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 

PCE, is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider, replacing the electric generation services on your PG&E bill with 50-100% renewable energy at competitive rates.


Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by CaltransFHWAAARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study
--MCC letters May & April 2016


Midcoast LED streetlight replacement project stalled in Jan 2017 to await manufacture and shipment of correct low intensity amber fixtures -- estimated by June.


Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved.


 New Granada Fire Station
Final EIR expected 3/17/2017


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen will submit development plans to the County in late spring 2017 for the 11-acre north Moss Beach affordable housing site.


Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. (webpage)


Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan expected for public review summer 2017.


















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Candidate Forums for Nov 2016 Elections

Candidate forums for local office are sponsored by MCC and moderated by League of Women Voters. Video recordings by PCT will be available on YouTube. FlyerRoster of Candidates - Easy Voter Guide - Voters Edge

Sept 28 (Wed), 7:00 PM, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada 
San Mateo County Harbor Commission (VIDEO)
2-year seat - Vote for 1 (Voter's Edge)
   *Ed Larenas, Biologist / Coastal Advocate
     Brian Rogers, Tech Business Owner
4-year seat - Vote for 3 (Voter's Edge)
   *Sabrina Brennan, Harbor Commissioner
   *Tom Mattusch, Harbor Commissioner
   *Virginia Chang Kiraly, Appointed Incumbent
     Shawn Mooney, Property Tax Auditor

Oct 4 (Tues) - 7:30 PM Seton Medical Center, Marine Bl, Moss Beach  
    Park in upper events lot - first left near top of hill
Montara Water & Sanitary District - Vote for 2 (VIDEO)
   *Kathryn Slater-Carter, Incumbent
   *Scott Boyd, Incumbent
     Thomas “Gus” Peterson, Registered Water Engineer

Midcoast Community Council 2-year seat - Vote for 1 (VIDEO)
   *Brandon Kwan, Coastside Advocate / Ecologist
     Barbra A. Mathewson, Community Volunteer

Oct 18 (Tues), 7:00 PM, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada
Cabrillo School Board - Vote for 2 (VIDEO)
    *Sophia Layne - Parent / Biotech Director
    *Kimberly K. Hines - Parent / Engineer
      Kate Livingston - Incumbent

League of Women Voters (LWV) will moderate the forum, asking questions submitted in writing by the public at the meeting. LWV asks that people refrain from displaying political literature or signs in the meeting.

*Elected (update 11/9/16)


New Granada Fire Station Permit Applications

The Coastside Fire Protection District has submitted permit applications to the County for the new 12,340 s/f Granada Station #41 on the vacant parcel bounded by Obispo, Alhambra and Coronado, with entry via Obispo. PLANS

Application #PLN2016-00346 -- Parcel #047-261-030
Zoning: EG (El Granada Gateway)
2015 Pre-Application summary of comments
2016 comments: Caltrans - CCC staff

Approvals required:
Coastal Development Permit (appealable to CA Coastal Commission)
Use Permit  --  Design Review
Grading Permit (10,150 c/y cut & 160 c/y fill)  --  Remove 7 trees
Environmental Impact Report
Subdivision to split 2.7-acre parcel into 0.32-acre in C1 zone at Portola
    and 2.37 acres in EG zone along Obispo to Coronado.
Zoning Variance:
    Parcel size will be 2.37 acres where minimum is 3.5 acres.
    Building height 30 ft where 16 ft maximum is allowed
    Front/rear setbacks 8 ft combined, where 70 ft minimum is required
    Lot coverage 11.9% where 10% maximum is allowed

UPDATE 12/2/16:  The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and Appendices are here.  Public review and comment period is Dec 2 – Jan 19.  Public hearing is 6pm Wed, Jan 18, 2017, at 1191 Main St., HMB (notice).


Java with Jerry in HMB Sept 23

State Senator Jerry Hill invites you to join him for coffee and conversation

Friday, September 23, 2016, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Granola's Coffee House, 116 N. Cabrillo Highway, HMB.

Bring your ideas, questions, and concerns about legislative issues affecting the community.


Bike/Pedestrian Count Volunteers Needed

San Mateo County Office of Sustainability seeks volunteers to help with the annual Bike/Pedestrian Count during the week of September 12-18, 2016. Participate in a volunteer orientation and commit to at least two 2-hour shifts (morning/evening/weekend timeslots and Coastside locations available).

Help gather data on demand and trends in sustainable transportation. For more info email:


Surfers' Beach Project Ribbon Cutting Sept 2

You're invited to the Surfers' Beach ribbon cutting ceremony on September 2, 2016, at 11:00 AM, at the construction site at Highway 1 and Coronado St.
Carpooling encouraged.

More about Highway 1 erosion protection at Surfers' Beach here.


MCC Meeting Aug 24, 2016

AGENDA for August 24, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Highway 1 Parallel Trail Mirada to Coronado:
Presentation  --  web page 
30% design plans -- Environmental Review

Consent agenda:  Minutes for July 27, 2016
Letter to Harbor Commission in support of Pillar Point Harbor West Shoreline Trail erosion protection

UPDATE: 8/24/16 meeting video & minutes
Erin Deinzer resignation effective 10/31/16


Hwy 1 Parallel Trail Plans/Environmental Doc

Midcoast Highway 1 Parallel (multi-modal) Trail is to be an east-of-highway active transportation trail to connect Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.  The first segment for design/permitting is Mirada to Coronado.  30% design plans and Environmental Review documents are now available for review and public comment by September 9, 2016.  MCC August 24 meeting will include a presentation by the project planner with opportunity for questions and comments. More info.


MCC 2-Yr Candidate Filing Deadline Extended to Aug 17

Extended filing periods occur when a non-term-limited incumbent does not file for re-election. The extended deadline is Wednesday, August 17, at 5 PM, for the MCC two-year seat to finish the term of Erin Deinzer who resigned. Candidates must be registered voters residing in the unincorporated San Mateo County Midcoast towns of Montara, Moss Beach, Princeton, El Granada, or Miramar. (Note the Half Moon Bay city limit is at Mirada/Alto Roads.) 

Find resources and how to apply at County Elections.  The filing period is closed for the three open four-year seats, with all three incumbents qualifying (Dan Haggerty, Lisa Ketcham, Laura Stein) and no other candidates applying. 

Other Coastside elections with extended deadline are HMB City Council,  Cabrillo School Board and SMC Harbor Commission.  The Elections Dept Roster of Candidates is updated each evening after 5 PM.

UPDATE 8/18/16: Two candidates qualified for the 2-year MCC open seat: Barbra Mathewson and Brandon Kwan, both of Moss Beach.


MCC Aug 10 Meeting Canceled


Rediscovering America / Portola Trail

A multi-agency committee convened by Supervisor Horsley is working towards designation of a new National Historic Trail along the route of Spanish explorer Portolá in time for the 250th anniversary of the 1769 expedition, which stumbled upon San Francisco Bay.  A grant application has been made to the National Park Service for assistance in this effort, which will recognize 10,000 years of Native American settlement in San Mateo County, the impact of the Portolá Expedition, and opportunities to complete the California Coastal Trail.  

The June 8, 2016, Trail Committee meeting featured a presentation on the history of Native American villages and trail network in San Mateo County by representatives of the Amah Mutsun and Muwekma tribes (meeting video at 4 min and accompanying slides).  The talk is also captured in the meeting minutes

Maps of proposed trail route and “best guess” Portolá Expedition route, which followed Native American trails from village to village.
SMC Historical Society article