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State Increases Funding for Pilarcitos Creek Bridge Repairs to $1,800,000

State Increases Funding for Pilarcitos Creek Bridge Repairs to $1,800,000

HALF MOON BAY, CA – Following an ongoing collaborative process between the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the City of Half Moon Bay, the Department announced its intention to provide $1,800,000 in funding for the upcoming Pilarcitos Creek Bridge repairs. Originally, the state agency had committed $1,000,000, but the City was notified on November 25th that the funds would be significantly increased.

“We are very pleased that the State has made the reopening of the Pilarcitos Creek Bridge a top priority,” offered Mayor Marina Fraser. “Due to the persistent efforts of our City staff, it has become increasingly clear that the appropriate agencies understand the significance of this important community artery to not only Half Moon Bay, but the entire Coastside. We look forward to working with the California Department of Parks and Recreation on the project.”

Due to safety concerns, the Pilarcitos Bridge has been closed since April 2014. The California Department of Parks and Recreation cited the importance of this bridge to the Half Moon Bay community and coastal trail users for its funding increase. In order to complete the repairs, the City and the Department will develop a Joint Development Agreement ─ an effort that is already underway. Biggs Cardosa Associates, a leading structural engineering firm in California, has been retained to begin engineering work on the project


City of Half Moon Bay presented with Most Improved Roads Award

City of Half Moon Bay presented with Most Improved Roads Award

HALF MOON BAY, CA – At an awards luncheon on November 17, 2014, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) acknowledged the City of Half Moon Bay as the recipient of the 2013 Most Improved Roads award. The achievement was due to the City’s ability to deliver a 12-point increase in its Year-over-Year Pavement Condition Index (PCI) score and a four point increase on the 3-Year moving average from 56 to 60.

“The City Council has made street rehabilitation a top priority over the past few years by allocating funds and staying committed to the deployment of the street rehabilitation program,” stated Community Development Director Dante Hall. “Paving streets, fixing potholes, and maintaining the integrity of our roads are among the core responsibilities of city government. We take this responsibility to heart and that’s why we are quite honored to receive this award from the MTC.”

Financial constraints due to the economic downturn and limited staff resources resulted in a sizeable backlog of City streets needing maintenance in 2010.  Utilizing the MTC’s Pavement Technical Assistance Program (P-TAP), the City was able to conduct a comprehensive review of its street pavement maintenance needs and possible budget options. The report also provided a priority list for street maintenance, which was developed into a seven year program for resurfacing of all its streets.

Initially, approximately 60% of City streets were preserved with lower cost slurry and cape seals within three years. Funds made available in the current 2014-2015 fiscal year will enable the City preserve another 20% of its streets. Finally, approximately 10% of additional streets will be resurfaced with more expensive hot-mix A.C. overlay. Overall, this method is referred to as the MTC Street Saver strategy, which preserves the streets in fair conditions before streets in lesser conditions are rehabilitated. This is a useful tool to effectively manage deferred street maintenance most cost effectively and improve the City’s average PCI.

MTC’s P-TAP is especially helpful to smaller jurisdictions. The City of Half Moon Bay is a prime example of the program’s success for its timely investment in preserving streets before their further deterioration and overall improvement to the street network. The P-TAP also provided the City’s public works staff with the necessary tools to seek grant (SLLP and Federal) and local funds.


Community Newsletter

We hope you enjoy the latest edition of the Half Moon Bay community newsletter. You can download a PDF version by clicking here.

Half Moon Bay Announces New City Manager

Half Moon Bay Announces New City Manager

Magda Gonzalez is the City Council’s choice to become the full time City Manager.

HALF MOON BAY, CA – Following an extensive recruitment process that attracted more than 67 candidates, Mayor John Muller announced today the selection of Magda Gonzalez as City Manager of Half Moon Bay. Ms. Gonzalez is currently serving as the City Manager of East Palo Alto where among her achievements in the past two years she has balanced the City’s budget, established a ten-year Capital Improvements Projects plan, and developed a set of professional standards for all City departments. Her official starting date for the City of Half Moon Bay will be announced at the August 19, 2014 City Council Meeting after her contract is publicly approved by the City Council.

Previously, Ms. Gonzalez worked for the City of Half Moon Bay in 2012 on budget matters, community engagement, and the City’s strategic plan. In years prior, Ms. Gonzalez served as the Deputy City Manager of Redwood City, where among her many accomplishments, she helped secure bond funding for a new library at Redwood Shores.

“We are very excited to announce the selection of Magda Gonzalez as our next City Manager,” stated Mayor John Muller. “Magda is well-respected in the industry of municipal management and we have the utmost confidence that she’s the right person to lead Half Moon Bay into the future. In addition to her management skills, she brings a fresh perspective on community engagement and instituting professional standards for city governments. Magda also is bilingual and understands how to create a spirit of inclusiveness to people of all backgrounds – which is something we are really looking for.”

Ms. Gonzalez is active in many community-based associations. She is the current Board President of the International Hispanic Network, which is an organization that encourages professional excellence among Latino local government administrators. Additionally, Ms. Gonzalez served as the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference Program Committee Chairperson in 2012. In 2008, Magda was a Rising Star Award recipient from the Municipal Manager Association of Northern California.

Ms. Gonzalez holds a law degree from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from California State University, Sacramento.

“I also would like to express my sincere appreciation to our interim City Manager, Stuart Schillinger, for his remarkable work over the past six months,” added Muller. “He has demonstrated tremendous leadership during this transition period and we appreciate all of his contributions to Half Moon Bay.”

The City of Half Moon Bay thanks the City of Brisbane for their partnership and cooperation in allowing Stuart to be our Interim City Manager during this transition.


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