Highlights: Transportation Funding, Beautification Advisory Committee Vacancy, Spelling Bee
Connect With Pacifica This Week

Some of the Council members and I spent most of this week at a special conference for new Council members and new Mayors held in Sacramento.  The conference hosted 450 attendees from cities across the State and is sponsored by the League of California Cities.  For more information, google them and you’ll see the conference materials on topics such as “Your Legal Powers and Obligations”, “Policy Role in Land Use Planning” and “Financial Responsibilities”.  While the conference is designed for those new to elected office (and their city managers), each year that I have attended, I have learned something new!

This year, we were asked to attend a press conference related to transportation funding along with representatives from many other cities (see photo).  We were there to show support for getting adequate funding to repair and maintain our streets and roadways via gas taxes collected when drivers purchase fuel for vehicles. You may or may not be aware that the gas tax has remained unchanged since 1994 and due to increased fuel efficiency of newer vehicles, the amount collected has decreased. That means that cities receive less funding from this source to take care of our streets and roads. Currently a typical motorist who drove 12,000 miles in 2016 would have paid $101 over the course of the year. One of the speakers pointed out that this is far below what many of us spend on coffee during a year! It’s something that lawmakers in Sacramento are actively discussing. We were happy to be part of the effort to emphasize that transportation funding matters to us.

Please let me know if you have comments or questions, and thank you for wanting to Connect with Pacifica!

City Manager

Transportation Press Conference 1-18-2017
Pacifica Leaders attended a Transportation Funding Press Conference in Sacramento this week, showing support for getting adequate funding to repair and maintain our streets and roadways.
City News
  • Interested in Enhancing Pacifica's Beauty?  The City of Pacifica is recruiting citizens to fill a vacancy on the Beautification Advisory Committee. The Beautification Advisory Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Director of Public Works to implement and sustain the Beautification Task Force Plan. Applications are due January 27. See the Recruitment Notice for Beautification Advisory Committee. Applications are available here. Return application to Pacifica City Clerk Kathy O'Connell, 170 Santa Maria Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044-2506.

  • Volunteer at the MLK Day of Service Beach Cleanup & Planting Day on Jan. 21 - The Pacifica Beach Coalition is organizing a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Beach Cleanup & Planting event on Saturday, January 21, 2017 beginning at 9:00 AM at Linda Mar State Beach. Volunteers can join any of several projects that help the beach. See the event flyer for more information.

  • Help With the San Mateo County 2017 Homeless Count on Jan. 26 - On Thursday, January 26, 2017 from approximately 6 am to 10 am, San Mateo County will conduct its biennial One Day Homeless Count. The One Day Homeless Count is a census and survey of unsheltered homeless people throughout the entire County conducted in collaboration with community partners. The results will help County understanding of the number of homeless individuals and families and their needs, and is a vital component of the County’s goal to reach functional zero of homelessness by 2020. Volunteers are needed. Click here for more information and volunteer opportunities.

  • Explore the Lookmobile at City Council Chambers parking lot from Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 - You may have heard of or visited the Bookmobile, but here’s a chance to take your exploration one step further with the Lookmobile! The San Mateo County Libraries Lookmobile, created in collaboration with San Francisco’s Exploratorium, is an interactive mobile library designed to activate outdoor spaces and increase hands-on learning opportunities. Come check it out when the Lookmobile visits Pacifica! The Lookmobile will be at City Council Chambers parking lot (2212 Beach Blvd.) from Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, and will be at Pacifica-Sanchez Library at 1111 Terra Nova Blvd. from Feb. 3 - 4. Visit the Lookmobile webpage for more information and a schedule of other locations.
Don't Miss These Fun Events Coming Up for Kids
Click on the images above for a link to more information about each event.

Pacifica’s Youth Spelling Bee on January 28, 2017 
for Kindergarten - 4th Graders
$10 Registration Fee
More information available on  the  PB&R Special Events webpage .
J-Teen Dance on February 3, 2017
"City of Love" theme
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica
Monthly J-Teen Dances are held during the school year for students in Grades 6 - 8.
Tickets $8 in advance or $10 at the door, subject to availability.
See the J-Teen Dance Flyer for additional dates, themes and information.

Press Releases

Link to Additional Press Releases

Save The Date
  • Jan. 21 - MLK Day of Service Beach Cleanup - See the City News section above for more information.

  • Jan. 23 - City Council Meeting 7:00pm at City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Boulevard, Pacifica - Click here for meeting agendas.
  • Jan. 26 - San Mateo County 2017 Homeless Count - See the City News section for more information.

  • Jan. 28 Spelling Bee at Community Center - Pacifica's Youth Advisory Board presents its 1st Annual Spelling Bee for kids in Grades K-4 at Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr. See the flyer for more information.
  • Jan. 31 - Feb. 4 - Library Lookmobile Visits Pacifica - See the City News section for more information.

  • Feb. 3 - J-Teen "City of Love" Dance at Community Center - See the City News section above for more information.

  • Feb. 3 - 4 - City Council Goal Setting Meetings - The public is welcome during the City Council goal setting process scheduled for February 3 - 4 at the Pacifica Police Department, EOC Room. More details will follow. Click here to see the City Council's current goals and work plan.  

  •  Upcoming City Meetings – For information about upcoming City meetings, visit the City of Pacifica website at www.cityofpacifica.org and check the Calendar for City Council Meetings and Other City Meetings at the bottom of the page. 

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