April 1st , 2021



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Is San Mateo County’s Quarry Park Crown Fire an Tragedy Waiting to Happen?

VIDEO and POWER POINT. From the Midcoast Community Council (MCC) meeting 3/10/2021. Coastsider, Keith Mangold, presents. Hotter, drier, windier. Diablo winds are increasing the distance embers blow. That is how blown embers can ignite the El Granada eucalyptus crown.

Fire webcams and fire watch volunteers can help during Diablo wind events.

Potential loss in El Granada of its 2,212 housing units at $1 million each is $2.2 billion. What is the cost of cutting the eucalyptus down?

Keith Mangold lives in El Granada. Before he retired, he was a consultant in systems, including disaster recovery for computer centers, train wrecks, lightening, etc..


The (Wild) Fire Next Time…

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez —

It feels like we’re living inside a disaster case study which will be written in a few years. “The residents of unincorporated San Mateo County knew that they shared the same risks as the Oakland Hills fire of 1991 and the Paradise fire of 2018, however…” The concern here is that the Fire Next Time[**] will be all too similar to those last two case studies. So let’s explore those risks, and what we’re not doing about them, that we should be, and what we should do now.Only PART of 2020 in this chart



Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) Directors All
Agree the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) Need Updating

VIDEO. From the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) meeting on 3/8/2021 in discussion with SAM Auditor.


Surfers Beach Replenishment and Pillar Point
Harbor Dredging and Eel Grass Replanting

VIDEO. From the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber “State of the Coastside” February 15th, 2021.

Pillar Point Harbor General Manager, Jim Pruett, presents.

Plans are to break ground in eel grass season of Spring 2022. After Eel grass mitigation the harbor district will begin the sand replenishment to Surfers Beach, aka The Jetty.


Chamber’s Survey on Gas REACH Code Show Resistance to Cost and Electric Only Dependence

The City is researching if creating policy to move towards all-electric over time is feasible.
Through this process, discussions will arise on how the community currently uses natural gas and how shifting away from it may affect them.
Here are the results from the public survey the Chamber conducted.

We had 147 total respondents! ~ Krystlyn Giedt, CEO HMB Coastside Chamber


THEY LISTENED. Fitz Opens Mon. May 3rd, 2021!! Petition: Reopen Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Seal Cove Beach Now…Please


Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Reopens May 3
The popular Fitzgerald Marine Reserve will reopen on Monday, May 3, 2021.

Rangers and staff from County Parks are counting on every visitor to help by following the reserve’s tidepool etiquette and COVID-19 safety guidelines.

This includes maintaining at least six feet of distance from those not in your household and at least 300 feet from any marine mammal. Learn more and read about the reserve’s Tidepool Etiquette.

Ian Patterson started this petition to San Mateo County Parks Director, Nicholas Calderon

We, members of the Coastside and San Mateo County community, call for Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to be reopened to the public immediately, including Seal Cove Beach.

This special place is a valued part of coastal living. It has remained closed for almost one year, closing initially due to Covid lockdowns. But while other parks have long since fully and safely reopened, Fitzgerald remains closed.

Our taxes pay for this public reserve and we insist that public spaces must remain available for public use.



City of Half Moon Bay Unveils Their Spring/Summer Beach Action Plan 2021

VIDEO. From the City of Half Moon Bay City Council Meeting March 16th, 2021.

Poplar Beach and the nearby beaches are major draws for local and distant visitors. As such, we can expect traffic and related impacts through the spring and summer of 2021 and subsequent years. The impacts will be more acute during Bay Area heat waves and holiday weekends. The “2021 Action Plan” suggests reasonable and achievable steps that can be taken by the City and Sheriff to alleviate many of the concerns and impacts identified by residents.


Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) Presents Their Stunningly Beautiful Wildflower Hiking Guide


Keep it Beautiful. Here are a few guidelines while viewing wildflowers:

  • Stay on trails to avoid damaging sensitive species and their habitats.
  • Please don’t pick wildflowers so that they are more likely to return next year.
  • Clean your boots after each hike to avoid the spread of invasive species.
  • Keep dogs leashed at all times.


Midcoast Community Council (MCC) Spring 2021 e-News: EG Fire #41 Lighting, CTC, Medio Bridge, Pump Track Updates


Haga clic aquí para leer este boletín en Español.

In this edition:
  • Connect the Coastside
  • Mirada Road / Medio Creek Bridge
  • Quarry Park Pump Track
  • El Granada Fire Station Lighting


City of HMB Begins Talks With Local National Ski Patrolers to Bike Patrol the Coastside Trail

VIDEO. From the 3/24/2021 City of Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation Committee, Deputy City Manager, Matthew Chidester, presents.

The National Ski Patrol Association now has a robust Bike Patrol program. Several locals are part of the ski patrol program andwould like to bring the Bike Patrol to the Coastal Trail.


Bedtime Stories ~ Skippyjon Jones Podcast and
Read Along Video

PODCAST / VIDEO.  Read, and sometimes sung, by Michelle Dragony. Enjoy the adventures of a Siamese kitten, that believes he is a sword-fighting Chihuahua called Skippito Friskito! 

Skippyjon enters his closet to find himself in the desert of old Mexico. He then finds the band of chihuahuas called the Chimichangos.

They are looking for El Blimpo Bumblebeeto Banditio whoo keeps stealing their frijoles (beans). Skippito Friskito to the rescue!


Other Stories

link. The Long and Winding Road of HMGrow in Frenchman’s Creek
link. MCC’s Dan Haggerty Mentions “Sandsavers” as a Simple Solution to Miramar and Mirada Erosion
idea. Want to Be a Coastside Beach Ambassador? Waves, Garbage and Permit Education
essay Why Are Microgrids With Smaller Wastewater Treatment Plants Essential for Sustainable Community Survival?
press release State Labor Violation: Castillo Seed Co. Has Not Paid Workers On Time in Six Months
protest What Happens If SFPUC Watershed Keepers Lose Their Sheriff Powers and Have to Use 911 in a Fire?
video The Mystery of SAM’s BOD Spikes ~ Fertilizers? Frozen Fisheries? Breweries? Distilleries? Wineries? 
video The Balancing of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) at Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM)
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 More Than 50 People Attend MSWD Zoom Meeting on New Rates and Charges
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?
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?

Great Local Coastal Content Every Week. 
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NEW.  Thur. April 8th, 2021 @ 5:30pm
Public Workshop: CalTrans Recirculates Plans for Variable Message Signs (VMS)

Caltrans has decided to recirculate a Draft Initial Study with Proposed Negative Declaration in response to comments and consultation with location communities for State Route 1 Traffic Operational Systems Improvements Project. A Virtual Public Open House meeting is planned for April 08, 2021 from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. The virtual open house will include a presentation providing an overview of the project and the environmental process.



NEW.  Wed. April 14th, 2021 @ 9:00am
El Granada Blvd. Residents Ask County for Permit to Cut Eucalyptus to Create Firebreak

Permit, to allow the removal of 31 significant Eucalyptus trees located within 100 feet from structures at four (4) residential properties to create a fuel break for fire prevention at 491, 499, 507, and 515 El Granada Boulevard, and staging for the operation on a nearby vacant parcel (APN047-152-030).



NEW.  Fri April 9th to Sun. 25th, 2021 @ 7:00pm
Coastal Rep Presents: “I’ll Eat You Last” ~ A Chat With Tinseltown Agent Sue Mengers

April 9 – April 25, 2021

Set in 1981, the solo comedy I’ll Eat You Last takes audiences into the parlor of Tinseltown’s number one agent, Sue Mengers. Mengers is about to throw one of her legendary, star-studded dinner parties, but her plans are overshadowed by having just been fired by superstar client Barbra Streisand. As Sue awaits an explanatory phone call from the Funny Girl star, she shares an array of juicy Hollywood stories. This jaw-dropping comedy charts Sue Mengers’ rise from a child of the Holocaust to movieland power player.



NEW.  Comment Deadline: April 20th, 2021
CalTrans Recirculates Plans for Variable Message Signs (VMS) Allowing for Emergency Messaging

Caltrans prepared a CEQA IS with an ND document and circulated it for public review on August 14, 2020. A virtual public meeting was held on September 10, 2020, and the public review period was scheduled to end on September 13 but was extended to October 30, 2020.

Caltrans has decided to recirculate a Draft Initial Study with Proposed Negative Declaration in response to comments and consultation with location communities. 

Comments open until April, 20th, 2021.

The proposed signs would be activated during emergencies or incidents only and would be off most of the time. The signs would only be programed to be lighted when needed to convey emergency and incident-related information to motorists. In addition, some of the VMS locations were reviewed and relocated in response to public review and input.



Tues. April 6th, 2021, at 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Beach Break Entertainment Presents “Cars” at the Sea Bowl Parking Lot


CARS (2006)
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sea Bowl Parking Lot, Highway 1, Pacifica


Wed. April 7th, 2021, at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Stanford Medicine Presents The Science of Herd Immunity


Wednesday, April 7th from 12:00 – 1:30 PM Pacific/3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern

The concept of herd immunity has been applied for decades in epidemiology and public health, yet the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted new debate about the role of herd immunity in the pandemic response and confusion about what herd immunity entails.

Join a panel of experts who will explain the science of and misconceptions around herd immunity and discuss new research frontiers in immunology, infectious disease dynamics, and human behavior.



Thurs. April 8th, 2021, at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Story of Plastics in San Mateo County; From Human Health to Ocean Protection


SAVE THE DATE! The Story of Plastics in San Mateo County; From Human Health to Ocean Protection Across San Mateo County

From Human Health to Ocean Protection Across San Mateo County, single-use plastics add $500 million in pollutive, health and climate change cost to cities, businesses and residents.
Only 11% are recycled while 88% go to local landfills and 1% to oceans.

Join Doug Silverstein, Co-Founder & Policy Lead, Circular SMC Alliance, and Environment and Sustainability Lead with Thrive Alliance, on Thursday, April 8th from 6:00-7:30pm to learn more about the challenges of plastics on health and oceans and how we can reduce their use in San Mateo County.


Fri. April 9th-May 2nd, 2021, at 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Sanchez Art Center Presents the 2021 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition


Opening Friday, April 9, is the 2021 Left Coast Annual Exhibition.

Juror Christine Koppes, Curator and Director of Public Programs at the Institute of Contemporary Art San José, selected 56 visually intriguing works in a variety of media from among 800 entries submitted by artists on the left coast (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington).

The resulting exhibition conveys “important conversations about social change, identity, and the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Koppes, and “reflects on our interconnectedness even in a time of isolation.”


Sat.. April 17th, 2021, at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Half Moon Bay Lions Host Poker Chip Rally Starting at Long Branch Ranch


Saturday, April 17th 2021 starting at Long Branch Saloon & Farms, 321 Verde Road, South of Half Moon Bay.

Sign up ~ $40.00 ~ Dinner Included!

Upon completing all five stops get back to the Long Branch before 3:00 PM to turn in your scorecard, see if you won, and enjoy a sit-down or take-out dinner cooked by the Lions.


Tues. April 20th, 2021 at 8:30pm to 10:30pm
Beach Break Entertainment Presents “American Graffiti” at the Sea Bowl Parking Lot


Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 8:30 PM  to 10:00 PM

Sea Bowl Parking Lot, 4625 California Highway 1, Pacifica, CA, 94044

April 20th, 2021 – American Graffiti (PG)

1 hr. 50 min.

Start no later than 8:30

Tickets on sale to general public on March 20th, 8am.


Daily in 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm 
Treat Yourself to a Day of Beauty at Filoli Gardens and Historic Museum. Register Online.

Filoli, also known as the Bourn-Roth Estate, is a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate, located in Woodside, California, about 25 miles south of San Francisco, at the southern end of Crystal Springs Reservoir, on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Wikipedia



Every Monday 2021 @ 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



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.



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.


More Live Music Coming Soon.....

CoastViews Music Weekly Entertainment Guide


Coastside Agency Meetings are 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 @ 1:00pm

Cabrillo Unified School District ~ 2nd Thurs. @ 7:00pm

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Owner Mike Barbieri ~ Owner operated in business since 1993.

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Our mission is to provide quality plumbing for the health and safety of our community.
Why Choose Cal Plumbing & Heating? We've been in business for so long because we are focused on doing what's best for you. We aim to earn your respect and trust through our quality, craftsmanship, and customer service.


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.

  • 800 S. Claremont St. #210
    San Mateo, 94402
    United States of America


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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