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Coastsider now has links to candidate videos produced by Darin Boville of
Montara Fog.

We’re linking to the videos in individual stories about the Half Moon Bay
City Council, Coastside County Water District, Granada Sanitary District,
and Coastside Fire Protection District races. Come see the videos and
discuss the candidates on Coastsider.

We’ll add more links and information to these stories in coming weeks.

Absentee ballots are out this week, so now is the time to make your
thoughts known on these races.


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AMC’S MAD MEN: You know what’s going to happen on Betsy Draper’s 19th century “fainting” couch, don’t you?

[Image below: The sophisticated, and, at once hard and soft Betsy (“Betts”) Draper, mother of three, who can no longer hide her need for “something more,” played to the hilt by pouty January Jones, perfectly cast in the role of wife to sexy “concealer of his dark past” Madmen advertising exec Don Draper.]

What’s going to happen on that increasingly magnetic antique “fainting couch?” that doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of her newly redecorated living room?

What’s a “fainting couch look like?” Here’s one from Lauren Crown Fine Furniture, to visit their site, please click here


What did you think about Bett’s outside updo, the one she wore in Rome when she and Don pretended not to know one another when they met for a drink? A playful game between husband and wife: A FANTASY. They were in Rome for a quickie business meeting with the very spontaneous Conrad–or more aptly, “Con-nie”–Hilton, a charming, very likable fellow. Bett’s hairdo definitely reminded me of a character out of  San Francisco’s epic BEACH BLANKET BABYLON, still playing, after all these decades at Club Fugazi in North Beach. The actors wear these enormously creative, elaborate, heavy headpieces, whole cities, sometimes , or maybe a South American banana plantation, on their small heads.

Surely one of Madmen’s fun loving hair stylists must have been inspired by Blanket Babylon’s original producer, Steve Silver, who I once met at San Jose State, where Silver was a student. As I recall, we were standing outside and Steve was sitting on a concrete ledge thingy, at once serious and carefree, swinging his legs—and I do believe he was talking about the concept for Beach Blanket Babylon, an idea that very soon turned into immensely successful reality for the City of San Francisco.

John Vonderlin: Ocean Shore RR Succumbed to the Panic of 1907


Story by John Vonderlin

Email John: [email protected]

Hi June,
A while ago I mentioned that the owners of the Ocean Shore railroad must have felt cursed by the natural events that beset them right after the turn of the 20th Century. There was the Great Quake of April, 1906, the flooding rains of March, 1907, and the disastrous line-closing rains of January, 1909.
Below is the Corrected version of the article Angelo directed you to in the February 20th, 1908, issue of “The San Francisco Call.”
{{Angelo Misthos said: A San Francisco Call 2/20/1908 article titled: “Ocean Shore Line Dream of Years,”  quotes The Santa Cruz Surf newspaper’s calling attention to the pitch for the public to buy “gilt edge ” Ocean Shore bonds.  Next to the article is an ad for S.F. Call want ads, which begins:  “Poor Richard says: ‘He that lives upon hope will die fasting.'”  Most appropriate, eh?}}

John Vonderlin continues: The article mentions another huge problem the Ocean Shore had, but euphemizes it as a “financial flurry.” Here’s what that flurry actually was– to read the story please click >> Wikipedia article entitled “The Panic of 1907.” It would seem the confluence of all these natural and manmade catastrophes ensured the railroad’s failure, despite all the enticements the Coastside’s development offered, despite the article’s assurances about this “Unparalleled Proposition.”
For those who don’t realize how close our economy came to collapse last year, read up on this and other panics and imagine no FDIC to insure bank deposits and prevent bank runs, and no Federal Reserve as a lender of last resort to prevent one company after another, one bank after another, falling like dominoes. That’s what was in the potential bond buyers minds when this article was written. When the landslides of January, 1909, closed the Ocean Shore down in many places for months, I wonder if anybody firebombed the Santa Cruz newspaper? Enjoy. John
Santa Cruz Paper Reviews History of One of Coast’s Popular Enterprises
Calls Attention to Unparalleled Offer to Public to Buy Gilt Edge ßonds

The Santa Cruz Surf, under the caption “Again the Ocean Shore Railway,” says: Vicissitudes many and various have befallen this undertaking since its first inception, and these are typical and prophetic of the general conditions in California and the whole country to a degree. The Ocean Shore railway project was conceived and  the company incorporated three years ago, when the country was on the crest of a bounding prosperity, and optimism regarding the future was epidemic and contagious. It was a bold enterprise fitting the times, when capital was abundant and men’s ambitions easily vaulted over difficulties.
For thirty years prophetic minds had been attracted to the rich possibilities of this coast country and its wonderful resources, material, climatic and scenic, and to  the enormous transits of  people which would result from closer contact between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.
It was an alluring vision to the promoter, but the engineer and the investor said nay, nay. Too many canyons to cross, too many hills to climb, too many bluffs to blast, too many tunnels to bore, and so the undertaking lay dormant year on year, decade after decade.
Meanwhile the science of railroad engineering developed, the value of the resources of the section increased, capital became more plentlful and rates of interest reduced, vvhen. lo! suddenly the project sprang into life, vigorous, strong, self confident.
A more enthusiastic bunch never coalesced in any enterprise than the original incorporators of the Ocean Shore railway. They had a good thing, they felt sure; they had. plenty of money, and in 15 months they promised the road, double tracked, electrically
To Santa Cruz, the Ocean Shore company, came in the guise of King Fortunatus. Nothing to ask, all to bring. It literally promised to elevate  Santa Cruz from a city of the . fifth; to the third class in five years without us lifting a finger. Like many another vision. of joy, this proved to be too  good to be true, but nevertheless, this was the appearance, and purpose, when their enterprise first took form.
Stock in the Ocean Shore railroad was not ‘for sale.  Bonds of  the Ocean Shore railroad were not for sale. The incorporators were sufficient unto themselves. Thus matters went on until rights of way were secured, surveys completed and perhaps half the grading accomplished.
Then something happened. Not our fault, or their fault, but, it happened, and in three days’ time earthquake and fire  had robbed some of those interested in the company, of  their fortunes and impaired the fortune of every one connected with the scheme. Some dropped out. President Harvey and a few others stayed with the ship. Then the era of stock assessments and bond sales. But the day of railroad bond sales in blocks of millions was over. Wall Street capital was no  longer seeking legitimate investment. There was trouble ahead for the “system.” It became evident last year that local capital had got (sic)to lift on the enterprise if it went through. Readers of the Surf, we trust, have not forgotten the campaign for $300,000 Ocean Shore bonds from this county, made a few  months ago and which seemed on the eve of realization when, again something happened.
The “financial flurry” scattered to the wind the plan, then so nearly perfected. Now with the new year, with new financial and commercial conditions, we are entering upon a new era with the Ocean Shore railway, as with every other industrial enterprise.
President Harvey has done what all politicians and financiers do in an emergency ~he has appealed to the people, to the “common people.” if you. please, as distinguisheded from the “capitalistic class.” He has offered a loan in sums of $100 on partial payments.
The proposition is without parallel or precedent in railroad construction. It is the beginning of a new financial era in American affairs.
Of all that  has been said in the Surf  about the advantage of the Ocean Sbore line, there is not a word to retract, amid the untoward circumstances.
When a railroad over this route was first projected in the early 80’s this paper prophesied that it would make its owners opulent
Every change of time has only added to the attractions of this route,  only brought a larger buisiness into view. Moreover, every year has made its construction more and more; important to the city and county of Santa Cuz. When  it .promised  to come to us like the bag of gold at the end of the rainbowr it looked good.
Now, when the time has come when we must (sic) needs help build it ourselves or see it closed to us forever as a competitive route it not only looks good, looks like a necessity to the future progress and advancement of this section. As an investment there is nothing better on the market than the Ocean Shore railway bonds. As a matter of self protection and self interest every taxpayer in this county ought to buy one or more. Every man and woman ought to be an active missionary, day by day, for the sale of these bonds, until  they are all  bought, and the road made a certainty.
If you want to know more about financial panics, you might find  The Panic of 1819 by Murray Rothbard of interest, for more info, please click here

Okay, Susan Morgan….Move Over….I’m on Eye on the Bay, TOO

You may have been the “Kotex Lady” before you started making those super delicious Elegant Cheese Cakes in Princeton-by-the-Sea and getting on all those TV shows—but I’m going to be on Eye on the Bay, TOO, in mid-October, for at least a few seconds…and adorable Jennifer, the producer/director, told me that I was “OVER THE TOP!”

What do you think of that?????

So there!!!

So, uh,  Susan, uh, can you put an Eye on the Bay logo on one of your super delicious cheese cakes, and all of that on top of an image of my Princeton-by-the-Sea book?


[This is a certified June-joke. Blame it on the Larry Kaplan influence. Too many emails. Plus I knew him in high school. OMG]

[Lewis] Lapham’s Quarterly: These stories are GOOD for you.

I picked up the Fall 2009 edition of Lapham’s “Medicine” Quarterly at New Leaf in Half Moon Bay, and was immediately delighted by the Oliver Sacks story called “New York City: Cupid Dormant.” A funny, warm, great read.

There are pieces that range in time from Moliere to Freud to Proust to Doris Lessing to La Honda’s Ken Kesey. Each one unique and suitable for framing!


Susan Friedman: Kelly Street Gallery Coming Soon


Welcome and thanks for taking a look at our very first Kelly Street Gallery newsletter!  Here you will find information on our latest exhibits, a calendar of upcoming gallery related events and interviews with featured artists. The gallery is a small neighborhood cooperative venture among some of the coastside’s most talented artists embarking on its first full year this December. Open every Sunday from noon to five—we look forward to seeing you here!

Deborah Brown-Penrose
Susan Friedman
Jan Tiura
Jennifer Clark

Featured Artist
Deborah Brown-Penrose

Half Moon Bay coastside doctor and Kelly Street Gallery founder, Deborah Brown-Penrose, says she has lived her entire life as an artist: “The doctor (part) was an afterthought,” she said — an endeavor she pursued after marriage and having children. Penrose earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the Moore College of Art and Design in the 1960s and, following graduation, worked as a fashion illustrator for a department store in New York. One of Penrose’s early claims to fame was having her illustrations featured daily in a New York Times advertisement. Now, this artist has devoted part of her Half Moon Bay home to an elegant photo gallery — showcasing the work of other talented Coastside photographers in addition to her own.
When did you first consider yourself a photographer?
The year 2000, I guess. I went to Italy — Tuscany — to paint and found that I couldn’t paint and didn’t really want to paint. So I took photographs instead and had an excellent response from the work I had done.
What attracted you to photography?
I think in my art, with the exception of figure drawing, I always felt that I was copying other people’s work. And yet, I knew I had a really good eye and had a gift for composition and color and seizing the moment.  I didn’t really get attracted to photography.  I took photographs in the beginning because I didn’t want to paint and when I looked at the photographs I realized they were good and that they were worthwhile.
Share some of your artistic process. What do you like to capture in your work?
I think right now I’m mostly about color. Actually I have two fortes, I think: One is candid portraits–but they’re not very sellable — and the other has to do with color and composition, I guess. It can be nature, it can be found objects, it can be landscapes or architecture… it can be almost anything. It’s the color and the shape and the composition that attract me.
What artists do you most admire?
All artists — I have no favorites. Just like colors, I have no favorites.
Anything you’d like to add?
I think photography has taken a turn. With the use of the digital camera and programs like Photoshop we can paint with our photography. And by that I don’t mean create a painting, but use photography as a media in which we can change and alter forms so that we come out with something very different from what the eye beholds originally. I did a whole series of abstract things. When I went to Italy the last time I got so bored with the cobblestone streets and the geraniums in the windows and the cats and lace curtains and so I just did architectural detail and then I put it into Photoshop and blew it up and altered it and manipulated it and changed it and I got these wonderful images that looked like abstract paintings. They’re really very very interesting.

For more about Deborah and to see her work check out her Web site here.

Look Ahead…

October 17 & 18
Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Pumpkin Festival weekend.

November 8
Susan Friedman opens her show at the Gallery. “Wings and Hooves.”

December 6
Anniversary/ Holiday Gala: Come help us celebrate our first full year!

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Moon with two street lights

Can you tell which one is Half Moon Bay’s Pumpkin Moon? (That reminds me: I’ve got to pick up a big, orange one today. Maybe two; that way, they can keep each other company!)

Do I need a serious photography lesson from superb image-catchers Deb & Michael Wong?