Monthly Archives: January 2010

Avatar versus Pocahontas

This just popped up all over the Internet… or maybe I just noticed it.

Pocahontas in Space

James Cameron’s Pocahontas Avatar

and here, and here, and on You Tube.

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Origin68 T-Shirts – Human Being Black

Origin68 T-Shirts – Human Being Black, £18

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April 2009 Coastal Commission Permit Approval for Rip Rap

In a recent Pacifica Riptide article Coastal Commission: Esplanade Bluff and Riprap we get a link to the north central coast district Deputy Director’s report from April 10, 2009. The Deputy Director determined that installation of rock rip rap below 310 – 340 Esplanade did not require a coastal development permit… “because the development is necessary to protect life and public property or to maintain public services.”

As I read through the report (included below, or here Deputy Director’s Report, North Central Coast, April 10, 2009 (F3-4-2009), or go to the Riptide article for a link to the official PDF) these were some of the questions and issues that came to my mind:

  • This decision cleared the way for the work done last summer for 310 through 340. No rock was put down below 330, though.
  • Decision explicitly limits the work to “Phase 1” of an existing larger project applied for under regular calendar permit 2-03-018. (See CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL item #2 below.) I’ve searched all over, in the Coastal Commission website and out, and can’t find permit “2-03-018”. This is unfortunate since we’ve heard various players refer to “Phase 2” without having it defined.

(NOTE: 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 photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade.)

Here is an excerpt from the Deputy Director’s report:

EMERGENCY PERMITS

1. 2-09-002-G Millard Tong; Farshid Samsami; C/O San Mateo Real Estate & Construction, Inc., Attn: Dennis Thomas (Pacifica, San Mateo County)

REPORT OF EMERGENCY PERMITS

The Executive Director has determined that the following developments do not require a coastal development permit pursuant to Section 13142 of the California Code of Regulations because the devlopment is necessary to protect life and public property or to maintain public services.
Applicant
Project Description
Project Location
2-09-002-G
Millard Tong
Farshid Samsami
C/O San Mateo Real Estate
& Construction, Inc., Attn:
Dennis Thomas
Installation of approximately 6,000 tons of rock rip rap at the toe of the bluff. Rock will be stockpiled on City-owned property at intersection of Esplanade Ave. and West Manor Road. Access to the beach for installation will occur from the same City property. 310 – 340 Esplanade Avenue, Pacifica (San Mateo County)

Following is the relevant content from the Deputy Director’s report.

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Aerial Photos of 330 Esplanade in 1972 and 2009

Dave Blackman, DB Construction, sent in this amazing photo from 1972 showing the bluffs in front of the buildings on Esplanade, including a paved coastal trail, and an entire white-building that is already gone. (Click the image for a larger size)

Photo Credit: David Blackman, DB Construction

Compare that with an aerial photo from the California Coastal Records Project taken Thu Oct 1 15:02:37 2009. (See the full size image, as well adjacent images to the north and south (and indeed, the entire California coast) on the California Coastal Records Project website.)

California Coastal Records Project. Copyright © 2009 Kenneth & Gabrielle Adelman. All rights reserved.

(NOTE: 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 photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade.)

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Leonard Cohen – Suzanne (video)

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Collapse behind 320 Esplanade

12:00 Midnight Saturday December 2, 2009. In a report at about 5:00 PM Saturday  Local news KTVU Channel 2 picked up on the substantial new cliff fall I mentioned earlier in the day, and added some useful additional details. The key points were:

  • This took place behind 320 Esplanade, the building next door to the one that had been evacuated.
  • Residents and neighbors were worried but the chief engineer was not overly concerned. “We didn’t want to see it go. We were hoping that it wouldn’t but it did and it’s not really the end of the world at this point…looks worse than it is,” said Tony Fortunato and engineer with Engineered Soil Repairs. Fortunato said, unlike the condemned apartment building, enough cliff-side still remained behind the neighboring building.
  • Nevertheless, it was significant. According to the report, approximately a ten by thirty foot long section of cliff-side collapsed.

See the KTVU report for details: Huge Chunk Of Pacifica Cliff-Side Falls In Ocean.

(NOTE: 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 photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade.)

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More Earth Falls Away from 330 Esplanade

Alarming and sad news from Pacifica Riptide, Cliffhanger: Esplanade Continues to Crumble. Since yesterday an additional large section of earth has dropped away from the north end of 330 Esplanade.

In this image I’ve added dates and green and red circles to highlight the newly lost dirt. Click the image for a larger size. See the Pacifica Riptide item for the original full-size images.

A big THANK YOU to Pacifica Riptide for the original images!

This post is one part of my on-going coverage of this emergency. See my complete coverage at Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade and a lot more photos than I included here in a Flickr collection.

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Friday January 1, 2010 – Additional Fall Behind 330 Esplanade

Friday January 1, 2010

Alarming and sad news from Pacifica Riptide, Cliffhanger: Esplanade Continues to Crumble. Since yesterday an additional large section of earth has dropped away from the north end of 330 Esplanade.

In this image I’ve added dates and green and red circles to highlight the newly lost dirt. Click the image for a larger size. See the Pacifica Riptide item for the original full-size images.

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