Monthly Archives: January 2010

Weekend Wrap-Up (Thursday to Sunday, January 21 to 24, 2010)

Weekend Wrap-Up (Thursday to Sunday, January 21 to 24, 2010)

  • 320 Esplanade imperiled. On Thursday the cement walkway, safety railing and bluff behind 3 apartments in 320 Esplanade collapsed into the surf. Pacifica’s Doug Rider, Chief Building Official, “red tags” the building as unsafe and residents are evicted… from just the affected apartments. (A total of 6 units were vacated: 3 on the first floor, and 3 on the second floor).
  • We move out, but don’t go far. Enough’s enough. Enough of losing the safety margin behind the apartment and enough of early morning pounding on the door. See the scary pictures and our personal time-line.
  • Owners decided to save 330 Esplanade. On Sunday the San Francisco Chronicle’s website SFGate reported that the owners decided to ante up the > $1 million needed stabilize the full height of the bluff, Spectators riveted as Pacifica buildings teeter. Questions remain about whether the owner of 330 Esplanade will sign on for similar work behind his building, and whether he can without forcing the evacuation of the remaining residents.
  • Storms continue, but without the 20+ foot surf that threatened the bluff.
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Quote For The Day – George Washington and Party Disputes


Much indeed to be regretted, party disputes are now carried to such a length, and truth is so enveloped in mist and false representation, that it is extremely difficult to know through what channel to seek it. This difficulty to one, who is of no party, and whose sole wish is to pursue with undeviating steps a path which would lead this country to respectability, wealth, and happiness, is exceedingly to be lamented. But such, for wise purposes, it is presumed, is the turbulence of human passions in party disputes, when victory more than truth is the palm contended for.”
George Washington, in a letter to Timothy Pickering, July 27, 1795.

via The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

from Quote For The Day.

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Why We Left 320 Esplanade (Photo Gallery)

We were not required to evacuate 320 Esplanade but decided to leave once we saw the scary state of the remaining bluff behind the building.

See these pictures on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/sets/72157623145272267/detail/

All of my pictures on the Esplanade evacuations:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade.
http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

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Thursday 01/21/10 – 320 Esplanade partially red-tagged and we move out

5:15 or so Thursday morning: a knock at the door, “the bluff had fallen away from the back of 320 Esplanade.” Sleepy, worried, we wondered: do we need to leave now? Then we saw that the ice plant-covered bluff, railing and cement walkway had entirely fallen away from behind the three apartments closest to the vacant, red-tagged building at 330 Esplanade. [See for yourself, Why We Left 320 Esplanade (Photo Gallery).] No question in our minds… even if Doug Rider, Chief Building Official of the city of Pacifica, told us we could stay – we were done. Enough of worrying if the cliff would fall away each night as we went to bed.

Thursday 1/21/2010 Chronology of events, as well as we remember them:

  • Approximately 3:00 AM Friday a lot of the bluff fell away into the rock and surf.
  • 6:00 AM – we get out back to see for ourselves. 45 feet of cement walkway and railing are gone. Since the apartments were 15′ wide, this meant just about exactly 3 apartments-worth of bluff + railing + cement had fallen. Later we heard that 60 to 80 feet total may have fallen but from just our vantage just above the bluff it’s actually hard to tell.
  • I have pictures of the broken railing and missing bluff, and will update this post when I get them uploaded. UPDATE: Pictures are here, Why We Left 320 Esplanade (Photo Gallery).
  • 6:30 AM – voluntary evacuation. Residents of the apartments with the missing cement and railings should clear out. Since 320 Esplanade is two storeys, this meant that 6 apartments should be vacated. We’re not in any of those apartments, but close.
  • 7:30 AM – we’re packing and discussing the situation. We decide once we realize that we’ve had enough of surprises and diminishing safety margins. Calls go out to the moving company that we had on stand-by and friends.
  • Approximately 8:00 to 11:00. PG&E concerned about a pipe rupture wants to shut down service to the entire building. A way is found to shut off just the affected part of the building, and gas is left on for the rest of the building. Apparently if the gas had been shut off, then the entire building would have been red-tagged.
  • 9:00 AM – the rental office at a close-by complex opens. Good news! The apartment we had liked best when we had done all of our looking and exploring back in late December was still available.
  • Approximately 9:00 to 11:00 – Doug Rider, Chief Building Official of the city of Pacifica, changes the voluntary evacuation to a mandatory one. Red tags are a fixed to all 6 doors.
  • An aside: we were incredulous about this decision. It made as much sense to us as would being “a little bit pregnant”. Our only explanation for this is that the engineers and city must plan to monitor the situation so closely that residents will be warned before anything bad can happen.
  • 11:00 – our movers arrive and we start boxing and moving.
  • Of course the time line continued well into Thursday night since we had to box everything, take two trips with the truck, and figure out what to do with a 30 year old but sweet-sounding, well loved piano.

All of my pictures on the Esplanade evacuations:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade.
http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

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Earth Shots » Cathedral Park by Yvonne Mestre

Cathedral Park by Yvonne Mestre

Cathedral Park by Yvonne Mestre. The arched concrete supports of the St Johns Bridge form “Cathedral Park” in Portland, Oregon

Earth Shots » Cathedral Park by Yvonne Mestre. Yvonne Mestre website.

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They Have Come To An Understanding

Number 1584: They Have Come To An Understanding

From Questionable Content: New comics every Monday through Friday by Jeph Jacques. From Jeph’s FAQ:

I heard you make a living off of this comic. How does that work?
I DO make a living off of the comic. QC has supported my wife and I since September of 2004. We sell merchandise and ad space on the website.

So visit the Questionable Content Store and buy stuff!

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Continued to Stand Fast – January 20

Despite rain, hail, winds and surf the buildings along Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica continued to stand fast. Attention shifted to the dramatic and photogenic grassy area north of the buildings, but residents are unconcerned with that.

  • KPIX-TV 5 (CBS) Pacifica Cliff Holding Up Despite Storms
  • Tattered tarp. Although engineers had reassured residents and the press that neither ground water nor rain were significant causes of erosion for the raw and newly exposed bluff behind 330 Esplanade, crews final preparations for this weeks storms was to drape the bluff with 80′ tarps. Those tarps are now in tatters and the bluff entirely exposed.
  • Media reported that owners decided today they are going to apply for an emergency permit to put boulders at the base of this cliff across from the Lands End apartment in an attempt to halt the erosion of the grassy area I call the dog park. Apparently they hope to get started by the end of the week. They are concerned the entire walkway will fall into the ocean.
  • From the blog the pelican eye, Pacifica bluff continues to recede: 1/20/10, came this photo:

    Photo by Sabrina Brennan. Click here for more images.
  • KTVU-TV 2 (Fox): PACIFICA: Driving Rain Batters Cliffs As Another 10 Feet Crumble Into The Sea [John Fowler] – Video. Brief, dramatic shot at about 53 seconds of the black tarps draped behind 330 Esplanade whipped up into the air above the building.
  • Meanwhile just 100 yards south of my office was this, from KGO-TV 7 (ABC) Creek overflow floods Peninsula businesses. Lucky for me the overflowing creek came no further north than this underpass.

This post is part of my coverage of the cliff erosion and collapse at 330 Esplanade Ave, Pacifica. For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade. You can see all of the pictures I’ve taken along Esplanade on Flickr at Evacuations at 330 Esplanade.

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How to price your work | greyscalegorilla/blog

How to price your work | greyscalegorilla/blog.

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Don’t Confuse The “Music Industry” With The “Record Industry”

From musicthinktank.com What are the ‘Music Industries’?

The term ‘music industry’ is a misnomer. In reality the ‘music industry’ is not one industry, it is several independent industries. This is an important distinction because if we say that there is a “crisis in the music industry” it suggests an equal amount of misfortune for everyone (musicians, the recording industry, the live-music industry, Internet radio, etc.) and in fact this not true. Misuse of the term ‘music industry’ distorts the reality of the situation. For example…

Read the rest of the article for a good argument against using the term “music industry”.

Is the music industry in trouble? Yes, but only if you conflate “major label” with “music industry”. Likewise is radio in trouble? And again the answer seems to be “yes” if you really mean radio consolidators like Clear Channel or Cumulus.

In reality I think it’s easier than it has ever been for musicians to find an audience and get heard. I also don’t think it’s any harder than it ever was to make money as a musician – – it’s still just this side of impossible!

As far as radio goes NPR and news / talk radio point the way to profitability: relevance and audience engagement. Local content for a local community, and a web strategy that’s central to the station’s presence and not just a live stream. For music radio there’s a fantastic experiment going on right now in our (San Francisco) market at Live 105:

Jelli radio SUNDAYS 10pm – Midnight: Be a part of 100% listener-controlled radio. No suits. No DJs. No kidding. You decide what plays on LIVE 105 on Sunday nights. Use the web to control the airwaves…

(Link to musicthinktank.com from the excellent “music 2.0” informative blog hypebot Don’t Confuse The “Music Industry” With The “Record Industry”.)

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Still Standing – Esplanade @ 7PM on Jan 19

Good news so far, and some sense of relief and confidence as we look to the next several days.

  • San Francisco Examiner, sfexaminer.com, Crumbling Pacifica cliff holding up in storm. Despite this week’s series of storms, including a powerful one Tuesday morning, project superintendent Fortunato said the cliff has not eroded further. “Right now we’re doing okay,” he said. “The storm today didn’t do any damage. We’re going to keep an eye on it.”
  • KPIX-TV 5 (CBS) Pacifica Cliff Holding Up Despite Storms.
  • KGO-TV 7 (ABC), Series of storms bring erosion concerns to bluffs. Despite the title and lead-in of this piece, the “news” is just that the dog park had further erosion. Later in the video they mention using soil nails to stabilize the top of the bluff beneath 330 Esplanade. We’d sure like someone in the media to give us a good accounting of the decisions made regarding next steps along Esplanade Ave!

This post is part of my coverage of the cliff erosion and collapse at 330 Esplanade Ave, Pacifica. For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade. You can see all of the pictures I’ve taken along Esplanade on Flickr at Evacuations at 330 Esplanade.

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Blue Moon Medicine – January 15, 2010 (photo gallery)

See this post on Adequatebird.com: Blue Moon Medicine – January 15, 2010 (photo gallery)

See these pictures on Flickr: Blue Moon Medicine – January 15, 2010

See all of my Blue Moon Medicine pictures (Flickr): Blue Moon Medicine (collection)

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