MCC Meetings            

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 PM, GCSD meeting room,
504 Ave Alhambra, Third Floor, El Granada.   Email Agendas.   
Broadcast on Channel 27, the following Thurs 8PM & Fri 10AM.
See Archives for past meetings with video links.

Focus Topics 

Get Involved: Vacancies
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Coastside Design Review Committee
Housing & Community Development Committee
Local Agency Formation Commission public member


Midcoast Affordable Housing 
New page under Planning menu has background on this issue. 


Vallemar Bluff
Six-house development proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  

Highway 1 Parallel Trail
East-of-highway active transportation trail to connect Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.
First segment for design/permitting is Mirada to Coronado.

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.
Public outreach resumes 2016.
MCC 10/28/15 comments - map - attachment
Committee for Green Foothills comments 10/29/15
Project website  --  MCC Princeton page

Midcoast Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes
Chapter 6 of the Aug 2015 Final Preliminary Planning Study  describes the preferred alternatives and implementation plan.  Construction will occur in 3 phases with timing dependent on funding availability:
Phase 1 - 2017-18:  Cypress northbound acceleration lane,
               Grey Whale Cove Alt 1,  Lighthouse/16th Alt 1
Phase 2 - 2020-21: Moss Beach Virginia Alt 3 
Phase 3 - 2023-24: Montara 2nd St Alt 3

The project to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92 has undergone a course correction since April 2015 to allow for additional analysis and report revisions.
Alternative Development Forecast, Oct 2015
Alternative Transportation Standards
Oct 2015 Presentation - Minutes - Comments: MCCCGF
Highway 1 page -- Project website  

Pillar Point Harbor Issues

RV Park: MCC 1/28/15 letter - images.
District Priorities: MCC 7/9/14 letter - Overview Presentation.
Dredging/Beach Replenishment:
MCC letters 9/10/13 & 10/28/15.


 Midcoast Water Pollution Reduction Program

What’s in the water and what we can do to help protect our watershed and the marine reserve – Newsletter.

















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Saving Seton Coastside Hospital

On July 17, 2015, Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS), which owns Seton Medical Center Coastside, announced a deal with private investment firm BlueMountain Capital Management to recapitalize its six ailing hospitals, with more than $250 million, and transfer control of the hospitals to an independent board of directors. BlueMountain would contribute the capital, and its subsidiary, Integrity Healthcare, would manage and operate the hospitals while still maintaining their non-profit status. The investment firm has the option to purchase the health system after three years.  Q&A

DCHS has been losing $10 million a month and was facing bankruptcy after a sale to Prime Health Care fell through last spring. Prime backed out due to conditions placed on the sale by the Attorney General, including keeping all system hospitals open for 10 years.  State law requires the Attorney General to review any proposed change in control or governance of nonprofit health care facilities. A decision is due on the current proposal in mid November. 

The BlueMountain deal includes keeping all the hospitals open for five years, as Prime had originally agreed to do.  One question is, will the Attorney General impose more than five years on the latest offer?

Five key questions about the new deal to salvage DCHS -- SF Business Times 7/17/15

Not a sale, but a "System Restructuring and Support Agreement" -- What are BlueMountain's long-term plans? SF Business Times 8/3/15.

The Bay Area hospital landscape is going through a shakeup, one that’s particularly directed at independent medical centers or small chains that serve a preponderance of patients who are uninsured or covered by government programs -- SF Chronicle 3/13/15

Seton Coastside is a 116-bed skilled nursing facility with 5 general acute-care beds located in Moss Beach. It is the only hospital on the Coastside.  The emergency room is something of a misnomer -- it is not a modern facility. The County particularly doesn't want to lose the long-term care facility which is very difficult to replace, but Supervisor Horsley has stated that he feels an Urgent Care facility for the Coastside would be preferable to the outdated emergency facility at Seton.  The County has tried unsuccessfully in the past to buy part of the hospital system, and has given the troubled system $30 million in recent years. Supervisor Horsley has met with DCHS and BlueMountain executives and is committed to retaining Coastside medical facilities should the deal fall through.

Oct 16, 9:00AM at Mavericks Event Center, 107 Broadway, Princeton.
CA Attorney General will conduct a public meeting concerning Seton Medical Center Coastside to receive comments on the proposed change in control and governance and to consider the Health Care Impact Statements. Deadline for receipt of comments is Oct 20 – contact info.

UPDATE 12/4/15:  Attorney General granted conditional approval for Daughters of Charity Hospitals deal pending acceptance of terms by BlueMountain.

UPDATE 12/15/15:  Final deal is approved and accepted between Daughters of Charity and BlueMoutain, which includes Seton Coastside Hospital to remain as skilled nursing & 24-hr emergency facility for at least 10 years. 


MCC Meeting September 9, 2015

Agenda for September 9, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Midcoast LED Streetlights: MCC letter (approved) - background & data

Consent: Minutes for August 26, 2015
              Treasurer's Report for fiscal year 2014-2015

UPDATE:  9/9/15 meeting video & minutes


New Coastside Library Design Workshops


Pedro Point Headlands Meeting Sept 10

First public meeting to discuss the Pedro Point Headlands Restoration and Trail Project:

September 10, 2015, 6-8pm
Pacifica Community Center Auditorium
540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica

The meeting is hosted by the Pacifica Land Trust.  For more information, and to review the 30% design plans, see the Pedro Point Headlands website.


MCC Meeting August 26, 2015

Agenda for August 26, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Short-Term Rental Ordinance
Use Permit Amendment for use of La Costanera restaurant patios:
     --planning referral - violation letters: CCC - County
     --MCC comments (approved)
Consent agenda: Minutes for July 22, 2015

UPDATE:  8/26/2015 Meeting Video - Minutes


Donuts with Don/ Coffee with Kevin, Aug 21

Supervisor Don Horsley & Assemblyman Kevin Mullin Coastside Office Hours
Friday, August 21, 2015, 8:00am – 9:30am
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada


MCC August 12, 2015, Meeting Canceled


Portola Trail Proposed As National Historic Trail

The Board of Supervisors has authorized a Portola Trail Committee to support designation of the Portola Trail as a National Historic Trail and promote completion of the California Coastal Trail through San Mateo County. Designation as a National Historic Trail would bring federal resources to help complete and manage the trail.

The 250th anniversary of the Portolá Expedition is coming up in 2019.  On behalf of the King of Spain in 1769, Don Gaspar de Portolá led a land expedition from Baja California to colonize San Diego and Monterey. Not recognizing Monterey Bay, they passed it by and ended up stumbling on the sight of San Francisco Bay from Sweeney Ridge in Pacifica. The discovery led to the Spanish colonization of the San Francisco Bay region.

The trail route through San Mateo County coincides with about half of the Coastal Trail alignment, and traverses existing trails or sidewalks, and lands of POST, MPROSD, State Parks, GGNRA, and about 3 miles of private property. The 6 expedition campsites in San Mateo County could become backcountry camping destinations (i.e. hut to hut). 

Board of Supervisors 8/4/2015 staff report
Historical Society article


MCC Meeting July 22, 2015

Agenda for July 22, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Parallel Trail alignment (Mirada to Coronado):
MCC letter (approved) - attachment - slide presentation
Background: Project Scope - attachment - Hwy 1 page

Consent agenda: Minutes for July 8, 2015

UPDATE:  7/22/2015 meeting video & minutes


Amber LED Streetlights Preferred for Midcoast

During May/June 2015, the County conducted a pilot project (prior post) to determine if residents of the Midcoast support conversion to LED streetlights, which can reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions by 60%. Two LED streetlights (one standard and one with amber chip) were installed near each Midcoast post office so residents could see their nighttime effect.  SpeakOut online forum received public comments for 40 days during May/June.  The amber light had most support.

Amber LED fixtures will replace existing sodium fixtures at comparable brightness on the same arms at the same height on existing poles. No additional lights are planned. Shields for any intrusive lights next to homes could be added afterwards, upon individual request. 

LED lighting Model ATBO-20BLEDE70-MVOLT-R2 
     specs -- amber chip -- diffusers
Lighting District Maps: Montara/Moss Beach - El Granada/Miramar
International Dark-Sky Association Guide to LED Lighting

UPDATE on 9/17/15:  In response to MCC request, County plans a new pilot installation in fall 2015 for public review of lights at approximately 50% brightness compared to the earlier LED samples.