October 22nd, 2020



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Midcoast Connect the Coastside Walking and Biking Draft Plan Comment Period Ends Nov. 9th, 2020

VIDEO.  At San Mateo County, we strive to make walking and bicycling safe and comfortable for everyone. The Office of Sustainability is leading our efforts toward that goal through the creation of an Active Transportation Plan. The Office of Sustainability works to create more livable communities through multiple programs and initiatives, including our active transportation program which encourages walking and biking. The Active Transportation Plan seeks to help make walking and biking safe and comfortable for everyone in the unincorporated areas of the county.



Half Moon Bay: Planning To Fail?

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez —

Sustainability is another word for Survival. Civilizations that don’t plan for tough times are doomed to fail. Right now, Half Moon Bay is planning to fail by failing to plan.

The new HMB LCLUP is missing only two things: Water and Money. It is good that the plan framework recognizes limits to growth, while trying to balance many competing interests. However, the plan’s reliance on SFPUC to meet dry-year water demands and assure that water rationing does not exceed 20 percent are optimistic, will be costly to current residents, and potentially fatal to HMB.


Two Coastside Heroes Fought For Us ~ Imagine No Tunnel and No New Leaf

VIDEO. A brief history of time to honor two citizens that epitomized community service. From Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside 12/12/2020 meeting.

Thank you for your service.  How would you like to contribute on the Coastside?

John “Padre” Lynch dies at 95 years young. Never elected to City Council, but collected many, many signatures and was the epitome of citizen involvement. He got New Leaf to Half Moon Bay, clean socks for the homeless and was fighting against the Dunes Beach development until his last days.

Chris Thollaug was the technical and financial leader to get the Devils Slide Tunnel built, rather than the 4-lane bypass that would have decimated sleepy little Montara.



MSWD Tour: Want to Know Where Your Water Come From and Goes to in Montara and Moss Beach?

VIDEO. Montara Sanitary and Water District’s (MSWD) General Manager, Clemens Heldmaier, presents a virtual tour of the MSWD infrastructure and financial business plan.



Coastside CERT Volunteer Value For August CZU Fire Response Calculated at $206,000

VIDEO. From the Half Moon Bay City Council Meeting on 10/6/2020.

Volunteer, Cynthia Sherrill, our Coastside Lead CERT Coordinator, presents to City Council a report of Coastside CERT (Community Response Team) activity during the CZU fire.

$206,000 response value on $27.50/hour. This information is needed to fulfill he State’s Emergency Response CERT grants.



GCSD’s Burnham Strip Project Revised Draft to Include Dog Park, More Parking, Larger Lawn and Multi-Use Area

Attached is the Burnham Park Master Plan, which incorporates the changes your Board requested at the meeting held on September 24.

Some of the changes made, which will be discussed in more detail at the meeting, are listed below.

• Addition of a dog park

• Increased the number parking stalls from 32 to 36

• Larger play lawn area

• Relocated the skate ramp and added a multi-use area

• Basketball ½ court was relocated

• Trails no longer cross/intersect



After Action Report By Cal Fire’s Jonathan Cox on the August CZU Fire With 12,000 Lightning Strikes

VIDEO. From City of Half Moon Bay October 6th, 2020 City Council Meeting.

After Action Report from Cal Fire’s Deputy Chief for San Mateo County, Jonathan Cox. Chief Cox takes us from the start of the CZU Fire on August 16th, 2020, through the next 26 days.

  • 12,000 lightening strikes
  • 585 fires brokeout
  • 24 became major incidents
  • 1,000 acres and only 350 personnel on the first day
  • Spot fires occurring 6 miles ahead of fire
  • Zone Haven internet evacuation tool  @ 49:00 minutes
  • Over $60 million to fight this fire


GCSD General Manager Reports Back on County Progress With Quarry Park Pump Track

VIDEO. GCSD General Manger, Chuck Duffy, reports back to the Granada Community Services District board his conversation with Nick Calderon, head of San Mateo County Parks.

Main concern is big events at this site due to the park being embedded in the residential area. GCSD board agrees large events would not be appropriate for this site.

The meeting took place on 10/15/2020.

Next Meeting: Wed November 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Quarry Park Pump Track Virtual Community Workshop for Latest Design



What Age Is A Senior Citizen? At 59 I Qualify for Discounts, AARP, Senior! Housing, IRA Withdrawl and SNAP

ARTICLE. What do you qualify for?    From the California Mobility Blog. Thanks to Village of the Coastisde (VOTC) newsletter for bringing it to my attention.



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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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



Fri. Oct. 23rd, 2020 @ 5:30pm - 6:30pm
FREE Training for RCD’s First Rain Water Sampling Community Science Project

Volunteer for Water!

Download the flyer here: First Rain Flyer

An unprecedented fire season has everyone hoping for rain. But what happens to water quality when those rains finally come?

The First Rain project seeks volunteers to help answer this important question.

The First Rain project is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s annual First Flush program,

California’s longest-running community science project!

Come help collect water samples in coastal creeks and waterways during the first big rain of the year.

No prior experience necessary. Training provided.

Training will be held on via Zoom on Friday October 23, 2020 at 5:30PM

Email Noah at FirstFlush@sanmateoRCD.orgfor questions and a link to the Zoom training.


Sat. Oct. 24th, 2020 @ 10:00am - 11:00am
Have a Comment? Connect the Coastside Walking and Biking Draft Plan Goes Facebook Live

VIDEO.  At San Mateo County, we strive to make walking and bicycling safe and comfortable for everyone. The Office of Sustainability is leading our efforts toward that goal through the creation of an Active Transportation Plan. The Office of Sustainability works to create more livable communities through multiple programs and initiatives, including our active transportation program which encourages walking and biking. The Active Transportation Plan seeks to help make walking and biking safe and comfortable for everyone in the unincorporated areas of the county.



Sat. Oct. 24th, 2020 @ 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunari Lifestyle Outdoor Market at Moon Mothers Nursery in Princeton Harbor

Sunari Lifestyle is Popping Up Outdoor Market Style!

Come shop the line of Yoga Streetwear, Upcycled Canvas bags, Kantha Quilts and Boho Boutique Hats!

Featuring NEW Watering cans for decor or watering the garden and NEW linen aprons!



DELAYED (possibly due to fire smoke)  Sat. Oct. 24th, 2020 @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
Skyline Chestnut Orchard Opens Sat. October 17th, 2020

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.

The season begins Oct 17 and lasts just 6 weeks. Every season is a little different so be sure to check the website for dates and recommended times to pick.



Sat. Oct. 24th, 2020 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Jew in the Lotus – 30th Anniversary Retrospective by Zoom

Please join us on October 24, 2020, as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Jewish encounter with the Dalai Lama recorded in The Jew in the Lotus.

Because of this book, thousands of Jews who are drawn to Buddhism have discovered that their Jewish identities are deeply enriched by the coherence and congruity between Jewish and Buddhist teachings and practices.



Mon. and Tues. Oct. 26th and 27th, 2020 
FREE Wood Chipping Program, Parts of El Granada

The San Mateo Resource Conservation District, in coordination with CalFire, is offering a free chipping program for large brush and small trees or limbs, up to 8 inches in diameter.

Most chipping days will only require you to lay out your chips. For select areas, we’ll ask residences to sign up. Email or call (650) 712-7765 x 124.

You Cut and Stack and They Will Do the Rest!

Selected Streets for El Granada:
• El Granada Blvd (including side streets)
• Dunn Rd
• Columbus Ave (between Isabella Rd and Santa Maria Ave)
• Del Monte Rd (between Avenue Portola and San Pedro Rd)
• Dolores St
• Avenue Balboa (between Valencia Ave and Montecito Ave)



Wed. Oct. 28th, 2020 @ 10:00am to 12:00pm
Would You Like to Learn More About the California Halibut?

Attention: California Ocean Community!

Mark your calendars for October 28th to participate in this informational webinar on California halibut, hosted by the California Ocean Science Trust, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

More here:

California Halibut 2020 Stock Assessment & Peer Review Public Sharing Webinar

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT



Sat. Oct. 30th, 2020  Deadline
Want To Help Solve Congestion on the Coast? Apply For Measure W Oversight Committee

Measure W Citizen’s Oversight Committee ApplicationBallot Question

The ballot question was as follows:[1]

To reduce highway traffic congestion (including 101, 280, interchanges); repair potholes, maintain streets, reduce local traffic, improve pedestrian safety in every San Mateo County city; maintain affordable transit services for seniors/people with disabilities; increase Caltrain/SamTrans capacity; reduce travel times/car trips; implement the San Mateo County Congestion Relief Plan, shall San Mateo County Transit District’s Ordinance levying a 30-year half-cent sales tax with independent citizen oversight, providing approximately $80 million annual that the State cannot take away, be adopted?[2]


Sat. Oct. 31st, 2020 @ 9:00am to 5:00pm
BOO! 4-Day Vote Center Opens in Half Moon Bay on Halloween

4-Day Vote Center (Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Avenue) open October 31 to November 3

  • October 31 to November 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • November 3: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Link to other vote centers in the county (total of 45)



Sat. Oct. 31st, 2020 @ 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Blunder Buss playing at San Benito House 

Spend Halloween at San Benito House with great music and great company.

Blunder Buss will be filling our ears with lively music from 1:30pm – 3pm.

Come hang out with us, dress up, and have fun!



Wed. Nov. 4th, 2020 @ 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Quarry Park Pump Track Virtual Community Workshop for Latest Design

ZOOM Wed. Nov. 4th at 6:00pm to 7:30pm about Quarry Park.

You are invited to the Quarry Park Pump Track – Virtual Community Workshop.
When: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:30PM.Please register in advance for this meeting, at the link below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting


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.


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!


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.


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.
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.

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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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