December 17th , 2020



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ReGrading of Montara Mountain Fire Road to American Tower’s Cell Towers Approved By AAC

VIDEO. From the San Mateo County Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting Monday, 11/14/2020.  American Tower owns the land and leases it to Sprint and AT&T. This is a maintenance project to the existing fire road.  Four Fire Truck turnouts will also be graded.

This maintenance occurs every 10 years or so.

The ACC unanimously approved the maintenance after an interesting discussion on who pays for the grading.



Example: Tenderloin Housing Clinic Has Been Transitioning the Homeless into Housing for 40 Years

OWN VOICE.  The approach that San Mateo County is taking to house homeless people is one of several options that are used in major cities around the country.

The idea of buying a motel, having a security team in front making sure only authorized residents access their room, and then having support nearby—health care, mental health care, case managers and social workers—is a model that can be successful in helping people move beyond homelessness if executed properly.

Wynne Tang (Director of Finance), of TH Clinic in San Francisco, said that the benefit to the homeless people in having an address is stability:

  • an address to put on a job application
  • access to a case manager
  • referrals to benefits and professional help, if needed


COVID for the Holidays?

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez —

There have been some difficult conversations this Holiday season.  Let’s hope yours are BEFORE a holiday visit, rather than a few weeks after.  What we’re seeing with COVID-19 today is the Thanksgiving we just had.  U.S. coronavirus deaths soared to a daily record of 3,580 and hospitalizations rose for the 19th straight day on Wednesday.  Here are some things we should all understand, and then I’ll end this article on a couple of lighter notes…An Antietam a day? Note: casualty deaths only; omits some disasters.


The History of the Relationship Between Montara Water and Sanitary District and Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside

PRESS RELEASE. Montara Water & Sanitary District’s December 2020-January 2021 Newsletter.

In the 1960’s, Montara Water and Sanitary District (MWSD) successfully operated an independent wastewater system for our community that met state and federal water quality standards. Our safely treated wastewater was discharged offshore into the Pacific Ocean near our office. Granada Community Services District (GCSD) and the City of Half Moon Bay (HMB) operated separate sewage systems with aging treatment plants that did not meet evolving standards.


What is Zoox? The Future of Personal Autonomous Transportation Designed For Riders, Not Drivers

VIDEO.  This is Zoox: the future of personal transportation. Fully autonomous. All-electric. And designed from the ground up for riders, not drivers.

We’re reinventing personal transportation—making the future safer, cleaner, and more enjoyable for everyone. Over six years ago, the Zoox founders embarked on a journey to create a new type of vehicle. Fully autonomous, all-electric, and built for riders, not drivers. A ride-hailing vehicle designed for dense urban environments. Today, we revealed that vehicle to the world.


The CoastGuard is Seeking Data on the Effectiveness of the Pillar Point Harbor Entrance Light and Sound Signal (aka Foghorn)


This data request will remain open through January 2021.

The USCG is requesting your input to help assess the effectiveness of the Pillar Point Harbor Entrance Light and Sound Signal (Light List number 4145) located on the eastern end of the western Pillar Point Harbor break-wall in position 37-29-38.473N 122-29-04.948W.

By participating in the survey, you have the opportunity to share your opinions related to this entrance marking, light, and sound signal.

Anyone wishing to provide feedback may do so by emailing the USCG Sector San Francisco Waterways Safety Office at:


Dec. 16, 2020: San Mateo County Now Under Regional Stay At Home Order as Virus Cases, Hospitalizations Rise


The state of California announced the order today as regional ICU bed capacity fell below 15 percent, a trigger threshold. The order is meant to prevent crowding and mingling among non-household members and overwhelming the health care system.


Sheriff White Paper Presented at Public Safety Committee Which Was Formed After Harmon Shooting

VIDEO. From the December 10th, 2020, 5:00pm, Half Moon Bay Public Safety Meeting.

Staff met with the Public Safety Subcommittee to present their white paper draft. The paper discusses a series of topics identified through facilitated discussions regarding law enforcement in Half Moon Bay. Staff continues to perform research on numerous topics to include in the white paper. This research will be finalized, and the finished paper will be presented in early 2021.


POST Presents ~ Snowy Plovers: The Cutest Birds on the Beach!

VIDEO. From a 12/10/2020 Zoom lecture presented by Jessica Gonzalez who is a biologist at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (

Learn about the lifestyle of one of the cutest native birds we have on the Central Coast and San Francisco Bay Area, the Snowy Plover!


Bedtime Stories ~ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Twas the Night Before Christmas

PODCAST. Ho! Ho! Ho! How the Grinch Stole Christmas was written by Dr. Seuss and published in 1957 by Random House. It’s read by Michelle Dragony with Grinchliest Gusto in December of 2016. Listen from any device!

If you like this story you may want to go buy the book at a local coastal bookstore!


Montara Water and Sewer District (MWSD) Explains the Charges on Your SMCo Property Tax Bill


Charges on Property Tax BillMWSD charges appearing on your property tax bill

MWSD collects Sewer Service ChargesWater System Reliability Charge, and a charge for repayment of the local 2003 voter-approved General Obligation Bond which funded the purchase of and upgrades to our local water system.

To reduce administrative costs for both the District and the County, San Mateo County collects both the Sewer Service Charge and Water System Reliability Charge as a single line item on your bill.


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.  Friday, Dec. 18th, 2020 at 6:00m to 9:00pm
Coastside Chamber Brings You 3 Friday NightS of Lights ~ Tree Lighting, Menorah and Nativity

Friday, December 18 : Visit the Nativity @ Mac Dutra Park by ALAS plus Santa Claus will be coming to town to receive your kid’s gift wish lists!



NEW.  Friday, Dec. 18th, 2020 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Holiday Happy Hour ~ Jazzy Saxophone Concert on ZOOM with Sonya Jason

Celebrate the season with an evening of light-hearted holiday classics played live by a melodious professional saxophonist.

Holiday cheer to lift your spirits! Light the fire, put on your slippers, pour your favorite beverage, and snuggle up with your sweetie while watching this concert of smooth holiday instrumentals performed live on ZOOM. You may even be inspired to sing along with your favorites! Great way to end the week and to get in the mood for this festive season.



NEW.  Monday, Dec. 21st, 2020 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Winter Solstice Ceremony ~ Native Flute Meditation and Drum Journey on ZOOM

Celebrate the season with an evening of light-hearted holiday classics played live by a melodious professional saxophonist.

Holiday cheer to lift your spirits! Light the fire, put on your slippers, pour your favorite beverage, and snuggle up with your sweetie while watching this concert of smooth holiday instrumentals performed live on ZOOM. You may even be inspired to sing along with your favorites! Great way to end the week and to get in the mood for this festive season.



REPEAT. Everyday 10:00am to 8:00pm
All is Calm, All is Bright at Filoli Gardens Day and Night. Register Online.

November 21 – January 3.

Holidays at Filoli is the perfect season to make special memories with loved ones and friends. Take a stroll and enjoy the beauty of the winter garden adorned with lights and colorful decor. Cozy up to a firepit under twinkling lights and sip on hot cider or mulled wine.



REPEAT. Tues. Nov. 10th to Dec. 31st, 2020
Support Local Artists ~ “Made on the Coast” Virtual Pop Up Arts & Crafts Fair

Local holiday shopping online.

Made on the Coast Virtual Art Fair runs from today through December 31st.

Local coastal artists from Montara to Pescadero are showcasing their locally made work.

Shop now for those unique gifts for yourself and others.

From jewelry to woodwork, pottery to paintings and needlework to felting and more.


REPEAT. Every Monday 2020 @ 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.


REPEAT.  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.


REPEAT.  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



Coastside Agency Meetings GOING REMOTE!

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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.

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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 ~ 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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