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City Seeks Community Input on Walking & Bicycling in Half Moon Bay

  

For Immediate Release
June 27, 2017


Contact: Bridget Jett, City of Half Moon Bay
650-750-2015

City Seeks Community Input on Walking and Bicycling in Half Moon Bay
Survey is part of Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan process

HALF MOON BAY, CA – The City of Half Moon Bay is encouraging community members to fill out a short survey which will help to create a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the City. The Plan will use community and stakeholder input combined with technical analyses to make recommendations for bikeway, pedestrian, and trail networks intended to improve safety, comfort, and connectivity throughout Half Moon Bay.

The short survey is online now at www.hmboutdoors.com, and will be available until September 1, 2017.

Input from the survey will help the City to better understand the community’s desires as to where sidewalks or walking paths, street crossing, bikeways, and other pedestrian and bicycle improvements are needed. All survey responses will be anonymous. When complete, the Plan will make recommendations for specific future projects, further studies, and programs that address education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation around bicycle and pedestrian issues.  The final Plan will include a list of prioritized improvement projects with cost estimates and potential funding sources for implementation.

Community members are invited to submit one survey per person, and are encouraged to share the survey link with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. The survey and more information about the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan are online at www.hmboutdoors.com. On that website, community members will also see information about the City’s Parks Master Plan, which will strive to achieve a variety of park facilities and amenities throughout the community.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is www.hmbcity.com.

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Half Moon Bay Hires New Deputy City Manager


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2017 

Contact: Magda González, City Manager
(650) 726-8280


Half Moon Bay Hires New Deputy City Manager

Half Moon Bay, CA – Half Moon Bay’s City Manager Magda González announced today the hiring of Mr. Matthew Chidester as the City’s new Deputy City Manager. Mr. Chidester’s appointment comes after an exhaustive, months-long process with an executive search firm, and careful consideration and vetting of a number of qualified candidates interested in filling the vacant position. He is scheduled to begin his new role with Half Moon Bay on July 18, 2017.

Matthew has demonstrated his tireless commitment to community through his many accomplishments in the public sector,” said Ms. González. “We’re thrilled to gain his expertise and talent, his dedication to service, and his creative and pragmatic approach to what makes a great community, and what is important to the people who live and work here.”

Mr. Chidester comes to Half Moon Bay with deep experience in the wide variety of projects, budgets, programs, and issues at the County level of local government. His current position is with the San Mateo County Manager’s office, where he serves as Principal Management Analyst overseeing development of the County’s $2.6 billion annual budget. This critical role entails supporting and providing oversight and coordination among the County’s many departments. At the start of his nearly 14 years with San Mateo County, he was Business Manager for the Airports Division. Mr. Chidester has been involved in leadership positions with a number of coastside projects including the Coastside Clinic remodel and the Moss Beach Park acquisition, and he represented the County on the Half Moon Bay Library Technical Advisory Team.

Mr. Chidester has deep roots in the community, having been raised on the coastside and graduating from Half Moon Bay High School. “I have a strong connection to Half Moon Bay and the coastside, and a great appreciation for this unique and diverse community,” said Mr. Chidester. “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work here and be an integral part of Half Moon Bay’s promising future. Fostering extensive engagement with the community, prudently managing resources, and effectively delivering the services that this community needs and deserves are City values which I share, and which set the tone for the work I want to do here.”

Mr. Chidester holds an ABA in Business Administration from College of San Mateo, and a BSBA in Management from Hawaii Pacific University. He also participated in the Stanford University Local Governance Summer Institute as well as a number of other executive and leadership training programs. He is active in the International City/County Management Association and the Municipal Managers Association of Northern California.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is www.hmbcity.com.


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"Shrinking Shores" Illustrates Sea Level Rise



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact:          Jill Ekas, Planning Manager
May 22, 2017                                                                                     City of Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-8264

Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County Co-Hosting
On-the-Shoreline Illustration of Sea Level Rise

Learn about coastal impacts of climate change during ‘Shrinking Shores’ event June 3

Half Moon Bay, CA – On Saturday, June 3 from 10 am – 1 pm, the City of Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability will host an informational event about sea-level rise at Poplar Beach, as part of a statewide campaign called Shrinking Shores. It’s one of many events around the state that will be held in anticipation of World Oceans Day, (June 8), a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future.

At Poplar Beach on June 3, beachgoers will see a dramatic illustration about predicted ocean levels through the end of the century. Temporary signs will be placed into the sand and on the bluffs to depict scenarios of future sea level rise and bluff erosion. The City and County will staff a booth near the Poplar Beach parking lot where visitors can get information, ask questions, and learn about the science behind the predicted changes.  Poplar Beach is located at the end of Poplar Street, past Railroad Avenue in Half Moon Bay.

Shrinking Shores Sea Level Rise Event
Saturday, June 3, 10 am - 1 pm
Poplar Beach, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County, and other agencies on the California coast from San Diego to Humboldt County, are working to create awareness of this critical issue. The goal is to educate and inform people, and build a greater understanding of predicted sea level rise and its impacts on our coastline and communities.

On a statewide basis, sea-level rise is already threatening billions of dollars’ worth of homes, businesses, roads, and infrastructure. Local governments are working to inform their communities by assessing what is vulnerable to rising tides and creating opportunities for residents to learn and get involved in addressing these expected environmental changes. The newest California State Sea Level Rise Science Report estimates sea level increases by up to eight feet by the year 2100, and the City is prepared to collaborate with Federal, State, and local agencies to educate and address the causes and effects of climate change.

This is an issue that needs to be understood and addressed today, if we are to make informed decisions taking into account the generations of tomorrow,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Debbie Ruddock. “To those who look at the year 2100 as beyond our scope, I say - think about your children and grandchildren, who will be most impacted by sea level rise. For their sake, as well as for the near-term effects, we cannot afford to ignore this issue. We are all in this together, and the collaborative ‘Shrinking Shores’ event is a great opportunity to learn more and better visualize these impacts.”

The City has produced a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and a Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail erosion study, which help to outline the local impacts of sea level rise. These documents are linked at www.hmbcity.com/planning. Also on that page is a link to SeaChange San Mateo County, an initiative to bring together and provide resources to local governments and agencies within the County around the issue of sea level rise.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is www.hmbcity.com. 

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Parks Master Plan Survey & Community Open House


For Immediate Release
April 10, 2017

Contact: Scott Phillips
Associate Planner
(650) 726-8270

Parks Master Planning Process Gets Underway 
with Survey and Community Open House
Concurrent Effort Also Starts for Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan

HALF MOON BAY, CA - The community of Half Moon Bay is invited to be part of the recently-initiated Parks Master Plan process. This community-based planning process will engage people in helping to identify community park needs, priorities, possible new park facilities, and desired improvements to Half Moon Bay's existing parks. It's part of "Half Moon Bay Outdoors" - a coordinated effort to assess and plan for the City's parks, as well as to create a separate, related Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan.

The process starts with a community survey and a public open house, primarily focused on parks. The survey is available online at www.hmboutdoors.org, the new web portal for community information and input on both the Parks Plan and the Bike/Ped Plan.

This bilingual Parks survey will help bring out key issues and explore the community's needs and desires, with the results used to help set priorities and create a draft Parks Master Plan for review and consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council. The survey questions are focused on parks, although several are associated with bicycle and pedestrian issues.

The first community open house on the Parks Master Plan is hosted by the Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation Committee:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6 pm - Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting
6:30 pm (approximate) - Parks Master Plan Open House
Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Avenue

The Open House starts with an informational presentation, followed by an opportunity for attendees to browse several interactive information "stations" where they can talk with staff and consultants, get questions answered, and provide comments and ideas for inclusion in the process. One of those stations will be for Bicycle/Pedestrian issues. Interested community members are welcome to attend both portions of the meeting, or may feel free to drop in to the Open House.

The Parks Master Plan will strive to achieve a variety of park facilities and amenities throughout the community, now and into the future. Ultimately recommendations will be made for the City to enhance, improve, or add to its park space. It should be noted that open space and other land use issues will be covered in the City's General Plan update process. The Parks Master Plan is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017. 

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will use community feedback and technical analysis to make recommendations for bikeway, pedestrian, and trail networks to improve safety, comfort, and connectivity throughout Half Moon Bay. A schedule of meetings/input opportunities for the Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan is being developed. Completion of this Plan is anticipated for mid-2018.

The processes for developing these two Plans will be coordinated - more information on both efforts will be updated online at www.hmboutdoors.org

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City's website is www.hmbcity.com

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Talleres de "Conozca sus Derechos/"Know Your Rights" Workshops


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2017                                                                                                        

Contact: Magda González
City Manager
(650) 726-8280

“Know Your Rights” Workshops Scheduled to Address Concerns,
Issues of Immigrant Community

Community Invited to Attend Any of Several Identical Workshops

HALF MOON BAY, CA – Last January, the City of Half Moon Bay hosted a workshop featuring a number of resource agencies specializing in assisting immigrants on the Coastside and throughout the Bay Area. As people in our community continue to express concern, uncertainty, and fear about the future and about what the new federal immigration regulations and actions may mean, the City has scheduled a series of “Know Your Rights” presentations over the next several months.

Provided by Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto and Bay Area Legal Aid, these presentations will focus on how people may best exercise their legal rights if contacted by immigration enforcement officers. There will be opportunities to ask questions, and receive updated information concerning this ongoing issue.

These are the currently-scheduled presentations:

  • Thursday, March 30, 7 pm
    Half Moon Village Apartments, 1 Bloom Lane (at Main Street) in the Ocean View Community Room
  • Sunday April 30, 1:30 pm
    Our Lady of the Pillar Church, 400 Church Street (at Kelly Avenue), in the Church Hall

  • Tuesday, May 16, 7 pm
    Moon Ridge Apartments, 2001 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, in the meeting room
  • Tuesday, June 6, 7
    Half Moon Village Apartments, 1 Bloom Lane (at Main Street) in the Ocean View Community Room

We’re offering several of these workshops so that people can have multiple opportunities to attend. Each will provide the same information, and if one session isn’t convenient for someone, there are three others to choose from,” said Debbie Ruddock, Half Moon Bay Mayor. “Our City welcomes and supports all of its resident, and we oppose any attempts to exclude or marginalize segments of our community – our goal is to help all our families here feel safe and welcome.”

There are also different kinds of workshops this week, organized by other groups, which members of the community may want to consider attending:

  • "Rapid Response" Training (to support families during and after immigration raids)
    Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 pm

    Community United Methodist Church 777 Miramontes Street
    Presented by Mujeres Adelante, Abundant Grace, and Community United Methodist Church

  • General Immigration Legal Clinic
    Thursday, March 23 4 pm
    Main Street Apartments, 1131 Main Street
    NOTE: Appointments required 650-726-9071, x227
    Presented by Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, Coastside Hope, and OneJustice

  • Planning Meeting - Coastside Immigration Action Group (workshop to plan activities to support Coastside immigrants)
    Sunday, March 26, 3 pm
    Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street

The City has posted useful information on its web page (www.hmbcity.com – see Hot Topics), including a list of resource agencies that are ready to assist community members, regardless of their immigration status. Also posted is information about the San Mateo County Sheriff’s policy of not directly investigating or enforcing immigration laws (the Sheriff provides law enforcement for Half Moon Bay), the City’s “Statement of Solidarity” with the immigrant community, and other material.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is www.hmbcity.com.

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PARA SU PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA    
20 de marzo de 2017                                                                                 

Contacto: Magda González
Administradora municipal
(650) 726-8280

Se han programado los talleres de "Conozca sus derechos" para abordar las
preocupaciones y problemas de la comunidad inmigrante

Se invita a la comunidad a asistir a cualquiera de estos talleres similares

HALF MOON BAY, CA - En enero pasado, la ciudad de Half Moon Bay organizó un taller presentando a una gran cantidad de agencias de recurso especializadas en ayudar a los inmigrantes de la costa y de todo el área de la Bahía. Mientras que nuestra comunidad continúe expresando preocupación, incertidumbre y temor sobre el futuro y sobre lo que pueda significar las nuevas regulaciones y acciones federales de inmigración, la ciudad ha programado una serie de presentaciones sobre el taller "Conozca sus derechos" durante los próximos meses.

Estas presentaciones, proporcionadas por los Servicios Jurídicos de la Comunidad de East Palo Alto y la Asistencia Legal del Área de la Bahía, se enfocarán en cómo la gente puede ejercer mejor sus derechos legales si es contactada por oficiales de inmigración. Habrá oportunidades para hacer preguntas y recibir información actualizada sobre este tema en curso.

Estas son las presentaciones actualmente programadas:

  • Jueves, 30 de marzo a las 7 p. m.
    Apartamentos de Half Moon Village, 1 Bloom Lane (en Main Street) en la sala del Ocean View Community

  • Domingo, 30 de abril, 1:30 p. m.
    Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Pilar, 400 Church Street (en Kelly Avenue), en el recibidor de la iglesia
  • Martes, 16 de mayo, 7 p. m.
    Apartamentos de Moon Ridge, 2001 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, en la sala de rees

  • Martes, 6 de junio, 7 p. m.
    Apartamentos de Half Moon Village, 1 Bloom Lane (en Main Street) en la sala del Ocean View Community

"Estamos ofreciendo estos talleres varias veces para que la gente pueda tener múltiples oportunidades de asistir. Cada uno proporcionará la misma información, y si una sesión no le resulta conveniente, quedan otras tres para elegir", dijo Debbie Ruddock, el alcalde de Half Moon Bay. "Nuestra ciudad da la bienvenida y apoya a todos sus residentes, y nos oponemos a cualquier intento de excluir o marginar segmentos de nuestra comunidad. Nuestra meta es ayudar a todas nuestras familias aquí a sentirse seguras y bienvenidas".

También hay talleres diferentes esta semana, organizada por otros grupos y que los miembros de la comunidad pueden considerar asistir a ellos:

  • Entrenamiento de "respuesta rápida" (para apoyar a las familias durante y luego de las redadas de inmigración)
    Miércoles 22 de marzo a las 6:30 p. m.
    En la iglesia Community United Methodist Church ubicada en 777 Miramontes Street
    Presentado por Mujeres Adelante, Abundant Grace y Community United Methodist Church
  • Clínica jurídica de inmigración generalJueves 23 de marzo a las 4 p. m.
    En Main Street Apartments ubicado en 1131 Main Street
    NOTA: Se requieren citas. Llamar al número 650-726-9071, x227
    Presentado por Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, Coastside Hope, y OneJustice
  • Reunión de planificación - Coastside Immigration Action Group
    Domingo, 26 de marzo, a las 3 p.m.
    Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main Street

La ciudad ha publicado información útil en su página web (www.hmbcity.com - en la sección de Temas de actualidad), incluyendo una lista de agencias de recursos que están preparadas para ayudar a los miembros de la comunidad, independientemente de su estatus migratorio. También se publica información sobre la política del Sheriff del Condado de San Mateo sobre no investigar directamente o hacer cumplir las leyes de inmigración (el Sheriff permite la aplicación de la ley en Half Moon Bay), la "Declaración de solidaridad" de la ciudad con la comunidad de inmigrantes y otros materiales.

Ubicada a 28 millas al sur de San Francisco, la ciudad de Half Moon Bay es una comunidad de alrededor de 12 500 personas, situada en la península entre las colinas boscosas y entre una de las costas más bellas que ofrece California. Su centro histórico es el hogar de numerosas tiendas, galerías de arte, restaurantes, posadas y otros negocios, y sus famosas playas y parques son una de las maravillas de la naturaleza, accesible a los peatones, ciclistas y jinetes. Half Moon Bay es un destino regional, por sus diversas actividades y eventos, hermosos paisajes naturales, el encanto de su casco antiguo y la abundancia de productos y servicios comerciales. El sitio web de la ciudad es www.hmbcity.com.

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