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Permit Secured for Pilarcitos Creek Bridge Project

CITY OF HALF MOON BAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2015

Contact: John Doughty
Interim Community Development Director
(650) 726-8252

Half Moon Bay Secures Permits for Pilarcitos Creek Bridge Project
Quick Work by Partners, USFWS, Allow Work to Begin

 Half Moon Bay, CA – The City of Half Moon Bay is pleased to announce that the regulatory and permitting issues which threatened to significantly delay the repair and reopening of Pilarcitos Creek Pedestrian Bridge have been resolved. The City has been issued a permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and can now move forward with this much-anticipated repair project, which is of great importance to the community. The project is back on-track for a year-end reopening, but the City emphasizes that weather or other unforeseen circumstances may still impact that desired schedule.

The City had recently authorized the off-site prefabrication of the bridge decking, and was prepared to store that structure until next year if the delays continued. Now, with the permits in hand, the City is moving forward with plans to dismantle the existing bridge decking, complete seismic retrofits on the structure, and perform other on-site work, beginning in mid-September. If all goes as planned, the bridge assembly with the prefabricated decking will take place subsequently, with a grand re-opening thereafter.

This is just fabulous news for the many people in the community who continue to patiently await the reopening of the bridge,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Marina Fraser. “There was really a feverish pace of recent activity among all the partners in this project to reach this point. I thank not only our City staff for their hard work, but also Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senator Jerry Hill, and Assembly Member Rich Gordon, along with State Parks and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

In early July, an unexpected permitting/regulatory issue arose which jeopardized the project getting underway within the very limited construction window mandated due to seasonal regulations for habitat protection. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed certain additional mitigation measures, and through a great deal of repeated consultation, meetings, and phone calls between USFWS and the project partners, the USFWS reached an agreement  with the City and State Parks, and issued a biological opinion which in turn has allowed the permit to be issued.

The City is committed to the utmost thoughtful and careful environmental protection during this project,” said Half Moon Bay City Manager Magda González. “It’s really to the great credit of the USFWS that they had the flexibility to quickly review their initial findings, visit the site and talk to the City, and readily provide guidance in the appropriate level of mitigation measures to be carried out. We all share the same goals for habitat, species, and environmental protection, balanced with the need to repair and replace the bridge this year - and it’s wonderful that the conclusion satisfies the needs of everyone involved.”

When the bridge was closed last year due to corrosion-based damage, Half Moon Bay agreed to assist State Parks by taking the lead and managing the repair project. Through a strong cooperative effort, funding was secured, the design was completed, and a contractor was brought on board. With the permitting issues resolved, the City is pleased to be able to move ahead with the project, barring inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Updates on the ongoing work will be posted on the City’s website, www.hmbcity.org, under the City Projects tab.

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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Next General Plan Workshop - August 13

CITY OF HALF MOON BAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2015

Contact: Jill Ekas
City of Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-8270

Third General Plan “Building Block” Workshop is August 13 - Transportation and Land Use
Next Opportunity for Community Involvement in General Plan

Half Moon Bay, CA – The City’s General Plan Update process continues to move forward with a great deal of community interest and involvement. The next opportunity for people to engage in helping to plan the future of the City is coming up:

Thursday, August 13, 6:30 pm
Subjects: Transportation, Land Use
Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue

Residents are invited and encouraged to attend and participate – and should also mark their calendars for the fourth in this series of workshops, where all four Building Blocks will be brought together. That workshop will be on Thursday, September 10 (also at 6:30 at the Community Center).

This past spring, hundreds of local residents participated in Plan Half Moon Bay - the City’s General Plan Update process – at relaxed, localized Neighborhood Listening Sessions, and two broadly-based informational Open Houses. Many have also attended the first two Building Block workshops, where meaningful discussions took place around the subjects of Recreation, Conservation, and Open Space, Climate Action Plan, and Healthy Community. Through this community engagement process, the vision of Half Moon Bay’s future can be fully defined and implemented as part of the General Plan.

The General Plan can be described as the "blueprint" for the future of Half Moon Bay, including the planning policies and regulations to carry out the community's vision. It defines the community’s long-term goals for land use, housing, conservation, open space, transportation, safety, noise, and more. Plan Half Moon Bay has already engaged community members in numerous workshops, meetings, neighborhood listening sessions, stakeholder interviews, community conversations, a survey, and more. These Building Block Workshops present more opportunities for residents to stay involved, be part of planning for what the City will be for future generations, get questions and concerns answered, and offer their insight, opinions, and ideas.

 More information is available at www.PlanHMB.org.

 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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Homeowner Workshop on Energy Efficiency Rebates/Incentives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2015             

Contacts:
Dionne Early, City of Half Moon Bay                                                                        
(650) 712-5835  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rachael
Londer, County Office of Sustainability
650-363-4077 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Homeowner Workshop on Energy Efficiency Rebates/Incentives
Will Help Half Moon Bay Residents Save Energy and Money

Half Moon Bay, CA - Homeowners in Half Moon Bay are invited to attend a free workshop to learn how to take advantage of energy efficiency rebates and incentives. The Energy Upgrade California® program is designed to save homeowners money on utility bills, reduce energy use, and make homes more comfortable in all seasons. Homeowners can get up to $6,500 back for energy-saving improvements, plus $300 for a home energy assessment. The workshop is being hosted by the City of Half Moon Bay, and conducted by San Mateo County. 

WHEN:         Thursday, August 20, 2015, 7 - 8:30 pm - Presentation and Q&A
                    Light refreshments will be provided
WHERE:       Half Moon Bay Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 537 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay
RSVP:          http://energyupgrade-smc.eventbrite.com/ or (650) 363-4077

This event is free and open to all Bay Area homeowners 

I encourage Half Moon Bay Residents to come to this short workshop to learn more about these great rebates and incentives,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Marina Fraser. “Everyone can do their part to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and with these incentives it’s much easier to make those improvements which will save homeowners’ energy and money for years to come.”

Home Upgrade is an Energy Upgrade California program specifically for Bay Area homeowners and implemented by county governments. Through this program, homeowners have access to a free Home Upgrade Advisor service, can connect with specially-trained Participating Contractors, and receive cash rebates. Home Upgrade Advisors can provide direct one-on-one assistance to homeowners through every step of an upgrade. Upgrades can also add market value to a home.

Eligible improvements include air sealing; duct sealing; attic insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems; wall insulation; high efficiency windows; and others.

Homeowners may be eligible for rebates from $1,000 to $3,150 with an Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade, and rebates from $1,000 to $6,500, plus a $300 home energy assessment rebate, with an Advanced Home Upgrade.

Rebates are offered for a limited time through the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of public agencies representing all nine counties within the San Francisco Bay Area. Homeowners interested in getting started today can contact a Home Upgrade Advisor at (866) 878-6008 or visit www.BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org

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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“National Night Out” is August 4, 2015 – Neighbors Encouraged to Hold Block Parties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2015

City of Half Moon Bay
(650) 726-8281
Contact: Beth Ross

"National Night Out" is August 4, 2015 – Neighbors Encouraged to Hold Block Parties

 

$100 grants from the City will help with neighbors’ costs for putting on a block party 

Half Moon Bay, CA – National Night Out (https://natw.org) is the annual nationwide community-building campaign encouraging police/community partnerships and neighbor-to-neighbor connections, helping to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. The City of Half Moon Bay is encouraging local participation by inviting residents to hold block parties on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, and connect (or reconnect) with their neighbors. And, the City will help jump-start block parties by offering a $100 grant to help offset neighbors’ costs.

This small grant to participating neighborhood teams can be used to pay for food, beverages, decorations, rent tables and chairs, or whatever their block party needs, to be a success. Resident organizers just need to fill out a very short application, and deliver it in person to City Hall, 501 Main Street. Each neighborhood block party team must include two organizers, and a minimum of 8 homes participating on the block or street. The application, along with a quick guide to some Block Party Basics, is available online – it just needs to be printed, filled out, and returned in person to City Hall. For more information about National Night Out in Half Moon Bay, contact Beth Ross at 650-726-8281 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"National Night Out is a wonderful opportunity for Half Moon Bay residents to get together, meet new people and re-connect with neighbors, and just spend a couple of relaxing hours in an informal social setting," said Half Moon Bay City Manager Magda González. "Getting to know and staying in touch with neighbors enhances neighborhood safety and well-being, and makes it easier for neighbors to look out for each other – and all of that is good for our entire community." Depending on the number of block parties and availability, the City will also try to schedule a visit by a fire truck or Sheriff’s vehicle.

National Night Out helps build the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community, and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits. Visit the National Night Out website at https://natw.org for more info about this nationwide effort.

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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Half Moon Bay & San Mateo County Advise Residents - Drought Increases Rabies Risk

“Protect Your Pets—Vaccinate Them”
(click on link)

 

 
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