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The Coastside’s only live, call-in talk radio show, Coastal Windage features Coastside issues, hot topics, and live comments from Coastsiders in real time. Finally, the people of the Coastside have an opportunity to participate in their own community. Host Reuben TruthMaker offers a curated and encouraging forum for discussion while regaling listeners with informed, entertaining, and insightful takes on a full spectrum of topics. This is not a platform for endless arguing and posturing.

This is free-range thinking applied to local issues and daily lives with expansive, explorative discussion. No dogma, no entrenched positions, no talking points or political agendas — just one humble Coastsider with the time and curiosity to dive deep and go anywhere.

To be on the show, listen from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Fridays and call 650.560.9851. You can also email Reuben with your comments at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Reuben TruthMaker

A 22-year resident of El Granada, Reuben TruthMaker is a dedicated husband, dad, coach, community volunteer, and creative professional. He is also a confirmed cynic, a notable futurist, and a passionate iconoclast forever seeking the greater good. Voted “Most Likely to Wear a Tin Foil Hat” during his senior year of high school, Truth loves a good conspiracy theory (fun ones like the moon landing and sewer gators). Humor him.


Featured content

Award-Winning Illustrator Shawn Harris Paints Reuben a Picture (February 23, 2024)

El Granada resident and illustrator Shawn Harris completed a rare double-dip this year, adding a Newbery Medal to go with his Caldecott Medal. Hear Shawn explain to Reuben what it's like to be that darn good.

Photo credit: shawnharris.com

A scene from Harris' Caldecott Medal-winning book, Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

A scene from Harris' Newbery Medal-winning book, The Eyes and the Impossible.

Unfinished Business (February 23, 2024)

The Half Moon Bay High School boys varsity basketball team is on a mission to complete the journey they started last year--to bring that state championship home to the Coastside.

Sophomore Caiden Guevarra goes reverse layup in last week's season finale against arch-rivals Terra Nova.

Photo credit: Anna Hoch-Kenney, HMB Review

Coastal Trail or Coastal Fail? (February 23, 2024)

Cone in place. Another job completed on the Coastside. Moving on. Whoever has the pylon concession for San Mateo County is making a killing these days.

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Lest you worry, here is the grand plan. Reuben thinks the cone has a better chance of working.

The License Plate Game (February 23, 2024)

Just like driving, license plates use to be fun. Now, it's too much for Reuben to process. Ever since license plates went to five digits, Reuben has been overwhelmed.

      

A sampling from the TruthMaker Collection. Fun, right?

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Star Performer Krystlyn Giedt Joins Reuben to Celebrate Coastal Windage's Semiquincentennial Show (February 16, 2024)

Say that fast three times--and tune in to hear Reuben challenge Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce CEO Krystlyn Giedt to do just that!

Photo credit: Krystlyn Giedt

Photo credit: American Alliance of Museums

Reuben Gets Some Lessons on Broadcast Radio from Radio Station KPDO (Pescadero) General Manager Catherine Peery (February 9, 2024)

How does the saying go? Catherine Peery has forgotten more about broadcast radio than Reuben could learn in a lifetime? Sure, that sounds about right. Hear Catherine try her best to bring Reuben up to speed.

Photo credit: MyPuente.org

Look! It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Dirigible? (February 9, 2024)

The venerable Goodyear zeppelin (no, not a blimp) passed on down the Coastside on its way to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament.

Photo credit: Jeff Regan

Photo credit: Cid Young

Here it is docking at the Coastside Fire Protection District fire training tower at station 40 on Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

Photo credit: Smithsonian.com

Gas Is Past on Airport Road (February 2, 2024)

The giant 15,000-gallon propane tank has finally been removed from the yard next to Pillar Ridge Community. 

Photo credit: Lisa Ketcham

Hopefully the folks at Pillar Ridge can breathe a little easier now.

Photo credit: Lisa Ketcham

Photo credit: CoastsideBuzz.com

Photo credit: John Green, Half Moon Bay Review

There's That Confounded Bridge (February 2, 2024)

The new bridge is in over San Vicente Creek in Moss Beach. It only took a year. Sinkey the Sinkhole is so jealous.

Photo credit: Debby MacKimmie

Farallones Airlift (February 2, 2024)

It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's fiber optic cable heading for the Farallones. Another Coastside mystery solved.

Photo credit: Peggy Talbot

Half Moon Bay Review Editor and Publisher Clay Lambert Bids Farewell (January 26, 2024)

Listen in as Clay gives his first interview since stepping down from the Review.

Clay gets inducted into the Colorado State University Media Hall of Fame in 2016.

Photo credit: Wickcommunications.com

Clay with his Dad, Don, circa 1970.

Photo credit: Clay Lambert

Not again! (January 26, 2024)

The Coastside will have another year without Dream Machines. It might be time to look for a different venue.

Photo credit: CoastsideBuzz.com

Gaspar-ya-later, Don de Portola (January 26, 2024)

The statue of Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola--"discoverer" of San Francisco Bay--was unceremiously removed from its pedestal in front of the Pacifica Community Center at the corner of Crespi Drive and the Cabrillo Highway in Pacifica last Thursday. No word whether Crespi Drive--named for Franciscan missionary and Portola expedition member Juan Crespi--and the Cabrillo Highway--named for Spanish explorer and "discover" of California Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo--will also be removed or renamed.

Photo credit: Instagram

Here We Go Cunha, Here We Go! (January 19, 2024)

Cunha Athletic Boosters Vice President Christina Baker educates Rueben on the financial realities of afterschool athletics in the public school system, and tries to get him to pry open the rusty jaws of his tiny coinpurse to help a Cub out.

Remember January 23 (January 19, 2024)

Chaos Theory in Play on the Coastside (January 19, 2024)

You just never know. An accident can happen anywhere, any time, with or without warning, provocation, or blame.  This week, the Coastside witnessed a horrific yet injury-free auto accident on the 92 and a tragic airplane crash off the coast of Moss Beach. Watch yourselves Coastsiders.

Photo credit: Half Moon Bay Review

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There's a New Mayor in Town--and His Name Is Joaquin Jimenez (January 12, 2024)

Part social worker, part community activist, part government leader, and all heart, Joaquin that is, not Reuben. Learn more about Half Moon Bay's new mayor.

Photo credit: Joaquin Jimenez

Local Heros Recognized (January 12, 2024)

Medals of Valor were invented for people like Riley Rhodes and Max Hunter. Hear Reuben get all weepy talking about their just deserves.

Photo credit: CoastsideBuzz.com

No More Newsprint (January 12, 2024)

The Coastside News Group Inc has announced that as of February 5, the Half Moon Bay Review newsPAPER will be digital only. One of the reasons cited was the increased opportunities for advertising on the digital platform. Please note that the ad below was run as a banner ad on the Review's online site the day after the mass shootings in Half Moon Bay. CGNI claimed they had no control over the running of this ad on that day. There is no way this ad would ever be run in their print edition. So this is better?

Photo credit: Half Moon Bay Review banner ad

Here Kitty, Kitty (January 5, 2024)

Has your Nest cam picked up a large feline prowling through your yard at 3:00 AM recently? Are you scared to hike in Quarry Park alone? Do you love sports teams with names like Cougars, Lions, and Wildcats? Then tune in to hear Reuben chat with Alys Granados, a wildlife ecologist with the Felidae Conservation Fund, about our local mountain lion population.

Is It Time to Cancel Fireworks? (January 5, 2024)

At the risk of starting a cultural feud, Reuben digs into the dangers and damage caused by fireworks and dares to ask the question, why fireworks?

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Beach Break Film Festival Features 7-Time Emmy Award Winners Howard and Michele Hall (December 29, 2023)

And Reuben has them live on Coastal Windage--"The Talk of the Coast" to discuss their careers, their award-winning movie "Soul of the Ocean" (showing at the Beach Break Film Festival today!), the state of the ocean, seasickness, and more.

High Surf and Dangerous Times (December 29, 2023)

Respect the ocean and never turn your back on it. Sneaker waves are out in force this week--Reuben has the news at 11.

Reuben's Grinch Factor (December 22, 2023)

He huffs and he puffs, but just like the Grinch, way, way down in there, he does enjoy the holiday spirit, kinda, a little bit.

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

David Westendorf and Chef Eduardo Coronel of the Ketch Harbor Pub Tease Reuben with Tales of Food and Drink (December 22, 2023)

Both David and Chef Coronel had to sign waivers promising not to mention the words "aioli," "blackened," or "grilled"--unless they brought some. Listen to this delicious interview.

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Milan, Paris, and now Half Moon Bay (December 8, 2023)

Coastsider Douglas Nelson tells Reuben about his idea to resurrect the "salon" in Half Moon Bay. Is this the start of the new Enlightenment?

A Reading in the Salon of Mme Geoffrin, 1755. Photo credit Wikipedia

Ketch Harbor Pub? Yes please! (December 8, 2023)

Reuben loved the old Ketch Joanne and he loves the new Ketch Harbor Pub. More of everything!

The menu of delicious goodness. 

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Eye-catching branding that is as much art as it is advertising.

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

In Rememberance of Don Horsley (December 1, 2023)

A dutiful public servant in San Mateo County for more than 40 years. Coastal Windage honors his memory.

Photo credit: San Mateo County

There's a New Quarterback in Town (December 1, 2023)

And his name is Brock Purdy, starting QB for your San Francisco 49ers. Here is the gridiron gunslinger buying some potted plants at HMB Nursery. When you are the last person selected in the NFL draft, you have to wheel your own barrow, apparently.

Photo credit: Nextdoor

Reuben Finally Gets to Meet Jackie Speier (December 1, 2023)

It took many years, but luck finally shined its warming rays down on Reuben, who got to meet one of his heroes, former Congressperson Jackie Speier. Rumor has it that Reuben fanboyed all over himself. Jackie seen here with her grandfather at the 2023 Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside "Havana Nights" gala.

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

The Coastal Butterfly Tells Reuben How It Is (October 27, 2023)

Some people say Reuben doesn't know what he's talking about. Instead of raising his own game, Reuben just finds somebody who does know of what they speak. Listen to Coastal Butterfly Michelle Dragony run circles around Reuben.

   

Photo credit: CoastsideBuzz.com

Football, State of 2023 (October 27, 2023)

All the glory, none of the CTE--the NFL will be a flag football league within 20 years.

  

Photo credit: NFLFlag.com

That Confounded Bridge Is Open! (October 27, 2023)

Four years and an unknown number of dollars later, the Medio Creek Bridge in Miramar is open for traffic.

  

Photo credit: CoastsideOnBikes

Local Teen Naturalist Oonagh Degenhardt Talks Bugs with Reuben (October 20, 2023)

Reuben is not an insect fan, but his guest this week sure is.

  

Photo credit: www.americanisopodsmyriapods.com

Nightmare fuel! Meet "Tohono," the Vinegaroon.

  

Photo credit: Oongah Degenhardt

It's Pumpkin Festival!! (October 13, 2023)

  

  

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Chief Executive Optimist Krystlyn Giedt Talks PFest with Reuben (October, 2023)

Krystlyn Giedt is back to explain the Pumpkin Festival to Reuben and answer more of his questions about PFest, the Chamber of Commerce, kickball, and more.

Alessandra White, Designer, Artist (October 6, 2023)

  

   

Check out more of Alessandra's incredible work at 

https://www.instagram.com/julycouturehouse_/?hl=en#

Photo credit: Alessadra White

Coastside Ramp Jam IV (October 6, 2023)

Get Your Pancake Breakfast at the Pumpkin Festival (October 6, 2023)

Help the Half Moon Bay High School basketball program by getting some flapjacks hot off the grill from 7-11 AM on Saturday and Sunday of the festival. This is the one and only fundraiser for the program. Scan the QR code in this flyer or find a player to get your tickets now.

Jill Quigley, "The sea glass lady" (September 29, 2023)

You think there's not that much to know about sea glass, until you talk to Jill Quigley. So listen up and take notes.

Jill Quigley's workspace.

Photo credit: Beachcombing Magazine

An amazing sea glass beach. Location undisclosed.

Photo credit: Wikipedia

RIP Seymour (September 29, 2023)

Reuben's beloved agave americanus, Seymour, was unceremoniously neutered by sub-sub-sub-contractors from PGE. Have a heart, he is still hurting.

Starting from the upper left:

  • April 25
  • May 11
  • May 26
  • June 5
  • June 23
  • July 7
  • July 25
  • August 1
  • August 2
  • August 2

         

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Poison to Save the Ecosystem? (September 22, 2023)

Melinda MacNaughton of El Granada Advocates explains concerns about the use of herbicides on Coastside public lands.

Blast from the Past at the OPL (September 22, 2023)

The English Beat plays the OPL tonight. Bring your Mod gear and Vespa but leave your paper tickets at home with the old folks.

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Photo credit: Etsy; Reuben TruthMaker

Smile with Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Optimist Krystlyn Giedt (September 15, 2023)

Let the infectious enthusiasm and upbeat personality of Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce President Krystlyn Giedt bring a smile to your day as she cohosts the show today with Reuben and answers some of his ridiculous questions.

Photo credit: Half Moon Bay Review

The Mysterious Devil's Slide Shack (September 15, 2023)

Somehow nobody noticed before a drone recorded images of it in December 2022, but there is a homemade shack perched at the base of the Devil's Slide Cliffs between Egg Rock and Shelter Cove.

Photo credit: Google Earth

Ketch Joanne! Say It Ain't So (September 15, 2023)

Ketch Joanne, long Reuben's favorite MidCoast eatery,  has had a rough patch this last couple of years -- COVID, Harbor redevelopment, Reuben's paleo diet -- and it has taken its toll. The venerable hangout is hanging up its apron after 48 years as a harbor fixture. Ouch.

  

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Luna Dust! Say It Ain't So (September 15, 2023)

Reuben's favorite local band, Luna Dust, is giving its farewell performance tonight, tonight, tonight at the Jetty Skate Ramp in El Granada at 8:00 PM. Singer and bass player Cailie is headed off to college, so the band is taking a hiatus (Reuben's words) until further notice. Don't miss your chance to see these amazing teens light up Surfer's Beach.

 

It's Great Blue Heron Season! (September 15, 2023)

Everybody knows that Reuben loves Great Blue Herons, so he is pretty much over the half moon now that fall has brought his favorite bird back to the coastside. 

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Season 7 Premiere with San Mateo County District 3 Supervisor Ray Mueller (September 8, 2023)

Supervisor Mueller, or "Ray" as his closest radio show associates are allowed to call him, joins Reuben as interview guest and cohost for today's show. Tune in and get to know your local supervisor so, so much better.

Photo credit: Half Moon Bay Review

"The Best of Coastal Windage" (every Friday this summer)

It may be summer time, but Coastal Windage never sleeps. Tune in on Fridays at 9:00 AM all summer for “The Best of Coastal Windage”—11 encore presentations of past epidodes, hand-curated by Reuben TruthMaker himself.

Summer schedule:

  • Friday, June 23: (Original broadcast date: 12/8/17)--Dogs on the Coastside; Richard Moss; Why, why? Odd scientific studies?
  • Friday, June 30: (Original broadcast date: 1/19/18)--Big doin's in Quarry Park; "Shooting the Breeze" live interview with HMB High School Athletic Director Justin Ferdinand; Why, why? "Safe" avocados?
  • Friday, July 7: (Original broadcast date: 9/13/19)--News and notes; The magically apprearing Moss Beach crosswalk; Why, why? Composting?
  • Friday, July 14: (Original broadcast date: 3/13/20)--Plague ship off the Coastside; Coastside closures; Tough times at Cunha; Why, why? Panic hoarding?
  • Friday, July 21: (Original broadcast date: 10/9/20)--Abundant Grace removes letter; Another car over the Slide; Sounds of the Coastside; "The New Normal" live interview with HMB High School head basketball coach John Parsons
  • Friday, July 28: (Original broadcast date: 1/8/21)--Trouble at the Capitol; The Bean Dad; Many, many phone calls
  • Friday, August 4: (Original broadcast date: 4/1/22)--April foolishness; Return to normalcy; A mini museum for Main Street?
  • Friday August 11: (Original broadcast date: 1/27/23)--A special memorial edition of Coastal Windage focused on the mass shooting in Half Moon Bay
  • Friday, August 18: (Original broadcast date: 2/3/23)--Puma problems; Heroic ocean rescue at Poplar Beach; "Shooting the Breeze" live interview with California State Parks Lifeguard Riley Rhodes
  • Friday, August 25: (Original broadcast date: 2/10/23)--Strawflower Village is Thunderdome; Hooliganism in El Granada; "Shooting the Breeze" live interview with artist Jane Kim and writer Thayer Walker
  • Friday, September 1: (Original broadcast date: 6/16/23)--Bob Senz will be missed; Coastal Windage metrics; "Shooting the Breeze" live interview with local band Luna Dust

Remembering Bob Senz (June 16, 2023)

The Coastside will miss Bob and his compassionate, cooperative, and kind spirit.

Photo credit: Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside

Corrections (June 16, 2023)

Hey, even Reuben gets some stuff wrong. Correction, Beatles rooftop performance in London, 1969; U2 rooftop performance in LA, 1987.

 

Photo credit: By www.beatlesbible.com, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41788614

Photo credit: By YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzZWSrr5wFI), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21867297

Luna Dust in the House! (June 16, 2023)

Legendary (to be) Coastside rockers Luna Dust are in the studio for a "Shooting the Breeze" live interview. Can Reuben handle their awesomeness?

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Movie Night! (June 9, 2023)

Beach Break Entertainment and the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside (BGCC) team up tonight to show the action thriller "John Wick" and raise money to send 13 kids from the BGCC to a summer camp at Lake Tahoe.

Gates open at 7:30 PM; show starts at 8:30 PM

San Benito House, 356 Main St, HMB

Supervisor Mueller Keeps His Word (June 9, 2023)

Sort of . . . , but mostly yes . . . , although . . . , but the intent is there. Supervisor Mueller has opened a Coastside office and he has located it physically in the Midcoast but within the city limits of Half Moon Bay. Call it a push?

Farewell Sea Bowl (May 26, 2023)

By this time next week, Sea Bowl will be just a memory. A good one, but still just a memory.

Photo credit: Kelly & Greg Harradine-Goldstein

Seymour Update (May 26, 2023)

  

Seymour keeps on growing! From left to right: May 26, May 11, April 25.  

Lunadust Rocks the Jetty (May 12, 2023)

Maybe not the Beatles' 1969 rooftop concert in London, but a nice throwdown last Friday night at the Jetty skate ramp in El Granada by local band Lunadust.

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

KHMB Vandalized (May 12, 2023)

Not sure why, let alone who, but some helpful person decided to take it upon themselves to redesign the KHMB logo. Bush league, we says, bush league.

Photo credit: Barbra M.

Seymour Update (May 12, 2023)

  

May 11 versus April 25                                                                               

Our old friend Seymour has added a few more feet to its impressive stature. Some of these stalks can grow to nearly 40 feet!

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Coast Skyway? Yet Again-Again? Yup. (May 12, 2023)

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Coast Skyway advocate Matt Oja rejoins Reuben yet again to continue their "Shooting the Breeze" live interview about the fanciful funitel. Is the third time a charm for Matt?

Listen to the March 17, 2023, episode of "Coastal Windage" and the April 14, 2023, episode of "Coastal Windage" to hear the first two parts of the discussion.

Stuff Needs Fixin' . . . (May 5, 2023)

Medio Creek West bridge arriving for the Coastal Trail. Some assembly required.

Photo credit: Cathy W.

And there it is!

Photo credit: Jason Goecke

Every Day Is Earth Day (April 28, 2023)

Brian, a local Great Blue Heron, de-gophering the neighbor's yard.

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

  

Seymour, a local Agave plant, getting scary big in El Granada. The center cone is growing several inches a day. (Note: that is a five-foot fence!)

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Naming a Park in El Granada (April 21, 2023)

At the April 20, 2023, meeting of the Granada Community Services District, the board heard arguments in favor of three different names for the park being developed for the area commonly known as the Burnham Strip.

--Daniel Burnham Park

--Chiguan Park

--Granada Community Park

The board voted 3-2 in favor of the name Granada Community Park.

A scene featuring Ramaytush people.

A map of traditional Ramaytush lands and place names.

Bloom or Superbloom? (April 21, 2023)

Reuben violating numerous points of wildflower viewing etiquette in southern Arizona in 1992.

Photo credit: Mrs. TruthMaker

Galen Wolf Retrospective (April 14, 2023)

"Halfmoon Bay," 1960

"The Last Whale," circa 1950-1976

Check out more than 50 pieces of work by artist Galen Wolf, who lived in Half Moon Bay from 1936 until 1976, at a special one-day showing of his work Sunday, April 23, from noon to 5:00 at the Odd Fellows Hall at 526 Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

Coast Skyway? Again? Really? (April 14, 2023)

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Coast Skyway advocate Matt Oja rejoins Reuben to continue his "Shooting the Breeze" live interview about the fanciful funitel. Will Reuben be convinced this time?

Listen to the March 17, 2023, episode of "Coastal Windage" to hear the first part of the discussion.

The Final Frame for Sea Bowl (March 31, 2023)

  

A fixture in Pacifica since 1959, Sea Bowl will close its doors on May 31. A sad day. TruthMaker Jr. rolled his first ball there in 2011 (pictured). 

Urinetown: The Musical (March 24, 2023)

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Twenty years later and it's still a hilarious show. And look! Paper tickets!

Thank You, Jerry (March 24, 2023)

Big news for KHMB listeners! KHMB will soon acquire an extensive library of live recordings from Grateful Dead concerts, which will be played during a new "Shakedown Street" installment of KHMB's "Thursday Night Live" music series. The "Thursday Night Live" series features live DJs and genre-specific music not in the regular KHMB music playlist, including Big Band, classical, Country-Western, and now, authentic Grateful Dead concert recordings. 

Salmon Season Shutdown (March 24, 2023)

Way back in the day, old Reuben got lured by this ad, which used to be commonplace in the Classifieds section of magazines like "Rolling Stone," to head to the goldfields (salmon fishery) of Alaska to seek his fortune. Like many a cheechako, he endured many hardships and had many incredible experiences but never did strike it rich.

Coast Skyway? Really? (March 17, 2023)

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Coast Skyway advocate Matt Oja sits down with Reuben for a "Shooting the Breeze" live interview. Will Reuben be convinced? 

State Championship or Bust! (March 10, 2023)

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For the first time in school history, the Half Moon Bay High School boys basketball team will play for the Division IV State Championship! That's right, this undersized team from a small public school has heart and courage that just won't quit. The big game is tomorrow at noon at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento against Valencia High School. Go Cougars!

Photo credit: Terry Bernal, San Mateo County Journal

"The Comedy Club" (December 30, 2022)

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Comedian, producer, director, and writer W. Kamau Bell and former owner/manager of Cobb's Comedy Club, Tom Sawyer, join Reuben in studio for a "Shooting the Breeze" live interview to discuss the movie "The Comedy Club," which screens tonight at the Beach Break Film Festival.

A Nice Hunk of Metal (December 23, 2022)

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Is this an amazing holiday gift or what? Good heft, brass, nonfunctional--the perfect gift for an old geezer who has everything and needs nothing except the knowledge that someone is really thinking about them. Shown here is the five-pound piece of an old scale that Reuben gave to his Dad at their last Christmas together. His Dad said it was the best present he had received in a long time.

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

The Best Part of the Holidays (December 23, 2022)

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Christmas tree in the TruthMaker living room. Don't you just love the lights and that piney smell?

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

This Place Is for the Birds (December 23, 2022)

Following is the full list of birds found by Barbara Dye, Keith Gress, and others during last week's Audobon Christmas Bird Count. 81 species; 1753 individual birds; all east of Highway 1 from Montara to El Granada.

          • American Crow   21
          • American Goldfinch 5
          • American Kestrel 2
          • American Robin 141
          • American Wigeon 4
          • Anna's Hummingbird 75
          • Band-tailed Pigeon 37
          • Bewick's Wren 12
          • Black Phoebe 24
          • Brewer's Blackbird 58
          • Brown Creeper 1
          • Brown-headed Cowbird 12
          • Bufflehead 2
          • Bushtit 34
          • California Quail 31
          • California Scrub-Jay 18
          • California Thrasher 1
          • California Towhee 33
          • Canada Goose 39
          • Cedar Waxwing 17
          • Chestnut-backed Chickadee 106
          • Common Raven 56
          • Dark-eyed Junco 113
          • Downy Woodpecker 7
          • Eurasian-collared Dove 34
          • European Starling 64
          • Fox Sparrow 26
          • Gadwall 4
          • Golden-crowned Sparrow 90
          • Great Blue Heron 2
          • Great Horned Owl 1
          • Hairy Woodpecker 9
          • Hermit Thrush 14
          • Hermit Warbler 1
          • House Finch 72
          • House Sparrow 3
          • Hutton's Vireo 2
          • Killdeer 3
          • Lesser Goldfinch 26
          • Lincoln's Sparrow 4
          • Mallard 8
          • Merlin 1
          • Mourning Dove 40
          • Northern Flicker 22
          • Northern Harrier 2
          • Orange-crowned Warbler 1
          • Purple Finch 15
          • Pygmy Nuthatch 103
          • Red-breasted Sapsucker 2
          • Red-shouldered Hawk 5
          • Red-tailed Hawk 11
          • Red-winged Blackbird 17
          • Rock Pigeon 6
          • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 36
          • Say's Phoebe 1
          • Song Sparrow 19
          • Spotted Towhee 37
          • Steller's Jay 14
          • Townsend's Warbler 30
          • Turkey Vulture 3
          • Western Bluebird 13
          • Western Meadowlark 5
          • White-crowned Sparrow 45
          • White-throated Sparrow 4
          • Wrentit 19
          • Yellow-rumped Warbler 90

Data credit: Barbara Dye

Live Interview with Captain Rebecca Albin (December 16, 2022)

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Captain Rebecca Albin, Chief of Police Services for San Mateo County in Half Moon Bay.

Photo credit: Half Moon Bay Review

Anybody Know What This Thing Is? (December 16, 2022)

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It took work, but Reuben was able to scrounge up an actual paper ticket stub from a recent comedy show at the Chase Center. There is no evidence to support the rumor that he ripped it out of the hand of Elon Musk.

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Storm Damage (December 16, 2022)

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Reuben wasn't the only one that took some damage in the rain last Saturday. This is the Christmas tree at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay.

Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker

Coastside Leadership Academy (December 9, 2022)

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Founders Claire and Lindsay join Reuben in studio for a follow-up chat to their May 27, 2022, interview with Reuben and Livvy on "Coastal Windage." Reuben could really learn something from them about finding some balance in life.

Coastal Windage Loves the Half Moon Bay Review (December 9, 2022)

February 21, 2021

          1. Half Moon Bay Review
          2. MCC website/newsletter
          3. Coastside Buzz
          4. Pacific Coast TV (PCT)
          5. Nextdoor
          6. City of Half Moon Bay website
          7. KHMB’s “Radio Magazine”
          8. HMB Chamber of Commerce website
          9. KHMB’s “Coastal Windage”
          10. GCSD newsletter
          11. San Mateo County updates
          12. San Mateo Daily Journal
          13. KPDO’s “Local News” (2x daily)
          14. YouTube?

 

December 13, 2019

          1. Half Moon Bay Review
          2. MCC website
          3. Nextdoor
          4. Coastside Buzz
          5. City of Half Moon Bay website
          6. San Mateo County updates
          7. The Paw Print
          8. KHMB’s “Radio Magazine”
          9. KHMB’s “Coastal Windage”
          10. HMB Patch

                                                                                                          

Is it love, or just co-dependency? In both the 2019 and the 2021 rankings of top Coastside media sources by "Coastal Windage," the Review is #1. We wonder where "Coastal Windage" ranks on the Review's list? (Cut to slow-motion video of Reuben slowly wiping away a tear.)

RIP Pepper the Horse (December 2, 2022)

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Long-time fixture on Redondo Road, Pepper the horse has moved on to greener pastures. She will be missed. Shown here with her longtime equine soulmate, Louie.

Photo credit: Sam Johnson

Zoe Chait Just Keeps on Shredding (December 2, 2022)

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Coastside teen surfing star Zoe Chait adds yet another accolade to her crowded trophy case: Mavericks big wave surfer.

Photo credit: Lambidakis

Aerial Tram Benchmarking Project (November 25, 2022)

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What's a four-letter word that rhymes with tram? Hmm.

Mural Corners Half Moon Bay (November 18, 2022)

The intersection of Main Street and Kelly in Half Moon Bay is becoming quite a showcase for artists and their work.

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(Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

Jane Kim's seascape mural in Mac Dutra Park.

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(Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

Fabia's mural "Jeff Clark Surfing Mavericks" on the north side of Cunha's General Store.

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(Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

 Black Lives Matter mural and Sylvio Modena's "The Spirit of Life" at City Hall.

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(Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

 Julie Engelmann's Pumpkin Festival mural on the south side of Cunha's General Store.

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(Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

 Photos of the Cunha Brothers service station at the corner of Kelly and Main.

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(Photo credit: Owen Spartz)

 Big Reuben kicking it in front of a mural in Valdez, Alaska.

A Local Celebrity Is Back in Town (November 18, 2022)

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(Photo Credit: Joseph Morlan)

"Morris," the only documented Northern Gannet in the North Pacific, is back in town.

Mural Corners Half Moon Bay (November 18, 2022)

The intersection of Main Street and Kelly in Half Moon Bay is becoming quite a showcase for artists and their work.

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(Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

Jane Kim's seascape mural in Mac Dutra Park.

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(Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

Fabia's mural "Jeff Clark Surfing Mavericks" on the north side of Cunha's General Store.

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(Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

 Black Lives Matter mural and Sylvio Modena's "The Spirit of Life" at City Hall.

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(Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

 Julie Engelmann's Pumpkin Festival mural on the south side of Cunha's General Store.

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(Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

 Photos of the Cunha Brothers service station at the corner of Kelly and Main.

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(Photo credit: Owen Spartz)

 Big Reuben kicking it in front of a mural in Valdez, Alaska.

A Local Celebrity Is Back in Town (November 18, 2022)

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(Photo Credit: Joseph Morlan)

"Morris," the only documented Northern Gannet in the North Pacific, is back in town.

KHMB's Jim Henderson Gets His Due (November 18, 2022)

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KHMB General Manager Jim Henderson is among this year's honorees at the 2022 PCTV Awards show.

Was that? Yup, and it was close! (November 18, 2022)

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(Map credit: Natalie Downe)

Each red line represents an earthquake fault. The epicenter for Tuesday's 2.8 temblor was Rice Soil Farm just south of Half Moon Bay along the San Gregorio fault.

Back to Back Champs! (November 4, 2022)

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The Half Moon Bay AYSO 16U team celebrates their second championship in a row after a come-from-behind victory on Sunday.

It's a Giant Screaming Eagle Pumpkin! (November 4, 2022)

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Travis Giegner, winner of the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Weigh-Off this year (and also winner in 2020), hauled his 2,560-pound winning pumpkin, "Maverick," back to his hometown of Anoka, MN, where it was then carved into the world's largest jack-o-lantern. How cool is this! See a video of the pumpkin being carved here: "Maverick" turns from a pumpkin into an eagle. 

Monorail! Monorail! Monorail! (November 4, 2022)

Careful citizens, the Music Man is coming to town and he's got a gondola to sell us.

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Jackie's Last Coastside Dance (October 28, 2022)

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Beach Break Entertainment Shines Again (October 28, 2022)

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Here's Johnny! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Oh, and Redrum!

The Great Debate (October 21, 2022)

Lincoln-Douglas, Kennedy-Nixon, Bentson-Quayle--those were all just precursors to the HMB City Council District 4 throwdown this Monday.

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(Graphic credit: Ric Barker)

The Brightside of Traffic: 2022 P-fest (October 21, 2022)

Expect the worst and hope for the best. Done and done. Graphical analysis of traffic from The Press in El Granada to More for Less in Half Moon Bay and back during the 2022 Pumpkin Festival weekend.

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(Graphic credit: Natalie Downe, Simon Willison)

P-Fest 2022! (October 14, 2022)

Most of us tell ourselves that 50 is just a number, or 50 is the new 40, but for the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, 50 means fun!

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This year's poster and some fine examples of posters past. Check out all 50 years of posters at the Half Moon Bay Library from now until October 31.

Ski Bandini Moutain! (October 14, 2022)

Money, it's gotta be the fertilizer. That's how you get those giant pumpies, right?

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 Vintage Bandini schwag from back in the day.

Avoid the Jam/Take the Tram (October 14, 2022)

The Coast Skyway is a novel and fun idea with limited practical merit, even before a cost/benefit analysis. Still, it's fun to dream about, and it would be a cool tourist attraction.

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(Artwork, working title, and slogan credit: Deborah Harter Williams)

Amy "The Family Chef" Fothergill (October 14, 2022)

Chef, author, blogger, mom, radio star--what can't she do? Check out more of her amazing creations and achievements at amythefamilychef.com and artisanaldelightsbyamy.com.

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(Photo credit: Amy Fothergill)

Does the Coastside need a Vehicular Recreation Area? (October 7, 2022)

Kelly Leak thinks so, as do many Coastsiders, including Reuben!

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Kelly on his classic 1975 Harley Davidson Z90 in the 1976 film, "The Bad News Bears." Reuben on his dad's 1973 Yamaha AT 125 with his sister in San Felipe, Mexico, June 1973.

Fantastic fog for FogFest 2022 (September 30, 2022)

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Julie Mell's fog machine was in overdrive to make sure FogFest 2022 lived up to its name this past Saturday in Pacifica. (Photo credit: Jan McFarland)

The Brightside of traffic (September 30, 2022)

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Is there a brightside to traffic? There is when Sandy is covering it. Avenue Alhambra in El Granada and Lewis Foster Drive in Half Moon Bay during the Tuesday morning commute (or pretty much any weekday morning). (Photo credit: Sandy Brightside)

Libel, defamation, and misinformation on the trails of El Granada (September 23, 2022)

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If a tree gets cut down in the woods and nobody is there to see it, can you just blame whoever you want? (Photo credit: The Loam Soldier)

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Something here about those who live in glass houses . . .

Saga of the Stairs at Surfer's Beach (September 16, 2022)

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Six years of Pacific Ocean waves have done some damage to the temporary stairs at Surfer's Beach. (Photo credit: Birgitta Bower)

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The temporary fix to the temporary stairs. (Photo credit: Half Moon Bay Review)

Art by Julie Engelmann (September 9, 2022)

Murals, paintings, concert posters, stickers, surfboards, and more. This local artist has a feel for the Coastside vibe and the creative chops to express it. Find out about her process, her latest work, and where she wants to go with it in her "Shooting the Breeze" live on-air interview with Reuben.

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Julie's winning mural proposal.

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Julie's mural currently in progress on the corner of Main and Kelly in HMB.

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Fog Fest 2022 poster

New bike shop in town (September 9, 2022)

Be sure to check out the newest business in Half Moon Bay, Straight Wheel Cycling. Grand opening is tomorrow!

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Summer of Reuben (September 9, 2022)

It wasn't exactly like being stripped to the waist and eating a block of cheese the size of a car battery, but Reuben had himself a good time living the dream on the road to Alaska and back this summer.

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Reuben getting all barnyard in Chicken, Alaska.

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But it wasn't all glory. The black flies in the Northwest Territories are so big and vicious, the locals call them "bulldogs."

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It's a small world. While fueling up at Junction 37 Services at the crossroads of the Alaskan Highway and the Cassiar Highway in southern Yukon Territory, Reuben's eagle eyes spied a connection to the Coastside on the gas station's sticker window. See if you can find the sticker for Sacrilege Brewery!

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The long arm of Coastal Windage.

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Golf in El Granada! (May 27, 2022)

It's true! Disc golf that is. A darn fun activity, if we do say so ourselves. Check out the proposal currently being considered by the Granada Community Services District.

PAC Disc Golf Proposal April 2022

Multimodal mystery trail (May 27, 2022)

Read all about it. Only 10 years of planning, talking, meeting, and scrounging for funds is required to final get a shovel in the ground for a 1.25-mile stretch of paved bike path that does not connect on either end to any other segment or section of paved bike path. That's progress, Coastsiders! Following are links to the Midcoast Community Council's web page for the Multimodal Trail and San Mateo County's web page for the MMT, including plans, documents, and diagrams going all the way back to 2013. This better be one heckuva stretch of bike path.

MCC Highway 1 Parallel Trail -- Midcoast Multimodal Trail page

San Mateo County Midcoast Multimodal Trail Project page

Coastside Leadership Academy (May 27, 2022)

The Coastside Leadership Academy (CLA) is an all-girls academy (grades 9-12) rooted in the cycles of joy, healing, and growth, where girls learn to trust their intuition, use their voices, and become leaders in a supportive community. Hear from founders Claire Rietmann-Grout and Lindsay Stewart during their live, in-studio interview with Livvy and Reuben.

Coastside Leadership Academy (CLA)

Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island ticket stub (May 20, 2022)

Reuben loves to go on and on about paper tickets and how cool they are. He must have spent seven minutes of this week's show gushing about how cool the ticket stub for the Statue of Liberty was in 2015. Just to complete the thought, here it is. We wonder if paper tickets like this are still available as free souvenirs for visitors in 2022?

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Balloons kill wildlife (May 13, 2022)

Per BalloonsBlow.org: "All released balloons, including those falsely marketed as 'biodegradable latex,' return to Earth as ugly litter. They kill countless animals and cause dangerous power outages."

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Movie night with Beach Break Entertainment (April 8, 2022)

Julie Mell and Beach Break Entertainment are singlehandedly keeping moviegoing alive on the Coastside. This time with two great movies about women and sports, "Girls Can't Surf" and "Knocking Down the Fences." Plus a panel discussion with filmmakers, atheletes, and industry experts. Another great night with Beach Break.

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Harry Mack and the Little Shop of Horrors (April 1, April 8, 2022)

Feels good to be back out in the world, going to see live music, theater, and sporting events in person. Following is an autographed concert poster and autographed ticket from the 4/1 Harry Mack show at the Old Princeton Landing and a playbill from the 4/2 Half Moon Bay High School production of "Little Shop of Horrors."

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Approved Quarry Park Pump Track Design (April 1, 2022)

The approved "Flying X" track design featuring two interior loops as well as an outer loop.

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1946 Tsunami (March 25, 2022)

By 1964, Princeton had some protection from the breakwater, but in 1946, well check out these photographs. (Photo credit: Orville)

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Following is a photo of a Tsunami warning sign in the Caribbean nation of Grenada. (Photo credit: Reuben TruthMaker)

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Cunha DC Trip

Coastal Windage gets around. We were able to get a look at the special edition custom challenge coin minted for the 2022 Cunha DC trip.

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The Olympics (February 18, 2022)

Following are pictures of the little week-at-glance calendar book from 1973 that Reuben used to record the American results for the 1976 summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.

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Seeking vintage things (February 18, 2022)

Just a sampling of favorites from Reuben's personal stash. Clockwise from upper right: 1910 T206 Ty Cobb; 1992 Skybox Michael Jordan; 1959 Topps Willie Mays (autographed); 1982 Topps Dan Fouts.

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Jim "Sully" Sullivan (February 11, 2022)

Member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, 1989 Overall Mountain Bike World Champion, and local trails advocate Jim Sullivan crushing it in the US colors on a fully rigid bike in 1989.

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Cunha Cubs 8A Basketball Champs (February 4, 2022)

Undefeated for their entire middle school career (no 2021 season). 10-0 and league champs in 2022.

Front row: Gio Garduno-Martin; Caiden Guevara; Maverick Johnson; Owen Perez

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Back row: Head coach Luis Haro; coach Irving; Franco Santiago; Ronin McCauley; Jack McMillan; Matthew Melo; Javi Nobiles; Daniel Moctezuma; coach Chris

Dog days on the Coastside (February 4 and 11, 2022)

The San Mateo County Parks off-leash pilot program for Quarry Park and Pillar Point Bluffs will be reviewed and voted on by the San Mateo County Planning Commission on Wednesday, February 9, at 9:00 AM.

Click the thumbnail below to go to the County's Dog Work Group web page.

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Coastside Composite Mountain Bike Team (February 4, 2022)

The Coastside Composite Mountain Bike Team is an experience-and skill building-focused cycling team for Coastside youths. The team not only participates in competitive events but also community support projects like the Bike Temple at Abundant Grace.

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The Coastside Composite Mountain Bike Team                   Mac Henry places 3rd in the U29 division!!

To learn more about NICA go to www.nationalmtb.org, to learn about the NorCal Interscholastic Cycling League go to https://www.norcalmtb.org/ and to participate with the Coastside Composite Mountain Bike Team please reach out to the team at Coastside.Composite.MTB@gmail.com.

For more information about the team, check out the article about them at coastsidebuzz.com.

Commute.org Coastside Survey (February 4, 2022)

Commute.org is conducting a survey of San Mateo County Coastside residents to learn more about travel patterns, transportation choices, and interests in alternative travel modes.

To take the survey, go to surveymonkey.com/r/CoastsideSurvey.

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Big confusion over table scraps (January 14, 2022)

Recology of the Coast flyer explaining the process for their new composting program.

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The Pilot Light (January 14, 2022)

The new Pilot Light restaurant is getting ready to open soon at the old 3-0 space at the HMB airport. Click on the image to see the latest draft of their menu, which is still a work in progess.

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Moss Beach crosswalk (January 14, 2022)

Latest iteration of the crosswalk on Highway 1 at Virginia Street in Moss Bach. Screenshots taken from video posted to Nextdoor by Claire Toutant.

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Zoe Chait (January 7, 2022)

Photos courtesy of Marcus Chait.

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Accolades:

  • 2nd place, 2021 National Scholastic Surfing Association Championships in the Womens U18 division

  • 1st place, 2021 NSSA West Coast Regional

  • Ranked 2nd in the USA Prime West Surfing Series, the country's highest level of amateur surfing

Sponsors:

  • O’Neill

  • Sharpeye Surfboards

  • NorCal Surf Shop

  • Electric Sunglasses

  • SunBum

  • Creatures of Leisure

Bike Temple program at Abundant Grace (January 7, 2022)

Per our friends at Coastside Mountain Bikers and Abundant Grace, click this image to read the press release about this new volunteer program on the Coastside.

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Half Moon Bay coffee mugs (December 17, 2021)

Last month, Reuben practically lost his mind when he spent three hours with his family scouring the Coastside over the Thanksgiving weekend for a simple coffee mug emblazened with the legend "Half Moon Bay." Nary a one to be found. Since then, he has followed up several leads and ultimately ended up commissioning local artist Vanessa Lamascus of Coastal Custom Designs to make one for him to give to his sister. This week, Reuben followed up more leads provided by listeners and found HMB coffee mugs for sale at CVS in Strawflower Village and at Coastside Books on Main Street.

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Custom mug by Vanessa Lamascus, Coastal Custom Designs

2022 San Mateo County One-Day Homeless Count (December 3, 2021)

The San Mateo County biennial one-day homeless count is January 27, 2022. For more information, click the following link.


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