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City Council Nomination Period Closes - Candidate Roster Announced

News Release
August 18, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jessica Blair, City Clerk
(650) 726-8271

Nomination Period Closes for November 8, 2016 Half Moon Bay City Council Election
Final Roster of Candidates Announced

Half Moon Bay, CA - The City Clerk of Half Moon Bay has announced that the nomination period for the November 8, 2016 Half Moon Bay City Council Election has officially closed. The final roster of qualified candidates is as follows:

Adam Eisen
Business Executive

Carol Joyce
Attorney / Legal Consultant

Harvey Rarback
Director, Coastside Fire Protection District

Michael Thompson
School Administrator

The Sample Ballot and Official Voter Information Pamphlet will begin mailing to all registered voters on September 29, 2016.

Voter registration deadline:
The last day to register to vote in order to participate in the November 8, 2016 Election is October 24, 2016. Please visit the website of the San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder for voter registration information and instructions.

Please contact the City Clerk, Jessica Blair, at (650) 726-8271 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.

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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City Council Candidate Filing Period – EXTENSION

At the close of the nomination period on August 12, 2016 for the November 8, 2016 Half Moon Bay City Council Election, certain qualified incumbents failed to file. Therefore, pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10225, the filing period for candidates for the November 8, 2016 Half Moon Bay City Council Election has been EXTENDED to Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Anyone interested in filing papers to appear as a candidate on the ballot for the November 8, 2016 Half Moon Bay City Council Election should contact the City Clerk’s Office. All issued nomination paperwork must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 in order to qualify for the ballot.

Jessica Blair, City Clerk, may be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at (650) 726-8271.

Regular office hours for the City Clerk’s Office are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 
La Academia Comunitaria en Español - Half Moon Bay NET

PARA DISTRIBUCION INMEDIATA
2 de Agosto, 2016

Contacto: Ben Corrales
(650) 712-6660

Solicite su participación en el Programa “Half Moon Bay NET”
La Academia Comunitaria en Español le ofrece la oportunidad
de Conectarse, Participar y Transformar

Half Moon Bay, CA – Solicitudes están disponibles para la versión en Español del nuevo programa de la academia comunitaria de Half Moon Bay, conocido como Half Moon Bay NET (Network – Engage - Transform). La fecha límite para someter la solicitud es el 30 de Agosto del 2016 a las 5:00 pm. Las solicitudes están disponibles en línea en www.hmbcity.com/net, en las oficinas de la Alcaldía en 501 Main Street, o llamando al (650) 712-6660. Inscripción es limitada a 25 participantes, que serán seleccionados al azar entre todos los solicitantes. El programa es gratis.

Esta academia comunitaria es de cuatro sesiones y le provee una visión general de la administración y gobierno de Half Moon Bay, al mismo tiempo le ayuda a crear vínculos que reforzarán la comunidad. Las sesiones se reunen cada miércoles del 14 de Septiembre al 5 de Octubre de las 6 a las 9 pm. En cada sesión, los participantes se involucran en actividades que ilustran como opera la Ciudad, al mismo tiempo compartirán con personal de la Ciudad. Se cubrirá las funciones de todos los departamentos de la ciudad, incluyendo seguridad pública (San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, and Coastside Fire Protection District), la Biblioteca (San Mateo County Library), y Recreación (Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside).

Este programa, que se ofreció en Inglés a principios de este año, ofrece una gran oportunidad para los miembros de la comunidad de obtener más conocimiento de como la ciudad opera, y de como crear y reforzar los vínculos y relaciones que hacen una gran comunidad. El programa en otoño del 2016 se ofrece en su totalidad en Español.

Este nuevo programa de participación de la comunidad ayuda a formar una relación más profunda con la comunidad lo que nos permite resolver los problemas conjuntamente. Estamos muy complacidos de ofrecerlo en este otoño a los miembros de la comunidad que se sienten más cómodos hablando y participando en su idioma Español.

Los objetivos de NET son el de involucrar y atraer a las personas a aprender y entender las operaciones del gobierno local, y el de mejorar la comunicación entre la Ciudad y aquellos que viven y trabajan en ella. Los participantes aprenderán cómo es que se toman las decisiones, cómo se asignan los fondos, y cómo los departamentos de la ciudad interactuan entre ellos, al mismo tiempo tendrán la oportunidad de conversar francamente con miembros del Consejo Municipal abordando temas de importancia, proyectos, políticas y planes que le dan forma al futuro de nuestra comunidad.

Ubicada 28 millas al sur de San Francisco, la Ciudad de Half Moon Bay es una comunidad de aproximadamente 12,000 personas, localizada en la península entre colinas forestales y unas de las más espectaculares líneas costeras que ofrece California. Su centro histórico es el hogar de numerosas tiendas, galerías de artes, restaurantes, hoteles y sus celebradas playas y parques son maravillas naturales, accesibles a peatones, ciclistas, y ecuestres. Con su cantidad de actividades y eventos, hermoso paisaje natural, encanto antiguo y abundancia de servicios comerciales, hacen que Half Moon Bay sea un destino regional. La página web es www.hmbcity.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2016

Contact: Ben Corrales
(650) 712-6660

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

Half Moon Bay, CA – Applications are now available for the Spanish language version of Half Moon Bay’s new community academy program, called Half Moon Bay NET (Network – Engage - Transform). The deadline to submit an application is 5 pm, August 30, 2016. Applications are available online at www.hmbcity.com/net, from City Hall at 501 Main Street, or by calling (650) 712-6660. 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 the community. Sessions take place each Wednesday evening, September 14 through October 5, from 6 – 9 pm. At each session, participants engage in activities illustrating how the City operates, 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, which was offered in English earlier this year, presents a great opportunity for community members to become more knowledgeable about how the City operates, and help to build and strengthen the bonds and relationships that make a great community. The fall, 2016 program is being offered entirely in Spanish.

This community engagement program helps form a deeper partnership with the community in order to better address issues together. The City is pleased to be able to offer it this fall for those members of the community who are more comfortable participating in Spanish.

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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Groundbreaking for New Library - July 29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2016

Community Invited to Groundbreaking for New Library


HALF MOON BAY, CA – The City of Half Moon Bay and its partners – San Mateo County and the County Library Joint Powers Authority – are pleased to announce the groundbreaking for the new Half Moon Bay Library. After years of hard work and widespread community collaboration, the City is moving forward with this critically important project. The entire Coastside is invited to join the celebration of this monumental occasion!

What:     Groundbreaking Ceremony for Half Moon Bay Library
Date:      Friday, July 29, 2016
Time:      11 am ceremony - light refreshments at noon
Location: 620 Correas Street, Half Moon Bay
(corner of Correas Street and Purissima Street)

The new Half Moon Bay Library, serving the City and the Coastside, is designed to meet the needs of today's digital lifestyle. With everything from community gathering places, events, activities, and books, to Internet connections, multipurpose areas, and literacy sections, the new library will provide everyone in the community wonderful opportunities, tools, and experiences.

"The new Half Moon Bay Library is exactly what our community needs. As leaders we are responsible to push forward on the things that truly matter, and our new library truly matters to everyone on the Coastside.The library will help inspire children, provide critical resources and programs, and create social connections among everyone in Half Moon Bay,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Rick Kowalczyk. “It’s taken a remarkable amount of hard work, creative thinking, and persistence to make the project a reality. One aspect that I am particularly thrilled about is that we are able to build the new library with no tax increase to the community.

The City is grateful for the partnership of San Mateo County, the County Library Joint Powers Authority, and the San Mateo County Library System.

Joining Mayor Kowalczyk on this occasion will be San Mateo County Supervisors Don Horsley and Carole Groom, to ceremonially mark the start of site work for the new library.

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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Ribbon Cutting for Carter Park Stairs July 19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2016       


Rebuilding of Carter Park Stairs Complete
Mayor to Commemorate with Ribbon Cutting


HALF MOON BAY, CA – The City is pleased to announce that the rebuilding of a key public access point to John L. Carter Memorial Park is complete, and Mayor Kowalczyk will officially re-open that access with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

Opening of New Stairs to Carter Park
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 5:15 pm
Stone Pine Center Parking Lot (Stone Pine Road at Main Street)

This project replaced the old wooden structure, which was deteriorating and closed for the safety of the public. The new concrete stairs are anchored by the existing piers, with new safety-compliant metal guard rails, and accessibility-compliant handrails on both sides. With only minimal maintenance these new stairs are expected to have a usable life of more than 25-years.

We’re thrilled to be able to re-open this key public access point to Carter Park,” said Mayor Rick Kowalczyk. “This project is a great ‘quick win’ example of the City reinvesting in the infrastructure – we've come a long way as a City, financially, and it's especially gratifying to be able to bring this project to the families of Half Moon Bay."

The short ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 19 will commemorate the completion of the new stairs – a project which will not only increase community access but also help to revitalize this great community asset and improve the aesthetics of the area.

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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