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.

Candidate Forums 2016
VIDEOS: Harbor Commission, MWSD, MCC, Cabrillo School Board
               HMB City Council Sep 28 - Oct 5

Focus Topics 

Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by CaltransFHWAAARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study
--MCC letters May 11 & April 13


Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan and Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) meetings are open to the public.
Nov 17, 6:30pm GPAC: circulation element 


New Granada Fire Station

Plans and permit application posted.
Story poles are up.


 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.


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen will submit development plans to the County in early 2017 for the 11-acre north Moss Beach designated affordable housing site. Sept 6 news article


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.  Princeton page
Public outreach resumes fall 2016.


Subdivision Regulations Update
A comprehensive update is underway to align county subdivision regulations (dating back to 1992) with current state law and pertinent case law, and to make them more user friendly.  May 25 staff report & MCC presentation.  June 8 MCC comments


















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Kudos to CHP Captain Mike Maskarich

Just had to share this success story of one concerned citizen changing the course and affecting the outcome of a Caltrans (!) project by voicing his concern during Oct 14 MCC meeting that the guardrail work on Hwy 92 in certain sections is creating increased hazard for cyclists, with the steel rail encroaching to the fog line.  Captain Maskarich was present, as he often is, to hear this report, and the very next morning he wrote the Council, “Following the MCC meeting last night, I inspected the guardrail on SR-92.  I notified Caltrans of my observations and at 0100 hours this morning, a Caltrans team went out and stopped all work on the project.  I was told the project will be re-engineered and a new guardrail will be put in place to accommodate more of a shoulder area.”  Captain Maskarich is CHP Redwood City Area Commander.  The guardrail issue was brought up by MCC councilmember Dan Haggerty.

UPDATE: Follow-up from Captain Maskarich:  "Thank you for the kind words, but I feel Caltrans supervisor Dwight Caldwell and his team are the ones who really came through. Their prompt response and analysis of the installation of the guardrail were paramount in having this project re-directed. Not only was the installation potentially problematic to bicyclists and pedestrians, but Dwight felt big-rig trucks and all approaching traffic was also at risk. Dwight has been my "go-to" resource on many roadway safety issues and exemplifies the excellent working relationship that exists between Caltrans, the CHP, and the communities we serve."


MCC Meeting October 14, 2015

Agenda for October 14, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

4a. Connect the Coastside: presentation
    -Alternative Development Forecast
    -Alternative Transportation Standards 

4b. MCC vacancy applicant recommendation
    -4/8/15 applicant interviews video

4c. Letter to DPW re Capistrano Rd. parking & crossings

Consent:  Minutes for Sept 23, 2015Minutes for Oct 8, 2015

UPDATE:  10/14/2015 Video & Minutes


Connect the Coastside October Public Meetings

County public outreach resumes this month on the development of a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan to address cummulative impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. The project has undergone a course correction since April 2015 to allow for additional analysis and report revisions. 

MCC briefing Wed, Oct 14, 7pm
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Public Workshop Thurs, Oct 22, 6:30-8:30pm
Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress, Moss Beach

Topics for presentation and discussion:
Alternative Development Forecast
Alternative Transportation Standards

Connect the Coastside page


MCC Candidate Interviews Oct 8

Special MCC meeting Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7pm
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Special Agenda:  Interview 4 applicants for BoS appointment to fill one council vacancy and make recommendation on the preferred applicant to the Board of Supervisors. The applicants are:
     Gail Erickson, El Granada
     Charles Curtis Grisham, Moss Beach
     Todd Pelman, Moss Beach
     Claire Toutant, Moss Beach

UPDATE:  Council decision on which candidate to recommend for appointment to fill MCC vacancy has been postponed until Oct 14 regular MCC meeting.  The public is welcome to view the interview video and email your comments to the full Council at


Community Forum on RoundUp Oct 20


New Library Final Design Workshop Sept 29

Tuesday, Sept 29, 2015, from 6:30-8:00 PM
Ted Adcock Center, 535 Kelly, HMB

Noll and Tam Architecture will present conceptual designs based on the feedback received during the four September community input meetings. Participants will then be able to discuss the different options and give additional feedback to the architects.  Friends of HMB Library


Granada Fire Station Workshop Comments

The County's Summary of the July Pre-Application Workshop on the proposed new Granada Fire Station includes a summary of public comments as well as comments from reviewing agencies.  Coastside Fire Protection District proposes to construct a new 10,000 sq.ft. single-story fire station on Obispo Rd at Coronado to replace the existing Station 41 at Obispo/Portola (project webpage).

Coastal Commission staff comments raised concerns about tsunami hazard and CalTrans' long-term plans to relocate Cabrillo Highway to protect it from coastal erosion.  County Planning noted the need for a Use Permit, variances for the 30-ft building height where 16 feet is allowed, and for reduced side setbacks. 

The Local Coastal Program (LCP Policy 9.3) prohibits publicly-owned buildings intended for human occupancy (other than parks & recreation facilities) in tsunami inundation hazard areas. The proposed new fire station is right on the border of the mapped tsunami inundation area. If a site-specific tsunami study shows the project area being inundated, an LCP Amendment would be necessary, a process that could take 1-1/2 to 2 years.  The Planning Dept would offer to initiate the LCP Amendment based on "broader interests" in such an amendment.   

UPDATE on 12/4/15:  The tsunami hurdle has been met by a Nov 2015 site-specific study completed by Moffat and Nichol indicating less than 1% chance of a tsunami reaching the new fire station in any given year.


MCC Meeting September 23, 2015

Agenda for September 23, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Highway 1 Parallel Trail: County presentation on alternatives and preferred alignment for southern segment (Mirada to Coronado).  
Background & related issues: Highway 1 page, MCC 7/22/15 letter, slides 

Community Choice Energy Status Update: presentation

Consent agenda: Minutes of Sept 9, 2015

UPDATE:  9/23/15 meeting video & minutes


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