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Deal could shape senior campus, Coastal Trail CITY, COUNTY TO NEGOTIATE ON 17 PARCELS By Mark Noack

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Half Moon Bay officials are beginning closeddoor negotiations to trade an Arnold Way property to San Mateo County in exchange for blufftop tracts. The deal could provide needed land

for both the downtown senior campus and the Coastal Trail. The county has listed 16 properties it owns within Half Moon Bay city limits that it could offer the city in exchange for the Arnold Way property, according to county records. All or some of those properties would be traded to the city for the 1.1-acre Arnold Way parcel next to the Lesley Gardens retirement home.

The 16 properties the county is including in the land deal are all public utility district parcels on the west side of Highway 1. The undeveloped properties total 12.5 acres and lie between Seymour Street and Redondo Beach Road, a one-mile stretch that interrupts the Half Moon Bay section of the Coastal Trail. City officials say they have proposed a deal to acquire the coastal properties as a step to someday develop the trail.

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Although large in area, the county’s properties would fetch only a modest price on the market because the parcels have little potential for development, officials say. The county parcels are spread throughout open-space land and their price would be based on their preservation value. Planning Director Steve Flint said the city is hoping the land deal can be a step toward exSee LAND DEAL a 8A

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“The officers got a private party to take the boar. To dispose of it.” -- Donald O’Keefe, Police Chief


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Kids helping kids

Students in Melissa Moriarty’s fourth- and fifth-grade class at Hatch Elementary School held a bake sale Friday to raise money for needy children in Haiti. In the wake of last month’s devastating earthquake there, Hatch students wanted to make a donation to UNICEF. The international relief organization has said it is focusing on the many needs of children in Haiti. Hatch students raised $275 during Friday’s bake sale alone.

It’s not very often a wild boar is spotted in Half Moon Bay. It’s rarer still for local police to shoot to kill. But the two circumstances came together on Thursday morning when a boar estimated to weigh around 300 pounds spooked residents and pedestrians as it wandered through front yards along Grandview Boulevard. And in its aftermath, the unlikely situation has fueled much discussion and speculation as to what exactly happened. On Thursday, the boar had apparently wandered into the neighborhood from the nearby hills. Boars typically avoid human contact. But this animal didn’t seem scared, recalled Edgar Natan, a postal carrier who was delivering mail to the neighborhood that day. Natan said the animal came near him and was trotting by as he followed the mail

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Big Wave impact report nearly complete EIR PROCESS CONTINUES BEFORE PLANNING VOTE By Greg Thomas [ ]

The final version of a highly debated environmental impact report for Big Wave might be close at hand. The proposed Princeton development calls for a 225,000-

square-foot, three-story office park paired with a cooperativestyle wellness center for developmentally disabled people on Airport Street, between Half Moon Bay Airport and Pillar Point Air Force Station. Coastsiders and other concerned parties submitted more

than 300 comments on the draft report before the comment period closed on Christmas Eve. Those comments are being incorporated into the final report, which county officials have assembled. A Big Wave study session, hosted by the county Planning Commission last week, wraps up the public review process for the draft report. County planners are reportedly work-

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ing with authors of the report to respond to the concerns raised during the comment period; several people who submitted comments complained that the report was inadequate and misleading. The process calls for concerns to be addressed before the Planning Commission votes on the project. Originally, the Planning Commission See BIG WAVE a 8A

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Supervisor promotes census in Pescadero ISOLATED TOWN IS ONE OF COUNTY’S MOST UNDERCOUNTED POPULATIONS By Greg Thomas [ ]

The once-a-decade headcount is around the corner, and to make sure everyone is accounted for when social service providers are doling out stipends, San Mateo County supervisors are making the rounds to some of the most underserved areas in their districts. For Supervisor Rich Gordon, that meant a trip to Pescadero. On Thursday afternoon, a band of local census workers set up a table at a social service event at Pescadero Community Church to spread awareness about the upcoming count in

“It’s very simple. … Get counted. Help our community.” — Rich Gordon, San Mateo County supervisor

April. They handed out pamphlets and collected e-mail addresses in hopes of penetrating a language barrier they say separates needy people from necessary services. Addressing a crowd of more than 100 Pescaderans distributing and picking up crates of food and waiting in line for diaper handouts and H1N1 vac-

cinations at the church, Gordon laid out in plain English the benefit of participating in the count. “If the federal government knows how many people we have, we get more money,” said Gordon, amplified through a microphone. A man standing beside Gordon translated the supervisor’s verbiage into Spanish for the crowd, composed almost exclusively of Latinos. “It’s very simple. … Get counted. Help our community.” In a rural town like Pescadero, every body counted contributes to the community’s “political power” as well, addSee CENSUS a 8A

Greg Thomas / Review

San Mateo County Supervisor Rich Gordon speaks to Pescadero residents Thursday in an effort to increase the local count during the 2010 Census. County officials are concerned that the rural region’s Spanish-speaking population may shy away from government enumerators.

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