For the past 51 years I have appreciated being connected with the Pacifica Tribune and having the opportunity to express my opinions as well as sharing stories of not only community athletes, but all facets of local activities through my column HORACESCOPE.
Today, with the announcement that the Tribune has been sold to the Half Moon Bay Review the door may very well have closed on HORACESCOPE. If so, it has been a joy writing stories for these many years. I have not only covered sports, for which I was hired to do in 1969, but also have authored stories following sitting through many long-hour City Council meetings, ran after fire trucks, talk to new business owners, and even wrote about “society “ events. I even delivered the Tribune when we did not have any carriers, and occasionally sold an advertisement or two.It’s been a great ride.
I wish the best to the new owners as they open a new chapter on covering Pacifica.
STILL NO HOMES
Every day I drive down Roberts Road. Every day on that drive I look toward the property called Harmony@1. Every day I ask myself “when will that property be truly developed?”
How many of you Tribune readers have had the same thought as you drive past the property? It seems like it’s been a lifetime since the introduction of the $4 million homes.
Six years ago last month, I covered the groundbreaking of the new development which was to provide 10 pricey homes. I’m still waiting for the first home to be occupied. The property has experienced several issues over the years, primarily permits-related, and even underwent a couple changes of property ownership.
If you count back to the actual birth of the property, it’s been over 14 years since original owner Tait Cowan purchased the property and received the blessing of the 2007 City Council’s EIR certification.
Each home to be constructed in the subdivision requires a permit from the Planning Commission (a Special Plan permit) as well as a Building Permit.
I asked Tina Wehrmeister who currently is wearing two city hats, Planning Director, and Acting Assistant City Manager, the status of the property.
“To date one home on the former “Hussen lot” is under construction,” she said. “Some, but not all of the other lots have incomplete applications on file with the City. One lot has a complete application and is currently in environmental review.”
I wonder if the lots are still marketable in the $4-5 million range.
Former Terra Nova/Oceana football coach Bill Gray was expecting to return to Pacifica from his home in South Dakota last Saturday to introduce his friend, Jack Burgett, into the San Francisco State University Gridiron Hall of Fame last Saturday. However, the Pandemic forced the organizers to go virtual on zoom. All the presentations are pre-recorded. The program will be posted on YouTube later.
For the last six years Gray has coached high school football at Chamberlain, SD. Due to COVID-19 he decided not to coach this year on the advice of his doctor due to his age.
“The school and all activities have been shut down twice. At least seven faculty and 10 players have had to quarantine, and one game was cancelled due to the virus,” said Gray. “So, in retrospect my decision was a good one.”
Burgett played and coached football at San Francisco State. He began a freshman football team at the college. He coached over 30 years at both the high school and college level. He was inducted into the Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. One of the players he coached at SFSU was Gray. Their friendship continues today.
Bob McClure, who has been associated with MLB for over 46 years, both as a player and coach, was recently honored by the Minnesota Twins when he was asked to throw the ceremonial first pitch to open the playoffs. He is the Twins’ bullpen coach. However, this year he was asked to stay home due to his age, 68. He helped the pitching staff by working virtually with an on-site coach.
He actually made the throw virtually from his home in Stuart, FL. An added honor came when the Twins held up his jersey in their team picture after clinching their division. They later lost to the Houston Astros.
McClure is a 1970 Terra Nova graduate.