Edition 4, May 2020
Welcome to the May 2020 edition of Pacifica Voice. May celebrates Affordable Housing month. It’s also an unforgettable month for Pacifica’s 2020 graduates.
In this edition:
- The Associate Director of the Housing Leadership Council acknowledges affordable housing month; Suzanne Moore dreams of a day without homelessness.
- Pacifica Resource Center has posted key openings.
- Ellen Hage, April Hawkins, and Dan Evenhouse post thoughts on Pacifica students and graduates in the COVID-19 shelter in place.
List of high school college placement is at the end of this edition.
- Peter Loeb writes of Pacifica’s continued FPPC investigation for missing campaign records – going on 3 years.
- Pacifica’s Peace People invite us to a virtual Poor People’s March.
- A Pacifica Social Justice member shares photos of a recent protest at our jails.
- Rick Nahass discusses COVID-19’s impact on SamTrans and Linda Mar’s On Demand pilot.
- SAT 6/7 11 AM on-line volunteer followup of calls for Integrated Voter Engagement. firstname.lastname@example.org
- MON 6/8 7 PM City Council
- TH 6/11 5-6:30 PM on-line California State Progressive meeting hosted by Pacifica Progressives, watch our website: https://www.pacificaprogressives.com/
- SAT 6/20 virtual Poor People’s March. Please pre register – link is in this edition.
- MON 6/22 7 PM City Council
- TH 7/2 7 PM virtual north Pacifica Community Meeting
You are invited to a Community Meeting about North Pacifica Issues
Is the cost of housing keeping you up at night? Are you worried about your children and their future and if they can stay in Pacifica? Do you feel represented by members of the Pacifica City Council?
Where: Via Zoom*:https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/96571267747
When: Thursday July 2 7:00-8:30. Who: Everyone Welcome!
- MON 7/13 7 PM City Council
- TH 7/23 7 PM Pacifica Progressives General meeting
- MON 7/27 7 PM City Council
Photos have been contributed by Leo Leon and Mark Hubbell
Pacifica Voice is eager to receive articles on issues important to our community. Please send them to email@example.com for consideration.
An Extraordinary Affordable Housing Month
Author Leora Tanjuatco Ross, Associate Director, Housing Leadership Council
In the Bay Area, we like to think of ourselves as a strong, innovative community. We solve problems, we make progress, we lead the way. In the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, we need to live up to that self-image like never before.
So, we are taking a good, long, hard look at ourselves.
We are rediscovering what it means to be a community — how much we value public spaces and public services, how much we rely on one another, how much we owe to one another. We thrive together, or not at all.
We are exposing to new audiences how central housing is to our communities. As millions of us shelter in place, the reality is inescapable: having a stable home is central to health, education, and life expectancy. It’s the core, the center of our lives that allows us to flourish and grow.
If you asked me in February, I would’ve said that it was impossible for things to change so quickly. And even for a few days in March, there was some hope that this emergency would pass quickly, and that “normal” was just around the corner. Now there is a lot of evidence that “normal” is months (if not years) away.
Now it’s May — Affordable Housing Month — and our leadership has extended shelter-in-place until at least June. Millions of people are out of work and are worried about falling behind on their rent or losing their homes. This uncertainty about everything, from when we’ll be able to hug our friends to if we can retain our homes, is unprecedented for many. But for some renters and homeowners, things were already precarious before COVID-19 came along. We don’t need to return to normal; we need to come together so that we can be more resilient than we were before. While we at HLC are focused on getting and keeping people housed, we also need to create new ways for community members to participate in our democracy.
Cities are heavily shaped by those who have the time and the inclination to participate. In most communities, the most vocal residents are retired, white, and own homes. Any new building has to be reviewed by the city council, and developers are required to solicit opinions from the neighbors. Although they spend a lot of time doing outreach, there are many people who aren’t able to voice their opinions. This is mostly because they can’t attend a community meeting at 7:30 on a weeknight, for a variety of reasons. It’s very inconvenient for a family with young children, or a person who works late, to devote several hours to a meeting during the week. Traditionally, when a city council convenes, there are two ways to participate: email or in-person public comment.
Because all our public meetings are now virtual, San Mateo and Redwood City have already expanded their public meetings to include call-in participants. We are asking all cities to allow people to participate in public meetings with just a smartphone. People should be able to send a text to their City clerk, or film a short video explaining their point of view. Public comment should not be limited to people who can physically attend a long, late-night meeting on a weekday.
So, let’s use this emergency to expand who can participate in the conversations about building more homes. No one can deny that it’s healthier to build homes for people than to have them on the street. It’s healthier for people to have their own spaces than to be overcrowded.
There is an ongoing campaign to push for all public meetings to be accessible to folks who cannot attend in person. If you’d like to join us, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s use this time to make sure that everyone is sheltered, and in the meantime, strengthen our democracy.
Affordable Housing Month: A Pathway For the Homeless
Author Suzanne Moore
As we celebrate May as the month for Affordable Housing, we may want to dream for a future time when everyone has a home. Homes for all is certainly a dream we can all embrace.
I should take a moment to introduce myself since the remainder of this article reflects my background. I have a healthcare background and worked in our County safety-net system providing care to our underserved. In retirement, I have volunteered on the Unhoused in Pacifica Task Force and San Mateo County’s Healthcare for the Homeless and Farmworkers Health Program.
I confess I am privileged. I denied it before COVID-19, but I freely admit it now. I shelter in a comfortable home, have groceries delivered, and do not worry about the ability to financially weather this economic downturn. I have friends, families, and neighbors who are not so fortunate. I know there are folks whose shelter provides neither comfort nor safety, who work because they need money to survive, and are spending all their savings to keep a roof over their heads.
Here in Pacifica, our city has been working toward solutions for our motorhome unhoused. We lack a shelter on the coast, and Pacifica’s homeless count in 2019 was second only to that of Redwood City. Last February, our community asked the City Council to create a task force to study Pacifica’s homeless, especially those living in motorhomes. In November the Unhoused in Pacifica Task Force hosted a well-attended community forum, and the public’s opinions and concerns were presented in a December report to City Staff and Council. Sadly, Council never agendized that report.
In January, the Task Force again contacted the City with a Parking Permit Pilot Program. This pilot, – drafted by the Pacifica Resource Center, representatives of the Pacifica faith community, and members of the Task Force – proposed a program in which clients would be vetted through our Resource Center, would have access to waste management and hygiene services, would be provided case management and life services as a path toward stable housing, and would be given suitable permitted parking on a Pacifica street or lot. This pilot program considered Pacifica resident concerns for safety, public health, and waste management.
And then came COVID-19 and shelter in place. Pacifica City staff and Council did not feel that discussion of this plan was necessary at this time. The public has not heard of the drafted plan. Instead social media abounds with misleading fears of the homeless. The hopefulness of November’s forum has all but dissipated.
It’s time to step back. Fears deserve compassionate, deep listening, but fears need to be brought into the light of day and addressed with facts.
FACT: the majority of Pacifica’s homeless have deep ties with our community, had previously been housed in Pacifica, and desire housing.
FACT: those who will be clients of the pilot program will be vetted through the Resource Center and, through case management, will contract to work toward stable housing.
FACT: the City and faith community will seek approximately 20 slots for a permit pilot. These slots, distributed through Pacifica, will be on city streets or faith-community/private parking lots.
FACT: waste management will be provided by the program and eliminate spills. Since there is no local waste depository, Pacifica’s pilot program can eliminate that barrier and provide access to a mobile service until a more permanent solution occurs.
So you see, my experience is about the challenges faced in my hometown of Pacifica. I’m proud of my town: I believe we are inventive, independent, hardworking, and compassionate. We have come up with a real solution based on the uniqueness of the needs of our coastal community.
Pacifica’s challenges are a microcosm of what every community in the Bay Area is experiencing. The need – for funding, shelter sites, and community will – is made more difficult by the COVID-19 economic downturn impacting local, county, state and federal budgets.
We are faced with an urgent need and an abbreviated time frame: the County’s Healthcare for the Homeless estimate that our homeless are five times more likely to contract the Coronavirus, and our public health experts warn that a second wave of COVID-19 can occur as early as fall. Our communities are only safe if we are all safe. The need is imminent to assist our homeless.
Martin Luther King had a dream, perhaps his dream was not necessarily for a time when we all had homes, but I have no guilt as I paraphrase him at this time. King also said this: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Please dare to dream with me and take the necessary steps to protect us all and find our way safely home.
DATA ON POVERTY FROM POVERTY USA
Interactive Poverty Map https://www.povertyusa.org/data
(Pacifica Voice acknowledges this source for the data we are sharing)
Poverty USA defines poverty as a lack of basic necessities such as food, clothing, or shelter.
In the United States:
- Children 2018, 1 in 6 lived in poverty; 2020, an estimated 1 in 5
- Seniors 2018 9.7%; but if healthcare costs were considered, an estimated 14.1% lived in poverty.
- San Mateo County had an estimated 7% or 53,387 residents in poverty.
- California had an overall poverty rate of 14.3% or 5,487,141 Californians living in poverty.
The US Census Bureau determines poverty by income level and family size. Using this traditional method, the 2019 poverty estimate for California was 13.3%. However, using a Supplemental Poverty Measure in which housing costs are considered, California leads the nation with an estimated 19% of residents living in poverty.
PACIFICA RESOURCE CENTER SEEKING TEAM MEMBERS
Author Anita Rees, Executive Director
Pacifica Resource Center
Come be a part of our community!
Pacifica Resource Center (PRC) supports the economic security of Pacifica families and individuals by providing a safety net of food, housing assistance, and other critical services, including coaching, advocacy, information, and referral. Its vision is to assure the basic needs of every Pacifican are met so that every member of its community has food, shelter, and the opportunity to thrive.
Last year (7/18-6/19), PRC assisted 1 in 10 Pacifica families by providing over 200 tons of groceries to benefit nearly 31,000 (duplicated) Pacifica children, adults, and seniors; preventing homelessness and sheltering 118 Pacificans; preparing taxes for 205 households, generating nearly $305,000 in refunds and saving them over $46,000 in tax preparation fees – of these households, nearly 30% saved at least $50 in an interest-bearing account; helping to prepare 156 Pacifica youth for the new school year with backpacks and grade-specific school supplies; providing happy holidays to 205 children through its holiday gift program, as well as Thanksgiving assistance to 411 Pacificans; and, providing over 500 showers to homeless Pacificans, helping them prepare for work, job interviews, and housing search.
We are looking for a CASE MANAGER that wants to be a part of our community, and who puts the needs of our families first. The ideal individual will need to be an active listener, resourceful, self-directed, compassionate, detail oriented, able to handle multiple requests for time and attention, ability to remain calm while working with families and individuals in crisis. We are a small team that has a mighty impact because each one of us is committed to excellence and providing the highest levels of care that we can, meaning we do have high expectations and standards and want everyone who joins our team to feel just as impassioned to provide excellent support to our community
We are looking to fill a new role at Pacifica Resource Center as a FULL-TIME OUTREACH SPECIALIST. The ideal individual will need to be resourceful, self-directed, compassionate, detail oriented, outgoing, and enjoy interacting with the community. We are a small team that has a mighty impact because each one of us is committed to excellence and providing the highest levels of care that we can, meaning we do have high expectations and standards and want everyone who joins our team to feel just as impassioned to provide excellent support to our community as we do!
Positions are posted on the ‘indeed’ job site at the following links:
Pacifica Students and Graduates during COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place
IBL 8th Grade Graduate:
“I’m disappointed my class missed going to Great America and Graduation. I miss my friends and classmates. We have it a lot easier though than in the 1918 Flu Epidemic when they didn’t have the technology we have. They lived through events where people were constantly dying, during the Korean War, Cold War and VietNam War. It’s been hard. I’ve learned better time management, but the time goes by and it’s the same day after day.”
Pacifica Voice Salute to the Graduates of 2020!
Author Ellen Hage
On behalf of the community of Pacifica we would like to honor and celebrate each and every student graduating this year, from Preschool, Middle and Elementary School, through High School and College.
Hard work and dedication are required in the best of times to accomplish your goals. You’ve had to overcome unprecedented challenges and adversity, turmoil and many disappointments to graduate in the year 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted your school life and you missed out on graduations, proms, sporting events and theatre productions, the milestone rites of passage. You took classes and final exams over Zoom. In the midst of an historic worldwide pandemic it takes courage and grit to continue on and you have done it!
But, despite being heartbroken about these losses, you have learned to be resourceful and resilient, attributes that will serve you well as you start out on the next leg of your journey into the future.
In an excerpt from the Terra Nova Times, Mrs. Carey, Principal at Terra Nova High School:
Dear Class of 2020, …We are brave souls with the will and power to persevere through obstacles that stand in our way. These students did just that; they put in the long hours and hard work to conquer their academic pursuits and effect change in their local community. I also believe that this metaphor applies to the parents, guardians, family members, and mentors who have helped guide these students to this point. Because if we are learning anything during this crisis, it’s that we rise and fall as a community. Thank you for being strong role models and for walking alongside our students on their journey. To the Class of 2020, I know that many of you have navigated challenging situations in the past, and while this current one is unique and unprecedented, I am confident that you will not only persevere, but you will learn from this experience and use it to make our future brighter.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020.
Ms. Carey, Principal
So families, continue to encourage your students, it’s time to reimagine our world and to work to make the world a better place for all.
Dream Big! Congratulations! Way to go CLASS of 2020!
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020!
STAY AT HOME….AND IN SCHOOL
Author Dan Evenhouse
We all have found ourselves in a Shelter in Place world. Those of us who are parents have found ourselves more squarely in the middle of our children’s education than we ever hoped for or imagined.
Few parents (or children!) have found this to be an easy transition. Most of us have heard of the digital divide between rich and poor, an extension of the usual “them that gots, gets” of our current system of laissez-faire capitalism. Some of us have students with learning differences that are almost always at odds with and poorly served by our educational system. Of course there has been progress in providing for students with learning differences over the years, but my experiences with the educational system lead me to believe that further progress is still needed.
What are parents and children, already challenged with learning differences, to do in a situation where no one, including parents, teachers and administrators, are sure how to proceed to everyone’s advantage? Let me state that I have teachers and school administrators in my family, and I have great appreciation and respect for the efforts of those in the school system. I see that the schools are trying to do the best they can in an evolving situation. But as parents and concerned citizens, how can we advocate for positive changes so that our collective “village” can raise the next generation to be ready and willing to tackle the challenges that are already coming their way?
In my discussions with other parents, I am finding that there are lots of “quick fix” ideas being discussed on the internet and other media, such as “Make Sure You Have a School Like Schedule in Your Home”. It is difficult for students with learning differences and their families to listen to such advice without becoming ill or at least more cynical. Are we doing enough to support parents and teachers in bringing all children up to some sort of minimum standards? I don’t mean an overemphasis on standards such as “Common Core” which for those of you familiar with it, has certainly not worked for all children. I am talking about both the basics and some of the ineffable parts of school that are better addressed by concepts like STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) as well as the general socialization that is so necessary for students to develop into competent humans (in my view a more important goal than merely becoming another employed cog in our overall machine).
We are at the dawn of a ‘new normal’ in our educational system. Will we use the opportunity to address current inequities or will we merely seek to perpetuate former problems in a new, more virtual format? I hope others who care about the education of the next generation will engage with me in a discussion of how to move forward into a future that works better for all of us. I will keep my eye on those who wish to contribute articles on this subject in Pacifica Voice. I can be reached via this newsletter or via PPA and PSJ, both of which I remain a member. I look forward to hearing ideas from other parents, teachers and administrators. I feel those of us involved at the local level have a better opportunity to address these issues than our state and certainly our national leaders.
Dan Evenhouse has a Masters in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. He is a therapist who has a private practice in Pacifica and specializes in mental health recovery. Dan also works with Veterans and their families in a Health Care System in SF and San Mateo counties. He has been a resident of Pacifica for 20 years, and has two children at Oceana High School. He can be contacted at email@example.com or 650-425-7088.
Year 3 Missing Campaign Records
FPPC CONTINUES INVESTIGATION IN PACIFICA
Author Peter Loeb
In May of 2017, a signature drive defeated Pacifica City Council Ordinance 814. Aggressive signature gatherers stood at malls in Linda Mar, Manor, and Fairmont. Pacifica police received two reports of assaults perpetrated by these hired outsiders. But these were not the serious investigations this campaign spawned. The first investigation resulted in felony charges including perjury and identity theft, brought by San Mateo County’s District Attorney against William and Jentry Jasperson, charges which resulted in incarceration. The second investigation for missing campaign records remains open and under investigation with the Fair Political Practices Commission for possible violation of the state Political Reform Act.
In April 2017, the Pacifica City Council–Mayor Mike O’Neill, Mayor Pro Tem John Keener, Council members Sue Digre, Sue Vaterlaus, and Deirdre Martin–responded to a grassroots effort for rent control. Measure C went to the ballot in November of that year. Ordinance 814, passed by 3-2 vote of the City Council, was a moratorium on no-fault evictions and high rent increases before November’s election.
Since Ordinance 814 was passed by simple majority, it was susceptible to be overturned by a petition drive. In May, hired signature gatherers came with an alternative campaign ordinance. The petition drive overturned Ordinance 814 by a mere 63 signatures (by 13 signatures if 50 letters of signature rescission signed by Pacificans had been accepted). This corrupt campaign failed to submit campaign records as required by state law, and the Fair Political Practices Commission is entering its third year of investigation.
Jay Wierenga, FPPC Communications Director, made it clear in an email that the FPPC does not comment on open cases. He was asked if it was possible to speak in general about cases brought to the FPPC. Director Wierenga shared the following:
“[M]edian case pendency … is 105 days.” “Cases are divided into one of two categories, mainline or streamline.” Streamline cases are “lower level, more minor technical violations with no harm to the public … two thirds of all cases fit this, and most are done within a few months (2-5).”
“Mainline is where the more serious, complicated, complex cases end up, cases that do cause harm to the public. What that means is the public is/was deprived of information it was legally entitled to have, that voters should’ve had before an election, violations that are more willful, calculated, and the like.”
Director Wierenga also made it clear that he was not speaking specifically about Pacifica’s pending case. To those of us who experienced the defeat of Ordinance 814, the following was clear:
- Because required campaign records were not reported, voters were prevented from knowing who financially contributed to the defeat of Ordinance 814 and how much money was spent.
- Failure of the moratorium was followed by rent increases and displacement which was harmful to many Pacificans.
- The FPPC investigation is entering its third year, and Pacifica’s November election may occur without information possibly pertinent to this future City Council election.
It is really hard for grassroot efforts to compete against outside special interests. Measure C was defeated by $500,000 of outside campaign contributions. Out-of-town real estate spent $115,000 in the 2018 city council race: $56,000 on a smear campaign against then Mayor John Keener, $20,000 each to elect Sue Beckmeyer and Mike O’Neill with an additional $18,000 for Vickie Flores.
Transparency about who is behind campaign spending and the amount of money spent is very important information for voters to have as they cast their ballots.
Join “The March” with Pacifica Peace People
Author Carolyn Jaramillo
Pacifica Peace People urge all who seek justice and peace to participate in the Poor People’s Campaign day of national action, June 20, 2020. This year the March on Washington is going digital. Please RSVP here www.june2020.org
Covid 19 has shone a bright light on the ever-widening gap between the “Haves”and the “Have-nots” in American society. Rev. Dr. William Barber and human-rights organizers across the country are seizing this unique time in history as a “teachable moment” for all of us and especially for Congress. It is imperative to join with these justice leaders in their demand:
“…that both major political parties address the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism….”
Actions preparing for June 20 have already begun! Go to the website now; join the largest movement for human rights in history! www.june2020.org
#CareNotCages: Pacifica Social Justice Participated in a Rally
Author Blue Murov
PSJ members participated this month in a caravan protest to free prisoners from Maguire Jail in Redwood City and end ICE transfers from that facility. During this COVID-19 pandemic, the incarcerated should be released to their families to reduce the spread of the virus in the jails.
COVID-19 SamTrans and Linda Mar’s On Demand pilot
Author Rick Nahass
At the February 5 SamTrans Board meeting the results of the Linda Mar On Demand transit pilot were presented. On March 16 COVID-19 shelter-in-place was ordered for the Bay Area counties. SamTrans response to shelter-in-place orders:
- Non baseline (e.g., driver, maintenance, etc.) employees work remotely
- Bus farebox collection suspended to June or later
- Instituted bus passenger rear door only boarding
- Posted social distancing and mask requirement signage on buses
- Installed chain between bus driver and passengers to protect drivers
- Service level adjustments: (a) Eliminated school service, (b) reduced service to modified Saturday services consistent with demand
- Prepared ready reserve buses to comply with social distancing requirements when/where passenger demand increases
- Mid-May, started taking employee temperatures and provided voluntary employee COVID-19 testing
After March 16, ridership was down 80%. With the early May slight relaxing of shelter-in-place orders ridership rose slightly. Most of SamTrans funding comes from sales tax and not from the farebox, which allows them to continue to operate. SamTrans has applied for and will receive $28M from the CARES act.
On Demand Pilot results presented prior to shelter-in-place
On May 6, 2019 SamTrans replaced the existing Linda Mar FLX fixed route bus service by launching a one year microtransit ‘OnDemand’ service in order to understand the customer experience and learn what it takes for SamTrans to support and scale a microtransit service.
The OnDemand service offered point-to-point shuttle service within the Linda Mar coverage area for the standard SamTrans fare. Trips were booked via a smartphone app or through the SamTrans Customer Service Call Center. See the July 2019 Pacifica Voice edition for additional details.
On May 4, 2020 SamTrans ended the ‘OnDemand’ pilot and re-established the FLX service.
The SamTrans Project Managers, Christy Wegener and Daniel Shockley, presented results of the one year OnDemand pilot experiment in February at the SamTrans Board meeting and at the Pacifica regular City Council meeting. 63% of riders surveyed preferred OnDemand to FLX; however, the average daily riders using OnDemand was 13% lower than FLX.
The OnDemand service, supporting Linda Mar passengers, included:
- One 18-seat bus, 25-passenger capacity including standing
- New Technology partner ‘Via Transportation’
- Passenger On Demand smartphone app – to request a ride on demand. 70% of the participants who downloaded the App signed up and 50% used the service.
- Driver app to track ridership and report route deviations
- Parameter-driven algorithm to compute wait times, routes, schedules, etc. Average wait time after requesting a ride was 12 minutes.
- Enhanced Customer Service Call Center for passengers without smartphones to request an on demand ride. 30% of the rides were made via the Call Center
- Communication and outreach programs
- Ensure FLX riders had support when OnDemand was initially launched
- Advertising and support to Linda Mar residents throughout the year to sign-up and use the ‘Via’ App
- Multiple rider, bus driver and call center operator interviews and surveys
- Outreach to Linda Mar community and schools for converting back to FLX
- Most complaints were attributable to trip denial after request (Supply Message) – occurs when the software predicts (algo. adjustment) that the rider will not be able to get to their destination in under 30 minutes, in which case, the app will tell the rider “no seats are available”.
- Microtransit may not be the right solution for large groups travelling at the same time. Terra Nova High students let out mid-day twice a month making ride requests at the same time, flooding the system, causing complications and confusion. Better to have a predictable fixed route bus that students just wait for and board (note: Marin Connect with 4 microtransit vehicles had the same problem when Terra Linda High let out).
- Unanticipated accommodation for skewing of service availability due to mandatory driver 30-minute daily break.
SamTrans Project Manager Recommendation for deploying microtransit service:
- Use more than one vehicle, perhaps expand to multiple service areas (note: Sacramento has 42 microtransit service areas)
- Do not replace an existing service, instead complement existing services
- Heavy use of call center would require expansion/enhancement of call center capability
SamTrans Next Steps:
- Complete conversion back to Pacifica FLX service
- Apply Pacific OnDemand Pilot learnings to the SamTrans Reimagine Program
There is much speculation about the effect on transit as we emerge from shelter-in-place, but it will be a learning-as-we go experiment. The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy has reported the following on Chinese transport network reopening:
“… cycling has grown dramatically; Uber, Didi and other Transit Network Companies (TNCs) are down, and more people are opting for buses over the metro..”
PACIFICA VOICE CELEBRATES 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
List provided by April Hawkins
Director of Communications and Housing
Jefferson Union High School District
Oceana High School
Terra Nova High School
Valedictorian Amanda Mrad
Salutatorian Nina Young
High school students in Pacifica were accepted into over 212 institutions. (This list is incomplete):
- Reed College
- Stanford University
- 18 of 23 California State University campuses
- All 9 UC campuses including UC Berkeley and UCLA