Think of your teacher who is with you almost every day and close to even all day, working and working to make sure you will learn and enjoy school. Even at home they are doing things for you when they could be taking a stroll in the park. Instead, they are sitting at the kitchen table correcting your tests. And you may think that being a teacher is easy. Now put yourself in their place, always doing things for students. Imagine doing this all day long while spending the day with a room full of energetic kids. And some teachers aren’t even earning enough money to support a family or buy their own house! I strongly believe that teachers deserve a higher salary because many of them work unpaid overtime, spend much of their own money for their students by choice, and inspire many children to be good people.
This month I spent too much time trying to learn the nuts and bolts of how San Mateo County spent its initial phase of Measure A tax money. In the end, what I learned boils down to this: tens of millions of dollars went to an alphabet soup of agencies and programs.
Last year at this time the city of Half Moon Bay was preparing and presenting two scoping meetings for the Main Street Bridge project. The year and a half prior to the scoping meetings had seen a raucous and at times divisive dialogue between the City Council and the people of Half Moon Bay, one that saw numerous statements from the council and its consultants.
In response to some of the controversy regarding photographing the potential Titans of Mavericks surf contest (see Review from Feb. 18), the governing body for the event, also known as the Committee 5, posted this letter to their Facebook page on March 6. The contents of the letter are as follows:
On Feb. 24, Half Moon Bay Mayor Marina Fraser delivered her “State of the City” address. The following is a version of her remarks, which she has edited to fit our space constraints.
The Half Moon Bay City Council recently decided in a 4-to-1 vote to fund the city’s share of the cost of expanding the library. Members chose a funding mechanism that is not subject to a direct vote. The lone opposing council vote was in deference to direct voter participation in this decision. A guest editorial by a member of the community who has opposed other public infrastructure improvements agreed with the dissenting councilwoman’s vote. He claimed that this vote is an attempt to subvert the will of the community by making this decision without a referendum.
I was glad that the city of Half Moon Bay has joined the County of San Mateo to build a new, much-needed, state-of-the-art library to serve the Coastside. More than half of us on the Coastside live outside the boundaries of the city, and we appreciate that the city is willing to join the county to provide all of us with an appropriate library. The current library has served us well but was built way back when print publications were the standard. There was no Internet, and the Coastside population was much smaller.
No matter how you slice it, Feb. 3, 2015, will be a seminal day in the history of Half Moon Bay. At the City Council meeting held that evening two significant things happened, both related and both somewhat representative of our little hamlet.
Editor’s note: The following is a copy of a presentation that South Coast resident George Muteff planned to deliver to the Half Moon Bay City Council on Tuesday night.
If we want to live in a thriving, dynamic community (which is what we want, right?), I think one of the things we need to consider is how we treat our elders. What is their experience like, and what could be better for them?
Some big ideas start small. This year's Big Ideas Fest focused on "Education Innovation for a Small Planet," and it was a little different from previous years. Located here in Half Moon Bay, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education deserves praise, not just for embracing change, but for embodying it. Many changes were small, but they went a long way toward improving what is already one of the most enlightened education conferences in the country (right here in Half Moon Bay!).
Last November may have set a record for the number of public hearings held for a proposed project in San Mateo County. That’s when the San Mateo Planning Commission held the 25th public hearing on the Big Wave Wellness and Business Center Project. The review process is now going into its 10th year.
As I get older and realize how short life really is, I think about what is really important.
Yes, it’s Christmastime, and wishes for just the right gift are alive in my house. My 12-year-old son, James, is looking for an iPhone 6 (which is not going to happen) and Rachel, 8, wants a kitten, a dog or a mouse. (We’re thinking about this one.)
This is an urgent call for help from Coastside residents. Our community is about to lose a cherished piece of land known as “the post office lot” at Avenue Portola and Obispo Road. This is part of our town center, across from the soon-to-be Burnham Strip community park.
As a fair weather fan enjoying the San Francisco Giants’ unlikely and inspiring march to an improbable third World Series championship, I asked myself, “What is it that makes them so much fun to watch?”
After a year-long process, city staff and consultants presented a hodgepodge of proposals, collected in the form of three maps, to the General Plan Advisory Committee last week. More than 50 additional citizens, many of them wearing orange in support of open space and bluff tops along the Coastal Trail attended. What the plans lacked in any long- term vision, they made up for in getting the conversation started with an engaged audience.
Now that the annual gridlock from our Pumpkin Festival has passed, we await the strangulation of Christmas tree season and many other attractions to Half Moon Bay. Woe is our simplistic transportation system!
The campaign signs have come down and the election is over, but one thing is constant: Regardless of election results, the Coastside will continue its push for a new library with a groundbreaking in summer of 2016!
There’s nothing quite like being outside and breathing in the good coastal air in the middle of a pumpkin farm to get all kinds of town updates, news and thoughts on what’s going on in the community. I may be the only mayor in America who gets to combine chatting about important City Hall issues with selling a few pumpkins from our farm. It’s a tradition that I appreciate and cherish each year.
The time to reveal political agendas and qualifications for office should be before an election, not after. There has been almost no vetting of those running for office here on the Coastside. Vetting is what good journalism is all about. Sadly, the Half Moon Bay Review has come up short.
Here is a summary of the current Half Moon Bay City Council’s actions from the 2009 election to present:
Recently, I submitted an application to be re-appointed to the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) Board of Directors as the public member representing the Coastside, a position I have held with pride for eight years. As I go through the application process, I thought this would be a good opportunity to report on the state of SamTrans service on the Coastside.
I've always been proud of living on the coast. I was born and raised here. I've spent the majority of my life — coming up on 30 years — here. I went to school here. I bought a house here. I started a family here. I have nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, parents and grandparents who live here. I have interaction after interaction with family and friends and neighbors and complete strangers that are overwhelmingly positive and meaningful.
Last month, this newspaper announced that the school board was "considering" removing 33 trees to further Cabrillo Unified building plans. The following evening, I attended the school board meeting in which an arborist spoke to the board’s Measure S plans.
Thanks for asking for reader solutions to the fall traffic on the Coastside. Here are my suggested solutions to at least some of our continuing Half Moon Bay traffic woes. I love our community, and I love that so many others come here from near and far to enjoy the many amenities it has to offer. I do not blame our visitors for the mess we have created.
In 2010, the Half Moon Bay City Council put the sales tax known as Measure K on the ballot. The reason is the city was in a very tight budget situation. In 2012, the financial situation had improved with a balanced budget, but there wasn’t a lot of money for capital improvements, so the council put Measure J on the ballot to increase the sales tax.
When my friend told me that Homer had passed away, I felt that another colorful part of Half Moon Bay had slipped away. He was a fearless, true original. He was a reminder of who we are, or didn’t want to be.
While Daughters of Charity Health System works diligently toward finding a buyer who will continue to operate its six hospitals, special interest groups directly or through their surrogates are putting their self-interests above all others.
Very few of our high school students will go on to be computer programmers. Despite well-paying jobs in this sector, only a fraction of students will go into the information technology field at all. And that’s OK. We want doctors and lawyers; we want teachers, firemen, political leaders, musicians and artists. We want kids to follow their passions, to make great lives for themselves, to live well-rounded, intellectually rich lives that go beyond seeking the biggest paycheck.
On the afternoon of Aug. 17, my husband and I noticed a sheen of fuel near the Pillar Point Harbor fuel dock. Upon further inspection we saw several items that concerned us: fuel-soaked rags, an open bucket containing diesel, the absence of a waste container, and what seemed to us as generally poor waste management practices.
Having driven up from Pescadero, I stopped at the Caltrans maintenance yard on the south end of Half Moon Bay to ask a question. I asked if I could have the name of the person who inspected Highway 1 from Half Moon Bay to the Santa Cruz County line.
Plan Half Moon Bay, or the city's general plan update, is at a critical milestone in the community planning process.
The just-released 2013-2014 civil grand jury report on the San Mateo County Harbor District is flawed. The grand jury is comprised of well-meaning county residents. However, this grand jury does a great disservice to the public by presenting a report full of inaccuracies and inconsistencies, misstatements of fact, exaggerated claims not supported by facts, almost completely ignoring half of the district’s responsibilities, and a lack of understanding of this special district’s purposes and the county’s intent in creating the Harbor District.
I am writing in response to Tony Favero, who asked in the Review on June 18, “If not fracking, then what will power all that technology?”
I did my share of stupid things while driving as a teen. While I never hurt anyone or damaged more than a bumper, I drove like an idiot more than once. Twice I was given speeding tickets and once for driving too close.
It was Jan. 16, 2014. My mother and I were driving home from dinner at Chipolte. (For those who don’t know, Chipolte is an amazing Mexican grill.) Anyway, as we were talking, the topic of fishing came up. You see, my family has been around here for four generations and has a commercial fishing business. We fish for crab, black cod and salmon.
The old proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" means the work of raising a child cannot be done alone; rather, an entire community must participate to some extent in the task. The same is true when planning the future of a city.
Almost everybody agrees that we need local parks and recreation on the Midcoast. Measure G will achieve this, for the southern Midcoast.
Eddie Andreini was larger than life and down-to-earth, a great dad, grandfather, husband, businessman and friend.
These days, there’s an amorphous quality to life. There is the digitalization of our lives, taking us further from the natural world. There is an obsessed diversity that leaves us more divided and rootless as a whole. There are the inane grifters in the media and politics who tell us who we are based on “studies” and “polls” that are devoid of any reality at all. We live in ambiguous and nervous times.
The only point of agreement on what to do about Half Moon Bay’s Main Street Bridge appears to be that it needs fixing.
One area of agreement among Measure E and F backers is that the situation with our current Main Street Bridge needs to be remedied. Caltrans declared the bridge to be “functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.” With a bridge safety score among the lowest in the state (24 out of 100), the time is now to fix the bridge.
I am the homeowner who was the first casualty of the ordinance that made Half Moon Bay residents financially liable for injuries occurring on public sidewalks.
On June 3, Half Moon Bay voters will be choosing between demolishing and replacing or testing, repairing and preserving our Main Street Bridge. One decision likely will mean an economic shutdown for 40 to 50 percent of us merchants. The other will have a less serious impact — in cost, duration and thus inconvenience — on downtown business operations. We merchants can vote for the better of the two, (the one most likely to contain costs and prevent a protracted disruption to our lives and livelihoods).
On June 3, voters in Half Moon Bay will choose between two competing ballot measures that will determine the future of the historic Main Street Bridge.
Half Moon Bay City Council member Alan Alifano has asked the city to look at our bridge issue again. Alifano stated in last week’s Review that he would try to focus City Council’s efforts on two ways to deal with the bridge matter.
Our community has been spending way too much time and money on the Main Street Bridge issue. We need to find some middle ground in order to resolve this project. To help find this middle ground, both sides — the city and the STB (Save-The-Bridge folks) — each need to give a little.
In February of this year a complaint was filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission in Sacramento asserting that I had a conflict of interest by participating in Half Moon Bay City Council actions involving the Main Street Bridge project. The basis for the complaint was the fact that my family runs a business within 500 feet of the bridge. The complaint alleged that these violations started in June 2010 and have continued to the present day. Within a week of the complaint being filed, the FPPC sent a letter to the complaining party informing him that the complaint had no merit.
The opposition to the Half Moon Bay City Council’s response to the Caltrans assessment of the Main Street Bridge has lumped all of the city councils for the past three decades together as if the same people or faction had been in majority control the whole time. That could not be further from the truth. The majority on the City Council has changed many times over this time frame. Blaming every wrong move for the past 30 years on this council demonstrates little understanding of local recent history.