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Groundbreaking Scheduled for New Skate Plaza!

 

CITY OF HALF MOON BAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2016

Contact:
Alex Khojikian
Deputy City Manager
(650) 726-8272

Groundbreaking Scheduled for New Skate Plaza!

HALF MOON BAY, CA – The people of Half Moon Bay and the entire Coastside are invited to join with Half Moon Bay Mayor Rick Kowalczyk, the City Council, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside to celebrate the start of construction on the much-anticipated new skate plaza.

Tuesday, February 16 - 5:00 pm
North parking lot at Ted Adcock Community Center
535 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay

The City of Half Moon Bay is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside to create this wonderful new amenity for the youth of our community.

This ground breaking is a wonderful milestone, as it marks the final stage of creating a brand new and much-needed facility for our young people,” said Mayor Kowalczyk. “The City’s partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside illustrates our mutual commitment to recognizing and acting on the needs of the Coastside’s youth. The skate plaza has been in the works for several years, and now as we prepare to break ground I invite the community to share in this milestone – and remind the kids to get ready to shred this summer!”

The new skate plaza will offer 7,000 square feet of great features for boarders including bowls, ramps, stairs, and ledges, plus custom design elements that will make it unique to our community. The total cost is approximately $650,000, with the City contributing $100,000 in addition to the land, plus inspection and permitting services. The Boys & Girls Club is responsible for the remaining funding, including in-kind donations of time, materials, and equipment from generous local contractors and community members, and will manage the construction. The City will own the skate plaza upon completion, which is anticipated for mid-summer of this year.

Adjacent site improvements will blend the skate plaza into the existing site setting. The new skate plaza will serve skateboarders of all skill levels and ages, with an anticipated average user age of 12 - 14 years old. The design was created by legendary Santa Cruz skate park architect (and Mavericks surfer) Zach Wormhoudt through a design process including multiple public workshops and a youth survey.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside (www.bgccoastside.org) is a place to go for fun, for meeting friends, for caring adult support. It’s a place to learn and grow through life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. The Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside also manages Half Moon Bay’s recreation programs, and provides many other youth services in our community.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 11,500 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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Mayor’s “State of the City” Address on February 11

CITY OF HALF MOON BAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Magda González
City Manager

February 1, 2016
(650) 726-8272

Mayor’s “State of the City” Address on February 11

HALF MOON BAY, CA – Mayor Rick Kowalczyk and the City Council of Half Moon Bay invite the community to join them for the “State of the City Address” on February 11.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Avenue
6:00 pm - doors open
6:15 pm - Mayor's State of the City Address
Followed by light refreshments at approximately 6:30 pm

The people of Half Moon Bay are encouraged to join with friends, neighbors, and other interested and involved community members for the second annual Half Moon Bay State of the City Address. The Mayor’s address will offer an overview of the City's recent accomplishments, and a look at the upcoming year’s priorities and opportunities.

It’s an exciting time for Half Moon Bay, with a lot of positive momentum and progress on many projects over the last year,” said Mayor Kowalczyk. “The State of the City address is an opportunity to both share and celebrate those accomplishments, and bring a focus to the key issues and objectives for 2016. I hope to see many community members join us on February 11.”

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 11,500 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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Apply for Half Moon Bay "NET" Program

CITY OF HALF MOON BAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2016

Contact: Danielle Sanderson
City of Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-8281

Apply Now to Participate in “Half Moon Bay NET” Program
Community Academy Offers Opportunity to Network, Engage, Transform

Half Moon Bay, CA – An exciting and fun new community engagement program is getting underway in Half Moon Bay! The City is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the spring, 2016 session of a new annual community academy program, called Half Moon Bay NET (Network – Engage - Transform). The deadline to submit an application is 5 pm, January 29, 2016. Applications are available online at www.hmbcity.com/net (or click on NET under Hot Topics), from City Hall at 501 Main Street, or by calling (650) 726-8270. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants, who will be randomly selected from all applicants. This program is free.

This four-session community academy provides an overview of the management and governance of Half Moon Bay, while helping to build relationships that will strengthen our entire community. The program will take place each Wednesday evening, February 24 through March 16, from 6 – 9 pm. At each session, participants will engage in interesting and fun activities illustrating how the City functions, and will meet and talk to City staff members. All City departments and functions will be covered during the NET program, including public safety (San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, and Coastside Fire Protection District), the Library (San Mateo County Library), and Recreation (Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside).

This program presents a great opportunity for interested community members to get an insider's view of the City, become more knowledgeable about how the City operates, and help to build and strengthen the bonds and relationships that make a great community.

"The more people know about and are involved with the City, the better it is for everyone who lives here.  Our new program will help form a deeper partnership with the community so we can better address issues together," said Half Moon Bay Mayor Rick Kowalczyk. "I encourage people throughout the City to apply, and be part of this new community engagement programHMB NET is for everyone in Half Moon Bay, and as such we are also planning a Spanish language version for later in the year."

The objectives of NET are to involve and engage people in learning about and understanding the operation of City government, and to improve communication between the City and those who live and work here. Participants will learn about how decisions are made, how City funds are allocated, and how City departments operate with each other, and get an opportunity to sit down with City Council members for frank discussions of issues, projects, politics, and plans for shaping the future of our community.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,000 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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Survey on Building a New Website


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           
December 14, 2015

Contact: Carlo Wei
City of Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-8256

City Asks for Community Input on Building a New Website
Online Survey Available Through January 22

Half Moon Bay, CA – To better serve the people who live, work, and visit Half Moon Bay, the City is embarking on the process of building a brand new website! Community members are encouraged to participate in a short online survey to help identify desired features, functions, and content of a new site. The survey is live now, and will be available through Friday, January 22, 2016, at www.hmbcity.com/websurvey. The City requests that one survey per person be submitted. Printed copies of the survey are available at City Hall, the Library, and Adcock Community Center (must be returned by the deadline).

Creating a new, modern municipal website is a lengthy and involved process. The City is committed to ensuring that it provides an up-to-date, attractive, user-friendly, fully functional, and expandable website which is, above all, useful to the community. This first step will help to determine the foundation of what kinds of things people would like to have available, and will aid in creating a Request for Proposals (RFP) for website design and hosting services. City Council members will participate with their vision for a new website, and City staff will provide input on how a new website can help them to do their jobs better, in order to more effectively serve the community.

This initial input phase will include specific outreach to youth, business, the Latino community, seniors, educators, and other groups to ensure they have the opportunity to participate. It’s important to gain thoughtful contributions from all who may use the City’s official website, in order to build a great online destination that meets the needs of the community.

After gaining and compiling this level of input, an RFP will be prepared and distributed to potential service providers. Once a provider is selected, a great deal of work will take place around the design of the new website, as well as on the migration of content from the existing site to the new one. It’s hoped that Half Moon Bay’s new website will be up and running by late summer/early fall of next year.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 11,500 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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City Council Selects New Mayor, Vice Mayor


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2015

Contact: Alex Khojikian
City of Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-8272

City Council Selects New Mayor, Vice Mayor
Kowalczyk and Ruddock Appointed in Annual City Council Reorganization

Half Moon Bay, CA – At its meeting of December 1, 2015, the members of the City Council of Half Moon Bay unanimously selected Vice Mayor Rick Kowalczyk to serve as Mayor for the next year, and Council Member Debbie Ruddock to serve as Vice Mayor. The appointments took place as part of the City Council’s annual reorganization process, which provides for members to nominate and appoint a colleague to each of these two seats, for a one-year term. After the Council made its decision, former Mayor Marina Fraser handed the gavel to Mayor Kowalczyk.

The new Mayor pointed to several of his priority focus areas for the coming year. Two key areas are to continue to make progress on the new library, and to provide an emphasis on park improvements including access, maintenance, and safety. Mayor Kowalczyk also thanked the former mayor for her leadership and dedication both during her term and through her ongoing work as a City Council member.

Mayor Kowalczyk was first elected to the Half Moon Bay City Council in November 2009 and is currently serving his second Mayoral term. Vice Mayor Ruddock was elected to the City Council in 2014. She previously served on the Council from 1991-2003, including two terms as mayor.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 11,500 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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