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He started his talk by saying he wished his mom were here. The speaker, the new prime minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett. His audience a group of American Jews. Bennett says the best gift his parents gave him was his English fluency. His mom, Myrna, a first generation San Franciscan. His fa…

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On Monday, the Redwood City Council unanimously approved a “shared micromobility” ordinance, setting the rules by which private companies can rent bicycles or scooters (typically electric) to the public on a short-term basis. Accompanying the ordinance is a set of fees that the operator must…

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Since my freshman year, a big whiteboard has stood on my desk covered in goals ranging from getting good grades to excelling in extracurricular activities. But plastered in permanent ink across the bottom lies the biggest dream of all: “Get into college!” it reads in bolded letters.

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More than 20 years ago, a friend invited me to stand on the top of a parking garage to watch the implosion of Geneva Towers in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. I thought it would be neat to see a building implode. It was.

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Candidates chase endorsements. It is one of the earliest and most telling campaign realities: If no one thinks you should run, maybe you should, you know, not.

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In my last two columns, I have told stories about my two sons based upon recent events in their lives. Regarding our oldest, it was about his getting lured into a cycle of drug abuse and addiction. Fortunately, he is now in a treatment program with Teen Challenge and is on the road to recove…

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Although a number of companies are, for now, letting their employees work from home, for some of our area’s largest employers that situation may be short-lived. For instance, Apple just purchased five office buildings in Cupertino that it had been leasing, all near the company’s “Infinite Lo…

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A common response to the environmental crises of today is simply “There is nothing I can do.” A valid belief, considering the magnitude of this issue, but not exactly a constructive one. Luckily, there are students like Arthrav Naidu, a junior at San Mateo High School, who take matters into …

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Home prices on the Peninsula were pretty steady for years. You could pick up a decent two- or three-bedroom starter house anywhere from $5,000 to $35,000 from the 1950s to the ’70s. Of course, people made significantly less back then. Don’t believe me? Ask someone who bought one back then. O…

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If these items seem a little thin, there were better ones ready to go, but I had a supply chain problem.

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As steps to facilitate and finalize Stanford’s University’s purchase of the Belmont campus of Notre Dame de Namur University proceed, the future of one prominent edifice on the leafy property remains in some question. 

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Just over a year ago I used this column to exhort people to explore Redwood City’s Inner Harbor area, a place I regard as a “diamond in the rough.” Since then, not a great deal has changed within the Inner Harbor. Until this week, anyway. On Monday, the Redwood City Council gave its unanimou…

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Wow, I absolutely love your curls. They’re so unique. It’s a compliment I might hear from the clerk at the gas station, an elderly lady passing by me in the supermarket or the barista as he hands me my coffee.

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“The Picture of Dorian Gray” is a classic novel penned by Oscar Wilde late in the 19th century. It involves the disturbing story of a decadent fellow, central character Dorian Gray, who does not age even as his behavior pattern becomes increasingly outrageous and damaging.

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In my previous column, I shared about our situation with our oldest and the recovery treatment he is receiving at a Christian based center called Teen Challenge. It is a 13-month program and, at the moment, he is about a third of the way through. “Thank you” to those who wrote with your rega…

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We need to recognize our county hospital, formerly Chope, now San Mateo Medical Center, as a prestigious provider of health care for those who are underinsured and uninsured and for those in need of mental health assistance. And it is the San Mateo County Health Foundation which plays an ind…

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In early July, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15%. While some parts of the state managed to meet or even exceed the governor’s goal, I was disappointed to learn that, over that month, usage actually increased slightly over the year-ago month…

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Standing majestically at 3 feet in the far right corner of my grandma’s backyard is her favorite plant: the pandan plant. The various shades of bright and forest greens speckle through the slender, pointy leaves that split at the roots, creating a pattern resembling the top of a pineapple. P…

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I have followed COVID data in San Mateo County very closely for the past 18 months and I have followed politics in San Mateo County for 24 years.

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I was only 12 when the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, occurred. The country, it seemed, was surmounted with fear and despair after bearing witness to terrifying images of the two tallest towers in the heart of the world’s superpower collapse at the hands of a few foreign terrorists.

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Most voters don’t know what this is all about or why it is necessary. Even though San Mateo and other cities and school districts have gone or are going through the process of informing the community and asking for their input, it is mainly those pushing for these changes who are interested.

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Last week, the Redwood City Council reviewed an updated design for the 901 El Camino Real project, which is largely slated for the parcels where AutoZone and two small restaurant buildings stand today.

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Creativity drives meaningful change. For some, that means centering their ambitions toward helping the local community. For others, that means applying their talents on a much broader scale.

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I need to enjoy this time with my daughter. This is what has been said to me for nearly 10 years. At age 10, it’s still special, and the warning is mainly for when she turns 13. Things will change then. “Oh you’ll see. You only have a few years left.”

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Last year in July, our oldest son showed up at our place unexpectedly. We’d arrived home from a day’s excursion to find him sitting on the front porch looking broken and despondent. As we drove up, we saw him slouched over, his face buried in his hands.

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The 2,000-year-old system of providing pain relief known as acupuncture is now being used more and more in western medicine, especially since Medicare validated the procedure in 1996. According to Yung Chen, MD, who practices acupuncture and western medicine in his San Mateo office, this is …

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I concluded my column last week by mentioning that, some years ago, Redwood City had initiated the process of creating a downtown park. I stated that “it’s been almost two years since we’ve heard anything” and expressed my hope that the project had not been forgotten.

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There are a few things in life you can always count on. The sky being blue, the grass being green, or rather brown, now that we are in a drought, and the emergence of conscience-driven social media activism after every tragedy.

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The idea of district elections is to increase participation and make it easier for traditionally underrepresented groups to run for office and win since the geographic area would be smaller.

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We all have seen the multicolored lawns signs proclaiming that those who dwell within hold certain progressive values regarding equality, human rights, science and the freedom of all people to love and live as they choose.

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“Abracadabra!” “Alakazam!” These common refrains are employed by magicians to signal the climax of their seemingly supernatural trick. As a child, I was fascinated by masters of deception. Among other magician’s tricks, the “sleight of hand” was my obsession. Equally stunning and perplexing,…

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We all need to get outside from time to time, and these days we all need places where we can do so safely. Some of us are fortunate to have private yards, but those yards are often not large enough, or properly set up, for many of the outdoor activities we would hope to enjoy. Fortunately, R…

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Croissants and heavy rains are a terrible combination. I came to learn this arguably basic pastry-principle in the fall of my freshman year when my sister nominated me to be an extra pair of hands at the farmers’ market stand at which she worked.

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Depending on your stance on the issue, the passage of Senate bills 9 and 10 is either a huge victory or a huge defeat. The best thing in the world or the beginning of the end. Something to shrill about or something to gloat over.

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EVERY DAY IS LABOR DAY: In political campaigns, organized labor is always important and the endorsement by local unions and the regional central labor councils is eagerly and aggressively sought by nearly every candidate who runs for nearly every office.

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It’s crunch time. Let the arguments commence. We’re referring, of course, to PG&E’s plan to begin moving customers to a new electricity rate system. The shift begins today, whether we like it or not. 

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In 1974, Earth, Wind & Fire introduced a love ballad titled “Reasons.” If you are expecting this column to be about the ballad or the band, sorry to disappoint. This piece has nothing to do with the popular hit or the band. Rather, this writing has to do with our unpopular governor, Gavi…

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The city of San Mateo is under a tight deadline for deciding how to carve up the city into separate voting districts. The goal is to have it done by this November. The clock has been ticking ever since it received a letter from attorney Scott Rafferty who has made a big business out of writi…

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A few weeks ago, one of my friends asked about the Highway 101 Underpass project. Claiming that no work had seemingly been done for some time, they speculated that the project might be dead. Thanks to the frequent visits I pay to the site to monitor the project’s progress, though, I assured …

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My parents speak with an apparent accent. In their books, tuition is pronounced “too-shin” and the letter “r” doesn’t naturally roll off their tongues.