CONNECT WITH PACIFICA
Greetings!

As you have probably heard, there is the likelihood of another PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) beginning sometime on Saturday, 10/26. As I’m writing this, the certainty and/or timing has not been confirmed by PG&E, therefore I encourage you to sign up for direct notifications to your mobile device through SMC Alert so you have the most current and accurate information. The SMC Alert service, which you can customize to the areas you want to be notified about, is also a valuable information resource as we head into winter storm season. You can also find out if your service may be impacted by a Public Safety Power Shutoff event by entering your address on this website.

Despite potential power shut-offs, this weekend’s fun Spooktacular event at the Community Center by the Parks, Beaches, and Recreation Department will still happen (with backup generator power, if necessary). Also on Saturday during the day, the San Mateo County Historical Association is celebrating Ohlone Day and the Sanchez Adobe Interpretive Center Opening from 10:30am-3:30pm, which promises to be a fun and educational celebration! And next Saturday, November 2, is the big Ohlone-Portola Heritage Day at the Community Center.

Another exciting upcoming event will be the ribbon cutting for the Jean F. Fassler Parking Lot at the end of Fassler Avenue on Wednesday, 10/30, at 3:00pm. This new parking lot will make it more convenient to explore the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Sweeney Ridge trails. And speaking about GGNRA, don’t forget that comments about their proposed new trail regulations are due by Monday, October 28.

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!

Sincerely,
KEVIN WOODHOUSE
City Manager
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
16th Annual Spooktacular
October 26th-27th 4:30pm | Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr
San Mateo County Ohlone Heritage Day
Saturday, October 26th 10:30am-3:30pm
Sanchez Adobe Historic Site, 1000 Linda Mar Blvd
The San Mateo County Historical Association will join with San Mateo County officials to celebrate a new interpretive center at the Sanchez Adobe Historic Site. The day’s activities will be highlighted by special salutes to the first people who lived at the site, the Aramai of the Ramaytush Ohlone village of Pruristac.

Schedule of Events
  • 10:30am  Activities for the whole family demonstrating craft skills of the Ohlone
  • 12:30pm  Ribbon cutting for the new Interpretive Center by San Mateo County officials
  • 1:00pm  Ohlone speakers will discuss the story of their people (more suitable for adults).

Visit the San Mateo County Historical Association's website for more information.
Ohlone Portolá Heritage Day
Sat, November 2nd 10am-3pm | Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr
CITY NEWS
Bicycle & Pedestrian Draft Plan OUT NOW!
The draft plan for Pacifica’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan has been released for public comment on the project website, www.WalkBikePacifica.com. 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 November 22, 2019. The Pacifica Public Works Department values the input of all Pacifica residents and appreciates everyone’s participation during this process.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area 
The National Park Service is seeking your input!
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The National Park Service has released a written compilation of regulatory restrictions established by the park superintendent ( The GGNRA Superintendent’s 2019 Compendium Update). This document will impact federal parkland in Pacifica including Mori Point, Sweeny Ridge, and Milagra Ridge.

The new regulations pertain to dog walking, biking, e-bikes, and equestrian use, among other pubic use issues. Pacifica residents are encouraged to review the document and submit comments to GGNRA by October 28 th at goga_public_affairs@nps.gov.
YOU'RE INVITED! FASTER Bay Area Town Hall
Tuesday, October 29th 3:30pm OR 6pm
San Mateo County Transit District, 1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos
FASTER Bay Area is a coalition of Bay Area policy, government, business, transportation, and community leaders. We hope you will join us to discuss a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform our transportation system. Today our local transit network falls short of what we need, leaving driving as the only option for too many commuters. The results include the second most congested roads in the country and lives dominated by traffic. FASTER is based on the principle that the Bay Area deserves the freedom and opportunities we can get from a seamless, reliable, and easily accessible transit system.

The goal of FASTER is to raise $100 billion in the first 40 years, enough funding to develop such a transit system. This investment will provide more affordable transportation options, reduce climate pollution, and improve access to jobs and increase economic opportunity for low- and middle-income residents.

Right now, FASTER is engaged in an outreach process to all nine counties, getting input from transit professionals, elected officials and many others. The San Mateo County Transit District is joining FASTER in co-hosting a community forum so everyone has the chance to help shape this measure. Your feedback is critical. Please join us to discuss and shape the world-class transit system the Bay Area deserves at one of the two town halls planned in San Mateo County. Register here!

*BOTH SESSIONS WILL HAVE THE SAME CONTENT
Jean F. Fassler Parking Lot Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, October 30th 3pm | End of Fassler Ave; PARKING LIMITED
County Forensics Laboratory/Coroner's Open House
Wednesday, October 30th - 12-6pm | San Mateo
County Offers Free Recycling Event!
Sat, Nov 2nd 10am-2pm | Across from Pacifica Sharp Park Library
Pacificans Care Speakeasy Night
Saturday, November 2nd 7-11pm | Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr
Book Signing by Nick Neely,
Author of Alta California
Sun, Nov 3rd 1-3pm | Pacifica Coastside Museum, 1850 Francisco Blvd
In Alta California, Nick Neely chronicles his 650-mile trek from San Diego to Pacifica, following the route of the 1769 Spanish Expedition led by Gaspar de Portolá. Neely grew up in California, but realized how little he knew about its history. For twelve weeks he hiked through both rural and urban California following the route described in the diaries of members of the Expedition. Weaving natural and human history, Alta California relives his adventure and explores the evolution of California and its landscape. You can find more information about the event at the Pacifica Historical Society’s website.
Transportation Authority Online Virtual Town Hall
Monday, November 4th 2-3pm | ONLINE
The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) released its Draft Strategic Plan 2020-2024 on October 11, 2019. This plan will outline how the TA will make investment decisions over the next five years for the funds from Measures A and W that it is responsible for administering, including the process for how projects will be evaluated and prioritized. These decisions will have a major impact on transportation funding in this County.
 
Our agency has actively participated in the development of this Draft Plan and we hope you will take some time to review and comment. The Draft Plan and comment form are available here. Public comment closes on November 14, 2019.
 
The TA will also be presenting information on the Draft Plan at an online Virtual Town Hall on Monday, November 4, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. To register please click here.
Halloween Fire Safety Tips
Unhoused In Pacifica (UP) Task Force Has a Blog!
Have you seen a Coyote? Here’s What to Do
Coyote sightings are not rare in our area, and this may cause concern. However, according to the CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, coyotes are by nature fearful of humans. If you have seen coyotes near you, here are some helpful tips in dealing with them humanely: 
  • Keep your dogs and cats indoors at night and do not leave food bowls out overnight.
  • If confronted by a coyote, make loud noises and use negative reinforcement like yelling or throwing rocks in the animal’s direction.
  • Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
  • Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, chickens, etc.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
  • Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes.
 
Coyotes are like dogs and will remember how they got their last easy meal and will keep returning to get their next. Follow the tips above and ask your neighbors to follow them as well. Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. Let’s help keep them wild. To see more tips from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, see their brochure Living with California Coyotes.

This message is courtesy of the City of Brisbane. See their website for additional resources on the topic.
Mural Commemorating
250th Anniversary of the Portolá Expedition
The mural at the Pacifica Community Center is the first project following the passage of the new “Keep Pacifica Beautiful Through Public Art Program,” developed by the Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) and approved by the City Council earlier this year. The program works on a sponsorship model, in which interested community groups, businesses, neighborhoods, or individuals sponsor public art and/or murals in public areas.
 
The Pacifica Community Center, visible from Highway 1, has long been an area of interest for a mural project. On August 7, 2019, the BAC held a public hearing regarding the Community Center mural and sent notices to residents within a 500-foot radius from the Community Center. The BAC picked the location and subject of the mural. They also brought forward the artist, Jeffrey Wong, who met with members of the BAC, the public art/mural subcommittee, Rotary Club, and the City’s Public Works Department. The location of the mural was reviewed and the artist recommended painting on the building surface. The BAC considered all public comments and voted to proceed with the project. No appeals were filed during the appeal period. The Rotary Club of Pacifica is sponsoring the new mural, in conjunction with the Pacifica Historical Society, and is coordinated by the BAC.
 
On November 2, 2019, the City of Pacifica, in partnership with San Mateo County, the National Park Service at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and other agencies, will commemorate “Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Day,” a story of two people -- the indigenous population and their culture, and the arrival of the Spanish colonists. It was on November 4, 1769, that S panish captain Gaspar de Portola and his men first sighted San Francisco Bay, a defining event in California history, and one that has been recognized in Pacifica for decades.
 
The research for the mural’s content included review of written documents and conversation with Dr. Jonathan Cordero, chairman of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone and one of the last descendants of Ramaytush Ohlone, who resided along Calera Creek in the Rockaway quarry area.
 
Traveling north from San Diego and passing Monterey (the harbor they were seeking), the Portolá Expedition reached San Pedro Valley at the end of October 1769. On November 4, the Ramaytush-Ohlone trekked with them to the top of what we now call Sweeney Ridge revealing the expanse of the San Francisco Bay.
 
The meeting 250 years ago was friendly, with the Ramaytush-Ohlone providing aid to the explorers through food and knowledge. In subsequent years that changed due to the mission system and colonization.  "The Portolá expedition marked the beginning of the end for the Ohlone people and for California Indians along the coast from Sonoma to San Diego," said Dr. Cordero.
 
The mural depicts the abundance and natural beauty of the area that had been sustainably managed by the Ramaytush-Ohlone for centuries, and a time when two cultures came together peacefully.   

About the artist, Jeffrey Wong ( http://jeffreysmurals.com/ )
Jeffrey Wong is a local muralist based in Pacifica. As a surfer for almost 20 years, he gets most of his inspirations from the coastal environment. His style is elemental and down to earth; following the fog, clouds, ocean, greenery, and the waves. As an artist, he believes there is harmony between living beings and their Earth. Through the mural medium these messages of hope, love, and beauty can be easily shared with the audience.
The Mural's Theme
The theme of the mural is in recognition of the 250 th year sighting of San Francisco Bay by Spanish explorers in November 1769, which depicts the natural lush beauty and richness of wildlife in the area that was documented by the diarists on the expedition. An ill Spanish explorer is aided by others making the journey and those they meet, the indigenous Ramaytush Ohlone people, who helped the famished foot soldiers that were suffering from scurvy. 
The mural pictured above is separate piece that depicts an indigenous person in a canoe with spirit animals around the person. This mural may also be painted, depending on space availability.
 
For further information about the mural and the 250 th anniversary event :
or call the Pacifica Parks and Recreation Department at 650-738-7381
 
Pacifica Library Project!
There are exciting changes in the works for the Sharp Park Library! We hope to replace the current structure with a state-of-the art, full-service library branch that provides dedicated spaces for kids, families, and teens; more space for expanded collections; group study rooms; and technology updates. Sign up here to stay informed on Pacifica’s plans for our libraries: #PacificaLovesLibraries 

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.

  • Ranger – Closes 11/04/19
  • Child Care Teacher II/III – Closes 10/28/19
  • Police Captain – Closes 11/08/19
  • Maintenance Aide – 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
SAVE THE DATE
Oct 28 – City Council Meeting 7pm | Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd. The Agenda can be viewed here. You can also join us at the City Council meeting or  tune in to the meeting via Pacific Coast TV's live stream to hear more.

Oct 29 – FASTER Bay Area Town Hall 3:30pm OR 6pm | SM County Transit District, 1250 San Carlos Ave, San Carlos

Oct 30 – Jean F. Fassler Parking Lot Ribbon Cutting 3pm | End of Fassler Ave; PARKING LIMITED

Oct 30 – County Forensics Laboratory/Coroner's Open House 12pm-6pm | 50 Tower Rd, San Mateo

Nov 2 – Ohlone Portolá Heritage Day 10am-3pm | Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr

Nov 2 – Free Recycling Event 10am-2pm | Across from Pacifica Sharp Park Library

Nov 2 – Pacificans Care Speakeasy Night 7-11pm | Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr

Nov 3 – Book Signing by Nick Neely 1-3pm | Pacifica Coastside Museum, 1850 Francisco Blvd

Nov 4 – Transportation Authority Online Virtual Town Hall 2-3pm | ONLINE
 
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 home page. 

PRESS RELEASES

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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