Site History - Parcel #APN: 037-022-070

Habitat Destruction without proper approvals

December 5, 2016

During the week of December 5, a significant amount of tree, shrub and habitat removal took place on the 11 acre parcel across the Lighthouse in Moss Beach. The removal took place without a permit (confirmed by the San Mateo County Planning Department) and prior to the publication of an Environmental Impact Report that is required as part of the proposed MidPen development. 

The parcel is home to many species of plants and animals. Neighbors have reported sightings of at least two endangered species on the property: The California Red Legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake. Plus, it was a top-secret WWII artillery training camp so surface and underground hazards may exist. Its close proximity to the Montara Creek and the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve are of concern due to potential run-off that excavation and land clearing causes, particularly now with the Winter rains.

The attached photos taken on December 12 capture the boundaries delineating what was cleared vs what was left untouched. Also included are photos of the remains of WWII military building foundations exposed by the clearing. 
A Code Complaint has been filed by Resist Density with the San Mateo County Planning Department.

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MidPen announces option to purchase and develop

February 2016

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California School Employees Association (CSEA) Purchases Property for $8000

1969

The California School Employees Association is the largest classified school employees union in the United States, representing more than 230,000 school support staff throughout California. 

They purchased the property in 1969 for $8000. Since then the property has been left undeveloped and the community has used the land unrestricted as parkland.

Anti-Aircraft Training Center

WWII from 1942-1945

During WWII, the U.S. Navy operated a top-secret Anti-Aircraft Training Center at Point Montara. This parcel was part of the center used to train over 320,000 men to use anti-aircraft weapons at this facility from 1942-1945.  Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), some of the very first female military pilots, flew “mother ships” controlling target planes over the ocean, allowing men to practice shooting at them with various anti-aircraft weapons.  Radio-controlled drones, newly introduced to the military during WWII, were used as targets.

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