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Beer

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PACIFICA BREWERY PROMISES FINE DINING TOO

Service OVER SELF

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Contents Features 10

Beer with taste

Pacifica Brewery offers fine dining, music BY VANITHA SANKARAN

Quite a Hall

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Four new members inducted into Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame BY VANITHA SANKARAN

Service over self

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Local Rotary Club raises funds for worthy projects BY VANITHA SANKARAN

Departments Editor’s Note 4 Flashback 6 Upcoming 8 Wedding Directory 25 BigShot 28 CoastalCanine 34 CoastalGarden 36 RealEstate 38

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ON THE COVER: Pacifica Sports Hall of Famer Rich Motylewski is known for his accomplishments as a Terra Nova athlete in the 1970s and later as football coach at South San Francisco High School. THIS PAGE: Gary Emich was inducted into the hall of fame in honor of more than 1,000 roundtrip swims to Alcatraz, and for USA open water coaching and mentoring. Photos by Kent Hwang


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Local legends earn place in hall

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he National Federation of State High School Associations estimates that more than half of all high school students in the country play competitive sports. Nationwide, more than 8 million teens played high school sports last year. Most of these kids play hard and move on. The games are just a facet of full lives. Some of them really excel. A few become local legends. In Pacifica, 160 people — most former Pacifica high school sporting stars — were good enough to earn a place in the Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame. They’ve earned a lasting tribute for their efforts and a permanent place in the hearts of local sports fans. Four more were inducted on Feb. 29 and you can forgive them if they got a bit nostalgic at the ceremonies. While not all of those recognized played for Oceana, Terra Nova or other Peninsula high schools, most did. They likely learned to win and lose with grace, to get up when knocked down, and to appreciate the benefits of physical fitness. They probably also learned a thing or two about pride and community along the way. High school sports continue to grow, particularly in terms of girls’ participation. But there are constant challenges outside the lines of competition. Parents have some new concerns about head injuries in everything from cheerleading to soccer. School boards have shifted much of the cost of participation from taxpayers to parents and that is a hardship for some kids who could benefit the most from participation. The Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame is a reminder that hard work pays off, that sports build community and offer the benefits of lifelong physical fitness. Read about this year’s inductees on Page 18 and see some photos of previously inducted Pacifica legends. Congratulations to all of them.

PUBLISHER Barbara Anderson

PHOTOGRAPHER Kent Hwang

EDITOR Clay Lambert clay@pacificamagazine.com

DESIGN Shari Chase

WRITERS Vanitha Sankaran CONTRIBUTORS Jerry Crow Susan Kornfeld

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Flashback

Longtime elected official quietly left his mark

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ometimes a person comes along who doesn’t gain a lot of fame but who nonetheless makes a significant impact on the community. Russ Conroy was such a man. Conroy was born in San Francisco around 1920 and came to the Coastside, then known as Salada Beach, in 1937, when his father, Russ Conroy Sr., became the golf pro at the Sharp Park Golf Course. Russ Jr. picked up the game as a youngster and worked as a caddy at the golf course. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Returning after the war, he moved into a motel near the shoreline in Rockaway Beach. He became a bartender, including a period at Winters Tavern, but also worked at the Rockaway quarry helping crush and bag limestone to send to the islands of the South Pacific as a dietary supplement in chicken feed. The quarry business folded because of the high cost of preparing

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and shipping the limestone. Conroy was elected to the North Coast County Water District board of directors in 1955. He served more than 40 years in that capacity, 31 years as president of the board. Over that time, he led the way to important advances in establishing secure, high-quality sources of water. One effort was obtaining rights to water from the south fork of San Pedro Creek. The water district built a small processing facility to purify the creek water. In the 1990s, that plant was still providing about 1.5 percent of the 3 million gallons a day used by Pacificans. Conroy advocated for a public park in the back of San Pedro Valley. It became San Pedro Valley Park, now part of the San Mateo County park system, including 400 acres leased by the water district to the county for $1 per year. He helped secure a share of the wonderfully pure water from Hetch-Hetchy, and promoted

improvements in storage capacity and seismic safety. By 1995, Russ Conroy had become the longest-serving elected official in California. In his spare time, Conroy became a knowledgeable grower of tomatoes and Swiss chard at his Vallemar home. For years, he supervised a tomato garden maintained by the students at Cabrillo School. He was also active with the Pacifica Historical Society, including volunteering for a number of years as vice president. Russ kept his golf putting sharp with daily practice nearly to the time of his death in 2002 at the age of 82. Jerry Crow is a member of the Pacifica Historical Society. For more on the organization, visit pacificahistory.org

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BEER WITH TASTE

PACIFICA BREWERY PROMISES FINE DINING TOO By Vanitha Sankaran • Photos by Kent Hwang

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ucked behind the SeaBowl Entertainment Center near Rockaway Beach sits Pacifica Brewery, a new brew pub and restaurant that is only a few months old. The building is unassuming, a small structure with clear windows and only a short set of stairs to indicate the entryway. But once the gates slide open and you walk inside, you are immediately transported into a chic bar with wooden tables, fresh decor and, most invitingly, space to talk and mingle amid food and drink. The idea for fine food served in a brew pub was the brainchild of husband-and-wife pair, Sylvain Montassier and Helen Nasser. “I was born at UCSF and brought straight here to Pacifica,” says Nasser, who has lived in Pacifica for 43 years. Her family owns the San Francisco Deli and Wine, which she has managed since taking over from her father. Nasser met her husband when he was a chef in Half Moon Bay, first at Cetrella and then at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. “I was a foodie and, at the time, about 12 years ago, there was nowhere in Pacifica that appealed to me.” After she and Montassier married, he decided to help with the family business. They ended up opening a bistro 200 feet from the store. Says Nasser, “We were approached by local business (people) that loved coming into the deli, because it was like the last standing deli, and the liquor store/wine shop. The bistro was definitely more to cater to the tech companies that were in the building.” It became clear, however, the bistro was not a good fit for Montassier. “We both were just like, this is not for you. This is not going to keep you happy.” Montassier was keen on opening a restaurant in Pacifica, but Nassar didn’t think the city was ready for their concept, which

she sums up as, “Good food with good brews and no white tablecloth. 'Coastal local' with a nice classic French twist.” She explains that Montassier had grown tired of the white tablecloth and fancy style of cooking that he was used to. “We wanted good sustainable food that was classy but accessible.” Unsure Pacifica would support such a venture, and knowing that San Francisco was not an affordable option, the couple searched both coasts for a suitable location. They discarded the Pacific Northwest, where a burgeoning food scene didn’t offer the right opportunities, and settled instead on Portland, Maine. After vacationing there and doing some research, the couple fell in love with the place. They were all set to move and start their new adventure when the sale of their house fell through. Nasser saw it as a sign. “I went to the city at the time and talked to the mayor, Karen Irving, who is one of my best friends. I told her our concept and said I need this spot.” The owner of the Surf Spot, which preceded the brewery, called the next day. “It took us about a year to work out a project with him. And it took about two years of construction because it really was the first rodeo for this town to have a brewery and restaurant built on site. But the city worked with us as well as they could,” said Nasser. They found their brewmaster, Cameron Collier, through a friend of a friend, and they were set. At the time, Collier was working at the Fort Point Beer Co. as the operations director. One of his good friends growing up worked above Nasser’s deli and wine store and introduced Collier. He started talking with Montassier and Nasser, advising them on what he would and wouldn’t recommend as they built out their concept plans. He came on

Brewery and restaurant entrepreneur Helen Nasser is a lifelong Pacifican.

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“GOOD FOOD WITH GOOD BREWS AND NO WHITE TABLECLOTH. 'COASTAL LOCAL' WITH A NICE CLASSIC FRENCH TWIST.” HELEN NASSER, PACIFICA BREWERY

Clockwise from left, Pacifica Brewery serves crispy chicken wings with smoked bacon and pickled chile, a beer sampler and smoked bacon macaroni and cheese. The brewery's wood oven is kept busy.

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Master brewer Cameron Collier joined the Pacifica Brewery operation after a stint at Fort Point Beer Co. in San Francisco. board as a consultant and then eventually decided to join full time. “We were so elated,” says Nasser. “We were so blessed to get him on board.” For Collier, the move was a welcome change after four and a half years at Fort Point. “I went through the growth with them,” he says, speaking of Fort Point’s expansion from a small brewery to one that’s exploded in popularity. “I wanted a change of pace, to kind of take a step back from the management side and be more hands-on.” He immersed himself in the engineering and basics of building an operation from the ground up. He and Montassier were aligned in their vision, although each had their own ideas on how to get started. “I was never going to make a hazy IPA,” Collier says as an example. “But things always change, and we had to be flexible.” The team opened its doors in October 2019, with Collier serving up a tropical IPA. “It’s a very approachable beer, has something in it for everyone. And, it continues to be our biggest seller.” The location has its own brewing room, with large vats set up on a draft system. Collier is capable of brewing up to nine beers at a time, eight on carbonated CO2 taps and one on nitrogen. Part of Nasser’s original concept included having a full bar. “We want people to come out and enjoy the beers, but if their other half doesn’t like beer, we want something there for them, too.” The license required for that full bar mandates that the brewery also offer a guest beer. This gives Collier a chance to showcase local Coastside beers as well as those brewed by friends, and their friends. “A lot of finding guest brewers is word of mouth.” The word is spreading about the brewery and food, too. On a quiet Wednesday afternoon, two women approach the front door and look around saying, “It’s really beautiful in here.” Another gentleman says the menu brought him in. “I’ve never seen barbecued cauliflower before.” He laughs. “It sounds better than any cauliflower I’ve ever had.” A few other regulars slide in like they’ve been coming in forever. It turns out Pacifica is ready for fine food with fine brews after all. PACIFICA

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TASTING LOCAL FARE AND LOCAL BREWS Pacifica Brewery owner Sylvain Montassier was trained as a classical French chef and although he wanted to step away from the fine dining aspect, that doesn’t mean his food isn’t exquisite. The key is that he adds a French twist to each of his creations. Think a tarte flambée served with smoked bacon, Gruyere, and crème fraîche. Or a ricotta gnocchi accompanied by sunchokes, mushrooms, and the fresh herbaceousness of mache. Not to be outdone, brewmaster Cameron Collier has expanded his beer list. In addition to his tropical IPA, he now serves a cream ale, a couple other IPAs, a lager and a pilsner, a sour Gose, and others that change depending on customer feedback. In addition, there is often live music at the brewery, with special events (such as a St. Patrick’s Day celebration) scheduled in between. For more information, visit pacificabrewery.beer.


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HALL By Vanitha Sankaran • Photos by Kent Hwang

FOUR MORE MEMBERS JOIN ELITE IN PACIFICA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

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his year marks the 30th anniversary of the Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame, and four dedicated athletes will be inducted into an elite community of Pacificans in 2020. The hall was born out of the Pacifica Sports Club, which was formed in 1984 to honor local high school athletes with an annual breakfast recognizing their feats and achievements. The breakfast continues through today. However, when Horace Hinshaw become president of the club in 1990, he saw a need to recognize the achievement of local athletes who had unique talents in their specialties and who continued growing their skills. “The PSHOF is dedicated to preserving and honoring the city’s sports heritage,” Hinshaw said. “Many of (the athletes) are known throughout the country, some even internationally, not just in Pacifica. These men and women contribute to the welfare of sports by performance, time, effort or financial support whether that sport be amateur or professional.” The first hall of fame dinner was held in 1991. Since then, 160 members have been inducted into the hall. A plaque lauding their accomplishments is proudly


HALL OF FAMER Rich Motylewski Pacifican Rich Motylewski went to Terra Nova High School from 1970 to 1974 and he played football, soccer and baseball and swam with the swim team. He went on to play football at San Francisco State University. After graduating, he coached South San Francisco High School football and also taught special education and physical education.

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Kari Trainor went to Terra Nova High School from 1980 to 1984, playing volleyball and basketball. She subsequently played professional volleyball in France. Her daughter now attends Terra Nova, where Trainor coaches volleyball. She teaches special education.

HALL OF FAMER Kari Trainor displayed at the Pacifica Community Center on the “Wall of Fame.” Each year a list of candidates for consideration is compiled from applications submitted by the public. “My experience of athletes’ achievements over my 50 years of reporting sports for the Pacifica Tribune helped generate a list of candidates in the earlier years of the PSHOF,” says Hinshaw. These days, people submit names and profiles of athletes to be considered for the honor. A committee carefully considers the submissions and selects the inductees in September for the February induction ceremony. The ceremony itself can be quite emotional. Inductees are introduced by someone meaningful to them who then gives a short profile of the honored athlete. “Pacifica has a rich sports 20

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tradition,” Hinshaw explains. “The PSHOF is a way of saying thank you to those special people who have brought recognition to our community.

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t Brad Pence got involved in community activities shortly after arriving in Pacifica. In 1992, he was appointed to the Pacifica Parks, Beach and Recreation Commission. He was a committed advocate for the aquatics program at Oceana High School and ensured the program survived during drastic budget cuts. A competitive swimmer himself, he became the Terra Nova High School varsity swim coach in 2008. In 8 of 11 years coaching, Terra Nova qualified swimmers in the Central Coast Section swimming championships. The varsity boys and girls teams each had two undefeated seasons and were named


HALL OF FAMER Gary Emich Gary Emich was born and raised in Missouri. He moved to Pacifica in the early 1990s and he is now a retired postal worker. His claim to fame is swimming more than 1,000 roundtrip crossings to Alcatraz and back, between 1993 and 2013. He is involved in USA open water swimming through coaching and mentorship, and he still swims with his friends in San Francisco three times a week.

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HALL OF FAMER Bob Lange Bob Lange went to Terra Nova High School from 1971 to 1975. He played soccer, wrestled and excelled at running. He ran distance in track and field and also cross-country. He ran at Skyline Community College and also San Francisco State University. His records for running are still unbroken at Terra Nova High School. He continues to run.

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ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A FEW AMAZING ATHLETES Nominees for the city of Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame can be an athlete, coach, administrator or media. A nominee, either male or female, must be at least 25 years old by the designated induction ceremony date of the selected year. The annual ceremony is held on the last Saturday of February. The nominee must have a direct tie to Pacifica (i.e., a graduate from a Bay Area high school while living in Pacifica or lived in the community when they accomplished their particular feat deserving of PSHOF recognition). Consideration is given to the accomplishment of an individual beyond high school. For more information, contact Horace Hinshaw at horaceh1@yahoo.com.

Peninsula Athletic League champions. He is the founder and coach of two club swim teams – Coastside Tiger Sharks and Pacifica Platypus Swim Club. t Michael Tang, an Oceana High School 1991 graduate, returned to his alma mater to teach, coach multiple sports and to serve as the school’s athletic director. Returning to Oceana in 2006 he found that the school had restructured its program, becoming a great academic school, while downsizing the sports program. As athletic director, he helped rekindle the school’s sports program and brought back cross-country, girls soccer, track and field, and wrestling. In 2016, he was named the Central Coast Wrestling Honor Coach of the Year. In his 24 years of coaching wrestling, his teams won three varsity league championships, one junior varsity league title, and one Peninsula Athletic League JV team tournament title. In 2018, his track and field team won the league championship. t Terilyn Moe was one of the best basketball players to graduate from Terra Nova High School. Over her four-year prep career, she set multiple school records: 2,352 total points, 550 assists and 381 steals. She led the Tigers to four consecutive Peninsula Athletic League championships. She continued playing basketball at the University of Nevada on a scholarship.

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Newspaperman Horace Hinshaw founded the Hall of Fame in 1991. There are now 160 inductees.

Horace Hinshaw When she graduated, she had put her name in the Nevada women’s record book. She was the first player in program history to record a triple-double (2014 season) and only the 13th player to score more than 1,000 career points, finishing seventh all-time, with 1,129 points. She also became the third all-time in career free throws (487), seventh in assists (351) and ninth for career steals (144). She was twice honored with selections to the Mountain West Academic All-Tournament team in 2014 and 2017, and was named to the Mountain West All-Tournament team in 2018. t Mike Biancalana, an Oceana High School 1977 graduate, helped to organize the return of the Pop Warner Football program to the 24

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community after a 10-year absence. The local Pop Warner program actually started in 1965 as Pacifica Athletics Youth Services. In 1985, the enrollment started to decline and the program was discontinued. In 1995, three parents, including Biancalana, decided to restart the program. Their sons were all playing in Half Moon Bay. He has served in various positions for the Pacifica Tigersharks Pop Warner program for over 25 years. Two years ago, he was elected president of the organization. For the previous 23 years, he served as the Tigersharks’ athletic director. He is also the “Voice of Coach Bill Gray Stadium,” having been the public address announcer for Terra Nova High School’s football home games for the past 20 years. PACIFICA


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Service over self

ROTARY CLUB DOES GOOD HERE AND ABROAD By Vanitha Sankaran Photos by Kent Hwang

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f you’ve spent any time wandering about the parks and trails of Pacifica, chances are you’ve seen some of the Rotary Club of Pacifica’s work. Worldwide, Rotary has 1.2 million members in more than 35,000 clubs. As they put in their annual report, club members operate under the belief that “Rotary does not wait for a solution; we work to create it.” The idea of people coming together to tackle needs they see, both in the community and around the world, is commendable and a source of pride for Rotary members everywhere. The Rotary Club as a whole is the first-ever service organization in the world and was formed in 1905, initially as a way for professionals to meet and exchange ideas, but eventually extending to humanitarian service. The tenets that Rotary members try to live by, says Rotary Club of Pacifica President Linda Jonas, is found in the Four Way Test. Is it the truth; is it fair to all concerned; will it build goodwill and better friendships; and will it be beneficial to all concerned? Practically, Jonas explains, the club looks for people in need at home and elsewhere and tries to come up with solutions. “There is a fabulous global grant program Mike Haase is this year's chair of the annual bowlathon fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Pacifica taking place on March 1 at Sea Bowl.

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JOIN THE CLUB The Rotary Club of Pacifica is open to anyone who is interested in putting service over self. Students can get information about joining through their schools. Adults are welcome to join any weekly meeting on Tuesday mornings from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at Sharp Park restaurant. Call Linda Jonas at (650) 438-4848 or visit pacificarotary.com.

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that helps countries with needs in water, sanitation, education for little children, health, and such things,” she said. On that international scale, the local club has directly and indirectly supported different projects over the years. Jonas cites an example in which the local club spearheaded a water project in Guatemala. “There was a Ph.D. researcher digging under the canopy down there looking for Mayan artifacts. The workers that could be hired to go out on the three-day trek to this place, well the only water source they had was … the rainfall that would come into this big puddle.” Of

course, the water didn’t last year-round, and the workers had to find someone to buy water from, or they would use the same water animals did their business near, resulting in illness and mortality. “What we did is we got a global grant, and we got other clubs to donate some of their funds to us and we put together a project,” Jonas said. “They took two little buildings next door to each other in that little town. One was a middle school and one was the community center building. We built a big cistern underneath the ground. And we put this filtration system on the top


Pacifica Rotarians Linda Jonas and Sue Rokaw hold up copies of the dictionaries the club provides to every third-grader with proceeds from the annual bowlathon fundraiser.

of those two buildings so the water would filter out into the cistern and there would clean, safe water all year-round.” The club just completed another international project six months ago with Namaste, an organization that gives microcredit loans to women in places like Ecuador and Guatemala. Jonas explains,“When the men aren't around to help because they're probably taken off by the cartels or whatever, the kids have to go and work in the field with Mom. They can’t even go to school. By giving these ladies the microcredit loans, they can afford to get a little business going and make enough to feed their families so that the kids can stay in school. These are the big, big things that we do.” The club also does a number of projects around the city. “We are the ones who put together the Rotary Plaza at the Sanchez Arts Center. Three or four of us go out every month and work for a few hours maintaining that, you know, weeding it and planting new plants.” Jonas explains they also work with New Hope Services, giving differently abled individuals an activity and funds to earn for their efforts. Additionally, the club does a number of beautification projections, maintaining plants on Palmetto Boulevard and the large planter boxes near the south end of the golf course, and holding a run-walk to support vets. The organization also handles a food drive each year for the Pacifica Resource Center. Jonas explains the drive is called the Laguna Salada Regatta. “We take our club — we have like 35, 36 members — and we divide it into two teams. We have the Red Port Team and we have the Green Starboard team. Over a period of five or six weeks, people can each week bring in canned goods or dog food and things like that. “The team that wins has the most poundage of food to deliver,” she said. “And the

other team has to put on a dinner for them. It’s a community service project that becomes a social project.” More recently, the club has taken on their largest local project in painting the Boys and Girls Club. Members are currently seeking funds to support the effort, which also includes weeding, washing, electrical work and roof repair. However, the main project the Pacifica club works on is providing dictionaries for every third-grader in town. This annual effort, which is supported in large part by an upcoming bowlathon, sees members ordering about 400 dictionaries, affixing a nameplate sticker, and delivering them to every Pacifica classroom. “We want every third-grader in town to have that opportunity to get their dictionary.” This year the bowlathon was delayed due to the PG&E blackouts. Mike Haase, who was in charge of the bowlathon for the first time this year, explains the event was supposed to happen back in October. Luckily, they were able to reschedule even though the dictionaries have already been ordered and delivered. When asked what goes into putting on the bowlathon, Haase says it’s all about the sponsors. “They sponsor lanes and they donate items to be raffled.” One of their most popular raffle items is the 5-foot dumpster baskets. Haase laughs. “But we also get items from Grocery Outlets, local restaurants, lots of people who donate and sponsor every year.” The goal for the event is $5,000, which covers the cost of the dictionaries. This year the bowlathon occurs on March 1 and starts at 5 p.m. at Sea Bowl. Everyone is welcome and people can register ahead of time in teams of five or be placed on a team when they arrive. The team fee of $150 per team or $40 a player includes two hours of bowling, shoes, pizza and a pitcher of beer or soda for the team. And, of course, support of a great cause. PACIFICA

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Battling buttercups BUTTERCUP OXALIS WON’T GO QUIETLY FROM YOUR GARDEN By Susan Kornfeld

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his South African invader has charm. Its lemon-yellow flowers nodding over emerald leaves make a lush foreground to the gray-blues of the Pacific. But any pleasure has long since changed to chagrin as carpets of Buttercup Oxalis began smothering our coastal native plants and infesting our neighborhoods. Sadly, the weed is so entrenched along the California coast that physically removing it from the wild just isn't feasible anymore. It doesn't spread by seeds, but rather through small bulbils that develop on the stem beneath the leaves and by new bulbs that form underground along the rhizome. Each plant produces around 12 bulbils, so each year the buttercup crop significantly expands. But take heart, home gardeners! With good timing, a bit of technique and vigilance – especially vigilance – it's possible to reduce Oxalis to manageable quantities within a few years. One technique, if you have limited numbers of the weed, is to pull the plants gently out when they are big and lush but not yet in bloom. This is when the adult bulb is spent, and the bulbils are not yet fully developed. If you pull too early or too late, you will almost certainly leave a lot of viable bulbs and bulbils in the soil. Pulling is easiest in soft soil, so add plenty of organic material throughout the year to keep it conditioned. A second technique, useful for larger infestations, is to exhaust the plants. Pull them up or sever their foliage repeatedly throughout the growing season until their bulbs are starved. Sever by mowing or by using a scuffle hoe or other scraping tool. Keep at it because, until the plants run out of energy, they can regrow from shoots and bulb. Also of importance: Compost piles may not get hot enough, so bag up weeded plants and bulbs and put them in the garbage. Don't relocate or dispose of any soil where buttercup oxalis has grown as it is likely to be full of bulbs. Tarping affected areas can be effective, but is often impractical in home gardens. Black plastic or shade cloth

should be pinned over the affected area and left for at least six months. As for herbicides, at least two recent research studies, one on a Mediterranean island and one in the Bodega Bay coastal area have found glyphosate fairly effective. The former study used a 3 percent concentration and the latter only .13 percent. Glyphosate trials showed both significant Oxalis reduction and rebound of native plants. Whether glyphosate is a good option for home gardens depends on the type and severity of the infestation as well as home owner preference. Herbicides are often not practical, and to many, undesirable, in the home garden, especially as a first approach to removing invasives. Unfortunately, there are no biocontrol agents available for buttercup oxalis at this time. Klugeana Philoxalis, a moth larva from South Africa that feeds on it, won't be available in the U.S. for years, if at all. In the meantime, battle the buttercups. They may seem overwhelming, but consider this: They are easier to remove, nicer to look at, and more pleasant to handle than the thistles and burs that otherwise plague us. Susan Kornfeld gardens professionally in San Mateo County. She is a University of California master gardener and can be found at the Plant Clinic at the San Mateo Arboretum the first Sunday of most months. The article was edited by Cynthia Nations, also a UC master gardener. PACIFICA

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Lesley R. Davis, trustee

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Ju He Liu, trustee

$1,375,000

John Lewis and Susan Ray-Lewis

1275 Escalero Ave.

Brent Wooden and Jodie S. Johnson

$1,275,000

Dale L. Fletcher, trustee

1226 Terra Nova Blvd.

Dawn M. and John F. Brewer

$620,000

Anna Marie Rios and Kevin A. Fuller

310 Horizon Way

Paula Y. Rose, trustee

$700,000

Jon B. Hinsch

1239 Oddstad Blvd.

Jon B. Hinsch and Alan G. Hinsch

$345,000

Erica S. Combs and Nancy G. Deucker, trustees

1083 Park Pacific Ave.

Gariel Shamiya and Ashley Milan

$1,285,000

Johannes Grad and Hillary Nordwell

272 Gateway Dr.

Kelechi C. Chikere and Xylona R. Bibal

$1,125,000

Paul K. and Vivian M. Rigsbee

1025 Ranier Ave.

Jong Hun and Agatha M. Kim

$1,200,000

Jacob B. and Inna Manyak, trustees, et. al.

373 Lynnbrook Dr.

Anna Sorkina and Christopher R. Corsch

$1,115,000

Guo Tang Sun and Man Ci Ma

353 Farallon Ave.

Tashir J. Lee and Kamilah S. Motley-Lee

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Lester J. and Catheine M. Thornsberry

411 Vista Mar Ave.

Karen Bacheller

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Gary E. Whitney and Monica Szu-Whitney, trustees

571 Reina Del Mar Ave.

Kathryn J. Wason-Feiner and Jarrod R.E. Feiner

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Johanna C. Camberlen

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Luz E. Plasencia

607 Hickey Blvd.

Jou Tseng and Raymond C. Yee

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Todd M. and Alida J. Bray

468 Donaldson Ave.

Erica M. Rutherford

$980,000

Rainer W. Binsfeld, trustee

1717 Palmetto Ave.

Christopher L. Nguyen

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Manuel K. Wong and Sheila J. Dukas-Janakos, trustees

155 Gordon Way

CAV Capital LLC

$911,000

Susan D. and Alan T. Rebo

1347 Redwood Way

Corey T. and Amy B. Snow

$1,150,000

Chris and Carolyn Inglis

5005 Palmetto Ave. No. 56

Tyson Smith and Scott Rogers

$740,000

Helga Horner

395 Winwood Dr.

Ivan Mun-Hong Tham and Danlei Zhou

$1,400,000

Estate of Joseph J. Sarasua

740 Serena Dr.

YiZhao and Qing He

$1,125,000

John and Michael Bagot, trustees

250 Sunshine Dr.

Xue Hua Yep

$1,150,000

Lori Dickson and Diana D. Sowry, trustees

1300 Rosita Road

Samruddhi M. Suraji and Sarang Gosavi

$740,000

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