March 11th , 2021



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Do You Have Something to Contribute to the Coastside Homeless Shelter Advisory Committee?


In December 2020, the County of San Mateo acquired the Coastside Inn hotel in Half Moon Bay in order to create a new shelter program to assist people experiencing homelessness. There were no homeless shelters on the San Mateo County coastside, and after many years of exploration and attempts from various stakeholders to address this service gap, a unique opportunity was presented where the County received time-limited federal funding and was able to identify a building for sale that was appropriate to develop a non-congregate homeless shelter. These circumstances aligned efforts to bring site-based services to the coast that would also make progress towards the County’s goal of reaching a functional zero level of homelessness. The City of Half Moon Bay is supportive of these efforts and desires to work collaboratively with the County and our community on addressing homelessness on the coast.



High and Dry in Pacifica

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez —

With all the concern about sea level rise, bluff erosion and Managed Retreat, users of SFPUC/Hetch Hetchy water (which includes Pacifica) are about to wake up to another problem: water supply.  Put another way, would you rather have one third the water, or pay five times the price for it?

While the Pacifica City Council has been trying to cram more population into floodplains, wetlands, and onto landslide zones on hills, it seems to have missed that California has a water problem.  And that water supply issue should be at the center of any city’s long term planning.  “What water problem?”, you ask.



Grant Funding vs General Budget Allocation for 2021 Coastside Bike-Ped Plans? Never Built: 1986, 2000, 2012

HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS. From the Environmental Services Agency Planning and Building Division, San Mateo County General Plan approved by the Supervisors November 18th, 1986.

Below is the sum total of the bicycle and pedestrian planning through 2000.

We have made quite a bit of progress with Connect the Coastide (CTC) planning process

SMCo Bicycle and Pedestrian Travel Plans Nov. 1986



AB 339 Ensures All California Public Agencies
Continue Remote Meetings With Translation

VIDEO and LEGISLATIVE BILL. Video from the City of Half Moon Bay Legislative Subcommittee meeting on 3/4/2021.

This bill would require all meetings, as defined, to include an opportunity for all persons to attend via a call-in option or an internet-based service option [like Zoom] that provides closed captioning services and requires both a call-in and an internet-based service option to be provided to the public.

This bill would require legislative bodies of local agencies, and state bodies, as defined, to translate agendas and instructions for accessing the meeting to be translated into all languages for which 5% of the population in the area governed by the local agency, or state body’s jurisdiction, are speakers.



San Mateo Office of Emergency Services (OES) Returns to County Manager’s Office

PRESS RELEASE. From San Mateo County Communication Officer, Michelle Durand, March 10th, 2021.

Office of Emergency Services (OES) was separated from the County Manager’s Office (CMO) about 25  years ago. At the time, there was a statewide push to move OES to the Sheriff’s Office if it wasn’t  getting the attention it required. Mike Callagy is our County Manager.

Since the County Manager is the Incident Commander or director of  all San Mateo County operations, in all declared emergencies, Mike Callagy made the decision, last September, to move OES  back to his office and provide new leadership and a different level of service to the community and emergency organizations, like CEAP and Coastside Cert.


NEW CERT Hybrid Training: Online 12 Hours and In Person 7 Hours; Graduate 4/10/2021

EVENT.    Coastside CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is an emergency preparedness volunteer organization focused on creating a ready and resilient community along the San Francisco Bay Area coast from the southern side of the Tom Lantos Tunnel (Devil’s Slide) to Tunitas Creek Road.

CLICK to Sign up for Coastside CERT emailThis is the new way to take CERT Basic TrainingStart Now and Graduate on 4/10/2021

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using this training, members can assist their family, neighbors, community or workplace following an emergency event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.


SAM Wet Weather Project Provides 200,000 Gallons of Storm Water Runoff Storage

POWERPOINT and VIDEO. From the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) meeting 3/8/2021 at 7:00pm.


What are PFAS or “Forever Chemicals” and Why Should We Care on the Coastside?

ARTICLE. “DARK WATERS” COME TO ORANGE COUNTY by Jeremy N. Jungreis and Jason Dadakis

Every generation seems to face a new challenge in cleaning up or remediating  chemicals previously believed to be safe.  In the past, it was Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) routinely sprayed on dirt roads to suppress dust, or volatile organic com pounds (solvents or VOCs) ubiquitous in dry  cleaning and other degreasing operations that  leaked into the groundwater. Both chemicals  were allegedly linked to increased cancer risk  and other adverse health effects through a variety of exposure pathways—including drinking water.



San Mateo Supervisors Approve $20k to Help Castillo Hemp Seed Workers Survive Labor Violations

VIDEO.  From the San Mateo County Supervisor’s meeting Tuesday 3/9/2021 at 9:00am.

Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve $20k to help the Castillo hemp seed workers to survive after having worked 8 weeks without pay. Coastside Hope will receive the funds and will continue to help these workers make rent, car payments, food, find new jobs ~ Critical needs.

Ayudando Latinos a Sonar (ALAS) was also awarded $10k for critical needs for farm workers.



NPR/Ipsos Poll: Nearly One-Third Of Parents May Stick With Remote Learning

PODCAST.  By Anya Kamenetz and Eda Uzunlar, March 5th,, 2021.

One year after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered classrooms around the country and the world, U.S. parents are guardedly optimistic about the academic and social development of their children, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds.

.... fully 29% of parents told us they were likely to stick with remote learning indefinitely. That included about half of the parents who are currently enrolled in remote learning.



Puente Helps Bring Vaccines to South Coast: Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, San Gregorio

For the past two weeks I have had the privilege to hear, firsthand, several emotional comments from community members getting their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinics taking place in our region.

Reactions have ranged from some loud cheers, to occasionally some tears, with many comments of appreciation to the nurses and staff, and some deeply sweet interactions like a mom recently telling her child “We will get to see grandma again very soon!”



City of Half Moon Bay Public Works Presents 2021 Capital Improvements Program to BPAC

VIDEO. From the City of Half Moon Bay Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting on 3/4/2021 at 6:30pm by Zoom.

Maz Bozorginia, City Engineer, presents the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) 2021 update.



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?

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NEW.  Saturday, March 13th, 2021 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

LIVE Music at Harvard Ave Outdoor Market in Princeton Harbor Every 2nd Saturday



Saturday, March 13th, 2021 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Want to Volunteer on a Local Farm? Big Wave Farm in Princeton Harbor Loves Volunteers!

Next Big Wave Farm Day March 13th, 2021 at 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Just show up at 350 Airport St, Half Moon Bay, CA

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday.

Part of a local, parent-driven nonprofit organization, the Big Wave Farm invites and encourages our future residents to use their gifts and abilities, learn new skills, and integrate the Big Wave special needs community into our greater community.



Saturday, March 13th, 2021 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

New Moon Ceremony ~ Native Flute Meditation and Drum Journey on ZOOM


The New Moon is a perfect time to look within and dream up the world we wish to create with the compassionate help of Spirit.

Gather in virtual Sacred Circle at dusk to embrace the new moon with reflection, renewal and seeding new intentions.

Let go of everyday concerns and rest in peaceful meditation to the soothing sounds of Native American Flute music played live.



NEW.  Sunday, March 14th, 2021 at 2:00am

Daylight Saving Time Springs Forward on Sunday, March 14th, 2021 at 2:00am


The second Sunday in March is when Daylight Saving Time begins in most areas of the U.S., so in 2021 we’ll “spring forward” one hour and on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 2 a.m.

Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before bed on Saturday night!


Every Fri, Sat, Sun 11:00am to 7:00pm 
JettyWave Distillery, Panificio Pizza and Beach Break Entertainment Team Up at Pillar Point Harbor

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 7:00pm

Jettywave is a distillery experience that embraces the modern northern California coastal life. We wanted to find a path to ride our beach cruisers here to the harbor to create unexpected flavors with organic integrity in the wild pourings we distill and concoct. We welcome only those friendly, to drink responsibly, and healthfully with us in Half Moon Bay’s Princeton Harbor.



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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Residential and Commercial Repair, Service and Installation

Owner Mike Barbieri ~ Owner operated in business since 1993.

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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 2017 Mix ~ 1 Hour of Stories ~ Listen In!

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Bedtime Stories ~ A Sick Day for Amos McGee

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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