February 28th, 2019

HMB Planned Developments (PD) Haven’t Been Updated in Over 25 Years

VIDEO. Affordable housing?  Downtown development? Viable agriculture? Watch (or listen) as the Planning Commission discusses Local Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) Update with the public.

Missed the meeting? Watch the video and submit comments and questions by email.


The PDs have not been comprehensively updated in over 25 years and involve complex planning challenges that have been consistent themes throughout the LUP update process, namely housing affordability, concentration of development downtown, habitat conservation and hazard avoidance, and supporting continued viability of agricultural operations. The draft Development Chapter presents a starting point for addressing these challenges through a fresh look at the PD areas. Staff would like to reiterate that this is a proposed draft and welcomes community and Planning Commission input. Next steps include finalizing the Introduction, Framework, and Public Works chapters as well as the theoretical buildout projections, and setting dates for additional Planning Commission study sessions.

Want to Grow Hemp?
HMB City Staff and Council are Thumbs Up.

ARTICLE / VIDEO. The 2018 Farm Bill, which includes language that legalizes hemp across the U.S., was signed into law this week by President Trump. The stroke of that pen unleashes a potential economic dynamo for American farmers. ~ Read more @ Forbes

Deputy City Manager, Matthew Chidester, and Jill Ekas, Community Development Director, met with the San Mateo County Agriculture Commissioner, Fred Crowder, and they all agreed that HMB is free to grow hemp


Learning from the 1989 SF EARTHQUAKE ~ by Stewart Brand (Spring 1990) 

PHOTO-ESSAY.  This article—which first appeared in much briefer form in the Chronicle—is an attempt to reconstruct the confused events of that first two hours at Divisadero and Beach, and to distill some advice that might be useful to anyone wishing to survive a disaster and to help others to do the same.  The article is dedicated to Janet Ray, who did not survive October 17. ~ Stewart Brand


There simply aren’t enough professionals available to cover all the emergencies in a disaster.  Volunteer rescuers in San Francisco’s Marina District on the night of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake outnumbered professionals three-to-one during the critical first few hours.  And it still wasn’t enough.  Only a small portion of the people present offered emergency help, despite the romanticized press to the contrary.


Hwy 1 / Kelly Ave. Storm Drainage Improvement Project


This project involves improvements to the drainage at the intersection of Highway 1 and  Kelly Avenue,  diverting stormwater to flow along the east side of Highway 1, to the north  of the intersection adjacent to Shoreline Station. They will direct water to the existing bio swales along Shoreline.

There is an existing storm drain culvert beneath Highway 1 that conveys storm drainage  from the east to west of Highway 1. Due to the lack of adequate drainage capacity west of  Highway 1 at Kelly Avenue, excessive amounts of storm water flood Cabrillo Unified and  Hatch Elementary school as well as Kelly Avenue.

Watch or Listen the discussion of this project, it is all cued up for you…


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CITY HMB Listening Sessions and Priority-Setting Workshops 3/2, 3/3, 3/7 and Retreat 3/26

What are your priorities for the City?

City Council Schedules Listening Sessions to Hear Community on City Priorities. Public Also Invited to City Council Priority Setting/Strategic Planning Workshop

Half Moon Bay, CA – The City Council of Half Moon Bay invites community members to attend Listening Sessions in March to join in the discussion and share their vision for the City’s priorities in the upcoming year.

Parking. Listening Session #1 at 537 Kelly Ave, Emergency Operations Center (next to HMB Police Dept seen here). Listening Session #2 and Council Retreat/Workshop, at 535 Kelly Ave, Ted Adcock Community Center

The purpose of these sessions is for the City Council members to hear directly from the people who live and work in Half Moon Bay, and gain a broad range of community input on what people feel are the critical priorities the City should be focusing on. The public is also invited to the all-day City Council Priority Setting / Strategic Planning Workshop, at which the Council will set its priorities for the upcoming fiscal year (July 2019-June 2020). More information is available online at For community members who are not able to attend a session, this web page includes a form to provide input and ideas about the City’s priorities (comment form will be available on March 3).

To garner as much public participation as possible, three Listening Sessions have been scheduled, in addition to the City Council Priority Setting / Strategic Planning Workshop. Spanish translation will be available at the Listening Sessions, and Session 2 will be conducted in Spanish. All Listening Sessions will have the same content.



Hatch PTO presents A Swanky Speakeasy, a roaring 20s style evening.

All are invited to this year’s Hatch auction fundraiser at The Gate House at the Oceano Hotel in Princeton Harbor on Saturday, March 9th, from 6 to 10 pm.

There will be a dinner buffet, drinks, live and silent auction and dancing to the music of Catie Chase & the Getaways. This glamorous evening will be filled with fun and surprise entertainment and all proceeds go to enrichment programs to benefit all the Hatch Elementary students.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at:

We hope to see you there, kicking it up for the kids!

If you are not able to attend the event, check out the online auction beginning Saturday, March 3rd at:


CITY HMB NET Community Academy Application DEADLINE ~ 3/21

APPLY TODAY!  NET (Network – Engage – Transform) is an exciting and fun community engagement program in Half Moon Bay. This four-session community academy provides an overview of the management and governance of Half Moon Bay, while helping to build relationships that will strengthen our entire community.

Oprime aquí para el programa en español
(Nota: Este programa se lleva a cabo en inglés, pero la Ciudad está desarrollando una nueva academia comunitaria en español que se anunciará en el futuro)

The spring, 2019 program takes place on Thursday evenings:

April 4, April 11, April 25, and May 2, from 6 – 9 pm

(including really good catered dinner)!

The deadline to submit an application is 5 pm, March 21, 2019. Click here to apply.

Participants are encouraged to commit to attending all four sessions in order to gain the most benefit from the program. If you are not able to commit to all four sessions, please apply for a future NET program that better meets your schedule.




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VIDEO/ PODCAST. Goodnight Moon was recorded by Michelle Dragony. If you enjoyed listening to this bedtime story, you may enjoy reading it too.  Buy the book at a local coastal bookstore.  Bedtime Stories is produced in the Coastside Buzz Studios, in Princeton Harbor, near Half Moon Bay, California.

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—he says goodnight.

In this classic of modern children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. ~Back Cover

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