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A strong voice for local business since 1957, the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce faces new challenges while trying to help members deal with COVID-19-related business closures.

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The most challenging phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Bay Area just got even more difficult. While it’s unclear just how many variant cases make up the county’s more than 34,000 cases to date, San Mateo County Health officials say they’re confident the mutations sweeping the Bay Area are here.

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San Mateo County won a temporary injunction on Thursday against Pacifica Beach Yoga and its owner Thomas Antoon for operating without the required health and safety measures in place to staunch the spread of COVID-19, county officials say. For his part, Antoon appeared unrepentant, posting v…

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Pacifica city staff asked for a continuance of the Planning Commission hearing for the application of a church to hold services where stables have been operating on Cape Breton Drive.

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In our continuing work to create a culture of peace in our community, Pacifica Peace People will be “planting” peace poles throughout our hometown. Embodying the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, these poles say, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages.

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The Bay Area is expecting the first big rain event of the year in the coming days and that is cause for deep concern in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Summer fires in southern San Mateo and northern Santa Cruz counties scorched the landscape and left little to impede a cascading flow of debris th…

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State health officials announced on Monday that they have lifted stay at home orders statewide as intensive care unit capacity projections improve. The announcement allows for some more commerce, including outdoor dining, and ending the nighttime curfew.

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Modified operations in San Mateo County courts have allowed for major crimes to be prosecuted, but misdemeanors, including drunken driving, won’t be heard until the fall at the earliest. The scheduled delay — resulting from a series of orders by the San Mateo County’s presiding judge last ye…

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Family and neighborhood friends on Perry Avenue marched for peace to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, but also to celebrate another birthday. Elliott Heim, a first-grader at Lycee Francais de San Francisco school, turned 7 on Monday, which happened to be the national holiday celebrat…

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The city of Pacifica said Thursday that it was closing the city’s iconic municipal pier indefinitely while it assesses damage caused by recent king tides and large swells. City officials say a 40-foot section of the pier’s west-facing deck and concrete railing has been damaged. As a result, …

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A senior NASA scientist who lives in Pacifica has pleaded guilty to participating in a Chinese program that encourages foreign researchers to work with the communist government in exchange for grant money, according to a U.S. Attorney in New York. Meyya Meyyappan, 66, of Pacifica entered the…

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Data from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission puts Pacifica at the very bottom of the Bay Area for pavement conditions. The city’s 2019 “pavement condition index” gives the city a score of 46 out of 100, in the “poor” range. That is the lowest in the Bay Area, which overall has a scor…

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Pacifica city officials expect a double-digit decline in transient occupancy tax revenue this year due to fewer people staying in hotels during the pandemic with the subsequent travel restrictions. Pacifica earned some revenue from short-term rentals but that has declined as well, said City …

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Beach Boulevard is not yet open because city of Pacifica crews are still repairing the seawall, Director of Public Works Lisa Petersen said. The first phase to repair the hole in the seawall by the pier is complete. Workers placed large rocks in front of the opening of the hole on the ocean …

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Man charged after theft of car part Police arrested a 19-year-old Oakland man after an alert Pacifica resident heard a grinding sound in the middle of the night. Pacifica Police say Krishan Gosai was in the process of stealing a catalytic converter from a Toyota Prius on the 2500 block of Fr…

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Terra Nova Times never shies away from covering international, national, Bay Area or Pacifica news that, to students, is every bit as important as what happens at their high school or school district. A recent issue included health tips and made holiday shopping suggestions, commiserated abo…

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She championed causes for better education. That is how family and friends are recalling 91-year-old Pilar Monroe Schneider this week. Schneider died from a stroke on Monday at the home in Pacifica she shared with her daughter April Schneider and April’s husband Matt Farley. She had returned…

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. was under siege on Wednesday as pro-Trump rioters overwhelmed security, breached the Senate chambers and stalled the planned count of Electoral College votes. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives were rushed to safety. All — including …

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Sue Beckmeyer works as a library/media tech at Cabrillo Elementary School where she helps students and parents navigate technology. In this year of remote learning, she made sure each family had a Chromebook to use. She’s been an active volunteer in both school districts and with the campaig…

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Pacifica nurse Stephanie Hamilton, who works on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, said she was never so happy about a Band-Aid after she got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 19. Hamilton works in the “step-down unit,” where patients are closely monitored after being in …

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San Mateo County has received 22,200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine so far. How many have made it into residents’ arms? That is less clear.  County Public Information Officer Preston Merchant said the county will be gathering and publishing data on vaccine distribution, but it doesn’t current…

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Pacifica’s windy weather often leaves slippery sand collected along the beach trails, especially the flat ones. Larry Wuester sweeps the walking paths along Highway 1 to Rockaway Beach several days each week. He works on his own, unaffiliated with any local organization. Tribune reader Nicki…

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Representatives from local hotels, bars and restaurants marched down Highway 1 on Wednesday to protest state and county restrictions forbidding outdoor dining under the stay-at-home order. Pacifica Brewery owners Helen Nasser-Elddin and Sylvain Montassier organized the protest march, which a…

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While many of us might like to forget 2020 and its wildfires and pandemic, many of us will remember recent historic events for the rest of our lives. We’ve put together an outline of a year unlike any other. It certainly doesn’t include everything, but it hits the highlights — or lowlights, …

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The Linda Mar neighborhood now has five open-air book lending libraries thanks to a neighborhood Eagle Scout. Malcolm Hall, 17, a senior at Oceana High School, said hedeveloped his Eagle Scout project out of a scouting merit badge he earned when he set up a small library, built out of wood, …

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A resident of the 400 block of Rockaway Beach Avenue called police shortly after 7 a.m. on Dec. 22 to report mailboxes in the neighborhood were suspiciously open. That observation led to the arrest of two men, said Capt. Chris Clements of the Pacifica Police Department.  The caller also told…

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The Pacifica Tribune and Silicon Valley Community Foundation team up every year to raise money for local organizations through a special Holiday Fund. In turn, those organizations help many Pacificans. The tradition is unchanged despite a very different holiday season. Donations are still be…

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Even with a looming pandemic, keeping Californians from their beaches is a difficult task. Pacifica law enforcement tried. The city closed beach parking lots. But people came anyway, parking in neighborhoods and causing a new subset of problems. The restrictions are over, however. The Pacifi…

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By Martin Anaya The movie  “Star Wars” was re-titled “A New Hope” when it became clear that George Lucas was going to continue his space opera. In subsequent installments we learned that a new hope was just that, due to the fact that there had been a period of hopelessness prior. Well in the…

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Sherman R. Frederick Battle Born Media Ever had a dream that makes perfect sense when you wake, but by the time you brush your teeth it sounds completely mad?Some coronavirus task force meetings must be like that. For example, how did the new rules on tennis come about? That had to be one we…

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By Jane NorthropStaff Writer Terra Nova High School’s Class of 2020 valedictorian is Amanda Mrad who was active in leadership roles – Terra Nova leadership and the JUHSD Student Advisory Council. Nina Young, salutatorian, was a member of the mock trial team. Mrad, a Pacifica resident, will a…

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By Jane NorthropStaff Writer Valedictorian Kerry Wong played a leadership role in student government and played varsity tennis for Oceana. She is the Class of 2020’s co-valedictorian with Chris Cheng. She will attend UC Berkeley in the fall as an intended business major but with a keen inter…

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The Rev. Tom Nibbe’s sermon for Sunday, May 24. Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen! How about a little humor… What did Adam say to Eve in the Genesis? “I wear the plants in this family!” What’s Ludwig Beethoven doing now? Decomposing! — Mrs. Caesar to Julius …

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, and SamTrans and Caltrain continue to be available to those who need them. Both agencies will operate on a standard holiday schedule in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Twenty bus routes and 24 trains will be operating over the course of the day. Caltra…

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A report from the police department seeks a cancellation of Fourth of July celebrations in Pacifica. The item will be heard at the City Council Meeting at 7 p.m. May 26. Citizens can attend the meeting on local Cable Channel 26 or streamed live at www.cityofpacifica.org/LiveStream. The agend…

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Horace Hinshaw/Horacescope Terra Nova baseball coach Marty Coil reunites with former players Steve Bachman and Mike Pedro (background) at his home in Chico. Normally, at this time of year we are watching high school baseball and getting ready to watch other youth baseball leagues get organiz…

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A threatened shorebird is resting comfortably after International Bird Rescue’s team of waterbird specialists performed a delicate surgery to repair the tiny bird’s fractured wing. The adult male Western Snowy Plover, which weighs 33 grams, was brought in earlier this month by San Francisco …

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Sherman R. Frederick/Battle Born Media I have three burrs under my saddle this week. Mask Switcheroo: I’m not going to hate on anyone for asking me to wear a face mask during the Age of Coronavirus. I get the angst. And, frankly, it makes me feel better in a crowd. But can one of our […]

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Pacifica Tribune Pacifica’s Oceana Market stepped up for the community good by donating $5,000 in grocery gift certificates to the Pacificans Care Emergency Fund as part of the “COVID Can’t Stop Good” campaign. The effort aids those in need due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pacificans Care th…

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Pacifica TribunePacificaLocalNews.com The first week COVID-19 Phase II in Pacifica and San Mateo County began with an air of uncertainty and excitement as retail stores ramped up with the expectation of a surge of customers. But the new rules will still make for a different buying experience…

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Press releaseSAN FRANCISCO, Calif.— Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is offering additional support for business customers experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by offering temporary loan deferrals for customers with an active On-Bill Financing (OBF)…

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Bay Area health officers issued the following joint statement on the latest order. Thanks to the steadfast commitment of our residents to stay home, practice social distancing, and follow public health guidance, we have seen sustained progress on several key indicators regarding containment …

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The Message from Pastor Tom Nibbe: Grace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen! Just a touch of humor to start the day. Is it or is it not a coincidence that a large community of baboons is called a “congress”? How about this one. Lutherans in Iowa, Wisconsin and […]

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UPDATE: Tripp Distillery reports that it was notified by the City of Pacifica that it may reopen on Monday, May 18, under the new reopening rules.) CALLS THE CITY ‘SMALL MINDED’ Sherman R. Frederick/Pacifica Tribune Tripp Distillery shut down last week. The owner, Jason Tripp, blames the “ja…

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A pilot program for Linda Mar, SamTrans OnDemand shuttle was cancelled due to low ridership. In its place, Linda Mar riders can board a FLX Pacifica bus. Recently, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority announced shuttle program funding for proposed routes in the County. However, that…

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By Jane Northrop/Staff Writer The Planning Commission unanimously approved a new, mixed-use, three story building in the 1200 block of Danmann Avenue in Pedro Point. The new building will contain 3,050 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor facing Danmann Avenue and six resident…

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Jane Northrop/Pacifica Tribune The Pacifica City Council heard an update from Assistant City Manager Lorenzo Hines, Jr. about next year’s budget while noting there are many unknowns still due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Next year’s general fund budget will go up to $36.9 million. Immediately, …

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SAN JOSE – A federal grand jury in San Jose indicted Dr. John Giacomini for Abusive Sexual Contact, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge James K. Wahleithner of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigation…

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Pacifica Tribune City Council Member Mary Bier suffered a mild stroke in mid-April and is recovering.She is now on medical leave. She said she is grateful for the support of family, friends and her church who are so helpful during this challenging time. She is under the care of a neurologist…