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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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Local Coastal Program Prioritized; Comment Period Ends 2/14

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017

Contact: Jill Ekas
Planning Manager
(650) 726-8270

Local Coastal Program to be Prioritized for Completion, Followed by General Plan  
Comment Period on Draft Documents Ends February 14

Half Moon Bay, CA - The General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) completed its 16th session last Thursday, January 26, and has announced a date for closing the lengthy public comment period on the draft documents related to the General Plan and Local Coastal Plan. The comment period on this phase's draft documents ends on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 5 pm.

This schedule reflects the City Council’s action at its January 17, 2017 meeting, at which staff was directed to separate the Local Coastal Program (LCP) from the General Plan Elements, and prioritize completion of the LCP. That will involve revising the LCP by incorporating GPAC and community input, and bringing it to the Planning Commission for discussion and review. After that process, the General Plan Elements will follow. With this direction, the GPAC has completed this phase of its review of the draft documents.

There will be a pause in the General Plan/Local Coastal Program community forums over the next several months to allow for preparation of revisions. Future sessions with the Planning Commission will be broadly announced, as will any remaining sessions with the GPAC, and community input opportunities will continue through the Planning Commission and City Council forums.

Members of the community are encouraged to take the opportunity before February 14 to review the draft documents at www.planhmb.org and provide comments:
The City is grateful to the members of our General Plan Advisory Committee and to those in the community who have so diligently participated,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Debbie Ruddock. “Through 16 GPAC meetings, including nine in just the last 10 months, the abundance of constructive dialogue on this complex issue is truly appreciated - I urge everyone to continue their involvement as this process continues.”

More information about Plan Half Moon Bay and the General Plan Update is online 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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City Successfully Concludes Two High-Profile Lawsuits


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2017

Contact: Reed Gallogly
Assistant/Deputy City Attorney
(650) 726-8270 

City Approves Settlement Concluding Beachwood Issue; 
Also Prevails in Ballot Measure Lawsuit


HALF MOON BAY, CA - Earlier this month, the City of Half Moon Bay saw the successful conclusion of two high-profile lawsuits. The first resulted in nearly a half-million dollar settlement paid to the City by an insurance company, concluding the City's legal efforts to obtain insurance coverage for the Beachwood property/Yamagiwa lawsuit judgment. The second was the finalization of the appellate court's ruling in favor of the City in an elections lawsuit regarding ballot measure arguments on the June, 2016 ballot.

Settlement of Beachwood/Yamagiwa Insurance Litigation
At its meeting of January 17, 2017, the Half Moon Bay City Council voted unanimously to accept a settlement offer in the City of Half Moon Bay v. Great American Insurance Company, et al. litigation. Under the settlement, the defendant insurance company will pay the City $450,000. In 2008, the City was ordered to compensate a private landowner in an amount over $41 million dollars for a taking of private property - that number was eventually negotiated down to $18 million. At that time, the City was advised that no insurance coverage was available for the loss.

After hiring new legal counsel to act as City Attorney, the City also retained special outside counsel with experience in public entity insurance coverage litigation - Peter Urhausen and Byrne Conley from the Gibbons & Conley law firm - to review the insurance coverage question. They determined that coverage might indeed be available and recommended the City pursue several recovery efforts. Following this advice and over the past 9 years, the City has successfully recovered $5 million from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) risk sharing pool, obtained a $10 million arbitration award against an insurance company, and an additional settlement of $3.15 million.

Then, on January 17, after substantial litigation efforts, the City accepted a settlement offer in the final lawsuit related to the City's recovery efforts. This action brings the City's total recovery related to the Beachwood judgment to $18,600,000 and brings to a conclusion the final chapter on the City's efforts to recover insurance proceeds for the Yamagiwa judgment.

The City would like to specially thank Peter Urhausen and the Gibbons & Conley firm for nearly a decade of high-quality service, counsel, and the substantial recoveries from their efforts.

Final Judgment in Eblovi v. Blair Election Lawsuit
Also on January 17 2017, California’s 1st District Court of Appeal notified the City that its ruling in the City’s favor in David Eblovi v. Jessica Blair, Half Moon Bay City Clerk, became final, officially concluding the appellate case.  In this lawsuit, the City defended – and ultimately vindicated – voters’ rights to participate in the local election process. The case resulted in a formal, published opinion (www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A148275.PDF) which upholds citizens’ rights to free speech in the political arena. 
 
In early April of 2016, a Half Moon Bay resident (plaintiff) sued the City of Half Moon Bay, its Clerk, several County officials, and five individual Half Moon Bay citizens. The plaintiff was the author of an initiative measure on the June 2016 ballot. His claim stated that the five citizens who had submitted arguments against his ballot measure had no legal right to participate in the elections process by submitting ballot arguments, and that the City erroneously allowed them to do so. His claim also alleged that the arguments against the measure were “false, misleading, or untrue,” and should be deleted from the voter information pamphlet.
 
On April 14, 2016, the San Mateo County Superior Court heard the matter and rejected plaintiff’s arguments. The court stated that the law protected citizens’ rights to political free speech by permitting their participation, that none of the ballot arguments were false, misleading, or untrue such that they needed to be struck from the voter guide, and that the City and elections officials had correctly interpreted the law and appropriately discharged their duties. Further, and as required by law, the court ordered plaintiff to pay the group of named citizens the attorney’s fees and costs they had incurred in the defense of the lawsuit.
 
Upon plaintiff’s appeal, the City again argued that political participation and free speech were core features of the American democracy, preserved in the law and constitution. After review, on December 1, 2016, the Appellate Court denied the appeal, agreed with the City’s position, and issued a published opinion affirming the trial court’s ruling upholding citizens’ rights to participate in the political process. By operation of law, that decision became final on January 17, 2017, concluding the matter.

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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Also on January 17 2017, California’s 1st District Court of Appeal notified the City that its ruling in the City’s favor inDavid Eblovi v. Jessica Blair, Half Moon Bay City Clerk, became final, officially concluding the appellate case.  In this lawsuit, the City defended – and ultimately vindicated – voters’ rights to participate in the local election process. The case resulted in a formal, published opinion (www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A148275.PDF) which upholds citizens’ rights to free speech in the political arena. 

 

In early April of 2016, a Half Moon Bay resident (plaintiff) sued the City of Half Moon Bay, its Clerk, several County officials, and five individual Half Moon Bay citizens. The plaintiff was the author of an initiative measure on the June 2016 ballot. His claim stated that the five citizens who had submitted arguments against his ballot measure had no legal right to participate in the elections process by submitting ballot arguments, and that the City erroneously allowed them to do so. His claim also alleged that the arguments against the measure were “false, misleading, or untrue,” and should be deleted from the voter information pamphlet.

 

On April 14, 2016, the San Mateo County Superior Court heard the matter and rejected plaintiff’s arguments. The court stated that the law protected citizens’ rights to political free speech by permitting their participation, that none of the ballot arguments were false, misleading, or untrue such that they needed to be struck from the voter guide, and that the City and elections officials had correctly interpreted the law and appropriately discharged their duties. Further, and as required by law, the court ordered plaintiff to pay the group of named citizens the attorney’s fees and costs they had incurred in the defense of the lawsuit.

 

Upon plaintiff’s appeal, the City again argued that political participation and free speech were core features of the American democracy, preserved in the law and constitution. After review, on December 1, 2016, the Appellate Court denied the appeal, agreed with the City’s position, and issued a published opinion affirming the trial court’s ruling upholding citizens’ rights to participate in the political process. By operation of law, that decision became final on January 17, 2017, concluding the matter.

 
Apply Now for City's "NET" Community Academy

For Immediate Release
January 9, 2017

Contact: Danielle Sanderson
City Manager's Office
(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 - Applications are now available for the spring, 2017 session of Half Moon Bay's annual community engagement program, Half Moon Bay NET (Network - Engage - Transform). The deadline to submit an application is 5 pm, February 6, 2017. Applications are available online at www.hmbcity.com/net, 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 and its programs, while helping to build relationships that will strengthen our entire community. NET will take place each Wednesday evening, March 1 through March 22, from 6 - 9 pm. At each session, participants will take part in interesting and fun activities illustrating how the City's various operations function, meet and talk with City staff and City Council members, and meet other community members who are also interested in being more engaged with the City.
 
It's a great opportunity to get an "insider's" view of the City, become more knowledgeable about how the City works, 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. This program will help form a deeper partnership with the community so we can better address issues together," said Half Moon Bay City Manager Magda González. "People from throughout the City are encouraged to apply, and join with friends, neighbors, and new acquaintances in this community engagement program." In addition to the annual spring program in English, the City coordinates a Spanish-language NET program each fall.
 
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 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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