Big Wave clears county planning commission (yet again)

(Editor’s Note: Despite overwhelming opposition from local citizens, this project just keeps moving forward.)



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AFOG’s side of the story in the $41,000 ruling against CUSD

(Editor’s Note: I received this press release a few days after posting the CUSD press release (see below) on the same issue but neglected to post it until now. In it AFOG–the organization which was suing the school district–lays out their perspective on the ruling.)



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School District continues to struggle with football field lawsuit

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CUSD reverses course, schools are now closed on Thursday


Due to significant changes in the storm predictions for tomorrow, I have made the decision to close all CUSD schools. A robo-call to student families has been initiated and we have activated our employee emergency phone tree.

Teachers and classroom support staff, including yard supervisors, do not need to report to school tomorrow. I am asking that school and district office staff, support and administrative, report to work, as well as all custodians and maintenance grounds personnel. However, if you believe the weather conditions make it too dangerous to come to work, please stay at home. Office support staff will be able to be released as soon as we can verify that all students that come to school have been safely reunited with their families.

Schools will re-open on Friday as the bulk of storm will be out of our area by early evening tomorrow. Please check with your school or department supervisor if you have any questions.

Thank you and be safe.

Tony Roehrick, Ed.D.
Cabrillo Unified School District

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CUSD to attempt to keep schools open on Thursday, fallback plan unclear

Despite warnings of one of the strongest storms to reach the Coastside in years, the Cabrillo Unified School District has decided to attempt to keep schools open on Thursday. Pacifica Schools announced that they will close for the storm earlier today.

In a robo-call Wednesday at 7:00 pm, John Corry, the district Superintendent of Personnel/Pupil Services vowed to keep a close watch on weather conditions and warned that the school might have to close at some point during the day Thursday if conditions warranted.

Given that a strong storm might entail significant power outages both at the school and at the student’s homes it was unclear how the school might send that news to parents and how parents might receive such an announcement.

In his robo-call Corry suggested that parents listen to a local radio station. I wasn’t able to write down the call sign of the station that Corry mentioned but presumably it was KHMB, the local station run by Jim Henderson.

Unfortunately, Corry said that the Internet version of the radio broadcast, for reasons that are unclear, would not be able to carry the closure message. Only the over-the-air version of the broadcast, at AM 1710, would have the message.

The robo-call did not indicate how parents might access such a broadcast when not in their cars-—radios outside of those installed in automobiles have become uncommon in recent years.

Techniques students driving home on their own might use to navigate fallen trees, flooded areas, and downed power lines were not outlined in the call.

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County warns of large winter storm, sandbags available at four Coastside locations


WINTER STORM WARNING: A large winter storm is expected to make landfall on the San Mateo County Coast sometime late Wednesday night into Thursday morning and continue for about 24 hours. Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast. Secure any items that could be blown by high winds. Prepare by having extra flashlight batteries in the event of power outages. Have food and water on hand. Be alert for mudslides, and wires and trees down when driving.

Sandbags are available at the following Coastside locations:

Princeton Corporation Yard, 203 Cornell Ave
Half Moon Bay, Train Depot, 110 Higgins Canyon Rd
Pescadero High School, Butano Cut-off
La Honda Corporation Yard, 59 Entrada Rd

Visit the following websites for additional preparedness information: click on Homeland, then Area Office of Emergency Services

Please share this information with friends and neighbors who may not subscribe to SMC Alerts, and encourage them to sign up.

This message will be updated in 24 hours with fresh forecast information.

ADVERTENCIA DE TORMENTA INVERNAL: Una gran tormenta invernal llegara en la costa del Condado de San Mateo tarde en la noche del miercoles o la manana temprana del jueves, y coninuara por unas 24 horas aproximadamente. Traera mucha lluvia y vientos fuertes. Asegure los objetos ligeros contra el viento. Obtiene baterias extras para las linternas, y asegurarse que tenga agua y comida suficiente.

Tenga cuidado por arboles y cables caidos cuando estan manejando. Pueden obtener bolsas de arena en estas locaciones:

Princeton Corporation Yard, 203 Cornell Ave
Half Moon Bay, Train Depot, 110 Higgins Canyon Rd
Pescadero High School, Butano Cut-off
La Honda Corporation Yard, 59 Entrada Rd

Visiten estos sitios para mas informacion: marque Homeland, y entonces Area Office of Emergency Services

Por favor, comparten esta informacion con sus amigos y vecinos que no reciben los SMC Alerts, y pidenlos a suscribir.

Mandaremos otro mensaje entre 24 horas con neuva informacion de la tormenta.

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High winds, heavy rain, possible flooding forecast for Wednesday night and Thursday

The National Weather Service is forecasting nasty conditions starting Wednesday night and continuing into Thursday.

The forecast includes heavy rain—“an inch and a half to three inches for most urban areas for the San Francisco peninsula and Monterey Bay region…and up to 8 inches for the coastal ranges”—and high winds—“of 20 to 30 mph with gusts well over 40 mph for urban locations. Winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts well over 60 mph for higher elevation locations.”

With the saturated soil expect downed trees and power outages and well as large waves. Mud slides are possible.

You can monitor updates at:

Weather Underground

National Weather Service

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Coastside Fire Protection District, Board of Director’s Meeting, December 3, 2014

The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The Board of Directors of the Coastside Fire Protection District met this past Wednesday–Montara Fog videotaped the meeting on behalf on the Board.

CFPD holds the copyright to this video but desires that it be widely disseminated. Therefore, they are granting permission for its use (including use by the news media) as long as proper attribution is given. Attribution can take the form of, for example, the text “Video courtesy of CFPD” located next to the video or at a visible place within an article. That’s it. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Montara Fog.

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Judge tells Khosla to quit stalling and open Martins Beach gate

Despite losing the Martins Beach lawsuit five months ago—in which billionaire Vinod Khosla claimed that a treaty with Mexico made prior to California Statehood gave him to right to block access to the beach after he purchased the surrounding property—he has kept the gate closed.

Now the judge has clarified her ruling in a final judgement, ordering the gate open.

Khosla had attempted to keep the gate closed after the initial ruling claiming that he was waiting to be ordered to do so by the California Coastal Commission.

SFGate has the full story but the Mercury News has the better headline.

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Keet Nerhan plans to add a 4000 sq foot banquet hall to harbor hotel, county staff supports the project

Out back at the Oceana Hotel they host weddings in a big white tent. Keet Nerhan, the owner of the hotel and a powerful local developer, wants to build a permanent structure there for events, with soundproofing to keep the neighbors happy.

You can read the county planning department staff’s description of the project and the rationale behind their support at:

The Planning Commission will meet on December 10th to vote on the project.

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