Highlights: Residential Burglaries, Landslide Preparedness, Marijuana Survey and Study Session
Connect With Pacifica This Week

As you may have read on social media or heard from your friends and neighbors, we have experienced an unusually high number of residential burglaries in the past two weeks; 11 since February 1st, with 4 occurring on this past Tuesday alone.  These are all daytime burglaries, as most residential burglaries are, and follow a pattern that is also occurring in Daly City, South San Francisco, and San Bruno right now.  

Our Police Department’s detectives are working with other agencies to share information and to strategize the best ways to catch the thieves and stop the burglaries. While they do have leads, the PD isn’t releasing any information to avoid jeopardizing the investigation.

Having said all that, Police Chief Dan Steidle has scheduled a community meeting on the topic to hear from the public and offer up-to-date information.  Here are the details:

Community Meeting on Residential Burglaries
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Pacifica Community Center

Between now and then, the Police Department has brought in reserve officers to increase patrol of neighborhoods and expand law enforcement’s presence.  As Chief Steidle said in his recent NextDoor post, “you know your neighborhood better than anyone.”  If you see something that doesn’t look right, please contact the Police Department and report it.

In addition, the Pacifica PD issued a    Press Release earlier this week (and linked down below) with information about what you can do to protect your home.  Please check it out.

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

City Manager

City News
  • Study Session on "In-Law Units" at Feb. 21 Planning Commission Meeting - A study session on accessory dwelling unit regulations will be included as part of the regular Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 pm at the City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. The term “accessory dwelling unit” is the new legal term for what are commonly known as second units, in-law units, etc. Check back for the agenda to be posted to the meeting portal.

  • Landslide Preparedness - With recent intense and prolonged periods of rain, we have seen news of landslide incidents around the Bay Area and even experienced the impact of the recent landslide on Highway 1 north of the Pacifica Police Station. Residents should be aware of landslide warning signs. 

    Warning signs include ground saturation where it has not typically been wet before; new cracks or bulges in ground, sidewalks, pavement, concrete floors or foundations; soil moving away from foundations; tilting patios / decks relative to main house; leaning / offset retaining walls or fences; sunken road beds; sudden increase or decrease in creek water flow and change from clear to muddy water; unusual sounds such as trees cracking, boulders knocking together, or faint rumbling as landslide nears. Short, intense bursts of rain may be particularly dangerous, especially after longer periods of heavy rainfall.

    If you suspect imminent landslide danger, call 9-1-1. Inform neighbors of the potential threat. Evacuate. If you cannot safely leave your home, move to a second story if possible. Click here for more information from the U.S. Geological Survey about Landslide Preparedness.

  • Seeking Applicants for Planning Commission - We're looking for citizens to fill a vacancy on City of Pacifica's Planning Commission. The Planning Commission recommends and advises the Council in the preparation, adoption and amendment of the City's General Plan, Coastal Plan, Zoning Ordinance and other specific and area development plans that provide for and control future physical development and conservation of the City based upon geographic, social, economic and environmental characteristics of the community. The Planning Commission also advises the Council on private development plans in accordance with State Planning Law and the City's established development review standards and processes. See the Recruitment Notice for more information. Applications are due by February 24, 2017 and are available here. Return application to Pacifica City Clerk Kathy O'Connell, 170 Santa Maria Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044-2506.
  • Share Your Opinions on Commercial Marijuana Businesses in Pacifica - With the passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) in 2015 and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) in 2016, Pacifica must decide to what extent, if any, to allow medical and non-medical (recreational) marijuana businesses to operate in Pacifica. We invite Pacifica residents to take part in our survey on this issue. Visit our “City Hall Listens” page to take the survey and make your voice heard. Survey response deadline is March 1.

    A Joint Study Session of the Pacifica City Council and Planning Commission will be held on March 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm at City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. to discuss the regulation of medical and non-medical marijuana uses in relation to Proposition 64. 
Press Releases
Community Movie Night - Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30pm
$2 per person
Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Drive
Save The Date
  • Feb. 17 - Community Movie Night showing "Back to the Future" at the Pacifica Community Center 6:30 pm. See above for more information.
  • Feb. 20 - President's Day Holiday observed - City of Pacifica offices will be closed.

  • Feb. 21 - Planning Commission Meeting at 7:00 pm at City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. - This meeting will include a study session on accessory dwelling unit regulations, commonly referred to as "second units" or "in-law units". Agenda will be posted on the meeting portal.

  • Feb. 23 - Community Meeting on Residential Burglaries. The Pacifica Police Department will hold a Community Meeting to discuss 

  • Feb. 24 - Applications due for Planning Commission. See Recruitment Notice for more information.

  • Feb. 27 - City Council MeetingThe next City Council meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. See the meeting portal for City Council meeting dates, agendas and minutes.

  • Mar. 1 - Deadline for responses to Marijuana Survey. See above links to survey.

  • Mar. 6 - Joint Study Session on Medical and Non-Medical Marijuana Uses in Relation to Prop. 64. This meeting will be held on Monday, Mar. 1 at 6:30 pm at the City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. See the Meeting Notice for more information.

  •  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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