April 30th, 2020



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They Can Open 5/4: HMB Kayak, Mavericks Paddlesports, HMB Yacht Club, Skate Ramp, Bike Works Rentals

GREAT NEWS.  Regarding bike, kayak and stand up paddle rentals being allowed, the primary consideration is if they are primarily outside businesses (as opposed to being an indoor office space).

If so, and if you practice protocols like wiping down high touch surfaces, you can operate.

Yacht Club sailing—the consideration is if you can practice proper social distancing on the watercraft.

Skate parks are allowed.

Summer camps are allowed only if they provide child care to essential workers.

I’m not sure if you’ve visited the Shelter FAQ page, but you may find some other useful information here:

I hope that helps and please let us know if you need anything else,

Michelle Durand, Chief Communications Officer,  San Mateo County




Coastal Food Delivery: CoastMates, Rebyl Food and Instacart

Old Princeton Landing
Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen
Café Capistrano
Moss Beach Distillery
ARK North Indian Cuisine
Moonside Bakery and Cafe
Simms Organics
Pomponio Ranch
Root Down Farm
Blue House Farm
Spread the Love Jams
Craftsman Coffee
Fifth Crow Farm
Moonside Bakery
Moss Beach Kombucha



InPerspective: Why are WE still shut down?

My Lab is happy about SMC’s forthcoming easing of recreational restrictions, even though people still aren’t petting him. However, California as a whole is still heavily restricted. But California is among the best states in handling this, right? And the Bay Area was ahead of the curve, right? So why are WE still shut down? Let’s divide this week’s article into 4 topical sections:

1. How IS California doing compared to the rest of the country?

2. IS California ready to open now?

3. What statistics can you BELIEVE about COVID-19?

4. So what? What do we do when, and how?



SURVEY: Sidewalk Plans for Montara, El Granada and Princeton for Active Transportation Plan

MAPS from San Mateo County Office of Sustainability and SURVEY.

We have developed specific pedestrian safety and access improvement recommendations at 11 locations. We identified these locations through our technical analysis and through community input in the first phase of outreach. We will also develop pedestrian design guidance for unique unincorporated County character areas to accompany these focus area recommendations and guide additional pedestrian improvements in the communities. Improvements proposed in the pedestrian focus area locations are representative of the types of improvements that could be implemented elsewhere in the community.



City HMB Waves of Strength: Join In with “Views From Home” Videos

LETTER. Dear Half Moon Bay Community,    It’s well known that connecting with others in the community (virtually, of course) is something that really can make a difference in our attitudes, health, and well-being during the pandemic.

To help with that, the City is offering a great way to share your story – our new “Views from Home”: Half Moon Bay photo/video project. It’s part of the City’s ongoing #WaveofStrength campaign to provide community support during the pandemic.



Construction of Poplar Vertical Access Project to Begin May 4

NEWS RELEASE. Poplar Beach Access Closed from May 4 – June 30.

Half Moon Bay, CA – A much-needed construction project to repair and improve “vertical” access to Poplar Beach will begin next Monday, May 4, and will continue through Tuesday, June 30. As a result, access to Poplar Beach will be closed to the public for the duration of that work. Alternate Poplar Beach access is available approximately ½ a mile to the north.

At its Tuesday, April 21, 2020 meeting, the Half Moon Bay City Council authorized the City Manager to proceed with the construction of the planned Poplar Beach Vertical Access Project.



America Amplified: The Pandemic and K-12 Education Gaps ~ Free Resources

PODCAST.  At 15:50 minutes several resources are offered:   The Tech Exchange in Oakland.

Need a Computer?

  • Tech Exchange provides high quality refurbished computers
  • Desktop Computers ~$50-$75
  • Laptop Computers ~$100-$300 (Dell, HP, Lenovo, Mac, and more) with a ​1-year warranty.




InPerspective ~ CV-19 Humor (Warning: Politics Included)

OWN VOICE, OWN WORDS.  It’s hard to tell the LOL humor from the irony and sarcasm, but there’s plenty to go around.

Hoping you can discern both the wit and the wisdom…  ~ Gregg Dieguez, Montara resident.




Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow Relaxes Some Restrictions During COVID-19 Crisis

PRESS.  “3. Beach parking closed to public?  “Beach parking must be closed to the public. Further, local authorities are authorized and encouraged to close and/or prohibit as much parking in areas adjacent to beaches as necessary to prevent crowds that cannot feasibly comply with the requirements of this Order. Additionally, the following items are prohibited for use or possession on a beach: umbrellas; shade structures; tents; BBQs and grills; coolers; chairs, hammocks, and other conveyances designed to sit and or lounge;”

Where they going to poop and pee?


Other Stories

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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Open Wed. May 6th @ 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.


Deadline Mon. May 4th
San Mateo Property Tax Deadline 5/4 ~ Accepting Cash in HMB, also Online

 San Mateo County announced it will accept cash-only in-person property tax payments in Half Moon Bay, Redwood City, and South San Francisco on April 30, May 1, and May 4 between 9 am and 5 pm.
Payments are still being accepted via mail, online ($36 charge), automated phone system, and the drop box at 555 County Center, Redwood City.
To drop off a cash-only property tax payment in Half Moon Bay, please visit the Sheriff’s Substation at 537 Kelly Avenue on April 30, May 1, or May 4 between 9 am and 5 pm.


Sat. May 2nd @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Conversations that Matter Most in the Age of Covid-19 With Dr. Jessica Zitter

Mission Hospice is pleased to offer this community conversation with Dr. Jessica Zitter, whose Academy Award winning film Extremis has helped thousands understand the need for advance care planning.


In light of COVID-19, many people are reconsidering their Advance Directives, aka ‘living’ wills’, and interested in better understanding what might happen should they arrive in the hospital too ill to speak.


Thu April 16 - Sun May 17
Sanchez Art Center – VIRTUAL 2020 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition


The 2020 Left Coast Annual (LCA) Exhibition was scheduled to open at Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, on Friday April 10, 2020.  As the world turned upside down with the spread of COVID-19, it became clear that the exhibition would not be able to take place in-person as communities responded to shelter-in-place orders to protect public health.  Artists and Sanchez Art Center Staff, (Janet Barker, Program Manager and Cindy Abbott, Executive Director) pivoted to create this first show in new virtual galleries.

Click HERE or enter in your browser bar to enter the galleries.


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 must 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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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!


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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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