Monthly Archives: February 2010

Pacifica Declares Local State Of Emergency

City manager Stephen Rhodes declared a state of emergency Wednesday to help building owners affected by cliff erosion seek low-interest loans to cover expensive bluff repair work. Pacifica City Councilwoman Mary Ann Nihart explained the decision:

We’re not in a position right now where our streets or utilities are going to be immediately at risk, but we wanted to help the property owners as much as possible.

The city’s proclamation covers an the area from Manor Drive to Muscle Rock on Palmetto Ave., and must be approved at various governmental levels up to and including the Governor. If approved, it would allow: owners to apply for low-interest Small Business Administration loans; and, additional work to be undertaken immediately without the Coastal Commission’s approval.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has repeatedly denied the Esplanade area’s elibility for aide due to the threat being to only private property, and to long-standing pre-existing conditions.

Sources:

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/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Evil… Bright… Yellow thing!!!

An old joke, well told: User Friendly cartoon for Feb 17, 2010 - Click to visit UserFriendly.org

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#3891: NAUGHTS OR AUGHTS

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                              AND END THIS STUPID DISCUSSION BEFORE IT STARTS

via #3891: NAUGHTS OR AUGHTS.

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Townes Van Zandt in Heartworn Highways – Waitin’ Around To Die (Video)

Watch the guy with the hat as he listens to this song. Brought tears to my eyes.

This is an excerpt from the documentary Heartworn Highways (IMDB, Wikipedia). From Wikipedia:

Heartworn Highways is documentary film by James Szalapski whose vision captured some of the founders of the Outlaw Country movement in Texas and Tennessee in the last weeks of 1975 and the first weeks of 1976.  The film was not released theatrically until 1981.

The documentary covers singer-songwriters whose songs are more traditional to early folk and country music instead of following in the tradition of the previous generation. Some of film’s featured performers are Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, David Allan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Gamble Rogers, Steve Young, and The Charlie Daniels Band. The movie features the first known recordings of grammy award winners Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell who were quite young at the time and appear to be students of mentor Guy Clark. Steve Earle was also a big fan of Van Zandt at the time.

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Two More Property Owners Take Action

According to today’s KGO-TV 7 (ABC) story Crumbling cliff in Pacifica prompts new precautions, two more owners are taking action to delay or stop the erosion that threatens their properties along the bluffs in Pacifica.

  • Lands End is reported to have received a permit to build a rock rip rap wall at the base of the bluff below their property. (Story does not say but I presume it was an emergency permit granted by the Coastal Commission.)
  • Work is also reported to be starting at Joan Levin’s home, north of Esplanade on Palmetto Ave near Muscle Rock. According to the story crews are drilling 23, 50 feet deep holes and planting in reinforcing steel and concrete columns. I’m not sure why this owner is NOT having a rock rip rap wall built below her propery. Tony Fortunato described the work:

To buy her time, it’s not a total fix, what it is buying her time. Hopefully in a couple of years they can make a decision. She has a lot of property here, she can move back. They are talking about moving to a house down the road possibly – something like that.

Meanwhile I have heard that the owner of 310 & 320 Esplanade will have bluff reinforcement work begin on his properties shortly.

No word on the status of the Pacific View Villas condo complex on Palmetto Ave.

More on Dollar Radio (Dollaradio)

Joan Levin owns a historic home just north of Pacific View Villas condo complex on Palmetto Ave. The property was once site of Mussel Rock, 6XBB: Dollar Radio (Dollaradio), an early radio communication site with many notable “firsts” in communications with ships in the Pacific. The original tiny 20 feet square wooden structures were replaced with red brick buildings in about 1930. The two 225+ foot tall towers were demolished in the 40’s, but one brick building lives on as part of the residence.

Joan Levin has established (or is still working to establish) a non-profit foundation to underwrite the rescue of the Doallardio property. More information:

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

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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Moscow-Vladivostok on the Trans Siberian Railway: virtual journey on Google Maps

One of my favorite parts of working in New York was commuting on the Erie-Lackawanna Railway. I mention that because this post is about train stuff, and I just wanted to admit up front that I’m total fan. (And I know that Erie-Lackawanna went belly up in 1972 and was ultimately merged into Conrail.)

A new web project for train nuts: a trip on the Trans Siberian Railway. Real time, not excerpts or highlights, with track noise, music or spoken audio, all the way from from Moscow to Vladivostok.

Moscow-Vladivostok: virtual journey on Google Maps:

The great Trans Siberian Railway, the pride of Russia, goes across two continents, 12 regions and 87 cities. The joint project of Google and the Russian Railways lets you take a trip along the famous route and see Baikal, Khekhtsirsky range, Barguzin mountains, Yenisei river and many other picturesque places of Russia without leaving your house. During the trip, you can enjoy Russian classic literature, brilliant images and fascinating stories about the most attractive sites on the route. Let’s go!

You don’t have to take the whole 9226 km trip, of course. You can jump to scenic and famous landmarks as you like.

Best part for me so far: playing the trip video that shows the right side passenger’s view, and selecting satellite view in the lower video. The website synchronizes the two views so you can see buildings, rivers and bridges from above as the train passes them.

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No further damage to Pacifica cliffs


Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kristiewells/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The high surf was the headline this weekend. Also this weekend workers took a well-deserved rest and there’s word that work will begin behind 320 Esplanade and Lands End may receive a permit to begin work soon. There has no news regarding the properties north of Lands End along Palmetto Avenue.

High Surf

The Mavericks Surf competition saw waves over 40 feet tall, but at Esplanade, away from the uniquely ramped sea-floor topology at the break, the waves were a much more manageable 18 to 20 feet. Even combined with high tide, the waves washed harmlessly at the 30+ foot tall rock rip rap revetment at the base of the Esplanade bluffs.

Current and Future Work Along Esplanade

Referring to the buildings and the work of the team he is overseeing, Tony Fortunato said

They held up well. We have most of the flashing in under the cliff, now, but not the finishing coat.

Fortunato expects to begin similar work beneath the apartments of 320 Esplanade in the near future.

They’re at the point where the other apartments were when they needed work.

Lands End

According to the KGO-TV 7 (ABC) story No further damage to Pacifica cliffs (2/15/2010) the owners of Lands End are close to receiving a permit from the California Coastal Commission for work beneath their crumbling cliffs, as well. At this point I do not know what would cause any delay, since the Coastal Commission has seemed to turn around emergency permit applications quickly.

Note that the text on the KGO-TV web page is current as of February 15th, but the video is old and dates back to January 25th.

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

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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Tentacles are for Hugging

Make your own Valentine’s Day card – download printable graphics from dabbled.org.

via Lauging Squid

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California Coastal Commission Meeting Feb 10, 2010

Frames grabbed from the video of the California Coastal Commission Meeting Feb 10, 2010. You can see the agenda with links to the corresponding segment of the archive video here. You can see a list of all of the archived videos on the CAL-SPAN Coastal Commission Archive page.

Highlights of the meeting:

  • 310-330 Esplanade Esplanade, Pacifica. Emergency Permits. For full details see my post Emergency Permits Approved for 320, 330 and 360 Esplanade
  • Blurry plan of soil nail wall design
  • 330 Esplanade photo showing full height of bluff covered in shot crete
  • Lands End coastline diagram showing bluff line from 1943, 1965, 1973, 2005 (?), 2010. Shows the encroachment on building 112 clearly.

Click any picture to see a larger version. Click the left or right side of a picture for the next in the set.

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:
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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RECYCLED RUBBER DOORMAT “ENTER” KEY

RECYCLED RUBBER DOORMAT “ENTER” KEY (product page)

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Mavericks IS ON for Saturday, February 13th

The Maverick’s Surf contest is ON for Saturday, February 13th. See MavericsSurf for details and live streams. The first heats are scheduled from 8:00 AM on.

Why We Care

Here’s the Surf Height Forecast from StormSurf.com. Note the peak of 30′ on Saturday February 13th:

The impact along Esplanade Ave could be significant:

    6.2 feet : height of high tide
  +  30 feet : forecast wave maximum height on Feb 13
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   36.2 feet : combined height of seas plus tide

OK, how about that rip rap rock piled along the base of 320 and 330 Esplanade?

     31 feet : height of rip rap rock along the base of 320 and 330 Esplanade Ave

You can do the last bit of math for yourself, I'm sure!

Our hopes and best wishes go out to the folks who still live and own property in harm’s way. We’ve moved a little bit inland, though still in the neighborhood.

(See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:
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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Simon’s Cat ‘Snow Business’ (Parts 1 and 2)

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