plan and share your ideas to shape the future of transportation on the Midcoast. Hear recommendations to improve walking, biking, taking transit and driving on the Midcoast and participate in small group discussions to share your experience and ideas.

NEXT MEETING: Princeton, El Granada, & Miramar  <<<
Thursday June 25th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM



More Than 50 People Attend MSWD Zoom Meeting on New Rates and Charges

VIDEO. Largest “crowd” turned out for the four and a half hour 6/4/2020 MSWD meeting. Remote involvement is a lot more convenient from your home.

Receive Final Water and Sewer Rate Studies and Review and Possible Action Concerning Prop 218 Rate Limits for Sewer Service Charges and Establishment of New Water System Reliability Charge and Sewer Rate Economic Hardship Assistance Discount.



Moss Beach “Crosswalk” Update: MCC Barbara Mathewson Asks To Have the Electronic Signs Returned

VIDEO. At the Midcoast Community Council on 6/8/2020, Council person Barbara Mathewson reports on the status of the, now infamous, Moss Beach crosswalk.

History. From the Office of Assemblymember Kevin Mullin: At some point a citizen complained to Mullin’s office. The office is required to pass the citizen safety complaint up the food chain to Cal Trans. Cal Trans did not check with the County, or anyone, and a work order was created, and voila, you get a crosswalk-in-a-day.

Barbara followed up with Supervisor Horsley recently to ask him why the electronic warning signs were taken down. He did not know they had been taken down. He said his office would contact CalTran to ask them to put the signs back.



Local Land Use Expert, Mike Ferreira, Compares North Wave Crest to MidPen Cypress Point

VIDEO. Remember North Wavecrest development 35 years ago? Mike Ferreira reminds us that 35 years ago the Sierra Club opposed North Wavecrest and won. He compares the traffic objections to that development with the traffic objections for MidPen Cypress Point in Moss Beach.

~ From the 6/8/2020 Midcoast Community Council Meeting (MCC)



Harbor Village RV Park Updates Their Plans at Pillar Point Harbor

VIDEO. Midcoast Community Council’s Dave Olsen reports on the Harbor Village planning process.

Site plan has not changed much; updated their visual corridor; the light plan is now LED cool blue lighting.

Pillar Point Harbor District General Manager, Jim Pruitt, is planning to come to a summer MCC meeting to discuss the project.



Part 1: Indigenous History in the Bay Area From State Park Archeologist, Mark Hylkema

VIDEO. Join expert Mark Hylkema on the history of California native people, focusing on Indigenous cultures of the Peninsula and the South Bay. This is an exciting opportunity to hear Mark share his knowledge and experience in an online format for the very first time!



HMB Microgrids? They Solve for Emergency Outages and Create a Source for Its Own Energy Needs


Novel Waste-to-Energy Microgrid Aims to Provide Resilience in Camden, New Jersey 

The partners proposing a novel waste-to-energy microgrid for Camden, New Jersey aim to provide resilience to a water processing facility, the city and county and local businesses. 



All Taste, No Waste: Food Scrap Recipe Contest ~ 40% of Food is Wasted in US

VIDEO.  City of Half Moon Bay’s Sustainability team presents their Earth Year June sustainability challenge to fight food waste.

Did You Know?

Did you know that around 40% of all food in the United States is wasted?

Food waste is a contributor to climate change because when food is wasted, we are also wasting ALL of the water, energy, and resources that went into growing, transporting, and selling that food!

That’s why this June, we’re focusing on how you can fight food waste and help save our precious resources and even save money!



InPerspective: Sweden Done Right

OWN VOICE.  ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez and Bruce Laird.

There is a Scandinavian country which did not ‘lockdown’, and which achieved far better results with COVID-19 than most nations[1]. A few weeks back, we wrote of Sweden’s approach to COVID-19, an experiment hailed by the Right here as “the way to do things without shutting down the economy”.

But that success story is NOT Sweden, it is Iceland.



Chief Cosgrave Interviews: State of CERT With HMB City Manager, Bob Nisbet

VIDEO.  Coastside Batallion Chief David Cosgrave interviews Bob Nisbet, Half Moon Bay City Manager on the state of CERT and the City of Half Moon Bay on Wed. June 17th, 2020 via Zoom. Deputy City Manager, Matthew Chidester was also in attendance.



Did You Know the City of Half Moon Bay Has Gone Roundup Free?

VIDEO. Sustainability is one of the City of Half Moon Bay’s top priorities. Public Works, John Doughty, reports to the HMB Parks and Recreation on the weeds around town.

A year ago City HMB went Roundup free!

Now, with COVID, public works has spent a lot of time moving signs and not as much time weed wacking, but they are getting out it. Weed wacking is sustainable, but much more labor intensive.



Other Stories

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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Thurs. June 25th, 2020 @ TBD
City of Half Moon Bay Vote and Candidate Study Session

Time TBD. Stay Tuned.....

Fri. June 26th, 2020 @ 6:30pm-8:00pm
San Mateo County Hosts Connect the Coastside; El Granada, Princeton and Miramar Focused Meetings by ZOOM

We received an overwhelming number of survey responses (the current count is over 600!). The results will be presented at the May 27, 2020, Midcoast Community Council (MCC) meeting and posted on the MCC website.

Given the high interest we’ve heard from the Coastside community in transportation matters, note the upcoming virtual community conversations hosted by San Mateo County Planning & Building. The meetings will be an opportunity to learn more about the Connect the Coastside transportation plan and share your ideas to improve transportation on the Coastside.  Katie Faulkner, San Mateo County Planning

Katie Faulkner, Planner III, County of San Mateo, Planning and Building Department,



Fri. June 19th, 2020 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm
Virtually Learn Part 2: About Indigenous History in the Bay Area From State Park Archeologist, Mark Hylkema

For thousands of years, the Bay Area has been the home of many, diverse groups of Indigenous Peoples with complex cultures and relationships to the land. Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and California State Parks for a three-part webinar series delivered by Mark Hylkema, California State Parks Archaeologist and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Foothill College. Mark will draw from over 40 years of experience studying the history of California native people, focusing on Indigenous cultures of the Peninsula and the South Bay. This is an exciting opportunity to hear Mark share his knowledge and experience in an online webinar format for the very first time! The event is also supported by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.


Sat. June 20th, 2020 @ 5:30pm-7:00pm
Summer Solstice Ceremony ~ Native Flute Meditation and Drum Journey

Gather in virtual Sacred Circle on the longest day of the year to sing and celebrate our life-giving Sun as our ancient ancestors did for millennia.

Let go of everyday concerns and rest in peaceful meditation to the soothing sounds of Native American Flute music played live.

Journey with the drum to the unseen realms to connect with compassionate guardian spirits for healing and guidance through direct revelation.

Sonya Jason is a professional musician, shamanic counselor and ceremonialist. Her work masterfully empowers each person’s innate connection with Spirit for guidance and healing. Sonya plays Native American wood flutes, frame drum, conch shell, gourd rattles and chakapa (Peruvian leaf rattle) to create powerful moving ceremonies, healing meditation music, and insightful shamanic journeys.

This online event will be Live on ZOOM and it’s Free! (Donations appreciated.)



Thurs. June 18th, 2020 @ 6:00pm-7:30pm
VIRTUAL GATHERING: Drop-in Support Group for Suicide Loss – 1st and 3rd Thursdays

In response to COVID-19, this group will meet virtually.


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

6/23/20 HMB Planning ~ 2nd /4th Tues. @ 7:00pm  

HMB Parks and Recs ~ 4th Wed. only @ 6:00pm ~ NOT 6/24/20 

6/22/20 Sewer Authority Mid-Coastide (SAM) ~ 2nd / 4th Mon. @ 7:00pm  

6/18/20 Granada Community Services District ~ 3rd Thurs. only @ 7:30pm 

6/18/20 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 

6/24/20 Midcoast Community Council Meeting ~ 2nd / 4th Wed. @ 7:00pm 

6/24/20 Coastside Fire Protection District ~ 4th Wed. only @ 6:00pm

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

6/18/20 Cabrillo Unified School District ~ 2nd Thurs. @ 7:00pm

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  • Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sparkling from Carneros
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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 ~ 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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