Issues/Q&A

Q: What is City Council Doing About Traffic Circulation and Congestion?

A:  The City has several projects in the pipeline:

Highway 1 Safety Projects North (from Main Street) and South (Higgins Road to Kelly Avenue): These projects involve intersection, lane, bike/pedestrian, and gateway improvements. Highway 1 South project tentatively scheduled and budgeted for 2019-2020. Highway 1 North is anticipated to beging in 2020-21. Highway 1 North project will include a pedestrian trail on the east side of the highway from Main Street to Spindrift.

Kelly Avenue/Highway 1 Intersection: This projecct involves final design, permitting, bid and reconstruction of the 15,000 square foot intersection for operational improvements (additional turn stacking) and safer pedestrian crossing.

Weekend Intersection Strategies: The City Council recently approved several strategies to address weekend congestion at Hwy 1/92 and Hwy 92/Main Street intersections. These include a No Right Turn sign at the 92/Main intersection during specified hours; a $500 fine for cars blocking the Hwy 1/92 intersection and increased enforcement; lane separation devices on 92 eastbound.

Poplar Complete Streets Project: The city is currently planning pedestrian/bike, traffic safety, and drainage improvements for Poplar Street from Main Street to the Beach. The city has prioritized improvements from Main to Hwy 1 as first phase. Folks living on Main Street should be able to walk and bike safely to the beach.

Q: What else can be done?

A: For commute congestion, we need to consider a Park-n-Ride lot; shutle service to Millbrae CalTrain/BART; bring back school buses; a Telecommute Center; policies to encourage home-based businesses; enrouraging carpools for private schools located over-the-hill. For weekends, we might consider a local shuttle service that circulates through our neighborhoods and carries residents to shopping areas, soccer and ball fields; a Hwy 1 pedestrian overcrossing. I’d like to see more of our businesses provide delivery services, like New Leaf.

Q: What’s the status of the Main Street Bridge rehabilitation project?

A:  On February 28, 2018, Caltrans notified Half Moon Bay that our request for the Preliminary Engineering funds has been approved for the Main Street Rehabilitation project. The letter from Caltrans authorizes the City to proceed with the preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the project. The Main Street Bridge Project Citizens Committee is being reconvend to provide input and oversight.

Q: When will the community see a draft updated Local Coastal Program?

A: A draft updated LCP is nearly complete. City staff will provide an update to the Planning Commission and public beginning in late October. You can find out more soon on City’s Website and via the City’s newsletter. The public will have plenty of opportunities to weigh in on the draft policies.

Q: Did you vote to purchase the house at 555 Kelly?

A: No. I felt the proposed purchase deserved more and broader input from the public. This was not possible, however, because of the seller’s need for a speedy transaction. I do think the purchase makes sense. It is located adjacent to the Ted Adcock Community Center,  skate park, sheriff’s substation, and the County Health Clinic and accross the street from the new Cunha gym. It provides an opportunity to meet additional public facilities needs or room for expansion.

Q: What does the City intend to do with the property at 555 Kelly?

A:  The house on the property is in poor condition and not currently habitable because of electrical and plumbing issues. Additioinally, to be used as a public facility, the house would need significant improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. During the coming fiscal year the City will reach out for input from the public as part of a planning process that will consider all of the existing and potential public uses of the Shoreline Station area.

Q: Where do you stand on the issues of new hotel proposals?

A: As a sitting City Councilmember who may in the future be called on to hear an appeal of proposed projects approved by the Planning Commission, I have to be careful to not predjudice the outcome before hearing and considering all of the facts. This is because appeal hearings and decisions are quasi-judicial in nature. Taking sides before a fair hearing could place myself, the entire council, and the City in legal jeopardy. That said, I’m aware of the public’s concerns about these projects and am committed to assuring there is a full investigation and public accounting of project impacts.

Q: Where do you stand on cannabis?

A: I will accept direction from the voters at the November 6 General Election. I do recommend support for the tax measure because cannabis deliveries to homes is already occurring and it makes policy and fiscal sense to tax the activity. If a tax measure is not passed at this election, the City must wait until the next general election to tax deliveries.

Q: I’m confused by the cannabis measures. Can you help?

A. The City’s Website has links to lot of information about cannabis and the measures on the November ballot: https://www.half-moon-bay.ca.us/481/Information-on-Cannabis-Regulation

The first item is the tax measure. This is an ordinance, and If approved by voters it becomes law immediately.  Then there are three advisory measures asking the voters to advise on retail sales, manufacturing (cannabis products such as tinctures, etc.), and cultivation of mature, flowering cannabis plants. The last is an ordinance (not advisory) which, if passed, would become law and allow the cultivation of nursery cannabis stock (non-THC or non-psychoactive, non-flowering plants) at a limited number of existing greenhouse nurseries. Nursery plants are propogated from seed then shipped away from HMB for cultivation into mature plants. There are some local farmers interested in cultivating nursery plants in currently underutilized or empty greenhouses.  HMB measures do not affect unincorporated areas of the Coastside. The County already permits cultivation of mature cannabis plants in these areas.