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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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Experimental Esplanade Timeline – Version 1

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How to use the time line:

  • Click and drag the top or bottom portions of the time line ribbons to the left or right
  • Click the title of an item (or the grey dot before it) to see an excerpt
  • Click the title in the excerpt to see the full item



Technology Links:

MIT Project Links:

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Weekend Update


Deeply Undercut Rear of 320 Esplanade

Deeply Undercut Rear of 320 Esplanade


Monday March 1, 2010 – Weekend Update

  • Continued erosion at the open space (“dog park”) but no word if it has increased the risk to building 112 of the Lands End complex
  • No work on Esplanade or at Lands End this past week
  • Work continued on the project to protect the Dollar Radio buildings. This work has been termed “temporary” and expected to provide a year or so of protection only.
  • Fence installed around 330 Esplanade.
  • There are so many posts regarding the erosion-related problems in Pacifica that it’s getting harder to find things. The search functionality on the side of each page helps, as does the Esplanade page. I’ve been tinkering around with a more visual representation of the posts here: Experimental Esplanade Timeline – Version 1. Let me know what you think.

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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February 2010 Esplanade Update – Photo Gallery

A look at the work done to halt erosion behind 330 Esplanade, and the dramatically undercut patios behind 320 Esplanade.

Full size versions of these images:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/sets/72157623410647519/

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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US Army Corp of Engineers, Continuing Authorities Program, Section 103

During the Study Session hosted by the Pacifica City Council on February 10th, one of the possible funding sources that was discussed was an Army Corp of Engineers program called “Section 103”. You can see Section 103 for yourself here, or hit the More link below for the full text.

After passing a pre-selection assessment, a municipality can request a feasibility study. The first $100K of the study is fully Federally funded, but all work after that is paid in a cost sharing arrangement with the local municipality responsible for 35% to 50% of the total, and a cap of $3 million.

The sense at the Study Session was that no solution that might require funds from Pacifica could be considered. It is possible that the Army Corp of Engineers could start a study with no promise of actually doing the work, as was reported in the Feb. 18 Pacifica Tribune story on MercuryNews.com Cliff issues explored in city study session; Agencies offer assistance explaining procedures and permits. This seemed unworkable at the Study Session, though I suppose nothing was ultimately ruled out.

The full text of Section 103, surprisingly readable, follows:

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