April 16th, 2020



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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.

CoastViews Music Weekly Entertainment Guide

More Live Music Coming Soon.....

Possible Future Buzz Calendar Events

August 4th, 2020 @ 5:00-9:00pm
National Night Out 2020 ~ Crime and Drug Reduction and Some Disaster Prep?

DEADLINE Thur. April 9th, 2020 @ 5:00pm
Submit your Application for the 2020 NET Community Academy TODAY!

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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Mayor’s Letter: Coastside Enforcement, Ambassador Program, Youth Art Contest

LETTER. Dear Half Moon Bay Community
I hope you are all doing well, considering the circumstances. I know that staying home as much as we have all been doing is difficult and comes with a lot of impacts throughout the community. When I find myself getting frustrated at being homebound, I think of the healthcare workers and other essential services personnel who do not have the option to stay home. What the rest of us are being asked to do is really a small sacrifice in comparison to their efforts. But it’s a crucial way we can contribute to the overall health of our community. We can do this. Please, continue in your steadfast commitment to fighting the spread of COVID-19 – stay home, save lives. Try and stay positive, and spread that positivity in your socially-distanced circles, virtually.  City Half Moon Bay Mayor, Adam Eisen



Midcoast Transportation SURVEY ~ Bike, Ped, Bus, Drive and Land Use…

SURVEY. San Mateo County released a draft Midcoast Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan, alias “Connect the Coastside”.

San Mateo County is actively reaching out to the community in various ways to receive comments and raise awareness….


SURVEY (English)

Survey (Spanish)

County staff asked for the opportunity to share the key points and findings of the current draft with the full board and is asking for input.

San Mateo County Planner, Katie Faulkner, presents the draft at the Montara Sewer and Water District.



It Will Still Be 2-3 Months Before Any N95 Masks Are Available For Retail Sale

ARTICLE. In February 2020, I had a conversation with Hassett Hardware’s owner, Eric Hassett. I asked him about N95 mask availability and he told me there is only one U.S. manufacturer and they are in the midwest. The rest are manufactured in China.



Montara Sewer and Water District (MSWD) $40 Million Infrastructure Update Over 20 years

PUBLIC NOTICE.  With a commitment to infrastructure investment over the last 14 years, our water and sewer systems are operating well. However, they continue to age and we must stay on top of critical upgrades to keep the systems in good working order. Over the next 20 years, the District will need to spend $2 million per year – a total of $40 million – to keep our systems in good working order. Funds from the 2001 General Obligation Bond are exhausted, and only limited low interest State loans are available. We need increased revenue to maintain our systems.



Covid19 County By County Public Dashboard for Hospital Data

MAP and STATS.   To the extent the actual data is available, there are a number of sites that show cumulative data over time, and various breakdowns (at the county level for California). The data gets better over time. And there are glitches as the recent jump from 13 to 21 deaths showed, when there was no update due to data problems for over a week. It wasn’t 8 more overnight, it was 8 more over the course of a week. But still, San Mateo and other counties are improving.



Half Moon Bay’s Sewer Flow is 58.6%, But SAM Contract Is For Only 50%

VIDEO. Per last Sewer Authority Mid-Coastide’s Flow Report for February 2020.




San Mateo County May Only Have 2-3% Covid According to SMCo Public Health

LETTER.  You know that data can either lead you to an approximation of the truth, or data can mislead you and cause you to make incorrect conclusions and, therefore, take wrong actions.  The data we have is, simply, very limited.  This is based on the facts that many characteristics of the virus are unknown and that testing remains very constrained here.  This requires us to synthesize estimates from very different sources of data that may be more qualitative in nature.  For the data that is put up on our website, except for the hospital level data, which is mostly accurate, I tend to look at it skeptically, specifically the cases and the deaths, not because those aren’t accurate from what we know, but because they don’t reflect what’s actually going on very well.  



Two Views On When We Can Reopen After Covid Shelter-in-Place

LINKS.  Two recent articles on statnews, about how long and how intensely we will need to practice protective measures to defeat the virus.

1.  First one, 25 Mar, by Sharon Begley:

“When can we let up? Health experts craft strategies to safely relax coronavirus lockdowns.”

2.  The second article, by Suzanne Sataline, looks at the recent Resurgence of COVID cases in Hong Kong. They did so well to contain the first onslaught of cases, but now are fighting a 2nd wave:

“Covid-19’s resurgence in Hong Kong holds a lesson: Defeating it demands persistence.” Statnews, 26 Mar 2020.



A Conversation on the Coronavirus with Tom Frieden, Former CDC Director

Tom Friedenformer director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and commissioner of the New York City Health Department, has been one of the leading public health experts on the coronavirus pandemic, and how to respond. Join STAT’s senior infectious diseases and global health reporter, Helen Branswell, for a live video chat with Frieden, who is now president and CEO of the global public health initiative Resolve to Save Lives, at 11 a.m. ET on Monday. They’ll be talking about the state of the pandemic and how both the country and the world can move beyond it..



Connect the Coastside: Overall Vision for Transportation on the Midcoast

VIDEO and SURVEY.  Connect the Coastside Goals"

"Overall vision for transportation on the Midcoast and it lays out the priorities for funding for projects."

While people shelter in place, projects to improve quality of life in San Mateo County are still underway. If you live or work on the Midcoast, your answers to this survey will help shape current and future transportation projects.



COVID-19 Primer: Tracking the Latest Scientific Research Every 24 Hours

LINK. Have fun. It’s pretty much endless data on Covid-19.  Let me know if you find anything reliable.

Quickly understand the scientific progress in the fight against COVID-19. Using the most advanced NLP algorithms, read summaries and discover trends in the latest research papers and the conversations around them. Every 24hrs.



Moss Beach Chevron Removed Frontage Landscaping Illegally in 2011

PLANS. San Mateo County Planning and Building is making them put the planter back in order to make the on-ramp and off-ramp to Highway 1 safer.

In response to a violation notice (VIO 2016-00054) for the unpermitted removal of a landscape planter, the applicant proposes to construct one 136 sq. ft. (34 feet long, 4 feet wide, 6-inch-high) landscape planter within the Caltrans Highway 1 right-of-way, parallel and adjacent to the eastern property line of the existing Chevron gas station eastern property line. No tree removal is proposed, and less than 10 cubic yards of grading is proposed.

The proposed planter will be located in the same area as the previous planter (within the Caltrans right-of-way) but with narrower dimensions (the previous planter was 63 feet long by 13 feet wide).



The Post Pandemic Bay Area Economy How Will It Affect Real Estate?

ARTICLE.  By Mark Palermo, President of Palermo Properties Team. The Bay Area was the first major metro to take the COVID-19 virus seriously as early as late February and eventually became the first to enforce a 7-county Shelter-in-Place order. Looking back over the past several weeks, what have we learned? How will this change the way we work, educate our kids, source our food, travel, entertain, and for the purposes of this paper, buy and sell real estate?


Other Stories

article/map San Mateo County Proposes Acquiring 540 Acres Tunitas Creek, East Hwy 1
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
video Interested in Scheduling Virtual Public Meeting Training for Your Agency?
article My Census Experience Was Super Easy! Have You Done It Yet?
article  Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like 
Sewer Rate Adjustments Coming to Pay for Old Infrastucture
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 Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day
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?
own voice InPerspective: Driving In Circles?
video Census 2020 Participation is Critical for Funding Everything
video How Does China Sword Affect Allied Waste’s Diversion Rates?
video Census Assistance Outreach at the Farmers Market in HMB, Pescadero and Pacifica
links Roundabouts? 16th, Cypress, California…..Moss Beach, Montara and HWY 92/35?
video Debbie Ruddock Sees Non-Occupancy Short Term Rentals as Armageddon
article Did You Know There is a Road From El Granada Blvd. to Milbrae?
video Got Hearing Loss? Check Out ClearCaptions: See Every Conversation. It’s FREE.
video Harbor Village RV Park Plans Tabled Unanimously by SMCo Planning
video AB 1672 Will Redefine the Marketing of “Flushable” Wipes

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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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