May 21st, 2020



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City of HMB Discusses Opening State Park Parking and Bathrooms for Covid-19 Memorial Weekend

LATEST:  At the end of the 5/19/2020 Half Moon Bay City Council meeting, City Manager, Bob Nisbet, confirmed the State Park Beaches parking and bathrooms will NOT be open Memorial Weekend.

He was meeting with State Parks the next morning and expects the coordinated openings between State, County and City beaches to take place the weekend after.

The 11am-5:00pm closure is intended to discourage people coming from out of county. 

VIDEO.  During the 5/15/2020, 6:00pm, Covid-19 Special Meeting, City Council, Staff and the Sheriff’s Department discuss how to get the State Parks to open up there parking lots and bathrooms. It is not looking good for this Memorial Weekend.

Have a listen to this calm and intelligent conversation in these high pressure times. Contact information below.

Please feel free to contact the State Parks and let them know how you feel.

Contact: Jorge Moreno (LinkedIn), Public Information Officer for the California State Parks Media Contacts and Resources.



City HMB Has Designed and Made Our Own “I Love the CA Coastal Trail” Facemasks!

VIDEO. Half Moon Bay City Council’s, Debbie Ruddock, came up with brilliant nudge to encourage people to wear masks on the Coastal Trail.

The Coastal Trail is pretty narrow…so she asked the City Staff if we could “make a splash” and “create the Buzz” by designing a mask in order to encourage people to use masks on the Coastal Trail.

Arriving the 1st of June. Only 250 for the first run to make sure people like them.

Would you like one?

If they are popular, the City will make more. Contact Colleen Lettire at if you would like one.



Couple Rescued From Caves Below the Ritz HMB by State Park Lifeguards, CHP and Coastside Fire

VIDEO. CHP Helicopter spots California State Lifeguards as they rescue a couple from a cave below the Ritz on May 7th, 2020.

Firefighters with Coastside Fire Protection District arrived just after 9:15pm and set up a rope system from the top of the bluff to back up the rescue swimmer from California State Parks.

The CHP brought in a helicopter and the Pillar Point Harbor Master arrived with a rescue vessel. They both provided backup, light, and safety for the rescue swimmer.



Coastside CERT and the Earthquake Country Alliance Host Part 2 of the Coastside Great “ShakeIN”

VIDEO.  Coastside CERT needs to start preparing for The California Great Shake-Out on October 15th of this year. In preparation and with our newfound love of home and remote learning, Coastside CERT and the Earthquake Country Alliance will present 2 different 1hr segments of the Coastside Great Shake-IN!



Are Low Interest Loans at 1-2% the Answer for Building Public Utility Reserves and Maintaining Infrastructure?

VIDEO. Interest rates are at an all time low.

1-2% is considered “free money”.

Public agencies pivot in the face of Covid-19, to give their customers a break, while not letting infrastructure go.

Broken infrastructure equals fines in California.

Watch and comment remotely. They do listen.

Montara Water & Sanitary District (MSWD) Meetings 1st & 3rd Thursdays.



Montara Sewer and Water District Tries to Put Off Rate Increase Due Covid-19

VIDEO. Census Response Rates as of 5/4/20.

At 67.7%  San Mateo County has the highest census response percentage than any county in the state.

City of Half Moon Bay has a 71.2% response rate (it was 63.5% on 4/20/20 – 7.7% increase).

Let’s get it to 100% so we get the most money we can from the Federal Government.



Eric Hassett Gives a Supply Chain Update on KN95 and N95 Masks for Hassett Hardware


We have a steady supply of the KN95 masks, which are suitable for the general public during the pandemic.  They are not the medical grade N95’s, which are still only being sent to the medical and first responders.
The few times we have gotten N95’s randomly, we have donated them to local hospitals.
I don’t expect to see any true N95 masks on our shelves this year.
We have plenty of other face coverings that will be useful for now.
I worry some about fire season and not being able to get any.
I am also worried about people not understanding the differences in protection between the two masks types.
~ Cheers,  Eric Hassett, Hassett Hardware



University of Washington Syllabus: “Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World”

CURRICULUM.  School is out. Here is drop kick Syllabus for anyone who can read.  Amusingly, but pointedly presented.  Share it with family and friends to start a discussion.

Learning Objectives

Our learning objectives are straightforward. After taking the course, you should be able to:

  • Remain vigilant for bullshit contaminating your information diet.
  • Recognize said bullshit whenever and wherever you encounter it.
  • Figure out for yourself precisely why a particular bit of bullshit is bullshit.
  • Provide a statistician or fellow scientist with a technical explanation of why a claim is bullshit.
  • Provide your crystals-and-homeopathy aunt or casually racist uncle with an accessible and persuasive explanation of why a claim is bullshit.

We will be astonished if these skills do not turn out to be among the most useful and most broadly applicable of those that you acquire during the course of your college education.



Mayor Eisen’s Letter: Please Take SAMCEDA Business Survey; They Need Data From You

SAMCEDA Business Survey:

The San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) is conducting a survey of businesses throughout the County to gauge how they can be most effective in assisting local businesses moving forward through the phased reopening.

Please consider completing the survey here.

The survey will close on Tuesday, May 26 at 5 p.m.
The data from the survey will be shared with each city and chamber of commerce within the County so that together we can design, develop, and implement the most impactful tools needed for small business reopening and recovery.



Battalion Chief David Cosgrave Experiments With the Antigen and Antibody Tests

ARTICLE.  "I am far from a scientist, but that second test has to go to good use, so many agonizing days later, I gave it to someone I know who definitely had COVID-19 and recovered.  She pricks her finger, transfers the blood with the dropper to the test stick, and applies the reagent.  Now I am ready to wait, but not emotionally attached.  I am an expert at this, having gone through it before (hopefully you can identify my sarcasm after 9 weeks!).  As I state with authority that it will take up to 20 minutes she stops me and points at the stick: the IgM is redlined, the IgG is visible, and the Control line is red.  The test worked for her, consistent with the approved test she has had. My hopes of superpowers are shattered yet again." ~ HMB Coastside Battalion Chief, David Cosgrave



Coastside Sewing Collective Hands Out Free Masks to Spanglers, Red Cross, Senior and Homeless

PHOTO-ESSAY. I  am an admin of the Coastside Sewing Collective, which Bruce Jones spearheaded and I coordinate as the distribution person.

We’ve had 1000’s of masks made and distributed over this pandemic to the point that local hospitals no longer need them, as PPE is now in sufficient supply.   ~ Claire Sheehan



InPerspective: MWSD Rates: How Much Is Enough?

OWN VOICE ~ InPerspective by Gregg Diegez.

Coming in the midst of a deadly and expensive Pandemic, the proposed water and sewer services rate increases by Montara Water and Sanitary District (MWSD) are generating significant rate payer opposition. In addition to my natural interest as a ratepayer, I have been asked by neighbors to look into this issue. The purpose of this article is to assess the District’s need for those rate increases.



CCWD Awards $900,000 to Local Contractor, Helping the Local Economy

VIDEO.  Coastside County Water District Director and Blue Sky contractor, Ken Coverdell, focuses on  how CCWD can help to support the local economy. CCWD approved $900,00 in infrastructure contracts, this evening, to local contractor Andreini Brothers!

CCWD has plans for $25 million in capital improvements in the next 5 years.



Covid-19 Water Revenue Drops and Past Due Increases, Plus No Rain Means Extra Crystal Springs Costs

VIDEO.  Three Big Changes: Covid 19 SIP, lack of rainfall on our local watershed, and drop in revenue.

Three affects to watch in coming months:

  • Significant drop in revenue for commercial (restaurants and the like and Bay City Flower closure), possibly 30%.
  • Lack of rainfall mean no local water from June to December. We will have to pay SFPUC for Crystal Springs water, including the electricity expense it takes to bring it over the hill.
  • Possible bad debt due to past due accounts. Shutoffs are not allowed in California. May jump to 6% of CCWD revenue.  CCWD has 10 plans for customers to choose from, in case customers need to extend payments.



San Mateo Harbor District Forum on Capital Improvements Priorities

VIDEO:  Virtual Community Forum: Capital Improvement ProjectsThe total identified need for funding of capital improvement upgrades, replacements and new construction is about $48 million over five years. The funds certain to be available are about $14.5 million.

While additional grants and other funding may be obtained, The District must set new priorities given the significant need and reduced funding.

Below is a list of projects that the District is considering to fund over the next five years. We are seeking public input on priorities.

San Mateo Harbor District Website



Two Virtual Wildflower Hikes With Coastal Botanist Toni Corelli: Devil’s Slide and Poplar Bluff Tops


Wildflower Feast!

A feast for the eyes.  How lucky we are to live amidst such natural beauty.  Toni Corelli, a highly respected local botanist, specializes in the wildflowers of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Her Flickr photo collections provide delightful virtual wildflower excursions.  A walk on Devil’s Slide  or our Coastal Bluff Tops .

Curious about a plant? Double click on a photo for plant names then search online for more information. Yes, you can eat Wild Leeks, but watch out for the Giant Hogwort.

Click here for  More about Toni.

Great for students of all ages.

Then go out side and find some wild flowers!

~ Thanks to Judy Macius, of the Village of the Coastside (VOTC) for the links and Toni Corelli for the photos.



InPerspective: CV-19: How U.S. Compares as of 5/15/20*

OWN VOICE ~ InPerspective by Gregg Diegez.

Attached charts show where we stand vs. select countries. We’re 9th worst in deaths/million among all countries, and that includes some small ones like Sweden, Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium. How embarrassing, sad, and deadly for what used to be the world leader in Pandemic response. We had every advantage: money, technology, more time than other majors, and somehow, someone blew it….  What’s disturbing is that we’re creeping UP again…. Maybe we could ask for help?



SAM Approved 2020-2021 Budget to Send To Member Agencies for Approval in 9 minutes, 36 Seconds

VIDEO. Meeting for 5/11/2020.

Discuss Proposed Revised General Budget for Fiscal Year 2020- 21 and Authorize the General Manager to Submit it to Member Agencies for Approval.  Big changes for Sewer Authority Midcoastside (SAM) . Budget approved in less than 10 minutes.



Connect During These Covid Times: The New vyris Literary Magazine is Looking for 500 Word Writing Submissions

LITERARY SUBMISSION:  I know you are engaging with a population for which I and others don’t have access to but would like to ask you if you can work with them in creating something. It will give people such a mental boost to express themselves and see it later in a publication.

As we go through this terrible time, many of us have fear and thoughts of how life will change. Often, it helps to express your feelings in writing and release them from your mind. If we share, we connect. Others read, relate, and know they are not alone.

vyris, a new online literary magazine, has been created to give coastside residents the opportunity to contribute their creation. We have an editorial team of summer interns eager and excited to begin working to have this published online by the end of June.



CUSD Superintendent Sean McPhetridge Talks About How the Future of School Looks

VIDEO. Listen to the Superintendent talk about possible paths for student to return to school.



Other Stories

own voice CV-19: Learning the Right Lesson From Sweden
link Great Plates: Know Someone Who May Benefit From This Amazing Program?
video RCD’s First Flush Water Quality Program ~ Want to Volunteer?
video  Construction of Poplar Vertical Access Project to Begin May 4
links Coastal Food Delivery: CoastMates, Rebyl Food and Instacart
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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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.


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 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.

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!


Listen to More Bedtime Stories Podcasts.

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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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