MCC cleans up highway 

The Midcoast Community Council voted in June to apply to become a partner with the Adopt-a-Highway program. The MCC’s segment of Highway 1 extends from Moss Beach to 14th Street in Montara.

Led by MCC member Barbra Mathewson, a group of five volunteers cleans that segment of the highway about once a month.

If you’re interested in helping, contact Barbra Mathewson at


City of Half Moon Bay turns 60 

Half Moon Bay became an incorporated city in San Mateo County 60 years ago this year. A special reception is scheduled to commemorate that history.

The community is invited to join in at 5:30 p.m. on July 16 at the Half Moon Bay Library at 620 Correas St. To celebrate the milestone, City Council members, both past and present, will be in attendance along with city staff and partnering agencies.

Refreshments will be served.


Gas tax increase in effect 

Gas prices are going up in California.

Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, was signed into law in April 2017. Throughout the next 10 years, the bill invests $54 billion in road repair. Those improvements are funded with the state’s gas tax. An increase of 5.6 cents per gallon, coupled with a previous increase, will make California’s price per gallon the highest in the country.


Construction to come on Highway 1 

On Monday and Tuesday night, Caltrans conducted tests to determine what kind of retaining wall to use to address the erosion on the ocean side of Highway 1 near Gray Whale Cove. The road shoulder has eroded and cracks in the roadway are an ominous sign.

Caltrans will spend the next one to two months in the design period for the retaining wall. The project will proceed on a $4 million emergency contract.

“It’s an emergency in that we don’t want to go into next winter,” Caltrans spokesman Jeff Weiss said. 

Once construction begins on the wall, most of it can be done at night, Weiss said. He expects the traffic impact will be minimal. 

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