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Pacifica’s ordinance that bans parking oversized vehicles on some city streets is either an attempt to maintain safe roads and the quality of life for all or a heartless attempt to make those who can’t afford more traditional housing move along. Or maybe it doesn’t matter which. Either way, …

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Pacifica’s ordinance that bans parking oversized vehicles on some city streets is either an attempt to maintain safe roads and the quality of life for all or a heartless attempt to make those who can’t afford more traditional housing move along. Or maybe it doesn’t matter which. Either way, …

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On June 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed new legislation (AB 832) that extends eviction protection until Sept. 30, 2021. Also, this budget includes a $5.2 billion California Rent Relief Program.

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Young people who play organized sports are healthier, all things considered, than their more sedentary peers. They form lasting friendships and learn to deal with adversity in productive ways. They become time management experts out of necessity. Young athletes build confidence and good habi…

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I appreciate the heads-up from Jane Northrop regarding the prospects for funding improvements to Sharp Park Road (Tribune, July 7), which I use frequently in cyclist and motorist mode.

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There is something disquieting about the notion that Pacifica nonprofits need pyrotechnics to fuel philanthropy. Profiting from fireworks sales at the onset of what threatens to be a historic wildfire season is a little like a youth sports team selling cigarettes to pay for the trip to the b…

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Newcomers to San Bruno and Pacifica are always shocked to see roadside booths selling fireworks and anyone who YouTubes “Pacifica Fireworks” will see this happening 20 miles north of where a thousand homes burned to the ground last year.

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Thank you to the city of Pacifica’s Public Works Department and the continued support of Gail Bennett and Ryann Hoffman on Palmetto Avenue’s streetscape bulb-outs. I recently weeded our neighborhood bulb-out at the mini park and Public Works picked up the weed pile. Bennett and Hoffman coord…

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When California extended the state’s eviction moratorium through September, lawmakers were acknowledging both process problems getting federal money where it’s needed as well as the scope of an economic problem that is both personal and societal.

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Why is a city that has seven miles of beachfront on the Pacific and smashed between San Francisco and Silicon Valley — oh, and with an international airport 15 minutes away — always crying broke?

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Many of us were taught that America gained its independence on July 4, 1776. That is the day delegates from the 13 original colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with …

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As I renew my subscription to the Pacifica Tribune, I wanted to thank you so very much for the wonderful changes we have experienced since you took over. The Tribune has been an important part of my life and work in Pacifica for 31 years. I also used archived issues for research. I also love…

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As we know, Pacifica is nationally (in)famous for online videos showing our coastline literally melting out from under us. Entire houses and apartment buildings have had to be razed to prevent them from falling into the ocean. We are on the proverbial bleeding edge of inexorable oceanic-geol…

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Some people are more accepting to members of the LGBTQIA+ than other people. People stereotype others. For example, “gay people have to wear makeup” or if they come across a lesbian relationship they might say, “who’s the guy?” or “lesbians play sports and wear masculine clothing.” This is c…

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With dozens of special districts, boards and committees stretching from Pacifica to Pescadero, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved in local government. But the same handful of people tend to show up to meetings to advocate for or against the issues of the day. The biggest decisions a…

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The attack on Pacifica’s RV parking ban by the ACLU and a few disgruntled squatters is outrageous enough, but the arrogance of U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, who said, “You are not allowed to drive the homeless out of the city,” takes the cake. Why not? It seems to work just fine for th…

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A recent letter writer in the Tribune may not be aware that whole countries are vaccine hesitant. Countries from New Zealand to Vietnam controlled the spread from the start and may yet see the same end — another circulating or endemic pathogen that emerged from wet markets — but not before i…

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Remember when it was nearly impossible to get a COVID-19 test, let alone a vaccine? Just weeks ago, it was a mad dash. Now, they’re in every local pharmacy and will even be offered at the county fair.

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When my family decided to move to Pacifica back in 2008 one of the big draws for us was the amount of open space. I thought to myself, what a forward-thinking planning department and city council we have that has protected our beautiful green hills since the 50’s. It looks like a picture pos…

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I’ve lived in Pacifica most of my life, attending Linda Mar for elementary school and graduating from Terra Nova High School. My husband grew up in San Francisco but always wanted to build his own home, and loved where my parents lived. We found an acre with an ocean view in the mid-1980s an…

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Last week, a decomposing gray whale washed up on Pacifica State Beach. A week earlier, beachgoers were shocked by a similar sight at Half Moon Bay’s Francis State Beach. There have now been a dozen dead whales on Bay Area beaches so far this year. Unfortunately, that may just be the tip of t…

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I have a friend who refuses to get vaccinated. Part of it is that he doesn’t believe in Western medicine, but mostly he is just stubborn and doesn’t like anyone telling him what to do. He is no dummy. He wears a mask and bumps elbows instead of shaking hands. He knows that COVID-19 kills. Ye…

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A robust seawall, north of the pier, is essential for the future of Pacifica. We, as Pacificans, need to join together now to support our City Council and help to secure funding for the project.

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On Nov. 15, 1986, Measure T, “the Devil’s Slide bypass-tunnel initiative,” was approved by voters. After chiseling together creative funding partnerships and chipping through 4,440 feet of solid rock, on March 25, 2013, Pacifica found herself reliably connected by a modern tunnel to her sist…

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I visited George Pong, a diminutive Chinese American, and noticed that, with his framed war ribbons, there were wings from the Army, Air Force, and Navy. I had gone to talk to him because I wanted to know about his service in a B-17 bomber in World War II. Christmas Day 1944 was his first na…

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This won’t be the year that we turn on the faucet in our homes and find that nothing comes out. But it may be the year we contemplate that day. If that sounds hyperbolic, consider the machinations of various local, state and national agencies in the weeks before the long, hot and very dry summer:

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Regarding the ongoing study of the Beach Boulevard seawall project, Jim Steele’s letter in the April 28 Tribune made some good points about how the 1929 O’Shaughnessy seawall on Ocean Beach in San Francisco has stood the test of time, turning back the waves over the course of 80 years. There…

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When Pacifica became a city in 1957, we needed a City Hall. We took an old schoolhouse and made it do, hoping to build a better one someday.

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You might think the connection between a strong democracy and an equally muscular local press would be beyond the understanding of kids. If so, you have not had the pleasure of a virtual visit to the fifth-grade classrooms of Diane Siegel and Karen Stevenson at Ortega Elementary School.

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A half-dozen top officials from San Mateo County’s law enforcement community gathered virtually on Monday afternoon to answer questions from Coastsiders in a forum organized by La Honda Indivisible, a local chapter of a national social justice organization. They dedicated an hour and a half …

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A robust seawall that is well designed and guaranteed to last at least 50 years is a must to protect the heart of Pacifica and the infrastructure that is vital to all Pacificans. To our north, the well-built O’Shaughnessy seawall, constructed in 1929 to protect western-most San Francisco, ha…

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The fourth meeting of the Beach Boulevard Infrastructure Resiliency Project to rebuild the Sharp Park seawall is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 29. For those who care about the economic viability and sustainability of Pacifica, protecting the central core of town, businesses and housing, atte…

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The Stay Woke Club at Oceana High School has an active role in denouncing hate crimes, human rights violations and economic inequalities. This includes the recent hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is among hundreds of public agencies that have made use of controversial facial recognition software, and, until now, it hasn’t bothered to mention it. Until we asked, the Sheriff’s Office had declined to answer questions about who in the department had …

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A heartfelt thanks to all the people who came out on Friday, March 26, at Highway 1 with signs and smiles promoting love and kindness. I was touched to the core as I drove by.

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On May 27, Judge Vince Chhabria will hear a motion for injunction regarding Pacifica’s Oversize Vehicle Ordinance. A class action lawsuit has been filed by the ACLU on behalf of five named plaintiffs claiming they have rights to park their RVs, and live in them, on public streets and/or prop…

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As the Pacifica Planning Department goes through its ongoing process for the update of the general plan, I hope it will not neglect the circulation element, in particular the tenuous connection that the 353 (as of 1980) homes north of the old Dollar Radio site have with the rest of the city.

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On March 15, five unhoused Pacificans filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to challenge Pacifica’s Oversize Vehicle Ordinance. A preliminary injunction requesting the city cease enforcement will be heard by Judge Vince Chhabria on May 27.

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Pacifica is blessed and cursed by being squeezed between a rising, eroding sea and steep, forested hills. Usable land is scarce. With the great goal of increasing the housing stock in mind, we would suggest the city consider encouraging redevelopment of existing business and retail propertie…

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As a few weeks of sheltering-in-place turned into months and then a year, my partner and I quickly learned to deal with a whole new way of life: playing word games with friends on Zoom, conducting our business meetings on Zoom, shopping for groceries and takeout food online with contactless …

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On June 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed new legislation (AB 832) that extends eviction protection until Sept. 30, 2021. Also, this budget includes a $5.2 billion California Rent Relief Program.

  • 0

Young people who play organized sports are healthier, all things considered, than their more sedentary peers. They form lasting friendships and learn to deal with adversity in productive ways. They become time management experts out of necessity. Young athletes build confidence and good habi…

  • 0

I appreciate the heads-up from Jane Northrop regarding the prospects for funding improvements to Sharp Park Road (Tribune, July 7), which I use frequently in cyclist and motorist mode.

  • 1

There is something disquieting about the notion that Pacifica nonprofits need pyrotechnics to fuel philanthropy. Profiting from fireworks sales at the onset of what threatens to be a historic wildfire season is a little like a youth sports team selling cigarettes to pay for the trip to the b…

  • 1

Newcomers to San Bruno and Pacifica are always shocked to see roadside booths selling fireworks and anyone who YouTubes “Pacifica Fireworks” will see this happening 20 miles north of where a thousand homes burned to the ground last year.

  • 0

Thank you to the city of Pacifica’s Public Works Department and the continued support of Gail Bennett and Ryann Hoffman on Palmetto Avenue’s streetscape bulb-outs. I recently weeded our neighborhood bulb-out at the mini park and Public Works picked up the weed pile. Bennett and Hoffman coord…

  • 0

When California extended the state’s eviction moratorium through September, lawmakers were acknowledging both process problems getting federal money where it’s needed as well as the scope of an economic problem that is both personal and societal.

  • 0

Why is a city that has seven miles of beachfront on the Pacific and smashed between San Francisco and Silicon Valley — oh, and with an international airport 15 minutes away — always crying broke?

  • 0

Many of us were taught that America gained its independence on July 4, 1776. That is the day delegates from the 13 original colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with …

  • 0

As I renew my subscription to the Pacifica Tribune, I wanted to thank you so very much for the wonderful changes we have experienced since you took over. The Tribune has been an important part of my life and work in Pacifica for 31 years. I also used archived issues for research. I also love…

  • 0

As we know, Pacifica is nationally (in)famous for online videos showing our coastline literally melting out from under us. Entire houses and apartment buildings have had to be razed to prevent them from falling into the ocean. We are on the proverbial bleeding edge of inexorable oceanic-geol…

  • 0

Some people are more accepting to members of the LGBTQIA+ than other people. People stereotype others. For example, “gay people have to wear makeup” or if they come across a lesbian relationship they might say, “who’s the guy?” or “lesbians play sports and wear masculine clothing.” This is c…

  • 0

With dozens of special districts, boards and committees stretching from Pacifica to Pescadero, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved in local government. But the same handful of people tend to show up to meetings to advocate for or against the issues of the day. The biggest decisions a…

  • 0

The attack on Pacifica’s RV parking ban by the ACLU and a few disgruntled squatters is outrageous enough, but the arrogance of U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, who said, “You are not allowed to drive the homeless out of the city,” takes the cake. Why not? It seems to work just fine for th…

  • 0

A recent letter writer in the Tribune may not be aware that whole countries are vaccine hesitant. Countries from New Zealand to Vietnam controlled the spread from the start and may yet see the same end — another circulating or endemic pathogen that emerged from wet markets — but not before i…

  • 0

Remember when it was nearly impossible to get a COVID-19 test, let alone a vaccine? Just weeks ago, it was a mad dash. Now, they’re in every local pharmacy and will even be offered at the county fair.

  • Updated
  • 0

When my family decided to move to Pacifica back in 2008 one of the big draws for us was the amount of open space. I thought to myself, what a forward-thinking planning department and city council we have that has protected our beautiful green hills since the 50’s. It looks like a picture pos…

  • 0

I’ve lived in Pacifica most of my life, attending Linda Mar for elementary school and graduating from Terra Nova High School. My husband grew up in San Francisco but always wanted to build his own home, and loved where my parents lived. We found an acre with an ocean view in the mid-1980s an…

  • 0

Last week, a decomposing gray whale washed up on Pacifica State Beach. A week earlier, beachgoers were shocked by a similar sight at Half Moon Bay’s Francis State Beach. There have now been a dozen dead whales on Bay Area beaches so far this year. Unfortunately, that may just be the tip of t…

  • 0

I have a friend who refuses to get vaccinated. Part of it is that he doesn’t believe in Western medicine, but mostly he is just stubborn and doesn’t like anyone telling him what to do. He is no dummy. He wears a mask and bumps elbows instead of shaking hands. He knows that COVID-19 kills. Ye…

  • 0

A robust seawall, north of the pier, is essential for the future of Pacifica. We, as Pacificans, need to join together now to support our City Council and help to secure funding for the project.

  • 0

On Nov. 15, 1986, Measure T, “the Devil’s Slide bypass-tunnel initiative,” was approved by voters. After chiseling together creative funding partnerships and chipping through 4,440 feet of solid rock, on March 25, 2013, Pacifica found herself reliably connected by a modern tunnel to her sist…

  • 0

I visited George Pong, a diminutive Chinese American, and noticed that, with his framed war ribbons, there were wings from the Army, Air Force, and Navy. I had gone to talk to him because I wanted to know about his service in a B-17 bomber in World War II. Christmas Day 1944 was his first na…

  • 0

This won’t be the year that we turn on the faucet in our homes and find that nothing comes out. But it may be the year we contemplate that day. If that sounds hyperbolic, consider the machinations of various local, state and national agencies in the weeks before the long, hot and very dry summer:

  • 0

Regarding the ongoing study of the Beach Boulevard seawall project, Jim Steele’s letter in the April 28 Tribune made some good points about how the 1929 O’Shaughnessy seawall on Ocean Beach in San Francisco has stood the test of time, turning back the waves over the course of 80 years. There…

  • 0

When Pacifica became a city in 1957, we needed a City Hall. We took an old schoolhouse and made it do, hoping to build a better one someday.

  • 0

You might think the connection between a strong democracy and an equally muscular local press would be beyond the understanding of kids. If so, you have not had the pleasure of a virtual visit to the fifth-grade classrooms of Diane Siegel and Karen Stevenson at Ortega Elementary School.

  • 0

A half-dozen top officials from San Mateo County’s law enforcement community gathered virtually on Monday afternoon to answer questions from Coastsiders in a forum organized by La Honda Indivisible, a local chapter of a national social justice organization. They dedicated an hour and a half …

  • 0

A robust seawall that is well designed and guaranteed to last at least 50 years is a must to protect the heart of Pacifica and the infrastructure that is vital to all Pacificans. To our north, the well-built O’Shaughnessy seawall, constructed in 1929 to protect western-most San Francisco, ha…

  • 0

The fourth meeting of the Beach Boulevard Infrastructure Resiliency Project to rebuild the Sharp Park seawall is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 29. For those who care about the economic viability and sustainability of Pacifica, protecting the central core of town, businesses and housing, atte…

  • 0

The Stay Woke Club at Oceana High School has an active role in denouncing hate crimes, human rights violations and economic inequalities. This includes the recent hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.