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A recent study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the city of Pacifica (requested in 2016), concluded that the cost/benefit of building a $10 million wall along Beach Boulevard can’t be justified. The Army Corps’ estimated cost of $28 million to $45 million is for a seaw…

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I have lived in Pacifica for many years and have participated in local politics from time to time. I am currently concerned about an issue that affects my own quality of life and those around me.

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I am distressed when I read the news and see the news on TV that there are people who are getting the first vaccine who qualify simply because they are over 65. I am 71 and my friend is 91 and we have not been able to secure an appointment.

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Larry Casilac, a 90-year-old Korean War vet and longtime Pacifica resident, passed away in January. I did a feature story for the Pacifica Tribune back in 2006. I thought his story of surviving a POW camp is worth a second visit to honor this fine patriot.

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To recap Jim Kremer’s statement on the future of Beach Boulevard (Tribune, Feb. 3), “All physical structures fail.” In the destructive environment of ocean waves and sea level rise, they fail more quickly. After 40 feet of Esplanade blufftop collapsed in the big storm of 2008, I watched the …

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I have raised three sons in Pacifica and am a proud sports mom and concerned parent who along with almost 45,000 other concerned parents and coaches, want to see our kids play competitive sports this spring. The group of 45,000 is very well organized and called “LetThemPlayCA” and is growing…

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The city is now actively engaging the public in deliberations for the “Beach Boulevard Infrastructure Resiliency Project.” Discussions will be underway for months, and there is Public Workshop at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. You can access it here: www.cityofpacifica.org/depts/pw/engr/current…

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As I sat down with my Pacifica Cafe bacon-egg- and-cheese sandwich and cracked open our copy of the Jan. 20 edition of the Pacifica Tribute, I was pleased to see that the crossword has returned! Filling out the weekly crossword on a lazy Sunday morning while lingering over coffee and pesteri…

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At the end of January, state protection for COVID eviction moratorium expires. The California State Legislature is currently in debate on the next steps to safeguard against both eviction and foreclosure and ways toward economic recovery. David Chiu has authored AB 15.

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Dear Editor: I want to ask the public’s help in finding out who hit my truck at 3:20 a.m. on Dec. 20, 2020 as the driver traveled westbound on Rosita Road. I heard the crash, which damaged my pickup truck, but didn’t think it was my car. When I noticed the damage, I contacted the […]

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I read an article in the Tribune a few weeks ago outlining a street paving schedule in Pacifica. I noted that Pedro Point and Vallemar were not scheduled for any streets to be paved. I have lived in Pacifica for 54 years and do not recall that these two areas have ever been on a […]

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I urge your publication to cover environmental justice issues. Minority, low income, indigenous, and fossil-fuel dependent communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental hazards, such as polluted air and water. According to a study by the University of Washington and the Nature…

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Pacifica Resource Center does not endorse candidates for elective public office. Any statement that suggests Pacifica Resource Center supports or opposes a candidate was done without authorization or permission of Pacifica Resource Center. Anita M. Rees Executive Director Pacifica Resource Center

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Dear Editor: I am a resident of San Mateo County and a parent of two elementary-age kids. I support Prop. 15 because schools in California are severely underfunded. We are ranked 41st in the nation in per-student funding, with the largest class sizes. It’s unacceptable that a child attending…

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Let’s have a round of applause for Sherm Frederick and his years of personal interest and professional efforts in the Pacifica Tribune. I’m sorry to see him go, but I know he’ll keep busy with his other papers. I also offer a hearty “Welcome Aboard” to the new owners, Coastside News Group, a…

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Dear editor, In last  week’s Trib a lot of ink was given to the debate over Gaspar de Portola’s statue and how it must go, in the name of social justice. I have always thought of social justice as being about equality and fairness, and I agree that there are elements of social justice involved […]

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By Suzanne Moore During the 7/15/20 special council meeting on motor home permits, I found myself asking, “Is the majority on Council listening?” There are several recent episodes when council did not: Council did not listen to the majority of attendees at November’s Task Force Forum in whic…

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Dear editor,  I am sorry to report the death of Marque Glisson, the owner of The New Coastside #2 Bait and Tackle.  He had the best bait in the area. He was very knowledgeable about the fish and would tell his customers about the fish that were running and which bait and tackle to use […]

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Dear Editor, In October of 2019 the Terra Nova Class of 1969 enjoyed our 50-year reunion at Nick’s in Rockaway. As the conversation flowed and memories were shared, many of us had a heavy heart remembering that during our years of high school and college, some of our friends gave their young…

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Dave Hirzel/My Turn While Congress dithers and bickers, the president has a field day campaigning from the Oval Office, issuing unilateral and ill-considered “executive orders” to steer the public discourse in his chosen direction.  Where we should have negotiation and compromise between the…

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Dear editor,  I noticed you conveniently left President Trump’s photo out of your collection of photos of Jeffrey Epstein’s friends.  There are countless photos and videos of the president and Mr.Epstein paling around available, and it was also noted that the president’s personal phone numbe…

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Gail Benjamin, Linda Prisajni and Mark Stechbart/My Turn This year-long homeless RV shell game has got to stop. City council has to reject the Pacifica Resource Center plan to drive homeless RVs into residential neighborhoods.  At the July 15 council meeting, homeless RV camp-outs on city st…

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David Hirzel/My Turn The current rush to tear down every statue of those who were once revered for their accomplishments could use a time-out and a little more critical thinking.  Some of the heroes-now-recognized-as-villains deserve the debunking.  Those generals and statesmen who cast thei…

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Dear editor,  I just drove south then north on Palmetto Avenue and I counted 14 RVs and campers parked on both sides of the street. Some are so wide that I had to cross the center line to drive past safely. I don’t believe that the (Unhoused Pacifica) task force or City Hall are actually […]

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‘HISTORY IS NUANCED AND OUR STATUE IS NO EXCEPTION’ PORTOLA STATUE GIFTED IN COMMON BOND, NOT CONQUEST Editor’s note: This is a letter from the Pacifica Historical Society board in response to a petition to remove the statue of Gaspar de Portola in Pacifica.) Recently, communities throughout…

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Dear editor, Thanks for the Pacifica Tribune article about our Eagle Project to collect donations for the Pacifica Resource Center. A lot of the people who donated mentioned that they learned about it from the Tribune and it made a huge difference to our success.  Thank you Pacifica! Your re…

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Dear editor,  Pacifica is trying to make political decisions about Recreational Vehicles.  As a long-time RV user from Arizona to Alaska, I’d like to add some facts to the discussion. An RV can be delightful, but it is complicated.  It is both a truck and a house, with the needs of both.  Li…

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Dear editor,  Dear editor, I found Sherman R. Frederick’s point on the Zoom meetings to be the least important to me in his column, but I must say, I started reading this article going down the proverbial “rabbit hole” of links on Nextdoor. I was turned OFF by the headline thinking, “Ugh, an…

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Dear editor,  I see nothing that the UP Task Force has done in an entire year.  Now they come up with this hair-brained idea to issue permits? Has anyone planned ahead with what to do with all these RV’S sewage waste? Dump it in the storm drains or on our city and neighborhood streets? Not […]

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Dear editor, I live in the first group of townhouses on Oddstad Boulevard. There have been RVs parked on Oddstad, making a blind spot for a right turn on Oddstad. Really dangerous. There has to be a better solution than to have RV’s parked along Oddstad and Terra Nova.  How about in front of the […]

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Dear editor,  At the June 17 meeting, the Planning Commission approved a second Modus LLC application to install a telecom antenna in a residential area in very close proximity to homes, 20 feet from one bedroom window, next to a cancer survivor’s home. Many people called in to the zoom meet…

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Dear editor,  This letter was sent to the City Council. Sorry, but I have to say your opinion is way off base, in my humble opinion. What experience do you, or your ilk, have in regards to law enforcement. Have you ever arrested anyone? I  have. Have you ever applied a “choke hold” ? I […]

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Dear editor,  This is a letter sent to the Pacifica City Council.  Again, I write to you about putting the RV ban on Terra Nova Blvd. – at once!  It is disgraceful of all of you to ignore all the letters and communications from hundreds of TNB property owners/property tax payers and many mem…

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Dear editor, This is a letter I sent to the Pacifica City Council. I’m addressing the council members on two very serious issues in our City of Pacifica.  Homeless encampement fire??  Seriously?  How did you allow things to get so out of control? This is compassion?  Have you not seen what S…

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Dear editor,  I thank Mr. Bray for his wise words and for sharing his concerns.  I left out a few things from my original letter. First, the officer in question pulled up behind several vehicles before he reached mine. In each case, the driver moved on. I guess it had something to do with “o…

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Dear editor, I find myself once again fact checking your column since more often than not your version of facts bears no relationship to the truth. I guess you take your cues from our Liar in Chief. You commented in the June 17th edition that ASU withdrew a job offer to Sonya Duhé to become […]

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Dear editor,  It was a miracle. Right in front of our eyes. A Pacifica miracle. One we’ll never forget. Me and my life partner were out on our walk and saw a car approaching in our direction. It slowed and pulled over to the curb. A young lady got out of the passenger side and […]

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Dear editor,  This was originally written to the Pacifica City Council. I am very pleased that the city is moving forward on replacing and extending the seawall to close the southern gap to protect its residents. However, I’m shocked to learn that the engineering firm that the city has chose…

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Dear editor,  I read with sorrow and disappointment the letter from the Rev. Piers Lahey indicting the Pacifica police for parking behind him. I am not sure how parking behind him is considered “pulling him over,” but, apparently it was enough to stoke the good reverend’s fertile imagination…

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Dear Editor, I drove by the Eureka Square Shopping Center recently and noticed a group of about 25 people lined up outside of City Arms. I’m not sure what was happening but folks were there for a reason. Maybe there was a special sale for favorite customers? Maybe there was a new weapon of some […]

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Dear editor,  Four plus years ago a young woman from Oceana High School attended a Pacific Beach Coalition meeting, joined beach cleanups and habitat restoration events.   Now, after logging 335.5 volunteer hours (most of them with the Pacific Beach Coalition – PBC) with Oceana High School’s…

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By Sherman R. Frederick Racism doesn’t get much plainer than the confrontation in New York’s Central Park over Memorial Day weekend. At first, it sounded like one of those “dog off leash” stories you might read in the cop log of this newspaper. A woman let her dog off leash in an area where it […]

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By David Hirzel My Turn As it becomes increasingly more clear that the movement of the coronavirus through society is unpredictable, new outbreaks surge in unanticipated places. Most recently, in areas where business and commerce has been reopened to an extent that is contrary to the best ad…

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Joshua Kizler/My Turn When I was a child, I worked for years under my father at his small business on Polk and Sacramento in San Francisco. He owned a video-rental shop, and when Blockbuster tried to move in, he rallied community support, called a hearing, and blocked Blockbuster from openin…

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Dear editor, In 1527 Dr. Martin Luther is quoted as writing, “What else is the pandemic but a fire which instead of consuming wood and straw consumes life and body.” Here it comes: “…love your community by avoiding going out…” Be good. Be safe. Be healthy. Be wise. Be well. The Rev. Thomas N…

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Dear editor,Another week another dose of misinformation from our editor in chief. Since you asked about the mask wearing rule let’s review. We were asked to defer on masks when hospitals were worried about PPE for front line workers and were fearful that, as with toilet paper, panic would ex…

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Dear editor, Pacifica School Volunteers would like to acknowledge and thank Branch Manager Amber Porter and her staff at Tri Counties Bank in Linda Mar for their assistance in applying to the federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP). The application process was challenging but, with Tri Coun…

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Dear editor, There are major events taking place in Washington D.C., not involving the virus that are not being reported or are being very lightly covered by certain television news stations and mainstream media. In comparison, these events will make Teapot Dome, Watergate and the Clinton im…

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Dear editor,On May 16th Pacifica Athletic Center was looking forward to hosting the St Jude Fundraiser once again. We all understand the circumstances surrounding the postponement of our event to a future date. Right now it’s hard to schedule that date. We do want to thank tri counties bank …