Pacifica Council Agenda – Prior to the April 12, 2010 Meeting

Quite a bit of Esplanade-related activity is scheduled for consideration at Monday’s Pacifica City Council Meeting. Tip of the hat to Pacifica Riptide for drawing my attention to the Council Agenda with the post Gosh, Honey, You Bought Me a Crumbling Cliff?! You Shouldn’t Have!

Agenda details:

Aimco to Buy 330 Esplanade?

  • Scheduled for a closed session immediately before the Council Meeting is a conference with a “real property negotiator” regarding 330 Esplanade. In this case the negotiator is Pacifica City Manager Stephen Rhodes and three negotiating parties: City of Pacifica; 330 Esplanade, LLC; and, Aimco Esplanade Avenue Apartments, LLC. Description of this session from the agenda, in its entirety:

PURSUANT TO GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 54956.8 Conference with Real Property Negotiator. Discussion concerns price and terms of payment. Agency negotiator attending session: Stephen Rhodes. Negotiating parties: City of Pacifica and 330 Esplanade, LLC and Aimco Esplanade Avenue Apartments, LLC Property: APN 009-131-030.

  • Judging by the title of the post on Pacifica Riptide (Gosh, Honey, You Bought Me a Crumbling Cliff?! You Shouldn’t Have!) they seem concerned that Pacifica is planing to buy 330 Esplanade. This seems absurdly unlikely to me given the difficult financial situation in Pacifica. Instead, my inference is that Pacifica is in some way facilitating a deal between Aimco and the current owner of 330 Esplanade.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a legislative body of a local agency may hold a closed session with its negotiator prior to the purchase, sale, exchange, or lease of real property by or for the local agency to grant authority to its negotiator regarding the price and terms of payment for the purchase, sale, exchange, or lease.

However, prior to the closed session, the legislative body of the local agency shall hold an open and public session in which it identifies its negotiators, the real property or real properties which the negotiations may concern, and the person or persons with whom its negotiators may negotiate.

For purposes of this section, negotiators may be members of the legislative body of the local agency.

For purposes of this section, “lease” includes renewal or renegotiation of a lease.

Nothing in this section shall preclude a local agency from holding a closed session for discussions regarding eminent domain proceedings pursuant to Section 54956.9.

  • It does seem to apply to “purchase, sale, exchange, or lease of real property by or for the local agency.” Maybe I’m wrong and Pacifica really does want to own a near-ruined building?!
  • We have wondered where the money to finish the rehabilitation of 330 Esplanade’s property would come from. From the Aimco website: Aimco is a real estate investment trust headquartered in Denver, Colorado that owns and operates a geographically diversified portfolio of apartment communities.
  • Aimco owns 5 or more properties with 25 miles of Pacifica, and 3 in Pacifica proper (see map).

City Property Threatened by Erosion

  • A new proclamation of Local Emergency to be ratified on Monday describes:

severe cliff erosion, landslide, ground subsidence and failure of the revetment supporting the City’s storm drainage outfall structures at 380 and 400 Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica (see 04/12_2010 City Council Meeting Agenda PDF page 36)

  • This is the first time that a threat to City property has recognized by an emergency proclamation. We have long heard that City finances will start to flow if or when municipal assets are at risk, so we’re curious to see how this new chapter of the story develops.

Dollaradio Station (100 Palmetto Avenue) to be Designated Historic Landmark

  • In a follow-up to a resolution passed in the February City Council meeting (Weekend Update – February 22, 2010), an ordinance making Dollaradio an official Historic Landmark has been introduced.
  • Based on discussion at the February meeting, it appears the Historic Landmark designation will be granted in order to make it possible or easier for Joan Levin, the owner of Dollaradio, to find other sources of funding for the work to save her property.
  • Note that the work that has been done was considered temporary, granting only about another year of life to one or more of the buildings, and additional work is necessary for a more permanent fix.

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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Happenings at the Dog Park this Morning

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Visible and Invisible Progress Along Esplanade

Lands End

An excavator has appeared next to the closed coastal stairs in the open “dog park” area north of 310 Esplanade, and word is to expect an approximately 3-month project to shore up the bluff below Lands End, the driveway, and building 112. See pictures above (iPhone pictures – pretty good).

According to the permit approved by the Coastal Commission on February 16th, the plan is to cut a “road” down through the dog park to permit tracked vehicles and trucks to move rock down to the shoreline. Once the road is in place, a rock rip rap wall or revetment will be placed along the base of the bluff. No soil nail wall reinforcement or other work is planned. (For details see my post from March 11th, Emergency permits processed by Coastal Commission for 100 and 360 Esplanade.)

As I said back on March 7th (Work to Begin at Lands End?) a road down through the dog park is essential even if it will be steep or switch-backed, or both. So while we’ll lose a nice neighborhood asset, at least temporarily, we will gain some needed security and safety.

360 & 380 Esplanade (Aimco Apartments)

Equipment, including a nice tall crane, has been moved into the parking area between 360 and 380 Esplanade. In addition, scaffolding will be erected adjacent to the rocks on the bluff. Much more work is planned for these properties than at Lands End:

Installation of an approximately 3,240-square-foot, 50-foot-high soil nail wall along an approximately 40- foot-long section of the upper bluff consisting of (1) approximately 50-foot-long soil nails placed at 5-foot intervals in both the vertical and horizontal direction, (2) a facing element such as shotcrete with wire mesh reinforcement. and (3) drainage panels behind the wall facing.

(Text of the Commission’s permit approval, from my post on March 11th, Emergency permits processed by Coastal Commission for 100 and 360 Esplanade.)

100 Palmetto Avenue, Dollar Radio – Joan Levin

  • Work was done to install stitch piers and reinforcements above the coastal zone to halt hillside slides that threatened one or more structures on the property. I don’t know if it’s complete.

Pacifica View Villas

  • Notification of an emergency permit application for construction of a rock rip rap revetment, filed at the Coastal Commission for Pacifica View Villas, was posted at that property on March 21st. See Notice of Pending Permit – Pacifica View Villas HOA. I have not heard of any construction at that property yet.

310 Esplanade

  • North end of the building remained stable but precarious, with sporadic new reports of minor sand falls from the bluff.
  • I do not believe that there is a Coastal Commission permit for any work to be done on 310. The emergency permits approved for work along this part of Esplanade are restricted to 320, 330 and 360. (See Emergency Permits Approved for 320, 330 and 360 Esplanade)
  • The owner of 310 (and 320 Esplanade) does already have a permit application before the Coastal Commission for a complete restoration and reinforcement project, but as far as I know it has not been approved. (See April 2009 Coastal Commission Permit Approval for Rip Rap)

320 Esplanade

  • Six apartments of the south end (3 first floor, 3 second floor) remain red-tagged and vacant. The patios of the end units are hanging in space and undercut nearly to the foundation but the bluff face is drilled and stabilized with soil nails and a sprayed layer of shot crete.
  • No further work is planned for 320 Esplanade, as far as I know. Details are the same as for 310 Esplanade.

330 Esplanade

  • Entire building red tagged and vacant. No activity has been noticed at this address since the temporary anti-trespassing fencing was installed.
  • No permits for further work at 330 Esplanade have appeared on the Coastal Commission website, and there are no published or publically accessible plans that the City of Pacifica has indicated will enable residence to resume in the building.

340 Esplanade

  • North end of building stable, protected by rock rip rap placed early this year.
  • No indication of plans for additional work at this time.

350 Esplanade

  • Has not experienced threatening bluff erosion to date.

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 to Begin at 360 Esplanade

Residents of 360 Esplanade reported that on Friday March 19th they received notice that work would start this week on reinforcing the bluff to the north of 360 with soil nails. Further details:

  • Reportedly a crane will be assembled in front of 360 and operate in the driveway between 360 and 380.
  • In addition, scaffolding will be erected adjacent to the rocks on the bluff.
  • Work is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks.
  • The building management at 360 emphasized the importance of new No Trespassing signs that will be going up, and urged anyone who sees trespassers to call the building office or Pacifica police.

(360 Esplanade is highlighted in green on this map, an excerpt taken from the San Mateo County Assessor Maps Retrieval System.)

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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Notice of Pending Permit – Pacifica View Villas HOA

The Coastal Commission requires that applicants such as Pacific View Villas post a public notice of any permit they submit. This doesn’t mean that the permit will be approved, or that work will begin any time soon.

NOTICE OF PENDING PERMIT

Permit application for development on this site is pending before the California Coastal Commission.

Proposed Development: Reconstruction of the rock rip rap revetment at the base of (top) filled slope.

Location: 200-224 Palmetto Ave. Pacifica, CA 94044.

Applicant: Pacifica View Villas Home Owner Association; B. Willoughby Authorized Agent.

Date Notice Posted: 3-7-2010


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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Community Invited to Public Forum on Coastal Erosion

Community Invited to Public Forum on Coastal Erosion

From Pacifica Riptide: Coastal Erosion Forum @ Main Library, March 27

In Pacifica, as elsewhere along the 700 mile Coast of California, cliffs crumble and beaches wash away and return. Almost every year people are reminded that here along the San Mateo Coast, erosion averages 2 feet a year. But the process is not orderly and dramatic events often occur during El Nino years like the one we have experienced this winter.

On Saturday, March 27, Pacificans are invited to a Coastal Erosion Forum at 2 p.m. at Sharp Park Library on Hilton. Phone: (650) 355-5196. Please park on the street, not in the library parking lot, which is reserved for library patrons.

Opening the forum, USGS emeritus geologist Monty Hampton will present images of the Coast documented in Pacifica and other local communities. A coast resident and specialist in environmental marine geology, Hampton surveyed local coastal cliff retreats for many years as chief scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

The second part of the forum will highlight recent studies undertaken by Phillip Williams and Associates, Ltd for the Pacific Institute. As an environmental hydrologist and civil engineer, Pacifican Bob Battalio will consider how our beaches and cliffs may be affected in the future by the same physical processes operating today.

Charles Lester, Coastal Commission deputy director, will also be on hand if other responsibilities permit. The afternoon will close with questions and discussion.

The same story (identical text) appeared in the Pacifica Tribune on MercuryNews.com.

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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Contact Information for Agencies Involved in Bluff Erosion

Contact Information for Agencies Involved in Bluff Erosion
Original on Pacifica website. Following is the contact list as of March 11, 2010.

FEMA
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1111 Broadway, Suite 1200
Oakland, CA 94607-4052
Casey De Shong
510-627-7785
www.fema.gov
Casey.deshong@dhs.gov

California Coastal Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105-2219
Rudy Pap
415-904-5260
www.coastal.ca.gov
rpap@coastal.ca.gov

US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District
415-503-6702
usace.army.mil

Small Business Administration (SBA)
455 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94015-2420
415-744-6820
www.sba.gov


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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A message from Pacifica’s Mayor

By Sue Digre Mayor,
City of Pacifica
Posted: 03/11/2010 06:00:00 AM PST
Originally posted on the Pacifica Tribune: A message from Pacifica’s Mayor

The beginning of this new year has been fraught with numerous concerns, as you know.

Every government entity that can be involved is involved in researching the issues of the bluff erosion and lives and properties at stake.

Pacificans care for one another. One private residence, the former Dollaradio Station, is the site of the first transcontinental radio transmission.

Meanwhile, an economic crisis continues worldwide and certainly Pacifica and its residents are being affected.

San Mateo County Human Resources Dept has some offerings of assistance.

At a recent City Council meeting, Ken Kong of SMCWorks gave a presentation. There was an urgency for information and assistance. So I am also in contact with SCORE which helps business owners and entrepreneurs.

I did attend the Jobs Boot Camp sponsored by Congresswoman Jackie Speier. It was very positive for people out of work. Another Boot Camp will be offered soon. I have asked that it be in Pacifica.

The website for employment opportunities (check out the two pages) and for wage subsidies for employers is: smcworks@smchsa.org (650) 877-5627.

There are opportunities for parents, including for a non custodial parent, to attend free training in green jobs — please see the information on what’s new: Green Jobs Academy www.smchsa.org. The contact number is (650) 802-6433.

There may be green jobs training for youth as well.

Veteran’s can find information from various sources for Green Jobs and other assistance. When in doubt call Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Office directly or look at her website.

No matter where I go, I hear and read over and over again that economic hard times can give rise to great entrepreneurship. Small businesses are the backbone of America. I encourage all who have employment problems to take time to listen to your inner “dream” regarding work. SCORE and others are legendary for helping people create sound business plans. I am also hoping that there are three people in Pacifica who are committed to starting up a shuttle service.

I say three, as I think it is easier to run one shuttle route successfully. But Pacifica needs three. The three CEOs could then collaborate to ensure that their shuttle systems provide a “transfer” that can be used among them, so that Pacifica will have complete and seamless transportation. I believe the quality of life of our non-drivers and our economy, and our desire to get rid of Highway 1 gridlock need this ASAP.

May the information shared today help you or neighbors or a local business.

Pacificans do care for one another. And thank you for that.

— Sue Digre



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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Emergency permits processed by Coastal Commission for 100 and 360 Esplanade

Emergency permits processed by Coastal Commission for 100 Esplanade February 16, 2010 and 360 Esplanade March 3, 2001.

EMERGENCY PERMITS

  1. 2-10-007-G Land’s End Associates, Llc; Rjr Engineering, Attn: Robert Anderson (Pacifica, San Mateo County) [February 16, 2010]
  2. 2-10-011-G Aimco, Esplanade Avenue Apartments, Llc, Attn: Sean Finnegan (Pacifica, San Mateo County)  [March 3, 2001]
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
2-10-007-G
Land’s End Associates, Llc
Rjr Engineering, Attn: Robert
Anderson
Construction of a temporary access road and
installation of a riprap revetment on the beach along
the length of the property, as shown in the project
plans attached as Appendix 3 to the letter from RJR
Engineering to Redwood Construction, dated January
31, 2010.
100 Esplanade Way. Pacifica (San Mateo County)

2-10-011-G
Aimco, Esplanade Avenue
Apartments, Llc, Attn: Sean Finnegan

Installation of an approximately 3,240-square-foot,
50-foot-high soil nail wall along an approximately 40-
foot-long section of the upper bluff consisting of (1)
approximately 50-foot-long soil nails placed at 5-foot
intervals in both the vertical and horizontal direction,
(2) a facing element such as shotcrete with wire mesh
reinforcement. and (3) drainage panels behind the
wall facing.

NOTE: This Emergency Permit No. 2-10-011-G
supercedes and replaces Emergency Permit No. 2-10-
006-G previously approved by the Executive Director
authorizing the following temporary emergency work:
Installation of a soil nail wall along an approximately
’40-foot long section of the upper bluff consisting of
(1) approximately 30-foot-long soil nails placed at 5-;
foot vertical intervals in both the vertical and
horizontal direction, (2) a facing element such as
shotcrete with wire mesh reinforcement and (3)
drainage panels behind the wall facing.

360 Esplanade, Pacifica (San Mateo County)

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 to Begin at Lands End?

Sunday March 7 Esplanade Update – Work to Begin at Lands End?

  • Residents expect work to begin toward building a rip rap rock wall (revetment) below Lands End, including the “dog park”, driveway and building 112. We’ve heard that the plan is to remove the remnants of the stairway and possibly use that space to excavate a dirt road down to the beach. I’m not sure what make of this since it seems the result would be awfully steep. It has been mentioned that a road of some sort is needed for efficiency, and that the overall distance from the existing way at the intersection of Manor and Esplanade is too far.
  • As a lay observer the length of the road does seem to be problematic. The “road” that exists today starts at the intersection of Manor with Esplanade and is nothing more than boulders covered with sand. The problem is that the sand is largely washed away at each high tide, and without the sand, only tracked vehicles can use it. So each day, before the high-speed, high-capacity dump trucks can use the road, excavators have to get down there and resurface the boulders with sand. For pictures of the process of “rebuilding” road see my post from December 28th Covering the rock road with sand – Image Gallery.

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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In the belly of the mountain at Devils Slide – San Jose Mercury News

MONTARA — Being inside the tunnel at Devils Slide feels a little like being in an Indiana Jones movie — minus the terrifying killer boulders.

More than 3,000 feet deep in San Pedro Mountain is an eerie, half-lit universe of grinding and pounding as machines scrape and drill and blast the rock apart. Hard-hatted workers carrying flashlights pass by in tall rubber boots and orange construction vests. Sparks punctuate the semi-darkness. Dripping water coats the ground, creating muddy currents that flow toward daylight.

Every day, workers at Devils Slide get 5 feet of rock closer to… [See more photos and read the rest of Julia’s Scott’s article in MercuryNews.com In the belly of the mountain at Devils Slide]

Video shot and produced by John Green. MercuryNews.com video link.

In the belly of the mountain at Devils Slide – San Jose Mercury News.

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Erosion at Pacific Skies Estates Mobile Homes Park

Monday March 1, 2010 – Pacific Skies Estates mobile homes park

  • KGO-TV 7 (ABC) Pacifica mobile homes threatened by high waves. A few mobile homes in Pacifica were quickly boarded up after big waves began pounding the beach. One of the houses on 4th Avenue, inside the Pacific Skies Estates mobile homes park, was damaged.
  • KRON4 TV (Independent) Geologists Assess Damage to Pacifica Trailer Park. Geologists and other experts are examining erosion damage at a Pacifica trailer park after a weekend surge damaged one mobile home. The resident of the damaged home may be moved to another facility. Pacifica Mayor Sue Degrie told KRON 4’s Yoli Aceves Monday morning:

“There’s been a concern that anytime you have erosion starting, when you have a winter and rains like they were, we’re very fortunate that it’s not a strong El Nino year and that we haven’t had terrible rains but the rains that we did have over the weekend were very concerning because you have rains on top and the high surf.”

“I saw the pier yesterday and they were very high near the pier. This whole coastline is obviously a very serious situation.

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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