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Our annual HMB Health and Fitness Magazine features the Coastside Running Club, an overview of apples and profiles of local physicians.

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DUI TROUBLES CONTINUE ON COAST 67 ARRESTS REPORTED FOR 2009 By Mark Noack [ mark@hmbreview.com ]

Half Moon Bay Police say they made 67 arrests for driving under the influence in 2009 — about average for the decade just passed. They are less sure what to make of that fact.

Recent DUI statistics for Half Moon Bay fluctuate and demonstrate no clear trend. In 2002 police arrested the highest number of the decade, 100 people. But in 2005 DUI arrests dropped to nearly half that number, 52 people. Interpreting arrest figures comes down to perspective. Are high arrest numbers a good sign, indicating that police are doing their job well? Or are they a bad sign, showing an increase in drunken drivers?

“There’s a lot of variables that are hard to pinpoint,” said Police Chief Don O’Keefe. “Usually the more officers you have on the road, the more (DUIs) you see.” In recent years, local police have reduced their ranks from 18 to 14 sworn officers, meaning that the department has fewer resources to spare. Catching drunken drivers, O’Keefe said, frequently depends on

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Red portion of the map represents the area at risk of inundation in the event a tsunami. Pilarcitos Creek

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Map courtesy California Emergency Management Agency

New tsunami maps indicate the threat of tsunami may not be quite as great as originally thought — but experts agree that a tsunami could still leave swaths of the Coastside under water.

New tsunami maps reflect impact to Coastside RISK TO HALF MOON BAY CONSIDERED AMONG GREATEST IN STATE By Greg Thomas [ greg@hmbreview.com ]

the job he had been waiting for, and he rushed out to the parking lot. His cab, a well-worn Ford Aerostar van, grumbled to life as he took off down the highway toward El Granada. Restani met his first customers of the new year along Avenue Alhambra. The passenger door handle of the van had been ripped out, and Restani had to reach across the van to fiddle with a pair of pliers to open the door. The shocks of the van groaned from the weight of the four passengers who entered, asking to head down to the Old Princeton Landing bar. “I know I’m getting hammered tonight,” one rider said. “So I’m either coming in a taxi or leaving in a cop car.” One of his friends followed that point. “We’re intelligent enough to learn from

A slate of new maps highlighting where the California coast is susceptible to flooding in the event of a major tsunami were released late last month. The Coastside is in the danger zone. A “worst-case” tsunami scenario in San Mateo County shows less would be inundated on the Coastside than officials previously anticipated. However, scientists still consider Half Moon Bay one of the top five most vulnerable points in the state, says Rick Wilson, California Geological Survey senior engineering geologist. “It’s like a catcher’s mitt of tsunamis,” said Wilson, lead scientist for the state in producing the maps. “The way that the bay is facing and the underwater symmetry seem to amplify waves coming in. Particularly the inundation into the (Half Moon Bay) airport is a big concern.” The maps update a set of similar charts produced in 2005 in the wake of a tsunami that swamped coastlines bordering the Indian Ocean after an undersea earthquake.

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Coastside cabdriver Mark Restani of Adams Coastal Airporter was on duty on New Year’s Eve — one of the biggest nights of the year for cabbies the world over.

Getting from bar A to bar B can be a taxiing experience NEW YEAR’S EVE IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF CABBIES’ CALENDAR By Mark Noack [ mark@hmbreview.com ]

Not normally a wallflower, Mark Restani was pushed to the edge of the bar to make room for a team of servers hoisting trays of champagne for the thirsty crowd. It was New Year’s Eve at La Costanera restaurant in Montara, and the booze was flowing for the packed room of revelers, who were shouting, laughing, spilling and — in some cases — wrestling on the barroom floor. Restani, 25, shook his head when the champagne server approached, but the

employee thrust a glass into his hand anyway. Restani said nothing but ditched the drink on a coffee table. It was no night for him to be drinking. As a cabby, he was everyone’s designated driver and for him New Year’s Eve was the pinnacle night of the year in more ways than one. “It kind of sucks. Often there’s just a lot of awkward standing around,” he explained. “But if I have one drink, somebody’ll see me, and then all of the sudden I’ll be the drunk cab driver.” Restani, an El Granada native, was wellknown among the bar crowd, and many tipsy friends shuffled over to greet him. But conversations were a little stilted due to the booming music and the handicap of his sobriety. During the midnight countdown, Restani’s cell phone finally buzzed with

Sounding the alarms Tsunamis pose a significant potential danger to Coastsiders, but winter storms and earthquakes are more pressing issues in the short term, says San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services Planner Jim Asche. With that in mind, county officials plan to run an emergency exercise in April to help with earthquake planning. In the meantime, emergency officials will continue testing tsunami sirens at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, on low volume. The only high-volume test comes in September, Asche said. If people hear warning sirens sound at any other time, they should tune into 740 AM or 106.9 FM radio stations for more information on evacuation and instructions, Asche said. — Greg Thomas

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Skeleton could be that of lost hiker REMAINS FOUND IN OPEN SPACE PRESERVE By Mark Noack [ mark@hmbreview.com ]

A human skeleton discovered last week around the El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve could be the remains of a San Carlos hiker missing since July. An unidentified person told San Mateo County Sheriff’s officials that he found the human remains last week while walking near Star Hill Road, which runs west off Skyline Boulevard through the open hills.

The human remains were retrieved in a joint operation involving the Sheriff’s Office and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The remains were reportedly little more than a skeleton and tattered clothes, with no obvious clues that could be used to discern who it was. The skeleton has been delivered to the coroner’s office for DNA analysis, which will take two to three weeks, officials say. Douglas John May, a 55-year-old San Carlos hiker, went missing in the same

area in July. A frequent hiker, May often went on walks at Skeggs Point, a trailhead and vista area just south of Kings Mountain. When his family reported May was missing, authorities located his car at Skeggs Point, but numerous search-and-rescue attempts were unsuccessful. Sheriff’s officials say May is the only missing person last seen in that area. But spokesman Sgt. Wes Matsuura said it was premature to speculate on the identity without definitive proof. “Is this Douglas May? I don’t know,” he said. “We’re not going to guess at this time.” r

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Searchers scoured the area around Skeggs Point south of Kings Mountain in July, looking for a missing hiker named Douglas May. Last week, officials recovered human remains in the area.

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