In 2010 the City Engineer for Half Moon Bay gave dire warnings to the City about the safety of the Main Street Bridge. These warnings were made without any empirical data or evidence, but were still taken seriously by the City Council. Over a period of three years the Council moved forward obtaining a federal grant to destroy the bridge and replace it, despite fervent and vociferous opposition from the community at large.

On September 17th, 2013 the City Council formally approved a project to demolish and replace the bridge with an $8 million budget. The community had decided that enough was enough and in the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014 worked to draft and create an initiative which would become known as the Main Street Bridge Preservation Act. The City would try to confuse the issue by creating their own Act to compete with the MSBPA. Both of these initiatives were on the June 3rd, 2014 ballot, the first as Measure F and the second as Measure E.

AFOG members were instrumental in gathering signatures and support for Measure F, as well as participating in the grass-roots campaign which resulted in Measure F passing with 67 percent of the vote. The City’s concoction- Measure E, failed, gaining only 36 percent of the vote. The results of this collective effort were that the bridge could not be destroyed without a vote of the people, and as a result the City finally acquiesced and tested the bridge in the summer of 2015.

The results??

The bridge can safely support a Boeing 757-300 airliner- and any other possible vehicle you can get onto it. It’s fine, the people held the City accountable when the City refused to do its job, and AFOG members and others collectively saved the City more than $8 million of what would have been unnecessary expenditures, not to mention the incredible harm that would have been done to the Main Street Business district.

Another example of the community taking ownership of its problems, and getting stuff done when the Council or local government have failed us.