December 10th , 2020



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A Peak Accomplishment… Saving the Montara Mountaintop

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez and Michelle Dragony —

This story was originally going to be titled “The Rape of Montara Mountain”, but developments this past week make for a far more inspiring tale, in which a troupe of motivated local citizen activists not only turned back the bulldozers of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) who took the top off Montara Mountain, but got them to agree to put it back… Maybe…The New Mountain Top



MSWD Meets SFPUC on Montara Mountain. Weather Station Project Stopped. SFPUC Commits to Move Station and Restore Mountain

VIDEO. From the Montara Sanitary and Water District (MSWD) directors meeting held on Thursday 12/3/2020.

Montara Sanitary and Water District (MSWD) asked San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to meet at the top of Montara Mountain to review their Weather Station Project and they agreed.


San Mateo County Supervisors Vote 5-0 to Approve Hotel Purchase of Coastside Inn From Keet Nerhan

PRESS RELEASE 12/9/2020.

At its meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the purchase of a coastside hotel, for the purposes of providing temporary shelter that supports homeless residents while they seek long-term housing.

The Board allocated up to $8,035,000 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to purchase the Coastside Inn, 230 S. Cabrillo Highway (Highway 1) in Half Moon Bay. The County’s 2019 one-day count of unsheltered individuals found 230 homeless people on the coast from Pacifica south, which is an area that lacks a permanent homeless shelter.


HMB Works With County, But Has No Regulatory Authority Over Acquisition or Proposed Use of Hotel

PRESS RELEASE 12/3/2020.

Update County Proposal to acquire Coastside Inn After Tuesday’s 12/1/2020 City of Half Moon Bay Council Meeting

As many of you know, San Mateo County has proposed to purchase the Coastside Inn, located at 230 Cabrillo Highway S, in Half Moon Bay, to provide shelter and support to homeless individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The County would use Cares Act Funding from the Federal Government to finance the purchase, and their ability to use these funds expires on December 30, 2020.


County Moves Forward with a “Negative Declaration” on the New Harbor Village RV Park Unless Objections are Raised

PRESS RELEASE.  Zoom Meeting Wed. 12/9/2020 9:00am.

The Negative Declaration review period ends Oct 18th, 2019. Contacts:

Harbor Village – new 50 space RV park. The SMC Planning Department is planning to move forward with a “Negative Declaration” on the new Harbor Village RV Park unless objections are raised. The County of San Mateo has determined that the environmental impact of the project is insignificant.



Please Read What San Mateo County Health Officer, Scott Morrow, Has Written on Staying Purple



Please read or reread my previous statements below to get a better understanding of where we find ourselves today and actions you can take to protect yourselves and your family.

I do believe we face a great challenge. A great challenge during a time of year whose hallmark is gathering with family and friends. A great challenge because gathering at this time is exactly the wrong thing to do. I share the intent of the State and my Bay Area colleagues, which is, during this surge, you should be staying at home as much as possible. 


The Balancing of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) at Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM)

VIDEO. From the Sewer Authority MidCoastside meeting, Monday, 11/9/2020 board meeting. Presentation by SAM General Manager, Kishen Prathivadi.

SAM BOD Update.

VIDEO. From Montara Sanitary and Water District (MSWD) 11/19/2020 meeting. General Manager, Clemens Heldmaier, updates the directors on SAM’s BOD progress.


Did You Know Garbage Disposal Food Waste Causes Additional Stress to Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside?

VIDEO. Please try not to use your garbage disposal in stresses SAM’s BOD. Instead, compost.

From the Montara Water and Sanitary District (MWSD) board of directors meeting 11/19/2020.

What is BOD?!The Balancing of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) at Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM)


Granada Community Services District (GCSD) Burnham Park Update After 90 Comments


This update gives more detailed information on the progress of the Burnham Park plan to date. Many thanks to GCSD board member, Nancy Marsh!

Thanks to the more than 90 community members who emailed comments on the Burnham Park Preliminary plan in the summer.


HMB City and Chamber Partner for the “Light Up the Moon” 2020 Holiday Decorating Contest

PRESS RELEASE 12/3/2020.

Let’s light up Half Moon Bay with holiday cheer! The City of Half Moon Bay, in partnership with the Downtown Association and Chamber of Commerce, is holding a decorating contest complete with prizes for participating residents and businesses.


San Mateo County Residents Get Free “Headspace” Meditation App to Stay Strong

FREE APP.  Be kind to your mind.

Keeping San Mateo County strong.

This year has affected all of us in different ways. But there’s one thing that keeps San Mateo County strong: a sense of community.

That’s why Headspace and San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services are working together to provide free resources that can help residents weather this storm.


Moss Beach’s Vallemar Bluff Coastal Prairie Habitat Restoration Update 2020

PRESS RELEASE. Sunday, Dec. 6th, 2020 from the Midcoast Community Council.

Vallemar Bluff Habitat Restoration Update 2020

The grassland on Vallemar Bluff just north of Julianna in Moss Beach is rare Coastal Prairie habitat that will be restored and protected by a Conservation Easement as part of the approval of four new homes on Vallemar St. in 2019.

During 2020, the restoration team has been conducting invasive plant management and seed collection and propagation.  Major restoration tasks at the site during the first two weeks in December will require some heavy equipment (supervised by biologists)


Other Stories

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 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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NEW. Thur. Dec. 10th, 2020 at 5:00pm
Sheriff White Paper Presented at Public Safety Committee Which Was Formed After Harmon Shooting

Staff is meeting with the Public Safety Subcommittee to present their white paper draft. The paper discusses a series of topics identified through facilitated discussions regarding law enforcement in Half Moon Bay. Staff continues to perform research on numerous topics to include in the white paper. This research will be finalized, and the finished paper will be presented in early 2021.


NEW. Fri. Dec. 11th, 2020 at 6:00pm
Coastside Chamber Brings You 3 Friday NightS of Lights ~ Tree Lighting, Menorah and Nativity

This year, more than any other, shopping small is the best thing you can do for your community! So instead of one night, we’ve gone back to our roots and this year there will be 4 Nights of Lights! Main Street shops will be open until 8pm and there will be beautiful lights adorning the trees and shop windows to light your way to a happy holiday!

  • Friday, December 11 : At 6pm, watch candles on the Menorah be lit @ Mac Dutra Park by the Coastside Jewish Community!


  • Friday, December 18 : Visit the Nativity @ Mac Dutra Park by ALAS plus Santa Claus will be coming to town to receive your kid’s gift wish lists!


NEW. Sat. Dec. 12th, 2020 at 10:00am to 12:00pm
Sea Hugger Dunes Beach Cleanup Near Half Moon Bay

Join Sea Hugger the second Saturday of every month for a beach cleanup at Dunes Beach in Half Moon Bay. Bring your own reusable gloves and mask and come help Mama Ocean!

Sign the waiver and print your parking pass here:



REPEAT. Everyday 10:00am to 8:00pm
All is Calm, All is Bright at Filoli Gardens Day and Night. Register Online.

November 21 – January 3.

Holidays at Filoli is the perfect season to make special memories with loved ones and friends. Take a stroll and enjoy the beauty of the winter garden adorned with lights and colorful decor. Cozy up to a firepit under twinkling lights and sip on hot cider or mulled wine.



REPEAT.  Thur. Dec. 10th, 2020 at 5:00pm
Coastside Jewish Community Chanukah Celebration With Giant Menorah Candle Lighting

Have your menorah, dreidels and latkes ready and join us for a community-wide Coastside candle-lighting event on Zoom.

Let us know if you need any candles or dreidels; we have plenty.

We’ll begin with some words of welcome, a Chanukah story told by Philip Chapnick, songs led by Lissin Lev Chayah, and a candle-lighting at 5:30pm.

Rabbi Moshe will be joining us live from Mac Dutra Plaza in downtown Half Moon Bay where he will be lighting a giant menorah as part of a stationary “Night of Lights” display.



REPEAT. Tues. Dec. 15th, 2020 at 7:00pm
Half Moon Bay City Council Reorganization Ceremony Welcomes First Latino Council Member Joaquin Jimenez

The Mayor and Vice Mayor will also be selected at the next City Council meeting, Tuesday,  12/15/2020 at 7:00pm, by Zoom.



REPEAT. 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.


REPEAT. Every Monday 2020 @ 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



REPEAT.  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.



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.  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!

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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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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.

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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
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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!


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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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