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Contents Features 12

Big birthday prompts look back Former Coastsider returns for 103rd birthday and shares childhood memories BY ASHLYN ROLLINS-KOONS

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Letter from the past

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Watching the water

Civil War reenactment prompts a little creative writing BY KYLE LUDOWITZ

Opening of crab season is teachable moment for game wardens BY LIBBY LEYDEN

Departments

Editor’s Note 6 Upcoming 8 Flashback 10 Bring in the Holidays 24 Coastside Canine 50 Coastal Garden 52 Real Estate 54

Cover and this page: Blue and Gray brigades set up camp in Half Moon Bay as the Johnston House Foundation hosted the National Civil War Association for a battle reenactment over Veterans Day weekend. Photos by Kyle Ludowitz. 4

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Editor’s Note

DECEMBER 2019

A holiday of reunion

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will admit, the thought of a Civil War reenactment in Half Moon Bay struck me as … odd. The Civil War was, of course, a conflict between the North and South. The West and California were not left out entirely, but the lion’s share of the conflict seemed faraway to the people who inhabited the West Coast at the time. Personally, I don’t understand what compels folks to dress in costume and pretend to be part of bloody battles. I have particular trouble imagining the charm of playing a Confederate soldier. And you are forgiven if you find the image of a Union soldier a strange cover shot for a December magazine. But I urge you to look at that photo again. In the 1860s, families yearned for young men like that to return from the front. Those yearnings likely were never more wrenching than when the holidays rolled around. More than 600,000 of them died in the war between the Blue and the Gray — roughly half the American soldiers who have died in all of our wars combined. You can imagine what Christmas and Hanukkah were like at home when the boys were away. Perhaps that longing for reunion led the country’s leaders to formally recognize Christmas as an American holiday in 1870. The war was recently finished. The long road toward healing — a journey that continues today — was still ahead. What better way to begin than to lay down our cares, if only for one day, and focus on the act of giving? Happy holidays from all of us at the Half Moon Bay Magazine. — Clay Lambert

EDITOR Clay Lambert clay@hmbreview.com WRITERS Libby Leyden Ashlyn Rollins-Koons Kyle Ludowitz

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Upcoming

Night of Lights shines bright Half Moon Bay’s annual “Night of Lights” is the perfect opportunity for Coastsiders to gather for the holidays. The Parade of Lights winds down Main Street, and opening ceremonies at Mac Dutra Plaza set the tone for the rest of the month. It’s one of the town’s signature evenings. WHEN: Dusk, Dec. 13 WHERE: Downtown Half Moon Bay MORE INFO: visithalfmoonbay.org

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Senior Living Fair

The Half Moon Bay Review and Senior Coastsiders present an afternoon dedicated to resources for seniors and a chance to network with important service providers. There are also five free educational presentations scheduled over the afternoon. WHEN: 1 to 3:30 p.m., Dec. 6 WHERE: 925 Main St., Half Moon Bay MORE INFO: seniorcoastsiders.org

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Flashback

Robert I. Knapp: More than an inventor

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mong the many men and women who helped shape the Coastside community, Robert I. Knapp stood out as a successful inventor who also became a community leader. A descendant of early pioneers who came to Massachusetts in 1630, he continued that adventurous spirit, deciding to go west to California after the Gold Rush. In 1863, he first worked near Petaluma as a skilled blacksmith and wagon maker. A few years later, in 1871, he became a business partner with local building owner W. P. Quinlan. The two were blacksmiths in Half Moon Bay. While fixing farm implements, Knapp soon learned about the special challenge facing local farmers, who were plowing the long sides of coastal canyons with the inefficient Kilgore plow. Knapp designed a reversible plow, which saved immense time and energy. He patented the new design and then marketed and displayed his improved plow around the United States and Hawaii at farm conventions and consumer expositions, winning awards. He became wealthy and famous as a national business and marketing figure. His first shop in town burned down in 1879, so he moved his operations to a bigger property on Main Street, next to today’s Cunha’s Country Grocery. (For his part, Quinlan opened a saloon in a new building.) Knapp installed innovative manufacturing equipment in his

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new location, including a treadmill for horses to drive the drop forging hammers by using a wide leather belt that ran through his shop. His manufacturing techniques greatly improved production speed and efficiency. Knapp joined several social causes, including the Prohibitionist movement. He published a local Prohibitionist newspaper, served as treasurer for the local chapter of the Good Templars and ran for state governor on the Prohibitionist ticket. (He lost badly.). He was also elected as the justice of the peace and superintendent of the Half Moon Bay School, and joined the thriving local chapter of the AntiChinese Association. The fire that destroyed his first shop encouraged him to lead the fundraising to equip the volunteer firefighters with fire axes, hoses, a water wagon and a central water storage tank. He went on to create the first local water company, piping water into town from Digges Canyon, along San Mateo Road. Using the water mains to place fire hydrants throughout the community, he located the first one close

to his new manufacturing shop. His other moneymaking ideas included staking claims along the ocean cliffs of Miramar and El Granada, following rumors that there was gold to be found. He participated in oil well drilling, including the operation of a modest refinery on a 34-acre ranch just north of the Catholic and Odd Fellows cemeteries, along San Mateo Road. He bought a license to manufacture and sell a new, lightweight type of horse-drawn buggy called the “Petaluma cart.” With one of his sons, he also started Half Moon Bay’s first electric service. In 1904, he died unexpectedly, in his early 70s, in his modest Johnston Street home. Soon the family moved the Knapp factory and marketing operations to San Jose. In just 30 years in Half Moon Bay, Knapp’s energy and drive helped to lead and manage the pace of a small and isolated community at the dawn of the 20th century. Dave Cresson is the founder of the Half Moon Bay History Association.


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Champagne, Italian food, humor and books COASTSIDE NATIVE RETURNS WITH LESSONS FROM 103 YEARS OF GOOD LIVING By Ashlyn Rollins-Koons Photos by Kyle Ludowitz

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Phillis Robbiano celebrates her 103rd birthday with her friend Janet Debenedetti. DECEMBER

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hillis Robbiano grew up during a time on the Coastside when the old building on 6th Street in Montara was a functioning grammar school and one teacher taught all the grades before high school. World War I had just ended, and it would be decades before world war would again engulf the globe. It was an era when the flower industry was booming, and when the eldest daughter was expected to learn to take care of a family rather than play outside or go to college. This fall, Robbiano returned to a modern era in a town much changed since she left it some 80 years ago. The occasion was a special celebration — her 103rd birthday. In the early ’90s — the early 1890s, that is — her grandfather Antonio Palmieri came to the United States from Italy. He sent money back to his wife and a daughter, Archangela Palmieri. At 18 years old, Archangela Palmieri, Robbiano’s mom, immigrated to Fresno. “She always used to tell the story (about) when she got on the train (and) didn’t know a word of English,” Robbiano said. “The conductor came by with a menu and she just pointed to something. It was apple pie. I thought, ‘How fitting, apple pie.’” Phillis Robbiano was born Filomena DeCesare, but she later changed her name to Phillis. After living in Moss Beach during her earliest years, she moved to Montara and attended the grammar school there. For high school, she took the bus down to Half Moon Bay High School. At one time she was a substitute teacher, in chemistry, for a month. “I substituted for a teacher, can you imagine that? And they were going to pay me, but they never paid me,” Robbiano said. At the birthday celebration, she told stories from her high school days, while sitting facing the window in her hotel room at the Half Moon Bay Lodge. In front of her were albums filled with black-and-white photos from her life.

Phillis Robbiano's family is pictured in front of their Montara store, which they ran in the 1920s to 1930s.

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Phillis Robbiano (with bouquet) poses with her siblings in 1923.

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Phillis Robbiano and friend Janet Debenedetti peruse a family scrapbook during Phillis' birthday celebration.

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“I SUBSTITUTED FOR A TEACHER, CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT?” PHILLIS ROBBIANO

She looked at them through her round redrimmed glasses occasionally reaching for her magnifying glass to read the smaller print. While she was a substitute teacher, she continued, she once sent her brother and his friend to the principal for misbehaving. “They thought, because it was me, they could get away with anything,” she said. It wasn’t the only time her brother would get in trouble. One day in a civics class, her brother and his friend were throwing erasers at each other when the principal walked in. “Oh, he was furious,” Robbiano remembered. “He called an assembly for the whole school, 100-and-something pupils.” Her brother’s friend Ben apologized and promised to never do it again. “Then it was my brother’s turn, and he apologized,” she said. “But he said, ‘I can’t promise I’ll never do it again.’ You know what happened? The principal didn’t pass him, and he didn’t graduate. My father made him go to school for another full year. Can you imagine?” With her curly white bobbed hair and fashionable outfits that include scarves and jackets, this avid reader of detective novels often slips jokes into her stories. When she finishes a story, she occasionally pauses and says, “Oh shoot” with reminiscence. Robbiano was a good student, even earning a scholarship to college. But her father didn’t allow her to accept it. She said she always regretted not going. After a stint working in the flower industry in Half Moon Bay, Robbiano started work at a cannery. She was selected to work at a cannery in Oakland when she was only about 19 years old. She’s lived in Oakland since. Each day, she walked more than a mile to can fruit for 25 cents an hour. That is until they went on strike one year, and her paycheck went up 10 cents more. Then, there were the blissful weeks she received unemployment insurance when the business

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A day at the beach in 1924.

couldn’t operate during the winter months. “We thought it was wonderful,” she said. “We had a job.” After a while, Robbiano and her girlfriends discovered there were dance halls in downtown Oakland. One night, a man named Louis asked Robbiano for a dance, and the next week, he took her and a friend to see San Francisco. It was the first time she had ever seen the city. She married Louis Robbiano on Sept. 30, 1939. They briefly moved to Fresno during World War II while her

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husband worked on building the Fresno airport, but they returned to Oakland once the war ended. He built multiple houses for his children and family members in Oakland; his daughter said he was a natural engineer. Louis and Phillis Robbiano’s daughter, Carol Robbiano, remembers her great-grandfather, Antonio Palmieri, from their time in Fresno. In an email, Carol Robbiano described him as a kind, elderly gentleman with a good sense of humor. The Coastside remains a special place to Robbiano and her daughter who come back to visit often. During this


trip, she stopped by La Petite Baleen Swim School on Main Street, which used to be her house, and visited Half Moon Bay Bakery, where her mother worked. “It’s just unimaginable,” she said. “We would drive maybe once in a while, after the war, up to San Francisco and back along the coast. There’d be nobody there, and now it’s just wonderful to come down and see everything.” HALF MOON BAY

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A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY

On Oct. 23, Phillis Robbiano celebrated her 103rd birthday with a sip of prosecco and a meal of chicken and pasta while surrounded by daughter Carol Robbiano and a few close friends. She had returned to the coast for the celebration. “Oh,heavens,” she said,a joke forming in her mind. “It’s just another day, dear. I’m lucky to be here and to be as well as I am. That’s the thing, you know. Everybody has to cater to me, otherwise I yell at them.” “No, she doesn’t,” her daughter, Carol, replied. “She’s got a great sense of humor. That’s part of what got her here.” —Ashlyn Rollins-Koons Phillis Robbiano graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1933 and just celebrated her 103rd birthday with a visit to the Coastside.

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From the front A UNION SOLDIER RECOUNTS THE BATTLE OF JOHNSTON HOUSE Story and Photos by Kyle Ludowitz

Battle reenactors from the National Civil War Association gathered at the Johnston House in Half Moon Bay on Veterans Day weekend to participate in a U.S. Civil War display.

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My dearest Eleanor, The devil has had his day, but I made it through. I am inclined to believe there will be more bloodshed on the near horizon and lest I should not be able to write again, I feel impelled to put forth a few lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more. I never imagined that the war would reach us here. I don’t know if anyone ever does. I heard a man reading from a newspaper that the Confederates were repelled at a place called Picacho Pass out in the New Mexico territory and reasoned that was as far west as the Rebs would get. Yet, here I am, off to a small hamlet along blue coastal waters to quell Lt. Col. Johnson’s Confederate militia as they try to sweep up to San Francisco from underneath. I was sobered after hearing about the horrors at Shiloh, but am heartened by the recent news of Grant’s successful conquests of the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. Perhaps the war shall end soon; if only Gen. McClellan would capitalize on his victory over Lee’s army at Antietam and push onward toward Richmond. If he refuses to use the Army, I imagine President Lincoln would like to borrow it for a while. There are rumors the President plans to militarize Angel Island, but that may be some time off and we have come too far from Starr King’s union speeches in the plaza for us to fall to confederate arms. I long to be back home with you and the family in peace, but my love of country comes over me like a rushing torrent so strong that to even step foot in its waters is to be swept downstream. Major Kenyon, my commanding officer, believing we can intercept the Confederates before they break away over the mountains, dispatched our brigade to secure the ground around farmer Johnston’s house. We

A LETTER HOME

Half Moon Bay Magazine journalist Kyle Ludowitz wrote the letter here in the style of a Union soldier. It’s meant to dramatize the scenes he saw while covering the November reenactments at the Johnston House in Half Moon Bay.

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Union soldiers lie on the field of battle in front of the Johnston House after a battle reenactment.


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Youth reenactors join with adults to add to the authenticity of the scene.

arrived shortly before dusk and in the fading light I could see the endless rows of Confederate bivouac fires. Our march paid off and we arrived in time – the Rebs had no choice but to fight their way through. And fight they did. We mustered at first light on a damp morning and the infamous Army cough at reveille was a chorus loud enough to drown out the drums. I remain grateful I am not drowning in the mud like the poor souls along the Potomac. Maj. Kenyon personally made his rounds through camp, inspecting the troops, emboldening us for the day’s bloody business. We were trained for war, but war means killing. A company of our skirmishers was first to take the high ground on the eastern flank as we unlumbered our artillery pieces, sending several volleys of our 10-pound ordinance into the whither Rebel ranks before they returned with their smaller Napoleon sixpounder. With our numerical advantage, Maj. Kenyon ordered my battalion to advance along the right flank to meet the oncoming Rebel line. Through a scythe of

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rifled musket fire, we advanced, stepping further into madness until we could see the whites in their eyes before delivering a fury of our own into the ranks of butternut soldiers. What a gruesome sight to behold, a ghastly flooring, the brutal creation of man mingled with a mosaic of mud. It is truly a time of tremendous terror that we live in. Within one year I have witnessed the complete evolution of warfare: the invention of the repeater gun, land mines, railway artillery, telescopic sights for snipers and use of military telegraph. I’ve even heard of a clash between giant ironclad ships to our east. The European powers must look upon our creations aghast with what we do to one another. Surely the world will never be the same. Half blind with smoke, we raged on until a Confederate unit sprang in ambush. Out from the thickets along the eastern slope came a charge of Rebel soldiers clad in a patchwork of grays, browns and greens, screaming their fox-hunt yip, their banshee squall that sent a corkscrew sensation up my


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During the reenactment, Confederate soldiers stand at attention to receive orders before battle.

backbone. With total surprise they fell hard on our skirmishers and artillery, felling the greater portion of the men afield. Yet courage overcame fear and we held fast. The hill was not forfeited. In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider itself beaten. He who continues the attack wins. Pressing our reserve corps to the front to reinforce, we drove back the butternut ambushers, breaking their last chance to reclaim the day. Now, unified as a sea of blue, we pushed forward, firing at will as the Rebels rolled back, abandoning one position after another. Through the cacophony of cannon and musket, the cries of bugles rang out, signaling our final push. Onward we strove, cutting wide around the Confederate western flank. We took an exposed artillery battery in a ferocious closequarters melee. At last, the Rebels broke and scattered to the south. The thunder of the guns ceased, and the Northern hurrah echoed across the field. The day was ours, though little rejoice rang in our hearts. For the first

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time in the day I could hear the sound of crashing waves, the singing of distant birds. And I wept. What great hatred lives in our world and from what seed and root did it first spring? My dear sweetheart, I fear there will be more fighting to come. The Rebels have been beaten for the day, but they are not yet whipped outright. I see now that it is impossible to restore the old union, the country we once knew. We must now forge a new nation and find a righteous cause to lead our better angels to craft a new soul. Liberty must take the day, and nothing short of it. Eleanor, my love for you is deathless. Watch over mother while I am away and kiss our darling daughter for me. Aaron Sullivan Nov. 9, 1862 (Two months later, President Lincoln would sign the Emancipation Proclamation, forever changing the tenor of the war.) HALF MOON BAY


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Game warden Justin Demaine checks a sport fishing boat for compliance with state regulations.

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t’s a sunny morning with no surf, ideal for fishermen, as boats come in and out of the dock at Pillar Point Harbor. California Fish and Wildlife game warden Gabrielle Stauffer hops on one of the vessels. “Were you fishing for crab today?” she asks the man steering the boat. “How did you do?” “We all reached our limit,” he replies. Stauffer opens up the coolers in front of her. They are overflowing with Dungeness crab. She quickly begins to fling the crab, one by one, onto the boat to count how many were caught. With five people fishing on the boat, Stauffer ensures no more than 50 crab were caught, as that would fulfill the state-set limit of 10 per person. She uses a bright green ruler to measure the crab’s width, which according to the state’s regulations must be no smaller than 5 ¾ inches in width. “If the crab are too small they will always go back in the water,” Stauffer said. Stauffer, who prefers to go by “Gaba,” wears dark green pants, a tan shirt and is fitted with a protective vest that reads “Game Warden.” On Nov. 2 recreational Dungeness crab season officially opened, so to prepare for the increase of activity at Pillar Point Harbor, Will O’Brien, the game warden assigned to San Francisco, and Justin Demiane, a warden still in training, joined Stauffer to keep an eye on things. “On opening day, we look for everything. It’s like any other day during the season, (but) there is more of it,” O’Brien said. “There will be people out there for their first time, and, with folks like that, we try and educate.” O’Brien, who’s been a game warden for more than a decade, said typically people who are intending to poach crab are aware of what they are doing and hope they won’t be caught. “People who’ve been fishing out here for a long time know there are not a lot of us out,” he said. “… So what they hope is, if we are trying to check hundreds of people, they will get lost in the shuffle.”

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Game warden Gabrielle Stauffer stands on the bow of a boat while checking to be sure crabbers are complying with state rules on opening day of recreational crab season.

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The majority of times, O’Brien and Stauffer cite people for fishing without a license or using illegal gear, and occasionally they will encounter a person who is poaching a large amount of crab. Stauffer, who lives in Half Moon Bay, is the only game warden assigned to San Mateo County. She’s been on the job for about two years and is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she earned a degree in earth sciences. “I love the outdoors and I feel strongly about protecting wildlife,” she said. “This job is more of a boots-onthe-ground role and about making a difference.” For the most part, California game wardens are the only ones enforcing best practices on the water when it comes to fishing. There are about 40 million people in the state. There are

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ire danger may be the new fact of life, but Coastside gardeners can take specific actions to keep their homes fire resistant and protected. Late fall and winter is not only rainy, but many landscape plants enter dormancy. Now is a great time to prune, plant, mulch and redesign to get our gardens fire ready. Here are a few simple, but important, guidelines: t Interrupt fire paths by creating plant islands. Use gravel paths, rock or concrete walls, dry streambeds, water features and driveways to separate plantings. The closer to the house, the smaller the plants and planting units should be. t Use rock rather than wood mulches for at least 5 feet adjacent to your structures. Luckily for us, these rock and sandy mulches can create a very attractive coastal look when used throughout our gardens. Where wood mulch is desired, a few inches of composted wood chips is best, according to recent test results. In addition, while it's good garden practice to leave the leaves, don't let leaf and plant detritus layers get more than 3 inches thick beneath shrubs. Keep the critical 30-foot defensive zone "clean, lean and green." Keep plantings separated and free of deadwood and thatch. Don't crowd plants around trees where a fire can ladder up. Irrigate as needed so that plants are moist and lush rather than dry. Ensure overhanging decks and balconies aren't hanging over shrubs. t Prune off lower tree branches up to at least 6 to 10 feet depending on the size of the tree. If you have shrubs beneath trees, leave three times the shrub height between the top of the shrub and the lowest branch to avoid creating a fire ladder. Keep shrubs low and airy. Next time you go plant shopping, look for hardy and slow-growing plants, drought-tolerant natives and succulents. Succulents and lawn grasses (and

better yet, lawn substitutes such as clover and native meadow plants) are particularly good in proximity to the house. But keep them green! When selecting trees and shrubs, opt for deciduous varieties and natives. Evergreens such as junipers, conifers and eucalyptus should be avoided in the defensive zone as they contain oils, resins, and waxes that create fire intensity. Deciduous trees and shrubs have a higher moisture content while in leaf and less fuel volume when leaves are dropped. Native plants are also good choices as they evolved to maintain moisture throughout our dry summers. Native trees have thicker, more fireresistant bark. Shrubs like ceanothus have small leaves that burn fast so fire doesn't damage the green wood. Many Coastsiders live on slopes. Every guideline for folks on the flats goes double for those on the hill. Fires move swiftly uphill. Consequently, trees and shrubs need to be farther from each other and pruned more severely. Sadly, think twice about that wooded gazebo or shady grove on that hilltop vista point. There are lots of readily available resources to help homeowners create fire-resistant landscaping and a suitable defensible area. One good one is "Fire Safe San Mateo" (https://firesafesanmateo.org/ resources/defensible-space/fire-safe-landscaping). In addition to guidelines and information for numerous categories, the site has a very useful list of fireresistant plants. Fire is bad news, but the good news is that a fire- safe garden can be beautiful and easy — and improve your property value. Susan Kornfeld is a University of California Cooperative Extension master gardener who enjoys working in coastal gardens. The article was edited by Cynthia Nations, herself a UCCE master gardener. HALF MOON BAY

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RealESTATE Select recent Coastside real estate transactions

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Buyer

Amount

Philip E. and Katherin A. Ackert, trustees

112 Turnberry Road, Half Moon Bay

Jack P. and Evelyn F. Salamy

$975,000

Paul McGregor

484 Poplar St., Half Moon Bay

Sarah Ross

$880,000

Barry J. and Dawn M. Parker

431 Seymour St., Half Moon Bay

Kein J. and Nancy L. Castongauy

$2,000,000

Matthew A. and Amy M. Johnson

3 Sylvan Way, La Honda

Evan and Jill Spitzer

$600,000

Mathew Haugen and William C. Bright

1026 Birch St., Montara

Thomas and Meredith Teisseyre

$1,730,000

Mary Roberts Rice

856 Park Ave., Moss Beach

Robert G. Bloomer and Pauline C. Burke

$1,250,000

Robert and Bertina Moules and Rebecca L. Moules Charlene B. McCarthy and Timothy J. Watson, trustees

vacant land, El Granada

Sean and Kathleen L. Freitas

$236,000

504 Metzgar St., Half Moon Bay

Chrystal Redekopp and Hunter Hutson

$830,000

Donald A. and Toni Jo T. Wuchterl

1502 Spinaker Lane, Half Moon Bay

Michael and Lauren Labrecque-Jessen

$1,000,000

Greg A. Reynolds

20 Trace Lane, Half Moon Bay

Karson M. Miller, Laura A. Faulkner and Kathy Miller

$1,581,000

B.F. Martha LCC, et. al.

201 Medio Ave., Half Moon Bay

Prerna T. and Tejesh C. Makanawala

$550,000

Diana Johnson, trustee

vacant land, Half Moon Bay

Austin Harkin and Caterinie Braddon-Harkin

$100,000

Diana Johnson, trustee

vacant land, Half Moon Bay

Robert G. Bloomer and Pauline C. Burke

$100,000

Diana Johnson, trustee

vacant land, Half Moon Bay

Robert Bloomer and Austin Harkin

$525,000

Anthony R. and Sherri L. Taffera, trustees

565 Railroad Ave., Half Moon Bay

Thomas H. and Angela M. Reiner

$2,300,000

Theodore L. Irgens, trustee, et. al.

628 Ruisseau Francais Ave., Half Moon Bay

Aurora M. Adkins

$1,135,000

Laurie McPherson

22400 Skyline Blvd., La Honda

Danika and Evan T. Dellor

$800,000

Elizabeth and Lizelle Festejo

1060 Date St., Montara

Christopher and Jenny Deimler

$1,355,000

Michael Garvey

vacant land, El Granada

Roxane Osborne and Ryan Alfonso

$100,000

Frand G. Patterson

659 Isabella Road, El Granada

Baonga I. Trinh

$501,500

James C. and Janice E. Dawdy

478 Ferdinand Ave., El Granada

Sallie J. Bradford and Rogelio V. Lopez

$975,000

John F. and Melissa P. Cooper

915 Avenue Balboa, El Granada

Adam and Summer Williams

$962,000

Gabriel and Micheline Tabib

vacant land, Half Moon Bay

Anthony R. and Sherri L. Taffera, trustees

$590,000

Kobias D. Coon and Lorelei J. Arellano, trustees

40 Memory Lane, La Honda

Charlotte Rubin

$735,000

Thomas W. and Shirley R. Miller

1475 East Ave., Montara

David Scheinker

$1,190,000

Thomas M. and Tracy M. Kane, trustees

vacant land, Moss Beach

Michael Eusebio

$147,000

Kathryn A. Rubin

822 Palma St., El Granada

Eric D. Curtis

$1,155,000

Alfred E. Perruquet

130 Sonora Ave., El Granada

Udaz LLC

$275,000

James F. and Carole Hann, trustees

54 Merion Road, Half Moon Bay

Alan and Victoria Rudolph

$1,630,000

Andrew C. Hall Jr. and K. Sandra Hall, trustees

300 Rancho de la Bana, La Honda

La Honda Clubhouse LLC

$2,849,000

Donald Rapp, trustee

vacant land, Montara

Timothy F. and Jacqueline P. Walley

$345,000

Darl W. Rowen, trustee

8445 Cabrillo Highway, Montara

Kristjan Higdon and Todd Martincello

$500,000

Ralph J. Sheehy and Crystal N. Klingele

461 Lancaster Ave., Moss Beach

Robert E. and Jocelynne Moran, et. al.

$1,049,000

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