March 25th , 2021



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Eye of the COVID Hurricane

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez and Bruce Laird 

“It’s quiet out there…too quiet….” You’ve heard that quote from every pinned-down cavalry man in a Western or fox-holed GI in a war movie – just before the attack.[1] And that’s what we’re hearing from the experts about COVID now, including Dr. Michael Osterholm [the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy] – who warned us that we were in “the eye of the hurricane”.[2] Osterholm said there was reason for concern over the spread of the more contagious B.1.1.7 variant of the virus, which was first discovered in the United Kingdom and has since “wreaked havoc” on Europe.



San Mateo Farm Bureau Sues California Coastal Commission to Protect Coastside Farmland From Subdivision

PRESS RELEASE. From the San Mateo County Farm Bureau 3/11/2021.    Farm Bureau Files Lawsuit against Coastal Commission to Protect Coastside Lands from Subdivision.

The San Mateo County Farm Bureau has filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission regarding a Local Coastal Plan (LCP) Amendment to modify San Mateo County’s approval requirements for public agency land divisions for public recreation purposes in the Coastal Zone.  The Commission characterized the LCP amendments as “minor”, saying they would not result in any cognizable environmental effects.  The Farm Bureau’s lawsuit claims the amendments violate protections for agriculture contained in the California Coastal Act of 1976 and would result in potentially significant environmental impacts on agriculture and other resources for which mitigation was required under the California Environmental Quality Act.  


Half Moon Bay History Museum Receives $50k Measure K Grant for Solar Panels and Lighting System

GRANT. From the March 23rd, 2021 San Mateo County Supervisors meeting; grant approved 5-0. Our Supervisor, Don Horsley, brought the opportunity to the board.

Measure K: Recommendation to: A) Adopt a resolution authorizing a one-time grant to the Half Moon Bay History Association for the construction of a historical museum in an amount not to exceed $50,000 for solar panels and lighting system.


California Coastal Commission Approves 71-Unit MidPen Low Income Housing at Cypress Point in Moss Beach

STAFF REPORT. From the California Coastal Commission hearing 3/12/2021.

However, a reduction in the density of the proposed site as compared to the existing LCP designations would reduce the potential traffic generated from any subsequent development. In other words, the existing LCP would allow for a larger project that could result in more traffic impacts than one that would be consistent with the proposed amended LCP.


Public or Private? El Granada Blvd. Gate Has Been Welded Shut By New Owner

MAPS.   Susannah Cantrell  (also on Granada Community Services District Parks and Recs Committee)

El Granada, Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

“In a few conversations today it seems there maybe a caveat to what I had understood to be fact – the land/street in front of the left gate is public and then land behind the gate public but the foot or so of land and the gate might be private – seriously, not kidding.


Why Is San Mateo County Tree Ordinance Update Taking So Long With Wildfires Looming?

VIDEO. From the Midcoast Community Council meeting March 10th, 2021.

Local realtor Cid Young, and MCC regular, updates council on the status of San Mateo County’s Tree Ordinance whose update has been in limbo for many years.

It’s has been brought to the Supervisor’s attention; several times since last year’s fires.

“If the County does not update its Tree Ordinance, then we really can’t do anything.”

Cid suggests we start writing letters to the Supervisors.


San Mateo County Big Lift Looking for Summer Interns 18+ ~ Salary: $18.39 – $23.11 Hourly

PRESS RELEASE.  Hello!   My name is Stephanie Saba, and I am a Community Program Supervisor at the San Mateo County Libraries. I wanted to let you know about an exciting summer internship opportunity with the Big Lift Inspiring Summers program.

We are currently recruiting for our 2021 Big Lift Inspiring Summers Learning Facilitator internship.
Salary: $18.39 – $23.11 hourly
We will be accepting applications until April 5 at 11:59pm.
Please go to to apply.


Coastside News Group Approves Digitizing and Online Archiving 4 Coastside Papers 1939 to Present

GOOD NEWS. From Deb Wong on Facebook. March 15th , 2021.
“For the past couple of months, I’ve been working on getting the Pacifica Tribune archives digitized.
Long story short, the HMB Review archives are included, so sharing on here.
Both are owned by the Coastside News Group, which has just approved digitizing and online archiving of these newspapers on
• Coastside tribune, 1954-1959
• Pacifica tribune, 1959-present
• Half Moon Bay Review and Pescadero pebble, 1939-1999
• Half Moon Bay Review, 1999-present


Enjoy a Virtual Tour of the Old Half Moon Bay Jail ~ Presented by the HMB Coastside History Association

VIRTUAL TOUR.   Since 2006 our mission has been to preserve, teach, and celebrate Coastside history for all in our community. We hold free speaker events on local history topics, provide an education program to every school in the area, and record oral histories to preserve the stories of the coast.

We offer Coastside history videos to students, teachers and history buffs, and serve as a resource for anyone with questions about the history of this unique region. We are about to start construction of our Coastside History Museum in the old barn behind the jail. We welcome volunteers, new members, and donations to support our programs.


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. 
Do you have a story?

Do have fiction of non-fiction to share?  


NEW.  Tues. March 23rd to 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. March 30th, 2021, at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Draw! Interactive Zoom for Art Explorers Aged 5-7 ~ Artist Teacher: Sharon Collins

Have fun drawing together as we explore how to use art materials in unique ways in an encouraging and interactive Zoom class.

Livestream link will be provided after registration.

Artist Teacher: Sharon Collins

Ages 5–9 (min 5, max 20)

Starts Tuesday, March 30th, 2021, for 8 Weeks

Tuesdays, 3:00–4:00 pm,

  • March 30,
  • April 6, 13, 20, 27,
  • May 4, 11, 18

Tuition + Materials: $168


Wed. March 31st, 2021, at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Digital Rembrandt: The 6-Day Portrait With Artist Teacher ~ Chris Petrocchi


Discover how fun it is to “paint” a professional portrait digitally in just 6 days using Procreate on your iPad.  Live virtual course. Ages 18 and over.

About this Event
Artist Teacher: Chris Petrocchi
Ages 18 and over (min 5, max 15)

Wednesdays, 3:00–4:30 pm,
6 Weeks Starting Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • April 7, 14, 21, 28,
  • May 5

Tuition: $150

Discover how fun it is to “paint” a professional looking portrait digitally in just 6 days!


Thurs. April 1st, 2021, at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Draw! Interactive Zoom for Art Explorers Aged 10 to 16 ~ Artist Teacher: Sharon Collins


Have fun drawing together as we explore how to use art materials in unique ways in an encouraging and interactive Zoom class.
Ages 10–16

About this Event
Artist Teacher: Sharon Collins
Ages 10–16 (min 5, max 20)

Thursdays, 3:00–4:00 pm
Starting April 1st, 2021 for 8 Weeks

  • April 8, 15, 22, 29,
  • May 6, 13, 20

Tuition + Materials: $168
This is an 8-week hands-on, interactive Zoom class for youth.


Thurs. April 1st, 2021, at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Join the Virtual 8 Week Drawing Circle With Artist Teacher ~ Sharon Collins


Build your awareness of art elements while experiencing different media and techniques in an encouraging and interactive Zoom class. Ages 18 and over.

Artist Teacher: Sharon Collins
Ages 18 and over (min 5, max 20)
Thursdays, 7:00–8:00 pm

Starts April 1, 2021, for 8 Weeks
  • April 8, 15, 22 29,
  • May 6, 13, 20

Tuition + Materials: $170
This is an 8-week evening Zoom class for all levels.
You will build your awareness of art elements to inspire your own creative process.


NEW.  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


NEW. 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.



NEW. 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.


NEW. 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.


NEW. 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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CalPlumbing and Heating


Residential and Commercial Repair, Service and Installation

Owner Mike Barbieri ~ Owner operated in business since 1993.

Free estimates * Insured * Senior Discounts

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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