Monthly Archives: April 2010

Evacuation Order for 320 Esplanade

On Thursday April 29 the owner and few remaining residents of 320 Esplanade received from Pacifica a Notice of Violation / Substandard and Dangerous Building, Orders to Vacate and Repair and a deadline of Sunday May 2nd, 11:00 PM, to vacate the building. For details on the notice see my post Orders to Vacate and Repair – 320 Esplanade.

City officials from the Planning and Development Department who ordered residents to vacate the building reportedly did so out of seismic concerns, rather than for erosion caused by surf or ground-water. Residents and observers have known that the loss of the protective bluff left the building in a precarious state. Apparently the latest engineering reports called into question the viability / practicality of replacing the bluff in order to make the buildings safe.

Media coverage:

“At this point, no one can be certain that the buildings would be safe in an earthquake,” said Pacifica City Engineer Doug Rider. “Two weeks ago, they lost ten more feet of bluff between 320 and 330. It has undermined porches and foundations. If there were a large earthquake, sixty feet of bluff could fall right back to the street in an instant.”

The building, located at 320 Esplanade Ave., is next door to a property that was evacuated in December after the cliff supporting it began to fall away.

After residents evacuated 330 Esplanade Ave. in December, a private company began construction on a concrete wall to hold up the cliff. The wall was not completed due to financial constraints, Rider said. The building owners were responsible for financing the project and were unable to get supplemental money from federal agencies.

This week, rain washed away the sand behind the wall, causing it to crack and pull away from the cliff, Rider said. The building is now in danger of falling into the ocean.

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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Orders to Vacate and Repair – 320 Esplanade

Taped to the front door of each apartment of 320 Esplanade today was a”Notice of Violation / Substandard and Dangerous Building” from the City of Pacifica. Following is a transcription of the first page. If anyone has a copy of the full set of the documents for me, I’d be glad to post them.

April 29, 2010

Millard W. Tong, Trustee [Responsible Person]
Alicia W. Tong, Trustee [Responsible Person]
Revocable Living Trust [Property Owner]
1499A Terra Nova Blvd.
Pacifica, CA 94044

[Copy Via Fax / (650) 898-1552]

RE: Notice of Violation / Substandard and Dangerous Building
Orders to Vacate and Repair
320 Esplanade, Pacifica / APN: 009-413-020

Dear Responsible Persons and Property Owner:

VIOLATIONS AND DETERMINATION

This apartment building violates standards in Chapter 18 [Soils and Foundations] of the 2007 California Building Code as adopted by Section 8-1.01 of the Pacifica Municipal Code. Those violations are described in Appendix 1, which is attached hereto.

I have made the following determinations due to those violations and with additional consideration of the reports of RJR Engineering Group dated April 25, 2010 and Cotton, Shires and Associates dated April 23, 2010, copies of which are attached here to and incorporated by reference.

1. This apartment building is substandard.

Applicable Statute:

California Health & Saftey Code, Section 17920.3, which states, in pertinent part, as follows:

Any building or portion thereof including any dwelling unit, guestroom or suite of rooms, or the premises on which the same is located, in which there exists any of the following listed conditions to an extent that endangers the life, limb, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public

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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Wasteland Comic – Wallpapers

These are wallpapers provided by Wasteland comic artists Christopher Mitten, and Ben Templesmith.

Wasteland takes place one hundred years after the Big Wet, a disaster that destroyed most of the world as we know it. Half the world is now covered by poisonous, rising oceans. What dry land remains is a broken, infertile world of hard ground and harder living.

Into this world steps Michael, a scavenger who roams the wasteland, trading what he can salvage. But Michael’s latest find will change his life for ever — a machine that talks in a forgotten language, supposedly giving directions to the fabled land of A-Ree-Yass-I, where mankind’s downfall began.

Wasteland is post-apocalyptic science fiction / horror of the highest caliber. One of the few books that I absolutely must have each month!

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Reid Hillview Airport Day 2010

San Carlos Airport Association » Blog Archive » 6/26/10: RHV Airport Day.

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Petromax Multi-Fuel Lantern by BriteLyt

BriteLyt-Petromax Lantern

BriteLyt-Petromax Lantern

http://www.britelyt.com/

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Petromax Mantle lantern – Wikipedia

Article: Petromax

Image: File:Dfr px826.jpg – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Coleman – Dual Fuel Powerhouse 2-Burner Stove

Dual Fuel™ Powerhouse® 2-Burner Stove

Product page: Model No. 3000000459 Coleman – Dual Fuel Powerhouse 2-Burner Stove.

Dual Fuel™ Powerhouse® 2-Burner Stove, Model No. 3000000459

Search link to parts page. Diagram:

Parts and assemblies available as of 4/28/2010:

Item# QTY Part # Description Price
1 Temporarily Unavailable, In-Stock 5/8/2010 3000000454 FILLER CAP
2 Temporarily Unavailable, In-Stock 5/1/2010 242J5201 PUMP PLUNGER
3 414-6601 VALVE & GENERATOR ASSY. $25.89
4 Temporarily Unavailable 414-5621 Generator – will not fit on older 428 valve, order valve & generator (414-6601) for a 428 stove
5 Temporarily Unavailable 413D3461 Auxiliary Burner Assembly
6 R413-149T VALVE WHEEL $2.50
7 Temporarily Unavailable 425A3451 Master Burner Assembly
8 Temporarily Unavailable 413A5281 MANIFOLD
If the original manifold is replaced with the model 413A5281, the valve and generator on the tank must also be replaced with part number 426-6611. The original 413B6601 Valve & Generator is too large to fit into the 413A5281 manifold
9 414-3151 GRATE $6.75
10 414-5601 TANK COMPLETE
(does not include valve & generator assembly, valve wheel or generator)
$27.79
11 639-1091 PUMP CUP & CLIP $2.50
12 Temporarily Unavailable 413B4971 WIND BAFFLE SUPPORT
15 200-6381 CHECK VALVE & AIR STEM $2.50
99 118D6201 VALVE STEM PACKING $2.50
99 Temporarily Unavailable 530A5071 PUMP CLIP
99 Temporarily Unavailable 425-3451 BURNER CAPS & RINGS/FILLERS
99 Temporarily Unavailable 426-5021 FUEL TUBE
99 216-1091 NEOPRENE PUMP CUP $2.50
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Unicorn Meat

Boing Boing, Unicorn Meat.

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Lands End Ramp, Patio at 330 Esplanade

The beach ramp for moving rock and equipment down to the beach below the Lands End “dog park”, and, more pictures of the failing bluff-top patio between 330 and 320 Esplanade Ave. Pacifica, CA.

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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Work Intelligence Test

Savage Chickens – Cartoons on Sticky Notes by Doug Savage

via Work Intelligence Test.

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HTC Droid Incredible Coming on Verizon April 29

Video on YouTube.

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