May 7th, 2020



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City Plans to Buy 880 Stone Pine from POST for Their Corp Yard

VIDEO. The City of Half Moon Bay currently uses its Corporation Yard which is used to house vehicles and equipment that is used to maintain, repair, and develop City infrastructure.

City staff has determined three options for the purchase and improvement of the Stone Pine property housing the City Corporation Yard.

  • Corporation Yard a critical facility, necessary to house maintenance staff, vehicles, equipment and materials.
  • Currently located at 880 Stone Pine Road, leased from POST
  • POST selling property, first right of refusal to City, potential for eviction
    • Limited alternatives (3+ acres commercial land)
    • Cost of alternatives
  • Three options for acquisition and improvement of Property



CV-19: Learning the Right Lesson From Sweden

OWN VOICE.  The topic of Sweden has become another politically/ideologically polarizing one during the Pandemic. Some on the Left seem to hope that Sweden suffers catastrophic deaths to help justify the societal restrictions they favor here – to prioritize lives over finances. Some on the Right seem to hope Sweden succeeds in “staying open” with low or comparable deaths to justify their demands for “freedom” and an end to CV-19-driven restrictions which are damaging our economy. Time will tell, but it is possible that NEITHER side will get the proof that they want, and that the REAL lesson from Sweden is: C) None of the Above.




Non-Profit $$ Funding Opportunity Via San Mateo County Strong Fund

LINKS to $$.

Nonprofit Emergency Grant application open Wednesday, May 6 at 8:00am.
The application period will be from Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. until receipt of 250 applications or Monday, May 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., whichever comes first.

Specific to non-profit support, the goal of the SMCSF is to provide emergency grants through the SVCF to support non-profit organizations serving San Mateo County whose services are most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first round of funding for non-profits of $1m was designated for the eight (8) core services agencies in the County and the Shelter providers. 




Granada Force Main Repair Contractor Environmental Error with Willows

Granada Community Services District Director, Barbara Dye, explains how the Force Main repair project got shut down.



Covid and MidCoast Traffic Construction; Will There Be Money?

VIDEO. Joe LeClaire, San Mateo County Public Works, presents to the MidCoast Community Council 4/22/20 about Connect the Coastside.

Roundabouts estimate at $5 million each. Traffic lights $600k to $1 million. County and state income is down. Should all construction be halted until we have a vaccine?



RCD’s First Flush Water Quality Program ~ Want to Volunteer?

VIDEO.   San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) is a special district that partners with government and land owners, both public and private, since 1939.

RCD’s mission: Water, Climate, Wildlife, Agriculture and Fire and Forest Management.

The First Flush program water quality collects the first big rain of the year: High pollution.

2019: 12 volunteers and 13 sites.

Want to Volunteer?



Chief Cosgrave Covid #6: Preparedness Assignment… Remember Last Year’s Public Safety Power Shutdowns?

COVID LETTER. Hello Coastsiders,

I do not know about you, but to me this week felt like Groundhog day. Cue up Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe playing on the alarm clock every morning!

In addition to opportunities to volunteer locally, The Office of the Governor/California Volunteers is building a database of people who want to volunteer to help when needed. This is not part of Coastside CERT but we have been asked to share this link. California Volunteers and Listos California are the two State-wide programs that oversee our capacity-building grant. We have described to them what CERTs on the Coastside have been doing and they are pleased with the response and resiliency of our community.

There are so many organizations helping Coastsiders get through this tough time. Four local nonprofits in particular stand out for meeting the immediate needs of our most vulnerable residents:



Workforce Development Center is 75% Funded; Last $50,000 Need Will Be Double Matched!



Dear Friends,

In 2020, Abundant Grace Coastside Worker purchased 515 Kelly Avenue to become our new Workforce Development Center – a place for our neighbors experiencing homelessness to shower and do laundry, meet with case managers, get help with a resume or job application, and participate in our work readiness programs on the Coast. The new Center has been critical in our work to support homeless Coastsiders during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Even though we are not open, we have been able to use the Center to distribute food and supplies and keep tabs on our clients.



Wet Weather Storage at Burnham Strip for Sewer Authority


VIDEO. Granada Community Services District Director, Barbara Dye, presents the latest to the boards. Budget versus number of gallons. Have a listen.

Do you know why we have to have wet weather storage at El Granada?



CoastTalk #6 with Marc Weisbarth and Local Musician Ella Harp


Check out her new single “Bittersweet” at, or streaming on all digital platforms.

For info visit Hosted by Mark Weisbarth Sponsored by Mark Weisbarth Real Estate – and by Highway One Love –

For inquiries about the podcast, contact



This Will Give You Access to Every Radio Station on Earth



This will give you access to every radio station on earth.

Click on any one of the dots and you will immediately listen to that station with very good sound.

Any of you who are multi-lingual will certainly enjoy this:



Magnolia Fire Truck Turn Around: Tree Removal, Raptor and Stream Mitigation


VIDEO.  From the 4/28/2020 City of Half Moon Bay Planning Department presents plans for single family residence and a fire truck turnaround at Magnolia and Highway 1.



San Mateo County Shelter in Place (SIP) FAQs


LINK. Click Link for answers >>>>

Doctors and Dentist open for routine and essential services.

Outdoor activities encouraged with physical distancing.

Click Link for answers >>>>



Know Someone Who May Benefit From This Amazing Program?


Those who qualify for the program include people over the age of 65, those exposed to COVID-19 as documented by a public health official or medical professional, and other high-risk individuals suffering from underlying health conditions. Eligible participants must live alone or with one other eligible adult, and cannot receive assistance from other federal nutrition programs, such as CalFresh. Income cannot exceed $74,940 for an individual or $101,460 for two. Participants must also state they are unable to prepare or obtain their meals.

Restaurants will be reimbursed up to $16 for breakfast, $17 for lunch, and $27 for dinner, plus an additional $5 for “incidental expenses.” The State will set nutritional guidelines and will allow local jurisdictions to decide which restaurants qualify.



HAM Radio Technician License Training ~ Remote Testing Starting Due to Covid 19


Remote Testing?

It’s time for remote amateur radio license exams

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, VECs around the country have—and rightly so—shut down their exam sessions. That has, of course, disappointed a number of folks trying to get their Tech licenses and those who are taking this time to study for General or Extra Class licenses.

The answer is for VECs to ramp up remote testing. This has been allowed since 2014, when the FCC published Report and Order FCC 14-74.  


Other Stories

video Construction of Poplar Vertical Access Project to Begin May 4
links Coastal Food Delivery: CoastMates, Rebyl Food and Instacart
video Commercial Fisherman Todd Korth Describes How the Docks Might Open by Salmon Season
video City HMB Special Finance Committee ~ Addressing $6 Million Income Shortfall
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?
video What Will Happen to Our Transient Occupancy Tax with the Covid 19 Virus?
link Do You Know the History of the Crystal Springs Watershed?
video Please Don’t Flush “Flushable Wipes” ‘Cos It Clogs Sewer System
video Who Should Pay For Construction of SAM Wet Weather Storage Expansion Project?
video Census 2020 Participation is Critical for Funding Everything
video How Does China Sword Affect Allied Waste’s Diversion Rates?
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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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.


Thu April 16 - Sun May 17
Sanchez Art Center – VIRTUAL 2020 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition


The 2020 Left Coast Annual (LCA) Exhibition was scheduled to open at Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, on Friday April 10, 2020.  As the world turned upside down with the spread of COVID-19, it became clear that the exhibition would not be able to take place in-person as communities responded to shelter-in-place orders to protect public health.  Artists and Sanchez Art Center Staff, (Janet Barker, Program Manager and Cindy Abbott, Executive Director) pivoted to create this first show in new virtual galleries.

Click HERE or enter in your browser bar to enter the galleries.


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

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 

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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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 ~ 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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