Highlights: Study Session on Marijuana Business, Retail 101, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Connect With Pacifica This Week

I’m excited to announce an upcoming series of meetings organized by our Economic Development Manager Anne Stedler for the business community but open to anyone who may be interested in the topics.  The sessions will be offered in conjunction with the Small Business Development Center and the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce, and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Here are the initial details:
  • Thursday, March 16, 6:00 p.m. - Retail 101: Launching Your Dream
  • Thursday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. - Retail 102: Marketing Your Business
  • Thursday, April 6, 6:30 p.m. – Retail 103: Visual Merchandising & Marketing Strategies
All sessions will be presented by Paula Mattisonsierra from the San Mateo Small Business Development Center and will be held at the Pacifica Coastside Museum, 1850 Francisco Blvd., Pacifica.  There is no cost but registration is required by calling 650-574-6460.  More information will be available in next week’s Connect with Pacifica as well.

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

City Manager

City News
  • City Council and Planning Commission To Hold Joint Study Session on March 6 to Discuss Marijuana Businesses in Pacifica - Thank you to all who shared opinions on commercial marijuana in Pacifica via the City Hall Listens survey. The results of that survey will be presented at the Study Session on Monday, March 6 at 6:30 pm at City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. See the Agenda and Staff Report for more information, background on the topic and areas in which staff seeks Council / Commission direction in consideration of drafting an ordinance related to marijuana regulation in Pacifica. 

  • Seeking Volunteers for the Illegal Fireworks Task Force - We're looking for citizens to serve on the Illegal Fireworks Task Force. The purpose of the Illegal Fireworks Task Force is to discuss 1) options regarding enforcement strategies to combat illegal fireworks and 2) public outreach strategies to educate and deter people from possessing and using illegal fireworks. See the Recruitment Notice for more information. Applications are due by March 22, 2017 and are available here. Return application to Pacifica City Clerk Kathy O'Connell, 170 Santa Maria Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044-2506.

  • Innovative Energy & Water Efficiency Financing Program Now Available in Pacifica - In support of the City’s Climate Action Plan and goal to increase energy and water efficiency, the City Council passed resolutions which allow residential and commercial property owners to take advantage of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.  PACE is a new and innovative way for property owners to pay for energy efficiency upgrades, on-site renewable energy projects, and water conservation measures. PACE funding is provided or arranged for up to 100 percent of a project’s costs, and is repaid with an assessment on the property tax bill over a term of up to 20 years.  PACE is a national initiative, but programs are locally based and tailored to meet local market needs. Some quick facts:

    PACE financing can be used for all types of commercial and residential properties, large and small.
    PACE projects must be permanently affixed to the property and save money for the property owner.
    PACE is a customer-oriented program, with an emphasis on quality projects, highly trained contractors, and unique consumer protection measures.
    If a property owner has a positive payment history for the mortgage and property taxes, and has equity in the property, they probably qualify for PACE.
    PACE is 100 percent voluntary. In communities that adopt PACE, assessments are only paid by participating owners, and only for their own projects.
    Unlike conventional financing, assessments stay with the property so if you move before your balance is paid the new owner of your property takes over payments on the tax bill.  This makes sense as the new owner will benefit from the efficiency savings.

    The approved PACE providers for Pacifica include HERO , CSCDA Open PACE Ygrene Works . You may contact the PACE providers directly if you have any questions about their programs. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) has prepared a matrix to help compare the abovementioned providers.

  • Parks, Beaches & Recreation Summer Program Open House March 16 - Meet the City of Pacifica - Parks, Beaches, and Recreation Camp Supervisors, City Coordinators, and the Site Staff for Aquatics, Recreation, and Child Care at the Open House on March 16 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the Pacifica Community Center. Learn about the different programs we offer for ages 2 1/2 - 17. See the Open House Flyer for more information.

  • Notice of Treatment for Asian Citrus Psyllid in City of San Bruno - The Asian Citrus Psyllid is an insect about the size of an aphid that transfers disease from tree to tree as it feeds on citrus leaves. A notice from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) was received to inform the public of the plan for treatment in the City of San Bruno for the Asian Citrus Psyllid that was detected in the area. Read more in the CDFA Notice and Treatment Plan or the Protect Your Citrus Flyer.

  • Police Media Bulletins Available Online - Did you know that you can view a daily log of calls to the Pacifica Police Department for assistance on the City of Pacifica's website? Click here to access the Police Media Bulletins. We've also added a button for easy access to our Press Releases section below.
Press Releases

Save The Date
  • Mar. 4 - Pacifica Family Summit at Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School - Free event with workshops for families of tweens and teens from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm hosted by the Pacifica School District, Pacifica Prevention Partnership, Jefferson Union High School District and North County Prevention Partnership. See the Family Summit Flyer for details and registration.
  • 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. 6 at 6:30 pm at the City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. See the Agenda for more information.

  • Mar. 7 - Economic Development Committee Meeting - The next meeting of the Economic Development Committee will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 7 at 6:00 pm at the Pacifica Police Department, EOC Conference Room, 2075 Pacific Coast Highway. See the Agenda for more information.

  • Mar. 8 - Library Advisory Committee Meeting - The next meeting of the Library Advisory Committee will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 8 at 6:30 pm at the City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. See the Agenda 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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