Connect With Pacifica This Week

This week brought some spectacular weather to Pacifica, luring many people to Pacifica’s beaches. Continuing the public safety theme I often write about, you’ll begin to notice new Beach Safety Signs installed by the City, improving the previous warning signs regarding rip currents. In addition, the City developed a Beach Safety Tips brochure to help inform beachgoers about rip currents and other safety tips while enjoying our beaches. This brochure was distributed to all hotels in Pacifica.

With heightened awareness about beach safety from locals and visitors alike, together we can continue to make Pacifica’s beaches safe and enjoyable for all.

As always, go safely this week and please let me know if you have comments or questions, and  thank you for wanting to  Connect with Pacifica!

City Manager

Earthquake Preparedness Class
The magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck Ridgecrest on July 6 reminded all Californians that we live in earthquake country. Are you and your family prepared for the next major earthquake or disaster? The Pacifica Police Department and Pacifica Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) offer this 90-minute class focusing on what you can do to prepare yourself and your family for the next major earthquake or a tsunami. Certainly your family's safety and peace of mind is worth 90 minutes?

Event Details:
  • Date: Tuesday, August 20
  • Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Location: Pacifica Police Department – 2075 Coast Highway
Join us on August 26 for an Update and to Learn More

In early 2019, the City of Pacifica launched Plan Pacifica, a project to work on updating its General Plan and Local Coastal Program, as well as developing a Specific Plan for the Sharp Park neighborhood.

Watch this video to learn more!
On Monday, August 26 there will be an important update on these projects at a special meeting for a Joint Study Session of City Council and Planning Commission beginning at 5:00 PM at City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd.

Come and learn more about this important project! If you cannot join in person, tune in via live stream using this link:
Ribbon Cutting!
Celebrate our new Pedestrian Overcrossing

On April 30 of this year Caltrans opened the new San Jose Avenue Pedestrian Overcrossing, which spans Highway 1 between the Eureka Square shopping center and San Jose Avenue. On August 28, to celebrate the conclusion of this project, Caltrans and the City of Pacifica are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony. Come join us for this momentous occasion!

Event Details:
  • Date: Wednesday, August 28
  • Time: 11:00 am
  • Location: Parking lot on the corner of Salada Ave and Francisco Blvd.

This $3.5 million project began in mid-July 2018 and was paid for by CalTrans. It was begun to replace the previous bridge, built in 1968, which had been badly weathered and was non-compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The new bridge is better functioning than its predecessor, with a streamlined design that serves as a cheerful gateway to Pacifica.
HEART’s Free First Time Homebuyer Workshop
Need help buying a home in San Mateo County? Come learn about HEART's First-Time Homebuyer Program and the home-buying process. Reserve your spot at the workshop today .

Event Details:
  • Date: Thursday, September 5
  • Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
  • Location: San Mateo Public Library, Oak Room | 55 W. Third Ave., San Mateo

About the First-Time Homebuyer Program
  • HEART and Meriwest Mortgage partner together to offer down payment assistance to first time homebuyers in San Mateo County to buy a home with only 5% down and no PMI.
  • You can buy a market rate single family home, townhome, or condo worth up to $908,156 anywhere in the County with this special program.
  • For more information or to download guidelines and applications visit HEART's website

The Pacifica Police Department is hosting an Open House as part of their 60 Year Anniversary celebration. Come tour the police department building, meet some of the officers and staff serving our community, and learn about the history of the Pacifica Police Department. See vehicles on display, such as our 1959 Biscayne patrol car, and K9 and motorcycle demonstrations. Children may enter a raffle for a chance to win a ride to school in a patrol car! One winner will be selected each hour.
We are proud to have served our community since 1959, and hope you will join us to learn more about our Tradition of Community Service.

Event Details:
  • Date: Saturday, September 7
  • Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Location: Pacifica Police Department – 2075 Coast Highway

Volunteers Needed!
Annual San Mateo County Bike & Ped Count
The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation (NBPD) Project is a nationwide effort to provide data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and the general public. For 2019, the count period is September 10th - 15th. The County of San Mateo needs dedicated volunteers like you to help with the in-field data collection. This means that you get to be outside enjoying a couple of hours in the beautiful, mid-peninsula weather while recording those who walk and bike past. Each shift is two hours and you can indicate your location and time preferences. Please note that depending on the number of applications they receive for specific locations, they may not be able to accommodate your preferred count location. Register here to help in your area!
Pacifica Beach Coalition launches
Cigarette Butt Blitz
Pacifica Beach Coalition is launching their first ever Cigarette Butt Blitz with the goal of raising awareness about the toxins cigarette butts contain and their negative impact on our local environment. Cigarette butts are the #1 littered item in the world and last year the PBC picked up and recycled over 161,000 of them. This year they hope to increase that number but need your participation!

Collect cigarette butts in front of your home, your local super market, your work, or where you park your car and drop them off with the PBC anytime between now and Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday September 21st.

Now's Your Chance to Shape
Pacifica’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
You can now view and make comments on Pacifica’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master on the project website, Check out the website, use the interactive input map to view the details on the draft recommendations, “Like” or “Dislike” certain recommendations, and offer comments on the proposed network of bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The website will be open throughout the summer and will close for public comments on September 4, 2019. The Pacifica Public Works Department values your input and appreciates everyone’s participation during this process. Lend your voice to Pacifica’s future!

The Annual SunShares Program Just Opened
It's Time to Go Solar!
2019 SunShares program opened on August 1 for registration! Bay Area SunShares is a limited-time renewable energy program that makes it easier and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar or purchase an electric vehicle (EV). SunShares offers a discount on solar installations from pre-vetted solar providers and EV dealerships. Visit to learn more and register before November 15th to secure your solar discount!

California's Department of Housing Asks Californians
Share Their Thoughts
Housing Needs and Challenges in Their Communities
The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released a  survey asking for Californians - from renters, homeowners, and people experiencing homelessness to developers, real-estate professionals, elected officials, and people living in rural communities - to share their opinions on housing and community needs and challenges within their neighborhoods.

Californians interested in housing and community issues, particularly in rural areas, are encouraged to complete  this survey ( hacer la encuesta en español) by October 1, 2019.

HIP Housing – Making a Difference in our Community

HIP Housing is nonprofit agency specializing in creative affordable housing solutions throughout San Mateo County. Their mission is to invest in human potential by improving the housing and lives of people in our community. Through their Home Sharing Program, HIP Housing enables people with special needs, either from income or circumstance, to live independent, self-sufficient lives in decent, safe, low-cost homes.

Through their Self-Sufficiency program, HIP also offers a scholarship that provides housing assistance and support services to motivated, low-income parents and/or transitional age foster youth. Learn more here.
Fall 2019 Play Brochure
is here!
Pacifica is Hiring!!
The City is now hiring for the following positions. Job descriptions and applications can be found at the City of Pacifica’s CalOpps site.
  • Child Care Aide/Child Care Associate Teacher
  • Police Officer - Lateral, Academy Graduate or Student
  • Senior Services Bus/Van Driver - Part-Time
Connect with Pacifica on Social Media
Aug 19 – Planning Commission Meeting 7:00 pm at City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. See the Agenda for more information.

Aug 20 – Earthquake Preparedness Class 7:00 pm at Pacifica Police Department, 2075 Coast Highway, Pacifica

Aug 26 – Special Meeting for a Joint Study Session of City Council and Planning Commission 5:00 pm at City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. If you cannot join in person, tune in via live stream here.

Aug 28 – Ribbon Cutting for Paving and Pedestrian Overcrossing Project 11:00 am in the parking lot on the corner of Salada Ave and Francisco Blvd.

Sep 5 – HEART’s Free First Time Homebuyer Workshop 6:00 pm at San Mateo Public Library, Oak Room | 55 W. Third Ave, San Mateo

Sep 7 – Pacifica Police Department Open House 10:00 am-3:00 pm at Pacifica Police Department – 2075 Coast Highway
Sep 21 – 15 th Annual San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day 10:00 am-2:00 pm at San Mateo Event Center | 1346 Saratoga Dr, San Mateo

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

Recent City of Pacifica and Pacifica Police Department press releases are available on the City of Pacifica website under City Government - Press Releases & Media Bulletins .
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