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My column last week dealt with Jay Paul Company’s proposed Harbor View project, a three-building office complex that would be located just east of Highway 101 on parcels formerly occupied by Lyngso Garden Materials, Malibu Grand Prix, Malibu Golf & Games, and a handful of other businesse…

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The adage goes that there are glass half-full people, and glass half-empty people. I know people who are neither, who say simply “I don’t like that glass,” but that’s another column.

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Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and Burlingame Councilmember Emily Beach will announce today via social media that she is endorsing Mullin in the 15th Congressional District general election on Nov. 5.

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Steve Squires is preparing to leave town. He has to make a clean break by the end of the month on orders from his landlord. The San Mateo rental property he utilizes east of the Caltrain rail line is scheduled for redevelopment.

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First to announce for San Mateo City Council for District 1 is Lisa Diaz Nash. District includes Baywood and Hayward Park. Filing deadline is August but as of this writing she has no opponent. At her campaign opening, well attended by some neighbors and elected officials, you might say she h…

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During this week’s meeting of the Redwood City Council, a several members of the public did something unusual: They spoke up in favor of a proposed development project that until now has had little visible public support. The project, Harbor View, is a large high-tech office campus proposed …

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So this is my last column. I’m not going to lie, this one was pretty difficult to write. How can I distill everything that this internship, my senior year, and journalism as a whole mean to me in only one column? Nevertheless, I will make a valiant effort.

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As someone who spends a lot of time thinking about who to recommend in local elections, I can’t help but be a bit disappointed in the voter turnout June 7.

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As the final June 7 primary vote tallies trickle in (the latest count came in Wednesday), only one matter remains unclear — whether the Assembly District 21 November general election will pit San Mateo Councilmember Diane Papan, a Democrat, against Republican Mark Gilham or Redwood City Coun…

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Political pundits, editorial writers, think tank spokesmen, pollsters and other critics regularly lament the distinct propensity for low voter turnouts during off-year elections.

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We have come a long way since Hollywood first splattered red blood on the screen in the Depression era movie about two young bank robbers, Bonnie and Clyde. Now we have a young girl’s green sneaker as her only remains. There has been a debate about whether it would help to see what the bodie…

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A key part of the American dream is the ability to get ahead through hard work. For many, that means running their own business: typically, a restaurant or shop. Being independent, these small businesses are often unique, and along with their fellow independent merchants, play a key part in …

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Flipping through my yearbook recently, I saw that nearly every message from peers began with: “Wow, where to start?” In a time where it seems like everything is changing — classes, childhood friendships, normal routine — starting the process of reflection becomes the next undertaking.

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Voters — the few who showed up — delivered a mixture of surprises and non-surprises in Tuesday’s June 7 primary election.

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Patience is indeed a virtue. Once again, that sage advice proved to be relevant when it comes to voting early, something that is encouraged now on a regular basis as though it were some sort of panacea for the perceived ills of the traditional system of casting ballots.

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Thirty-eight years ago yesterday, then President Ronald Reagan stood at a point on the northwest coast of France to deliver a speech. Behind him was a rock pillar, placed there in remembrance of the men who had fought to reclaim France and the whole European continent from the grip of Nazi Germany.

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I am back home in San Mateo after a month away to visit my dog JoJo and my New Jersey family. It was 92 degrees hot East Coast weather the day I left so it’s refreshing to be back in the Bay Area and its cool breezes. But there were some spectacular weather days and frequent rain, something …

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My wife and I moved to Redwood City some 33 years ago, in 1989. Back then, the corner of El Camino Real and Jefferson Avenue was dominated by Davies Chevrolet. But not for very long, as it turned out. I was a frequent commuter on Caltrain and found myself watching, fascinated, as the dealers…

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In the back of Aragon High School’s journalism classroom stands a file cabinet filled with the stories that unlock the history of the people and events of the San Mateo high school from 1961. When Michael Herrera was a junior and tech editor of The Aragon Outlook, he had the idea to digitize…

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There are five days until the Election Day deadline, and there are a lot of un-voted ballots still out there.

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America was still months away from its entry into World War II in 1941 when folks in quiet, unassuming San Bruno had a modest promotional brainstorm. Why not create a gentle, scaled-down version of Pasadena’s Rose Parade? The notion was intriguing.

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There is no better place to celebrate Memorial Day then in historic Princeton, New Jersey. One of the most pivotal events in U.S. history took place near here — George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware.

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The project to construct the county’s new navigation center, the adjacent project to extend Blomquist Street and the across-the-street project to construct 131 townhomes along the shores of Redwood Creek have the eastern part of Redwood City abuzz with activity.

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I have had two close encounters with gun violence in my life. One was when I was 15 years old. While house-sitting for my grandparents, my uncle and his then-girlfriend got into an altercation that led to him calling the police. The police arrived and banged on the front door within a few mi…

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We take a break for the usual campaign nonsense to bring you a whole new kind of nonsense: The winners of our traditional Political Beanbag Awards, which we just made up, and is named for 19th century newspaper columnist Mr. Dooley’s observation: “Politics ain’t beanbag.”

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Some things are sacred. Count the $1.50 hot dog at Costco as one of them. It’s often a pleasant, affordable reward for shopping at one of the cavernous warehouse stores where excess inventory and overwhelming quantities of everything from toothpaste to Cheerios are king.

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Where did I read, “June is bursting out all over and it’s only May.” Isn’t June when summer is supposed to start? If you’re like me and have been reading all the columns about the candidates, you’re ready for elections to be over and summer to begin. Maybe you’re weary by now of Rudy Espinoz…

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We went to what I thought was a fundraiser for President Joe Biden. Instead, it was a book tour for his sister Valerie Biden Owens.

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These days it seems you cannot walk or drive through any part of the county without seeing signs posted in front of residences and businesses, and on random street corners, championing the candidacy of this or that person for a particular city or county office. Indeed, you needn’t even leave…

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As a graduating senior, I can tell you with utmost honesty that balance is the most difficult thing to maintain as a student — the delicate equilibrium that must be kept between academics, sports, clubs, jobs, internships, a social life, and (hopefully) a decent sleep schedule. And we must a…

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In the race for sheriff, although contentious, there should have been two professionals competing for the top law enforcement office in the county in a civil and cordial manner. But, that hasn’t been the case. Allegations of misogyny, sexism, misinformation and abuse of power have come to li…

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The race for the 21st Assembly District seat between San Mateo Councilmember Diane Papan and Redwood City Councilmember Giselle Hale is growing increasingly, bitterly, controversial.

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The last decade has not been kind to Notre Dame de Namur University. The tiny Belmont institution, formerly known as the College of Notre Dame, has been shrinking inexorably, buffeted by a host of problems, ranging from declining enrollment and unsustainable fiscal challenges to the forced c…

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Rod Linhares will be running for the San Mateo City Council. He lives in Beresford-Hillsdale, the first district to hold an election under the new law. He already has the endorsement of councilmembers Diane Papan and Eric Rodriguez. Linhares is president of San Mateo Rotary and serves on the…

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For more than eight years I’ve been walking around Redwood City and blogging about what I’ve found. Although Redwood Shores is a large and important part of Redwood City, though, I’m not often out there, for a couple of reasons. First, because it’s a long walk there from my home (near the in…

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I was 15 when I got my first job. I walked into Safari Run, an indoor play structure that hosts birthday parties and summer camps, with nothing more than a half-page resume and a signed work permit.

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From this little corner of this vast media landscape, it was reported last week that two major political action committees representing corporate interests had committed a combined $380,000 in independent spending to support San Mateo Councilmember Diane Papan and/or oppose Redwood City Coun…

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There has been more than a little huffing and puffing regarding the current election campaign between two candidates for San Mateo County sheriff prior to ballot-counting on June 7.

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When I was in college, it wasn’t often I’d make it home for the holidays. There were two reasons. One had to do with being on the wrestling team. As a winter sport, there’d often be holiday tournaments and those would cut short any vacation time I had. Second, was the cost. Except for the sm…

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It’s definitely campaign season. The signs are up, mostly on public spaces but a few, depending where you live, on people’s lawns. Those are the ones that really count. If someone is going to put a sign in front of their house, they are going to vote for you.

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Last July, Warung Siska, a “fine casual” Indonesian restaurant, opened their doors on Redwood City’s Main Street. It quickly rose above the crowd, becoming one of only three Redwood City restaurants listed in the esteemed Michelin Guide (the other two being La Viga Seafood & Cocina Mexic…

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With my favorite Pilot G2 07 pen in hand, I began writing the birthday card. It always went something along the lines of “Dear ‘insert name,’ Happy ‘insert birthday age’ Birthday! I hope you have the best day ever, and ‘insert birthday age’ treats you well!” It would end off with my name and…

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In politics, it is rare that a single moment will affect the outcome of a campaign. Political campaigns are a series of countless events, some more impactful than others. But there are only a handful of singular moments — Pearl Harbor, the Kennedy assassination, to name two — where everythin…

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For most of us, the confounding details of the funding mechanisms of California public elementary and secondary schools are beyond easy understanding.

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Ballots are about to drop for the June 7 primary that will most likely be the final elections of the county sheriff and District 2 Board of Supervisors. Likely to head into the general election are the races of District 3 Board of Supervisors (coastside, unincorporated parts of the county, S…

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Get ready for a mega historical election in San Mateo County with an open Congress and Assembly seat. We won’t know until after June 7 who will emerge from the crowded primary to fight it out in November. It is usually two Democrats in the predominantly Democratic Bay Area unless there are s…

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Being admitted to a prestigious university with a scholarship is something nearly every high school student dreams of — a rare reward symbolizing that hard work, plenty of studying and years of busy schedules pay off.

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Different museums appeal to different people. Partly that’s due to the subject — if you’ve no affinity for natural history, for instance, even the best natural history museum may not do much for you — and partly that’s due to how the subject is presented. I have great memories of going to th…