December 3rd , 2020



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HMB City Engineers Work With CalTrans on South Gateway Construction Detour to Seymour


“We are planning to close the Highway 1 access at Main Street and detour all traffic to Seymour St.  We created a detour plan and discussed with Caltrans.  They are agreeable to the closure but need to get approval from their traffic people.  We should know within the next few days.  The Contractor is ready to close the access.”

~ Ray Razavi, P.E., City of Half Moon Bay



Throw a Covid-Safe Holiday Drive-in Movie Party at the New Jetty Wave Distillery?

PRESS RELEASE.  Beach Break Entertainment is pleased to offer a safe, private corporate event at the  newest hip coastside venue, Jetty Wave Distillery in Princeton Harbor with a pizza oven  made fresh pizza dinner, cocktails, goodie bags, a departing gift and a movie of your  choice. 


Agreement Reached: CUSD Teachers Get 6% Wage Increase Over Two Years

PRESS RELEASE.  At the November 23 negotiations session between Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) and Cabrillo Unified Teachers Association (CUTA), the parties reached a tentative agreement to provide District teachers and CUTA-represented certificated employees a 3% raise for the 2019-2020 school year (retroactive to July 1, 2019) and a 3% raise for the 2020-2021 school year (effective July 1, 2020).


County of San Mateo Program Plans Details For New Homeless Shelter Program in Half Moon Bay

VIDEO. On Tuesday 12/1/2020, Half Moon Bay City Council listens to 250 people by Zoom asking Supervisor, Don Horsley, and San Mateo County Manager, Mike Callagy lots of questions about the purchase of the Coastside Inn Hotel.

The Quality Inn, in Miramar, is off the table, at this time.


MWSD Saves Property Owners Over $400K By Refinancing the Bonds That Bought the Montara Water System

VIDEO.  From Montara Sewer and Water District General Manager, Clemens Heldmaier:

  • The gross savings is a little over $419,000
  • The outstanding debt was refinanced from an annual interest of 2.40% to a new rate of 1.14%
  • The new loan maintains the same final payment date of August 1, 2028
  • MWSD will save almost $420,000 for property owners via reduced General Obligation Bond property tax assessments


Montara Mountain Top Public Access and Views VS SFPUC Crystal Springs Water Shed Border Security?

VIDEO. How Did We Get Here? From the Montara Sewer and Water District (MSWD) board meeting 11/19/2020. Tim Ramirez, Head of SFPUC Natural Resources, presents and answers questions.

Things to ponder:

  • 1930’s. San Francisco Public Utilities District (SFPUC) is created.
  • August 2019. SFPUC secures Montara Mountain North Gate
  • What is the name of the endangered butterfly? San Bruno Mountain Blue Elfin butterfly. It is not named the Montara Mountain Blue Elfin butterfly.
  • Why wouldn’t they just put up interpretive signs and a wooden rail fence?
  • What happened to the butterfly habitat after bulldozer construction?
  • Whiting Ridge Alternative
  • Cahill-Fifell Trail SFPUC Crystal Springs Watershed Hike and bike Docent program


Midcoast Community Council (MCC) Newsetter ~ Premier Issue Nov. 2020

NEWSLETTER. Midcoast includes Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, Princeton and Miramar.

MCC is an advisory committee to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. They are the Midcoast’s only political voice. Midcoast is 1.5% of the total population of San Mateo County.

The City of Half Moon Bay is a different jurisdiction whose borders end, generally, at Frenchmens Creek.


HMB Pilots Association Connecting the Coastside to the Outside in a Disaster – 2020 Disaster Exercise

HMB PILOTS NEWSLETTER.  With so many challenges and disasters occurring this year, our airport’s position to support the community in a disaster is as tangible as ever. The participation of the Half Moon Bay Airport Pilot Association’s DART team for San Mateo County (Disaster Airlift Response Team) in California’s Great Shake Out on both Oct 11 and Oct 17 provided a good opportunity for our pilots and ground volunteers to practice working with other community groups and county emergency responders on the communications and logistics for key tasks in assisting during a disaster.

This year, we launched two exercises, and had a first operating experience together with our DART members at the San Carlos Airport.


Uncovering Ships and Secrets at Pigeon Point – Richard Fitzgerald and POST

VIDEO.  Join POST and CA State Parks for a free webinar about the archaeological discoveries at Pigeon Point. Lecture was recorded by Zoom on 11/20/2020.

The waters surrounding the iconic Pigeon Point Lighthouse on the San Mateo Coast have many stories to tell. In addition to being a regional port since the Gold Rush period, the area was also home to a major shore whaling operation from 1862 to 1896. In this online webinar, CA State Parks Director of State Archaeological Collections Research Facility Richard Fitzgerald will share about the investigations he has led at Pigeon Point, the history of the Portuguese Whalers, and what lies beneath the ocean surface.


What Does Covid Contact Tracing Look Like in San Mateo County?

VIDEO. San Mateo County Health presents at the Tuesday, 12/1/2020 City Council Meeting.

Many County employees have been re-trained as Contact Tracers.


Other Stories

video Sheriff Candidate Mark Melville Would Release the AXON Video of the Harmon Shooting ~ Would You?
video Hanging Fire: Eucalyptus Crown Fires and El Granada
video Supervisor Horsley Special Study Session on Fuel Load Reduction and Weed Eradication
video A Brief History of the JPA Collection Contract Between Sewer Authority, HMB, GCSD and MSWD
video  DA Wagstaff Answers Questions About Sandra Harmon Shooting at the City Council Special Meeting
video Why Did San Mateo Deny the Appeal to Allow the Historic 1868 Purissima Cemetery?
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 More Than 50 People Attend MSWD Zoom Meeting on New Rates and Charges
video. Should a 6,438 sq.ft. Residence in Miramar Go Through the CEQA Process?
video RCD’s First Flush Water Quality Program ~ Want to Volunteer?
invitation Want to Sample Water for Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF)?
podcast Live to Die ~ First Responsibility – Have You Planned for Your Death?
video Trash Wipes and Rags; Do NOT Flush. Cost For Repair?
article HAM Radio Technician License Training ~ Remote Testing Starting Due to Covid 19
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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NEW. Fri. Dec. 4th, 2020 at 6:00pm
Coastside Chamber Brings You 3 Friday NightS of Lights ~ Tree Lighting, Menorah and Nativity

This year, more than any other, shopping small is the best thing you can do for your community! So instead of one night, we’ve gone back to our roots and this year there will be 3 Nights of Lights!

Main Street shops will be open until 8pm and there will be beautiful lights adorning the trees and shop windows to light your way to a happy holiday!


NEW. Everyday 10:00am to 8:00pm
All is Calm, All is Bright at Filoli Gardens Day and Night. Register Online.

November 21 – January 3.

Holidays at Filoli is the perfect season to make special memories with loved ones and friends. Take a stroll and enjoy the beauty of the winter garden adorned with lights and colorful decor. Cozy up to a firepit under twinkling lights and sip on hot cider or mulled wine.



NEW. Sun. Dec. 6th, 2020 at 6:00pm
CoastPride’s “Night In” Virtual Fundraiser This Sunday Evening

Even though we aren’t able to meet in person this year, our sense of community and commitment to the LGBTQ+ citizens of the coast—from Pescadero to Pacifica—is as strong as ever, and we know our community is looking for ways to connect with, and support, one another through these unprecedented times.

Who Benefits?Funds from the the 2020 CoastPride fundraiser will benefit our Scholarship Program, Youth and Parent/Caregiver Support, SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression) Training Programs, and events during Pride and LGBTQ+ History Months.



NEW. Thur. Dec. 10th, 2020 at 5:00pm
Coastside Jewish Community Chanukah Celebration With Giant Menorah Candle Lighting

Have your menorah, dreidels and latkes ready and join us for a community-wide Coastside candle-lighting event on Zoom.

Let us know if you need any candles or dreidels; we have plenty.

We’ll begin with some words of welcome, a Chanukah story told by Philip Chapnick, songs led by Lissin Lev Chayah, and a candle-lighting at 5:30pm.

Rabbi Moshe will be joining us live from Mac Dutra Plaza in downtown Half Moon Bay where he will be lighting a giant menorah as part of a stationary “Night of Lights” display.



NEW. Tues. Dec. 15th, 2020 at 7:00pm
Half Moon Bay City Council Reorganization Ceremony Welcomes First Latino Council Member Joaquin Jimenez

The Mayor and Vice Mayor will also be selected at the next City Council meeting, Tuesday,  12/15/2020 at 7:00pm, by Zoom.



REPEAT. Tues. Nov. 10th to Dec. 31st, 2020
Support Local Artists ~ “Made on the Coast” Virtual Pop Up Arts & Crafts Fair

Local holiday shopping online.

Made on the Coast Virtual Art Fair runs from today through December 31st.

Local coastal artists from Montara to Pescadero are showcasing their locally made work.

Shop now for those unique gifts for yourself and others.

From jewelry to woodwork, pottery to paintings and needlework to felting and more.


REPEAT. Every Monday 2020 @ 3:00pm - 6:00pm
COVID-19 Mouth Swab Testing Every Monday 3:00-6:00pm Sponsored By City of Half Moon Bay

The City of Half Moon Bay and County of San Mateo – Government have partnered to offer more COVID-19 testing on the Coastside.

Using Curative self-administered testing kits, you simply swab your own mouth and you’re done.

Testing will offer safe, outdoor walk-up access.

Tests are free, no insurance necessary, but if you have it, bring your information.

The testing will continue to be held every Monday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Ted Adcock Community Center. Please register at



REPEAT.  Fridays, 2020 @ 9:00am to 10:00am
Coastal Windage ~ “The Talk of the Coast” Call-in LIVE Talk Show on KHMB

The Coastside’s only live, call-in talk radio show, Coastal Windage features Coastside issues, hot topics, and live comments from Coastsiders in real time.

Finally, the people of the Coastside have an opportunity to participate in their own community.

Co-hosts Reuben TruthMaker and Livvy Streetwise provide a curated and encouraging forum for discussion while regaling listeners with their informed, entertaining, and insightful takes on a full spectrum of topics.



REPEAT.  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.


REPEAT.  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.


REPEAT.  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


Coastside Agency Meetings GOING REMOTE!

Stay Tuned.
Highlighting indicates meetings occurring in the next week

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

Granada Community Services District Parks and Recs  ~ 4 Mondays per year at 7:00pm

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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HIP Housing

Human Investment Project Housing (HIP Housing) is a non-profit organization based in San Mateo, CA that has specialized in affordable and creative housing solutions in San Mateo County since 1972. Each year, HIP Housing helps 1,400 people find housing or keep their homes through our Home Sharing and Self Sufficiency Programs as well as through housing units we own and manage.

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San Benito House

Food, beverages, outside dining, Live music.
356 Main Street
Half Moon Bay, 94019

Sunday 10AM–9PM
Monday 10AM–9PM
Tuesday 10AM–9PM
Wednesday 10AM–9PM
Thursday 10AM-9PM
Friday 10AM-10PM
Saturday 10AM-10PM


Cooking for Friends

With a tenacious eye, Richard began watching chefs in Hawaii as they prepared pigs for traditional Luaus. The allure of the banquet sized paella pan for up to 200 guests enables everyone to enjoy his superb culinary treats.

As a personal chef, I specialize in recreating authentic, vegan, gluten free paella. My pleasure is to keep paella coming to your table for your parties. No job is ever too big, or too small, too near or too far. Please contact me for more information or to book a date. ~ Richard


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


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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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