June 4th, 2020



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In Perspective: Kittens, Communism, and Connect The Coastside

OWN VOICE.  ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez.

Maybe if I were herding kittens, or were in charge of the Chinese Communist Party, I would have run the Connect The Coastside (CTC) meeting last weekend just the way the County did.  But I’m a resident who wants necessary solutions at a fair price, and not a bureaucratic boondoggle.  I apologize that this article will require thinking.  To hold your interest, let’s break things up into sections:

  • define the real problems,
  • review the fatal flaws with the CTC,
  • expose the County’s Mind Control games,
  • and then assess the implications for action.




Chief Cosgrave Interviews: “Infection Prevention Essentials for Coastsiders” by Dr. Ronald Gemberling

Ronald M. Gemberling, MD, is a semi-retired, board-certified plastic surgeon and has lived with his wife, Adrienne, on the Coast since 2004.
Over his surgical career he has developed an expertise and has taught about the origins of infection in the operating room and post-operative surgical site infections to medical professional and lay audiences throughout California and overseas.
His presentation:“Infection Prevention Essentials for Coastsiders” is geared to provide our community audience with enough practical information and hygiene habits during our social and economic recovery to protect themselves and the loved ones around them.



Marine Mammal Center Sea Lion Rescue 5/30/2020 From Barbara’s Fishtrap Beach


Marine Mammal Center Sea Lion Rescue Saturday morning, 5/30/2020 From Barbara’s Fishtrap Beach.

Thanks to Linda Pardini for helping to notify the Marine Mammal Center on her way to work.

If you see mammalian sea life that needs help on the beach, call the numbers below.

DO NOT ever try to approach or touch these animals.





Midcoast Census Report From Supervisor Horsley’s Office ~ Census Will Be Hand-Delivered

VIDEO. At the 5/27/2020 Midcoast Community Council meeting Supervisor Horsley’s staff, Kerrie Dahlman, reports on the status of Census 2020 outreach by San Mateo County for the Midcoast.

In a previous meeting, the MCC expressed concerns that because Census mail was not being put into P.O. Boxes, that there would be fewer respondents, which would in turn affect federal funding for the next 10 years.

The Census 2020 field teams are back to work.  They will now be delivering the Census to the unincorporated homes by hand.

Note that you can go online to fill out the Census (see below post on how it looks), or you can do it by phone.

Make the Census part of daily conversation until we have 100% completion.  We are always in this together.




Connect the Coastside Moves Forward With Roundabouts, But Will There Be Money?

VIDEO. Midcoast Community Council’s, Claire Toutant, asks some difficult question of San Mateo County Planning Manager, Joe LaClaire.

Last month the MCC ask the County to NOT make any planning decisions until the end of the year due to Covid-19.

Have listen.

  • Questions about the Firehouse on Stetson
  • Carlos right only
  • Carlos one way in 5 years
  • extending Carlos to 16th
  • Highway 1 Roundabouts at Cypress, Etheldore and Vallemar, and 16th
Have an opinion? Then contact Claire.

Claire Toutant, Secretary – Term Ends: Dec. 2022
Phone: 650-676-5847‬




What Is Montara Sewer and Water District’s Water System Reliability Charge?

VIDEO. Montara Sewer and Water District’s (MSWD) Water System Reliability Charge represents funding for $1.1 million in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

The CIP drives all of the capital projects that keep the water and sewer pipes from leaking, and replacement of 13 lift pumps and 33 grinder pumps, etc.




Have You Seen the NEW Half Moon Bay Map For Nov. 2020 District Based Elections?

VIDEO. Jonathan Roisman, from the City of Half Moon Bay City Clerks office presents at the June 2nd, 2020 City Council Meeting.




Chief Cosgrave Interviews: EMTs, Fire Volunteers and Businesses Chime in on Covid-19

VIDEO WEBINAR.   “Coastside CERT COVID on the Coast Panel Discussion” brought to you by Half Moon Bay Coastside Battalion Chief, David Cosgrave on May 28th, 2020 at 6:30pm.

Coastside CERT Discussion Panel on COVID-19 Impact on Individuals:

  • HMB High Senior Class of 2020 and CERT member, Juan Sarabia
  • Local Merchants, Audrey Seaton (Small Town Sweets) and Natasha Bass (Hometown Mercatile)
  • 2 Survivors of COVID-19, Shanti Minkstein (family photographer) and Paige Scott Carol
  • Coastside Volunteer Fire Fighter, Chad Fairbrother
  • AMR Paramedic, Hide Maki
  • Mike Jacobs, Coastside Fire EMS Trainer

This will be a sharing of experiences not a science and instructional presentation.




PG&E Gas Main and Lateral Replacement Project for Frenchman’s Creek Starts July 6th

VIDEO.  PG&E Gas Main and Lateral Replacement Project for Frenchman’s Creek Starts July 6th, 2020 and will go on for 9 months.

Presentation by Maziar Bozoginia, City Engineer and the 6/2/2020 HalfMoon Bay City Council Meeting.

PGE will be contacting each resident by mail and with a phone call.



Mayor Eisen: Stand Up to Racism, Curfew, No Cost; No Symptom Covid Testing, 4th July and PFest Cancelled

Last week, I noted our shared frustration with the behavior (and sheer number) of visitors to Half Moon Bay’s beaches on Memorial Day Weekend. As we announced, we were able to work with the State and State Parks to reopen the beach parking lots and restrooms.

Although there were still many – perhaps too many – visitors this weekend, from what I have heard this move was effective in somewhat relieving the parking pressure on neighborhoods adjacent to our beaches. The other problems experienced over Memorial Day weekend were also reduced.

I know that it is not a perfect solution, but it is a good step toward normalcy. As you may notice, we’ve placed signs at our beaches and along the Coastal Trail encouraging social distancing and other measures. I understand that many of you are upset we were not able to coordinate this prior to the holiday weekend – I want you to know that we did try. Opening of the parking lots and restrooms took coordination of eight separate agencies, and because of that, took a few days longer than we had hoped.



Montara Sewer and Water District Discuss Their Water Budget for the 2020-2021 Year

VIDEO.  If you live in Montara and Moss Beach, do you know where your water comes from?

MSWD General Manager, Clemen Heldmaier presents to the MSWD board and the public.

At 38:14  MSWD Board member, Peter Decker, who is also Treasurer and on the Finance Committee expresses that MSWD is already a lean operation, but they looked at everything.




10+ Year Plan for Transportation Projects Including Cypress Point in Moss Beach

VIDEO. Powerpoint presentation by San Mateo County Planning Manager, Joe LaClair, at Midcoast Community Council 5/27/2020 meeting.

Midcoast Community Council (MCC) is an elected Municipal Advisory Council to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, representing Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, Princeton, and Miramar.

Regular MCC meetings are on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM by ZOOM. 
All MCC meetings are open to the public, and are agendized and posted according to the requirements of the Brown Act.




Chief Cosgrave’s 11th Coronavirus Message 5/31/2020 ~ Includes Link to Latest Webinar

LETTER.  Many people have voiced their concerns to me about masks and face coverings so again I want to emphasize that the cloth coverings are there to protect others from your human plume or off-gassing (think of Pigpen in the Charlie Brown cartoons). If you see someone without a mask, your best defense is to increase your distance from them. This is most important in small confined places with poor air circulation.

Mask slackers are not new. Ours is not the first society to resist wearing masks during a pandemic. Mask-wearing rules faced resistance during the 1918 Pandemic, too. “Most people complied, but some resisted (or poked holes in their masks to smoke).” You can read more here.




Montara Sewer and Water District (MSWD) Discuss Their Budget With Sewer Authority Mid-Coast (SAM)

VIDEO.  MSWD General Manager, Clemens Heldmaier, present SAM general Manager, Kishen Prathivadi to the MSWD board for the consideration of the MSWD/SAM Operating Budget Review for year 2020-2021.  Meeting date 5/21/2020.

MSWD/SAM Operating Budget Review for year 2020-2021




San Mateo Count MCC Midcoast Mobility Survey Results; Over 600 Respondents

VIDEO. Midcoast Community Council’s, Michelle Weil present the results for the Mobility Survey.

The survey was open 4/8/2020 to 5/20/2020.

Over 400 people responded to open-ended write-in questions about mobility.

87% people drive alone.

Stay tuned to the MCC website for the latest on this topic.

Powerpoint Presentation of the Mobility Study Results.



In Perspective: CV-19: How we doing HERE? as of 5/27/20

* Gregg takes the new Mercury News CV-19 Dashboard out for a spin.

OWN VOICE ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez.

I admit to feeling a little chuffed* at our Bay Area responsible behavior in the face of this Pandemic.  We were on it early, on our game, eyes on the ball.  Nationally, of course, a total disaster, but not HERE.  Right?  Well, sit up and pay attention.  Not So Fast.

As of today’s data on the new Mercury News CV-19 Dashboard (which is really 5/27) San Mateo County is …. Ooops!  5th worst in deaths per Million in California. I guess THAT’S why they’re still keeping us from parking near parks and beaches…  We’re the worst in the Bay Area…California Counties sorted by Deaths/Million as of 5/27/20.


Other Stories

video Have You Heard of the Old Historic Colma Road for Hiking, Biking and Bird Watching?
link Have You Heard of the Old Historic Colma Road for Hiking, Biking and Bird Watching? 
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”
own voice CV-19: Learning the Right Lesson From Sweden
link Great Plates: Know Someone Who May Benefit From This Amazing Program?
video RCD’s First Flush Water Quality Program ~ Want to Volunteer?
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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TONIGHT!!  Thurs. June 4th @ 8:20pm
Coastside Grad Night 2020 ~ Let Us All Celebrate From Coastal Grads From Our Front Yards!

It is time to celebrate all Coastside Graduates ~ Preschool, Kindergarten to High School, and beyond.

Let’s cheer them all on!

Feel free to decorate your front yard, porch or window to spread the love. xoxo

More about HMBHS Graduation Week

June 2nd & 3rd, 2020
(Graduates will be assigned a day and time)


TONIGHT!!  Thurs. June 4th @ 7:30pm
Proposition 218 Demands Public Hearing for Rate Increases Even With Covid-19

MSWD customer Joel Farbstein asks the board to delay the approximately $500 MSWD Water Service Liability Charge, for one year.

He asks them to balance the Covid situation by delaying the  water charge, with the fact that the Water Service Liability Charge has been define non-essential by MSWD. The $1,200 stimulus check is essential for food, rent and medical.


Wed. June 10th @ 9:00am
San Mateo County Planning Continues to Consider MidPen’s Cypress Point 71-Unit Development

Continued consideration of a Local Coastal Plan Map and Text Amendment, and a Zoning Text and Map Amendment to rezone one parcel from “PUD-124/CD” to “PUD-140/CD”, in order to revise the site plan and project design and reduce the density of the previously approved PUD zoning from 148 dwelling units to 71 dwelling units composed entirely of affordable housing on a vacant parcel located at the corner of Carlos and Sierra Streets in Moss Beach.

The amendment also includes a revision to Policy 3.15(d) of the LCP to require that all the dwelling units within the PUD be affordable.


Thurs. June 11th @ 1:00pm
Zoom “Whole Food for a Whole You” Presented By Village of the Coastside (VOTC)

We all know eating a healthy diet is one of the pillars of a healthy life, but how do we sift through the opinions, advice, fad diets and conflicting information flooding our lives? Just keep it simple.
Join us on zoom for a discussion with nutritionist Casey McClung on how to break through the noise with a simple way to start on the path to a whole you. Ultimate health is a journey, not a race, but it still has to start with a simple step forward.

You’re invited:  Thursday, June 11 at 1:00PM
Topic: Whole Food for Whole You

Join Zoom Meeting


Fri. June 12th @ 6:00pm
Join Sonrisas Dental Health Fundraiser for a Paella Cook-Along!

Join Sonrisas Dental Health for a free Paella cook-along!
Optional purchasing of recipe kit or donations are accepted.
Culinary explorer Clyde Hinshelwood will lead this lively event benefitting Sonrisas.
Whether you have attended Sonrisas Dental Health’s annual ‘Cooking for a Cause’ event for years, or you are joining us for the first time, you will find yourself in the right place on Friday, June 12, 6:00pm-7:30pm.

REGISTER for Event:  Friday, June 12, 6:00pm-7:30pm, online.


Wed. and Thurs. June 10th and 12th @ 9:00am-4:00pm  ... ongoing 
COVID-19 Testing Available at Cunha Intermediate School on Weds. and Thurs.

Starting Wednesday, COVID-19 testing will be available at Cunha Intermediate School on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the next two weeks from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through Project Baseline.

Starts this Wed. 6/3/2020, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thurs. 6/4 /2020, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wed. 6/10/2020, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thurs. 6/11/2020, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Then there is a two week break, and the next testing will be Wed. 7/1/2020 and Thurs. 7/2/2020 9:00am to 4:00pm…Stay Tuned.

Residents can sign up 72 hours before the testing site opens by visiting the Verily site

Those who’d like to get tested must register in advance and be 18 years or older.


Sat. June 13th @ 11:30am
Meet Your Village of Support: Coastside Birth Options – Birth Workers Serving the Coast (Formerly Meet the Doula)


Meet Your Village of Support: Coastside Birth Options –
Birth Workers Serving the Coast
(Formerly Meet the Doula).


Mon. June 15th @ 6:30am
San Mateo County Hosts Connect the Coastside; Montara and Moss Beach 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,


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

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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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
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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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