November 12th , 2020



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Total Maximum Daily Load for Indicator Bacteria in Pillar Point Harbor and Venice Beach

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region is proposing amendments to the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay Basin to establish a Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load and Implementation Plan for Pillar Point Harbor and Venice Beach.

Written comments are due no later than 5:00 PM on December 1, 2020, with a public hearing scheduled for February 10, 2021:

Please contact Barbara Baginska at



What’s Brewing With CAISO’s Markets and Grid Operations? Unanswered Question About CA’s Rolling Blackouts


The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) called rolling blackouts throughout California on 14 and 15 August, 2020 and threatened blackouts over Labor Day weekend, alleging a lack of sufficient electricity to serve Californians during those heat waves.

CAISO’s recent preliminary root cause analysis, published on 6 October, raises myriad questions about the operation of CAISO’s markets in contributing to the blackouts.

Additionally, the root cause analysis raises troubling questions about CAISO’s operation of California’s transmission grid.


Quarry Pump Track Poll Asks You To Decide Which One? The “Butterfly”, “Merger” or “Flying X”?

VIDEO. From the San Mateo County Parks Meeting on 11/4/2020.

Guess which pump track design had 90%+ approval?


Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Presents to Half Moon Bay BPAC ~ Can They Help With the Coastal Trail?

VIDEO.  From the City of Half Moon Bay Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting on 11/4/2020. Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, San Mateo County Advocate, Sandhya Laddha presents, introducing their Network Priority Tool and Polling data.


Ohlone History ~ The First Coastsiders for 14,000 Years

HMB HISTORY ASSOC. ARTICLE. Thanks Ellen Chiri-Bakaleinikoff.

The first people on this fertile coastal terrace believed that they came from the earth. In their first 14,000 years here, they developed a way of life that was centered on caring for the land.

The people now referred to collectively as, Ohlone, were organized into at least 50 politically autonomous tribal groups that spoke several dialects. Extended clans formed villages, each of which included societal organizations.

Working together, the organizations directed storage of surplus food, constructed buildings, planned hunting strategies, and determined when and where to relocate to follow the seasons.


Made on the Coast Is Looking For Emerging Artists ~ Do You Know One Who Could Use Up To $1,500?

INVITATION.  Made on the Coast will be opening it’s Grant Application for Local Emerging Artists on November 1st, 2020.

The Emerging Artists Program (EAP) provides financial support to developing or established professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists.

Pivotal projects may happen at different stages of a career. Therefore, the EAP grants are not restricted to un-established artists.


Is There a Humane Way to Get Rid of Mice and Rats? Yes. Catch and Release.

There’s a humane way to do anything! According to Dr. David E. Davis of Johns Hopkins University, “Poisons or traps merely make space for more rats to grow.”

To prevent a rat or mouse problem, take away what makes your home attractive to them: food and shelter.

Start by making sure that there is no food in open places or in cardboard containers, which rats can eat right through.

Keep garbage in tightly covered containers.

Next, deny them a way to enter your home by sealing holes at the bottom of walls. Of course, this means that while no rats can come in, any who are already inside can’t get out.


A History of the Municipal Water Department and Hetch Hetchy System by SFPUC’s Tim Ramirez


Forward From the Editors: This 2005 edition of San Francisco Water and Power, A History of the Municipal Water Department and Hetch Hetchy System celebrates the extraordinary events and memorable leaders who conceived, designed and built San Francisco’s water system with foresight to provide today’s Bay Area with high quality drinking water supplies.


Northern Elephant Seals: From the Beach to the Sea- Presented by Dr. Dan Costa

VIDEO. From the Coastside Land Trust’s YouTube Channel.

Dr. Dan Costa explores the physiology, ecology, and behavior of the Northern Elephant Seal. Dr. Costa is the Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences and Distinguished Professor at UC Santa Cruz. He is an internationally recognized expert on marine mammals of the Central Coast.

This presentation is the last of a three part marine mammals webinar series. Learn more about the Coastside Land trust and donate to support our programs at:


San Mateo County Works With Coastside Farm Workers Closing the Digital Divide and Connecting Students to Schools

PRESS RELEASE. As a result of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, 11/10/220.

At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the County’s Information Services Department announced the progress of an ambitious effort to connect students in rural communities and low-income households to their schools with high-speed internet access.

The County launched the “Public Internet Connectivity Pilot Project” after Shelter-In-Place orders closed schools to in-person learning. Many remote learners faced a challenge: They could not connect with their schools and teachers because they lacked high-speed internet connections.


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!


California AB 992 Amends the Brown Act Regarding Public Agency Boards Use of Social Media

VIDEO. From the Granada Community Services District meeting on 10/15/2020 Attorney’s  Report.

California’s AB 992, was signed by the Governor and will be effective January 1st, 2021.

It is an amendment to the Brown Act.


Other Stories

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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TONIGHT!  Thur. Nov. 12th, 2020 @ 6:30pm to 7:30pm
City of Half Moon Bay Invites You to the 2020 State of the City Address ~ Zoom A Year of Adaptation

Join us for the annual City of Half Moon Bay State of the City Address as we offer a look back at an unprecedented year of adaptation.

This past year has been one of extraordinary events and significant changes that have tested the strength of many. But the people of Half Moon Bay have come together to demonstrate what true community strength looks like.


NEW!  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.


NEW!  Fri. Nov. 13th, 2020 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm
POST Presents 30 Years of History for 380 Miles of the Bay Area Ridge Trail


Join POST and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council for a discussion of the history and future of our region’s most ambitious trail network.

Over 30 years after its inception, the Bay Area Ridge Trail now has over 380 miles open to the public and ready to explore. Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council for a discussion of the history and future of our region’s most ambitious trail network. We will hear from Elizabeth Byers, a founder of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and author of Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians. Elizabeth will talk about the beginnings of the Ridge Trail Council, give a broad overview of the trail system, and share some of her favorite spots along the way.


CANCELLED (Due to Rain)  Fri. Nov. 13th, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 9:00pm
City Slickers Drive-In Movie Next to Our Lady of the Pillar ~ Under the Stars, In Cars!

Join us for another Beach Break Entertainment Evening Under the Stars, in Your Cars featuring City Slickers.  Starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance.  PG13 1hr 53 min.

6:00PM gates open

7:00PM movie begins

No late entry.

Event benefits Cabrillo Education Foundation.


NEW!  Sat. Nov. 14th, 2020 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Diwali New Moon Ceremony ~ Native Flute Meditation and Drum Journey on ZOOM

In the spirit of Diwali Festival of Lights, we celebrate the triumph of light over darkness and the blessings of freedom and enlightenment.

Gather in virtual Sacred Circle at dusk, when the veils between worlds are thinnest, to embrace the new moon with reflection, renewal and seeding new intentions.

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


NEW.  Tues. Nov. 17th, 2020 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Pre-Application Hearing for Aaron’s Inn a New 22-Room Hotel at 1390 Main St., Montara

A public workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, to allow for public comment on a proposal submitted to the San Mateo County Planning Department (Planning Case File No. PRE 2016-00034) to merge two parcels (APNs 036-052-030 and 036-052-150) located at 1350 and 1390 Main Street in the Montara area of unincorporated San Mateo County for a new 22-room, 3-story hotel with underground parking on the first story.



THIS WEEK. Wed. Nov. 18th, 2020 @ 10:00am - 11:00am
Coastside Fire Protection District Announces Virtual Grand Opening for New El Granada Station 41


El Granada, CA – The Coastside Fire Protection District would like to invite the community to attend the virtual grand opening of the new El Granada Fire Station 41.

This state-of-the-art facility is just down the street from the current station on Obispo Road in El Granada. This 2,425-square-foot, 30-foot-tall facility will modernize and triple the size of the current station.



NEW.  Thur. Nov. 19th, 2020 @ 3:00pm - 4:30pm
How Does the Amah Mutsun Tribe Use Burning to Maintain Healthy and Productive Landscapes

On Thursday, November 19 from 3:00-4:30pm, the Amah Mutsun Land Trust will hold an online Fire Symposium.
It will bring together tribal leaders, fire researchers, archaeologists, and others for a discussion on coastal Central California’s fire history, prescribed burning, and Indigenous fire stewardship.



REPEAT. Every Monday 2020 @ 4:00pm - 7:00pm
COVID-19 Mouth Swab Testing Every Monday 4:00-7:00pm 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 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Ted Adcock Community Center. Please register at



REPEAT.  Fridays, 2020 @ 9:00am to 10:00am
Hear The Coastal Butterfly Tomorrow!!
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.  Call first they are running low....
Fri. through Sun. 2020 @ 9:30am to 4:30pm
Skyline Chestnut Orchard is OPEN!

Pick your own chestnuts at this historic orchard! Skyline Chestnuts is a 20-acre orchard sitting at an elevation of about 2,500 feet above Palo Alto in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The Skyline Chestnut Orchard was originally planted over 100, and perhaps as long as 150 years ago. Shortly after California was acquired by the United States in 1847, a Spanish settler moved up into the mountains where he planted the oldest of the trees growing there today.



REPEAT.  Mon. Sept. 28th, 2020 to Sat. Nov. 21st, 2020
Donate Anytime to Table of Plenty to Support a Weekly Supper for Struggling Families, Elders, Homeless, and Hungry

After operating as an all-volunteer organization since 2012, the TABLE of PLENTY in Half Moon Bay we admit we were caught by suprise by the sudden impact of COVID-19 Pandemic as we have been across our nation and the world. We have been committed to our mission of bringing a distinctive supper to struggling families, elders, homeless and hungry, 52 weeks a year. In the process we created community from strangers. and we Confronted with unexpected has been humbling and inspiring all in one.The story below shares what happened and the small miracles that took place working together to feed our most vulnerable.


REPEAT.  Sat. May. 22nd, 2021 @ 7:30am - 5:00pm 
Live Devil’s Slide Run Scheduled for May 2021

Run the most scenic trails in Northern California, while supporting more than 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities.

The DSR features five courses that offer something for everyone, from weekend warriors to hard-core endurance athletes. Each distance features breath-taking coastal vistas, fearsome climbs, rolling hills, epic descents and best-in-class support.

The 50k, 30k, and half marathon feature the Alta Vista Trail, a cruel and beautiful climb that is dubbed the steepest in the Bay Area!


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.  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


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.

  • 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.

Bedtime Stories 2-Hour Mix ~ Michelle Dragony Reads

Bedtime Stories 2017 Mix ~ 1 Hour of Stories ~ Listen In!

Bedtime Stories 2016 Podcast Mix ~ 1 Hour of Stories

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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