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I learned later that it was a standard thing, but when George Lakey pulled a milk crate from behind him and told us we were all going to San Francisco’s corner of 16th and Mission to “talk to the people,” I was surprised. I was taking an advanced social justice activist “train the trainer” c…

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Most of us have a favorite teacher or favorite teachers. I attended May-Blossom Wilkinson’s memorial service Saturday. Many of her former students attended. She was a beloved first grade teacher at Baywood Elementary School in San Mateo and the favorite on many people’s best teacher lists. S…

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Late last month, the secretary of state’s office announced that a referendum aimed at overturning California’s landmark law to regulate wages and working conditions for fast food restaurants had qualified for the November 2024 ballot.

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I’ve long been fascinated with the construction of the Contemporary Hotel at Florida’s Walt Disney World. That 140-room A-shaped hotel, which opened in late 1971, consists of inward-sloping, 150-foot-high metal frames into which the hotel’s preconstructed rooms were slid, like drawers being …

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Two weeks ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis prohibited public schools in his state from piloting Advanced Placement African American studies, a new College Board course. DeSantis ridiculed the course as a “woke” effort at “indoctrination” stemming from a “political agenda,” according to Politic…

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Last year was a strong one for California’s $3.4 trillion economy. The state added 621,400 jobs, finally regaining the nearly 3 million that were initially lost during the COVID-19 pandemic as Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down major economic sectors. The year ended with a near record-low 4.1% unem…

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In the grim aftermath of last week’s coastside massacre (the worst such episode in San Mateo County’s history), in which seven people were shot to death by a single suspect at two sites, one stark national statistic stands out again: There are an estimated 400 million guns of varying types c…

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It’s February, which means it is Black History Month. There are many who ignore the month altogether. There are others who commemorate the month by reading about the contributions of one or two African Americans, and then they move on; ethnic duty for the month completed. Then, there are tho…

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Earlier this month, Daily Journal readers were treated to a brief history of the Republican Party as related to the Peninsula. It was an interesting take, given it was authored by someone who, so far as I know, is not a Republican. There certainly was bias in some of the assertions. I will n…

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The San Mateo City Council recently held a study session to review a staff proposal to raise speed limits on some city streets using the logic this would allow the police department to better enforce and therefore make the streets safer. Letters and eloquent testimony from the public eviscer…

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The nation was shocked. Gov. Newsom was angry. U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, kept repeating grounds for conviction. Those who live and work in Half Moon Bay can’t believe this happened. And we in San Mateo, about 30 minutes away on State Route 92, felt gun violence on a massive scale wa…

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San Mateo County’s most recent count of those experiencing homelessness found 1,808 individuals: 1,092 unsheltered and 716 in emergency or transitional shelters. These numbers are disturbing, but only if one ignores the efforts being made to bring that number down. For some time, the county …

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Nine months before Rosa Parks’ protest, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat. Maude Ballou and her family faced constant danger due to her job as Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal secretary. Bayard Rustin, King’s mentor, actively advocated for civil …