Hey Bechtel! Come On & Fix Devil’s Slide

From Montara Bob:

June, I finally have the solution for the Devil’s Slide fiasco.

We’re lucky to have Bechtel, the world’s mega-engineering firm based in San Francisco.

Bechtel has built total cities from scratch, railroads in Trinidad, power plants all over the world…..

Hey, Bechtel! How about giving us about a week-and-a-half, pro bono?

And clean up that little mess on Highway 1.

“Mad As Hell, Not Gonna Take It Anymore” Email: From Far Away: Fix It!

Dear HMBM:

What an atrocity the closure of Devil’s Slide is. I don’t live on the Coastside, but I am a frequent visitor, and this bureacracy-created crisis is a monstrosity. What government officials are responsible? What are their names and emails and home addresses? Let’s bombard them until they fix it and fix it quickly. Why is the work so slow and sparse? Get on the stick! Drivers will have coronaries; small businesspeople are being wiped out. Fix it!

Lew From Far Away

“Mad As Hell, Not Gonna Take It Anymore” Email: Montara Bob Strikes Again

Hello June,

Thanks for your invitation to vent off some of my Devil’s Slide steam.

You’re right. For now what the poor commuter needs is more information while he’s sitting in his car. That’s not so radical.

Here’s an idea that’s more radical: When they finally get Devil’s Slide patched up, how about closing it every year for the 8 weeks of the rainy season to avoid rockslides and other diasasters while they’re building their darling tunnels. Us commuter slobs at least can try to plan for those 8 weeks every year. No, they’re not gonna buy this one but maybe somebody could come up with a different slant on how to make the commuter’s life easier.

Are you the same June Morrall that wrote for the San Mateo County Times and Half Moon Bay Review? Put up your picture.

Montara Bob

“Mad As Hell, Not Gonna Take It Anymore” Email: With the Slide closed, how about the garbage trucks using Hwy 92 at night?

Sarah from irish Ridge writes:

“When I was in high school I saw your Half Moon Bay documentary [The Mystery of Half Moon Bay]. What I’ve never forgotten is that truck going up the hill and all the cars behind it. Everybody I know complains about the garbage trucks. I work over the hill and I have a question: Can’t the garbage trucks use the road at night, like between 8 pm and 4 am? It sure would help to have them off the road during commute time.”

Woke up, it was a fairy tale morning…..

I got up this morning, opened the front door and was transported into a fairy tale book, the kind we used to read when we were kids. The sky was baby blue with soft white streaks, the sun felt warm on my skin and the shadows were in the right places.


“Mad As Hell, Not Gonna Take It Anymore” Email: Do You Want the Folks Who Can’t Fix the Slide Working On the Tunnel?

Good question!

I’ve been hesitant to post this email but I think you should see it:

“Dear June:

Do you want the same people who can’t fix Devil’s Slide building the tunnel?

Pete from Princeton (by-the-Sea)

P.S. Enjoyed your story about Princeton (by-the-Sea). I was living in Princeton when it happened. The woman who took over the Princeton Inn after the brothers left was a realtor. Her name was Bev and she lived in Moss Beach.”