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Pacifica In 1st Place In National "Most Beautiful" City Contest

Pacificans have until May 23 to vote Pacifica the "Most Beautiful" Town in USA Today's "Best of the Road" contest.

The deadline of USA Today/Rand McNally's "Best of the Road" contest is swiftly approaching. Currently, Pacifica is in 1st place in the "Most Beautiful Town" division. 

With 226  votes, Pacifica is tied with Coral Gables, Fla. for the "Most Beautiful" award. Coral Gables took an early lead but hasn't been climbing nearly as fast as Pacifica, which was by Mayor Mary Ann Nihart earlier this week.

The winner of the contest will have a good chance at being featured in the national publication this summer as part of its Road Rally, which celebrates "locations that are lesser-known or off the beaten path, are unique or have special character and capture the region's essence."

In order to vote, you must register on the website with an email address, but you can choose not to receive future emails from USA Today, so there's no need to worry about inbox clutter. 

So, log on, write a review and upload a picture (if you want) and help put Pacifica on the map!

PTP May 22, 2011 at 05:02 PM
"Lena Robinson", I would love to respond to you but I can't since you are not using your real name. Oh wait, that's Mary Ann who does that. Sorry. Nevermind... So, "Lena Robinson", let me try and 'splain it to you. Obviously you must come from Linda Mar and you need things 'splained to you. PTP actually stands for Pacifica Truth Police. I used to call myself "Pacifica Heavy Badge Police" but Todd Bray threatened to sue me for copyright infringement. Don't feel bad "Lena Robinson". You are a product of the Pacifica school system. It's not your fault... Mary Ann? You still out there? Dog park? Waiting.... Still waiting.... Where you legally play fetch with your retriever in Pacifica? Waiting... Still waiting...
Steve Sinai May 22, 2011 at 06:16 PM
I am more than happy to delete your anonymous personal attacks on Fix Pacifica, Schlesinger. If you feel that's a violation of your free-speech rights, you're perfectly welcome to go ahead and work yourself into a stew over it.
Rocky May 22, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Norman, my reason for not using my given name is that if some people disagreed with my comments, it could negatively affect some other efforts I'm involved in. There's no requirement to use my name. That gives me the freedom to say what I think without worrying about the consequences for other things that I care about. I didn't set up the rules of blogging on the internet. I resent being called a coward for taking the opportunity provided to comment using my nickname and for being considerate of my other interests.
Eddie Shore May 22, 2011 at 06:47 PM
I rather enjoy the anonymous posts. They are often more insightful and informative than the people who use their real names. They often ask more relevant questions like, what has Steve Sinai done to Fix Pacifica? Besides engage in non-witty attacks on former residents with the acumen of a 4-yr old. PTP - I also voted for Ian Butler as "the funniest man in Pacifica", I hope this finally makes it so!
Eddie Shore May 22, 2011 at 06:55 PM
More to the point, how much revenue do we anticipate generating by engaging in an online popularity poll? See, I like to deal with actual numbers and projections. Kind of like when Jim Vreeland was selling Fresh and Easy and Walgreens as signs of Pacifica's economic future . . . but completely ignoring the 25-30 businesses (like Pacifica Lumber) that have closed under his watchful eye. The Chamber of Commerce puts out a 12 page document with bullet points on how to improve business, and Patch runs a very slanted criticism of the business plan. But Ian Butler crows about some online popularity poll and the same critics fall silent. Oh it gets pasted all over every local blog because it requires little effort and no money with intangible results. Nice to see nothing has changed here in Pacifica.
Steve Sinai May 22, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Why is it important to have estimates of how much revenue this will generate? It's pretty obvious the costs ($0.00) are much lower than the potential revenues, so there's no reason not to go for it. It can't hurt. I guess some people just aren't happy unless they have things to complain about and people to attack.
Eddie Shore May 22, 2011 at 08:12 PM
well that certainly explains Sinai's childish attacks on Frisco, TX
Lena Robinson May 22, 2011 at 09:12 PM
PTP -- if you are big on "the truth" that you have to join the "Truth Force," why not use your given name? A bit of a contradiction there. Also why are you trying to diss Linda Mar and the Pacifica School System? They are both fine institutions. If you feel the need to put these things down and suggest that Pacifica does not deserve to be named the most beautiful small city in the USA, why not leave town like Eddie Shore?
Thomas H. Clifford May 22, 2011 at 09:18 PM
How did something so fun and positive get turned into this back biting mess that I have been reading. I am sorry to say that I even got suck in to some degree. this is a blog about Pacifica being #1 in the most beautiful City in the Nation contest lets enjoy it and have a little fun. The fight over Anonymous and other pen names can be had any time and on any number of sites.
Eddie Shore May 22, 2011 at 10:06 PM
"why not leave town like Eddie Shore?" Gateway is out of town? I'm sure it feels that way to the "most beautiful part of the most beautiful city on the beautiful interwebs" . . .
Steve Sinai May 22, 2011 at 10:33 PM
This is what discussions always devolved into when "Eddie" used to post on Fix Pacifica. I'll leave the last word on this to Simons or Schlesinger.
Gabriela Segovia-McGahan May 22, 2011 at 11:10 PM
I'm just curious about which blog is being spoken of and why that spillover ends up on this newswire. Is it the Riptide or Fix Pacifica or some other that I'm not aware of?
Camden Swita May 23, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Just an FYI: I'm very close to disabling comments on this article. It's gotten off-topic and some people are tiptoeing around inappropriate personal attacks. On that note, thanks to everyone for not quite crossing that line. I know these issues everyone is discussing are contentious.
Karen Ervin May 23, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Mary Ann, This is an incredibly great, positive activity that you have promoted for the city. It has cost the city nothing, but likely will create a great deal of positive publicity and encourage people to visit our town who otherwise may not have considered it. No other city in America was able to get the votes we did in Pacifica, so thank you for caring enough to do this. You are such a positive influence on this city, yet unfortunately there are a few extremely negative, individuals that have nothing better to do than criticize any effort to change things for the better. I support your efforts and am grateful to have a mayor that loves and cares about this town like you do.
Cindy Abbott May 23, 2011 at 03:42 AM
From the Beat of the Road website home page: "We're looking for the best small towns in America. Tell us about your favorite towns, write a review, add photos. The top towns will be featured in our Best of the Road® cross-country rally this summer and in the 2013 Rand McNally Atlas next year!" Look at the +100 photos that have been posted, showcasing the ocean, hills, hiking, and more. This is a great -- FREE -- opportunity to market Pacifica and share what a beautiful place we live in. Thanks Mary Ann for placing Pacifica on the map, engaging the community to vote, and creating an opportunity for Pacifican's to come together and take part in something fun and positive.
ian butler May 23, 2011 at 01:10 PM
First the good news, the deadline has passed and Pacifica is ahead by 116 votes! Now for the bad: Rand McNally has extended the deadline. From their website, "Due to overwhelming responses and your excellent displays of hometown pride, we've extended voting for the Best Small Towns in America until May 30th. Get your vote in before it's too late! " Or as Yogi Berra said, "it ain't over 'till it's over, plus seven days."
Rocky May 23, 2011 at 07:08 PM
It's called moving the goal posts -- after we won the game.
Rocky May 23, 2011 at 07:14 PM
PTP can't find anything to like about Pacifica. Somebody must have opened a can of whupass on him.
Lena Robinson May 23, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Maybe. So now someone should open a can of seroquel.
Suzanne Scafuri May 23, 2011 at 08:11 PM
I just voted for Pacifica!
Scotty May 23, 2011 at 08:25 PM
If it's so bad in Pacifica, I would advise that you consider moving away, PTP. You can check with your buddy, but I hear the strip malls and chain restaurants in Frisco, TX are lovely this time of year.
Eddie Shore May 23, 2011 at 08:47 PM
no surprise the defenders of this "Most Beautiful City" have exposed themselves as insecure, petty, vindictive, mean-spirited people. Kind of proves the point PTP was making . . . I expected better out of Mary Ann and her supporters, but disappointment down the hill is nothing new . . . meet the new boss, same as the old boss . . .
PTP May 23, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Let me understand. You think a victory in this poll will entice tourists who are dumb enough to not question the credibility of such a poll to Pacifica? And you believe that these people of limited intelligence and considerate means (in a downturned economy) will actually travel to our community and share their good fortune with us? WOW! I stand corrected. Let’s give more property to the GGNRA. Let’s build more biodiesel plants. Let’s turn our historic golf course into yet another frog pond. Let’s put up more prohibitive and ugly signage and fencing at Linda Mar Beach as well as at the berm at Sharp Park. And dog parks? Forget them. No one in Pacifica has dogs and certainly no one ever travels with dogs. Just ask Carmel. Oh, and lastly, let’s keep the Quarry just as it is - a desolate eyesore. Okay, you win…
Rocky May 23, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Let me understand, PTP. You think a victory in this poll is a bad thing for Pacifica?
PTP May 23, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Snotty Scotty: I find it odd (in a pathetic way) that you spend so much time trying to expose the true identities of anonymous/alias commenters on this site when you yourself hide behind a fake name. Kind of hypocritical, don't you think?
Eddie Shore May 23, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Camden, I think you need to have a new posting policy that says you cannot challenge the wisdom of any decision by an elected official in Pacifica in a public forum. You know, like they have at City Council meetings. Call it the "Schlesinger" exception. Or the PTP exception, since we all know PTP is Tod Schelsinger just because an erstwhile blogmaster who is never wrong claimed it to be true. Ahhh, I love living up the hill watching the "valley" people grow their hypocrisy and baseless assertions in the quarry. They must be plucked daily to stay fresh!
Mary Ann Nihart May 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM
I am completely amazed at how such a simple, fun and positive activity that I have used my own time and money to support could garner such incredible negativity and loose associations. Jeff and Tod (although I think it is only Jeff) this campaign has nothing to do with dog parks or quarries or anything else. It is simply putting a positive image of Pacifica on a national web site for no cost. That is all it is. And, it is the first of several parts to the Mayor's beautification efforts I referred to in my State of the City speech. There will be a solid set of projects this summer and more to come, but these things take a lot of time since the city has no money for them. It takes some one willing to set forward and organize them. So, this was a fun thing to get it started. As for all the other assertions, the dog park is in process going through the EIR work. The Sharp Park beach off leash area vote was long before I was on council and remains unclear even to myself, but I will ask for more information. Plus, if it is Sharp Park, I probably could not vote on it anyway. We continue to meet with and offer assistance to potential developers for the quarry. We are overhauling some user/customer friendly aspects of Planning. We have a design and part of the funding nailed down for Palmetto. We will be putting pressure on PG&E to remain on the same time schedule for 2012 the under-grounding. Despite cutting another $1.5 million from the budget, we are trying to move forward.
Jeffrey Simons May 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM
you know I'm pretty sick and damn tired of being the fall guy for every anonymous post people don't like around here. I know for a fact Tod doesn't post ANYTHING without his name, either. So get a clue. Sinai likes to roll me out as a the boogeyman every time he gets a little heat on MY blog. Yes Fix Pacifica was MY BLOG that I created with Rocky Golub with the focus on exposing the fraud and corruption of the local government. Sinai continually misrepresents his role in things, and the facts surrounding my departure, and what actions I took when I left. Simply put, he was given editorial control over the objection of myself and Rocky Golub. Then he censored articles of mine he didn't like. So I removed all my ORIGINAL content I spent the time and hard work creating and created my own blog. So let's put this nonsense to rest. My opinion is this online poll won't amount to anything, but if it makes you feel happy then by all means go right ahead. The city has some serious problems that all the online polls will never fix, and it seems by the failures of the most recent tax efforts, the homeowners are tired of paying for as well. I don't live in Pacifica but I still own property there. Trying like hell to sell it but the market in that city has bottomed out with no recovery in sight. So as a property owner and taxpayer of Pacifica, my assessment of efforts is pretty meaningless to my assessment of results:
Jeffrey Simons May 23, 2011 at 10:14 PM
Higher sewer fees. Higher garbage fees. No dog park (and it shouldn't take 3 years to do an EIR!). No development of the quarry in the near future. No commercial development of the Old Waste Water Treatment Plant in the near future. Same clowns running the circus and no one with the guts to knock them out of the ring. Chamber significantly improved since they ran that crook Eagleston out of town is about the only positive thing I can say. And who gives a hoot about Texas? I live here, I work here, I like it here. What does Frisco, TX have to do with Pacifica, CA? Bottom line, attack me all you want. Only exposes the weakness of your efforts to the citizens who are really paying attention. Rip on Frisco, TX when Pacifica has a balanced budget, a functioning local economy, tourists who actually spend their money in the city, and the sewer lines fixed. Hell I will buy anyone a plane ticket out here just to see the 2 awesome sports parks, the properly maintained open space, a thriving chamber of commerce, and a gazillion places to run your dog off leash.
Camden Swita May 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Disabling comments on this article now. Thanks for your thoughts, everyone.

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