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Block Parties Encouraged on National Night Out August 2

NEWS RELEASE
June 27, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Danielle Sanderson
(650) 726-8281

Neighbors Encouraged to Hold Block Parties on "National Night Out" - August 2  
$100 grants from the City will help with costs of 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 2, and reconnect with their neighbors. And, the City will help jump-start block parties by offering a $100 gift card that will help offset the costs of putting on a great neighborhood block party. a short application is required - get the application here.

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 and submit a very short application. The application can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or be mailed/dropped off to City Hall, 501 Main Street. For more information about National Night Out in Half Moon Bay, contact Danielle Sanderson 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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Compost Giveaway April 22


NEWS RELEASE
April 18, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Alek Khojikian
(650) 726-8272
Celebrate Earth Day with  Half Moon Bay's Free Compost Giveaway
In Partnership With Republic Services
HALF MOON BAY, CA - Earth Day is Friday, April 22, and on that day from 9 AM to 2 PM (while supplies last) Half Moon Bay residents can get free, rich compost to enhance their home gardens! The compost will be available for pick up on Kelly Avenue near its intersection with Main Street, across Kelly from City Hall.

Residents are invited to get up to one cubic yard per Half Moon Bay residential address - courtesy of Republic Services.

Please note:
  • This compost is for Half Moon Bay residents only (not available for professional gardeners, landscapers, or other commercial use)
  • Limited supply - first come-first served, while supplies last
  • Residents must bring their own shovels and buckets/bags or other containers
  • Limit of one cubic yard per Half Moon Bay residential address
Compost is an ideal amendment to enrich the soil for lawns, gardens, plants, and trees. And by using compost, wonderful organic resources are added to the soil and the use of fertilizers can be reduced.

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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GPAC Meetings in June

NEWS RELEASE
May 19, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jill Ekas
(650) 726-8270
General Plan Advisory Committee Meetings in June
Discussion of Draft Local Coastal Land Use Plan
HALF MOON BAY, CA - The City's General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) has scheduled two meetings during the month of June, and the community is invited to attend, learn, and participate in Plan Half Moon Bay . These two public meetings will focus on the first Draft Local Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP), and community input is strongly encouraged.

During the meetings, the GPAC will hold discussions, hear public comment, and provide policy direction on the Draft LUP. It's important to note that the Draft LUP is separate and complementary to the General Plan. The Draft LUP does not encompass all of the forthcoming draft General Plan Elements, which will be available this summer.

Meeting 1
Thursday, June 2, 6:30 PM
Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 537 Kelly Avenue
Subjects: Introduction, Land Use, and Coastal Access and Recreation sections of the LUP.

Meeting 2
Thursday, June 30, 6:30 PM
EOC, 537 Kelly Avenue
Subjects: Coastal Resources and Coastal Hazards sections of the LUP.
Both meetings provide an opportunity for the GPAC and community members to gain clarity from staff, and offer comments, opinions, and ideas for consideration of inclusion in the LUP.

How to get a copy of the first Draft LUP:
How to comment on the first Draft LUP:
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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General Plan Advisory Committee Meetings in April


NEWS RELEASE
April 4, 2016

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jill Ekas
(650) 726-8270

General Plan Advisory Committee Meetings in April

HALF MOON BAY, CA - The City's General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) will meet twice in April, and the community is invited to attend and learn about the latest work that's been accomplished. These are the first Plan Half Moon Bay/General Plan meetings of 2016.

Meeting 1
Thursday April 14, 6:30-9 pm
Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 537 Kelly Avenue
Subject: Technical Background Documents

At this meeting, staff will provide an overview of the final Existing Conditions, Trends and Opportunities Assessment document (the original draft was last reviewed in July, 2014). A second agenda item is an overview of the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment document, which is a new study. There will be additional opportunities for public comment on this document.

Meeting 2
Thursday, April 28, 6:30-9 pm
Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 537 Kelly Avenue
Subject: First Draft Local Coastal Land Use Plan

Staff will provide an overview of the first draft of the Local Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP), which is the key policy component of the Local Coastal Program. This is an introductory session for review of this document - there will be ample opportunities for further GPAC review and community comment on the draft. Agenda item 2 for this meeting will be a discussion of next steps, timing, and the GPAC's work plan for future sessions regarding the Draft LUP. It's important to note that the Draft LUP is separate and complimentary to the General Plan. The Draft LUP does not encompass all of the forthcoming draft General Plan Elements, which will be available this summer.

The General Plan can be described as the "blueprint" for the future of Half Moon Bay, defining the community's long-term goals for issues such as land use, housing, conservation, open space, transportation, safety, and noise. The Local Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) establishes land use policies within the Coastal Zone and is similar to a general plan. The City of Half Moon Bay is located entirely within the Coastal Zone, and thus the General Plan will be consistent with the LUP, but will cover additional topics.

Together, the LUP and General Plan will include the planning policies and implementation measures to carry out the community's vision. Plan Half Moon Bay has engaged community members in numerous workshops, meetings, neighborhood listening sessions, stakeholder interviews, community conversations, a survey, and more. 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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Community Info Meeting on New Library Design

CITY OF HALF MOON BAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2016

Contact: Alex Khojikian
Deputy City Manager
(650) 726-8272

Community Information Meeting on March 29 – Progress on New Library Design


HALF MOON BAY, CA –
The City of Half Moon Bay invites the coastside community to attend an upcoming community meeting to learn about the latest progress on the design for the new Half Moon Bay Library:

Tuesday, March 29
6:30 - 8 pm
Ted Adcock Community Center

535 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay

This community information meeting will include a presentation on the development of the new Library’s design. Attendees will learn about updated, additional detail on the landscaping and exterior appearance, gain information on the progress made on the overall exterior and interior design, and see new three-dimensional views enabling community members to better visualize the design. There will also be opportunities to have questions answered.

The content of this meeting follows up on the design concepts presented at the Half Moon Bay Planning Commission meeting on January 12.

Half Moon Bay is grateful for the partnership of San Mateo County, which is providing half the funding of the project's estimated $23 million construction costs, and the San Mateo County Library Joint Powers Authority which is committing over $1 million for furnishings and equipment, and will continue to operate the 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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