Highlights: Weekend Storm Preparation, 310 Esplanade Demolition
Connect With Pacifica This Week

First of all, Happy New Year!  I hope that 2017 proves to be a wonderful year of health and happiness for you and your family!

We are certainly hitting the ground running in the new year with news and meetings.  This past Wednesday, the Council held a special meeting and approved the demolition of the apartment building at 310 Esplanade Ave.  The bluff below the building has been gradually eroding and is now to the point that it has become a public safety issue.  While we have been waiting for the owner to take action, he has not done so and has told us he has no resources.  He declared bankruptcy in 2015.

In the past few weeks, we determined that demolition can’t wait any longer so have initiated the steps to take the building down.  The timing will depend on the time needed to remove the hazardous materials inside the building (i.e., asbestos and lead given the building’s vintage) and the weather in the next week or so because we don’t want to be breaking up the building in high wind.  The TV news has been all over this story so no doubt you will hear more from them.

Speaking of weather, a severe storm is forecast for this weekend with as much as 3 inches of rain and strong winds.  We have put into motion preparations such as planning ahead for staffing over the next two days to respond to incidents, pre-staging a digital sign on Highway 1 in case traffic needs to be rerouted, and placing street barricades in areas prone to flooding to keep traffic out. 

We are also closing the Pacifica Pier tonight (Friday) and leaving it closed until at least Monday morning when we will reevaluate conditions.  The high tides over the weekend along with the storm may make being on the pier or near the water’s edge precarious. 

You can also help—please be sure your gutters are clean and not blocked by obstacles and check nearby storm drains; if you see debris, please remove it.  Also high winds can bring down trees and power lines so make sure you have flashlights with fresh batteries placed around your home or office.

If you need sand bags, we have set up three locations to get supplies: (1) behind the Linda Mar Fire Station, (2) at the City’s Corporation Yard located on the corner of Oceana Blvd. and Milagra Ave., and (3) at the former waste water plant site located on the corner of Montecito & Palmetto Avenues.  Supplies are limited so please take only what you need.

The City staff who are directly involved in preparing for and responding to storm conditions do an amazing job.  I am so proud of their efforts and their commitment to take care of the community under very challenging conditions.

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

City Manager

City News
  • City Manager's January Tribune column - The City Manager contributes a regular column to the Pacifica Tribune. This January Tribune column focuses on the upcoming City Council goal setting process for 2017-18, with a workshop scheduled for February 3 - 4, 2017. See more City Manager Tribune submissions here.
  • San Mateo County Coastal Resilience Workshop to Be Held Jan. 19 in Half Moon Bay - The public along with City leaders and community stakeholders are invited to attend this workshop by FEMA, the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, California Coastal Commission, the State Coastal Conservancy to learn more about the risks and hazards facing coastal communities, and share the best available tools and resources to support risk reduction for flooding and sea level rise. The workshop will be held January 19 from 8:30am - 12:30pm at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club. The workshop is FREE to attend, but registration is required. Click here for more information or to register by January 13, 2017.

  • Earthquake Preparation Class at Pacifica Police Department Jan. 17
    Do you know the most important things you should do to prepare for an earthquake in Pacifica? The Pacifica Police Department and Pacifica Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are offering a 90-minute class at the Pacifica Police Department on January 17 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm focusing on what you can do to prepare yourself and your family for the next major earthquake. 
    Topics include: Family Plan - Supply Storage - First Aid - Drop, Cover & Hold - Away-from-home Kit - Cash & Documents - Camping Out - Water & Food - Focus on Children - Learn not to burn
    The class is FREE, but seating is limited. Click here to register or for more information.

  • Apply Now to Serve on the Beautification Advisory Committee - We're looking for citizens to fill a vacancy on the Beautification Advisory Committee. 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.

  • Small Business Tax Credits Available - Funding is available for small businesses from the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). California Competes Tax Credit is a 5-year income tax credit available to businesses of all sizes who want to grow, or stay in California. Deadline to apply is January 23See more details here or visit the City of Pacifica's Economic Development webpage for more information about supporting our local businesses and economic development.
Press Releases

Link to Additional Press Releases


A rare #PacificaSnowman surprised Pacificans on December 25, 2016 and again on New Year's Day, greeting us on the Promenade near the Pacifica Pier! If you happen to have been lucky enough to see him in person and take a pic, post it with this hashtag #PacificaSnowman and @Pacifica.

Save The Date
  • Jan. 9 - City Council Meeting 7:00pm at City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Boulevard, Pacifica - Click here for the agenda.

  • Jan. 10Countywide Stormwater Resource Plan Public Workshop - A public workshop will be held in Pacifica on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive. See the flyer for more information and to register to attend. More details about the SRP can be found here.

  • Jan. 10 - Economic Development Committee Meeting 6:00pm - See the EDC webpage for agenda and more information.

  • Jan. 11 - Library Advisory Committee Meeting 6:30pm - See the LAC webpage for agenda and more information. 

  • Jan. 12 - SFO Airport / Community Roundtable Special Meeting 7:00pm - Click here or more information.

  • Jan. 13 - Public Comment period closes for Wet Weather Equalization Basin (EQ Basin) Project Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration / Initial Study. Comments should be submitted to Bonny O'Connor, Planning Department, 1800 Francisco Blvd., Pacifica, CA 94044 or by email to: o'connorb@ci.pacifica.ca.us.
  • Jan. 17 - Earthquake Preparation Class at Pacifica Police Department - See the City News section above or click here for details and registration.

  • Jan. 19 San Mateo County Coastal Resilience Workshop - See the City News section above or click here for details and registration.

  •  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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