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RISHI KUMAR FOR US CONGRESS

The Coast’s priorities are very important to me

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As a passionate environmentalist who loves visiting California’s beaches with my family, I’ll stop the ill-conceived high-density housing push directed at our coastal cities and beaches that have steamrolled development projects like the San Pedro Mountain and Pedro Point Field project(s) into your peaceful little town.

Our beaches, parks and coastlines must be protected and a smarter approach to preserving our coastal resources for our children is essential.

As a Saratoga councilmember, we preserved 65 acres of open spaces and protected wildlife on an abandoned quarry with the opening of the new Quarry Park (picture below), with beautiful recreational trails meeting the Pacific Ocean, I also stopped a 300-room hotel mega development project on a hillside in a high fire hazard zone, that would have severely disrupted our wildlife, trees, and neighborhoods.

As your Congressional Representative, I’ll always fight for coastal communities. I’ve met thousands of our coastal community neighbors and I will always champion your causes. I will be honored to have your vote on June 7, 2022.

- Rishi Kumar

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Pacifica's Rockaway Quarry Project

City Pacifica opens public comment on the Rockaway Quarry Reclamation Plan and trail system due April 4, 2022.

Five years ago Pacifica’s Quarry development failed by a 68% vote.

But, the Pacifica city council is considering a reclamation plan for the Pacifica Quarry - a total of 86.2 acres - submitted by Bayland Soil Pacifica LLC. Public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) closes on April 4th and may precede a housing development application. An approved quarry reclamation plan will allow the former quarry to be reclaimed as required by Title 9, Chapter 2 of the Pacifica Municipal Code.

Documents created by National Park Service and Caltrans have revealed the Rockaway Quarry may have been the site of a Native American village. Explained here.

Appeal to the Pacifica City Council

Have your say if you don’t want dense housing development in the Quarry.

Email the Pacifica City Council

To,
Christian Murdock, AICP, Deputy Director of Planning
City of Pacifica Planning Department
540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica, California 94044
Email: publiccomment@pacifica.gov

SUBJECT: “Pacifica Quarry DEIR comments”

Dear Mayor and councilmembers,

The Pacifica Quarry housing project was voted down by our citizens in 2016 with Measure W - a whopping 69-31 referendum. I want you to honor this vote. I do not want this housing development at our Quarry.

Please do not destroy the beautiful quarry, destroy our highly sensitive environment and wildlife and plants as well all the mountains and natural walkways. This area is a beautiful coastal zone with significant erosion issues and wetlands that need to be protected, and the habitat of the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake. This area is also an area of Native American history and should be protected from any housing development projects.

Documents created by National Park Service and Caltrans have revealed the Rockaway Quarry may indeed be the site of a historical Native American village and settlement. Caltrans is aware of the evolving Native American history of Pacifica and has determined to remove the highwayside statue of Gaspar De Portola at the Pacifica Community Center within the next ninety days.

In addition to the myriad of other inconsistencies on this Draft Environmental Impact Review (DEIR) it is now obvious the Holman and Associates Archaeological Consultants assessment of known cultural resources performed in 2002 is not currently accurate nor adequate and the City of Pacifica must reject this reclamation plan, require a new Cultural and Tribal Resources assessment, and start the whole public comment period anew.

I am against any kind of development in the quarry and elsewhere. Pacifica does not have the infrastructure to support such developments. The traffic is horrendous during commute times and on weekends. On many occasions I have witnessed ambulances, with lights and sirens blaring, unable to navigate the traffic because there’s nowhere for cars to go, especially on the highway 1 south-to-north stretch between Fassler and Reina Del Mar.

There’s also the factor of an antiquated sewer system which I’m sure can’t support the type of development Pacifica is proposing. Taxes, on residents who have been living here for years, will be raised to pay for new infrastructure just so more people can live here.

News out this week is that drought-stricken California will be imposing new rounds of water cuts. The news for water is looking very grim for years going forward. You cannot strap the current residents with even more water reductions because you have agreed to new housing.

I will be paying attention to who supports and does not support development and my vote will speak for itself. I will encourage everyone I know and talk to do the same.

Thank you for not developing this area.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME
ADDRESS

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Appeal to the San Mateo County Supervisors

Focus this message on Santa Clara County’s board of supervisors approach with the Cement Plant and Cupertino’s quarry.

Email the San Mateo County Supervisors

Dear President and Supervisors,
I am asking for your urgent action with the Pacifica Rockaway Quarry housing project that was voted down by Pacifica’s citizens in 2016 with Measure W - a whopping 69-31 referendum. We do not want housing development at our Quarry.

We ask you to take action just like the Santa Clara County Supervisors have proposed with the Cement Plant and Quarry at Cupertino. Santa Clara County’s potential purchase of the Lehigh cement plant and quarry south of Los Altos could mean conversion of the land to open space.

We seek your help to not destroy the beautiful quarry, destroy our highly sensitive environment and wildlife and plants as well all the mountains and natural walkways. This area is a beautiful coastal zone with significant erosion issues and wetlands that need to be protected, and the habitat of the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake. This area is also an area of Native American history and should be protected from any housing development projects. This is also the site of native American historical settlements.

Pacifica does not have the infrastructure to support such a development project. The traffic is horrendous during commute times and on weekends. On many occasions I have witnessed ambulances, with lights and sirens blaring, unable to navigate the traffic because there’s nowhere for cars to go, especially on the highway 1 south-to-north stretch between Fassler and Reina Del Mar.

There’s also the factor of an antiquated sewer system which I’m sure can’t support the type of development Pacifica is proposing. Taxes, on residents who have been living here for years, will be raised to pay for new infrastructure just so more people can live here.

News out this week is that drought-stricken California will be imposing new rounds of water cuts. The news for water is looking very grim for years going forward. We cannot strap the current residents with even more water reductions because we have agreed to new housing.

Please do your utmost to stop any development at Pacifica’s Rockaway Quarry.

Thanks
NAME
ADDRESS

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Appeal to the California Coastal Commission

Focus this message on protecting the coastal communities.

Email the California Coastal Commission

Dear Chair and Commissioners,
I am asking for your urgent action with the Pacifica Rockaway Quarry housing project that was voted down by Pacifica’s citizens in 2016 with Measure W - a whopping 69-31 referendum. We do not want housing development at our Quarry.

We ask you to take action just like the Santa Clara County Supervisors have proposed with the Cement Plant and Quarry at Cupertino. Santa Clara County’s potential purchase of the Lehigh cement plant and quarry south of Los Altos could mean conversion of the land to open space.

We seek your help to not destroy the beautiful quarry, destroy our highly sensitive environment and wildlife and plants as well all the mountains and natural walkways. This area is a beautiful coastal zone with significant erosion issues and wetlands that need to be protected, and the habitat of the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake. This area is also an area of Native American history and should be protected from any housing development projects. This is also the site of native American historical settlements.

Pacifica does not have the infrastructure to support such a development project. The traffic is horrendous during commute times and on weekends. On many occasions I have witnessed ambulances, with lights and sirens blaring, unable to navigate the traffic because there’s nowhere for cars to go, especially on the highway 1 south-to-north stretch between Fassler and Reina Del Mar.

There’s also the factor of an antiquated sewer system which I’m sure can’t support the type of development Pacifica is proposing. Taxes, on residents who have been living here for years, will be raised to pay for new infrastructure just so more people can live here.

News out this week is that drought-stricken California will be imposing new rounds of water cuts. The news for water is looking very grim for years going forward. We cannot strap the current residents with even more water reductions because we have agreed to new housing.

Please do your utmost to stop any development at Pacifica’s Rockaway Quarry.

Thanks
NAME
ADDRESS

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Appeal to the Army Corps of Engineers

Focus this message mitigations of the wetlands identified in 2015.

Email the Army Corps of Engineers

Dear Chief Public Affairs,
I am asking for your urgent action with the Pacifica Rockaway Quarry housing project that was voted down by Pacifica’s citizens in 2016 with Measure W - a whopping 69-31 referendum. We do not want housing development at our Quarry as the wetlands at this location have rare animal species.

We seek your help to not destroy the beautiful quarry, destroy our highly sensitive environment and wildlife and plants as well all the mountains and natural walkways. This area is a beautiful coastal zone with significant erosion issues and wetlands that need to be protected, and the habitat of the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake.. This area is also an area of Native American history and should be protected from any housing development projects. This is also the site of native American historical settlements.

Please do your utmost to stop any development at Pacifica’s Rockaway Quarry.

Thanks
NAME
ADDRESS

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Appeal to the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs

Focus this message mitigations of the wetlands identified in 2015.

Email the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs

Dear Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs,
I am asking for your urgent action with the Pacifica Rockaway Quarry housing project that was voted down by Pacifica’s citizens in 2016 with Measure W - a whopping 69-31 referendum.

This area is an area of Native American history and should be protected from any housing development projects. This is also the site of native American historical settlements. Documents created by National Park Service and Caltrans have revealed the Rockaway Quarry may indeed be the site of a historical Native American village and settlement. In addition to the myriad of other inconsistencies on this Draft Environmental Impact Review (DEIR) it is now obvious the Holman and Associates Archaeological Consultants assessment of known cultural resources performed in 2002 is not currently accurate nor adequate and the City of Pacifica must reject this reclamation plan, require a new Cultural and Tribal Resources assessment, and start the whole public comment period anew.

Please do your utmost to stop any development at Pacifica’s Rockaway Quarry.

Thanks
NAME
ADDRESS

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Appeal to the U.S. Department of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife

Click here to send your message regarding protected species identified on the site.

Dear Director,
I am asking for your urgent action with the Pacifica Rockaway Quarry housing project that was voted down by Pacifica’s citizens in 2016 with Measure W - a whopping 69-31 referendum. We do not want housing development at our Quarry as the wetlands at this location have rare animal species.

We seek your help to not destroy the beautiful quarry, destroy our highly sensitive environment and wildlife and plants as well all the mountains and natural walkways. This area is a beautiful coastal zone with significant erosion issues and wetlands that need to be protected, and the habitat of the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake. This area is also an area of Native American history and should be protected from any housing development projects. This is also the site of native American historical settlements.

Please do your utmost to stop any development at Pacifica’s Rockaway Quarry.

Thanks
NAME
ADDRESS

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Appeal to the National Park Service Native American History

Click here to send an email about the quarry’s connection to Native American history.

Dear Director, NPS
I am asking for your urgent action with the Pacifica Rockaway Quarry housing project that was voted down by Pacifica’s citizens in 2016 with Measure W - a whopping 69-31 referendum.

This area is an area of Native American history and should be protected from any housing development projects. This is also the site of native American historical settlements. Documents created by National Park Service and Caltrans have revealed the Rockaway Quarry may indeed be the site of a historical Native American village and settlement. In addition to the myriad of other inconsistencies on this Draft Environmental Impact Review (DEIR) it is now obvious the Holman and Associates Archaeological Consultants assessment of known cultural resources performed in 2002 is not currently accurate nor adequate and the City of Pacifica must reject this reclamation plan, require a new Cultural and Tribal Resources assessment, and start the whole public comment period anew.

Please do your utmost to stop any development at Pacifica’s Rockaway Quarry.

Thanks
NAME
ADDRESS

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Appeal to the California Democratic Party’s Native American Caucus

Email the California Democratic Party’s Native American Caucus

Dear Board members of the Native American Caucus,
I am asking for your urgent action with the Pacifica Rockaway Quarry housing project that was voted down by Pacifica’s citizens in 2016 with Measure W - a whopping 69-31 referendum.

This area is an area of Native American history and should be protected from any housing development projects. This is also the site of native American historical settlements. Documents created by National Park Service and Caltrans have revealed the Rockaway Quarry may indeed be the site of a historical Native American village and settlement. In addition to the myriad of other inconsistencies on this Draft Environmental Impact Review (DEIR) it is now obvious the Holman and Associates Archaeological Consultants assessment of known cultural resources performed in 2002 is not currently accurate nor adequate and the City of Pacifica must reject this reclamation plan, require a new Cultural and Tribal Resources assessment, and start the whole public comment period anew.

Please do your utmost to stop any development at Pacifica’s Rockaway Quarry.

Thanks
NAME
ADDRESS

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Meeting with the coastal communities

What I learned at these meetings were that fire & emergency preparedness, and emergency communication are two hot topics. I heard that insurance companies have canceled many homeowners' fire insurances in the area, given what happened at Paradise. That is a huge problem! In order to ensure that those who need Fire Insurance the most are protected, we must adopt a model similar to that of the CEA for Fire Insurance. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection ought to provide fire-insurance directly to consumers. This way, we maximize coverage and provide certainty to California families. California FAIR Plan will insure any property, many property owners prefer a private market alternative due to coverage options and cost support. I support ASSEMBLY BILL 2167 and SENATE BILL 292. Assembly Bill (AB) 2167 would make it easier for insurers to write more insurance policies, but both AB 2167 and SB 292 have died on the floor. We need to push these bills to be signed into law and more. As your congressman, I will push for a State of California Fire Insurance, just like the earthquake plan our state offers today. We also need to establish an emergency communication plan to bring in urgent help during landslides, earthquakes, fire etc. Our neighbors just cannot be left in the lurch.

PG&E Power Shutoffs

Public Safety power shutoffs have become a PR nightmare for PG&E while creating a huge question mark and concerns for people. The blackouts have impacted lives adversely while the economic impact is staggering! Our citizens are also asking ‘What gusty wind?’ Is this an example of a monopoly and crony capitalism? We grant PG&E a monopoly status at the cost of being governed. I believe they can be governed better!

I am concerned with the investor-owned utilities' profit mandates, their continued under-investment in their electric grid, and their reliance on old fossil fuel plants. The answer is to go with the public utility model and municipalization. It is time for a massive public takeover so that we can prioritize citizen benefit over profit.

As the current councilmember of Saratoga, California, I have proposed the municipalization of San Jose Water Company, which supplies water to a million Silicon Valley residents covering the cities of San Jose, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Campbell. I have been pushing back on the numerous rate increase proposals of San Jose Water Company since January 2017 and we have already rejected, reduced, and suspended a total of 9 water rate increases.

PG&E’s failure to maintain their power lines, contributing to the wildfires seen across the state and resulting in the power company’s decision to institute the blackouts is a huge concern. PG&E’s infrastructure has been deteriorating. The San Bruno explosion should have been a wake up call. The Paradise fire was a disaster. What is PG&E’s plan? Shifting the costs from utilities to communities in highly inequitable ways is not acceptable.They should develop a good maintenance plan by deploying some of the latest IOT monitoring systems in place. News reports of PG&E choosing to divert money from infrastructure initiatives to boost corporate profits and to pay executives even more is concerning to many. Sacramento quietly recertified PG&E as a "safe" company - despite officials making the utility company responsible for the wildfires. Even more egregiously, California spent $9.6 million on private attorneys who wrote a law protecting PG&E’s profits. State records reveal the law firm had represented PG&E for years. As your congressman, I will always put the people first, protect you and ensure that our system works for you.