Happy Thanksgiving! And stay safe in this upcoming storm. As we roll into December, we’ll kick off the last month of the year and the remainder of the 2019 holidays with the City’s Holiday Extravaganza and the Rockaway Tree Lighting Festival . Also, check out the info about the 13th Annual Meals on Wheels Holiday Silent Auction , as the proceeds from this program provide a memorable and elegant “Night Out on the Town” dining experience at the Community Center for home-bound seniors in Pacifica.

In other City news, the City Council recently approved the City’s participation in a grant-funded pilot program, called the One Stop Shop , to make it easier to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and provide affordable housing. If you’ve been contemplating building an ADU, but are concerned about the process being complicated, check out the details of this program and consider applying. ADUs are one important strategy for helping address our region’s housing crisis.  

Also, please be aware that this year during the week of Christmas and up to New Years, City Hall and other City administrative offices will be closed . Emergency services and essential Public Works and Parks, Beaches, and Recreation services will be open per their usual holiday schedules.  

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
Holiday Extravaganza Weekend
Dec 6–7 | Pacifica Community Center
Rockaway Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 8th 4-7pm | Rockaway Beach Plaza
Jump on a Cable Car, starting at the Pacifica Community Center at 3:30pm, and join us for the annual tree lighting festival in Rockaway Beach along the beautiful coast of Pacifica. Children wait in anticipation for Santa to arrive on his fire truck at 5pm. Kids can then visit Santa and tell him all their holiday wishes. Then be ready at 6pm as the Holiday Tree is lit in the Rockaway Beach Plaza.
You can expect:
  • FREE Cable Car Rides
  • Visits & Photos w/Santa
  • Live Music
  • School Performances
  • Snow Flurries
  • FREE Pony Rides
  • Food Trucks
  • Senior Services Silent Auction of Baskets
  • Arts & Craft Activities
  • Vendor Booths
  • Cat of a Different Color
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • ...and more! So, stay tuned!
Call the Chamber for more info at 650-355-4122 or go to the event page here.
13th Annual Meals on Wheels Holiday Silent Auction
Sun, Dec 8th 4-7pm |205 Rockaway Beach Ave, Ste #1
City Offices Holiday Closure
Mon, Dec 23 through Wed, Jan 1
Accessory Dwelling Unit One Stop Shop Program
In partnership with San Mateo County, the City of Pacifica will be launching a brand new One Stop Shop pilot program to help homeowners with second unit construction. In this One Stop Shop program, participating homeowners will receive no-cost support from the nonprofit  Hello Housing with the design, permitting, and project management involved with building an accessory dwelling unit (second unit). This program is aimed at property owners who are prepared to construct an accessory unit but need technical assistance. 

While the formal application to participate has not yet opened, San Mateo County is collecting an interest list of homeowners who want to stay informed ahead of the program launch in 2020. If you are interested in the pilot program, or other informational updates about building a second unit, such as new financing options or changes to second unit regulations, please visit

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Local Coastal Program – Public Input Opportunity!
On October 4, the City of Pacifica transmitted the Consultation Draft of the Local Coastal Program (LCP) to the California Coastal Commission (CCC), starting a consultation period between the two agencies. The consultation period has ended and the CCC's staff has reviewed and commented on the Consultation Draft.

The City will need to consider the CCC staff's comments before bringing the LCP forward for adoption in early-2020. The comments have requested various changes to the Consultation Draft, which the City developed after an extensive public engagement process on land use, environmental resource protection, sea level rise (SLR) adaptation, and other important topics. We encourage you to read the CCC staff's comments on the LCP Consultation Draft and let us know what you think.

Your input is valuable as the Plan Pacifica process continues to move forward. As noted above, the City will consider the LCP for adoption in early-2020 starting with a public hearing at the Planning Commission on January 20. An additional hearing will be held at City Council, most likely in February, and we will announce the specifics early next year.

For now, please review the Consultation Draft and associated comments from the CCC staff. Send your comments to Associate Planner Bonny O'Connor by January 3.

Please also consider reviewing and commenting on the Existing Conditions Report (ECR) for the Sharp Park Specific Plan and participating in an online survey about the Sharp Park area. Your input will help us as we progress with creating a new Sharp Park Specific Plan. The ECR comment period and online survey opportunities run through December 8.

We appreciate your help to Plan Pacifica!
Curious about what the City has been up to?
This list of Significant Citywide Accomplishments lays out accomplishments by City Departments over the last fiscal year. Many of these accomplishments reflect progress towards City Council Goals:
  • Fiscal Sustainability
  • A Connected Community
  • Stewardship of City Infrastructure
  • A Healthy and Compassionate Community
  • Preserve and Enhance Natural Resources
  • A Strong Workforce Infrastructure
  • Maintaining a Safe Community

Other accomplishments are related to the City Council Prioritized Projects and Initiatives for the year. The many other accomplishments reflect the day-to-day programs and services provided by the City. 
Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Mitigation Fee Act Annual Report of Development Fees
Scheduled for adoption at City Council Meeting on December 9, 2019
The Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Mitigation Fee Act Annual Report of Development Fees, dated June 30, 2019 is available for public review here .

This report is scheduled to be adopted at the regular City Council Meeting on December 9, 2019.
Pedro Point Headlands Trail Community Meeting
Thu, Dec 12th 6-8pm | Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr
Public Meeting to Discuss Preliminary Design Alternatives for the Pedro Point Headlands Trail.

After collecting public feedback at various pop-ups and an online survey, the Coastal Conservancy, with the assistance of their consultant, TrailPeople, will be hosting a meeting to present recommended trail designs and alignments for the Pedro Point Headland Trail based on public feedback.

Additional material is posted to the website including a summary of the community engagement conducted and survey responses, as well as a review of existing conditions and opportunities and constraints.

Join us if you can!

Why: To present and discuss preliminary design and alignment ideas
When: December 12, 2019 6pm-8pm
Where: Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr, Pacifica, CA 94044
Share your input on the Bicycle & Pedestrian Draft Plan

The draft plan for Pacifica’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is available for public comment on the project website, Visit the website and use the interactive document viewer to view the details on the draft plan and offer comments. Public comment on the draft plan is open until December 11, 2019. The Pacifica Public Works Department values the input of all Pacifica residents and appreciates everyone’s participation during this process.
Sharp Park Specific Plan – Public Input Opportunities

Work has been progressing on the Sharp Park Specific Plan, which is part of the Plan Pacifica process to establish Pacifica’s vision for the future. Our first product is an Existing Conditions Report, or ECR, which we just released for public review and comment. The ECR describes the Sharp Park area on topics like architectural design, parking, walkability, and historic resources. Preparing the ECR was an important first step to understand the neighborhood’s existing strengths and challenges. Now we need your help to make sure we didn’t miss anything!

The Planning Commission will discuss the ECR on November 18 ( agenda and staff report). You can attend and offer comments on the ECR at the meeting. You can also submit comments online or via email to City staff. Please also take our online survey where you can help us learn more about your experiences in the Sharp Park area using an interactive map.

Provide your input on the ECR and Online Survey by December 8 to help us Plan Pacifica!
Be Safe this Thanksgiving
A Message from North County Fire Authority
Pacifica Library Project
Did you know that Pacifica’s libraries are the oldest – and smallest – in the San Mateo County Library system? That’s why we developed plans to repair our beloved Sanchez branch and develop a new, modernized Sharp Park Library. Learn more here.

Sharp Park Berm Improvement Project
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has begun an exciting improvement project to the Sharp Park Berm, which runs alongside the back of the Sharp Park Golf Course. Anticipated dates for key milestones are listed below. As with all such projects, these dates are only approximations.

This is not a City of Pacifica project and all questions related to it should be directed to the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, who can be reached by calling (415) 831-2700.

  • Project has been mobilized.
  • Following the Labor Day Holiday, erosion control fabric and site furnishings will be installed
  • In October, footings and installation of the beach access ramp and stairway will begin
  • Grading and trail paving at the trailhead off of Beach and Clarendon Rd. will likely occur towards end of November to mid-December
  • Construction activities should be complete by end of 2019

Note: A detour route will be available to allow pedestrians to access the berm during trail work and all phases of construction.
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.

  • Head Swim Coach - Open until filled
  • Child Care Aide/Child Care Associate Teacher – Open until filled
  • Lifeguard I/II – Open until filled
  • Recreation Leader I-V – Open until filled
  • Police Officer – Open until filled
  • Senior Services Bus/Van Driver – Open until filled
Nov 27 @ 5pm through Nov 29 – City Offices CLOSED for the Thanksgiving holiday. City Offices will be closed beginning at 5pm on Wednesday, November 27 and will reopen for normal business hours beginning Monday, December 2.

Dec 2 – Planning Commission Meeting 7pm | Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. The Agenda will be available here.

Dec 4 – Beautification Advisory Committee 6pm | Planning Conference Room, 1800 Francisco Blvd. The Agenda will be available here.

Dec 6–7Holiday Extravaganza Weekend | Pacifica Community Center

Dec 8 – 13th Annual Meals on Wheels Holiday Silent Auction 4-7pm |205 Rockaway Beach Ave, Ste #1
Dec 8 – Rockaway Tree Lighting Festival 4-7pm | Rockaway Beach Plaza

Dec 12 – Pedro Point Headlands Trail Community Meeting 6-8pm | Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr

Dec 23 through Jan 1, 2020 – City Offices CLOSED for Christmas and New Year's holidays. City Offices will reopen for normal business hours beginning Thursday, January 2, 2020.
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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