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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!

Half Moon Bay Review article about Kahuna Kupuna

posted Jul 20, 2016, 6:32 AM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Jul 20, 2016, 6:33 AM ]

Aloha spirit prevails in surf contest

Event benefits Pacifica environmental GROUP
By John Murphy, Half Moon Bay Review


Mike Wallace stands with his board on Saturday during the surf contest in Pacifica. Participants say they appreciate the wide age range and terrific spirit of the event. Cat Cutillo / Review

Rock ‘n’ roll reverberated as dogs roamed the beach and little girls cartwheeled on the sand under cloudy skies during the 15th annual Kahuna Kupuna Classic surf contest Saturday at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica.

The event is a fundraiser for Pacifica’s Environmental Family.

“It was my first contest and I liked it,” said Pacifica’s Zach Howatt, a student at Terra Nova High School. “I was nervous, but when I got out there I was relaxed.”
Howatt was part of a six-person intergenerational team that also included brother Jackson Howatt, Colin Dwyer, Steve Dwyer, Taylor Payne and Norm Payne.

The Howatt-Dwyer-Payne team was edged out for first place in the intergenerational category by the Half Moon Bay team of Clay Johnson, Kaira Wallace, Nick Holoulos, Tom Feix, Peter Andreini and Mike Wallace.

“This is something I look forward to every year,” Mike Wallace said. “It spreads the concept of ‘ohana,’ which means family in Hawaiian, and also the aloha spirit.”

In a fascinating moment, Andreini and Feix wound up riding the same wave and attempted to change boards, which would have been a neat trick.

Jeff Bjork, a former Half Moon Bay resident who now lives in Marin, was also among the hardy souls who braved the cold saltwater.

“I love to compete,” said Bjork, 45. “These are good people and it’s a good time for a good cause. It’s a blast. I come back every year.”

Spectators oohed and ahhed at impressive rides and wipeouts alike as surfboards were raffled off and mugs and T-shirts were sold. One of the contestants was Christian Wadman, of Marin County, who competed in the 40-49 age group.

“The proceeds go to help our ecosystem,” Wadman said. “We need that to keep on surviving and to keep healthy. It’s a good community day to be together and enjoy being together. It’s fun to be here and to compete against guys my own age.”

Roy Earnest, who presided over the competition, was pleased.
“We had about 90 people in the contest, and that’s very good,” he said. “Normally we have about 80 to 83. Things have gone smoothly. It’s been a good time and we’ve had good waves, although it’s a little windy.”

Many of the competitors were middle-aged men like Hugh Gurin, of San Francisco, and probably relieved not to have to compete against 20-somethings with more agile bodies.

“This is the only place I can be called a kid,” Gurin quipped. “I’ve come to this almost every year. It’s good people and not much pressure and everyone kicks in. I spent two hours judging. This is the only place I see some of my friends all year.”

One of the female competitors was Krista Howell, of San Francisco, who co-produced the 2006 documentary “Great Highway” about the history of surfing in the Bay Area, including the famous Coastside surf spot, Mavericks.

“This is great,” said Howell as she prepared to load some longboards onto her car. “It has the aloha spirit, and it’s good for older competitors. It’s a lot of fun.”


Source: http://www.hmbreview.com/sports/aloha-spirit-prevails-in-surf-contest/article_715d7db0-4ddc-11e6-a834-bb727148e0b1.html

Kahuna Kupuna Results are in!

posted Jul 18, 2016, 1:35 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Jul 22, 2016, 11:53 AM ]

Here are the complete final results for the 17th Annual Kahuna Kupuna Benefit Surf Contest that took place on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica, along with a nice photo of the fogbow that hung around for the first couple of hours of the contest on Saturday morning.

Crowdrise fundraiser for the Kahuna Kupuna

posted Jun 7, 2016, 5:19 PM by PEF Pacifica   [ updated Jun 7, 2016, 8:12 PM ]

https://www.crowdrise.com/kahuna-kupuna-benefit-surf-contest/fundraiser/royearnest
As a way to increase the amount of funds we can raise for Pacifica's Environmental Family this year through the Kahuna Kupuna, a fundraising page was set up for the Kahuna Kupuna at https://www.crowdrise.com/kahuna-kupuna-benefit-surf-contest/fundraiser/royearnest

 If the spirit moves you, please donate whatever you can.  Donors who donate $30 or more will receive this year's Kahuna Kupuna T-Shirt as a thank you.  All donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.

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