December 31st , 2020



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The Mystery of SAM’s BOD Spikes ~ Fertilizers? Frozen Fisheries? Breweries? Distilleries? Wineries? 

VIDEO. From Sewer Authority Mid-coastside Board meeting Monday, 12/14/2020.

General Manager Kishen Prathivadi and Dan Childs from Wastewater Management Specialists present.

SAM has violations in October and November, and probably December due to BOD imbalance.

The question is complicated, but the board was asking about Fertilizers? Frozen fisheries? Breweries? Distilleries? Wineries?

It is important that the BOD be stable so we don’t pollute the ocean and get fined.

So, let’s put our heads together and see what we can come up with.



Pacificans Sue the City of Pacifica Over Violation of CEQA and California’s Planning and Land Use Laws

VIDEO.  City of Pacifica Council approved the Vista Mar on November 23rd, 2020. The decision was based on a typewritten 1980 document. The plan is for 8 luxury condos on a 1.2 acre west-facing hill. The project requires the cutting down of 57 trees. Pacifica has not updated their general plan since 1980. Pacifica’s land use plan is one of the oldest in the state of California.

Note that a General Plan for a City is like the Constitution for how to run the City. It should be updated every 10 years. This plan is 40 years out of date. In particular, does not adequately plan for stormwater runoff and drainage, therefore ignoring environmental impacts (such as alignment with CEQA ~ California Environmental Quality Act) and public safety.

For instance, during the 1982 El Nino, three children died due to a landslide in a year when there were 475 total mudslides in Pacifica. (see below).


A COVID Christmas Tale

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez —

On Dec. 23rd I started feeling dizzy. What happened next is more concerning. Here are some tips on getting tested, and a warning.  If you can contribute advice via comment, please do so.

My balance, which I use in sailing and other sports, is pretty good, so when I found myself stumbling and holding onto dressers and other furniture to make it across the bedroom to the bathroom it was: a) kind of a fun challenge, and b) most unusual. I found I only had a slight fever of 99, and aside from a little nausea and ringing in my ears, no other symptoms. Nonetheless, I quarantined myself away from the family for 24 hours until I found I could still taste a chocolate biscotti and my temperature bounced around from 97 to 99, but never higher. Unlikely I had COVID, but there were reports of dizziness – and no other symptoms – being present in people later diagnosed with COVID. So on Dec. 24th I started looking for testing….


Montara Water and Sanitary District Solid Waste Disposal Fee Increase 1.97% Starts Jan. 1st, 2021

VIDEO. From the Montara Water and Sanitary District board meeting held on December 17th, 2020 at 7:30pm.

The Board adopted a new prop 218 limit for solid waste removal fees at the December 3 hearing. For the new rates to be set at the newly established maximum prop 218 limit, the Master Fee Schedule needs to be amended.

The franchise agreement with Recology of the Coast requires the District to annually assess the solid waste disposal rates by January 1 in accordance with an agreed upon formula.

Pursuant to the franchise agreement, Recology of the Coast provided calculations required for the rate increase effective January 1, 2021.


POST Lecture ~ Bay Area Raptor Rundown; Where to Find Raptors and How to ID Them

Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) as we learn about birds of prey with local Naturalist Jeff Caplan, director of Common Language Nature. Raptors play an integral role in the health of our ecosystems!

Learn how to identify migratory and resident raptors when out on the coast or hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Jeff focuses on mindfulness, curiosity and bird language to help people from diverse backgrounds feel safe and connected in nature.

This basic birding webinar will be great for all ages, especially kids and adults ages 12 and up!


Did You Know “Flushable” Wipes Are Bad for Our Sewer System? Bad Marketing. Trash Them, Don’t Flush Them

Wipes and rags damage sewer pumps.

Talk to your neighbors, please.

Repair for one pump can be $50,000.

Replacement is very, very expensive. A new pump can be a million dollars.

Burning out a generator can cost $100,000 to replace

~ Montara Sewer and Water District’s (MSWD) Board Member Kathryn Slater-Carter and MSWD General Manager, Clemens Heldmaier.


Other Stories

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 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. Deadline Friday, Jan. 15th, 2021 @ 5:00pm 
Route Alternatives for the Mirada/ Miramar Road Bridge Fix ~ Public Comment Period Ends Jan. 15th, 2021

Midcoast Community Council Meeting 2020-12-16:  DPW publishes Notice of Availability and Notice of Intent to Adopt an Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration (project CEQA review).

5 alternatives.

Public Comment period is 12/16/20 – 1/15/21

Comment Contact:
Alex Zhang 650-363-4100

Wency Ng 650-363-4100



NEW. Deadline Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 2021 @ 5:00pm 
Sanchez Art Center’s Call for Entry for the 2021 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition

Sanchez Art Center seeks artists (18 and older) from California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii for its 2021 Left Coast Annual Show, April 9–May 16, 2021.

Online entries only. Deadline for entries 2/2/2020

Enter at

Christine Koppes is the Curator and Director of Public Programs at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.



NEW. 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



REPEAT. 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



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.


More Live Music Coming Soon.....

CoastViews Music Weekly Entertainment Guide



Coastside Agency Meetings GOING 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 @ 6:30pm

Cabrillo Unified School District ~ 2nd Thurs. @ 7:00pm

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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
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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
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 ~ 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

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