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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.


City’s Street Paving Program Moves Forward

City’s Street Paving Program Moves Forward

HALF MOON BAY, CA – At its July 15 meeting, the City Council approved a plan from the Community Development Department to resurface the remaining streets within the City’s street rehabilitation program. As a result, more than seven miles of badly deteriorated streets will receive some much-needed resurfacing work before the end of 2015.

“We are in the home stretch when it comes to the street rehabilitation program,” offered Community Development Director Dante Hall. “Now that the City has methodically worked its way through an extensive maintenance plan, we must shift our focus to the streets that are in most need of repair. Potholes and cracks happen to roadway systems normally over time, but it’s time to get our streets back into shape for the residents who rely on them each day.”

The City has rehabilitated 17 out of 27 total miles of the City maintained streets in the past three fiscal years through significant local and grant funds.  Measure J, the voter approved ½ cent local sales tax in 2012, has provided a major portion of the needed funds.

The City prioritized its street rehabilitation program as per the recommendations of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) sponsored Pavement Management Program. This program recommends higher priority for maintenance of street pavements in fair conditions before further deterioration requiring significantly more expensive repairs. By utilizing this program, the City of Half Moon Bay will complete its street rehabilitation program within the next two years. A list of streets due for street paving can be found below:





































City of Half Moon Bay and Coastside Boys and Girls Club Form New Partnership

City of Half Moon Bay and Coastside Boys and Girls Club Form New Partnership

HALF MOON BAY, CA – On July 1, 2014, the innovative public-nonprofit partnership between the Coastside Boys and Girls Club (BGC) and the City of Half Moon Bay officially went into effect. The BGC has taken over as the official recreation provider for the City in order to bring a fresh, new approach to community programs and activities. Part of this collaborative approach is the harnessing of existing community resources, such as the Peninsula Family YMCA, which is being utilized to manage local summer camp and adult recreational offerings.

“Providing fun and positive recreational experiences to our residents is a fundamental part of city government, offered Mayor John Muller. “That’s why we are very excited to have reputable and experienced nonprofits, like the Coastside Boys and Girls Club and Peninsula Family YMCA, come in to manage and enrich our recreational programs.”

The BGC plans to have the Ted Adcock Community Center be a shared-use facility for seniors, adults, youth, and other recognized non-profit and community organizations. One specific upgrade to the facility will be the establishment of a Teen Center that will be managed by the BGC as an activity and enrichment resource that will open to all teenagers on the Coastside. This will be the first such facility for local youth to garner further experience in educational development, community service opportunities, career paths, recreational activities, and socializing in a safe, welcoming environment.

The BGC also is embarking on other initiatives to expand recreation opportunities along the Coastside. The Club is working with the Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) to build a new 18,000 square foot gym facility just across the street from the Community Center that will include additional programming space for City recreational programs. Further, the BGC is partnering with the City to build a new permanent concrete skate park facility adjacent to the Community Center and a remodel of the interior of the City’s Train Depot for additional meeting space for community groups and recreational programming.

The BGC is a non-profit organization with a primary mission to provide opportunities for character growth, enrichment, and recreation to youth on the Coastside. The BGC has successfully provided recreational and enrichment programs for Half Moon Bay youth through unique Club-offerings and with a successful partnership with the CUSD. Since its founding in 1994, the partnership of BGC and the CUSD has resulted in the implementation of successful afterschool programs and new recreational facilities on school district properties.


Help Design the New Skate Plaza at the Upcoming Workshop

Help Design the New Skate Plaza at the Upcoming Workshop

Skate park design expert and project consultant Zach Wormhoudt will take public input on the design of the new skate park.

HALF MOON BAY, CA – On Tuesday, July 29, the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside and the City of Half Moon Bay will host a design workshop for the new skate park, which is to be located adjacent to the Ted Adcock Community Center. Community input from the workshop will shape the final design of the state-of-the-art concrete skate plaza facility.

Workshop details are below:

What:   Skate Park Design Workshop

When:   Tuesday July 29 at 6pm

Where:  Ted Adcock Community Center; 535 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay

The skate park project is spearheaded by Wormhoudt Incorporated – a Santa Cruz-based design firm that has provided skate park facility planning and design consulting services for over 460 municipalities throughout the world. Principal Zach Wormhoudt believes in a community-based approach to skate and bike park developments that represent people and the environments they recreate in.


City Moves Forward With Mac Dutra Park Renovation Plan

City Moves Forward With Mac Dutra Park Renovation Plan

HALF MOON BAY, CA – In a joint partnership with the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee, the Half Moon Bay City Council is moving forward with a plan to transform Mac Dutra Park into an open and welcoming public space in the heart of downtown. The next step in the planning process is to listen and incorporate additional public input into the detail design work for the park on the corner of Kelly Street and Main Street.

The new Mac Dutra Park design will establish a better connection to Main Street, provide greater space for community events, bring more light into the park, and incorporate sustainability features. It also includes the addition of a permanent stage, which can be used for musical acts, plays, and other events.

“Mac Dutra Park has the potential to be a wonderful gathering place for families and friends in the heart of our historical downtown,” stated Mayor John Muller. “It will support our local businesses by creating a popular community hub on Main Street where residents and visitors can come together and experience what makes our town so special. The new Mac Dutra Park will be a vibrant, new addition to our community.”

The City Council directed City staff to partner with Kikuchi+Kankel Design Group, a locally-based landscape architectural firm that designed the conceptual plans, to execute the enhancements at Mac Dutra Park.

The City has been working in close collaboration with the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee, which is overseeing the maintenance of Mac Dutra Park through the “Adopt-a-Park” program. At the December 17, 2013 Joint City Council/Recreation Committee meeting and January 22, 2014 Recreation Committee meeting, the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee presented the initial conceptual designs along with a pledge to raise $100,000 for the park renovation. In total, the project has a total of $400,000 budgeted toward its completion in FY14-15, with $300,000 from the City. In-kind donations from local construction firms also have been pledged.

Public input will continue to refine the project’s conceptual plans. Details of the next Mac Dutra Park community meeting are listed below:

What:                Community Meeting for Mac Dutra Plaza Project

When:                July 2nd, 6pm

Where:               Emergency Operations Center 537 Kelly Ave

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