Pacifica city manager proclaims state of emergency for imperiled apartments, Coastal Commission may be bypassed

The city manager of Pacifica, wrestling with the national drama of the bluff-top Esplanade apartments that are nearly falling into the ocean due to recent erosion, has declared a state of emergency.

According to news reports this proclamation must still be approved by the City Council of Pacifica, San Mateo County’s Board of Supervisors, and California Governor Schwarzenegger and would serve to make the apartment owners eligible for low-interest Small Business Administration loans. It would also allow work to be undertaken to save the apartments without needing the approval of the California Coastal Commission.

You can read more about this issue in Julia Scott’s MercuryNews.com article and at KTVU.com.

Photo, from Flickr, by San Jose’s Schaffner

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