A "Green Streets" improvement project is getting underway on the east side of Carlos St. in the Moss Beach Post Office block. Construction is scheduled for September through November 2014. The project involves construction of bioretention swales, parking, bicycle, and pedestrian safety improvements. Planning Commission staff report includes detailed design plans to see what the project will look like, and photos that explain where the area stormwater flows. The motivation for the project is to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff before they reach the Marine Reserve. Learn more in the Fitzgerald ASBS Pollution Prevention 2014 Summer Newsletter.
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Big Wave North Parcel Alternative (NPA)
MCC comments (approved)
See "Focus Topics" in right column for more info and links on these topics.
September 10 is the new deadline for comments on the HMB Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) Update. The ALUCP affects future land uses and development surrounding the HMB Airport. Land use policies address height of structure for airspace protection, aircraft noise impacts, and safety compatibility criteria near the ends of the runway.
Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council holds one of their meetings on the Coastside each year:
Wednesday, August 20, 9:15 AM – 4:00 PM (agenda)
HMB Yacht Club, 214 Princeton Ave, Princeton.
The Advisory Council provides the sanctuary superintendent with advice on a variety of issues. It serves as a liaison to the community regarding sanctuary issues and relays the community’s interests, concerns, and management needs to the sanctuary. As a community-based body the advisory council members represent public interest groups, local industry, commercial and recreational user groups, academia, conservation groups, government agencies, and the general public.
If so, please help restore access to it by completing the Coastal Commission survey. This information is being gathered to determine whether “prescriptive rights” exist on this property by asking anyone who has been to Martin’s Beach to document their use. Prescriptive rights provide that if it can be documented that members of the public have been using private land as if it were public land over a period of at least five years, the right to continued public access may be established.
Surveys should be printed, signed, and either faxed, emailed, or mailed to the Coastal Commission at:
CA Coastal Commission, Attn: Peter Allen
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105-2219
An Addendum to the 2010 Big Wave Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is available for 30-day public review and comment ending September 2. Digital copies are available on the County website, and hard copies are located at HMB Library and Granada Sanitary District office, 504 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada.
At a MCC special-venue meeting August 13, the county project planner will provide an overview presentation of the Big Wave North Parcel Alternative and the EIR Addendum. The project applicant will be available to answer questions.
A Planning Commission hearing to consider approval of this project is tentatively scheduled for October 22 on the Coastside. Public comment on the project may be submitted to the Planning Commission until their final hearing, but comments received after the Sept 2 deadline for comment on the EIR Addendum will not be included in the County's written response to comments.
Contact person: Camille Leung, Project Planner, email@example.com
Only the County Department of Public Works (DPW) may post signs that have any legal authority to limit or prohibit parking along County streets and rights of way. DPW does not post official signs on private fences.
While there is no legal statute that prohibits a property owner from posting a sign on their property, they have no authority to remove a vehicle from public property or public right-of-way access. If a property owner actually had a vehicle towed from property that is not owned by them, the vehicle owner could sue for any costs or damage to their vehicle.
The public can safely ignore this unofficial sign posted on a private fence on West Point Ave in industrial Princeton at a popular beach access destination.
County Code Compliance required the removal of the "reserved parking/ tow away" signs on the Princeton fence near the beach on West Point Ave. because a Coastal Development Permit is required to impede public beach access in this way.
Civics 101 Is a free County program that provides participants an in-depth and comprehensive look at the array of County programs and services and the ability to see first-hand how tax dollars are spent locally.
Tuesdays, Sept 16 to Nov 18, from 6 to 8:30 pm
Two Saturday field trips are also planned.
The program is open to anyone 18 years or older who lives or works in San Mateo County. Many participants go on to serve on County Boards and Commissions.
Deadline to sign up is Sept 5. More info here.
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
SPECIAL VENUE: Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress, Moss Beach
Project consultants will update the communty (presentation) on their direction and progress resulting from feedback received at the June 18 Highway 1 meeting, with opportunity to get your questions answered.
San Mateo County Harbor District 2014 Civil Grand Jury Report - What is the price of dysfunction?
There have been repeated recommendations and efforts to dissolve the Harbor District since the 1960's. Voters approved dissolution in 1966 only to have the decision overturned by the courts on a technicality in 1969.
In 1991, in response to two consecutive years of Grand Jury recommendations for District dissolution, a county staff analysis estimated $670,000 (in 1991 dollars) could be saved in the first year if the County took over operation of the District’s two marinas. It was estimated after year 2003, $1.5 million in property tax revenue would be available for other purposes annually.
Here is a summary of 1991 County Counsel memo regarding some issues involved in dissolution of the Harbor District.
Property Tax Revenue
If the Harbor District were dissolved, the property tax revenue now received by the District would be transferred to its successor agency. The Board of Supervisors could determine that all taxes now received by the District should go to the County as successor agency.
Outstanding District Loans
With prior approval by the lender, the County could assume these loans upon approval of the Board of Supervisors and LAFCo.
Joint Powers Agreement for management of Oyster Point Marina
The Agreement between the District and South San Francisco is intended to be binding upon its successors until it expires in 2026. It may be terminated or modified at any time by agreement of both parties.
Court ruling overturning 1966 dissolution
The cause of the court ruling that overturned the 1966 election on dissolution of the Harbor District was a technicality that would not occur today (Government Code 56336).
Harbor District response to Grand Jury Report.
Recommended response by Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)