MCC Meetings                   

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 PM, Granada Sanitary District,   504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd 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 

June 3 Ballot Measure AA:
Regional Open Space Access, Preservation and Restoration Bond
MROSD Bond Measure website -- Endorsers
Interactive map of projects -- Presentation at MCC

June 3 Ballot Measure G:
Granada Sanitary District Reorganization into a Community Services District in order to provide parks and recreation services. GSD webpage. MCC support. GSD Town Hall meeting, May 1, 7:30pm, EG Elementary School. HMB Review editorial

 Montara Coast - Public Access & Views
Online petition to Board of Supervisors -- Comments to date
Oct 2013 MCC presentation; Apr 2013 MCC letter to BoS

Community Visioning Report Oct 2013 -
Culmination of the first phase of a collaborative, community planning process for the future of Princeton and the surrounding area.  
Phase 2, Background studies & existing conditions report will be available in April. 


Big Wave Project is back with a North Parcel Alternative.


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 2013.


Shoreline Erosion + Harbor Dredging

MCC 6/12/13 slide presentation & letter to Harbor Commission
MCC 9/10/13 letter to Harbor Commission on dredging plan.
Army Corps Surfers' Beach Erosion 11/8/13 public meeting: PresentationVideo


















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Seacliff Fence Removed, Coastal View Restored

Seacliff Court in Montara extends one block from the Coastal Highway to its seacliff namesake. 

Some years ago, a 5-ft-high solid wood fence was built across the end of the street, blocking off the view. 



At the urging of the MCC, the County has removed the fence, restoring the public vista.

Click images for larger view.
Read more about Montara Coast Public Access & Views.


Harbor Dredging Future Plans

In order to secure Coastal Commission (CCC) approval for much-needed launch ramp dredging, Harbor District General Manager, Peter Grenell, submitted 6/13/13 letter outlining plans for dredge disposal going forward, assuring the CCC that alternate disposal sites would be sought with “particular attention to beneficial uses, such as sand replenishment for eroding beaches.”

On June 14 the CCC approved Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for reduced-scale launch ramp dredging with upland dredge disposal on the inner harbor beach next to the kayak stand (aka “Perched” Beach).  The staff report had been updated with letter from Supervisor Horsley and 6/12/13 MCC slide presentation.

Per 1/30/13 CCC email, Coastal Development Permits were not obtained for the two previous launch ramp maintenance dredge disposal events (1998 & 2006) at “Perched” Beach, which was not considered a dredge disposal site by CCC.


Support for GSD reorganization as Community Services District

At its June 6, 2013, meeting, the County Parks Commission considered the Granada Sanitary District's (GSD) proposal to become a Community Services District to provide park and recreation services in their service area, and received public comment. County Parks has issued a letter of response summarizing the comments received and the commission's recommendations.  There is more detailed analysis in the staff report.  Background documents are on GSD website.


County Supervisorial District Lines - 6/15 Mtg

Public meeting Saturday, June 15, 9:30-11:30 am
Cunha Intermediate School Library, 600 Church St, HMB

Presentation on redistricting process and group discussion of factors to be considered. San Mateo County Supervisors will be now elected by district rather than county-wide elections. For more info, visit the Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee website.


GGNRA Rancho Fire Management Plan

GGNRA is soliciting public input on the Draft Amendment to the Fire Management Plan for Rancho Corral de Tierra.  Information available online and at public meeting:

Tuesday, June 25, 6-8pm (presentation at 6:30)
Farallone View School, Montara

Submit comments by July 12 in order to be considered during development of the final plan.

For questions or more information, email or phone: (415) 561-4700


MCC Meeting June 12, 7:00 pm

Granada Sanitary District (GSD) meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd Floor, El Granada.

Regular Agenda:

Pillar Point Harbor Shoreline Erosion & Dredging
letter to SMC Harbor Commission (approved)
letter to Congresswoman Jackie Speier (approved)
Jackie Speier 5/24/13 letter to Coastal Commission
Harbor Shoreline Erosion 5/29/13 Meeting Report & Presentation
Selection of MCC Rep to Princeton Plan Steering Committee   
(background email)

Consent Agenda: 5/22/13 MCC Minutes6/12/13 Treasurer’s Report


Harbor Commission Appoints Holsinger

Newly appointed Harbor Commissioner is San Mateo attorney Will Holsinger, by a vote of 3-1, with Commissioner Brennan voting for Nicole David, Marine Biologist from Half Moon Bay.  This is Holsinger’s second appointment to the Harbor Commission.  He was appointed to finish Sally Campbell’s term in 2012, but failed to win election that November.

Holsinger’s new appointment expires in November 2014 at which time he will need to seek election by the voters in order to complete the final 2 years of the vacancy left by the late Commissioner Leo Padreddi.  The November 2014 election will also include the seats of Commissioners Tucker and Bernardo.


Harbor Dredging – Perched Beach Update 

Pillar Point Harbor boat launch ramp dredging permit is scheduled for the June 14 Coastal Commission meeting in Long Beach, after being pulled from the April agenda due to public concerns about diminishing coastal access at Perched Beach dredge disposal site in the inner harbor where the kayak stand is located.

Staff report recommends permit approval for a reduced scale alternative that limits dredge disposal to half of the upland area at Perched Beach.  The amount of dredge will be reduced from 5,600 to 3,500 cubic yards, which is said to be the minimum necessary to clear all the launch ramps.  The footprint for placement on Perched Beach would be reduced from 2/3 of an acre to less than 1/5 of an acre (per modified site plan).  The material would be placed up against the berm on the east side and no closer than 100 feet from the water’s edge, instead of within a few feet from the sandy shoreline.

After the 30-day dewatering period, the material would be spread within the reduced footprint to form a slope, rather than a large step down, from the access road and Coastal Trail on the east side.

Coastal Commission staff considers protecting the eroded section of West Shoreline Trail a potential good use for harbor dredge material, but permitting for aquatic (rather than upland) disposal would take at least a year. 

Other nearby sites for beach nourishment are more complicated.  Surfer’s Beach alternative awaits results of the Army Corps of Engineers lengthy ongoing study in a cost share arrangement with the Harbor District.  Alternatively, the Harbor District could potentially fund the disposal of material at Surfer’s Beach, but additional Corps and Marine Sanctuary approvals would be needed.  Princeton Shoreline alternative awaits completion of the County’s shoreline plan just getting underway, which may take several years.


Donuts with Don - Friday, June 7

Supervisor Don Horsley will hold Coastside office hours Friday, June 7, from 10 AM to noon, at the Sheriff’s substation, at Hwy 1 and California Ave. in Moss Beach. Constituents may drop by, or may call for an appointment 650-363-4569.


Selection of New Harbor Commissioner June 5

San Mateo County Harbor Commission will conduct candidate interviews and appoint the preferred candidate to fill the Harbor Commission vacancy at a special meeting:
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 5pm.
Comfort Inn, 2930 Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay.
Harbor District Agendas are here.

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