Historical Society events coming up in Pacifica

The Pacifica Historical Society has several events scheduled at the Pacifica Coastside Museum in Sharp Park.

At 1 p.m. on Sept. 19, historian Walter Coe will give a presentation on the 1774 Anza Expedition that brought hundreds of settlers to the Bay Area and established the city of San Francisco. Coe will discuss the journey, the leader and the perilous route they took. $5 donation suggested.

At 3 p.m. on Sept 25, travel writer Ruth Carlson will discuss her book “Secret California: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure,” a compilation of lesser-known stories of California, including some unusual historical events in Pacifica. The book will be available for sale and signing by the author.

On Oct. 3, PHS is hosting a tea party with “Mr Twining” who will describe how tea came to England, became the national beverage and how to prepare a proper cup. Sandwiches and scones provided by Lovey’s Tea Shoppe and will be served. The event is a fundraiser for PHS and costs $28.50. Reservations required. Proof of vaccination required at the door.

On Oct. 15 and 16, PHS will hold its monthly fundraising rummage sale at the Pacifica Coastside Museum.

Masks are required at all PHS events. For more information and reservations for the tea party, see the events section of www.pacificahistory.com

— from staff reports

Power quickly restored

PG&E reported small power outages across Pacifica in the wake of a Friday morning lightning storm.

Residents reported brief power outages in the vicinity of the 800 block of Montezuma Drive. One said that a PG&E worker on the scene told her that lightning took out power to a pole on Montezuma and another on nearby Hermosa Avenue.

PG&E showed fewer than 50 customers without power in Pacifica.

Lightning rumbled across the region, and fire departments were monitoring the situation. Last year, lightning-sparked fires resulted in weeks of wildfire in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties.

— from staff reports

Armed robbery reported on Paloma Avenue

Pacifica Police say a Paloma Avenue resident was robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning.

A man told police that he was returning home from a local establishment at 12:45 a.m. when he was approached by two men armed with pistols. The men demanded the victim’s wallet, jewelry and the keys to his vehicle, then they fled toward Highway 1 in a gray Honda or Toyota sedan parked nearby.

The suspects wore black, hooded sweatshirts and masks. The victim was uninjured.

Police checked the area but were not able to locate the suspects. The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with any information to call (650) 738-7314 and refer to case 21-2436.

— from staff reports

Craft fair coming to Fairway Park

 Pacifica National Little League sponsors a craft fair and flea market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday in Fairway Park at Fairway Fields on Cindy Way.

Meet makers, crafters and sellers and enjoy music and food all while supporting Pacifica youth.

— from staff reports

Volunteer opportunities for older adults

 By volunteering one hour a week, you can make a positive difference in the life of an older adult who is depressed, coping with life changes, or suffering the loss of a loved one.

Senior Peer Counseling at Peninsula Family Service at 24 Second Ave. in San Mateo provides a free specialized training with geriatric professionals to learn how to recognize and respond to isolation, grief, depression and anxiety in older adults and to identify local resources for support. Volunteers are matched with an older adult peer who has similar life experiences and perspectives to provide confidential support.

A volunteer Zoom training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct. 4 through Nov. 3. If you are 55 or older and would like an application form to start the process or ask questions, contact Michele Epstein at Peninsula Family Services at (650) 403-4300, ext.4371 or email mepstein@peninsulafamilyservices.org.

— from staff reports 

Pacifica Direct aims to answer citizen questions

 The city of Pacifica has launched a new initiative called Pacifica Direct, a series of fact sheets answering common questions about a variety of topics that come to City Hall. 

City officials hope these will serve as a reference for the community. Two have been released so far and can be found on the Planning Department’s website through cityofpacifica.org

The first fact sheet relates to the Hillside Preservation District and provides information about the general review process for development projects and answers frequently asked questions about zoning. 

The second, the “Development Review Process Fact Sheet,” gives information about ministerial permits, discretionary permits, the California Environmental Quality Act and the development review process. 

More fact sheets are expected to be released soon.

    — Emma Spaeth

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