Highlights: Streets Projects, Tsunami Preparedness Week, Social Host Ordinance Proposed Amendment, Sharp Park Berm Maintenance
Connect With Pacifica This Week

Last week I mentioned Caltrans’ upcoming project to repave all of Hwy 1 in Pacifica. This week, I’d like to mention a couple Pacifica city street paving projects upcoming. Although City funding for paving projects is very limited, the City has received grant funding to repave Linda Mar Boulevard from Adobe Drive to Alicante Drive, and Oceana Boulevard from Milagra Drive to Monterey Road. These projects are expected to be completed by next spring, 2019.
Many of you have also been asking about the adaptive traffic control system cameras at the intersections of Reina Del Mar/Hwy 1 and Fassler/Hwy 1. That system will be on and functioning beginning next week, probably Tuesday, March 27. The installation of cameras, replacement of Caltrans’ control boxes, installation of communications hardware, and initial data-gathering and adjustments took a while, but are almost complete. This system is not expected to solve traffic problems, but is intended to improve wait times, and can be adapted/adjusted over time depending on results it is measuring.
Finally, regarding the Sea Level Rise/Local Coastal Plan Update project underway, the City Council will be deciding on Monday night, 3/26, at the City Council meeting about expanding the stakeholder engagement budget and process, as well as clarifying the goals of the project. The agenda report can be found here , and I also wrote about this in my column in the Pacifica Tribune this week.

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

City Manager

Tsunami Preparedness Week is March 26 - 30, 2018
Are you Tsunami Ready? Do you live near a tsunami hazard zone? Do you know the difference between a tsunami watch, advisory or warning? Learn how you and your family can be better prepared by visiting the Tsu nami Preparedness page on the Police Department website.

Sign up for SMC Alert - SMC ALERT is the primary method of communication the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services (OES) and its public safety partners use to contact San Mateo County residents during emergencies and critical incidents to ensure timely, accurate information is provided that allows people to be informed and prepared. SMC ALERT provides emergency communications delivered to cellular telephones, electronic mail and text messages in order to inform the community of events that impact them. SMC ALERT is also the primary means of communication by OES, the Pacifica Police Department, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services , to alert people to safe evacuation routes and centers, community points of distribution, major traffic events and any life threatening circumstance. More than 50,000 residents of San Mateo County are already registered with SMC Alert. To learn more or to register go to  www.SMCAlert.info
City News
  • SF Rec & Parks to Improve Coastal Trails at Sharp Park - The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department started its annual maintenance of the Coastal Trail located on the berm west of the Sharp Park Golf Course on Monday, March 19th. Depending on weather, the duration of the maintenance efforts will take approximately two weeks to complete and is expected to occur between 7AM and 4PM Monday through Friday. During construction, recreational use of the trail may be temporarily interrupted to ensure park user safety. Read more here.

  • City Council to Consider Amending Social Host Ordinance to Include Marijuana, Controlled Substances - Pacifica has long had an ordinance in place that allows officers to issue administrative citations to persons hosting loud and unruly gatherings, after issuing a written warning to the violator. A second response would result in an administrative citation. In 2011, the City Council adopted an amendment to the ordinance that allowed officers to issue administrative citations of $1000 for a first offense to anyone hosting a gathering where minors are possessing, consuming, or being served alcoholic beverages. No written warning is needed prior to the issuance of a citation. With the legalization of recreational cannabis, it is anticipated that its access by youth will increase. This, coupled with the increase in the abuse of controlled substances by minors, more commonly prescription medication stolen from friends and family members, an amendment to the social host ordinance will be presented to the City Council on Monday, March 26 for adoption (see the Agenda Staff Report for more information). This amendment will allow officers to administratively cite those responsible for a gathering where minors are present and are consuming alcoholic beverages, cannabis products, or controlled substances. The exception to this ordinance will be those in possession of cannabis or controlled substances legally per a physician’s prescription.

  • Bike Lane Installation Coming to Palmetto Streetscape Phase 1 - Phase 1 of the Palmetto Streetscape Project is nearly complete, and the City appreciates your patience during construction. The final component of this phase will require some parking and driveway access restrictions for the installation and curing of green pavement markings for bike lanes. We urge residents and visitors to the Palmetto area to heed the signs, cones and barricades indicating access restrictions. See the Information Sheet for more information.

  • Paving Project on Highway 1 to Begin April 2018 - Caltrans has awarded a contract to Granite Rock to pave a ten-mile stretch of Highway 1 between Gray Whale Cove and the Highway 1/Route 35 Interchange. Most of the project falls within the Pacifica city limits. Work is scheduled to begin in April 2018 on a five-day work week, excluding holidays, and is expected to be complete by the end of October 2018. Most work will be performed at night to minimize impacts on the traveling public. See the CalTrans News Release for more information.

  • Pacifica Youth Advisory Board (YAB) Now Accepting Applications for 2018/2019 School Year - The Pacifica Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is made up of volunteer High School students that want to make a difference in our community. They are a dedicated group of young leaders who will plan special events and also participate in Parks, Beaches & Recreation events and activities. Application deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 18. Click here for more information on the YAB program, scholarships, and events.

  • Questions about Sea Level Rise? Get Some Answers Here - The City of Pacifica has provided an FAQ here to address common questions and concerns about Sea Level Rise adaptation planning and the Local Coastal Plan Update. For additional information and updates, please visit the City of Pacifica's Sea Level Rise webpage at: www.cityofpacifica.org/SeaLevelRise.
Upcoming Events
Spring Egg Hunt – Find the Golden Egg!
City of Pacifica Parks, Beaches and Recreation Department hosts its annual Spring Egg Hunts for ages 1 – 10 at two locations. Free family fun with egg hunts, jelly bean contest and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. This is a free event, no registration required.

Friday, March 30 at 4:00pm - Fairmont Park , 649 Parkview Circle

Saturday, March 31 at 10:00am - Frontierland Park, Yosemite Dr. & Humboldt Ct.


Registration for Spring/Summer 2018 Classes and Activities is Now Open - For the current Spring/Summer 2018 edition of the Parks, Beaches and Recreation PLAY brochure, a downloadable copy of the registration form, online registration link and more information visit the Activities webpage here .
Press Releases

Save The Date
  • Mar. 26 - City Council Meeting 7:00pm at City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. See the Agenda for more information.

  • Mar. 30 - Spring Egg Hunt 4:00pm at Fairmont Park. See the Event Flyer for more information.

  • Mar. 31 - Spring Egg Hunt 10:00am at Frontierland Park. See the Event Flyer for more information.

  • April 18 - Youth Advisory Board Application deadline. See the YAB webpage for more information.

  • April 21 - EcoFest 2018. Save the Date. See the Event Poster 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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