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Full Text of 9212 report on Quarry Ballot Measure

As expected, the City has confirmed that there is no plan, there is no project, there are no tangible benefits to the City nor to us, its citizens, in this ballot measure, nor any way to determine prior to the November 7th election what damage 355 houses in the Quarry would cause to our traffic or our environment.

Quarry from Hilltop

The Quarry from the "fist" hilltop area. November ballot measure would bulldoze this and replace it with up to 355 houses, the commuters therein merging onto Highway 1 each morning.

Quarry from Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Quarry from above the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The November ballot measure would bulldoze this and replace it with 355 households all merging onto Highway 1 at rush hour while you're trying to get to work.

Quarry From Center

The Quarry from the center. The November ballot would bulldoze this and replace it with 355 housesholds all merging on to Highway 1 at rush hour.

Panoramic View of the Quarry

Panorama showing the area which the Ballot Measure would bulldoze and replace with up to 355 houses (click for larger image).

No to Quarry Housing

I have lived in Pacifica for many years. I have walked through the Quarry many, many times noticing the San Francisco Garter Snake, hearing the frogs, seeing the Red Foxes and recently on the top of the trail looking down at Linda Mar Beach I saw a coyote. I have recently talked to people from other areas and coutnries who also feel like the Quarry is a beautiful area.

Community and Development

Mr. Peebles, the Florida-based developer who bought the quarry property west of Reina del Mar, held a public meeting on Saturday, July 8th. The dozens of attendees listened to Mr. Peebles' presentation, most of which was a restatement of his plan announced in June to develop 40 acres of the parcel with 355 housing units together with variety of retail and commercial including a 350-room luxury hotel. Those present asked questions and expressed views about the merits of the plan and the initiative, which Mr. Peebles has launched to change the zoning on the parcel to permit housing. Many of those attending the meeting conveyed enthusiasm about the presentation; others expressed deep concern. These views are all heartfelt ones based on sincere beliefs and visions for the future. Although there is understandable passion about the outcome of Mr. Peebles' proposal, the most distressing aspect of the meeting was the recurrence of the hostility that surfaced during the last quarry development effort. Whether we agree or disagree, the views are beliefs of our neighbors, of people who live in our town and who will live in this town, whatever the outcome of the vote in November. I think that we should try to remember that that in the zeal to win approval for a project a casualty can be community accord and civility. We don't have to give in to the tendency to see our neighbors as "wrong" or "foolish," if we disagree about this project. We can remember, "This is my neighbor. He wants what he thinks will help this town. She wants to enjoy her vision of Pacifica." I know it is tempting to adopt the tone of former campaigns, but none of us needs additional anger. I am trying my best to remember the good intentions of those I disagree with, because in the end what matters most is the community of good-hearted people who make up Pacifica.

California Red Legged Frog

On the front page of the July 7th, 2006 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, is an article about the manmade global epidemic that is rapidly changing the environmental world as we know it today. As the article states, "a strange new fungus disease that kills frogs and toads and every other species of amphibian is spreading around the globe and combined with pollution and overdevelopment, is driving more and more creatures to extinction."

Snake traps in Quarry

The firm doing endangered species studies in the Quarry has left behind the tops of some snake traps. They also left the low barriers that make the snakes go into the traps.
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