MCC Meetings            

Special Meeting Thurs, Oct 8, 2015:                MCC vacancy candidate interviews
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 

Winter Storm Season -- Are You Prepared?
Tormentas del Invierno - ¿Estás preparado?

Development of a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic 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. Public outreach resumes with an Alternative Land Use Forecast and Alternative Transportation Performance Standards: 
MCC Briefing Oct 14, 7pm at GCSD
Public Workshop Oct 22, 6:30pm at Cypress Meadows. 
Highway 1 page -- Project website  

Midcoast Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes
MCC meeting this fall (TBD) will include discussion of the preferred designs selected from the year-long process of workshops and public feedback on design alternatives.  

Highway 1 Parallel Trail
East-of-highway multi-use transportation trail to connect Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.
First segment for design/permitting is Mirada to Coronado.
Public Workshop presentation 9/23/15 on trail alignment/design.
MCC 7/22/15 letter - attachment - presentation.   Highway 1 page.

Montara Coast -             Public Access & Views
Private encroachments into the 7th St right-of-way diminish public coastal access & views. Board of Supervisors decision is expected on 10/20/15.

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations. Outreach resumes 2016.
Project website  --  MCC Princeton page


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 9/10/13 letter.


 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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Gulf of Farallones Sanctuary Advisory Council, Aug. 20

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.


Have You Ever Been to Martin's Beach?

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:
     Fax: 415-904-5400
     CA Coastal Commission, Attn: Peter Allen
     45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
     San Francisco, CA 94105-2219


Big Wave North Parcel Alternative Environmental Review

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. 

Wednesday, August 13, 7:00 pm  (flyer - AGENDA)
Pillar Ridge Community Center, 164 Culebra, Moss Beach
Access from Airport St & continue west to parking lot  >>Please carpool<<

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,


Unofficial ‘No Parking’ Signs Carry No Legal Weight

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.


Civics 101: Learn about your local government

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


Midcoast Hwy 1 Community Workshop July 31

MCC will hold a special meeting on the status of design planning for Midcoast Highway 1 pedestrian crossings, raised medians, and left turn lanes. (AGENDAflyer)

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. 

More info on County page and MCC Highway 1 page.
How did we get here? (institutional memory for the path forward)


Grand Jury Recommends Harbor District Be Dissolved

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).

Recent articles on Grand Jury Report - HMB Review 7/17/14, Daily Journal 7/10/14


MCC Meeting July 23, 7pm


HMB Yacht Club Plan to Enhance Public Shoreline Access

Invasive Plants on the Coastside
Invasive Weeds - County pamphlet
Don't Plant a Pest - California Invasive Plant Council brochure

Consent Agenda: Minutes for 6/25/14, 7/9/14
Letter to Caltrans re 2-way left turn arrows at Sam's Restaurant
Comments to Planning Dept re addition to house on shoreline at
        115 West Point Ave, Princeton

Location: Granada Sanitary District (GSD) meeting room,
              504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada

2014 Civil Grand Jury Reports

San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury 2014 reports include:

County Harbor District dysfunction, including a recommendation to dissolve the District.

Devil’s Slide Trail safety

Independent Special District Website transparency and access to information, with specific standards recommended for improvement.


MWSD Community Workshop July 24

Montara Water & Sanitary District seeks public input on a long-term strategic plan that will guide their actions for years to come.

Community Workshop – Thursday, July 24, 6pm to 8pm
Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress, Moss Beach

How should investments be prioritized?
What service improvements would customers like to see?
What challenges and opportunities should the District focus on?
What is your long-range vision for the District and community?

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