July 2nd, 2020



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CLOSED: HMB City and State Beaches, Parking Lots, and Portion of the Coastal Trail

July 2, 2020 – As a temporary public health safety measure to reduce the density of visitors over the 4th of July holiday weekend, all beaches and their parking areas in Half Moon Bay will be closed to everyone, for the weekend. Additionally, a portion of the Coastal Trail between Seymour Bridge and Kelly Avenue will be closed for that same period.

This update of the City’s previous notice of beach closures now includes that beach access for   Half Moon Bay State Beach (Francis Campground/Kelly Avenue, Venice Boulevard, and Young Avenue will be closed as well. Yesterday, we announced the State Beach parking areas will be closed and that all access points to City beaches and their parking lots will also be closed. With today’s addition of access points to the State Beach, these are now full and complete closures of the beaches, and a section of the Coastal Trail, to all residents and visitors.

The closure begins at sunrise on Friday, July 3, and ends at 9:00 AM on Monday, July 6, 2020.


Pillar Point Harbor Closes ALL Beach Parking, Trails and Beaches


  • Restrict Johnston pier to be open for tenants and customers only
  • Close Pillar Point Beach from boat ramp to Jetty (or Surfer’s) beach
  • Close West Point Trail (Mavericks) parking lots
  • Close K&N Jetty (Surfers) RV parking lot
  • Main parking lot at Pillar Point will be open
  • Parking on Hwy 1 will be allowed at this time.
  • Closure begins Thursday at midnight to Sunday at midnight.



San Mateo Sheriffs Get 136 Hours of Psychiatric Emergency Response Training (PERT)

VIDEO. CIT (Critical Incident Training) Training is explained by Head San Mateo County Sheriff, Carlos Bolanos.  Coastside Sheriff, Saul Lopez, also describes, in detail, the Sheriff training in regards to mental health.

CIT represents 136 hours of training regarding mental health trauma and de-escalation best practices, in response to such mental health events such as PTSD, suffered by many veterans.



CERT Volunteers Turn Out To Help With Project Baseline Covid Antigen (swab) Testing

COVID TESTING.  Coastside CERTs were called out to help with the Project Baseline Covid testing at Cunha Middle School.

We will be back next Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 at 9:00am.

  • Drive up
  • Put your car in park
  • Put your ID against your side window
  • We take your name, find your registration paperwork, double check birthdates on the doc (leave your license out) and then slip your paperwork under your wipers.
  • Off you go to get swabbed
COVID-19 Testing Available at Cunha Intermediate School, Tues. July 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free



MCC Gives Update on the Moss Beach MidPen Cypress Point Project Timeline and Process

VIDEO. NOTES. MCC Chair, Len Erickson, updates the Moss Beach MidPen Cypress Point Project timeline and process.

Cypress Point Project Roadmap to CDP Approval: This overview was prepared by Len Erickson with review by Joe LaClair – Update 2

June 10, 2020 – San Mateo County Planning Commission Recommends Board approval of Cypress Point LCP Amendment (LCPA) to the Board of Supervisors



Indigenous Peoples of the Bay Area Part 3: Economy, Spirituality, and Culture

This session will focus on interesting aspects of what we know about historic Indigenous culture, society, economy and spirituality. Participants will hear about examples of trade networks that existed, taking products made and collected by Bay Area communities far and wide. They’ll also learn about aspects of village life, spirituality, and sacred relationships with our local landscape. We’ll also share some resources for how you can learn and support contemporary Indigenous communities in our area. 



Senior Coastsiders Spins “Taste of the Coast” Fundraiser for 2020!

PRESS RELEASE.  From the Seniors Coastsiders Newsletter July 2020.

Taste of the Coast has always been an event where folks gather to sample unique offerings from our local restaurants, farms, distilleries and wineries.

This year, we’ll be sending our guests directly to our local businesses!



Montara Sewer and Water District Offers Economic Hardship Assistance

NEWSLETTER.   Early this year, the MWSD Board requested a program to support customers experiencing financial hardship.

Board approved on June 4, 2020. The proposed Hardship Assistance Discount offers qualified customers an annual $100 sewer charge credit, and a bi-monthly water charge credit of $16.67 ($100 per year).



COVID-19: Death Match!

OWN VOICE. ~ InPerspective by Gregg Dieguez & Bruce Laird

Is this a Pandemic or a Test? Mis-management or Mass Murder? The Second Wave, or we never finished the First? Where do we stand as a country, a state, and a region?

U.S.A. vs. The World



Other Stories

video Charmin TP Commercial Frustrates the Sewer Authority Mid-Coast Board
video SAM GM Explains the 6 Month Budget Process for the Sewer-Water Joint Powers
video More Than 50 People Attend MSWD Zoom Meeting on New Rates and Charges
video. $100 Million Upgrade for El Granada and Farallone View Elementary
video. Should a 6,438 sq.ft. Residence in Miramar Go Through the CEQA Process?
video Mask Ambassadors in Half Moon Bay? City Council Woman Dr. Penrose Suggests
video. Marine Mammal Center Sea Lion Rescue 5/30/2020 From Barbara’s Fishtrap Beach
video. Connect the Coastside Moves Forward With Roundabouts, But Will There Be Money?
video. Have You Seen the NEW Half Moon Bay Map For Nov. 2020 District Based Elections?
video 10+ Year Plan for Transportation Projects Including Cypress Point in Moss Beach
update Eric Hassett Gives a Supply Chain Update on KN95 and N95 Masks for Hassett Hardware
link University of Washington Syllabus: “Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World”
essay Battalion Chief David Cosgrave Experiments With the Antigen and Antibody Tests
own voice InPerspective: MWSD Rates: How Much Is Enough?
video Covid-19 Water Revenue Drops and Past Due Increases, Plus No Rain Means Extra Crystal Springs Costs
video Are Low Interest Loans at 1-2% the Answer for Building Public Utility Reserves and Maintaining Infrastructure?
video Coastside CERT and the Earthquake Country Alliance Host Part 2 of the Coastside Great “ShakeIN”
video RCD’s First Flush Water Quality Program ~ Want to Volunteer?
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?
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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Thurs. July 2nd, 2020 @ 7:30pm
Montara Water & Sanitary District (MSWD) Meetings 1st & 3rd Thursdays

Watch remotely.

Montara Water & Sanitary District (MSWD) Meetings 1st & 3rd Thursdays
Agendas and Zoom Live Meeting Links

If you experience technical difficulties or have technical questions prior to or during the meeting, please contact MWSD’s IT support at (650) 728-7843.



Thurs. July 2nd, 2020 @ 7:00pm
*VIRTUAL* Author Talk: Diane Burns-Haussler, A Widow’s Walk

Meet celebrated Coastside artist Diane Burns-Haussler, who has chronicled her personal journey through profound loss. “To grieve wholeheartedly is a very good thing. Our loved ones deserve our tears.”

Part of our FREE series of readings, workshops, and discussions to help explore what it means to live and die well.



Sat. July 4th, 2020 @ 5:30pm
Full Moon Ceremony ~ Native Flute Meditation and Drum Journey on ZOOM with Sonya Jason

Celebrate Independence Day by honoring our spiritual sovereignty; our birthright to connect with Spirit through direct revelation.

Gather in virtual Sacred Circle during the powerful energy of the full moon to balance our inner feminine/masculine expression and to experience wholeness.

Let go of everyday concerns and rest in peaceful meditation to the soothing sounds of Native American Flute music played live.



Mon. July 6th, 2020 @ 10:00am
REMOTE: Attorney General Public Hearing on Proposed Sale of Seton Hospitals

A public meeting will be held on July 6, 2020 at 10AM on the proposed sale of Seton and Seton Coastside, to AHMC by the current owner, Verity Health.

To attend the public meeting, use this Bluejeans meeting:

The 97 page analysis of the proposed sale is available from the Office of the Attorney General at this link .

A purchase agreement was entered into on March 30, 2020, but will not be final until approved by the Attorney General.



Mon. July 6th, 2020 @ 7:00pm
GCSD Parks Update on Quarry Park Pump Track and Burnham Park Draft Plan

The Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) serves the GCSD Board of Directors by providing recommendations on and assistance with parks and recreation related issues.

The PAC is advisory only, and does not have any decision-making authority.

CALL TO ORDER AT 7:00 PM: Below is information on the 7 pm July 6 PAC meeting.

This will be held via a zoom conference. Just click on the link below to join the meeting and enter the password if prompted, or you can call in using the number below.



Fri. July 10th to Sun. Aug. 9th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Two New Exhibits Open at Sanchez Art ~ Woven Visions and Pathways & Journeys

Now that California has added art galleries to the list of businesses that may re-open, we are delighted to announce that new exhibitions will open on Friday, July 10, 1–5pm.

During the opening and for all gallery visits thereafter, safety protocols for the health and well-being of visitors, volunteers, and staff will include physical distancing and limiting the number of people in the galleries; a short wait outside may therefore be required.

We are delighted to welcome back to our East Gallery the Loom & Shuttle Guild, presenting 20/20: Woven Visions, an exhibition of handcrafted and handwoven textile artworks.


Sun. Oct. 18th, 2020 @ 7:00am 
Save the Date for 2020 1st VIRTUAL Pumpkin Run (42nd Annual)

Due to COVID-19, the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival has been cancelled BUT the 42nd ANNUAL PUMPKIN RUN WILL GO ON! We are excited to announce our first ever
Please join us in running or walking this year’s races as part of our virtual race family! Sign up to run, or walk, the 5K, 10K or Half-Marathon. All distances can be run or walked during the event period, Monday, October 12 through Sunday, October 25 from wherever you are at whatever time is convenient!

Stay tuned for Registration


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.


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.


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 ~ Parks and Recs 

7/2/2020 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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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
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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!


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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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