Moss Beach

Jackie Speier: Planning for Sea Level Rise

Ranger Rob Cala's video about the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

This educational overview of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is designed to give schools, organizations, and the public a pre-tour idea of what to expect from a visit to this unique San Mateo County Park and California State Marine Protected Area.

Produced, directed, shot, and edited by Rob Cala with the San Mateo County Parks Dept.


Letter from my University President: March 24, 1989

When I was nineteen years old and living in Alabama I received the letter below from Fred Whiddon, President of the University of South Alabama. My GPA, along with my parents divorce, and a burning desire to get the heck out of Mobile were motivating factors in my decision to leave the Gulf Coast.

The spring of 89 I won a scholarship, that summer I moved to Georgia to attend the Atlanta College of Art at the Woodruff Art Center for the fall semester. Living in Atlanta was a turning point, I met LGBTQ friends and came out as a lesbian. My first art school friend was Matthew Jones from Greenville, South Carolina, we were both second year transfer students. To pay the rent while attending school I worked part-time as a commercial photographic printer, photographers assistant, photographer, and video editor.

After completing my BA degree I drove my Chevy S-10 west to Sebastopol, CA. I lived with my aunt Sarah in Sebastopol for about six months before moving into a red barn on Bohemian Highway in Occidental, CA for about a year. I love Sonoma County, however the need for stable work made San Francisco the obvious next step.

I enjoyed my flat in the Western Addition neighborhood for five years, started my company Digital Fusion Media in a spare bedroom in 98, eventually got tired of looking for parking, and bought a house in the Seal Cove neighborhood of Moss Beach in 99.