March 26th, 2020



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DEADLINE Mon. April 30th, 2020 @ 5:00pm
Coast Pride Kids T-shirt Design Contest ~ Deadline 3/30, $100 Prize, Fame!

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  • Contest starts March 16. Entries must be submitted by 5 pm on March 30.
  • Open to young people ages 10-18, who live on the Coast between Pescadero and Pacifica.
  • Two winners will be chosen. Each winner will receive $100 and their design printed on a white tshirt.

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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“Flushable” Wipes Don’t Dissolve and Clog Sewer System ~ Trash ’em!

Sewer authorities statewide are battling “flushable” wipes.  Specifically, AB 1672 (2020 legislation) addresses Wet Wipe Labelling. Flushable wipes do NOT disintegrate like toilet paper does. Kimberly-Clark does not want this bill to pass. California represents 13% of the wipes industry; if this bill passes, it will set an example for the nation. KC does not want wipes reclassified as single use plastic.

Please do NOT flush wipes. They are not made only of paper, but often micro plastics as well.

It is a huge labor cost to SAM in the thousands of labor hours and a strain on the equipment.


Eel Man Dave and His 11′ Boat, The ZERO, Go Out 15+ Miles To Sea

PHOTO-ESSAY. I caught Eel Man Dave (aka David Bloom) putting The Zero into the water this morning. He built the boat 20 years ago with his own hands for $720. He had brought it out to make a few modifications here and there.

He is a true mariner and mechanical genius. As you walk the docks look for his boat. He is specializes in rock cod. He designed the storage hatch so oxygenated sea water flushes gently through the catch so that he returned to the dock with 85% live fish.

Coronavirus Check-in from Half Moon Bay FireChief David Cosgrave

While CERT is not officially activated, we are initiating use of our most powerful communications tool – the Coastside CERT roster of contacts and grassroots neighborhood networks – to serve as a phone tree to reach out to all of you to check-in with you.

Our neighborhood leads, zone leads, block leads and data managers are receiving their contact lists to call you. If we don’t have a phone number we will check-in by email. If you would prefer a human to human phone call just provide a phone number in your reply to them.

The relationships we have built at the neighborhood level are invaluable and if leads become aware of issues beyond what can be solved in a simple conversation they will forward them on and we will address them as a community.

Sewer Rate Adjustments Coming to Pay for Old Infrastucture

Core facts:

  • Water use is going down. Currently, sewer rates are based on water consumption.
  • Sewers costs are going up due to modern environmental requirements.
  • Nationwide, all infrastructure is 80-40 years old and needs to be replaced.

Rates are currently based on water consumption. Because water consumption is going down, Public Works is suggesting the City of HMB go to flat rates for sewer billing. The flat rate will be connected to the actual cost of sewer infrastructure operations and maintenance, resulting is less stagnation of rates, followed by sharp increases; a more even flow ;-).

Newly added to the rate structure are rates created for deed restricted senior apartments, mobile homes and ADU’s which will result in a reduction for many.

Councilman Rarback Summarizes HMB City Council Priorities at the MCC

VIDEO. Midcoast Community Council 3/11/2020 Meeting.

1st Priority ~ Affordable Housing like deed/rent restricted ADU subsidies.

2nd Priority ~ Get rid of Single Use Plastic in Half Moon Bay. No plastic water bottles at Safeway?

3rd Priority ~ Revitalize Downtown Half Moon Bay like “Green up” Mac Dutra Plaza

4th Priority ~ Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency like micro grids and batteries.

Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance What the Next 18 Months Can Look Like

ARTICLE. Within a week, countries around the world have gone from: “This coronavirus thing is not a big deal” to declaring the state of emergency. Yet many countries are still not doing much. Why?  ~ Via Medium written by Thomas Pueyo

The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What’s Coming

Larry Brilliant says he doesn’t have a crystal ball. But 14 years ago, Brilliant, the epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, spoke to a TED audience and described what the next pandemic would look like. At the time, it sounded almost too horrible to take seriously. “A billion people would get sick,” he said. “As many as 165 million people would die. There would be a global recession and depression, and the cost to our economy of $1 to $3 trillion would be far worse for everyone than merely 100 million people dying, because so many more people would lose their jobs and their health care benefits, that the consequences are almost unthinkable.”

City of Half Moon Bay and State of California Close Beach Parking Lots

ARTICLE / MAP. Following Governor Newsom’s closure of parking lots at State of California beaches and parks, the City of Half Moon Bay has closed its parking lots at three beach access points – Poplar Beach, Redondo Beach, and Miramontes Point Road. Social / physical distancing is necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Over the past weekend, coastal beaches saw an influx of visitors creating an environment not conducive to virus mitigation. Everyone should stay close to home and avoid any crowded areas.

Other Stories

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.

Bedtime Stories 2-Hour Mix ~ Michelle Dragony Reads

Bedtime Stories 2017 Mix ~ 1 Hour of Stories ~ Listen In!

Bedtime Stories 2016 Podcast Mix ~ 1 Hour of Stories

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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