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Local volunteers now have custody of thousands of medical records belonging to former Coastside Family

Medical Center patients and they want to return those records before August, when they could be legally destroyed. Organizers from the local Phoenix Project nonprofit received a judicial order last week allowing them to take control of about 34,000 patient medical charts left by the former clinic. Local volunteers have been seeking a way to get medical records back to patients since the Coastside clinic

closed down last March. “Finally, after all these months, we have guardianship,” said Dr. Grant Weiss, director of the Phoenix Project. “Absolutely the most important thing now is to get the word out to the community.” What to do with the inventory of medical records has been the most pressing question in the bankruptcy

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Former patients of the Coastside Family Medical Center can retrieve their medical records by contacting the Phoenix Project at You can request your records by providing name and birthdate. Once the request is made, volunteers will pull a patient’s record and have it ready for pickup from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at Purisima Family Medicine at 575 Kelly Ave. Patients need to provide some form of legal identification to obtain their records. More information can be found at


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Leaky roofs leave Elkus Ranch all wet

Midcoast traffic changes inch along


Water leaking through the roofs of the barns at Elkus Ranch has been a problem for ranch managers for several years, but now it threatens to put a damper on operations. “Once the ewes start having babies it will become a problem for us,” said Leslie Jensen, program coordinator on the ranch, situated in quiet hills a few miles south of Half Moon Bay. About 20 — Leslie Jensen, newborn lambs Elkus Ranch p are expected rogram coordinator late this month, and the stables where they’d sleep are in the drip zone. January storms stripped shingles from the tops of the ranch’s two barns and exacerbated the leakage problem, prompting a call for help from ranch managers late last month. They started the “Adopt-a-Shingle” campaign to raise money. “We’ve done patchwork before, but we’ve come to the point where this is eating away at our time and money,” Jensen said. The shingle-and-plywood roofs are more than 20 years old and will take about $65,000 to repair, Jensen says. The ranch has garnered about $30,000 in grants and donations for roof refurbishments over the past six months — enough for one of the barns. The remainder is unaccounted for.


“We’ve put this off for as long as we can put it off. … This is our top priority right now.”

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Elkus Ranch manager Leslie Jensen holds buckets used for catching rain water that trickles through the barn’s leaky roof. The ranch, south of Half Moon Bay, is seeking donations to repair the roofs of two of its barns.

On a gloomy February evening, Debbe Kennedy stood in her cozy living room, staring through a picture window to a spot on Highway 1 about 20 feet from her Montara home. Chains of fast-moving cars periodically pierce the tranquility outside, and to the uninitiated eye the traffic scene is one of everyday life on the coast. But for Kennedy, each car that zooms past conjures 17 years of memories of twisted metal and fatalities. “There has become what I would characterize as a lethal cocktail of conditions that have created a tragedy waiting to happen at a number of places on the coast,” she said. That “cocktail” is a mixture of speeding cars, scattered and misplaced road signage and a complete lack of pedestrian pathways across a three-anda-half-mile stretch of highway through Montara and Moss Beach. The tragedy Kennedy speaks of has come home in the form of a number of life-altering and deadly car accidents over the years. A 12-year-old boy pedaling across the Moss Beach road-

Talk about traffic safety What: Midcoast Community Council meeting When: 7:30 tonight Where: Seton Medical Center Coastside, 600 Marine Blvd., Moss Beach

way one night in December was left in critical condition after being hit by a passing car. Last spring, a Half Moon Bay High School student was killed crossing the highway near Dunes Beach. “We are in the firing line,” Kennedy said. “We watch nearmisses happen all the time.” Kennedy and other concerned Midcoast residents point to the lack of crosswalks and ineffective deterrents for speeders as contributors to accidents and close calls alike. For two years, Kennedy has been working to improve the situation, and two weeks ago she won a small victory: a new speed sign and a new stop sign where 14th Street intersects with Highway 1 in Montara. The signs, however, were supposed to be there all along. Caltrans erroneously moved the “Speed Limit 45” sign See TRAFFIC a 6A

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Love, like good wine, mellows with time COMMUNICATION, SHARED INTERESTS KEY THIS VALENTINE’S DAY — AND EVERY DAY By Stacy Trevenon [ ]

If you are looking for a little Valentine’s Day wisdom, it’s simple things like sharing your heart that make marriage last, say four Coastsiders who ought to know. Take Ted and Lorraine Schapp of El Granada, who celebrated their 60th anniversary July 10 at the Moss Beach Distillery, where a romance-minded waiter brought them cake by candlelight. “You have to be committed to it,” said

Ted Schapp. “A promise is a promise is a promise, I guess.” Having known each other since intermediate and high school and college, the Schapps forged their bond while living in Modesto, Encino and Berlin, where Ted Schapp served as a Presbyterian minister. They have three children, five grandchildren and an unofficial daughter from Berlin. Ted officiated at her marriage to a German man, and their family became part of his. He also has been one of several ministers with the Pescadero Community Church since 1988. But marriage is hardly a business proposition for them. “We cuddle when we go to bed and kiss in the morning,” said Ted, 83. “We’ve always taken the time to talk See VALENTINE a 6A

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Don and Virginia Barnaby of El Granada, both in their 90s, have been through thick and thin during 40 years together. As Valentine’s Day approaches, the couple says they remain deeply in love.

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