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Experience a King Tide - Free Public Talk and View

posted Feb 18, 2019, 12:37 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 12:57 PM ]

When:
  January 20, 2019, 8:30am     Where:  At the entrance to the Pacifica Pier (behind the Chit Chat Cafe)  
King, spring, neap, and perigean tides.  What do they all mean?  How do local conditions as well as those miles and miles away affect what happens at our beaches?  Join Pacifica's Environmental Family to explore and understand the interactions that influence our experience along the coast.  

Sunday, January 20, will be the second "King Tide" of the winter and will be only a bit lower than the Monday tide on the next day.  Both mornings will rpovide the curious a view of what may become the normal highs as sea level rises.  

Unable to attend? or want to experience it again?  We'll be taking photographs to document the event and share how to submit your photographs to the California King Tides Project website.  Snap the Shore, See the Future

Pacifica City Council Candidates Natural & Cultural Environment Issues Forum

posted Sep 10, 2018, 8:40 PM by Sherry F   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 12:50 PM by PEF Pacifica ]

When:
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7:00pm* – 9:30pm


Where: City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd., 2nd Floor, Pacifica

Presented by: Pacifica’s Environmental Family in collaboration with local environmental and cultural organizations in Pacifica. 

The forum will provide each candidate an opportunity to present their vision for our city including what role, if any, the natural environment, arts and culture play in advancing that vision.   This expanded sharing of vision and values will contribute to greater awareness of environmental and cultural challenges and opportunities facing Pacifica that can shape a vibrant and sustainable community. 

 

Pacifica’s Environmental Family will not be advocating for any particular policy or position during the forum and does not advocate for any particular candidate. The intention of this forum is to give the public a chance to hear what each candidate has to say about various environmental issues that Pacifica faces in a respectful and thoughtful way. 

 

For additional information, contact:  pacificaenvironmentalfamily@gmail.com

* Doors open 6:45pm 


View the PEF Candidates Forum on PCT26's YouTube Channel

19th Annual Kahuna Kupuna now open for registration!

posted May 12, 2018, 5:20 PM by Sherry Flumerfelt   [ updated May 12, 2018, 5:22 PM ]

Enjoy a day at the beach with others in our surfing community, celebrate the intergenerational nature of our sport, and raise some much needed funds for Pacifica’s Environmental Family!

The Kahuna Kupuna is an annual shortboard and longboard surf contest that honors the more experienced (in age) surfers among us! The main focus of the contest is the Kahuna Kupuna division for men and women 40 years of age and over, with separate sub-divisions for shortboard and longboard surfers. In addition, an Intergenerational Team Division welcomes surfers of all ages.

Click here for more information

Kahuna, in Hawaiian, means Big Chief, and Kupuna means grandparent or older member of the community who everyone turns to for advice and counsel.

Oct. 26 screening of Freightened: The Real Cost of Shipping

posted Oct 20, 2017, 10:07 PM by Sherry Flumerfelt   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 10:17 PM ]

Join Pacifica's Environmental Family for a screening of the award winning documentary, Frightened: The Real Cost of Shipping. Learn about international freight shipping - that we see on the horizon in Pacifica daily - and its economic and environmental impacts.

Thursday, October 26, 7:00pm
Sharp Park Library, 104 Hilton Way

It may leave you scared shipless!!!!





Presentations from June 16 Sea Level Rise Meeting

posted Jun 19, 2017, 9:48 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 9:51 PM ]

On Friday, June 16, Pacifica’s Environmental Family and the Pacifica Climate Committee convened a meeting of experts to examine the realities of sea level rise for Pacifica. Some of the presentations from this meeting are copied below:  [COMING SOON]
  • Samuel Johnson opened the evening with dramatic views of the seafloor using LIDAR imagery and offered a framework for understanding Pacifica’s coastal geology and evolution to explain how and why the waves that hit our shore have so much effect on Pacifica. Dr. Johnson is a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and lead for the California Seafloor Mapping Program.
  • Gary Griggs is Director of Marine Sciences at U.C. Santa Cruz and author of the book “Living on the Changing California Coast.” Dr. Griggs reviewed some of Pacifica’s recent erosion history, showed us examples of sea level rise adaptation, and summarized the findings of the newly completed Rising Seas study.
  • Jasneet Sharma from the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability shared information about the ongoing county-wide Sea Change planning efforts that focus on three vulnerable areas in Pacifica. View Presentation Here.
  • Bonny O'Connor from the Pacifica Planning Department provided an update on progress on the revision of our Local Coastal Use Plan and the contract with the Army Corps of Engineer for repairs along the coast north of the pier. View Presentation Here.

Sea Level Rise: Understanding Our Coast - June 16

posted Jun 10, 2017, 10:08 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Jun 11, 2017, 9:35 AM ]

Sea Level Rise: Understanding Our Coast

Friday, June 16, 6:45 PM

Pacifica Coastside Museum

Until today no humans have had the technology to measure the changes that occurred as the last Ice Age melted away.  During the last 18,000 years the sea level rose 325 feet and the shore retreated about 25 miles from the Farallones to where today we go to the beach.

Modern science and technology measurements allow us to calculate the possibility of another 150 feet of sea rise if the remaining ice sheets melt.  However, “Waiting for the scientific certainty is neither a safe nor prudent option” according the 2017 study “Rising Seas in California.”

On Friday, June 16, join experts to examine and ask questions about the realities of sea level rise for Pacifica.  Pacifica’s Environmental Family and the Pacifica Climate Committee have invited specialists from both the science and the policy community to speak at the Pacifica Coastside Museum at 6:45 PM.

Speakers

  • Moderator for the evening Brenda Goeden has long experience with negotiating the rocky intersection between science, policy and politics with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
  • Samuel Johnson will open the evening with dramatic views of the seafloor using LIDAR imagery and offer a framework for understanding Pacifica’s coastal geology and evolution to explain how and why the waves that hit our shore have so much effect on Pacifica. Dr. Johnson is a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and lead for the California Seafloor Mapping Program.
  • Gary Griggs is Director of Marine Sciences at U.C. Santa Cruz and author of the book “Living on the Changing California Coast.” Dr. Griggs will review some of Pacifica’s recent erosion history, show us examples of sea level rise adaptation, and summarize the findings of the newly completed Rising Seas study.
  • Jasneet Sharma from the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability will share information about the on-going county-wide Sea Change planning efforts that focus on three vulnerable areas in Pacifica.
  • A representative from the Pacifica Planning Department will give us an update on progress on the revision of our Local Coastal Use Plan and the contract with the Army Corps of Engineer for repairs along the coast north of the pier. 

The themes throughout the evening will weave between history, ongoing scientific investigation and responsive policy. As Pacifica responds to new information over the next several years, determining our course between adaptation measures and hazard mitigation will be a continuing challenge. Join the discussion and help identify priorities that can help to minimize or postpone the impacts of sea level rise.

View the October 6, 2016 City Council Candidate Environmental Issues Forum

posted Oct 12, 2016, 9:38 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 10:07 PM ]




Roy Earnest and Kahuna Kupuna featured in Half Moon Bay Review, August 2016

posted Oct 12, 2016, 9:28 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 9:51 PM ]

https://issuu.com/wickcommunications/docs/half_moon_bay_august2016_web

Pacifica City Council Candidates Environmental Issues Forum

posted Oct 2, 2016, 9:09 AM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 10:07 PM ]


When:
Thursday, October 6 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Where: City Council Chambers, 2212 Beach Blvd., 2nd Floor, Pacifica

Presented by: Pacifica's Environmental Family in collaboration with our projects, and the Pacifica Climate Committee

The forum will provide each candidate an opportunity to present their views on local environmental issues, contributing to greater awareness on environmental challenges and opportunities facing Pacifica.

Pacifica's Environmental Family will not be advocating for any particular policy or position during the forum and does not advocate for any particular candidate. The intention of this forum is to give the public a chance to hear what each candidate has to say about various environmental issues that Pacifica faces in a respectful and thoughtful way.

For additional information, contact:  pacificaenvironmentalfamily@gmail.com

Congratulations Margaret Goodale for receiving the Open Space and Parkland Preservation Award!

posted Jul 25, 2016, 10:14 PM by Sherry Flumerfelt   [ updated Jul 25, 2016, 10:28 PM ]

Congratulations to PEF Board Member, Margaret Goodale, for receiving the City Council's annual Open Space and Parkland Preservation Award!

This award recognizes Margaret's many years of participation in advocacy, education, and restoration of Pacifica's natural environment, parklands, and shoreline.

In 1984, Goodale was appointed to serve on the Open Space Task Force and Committee. Later she served on the Pacifica Land Trust Board and assisted the Land Trust during the period of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area acquisition of Mori Point. She currently serves as the vice president of Pacifica’s Environmental Family that oversees and coordinates many of Pacifica’s environmental, ecological and social programs.

Goodale worked for many years as a naturalist educator, and continues to promote and provide her expertise in naturalist education for Pacifica’s youth and adults.

Margaret received the award at the OSPAC Preservation Award ceremony on Monday, July 11th.

Congratulations, Margaret!

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