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Thursday 02/05/2015
Unregulated rentals could cause safety issues
Updated: February 05, 2015 - 10:14 am

“Responding to your short-term rental article (Review, Jan. 28), how many of these rentals are illegal units and how many people would be encouraged to build illegal units if this wasn’t regulated without having a San Mateo County building permit? Some of these units may be dangerous to the renters and that could create some huge problems for the safety authorities we have here on the coast.”

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Thursday 01/29/2015
Careful on Seymour Avenue
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 10:18 am

“I just wanted to thank the gentleman who routinely drives recklessly on Seymour Avenue. You almost killed me, sir, at 4:30 in the morning.”

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Get to bottom of budget error
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 10:16 am

“I am stirred by the cavalier attitude of the city manager toward the $4.3 million human error in expensing of the city budget (Review, Jan. 21). The whole scenario seems purposely unclear. We need to get to the bottom of this and hold the person who made the error accountable.”

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There are helpful people here
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 10:17 am

“I just read one of the Open Line comments saying you can’t expect neighborliness around here. Well, I have a 22-year-old car and I was stuck in a ditch at the stables here in Moss Beach and a lovely lady in a big SUV and two gentlemen who worked at the ranch there helped me get my car out of the ditch. I was dressed like a slob because I was going to watch my granddaughter ride her horse, so I wasn’t in beautiful clothes and my hair wasn’t completely done and my car is old, old and not in the best shape.

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What were deputies thinking?
Posted: January 29, 2015 - 10:17 am

“Given the current attitude toward law enforcement, at what point did the local Sheriff’s Office think it was a good idea to send in six cops, plus a canine, to deal with some little old lady floundering around on a building site trying to retrieve her cat? Aren’t they supposed to be trying to improve their image?”

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Thursday 01/22/2015
Let’s get together to help homeless
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 10:34 am

“I really appreciated seeing the article on homeless outreach done by InnVision Shelter Network. I’m glad that is starting here. It would be nice to see a coalition of agencies working to try and help the people here who are homeless. Catholic Worker, I believe, is trying to set up a place where people can come take showers and things like that. The Lutheran church serves people who are homeless and the Catholic church has donations of clothing and food that members hand out. It would be nice to see a coalition of people working together to solve this problem.

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About those deputies and beaches
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 10:38 am

“I have a couple of comments I want to make on a couple different issues that have been in the newspaper lately. The first is in regard to the cop that stalked his girlfriend and beat her boyfriend and how everyone is so gung-ho as to his getting disciplined. Well, what about the deputy who killed the 18-year-old girl? That deputy did not have to serve any time at all. Doesn’t anybody think that he should do some time?

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Don’t expect neighborliness around here
Posted: January 22, 2015 - 10:35 am

“I’m commenting on the woman who was thanking five gentlemen who I guess helped pull her vehicle out of a ditch when she was on the side of the road. She commented about how people come together on the coast and what a great community it is and how everybody sticks together and watches out for each other. Unfortunately, that may be how it was 20 years ago, but it is not like that anymore. It all depends on how much money you have, who you are, what you look like, what you drive, and how much money you got. That’s a fact.”

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Thursday 01/15/2015
Help getting out of the ditch
Posted: January 15, 2015 - 10:03 am

“I am calling to thank the men who came to my assistance when I drove my car over the edge of a ditch on Second Street in Montara. My car was tilted and I was stranded. Within a very few minutes, five men stopped and worked together to come up with a plan to level my car and get it back on the road. I am so grateful and have a new understanding of the kindness of strangers. What a wonderful citizenry we have here on the coast.”

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Thursday 01/08/2015
Let’s use less plastic
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 9:54 am

“I just hope everyone will try to cut back on even more plastic in the new year. I know we all love not seeing it flying around the road so much, but at the grocery store, when you have those plastic bags for your produce, use them over and over. Put them in your canvas bags right away, and also the six-pack wine carrier. Even though they can be recycled, we can use them over and over because it still takes fossil fuel to recycle. I hope everyone will work on this for the new year, and we can make a difference.”

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Cop may get longer sentence
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 9:55 am

“I just finished reading the Dec. 31 editorial opinion headlined, ‘Lock up violent criminals, even if they have a badge.’ I am a middle-aged female in Half Moon Bay and I think this is completely appropriate. I had an opportunity to go to San Quentin this past year, and 90 days in San Quentin is going to be scary for this man. And, in addition, because he is a police officer, everyone is going to want to hurt him. He is going to have a rude awakening there. Ninety days is going to seem like an eternity. If he has no record for two decades, this is highly unusual for anyone to go off like this.

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Looking for Harmonies
Posted: January 08, 2015 - 9:55 am

“I just looked at your Year in Review section and the list of local businesses and how long they have been in business. I do not see my favorite salon, Harmonies, which has been here at least 20 years and I suspect many more than that. I am very disappointed that issue after issue you continue to ignore this organization.”

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Friday 12/26/2014
Why no names?
Posted: December 26, 2014 - 11:40 am

“I just wanted to know why some people who are arrested are named in ‘On the Record’ and other times they are not named?”

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Main Street is holiday marvelous
Posted: December 11, 2014 - 10:14 am

“Make sure you head down to Main Street this holiday season. The street is beautifully decorated and the store fronts are festive. And don’t miss the Mizu Salon’s magical holiday window! Buy local!”

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Thanks for returning my ‘daughter’
Posted: October 23, 2014 - 2:35 pm

“To whomever returned my ‘daughter,’ a black German short-hair pointer, to my home on Spinnaker Lane on Oct. 14 at approximately 9 p.m., a hearty ‘thank you!’ Since I was across Highway 1 when she wandered off, probably intrigued by a cat, she most certainly could have been hit by a car. While she normally never leaves my side, it reinforces the importance to keep one’s animal companions leashed. May wonderful karma come back to you! Twofold!”

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Thursday 10/09/2014
I saw those huskies, too
Posted: October 09, 2014 - 10:54 am

“I am calling in regards to the Police Log entry on Sept. 24 about the two huskies that attacked the woman in La Honda. I do know where they live because actually that day they came around my house too, and I shooed them away. But, I tell you, one of them turned around and looked at me like he wanted to get me. But I held my ground and started yelling at them at the top of my lungs, Go home, go home! I feel sorry for the lady who was bit.”

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Do we need to feature alcohol at festival?
Posted: October 09, 2014 - 10:53 am

“I was just reading about the new drink that is going to be served at the Pumpkin Festival (Review, Sept. 24). I really don’t think we need to get people smashed out of their minds to go to an Art and Pumpkin Festival. That is scary, just in and of itself. People can’t drive already.”

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Time to do something about traffic
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 10:52 am

“Twenty years ago, when we moved here, the two family farms were pretty manageable on Highway 92. Now we’re held hostage due to our increased population and more and more attractions for the kids at the farms. It is bad enough on our main artery when there isn’t an accident. We idle away precious gasoline, we miss appointments and even airplane reservations. No other city would allow this stuff to hold its citizens as prisoners.”

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Tuesday 09/23/2014
Please consider parking
Posted: September 23, 2014 - 11:19 am

“I am calling about the Nov. 14 Senior Living Fair. Have you taken into consideration the feelings of the community that lives around this large building? To begin with, between 7:30 and 9 a.m. it is a zoo coming and going from Sea Crest School. The parents zip in and zip out of Arnold Way. In the meantime, when you have an event on Saturdays or Sundays, you cover every single parking spot on Arnold, Metzgar and Main streets. There are people who live here that use the streets for parking because they don’t have enough parking around here. The Senior Center has nothing but reserved parking. Where are you putting these people during your Senior Living Fair? Before you throw this (event), consider your neighbors, please.”

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Jack of all trades speaks
Posted: September 23, 2014 - 11:19 am

“I am kind of jacked up at whoever penned, “I fixed the bridge and I’d like my tools back” in the Sept. 3 edition of the Review. Whoever hijacked his tools, including his jack, is a jackass who doesn’t know jack. Wouldn’t it be fitting if the crook’s name was Jack? Signed, Jack of all Trades, Jackson Hole, Wyo.”

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Enough with the traffic slog
Updated: September 23, 2014 - 11:19 am

“After sitting in traffic I’m calling the Lemos Farm Slog for the umpteenth time, something really has to be done. For decades Lemos Farm has gotten a free pass on their traffic jam every weekend. This is absolutely absurd. Every single weekend, traffic is backed up from Highway 35 down to Lemos Farms. Once you get passed Lemos Farms traffic opens up. This is absolute insanity.”

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Thursday 08/14/2014
You need a proofreader
Posted: August 14, 2014 - 4:19 pm

“I hate to be your proofreader but, really, you need one. This is not the first time. In your magazine section, EAT, you have two restaurants located at the same address. Really, is it 400 Main St., It’s Italia, or is it 400 Main St., Sushi Main? They can’t operate out of the same spot. Get it straight, please.”

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Spend library money on busing
Posted: August 14, 2014 - 4:19 pm

“With the proposed multimillion-dollar library and substantial money also being devoted to kids at the new Ted Adcock Community Center, I am puzzled as to why there is a need to charge parents to take buses to school. Shouldn’t free bus rides to school be a totally top funding priority for kids in our community before distributing money to all of these new venues? I was wondering why we don’t scale down the library. Do we really need a coffee shop in the library and to build a whole second floor? Routing that money toward the busing program and a good side effect would be safer drop-off areas and traveling for kids and less congestion downtown and on our streets at 3 p.m.”

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Is Brennan making progress?
Posted: August 14, 2014 - 4:18 pm

“I would like to comment on the articles on the legal fees at the San Mateo County Harbor District. Could somebody please report on whether Sabrina Brennan is making any progress with her legal fees that she is adding up? I don’t really care that she is causing concern for (District General Manager) Peter Grenell; what I would like to know is if all of her work is helping. Maybe she is cutting into the “old boys system.”

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Bin owner raises a stink
Posted: July 31, 2014 - 11:53 am

“This is an open letter to the dog owner who left dog feces in my bin. As many of my Montara neighbors who live near dog-walking areas have in the past, I found the feces bag you left in my bin on garbage day. The little garbage that I put in the gray bin is dripless and odorless. I am very civic-minded when it comes to resources, so I recycle or compost solid waste and I have a gray water system for my yard. Plastic-covered poop is not my idea of a neighborly gift. I do not wish to pay for your dog poop disposal. Even if you paid my bill for an entire year and took it to the curb, I would not want your dog feces fowling my bin for an entire week this summer. I dumped it in the street hoping you will recognize it on your way home next time.

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Let’s all conserve water
Posted: July 31, 2014 - 11:53 am

“I am calling about the story regarding the Coastside County Water District (July 23). While I applaud CCWD for considering restrictions, I think that there are several areas where it should start. First, places like the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, absolutely need to restrict water use. Why hasn’t the Ritz and some of the other big users done some of the things I and many of my neighbors have done in terms of recycling and capturing rain? I put in a 2,000-gallon cistern under my driveway this year and that is the water I am using to irrigate my garden, and most of my garden is vegetables and edibles.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
We need paved streets
Posted: July 17, 2014 - 10:32 am

“I was wondering if you could tell me who is in charge of repaving streets? The Railroad Avenue between Metzgar Street south and Seymour Street, that little section, is just horrible. The potholes are up to the bottom rim of your vehicle. It is really deep and big, and I don’t think it has been repaved in forever. Could you tell me who to call?”

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Wednesday 06/18/2014
About the Mirada restrooms…
Posted: June 18, 2014 - 5:48 pm

“I walk my dog every day at different times at the Mirada surf, by the Miramar Restaurant. There are new bathrooms there that were put up overnight about two months ago. And ever since then, they are locked. There is nobody around, there is no notice where the keys are. What is the point of having bathrooms if they are always locked, day and night? Can you please tell me why the bathrooms are locked? Can you find out for me from who is in charge?

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Remove graffiti before taking photos
Posted: May 29, 2014 - 9:59 am

“I’m calling in regards to Romeo pier. The article (Review, May 14) says that (Harbormaster Scott) Grindy wants to hire a photographer to document the pier for benefit of historians. The photographer could take pictures of the east side of the pier where there is huge Nortaño gang signs right now. I have called the Sheriff about six months ago and they said to call graffiti abatement for San Mateo County, which I did twice. But nobody has taken down the large Aztec bird, which is part of the Norteño symbol. We are really showing tourists that the gangs dominate and rule our area because clearly the abatement group doesn’t seem to care and the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t seem to care.”

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Tuesday 05/27/2014
Parcel taxes exacerbate total tax hit
Posted: May 27, 2014 - 9:31 am

I was calling to comment about the article on the land trust sued over lost property (Review, May 12). It is interesting that at least a portion of the past due taxes is 10 parcels, at $150 a year each, for the parcel tax. That is quite an extra hit for somebody trying to hold on to some property for retirement investment. I hope people will keep that in mind when they vote whether or not to renew it.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
Devil of a coincidence
Posted: April 17, 2014 - 10:31 am

“Is it coincidence or purposely done? I want to comment on the great reporting on the opening of Devil’s Slide Trail (Review, April 2). Is it a coincidence that the name of the couple walking with their children in the accompanying front-page photo is Teufel, the German word for ‘devil’? Keep up the good work. Thank you very much.”

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Thursday 04/03/2014
Enough about the bridge
Posted: April 03, 2014 - 2:44 pm

“I am really tired of all this press and publicity and comments on the bridge. This is how Half Moon Bay wastes so much money making decisions. Let’s just repair it, fix it, whatever we have to do to make it a good workable bridge, and keep the look the same if we love that bridge so much. What is the problem with that? You, engineers, get out there and do your job.”

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Bus doesn’t stop here
Posted: April 03, 2014 - 2:45 pm

“My wife and I are seniors and have somewhat limited mobility, but last Sunday we decided we’d like to try the new Devil’s Slide Trail. As suggested, we took SamTrans to get there. The bus let us off at the trailhead, we did the hike, which was somewhat strenuous, and then we waited at the bus stop at the far north end. But the SamTrans bus went right by us. Fortunately, two good Samaritans took us back to the south trailhead where we waited two hours for the next Sunday bus. When I called SamTrans today, I was told that, because there is no crosswalk or traffic light, the southbound bus cannot stop at the clearly marked bus turn out that was constructed with a great amount of taxpayer money. But I have written to them pointing out the obvious: There is no crosswalk or light needed for the southbound bus because nobody can be on the east side of the highway. There is no parking lot, sidewalk or even shoulder on that side of the highway, so the bus merely has to turn in to the already existing turnout. This is a travesty for seniors who have paid taxes for a rather grand trail and bus turnouts.”

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Cost of slide trail outlandish
Posted: April 03, 2014 - 2:44 pm

“Many thanks to the Review for its front-page story of the half-million-dollar yearly maintenance budget for the new Devil’s Slide Trail (Review, March 26). This should be required reading for every San Mateo County taxpayer. Do we really need two $100,000-a-year park rangers for a one-mile trail, or to budget $50 a day for toilet sundries? As my late Uncle Frank would say, ‘Gee, that’s a lot of you know what.’ The final insult to our sensibilities was the county parks director saying, ‘We’re just going to have to do the best with what we have.’”

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Wednesday 02/19/2014
Let’s work together on ditches
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 6:21 pm

“Since I live along the Roosevelt drainage ditch, I am extremely grateful to the mayor and the City Council as they fight an appeal which is preventing the cleaning of Roosevelt and the Kehoe ditches. A gentleman filed an appeal stopping the city from cleaning out the ditches. The Roosevelt ditch is blocked with roots and debris. The ditch banks are eroding, destroying fences, patios and risking our homes’ foundations. The streets flood with water and mud. What would motivate a gentleman to cause such harm to the folks who live along the Roosevelt ditch? The gentleman seems very confident and would do more good helping the city to develop a methodology to clean out the Roosevelt ditch rather than fight the city. No one is winning this fight, especially the folks living along the Roosevelt ditch.”

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Dangerous drivers put us all at risk
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 6:22 pm

“As a resident of Half Moon Bay I am very concerned about drivers on Highway 92 and in our city. Last night we were passed on Highway 92 by a white Prius. The driver took all of our lives in his hands. Whoever you are, Mr. Prius owner, I hope you stop such negligent, dangerous behavior. Thank you for letting me voice my concern.”

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Thursday 01/30/2014
More on that radiation
Posted: January 30, 2014 - 10:14 am

“What is the effect of this radiation level on water people may drink? (I’m talking about those) desalination plants. I know you can’t get the radiation out of the water. You can’t separate it out. Think about it.”

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Don’t blame Verizon
Posted: January 30, 2014 - 10:15 am

“This is in response to Clay Lambert’s column headlined, ‘Telecommunication giant lets down one of the little people’ (Review, Jan. 22). Lambert states this is a victimless crime. Actually, there were two victims: the owner of the phone and the telephone company. The responsible party is a 16-year-old girl. She had access to enough money for a plane ticket to Hawaii and then to Samoa. That money could have been used to make a dent in the bill. She could have tried to negotiate a payment plan with the phone company. This is not the big bad telephone company’s fault. People need to be accountable for their own actions.”

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Thursday 01/16/2014
Who’s behind radiation on the beach?
Posted: January 16, 2014 - 11:15 am

“In case people don’t know, Westinghouse is one of the builders of the Fukushima reactors over there. And that is why you don’t hear a lot about it because Westinghouse has its hand thick in the water and the land over here on the Coastside, and they have for a long time. Basically, that is why we don’t hear a lot about the radiation suffering that is going on right now. They are trying to hush it and quiet it.”

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Thursday 12/12/2013
Why print newsletter on plastic?
Posted: December 12, 2013 - 2:58 pm

“I just received the Half Moon Bay quarterly newsletter from the city manager’s desk. It is laminated and certainly not recyclable. I did read it closely since I wanted it to have some use before I threw it in the garbage. I wonder why the city manager would go to the extra expense of mailing these plastic sheets of paper and why not use recyclable material? It is confusing to me and I imagine that is expensive.”

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I couldn’t hear sirens
Posted: December 12, 2013 - 2:53 pm

“There was a test at 10 this morning (Dec. 4) of the emergency warning sirens. I live in El Granada, across from the Pillar Point Harbor, and could not even hear them at all. I sure hope they get fixed as soon as possible. I would hate to have them not be working when an emergency happens.”

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Friday 10/18/2013
We can do better than half moon
Posted: October 18, 2013 - 10:11 am

I couldn’t agree more with Tony Favero’s assessment of our south-of-town “piece of art” (Review, Sept. 25). It’s terrible! Get rid of it. Let’s get something better going. There are too many creative people around here.

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Tired of the traffic
Posted: October 18, 2013 - 10:12 am

Coming home from San Mateo this morning, I wondered why is it allowable for Lemos Farm to tie up traffic this time of year. They had two gentlemen standing out on Highway 92 holding homemade pedestrian crossing signs stopping the traffic. Is that legal? Can that even be done?

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Thursday 09/19/2013
Dogs, birds and humans on the beach
Posted: September 19, 2013 - 5:39 pm

“This morning I was out on my walk in front of the Miramar Beach Restaurant and I noticed an older couple ahead of me with their two dogs. One was a yellow Labrador and one was a smaller white dog. I noticed that both of the dogs chased a bird into the water and was wondering why the bird never flew off. The owners of the dogs never pulled the Lab off of the bird until the dog had brought the bird back up on to the beach. As I got closer to the couple, I yelled, ‘You need to put your dog on a leash. I saw what it did.’ The owner yelled at me and said, ‘The bird was already injured.’ I asked him if that made it OK and then he turned and yelled, ‘Just shut up.’ So, I hope that made him feel like a big man because in my book not only is he a bad dog owner, he is a bad human being, and so is his wife.”

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Thanks for the tip
Posted: September 19, 2013 - 5:39 pm

“I would just like to thank the good Samaritan who left a note on my Toyota Sienna on Sept. 15, about midday, saying that a silver pickup truck ran into my van and then parked elsewhere. Thank you for leaving the license plate number. The wheels are in motion to find out who owns the car and assess the damage and get the repairs done. I appreciate your taking the time to leave the information for me while I was in Safeway.”

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Wishing for greater confidence in development
Posted: September 19, 2013 - 5:40 pm

“I am calling regarding the article about the article headlined, ‘Prominent city corner under construction’ (Review, Sept. 11). In it, Planning Commissioner Les Deman says, ‘Now we are just waiting to see if we made a good decision or not.’ I think it is really discouraging that someone who represents the voters doesn’t have the confidence to approve a project and then fully endorse it. How nice it would be if he could say the city of Half Moon Bay will greatly benefit from the revenue the taxes from this building will create going forward.”

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Thursday 09/12/2013
Enforce the doggone rules
Posted: September 12, 2013 - 2:19 pm

“I am a resident of the Miramar section of Half Moon Bay and I walk on the Coastal Trail almost every day. And every single day I see people on the beach with their dogs, totally ignoring the signs that say ‘No dogs on the beach.’ Either the law is to be enforced 100 percent or not at all. This is very, very disturbing and aggravating that people ignore the signs and nothing happens to them. By chance, a neighbor, who never walks his dog out there, happened to walk his dog and he got a ticket. Many of the dogs on the beach are off-leash.”

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Keep cats in at night
Posted: September 12, 2013 - 2:20 pm

“I’m calling regarding some of the comments from neighbors in Cañada Cove about the coyotes attacking their cats. While I sympathize with any pet owner over the loss of his beloved animal, the bottom line is that coyotes are primarily nocturnal, and if you want to have a domestic cat, keep it inside. Otherwise, they are out there killing wild birds, and I’m sure there are a lot of people who have noticed the loss of birds in the area as well. So they shouldn’t let their cats prowl around at night.”

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There is a way to avoid coyotes
Posted: September 12, 2013 - 2:21 pm

“I have a really good idea about cats being killed by coyotes in Cañada Cove. First and foremost, decide to keep your cats in and you don’t have to worry about coyotes. Coyotes live here. Your cats can be kept in, and I think that will solve your problem.”

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Pay taxes and you won’t lose your land
Posted: September 12, 2013 - 2:21 pm

“Concerning the Moss Beach Park, I just don’t understand why people don’t pay their property tax. You are certainly going to lose the land if you don’t. Would you explain to me why they didn’t pay the taxes? This is a hard situation to understand.”

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Unregulated rentals could cause safety issues

“Responding to your short-term rental article (Review, Jan. 28), how many of these rentals are illegal units and how many people would be encouraged to build illegal units if this wasn’t regulated without having a San Mateo County building permit? Some of these units may be dangerous to the renters and that could create some huge problems for the safety authorities we have here on the coast.”

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