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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 …

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As is disclosed every week at the bottom of this column, I worked for several years at Caltrain. It was a job without portfolio — I tackled whatever issues came up that did not fit neatly into someone else’s area of responsibilities. This included when people used the train to kill themselve…

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For today’s young adults, it might be a surprise to learn that, at one time, learning to drive a car, via in-person, behind-the-wheel training, was available on a no-cost basis from your neighborhood high school.

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In January 2003, my husband and I gathered with 3,000 people in the Washington National Cathedral to protest the imminent invasion of Iraq. We planned to gird ourselves with prayer, word and music and march to the White House where, in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience, hundreds would …

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This is the hottest topic in San Mateo, the largest city in San Mateo County — the future of housing. It is what divides the community. The homeowners who want to keep things as they are and the renters who want more affordable housing. It is the subject which divides the city council. Lisa …

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As someone who’s been an avid reader since I first learned to read, I’ve been enamored with libraries for essentially my entire life. Growing up, I took every opportunity presented to me to spend time in the library and explore the world of stories — both real and made up — I found there. No…

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This weekend, as you drive around town or run errands, you might see more people than usual wearing red clothing. As you walk around your neighborhood, you might see doorways of homes and local businesses decorated with red banners taped with the sign xinnián kuàilè, which translates to Happ…

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The Daily Journal writes real estate market trend stories because people are interested. Readers want to know if homes are going up in value, or down. Market trends are news, and real estate is an indicator of the overall economy. 

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It is safe to assume — if safe is the appropriate word — that the chaotic efforts of the House Republicans to elect Kevin McCarthy as speaker are only a prelude.

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This is getting serious. Now, those of us living in the sterling state of California will have the option to become human compost in the not-so-distant future.

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As we all know, California has been pounded since New Year’s Day with rain storm after rain storm. The result has been flooding, mudslides, damaged roads, downed power lines and other infrastructure failure. The experience leaves us with a couple lessons to be learned.

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I find it fascinating how the internet has gone from being pretty much nonexistent to an essential utility over my lifetime. Indeed, it hasn’t taken nearly that long. The internet, for most of us, became a necessary part of our lives in the early 2000s. As it has grown, other utilities have …

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The more I watch the news, the more it becomes clear that everyone sees themselves as the hero of their own story. I guess it’s the only way to justify action — the belief that what someone does is the “right” thing for them and others (even if said others cannot recognize that fact). 

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There is some distance between us and the New Year’s Eve storm, however, we are still contending with the impact from the large number of storms. There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel as forecasts show a break as soon as next week. 

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At an inauguration event both celebratory and formal, Christina Corpus ceremonially took the oath as the 26th sheriff in San Mateo County’s 167-year history, last Saturday. And as the first female elected to the office. And the first Latina.

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As a county commissioner on the LGBTQ Commission I had been invited to help raise the pride/progress flag at the county fair. A few dozen folks had gathered around the flag poles featuring the American flag, the California state flag, and in a few moments they would be joined by the rainbow …

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About a decade ago I went to San Mateo City Hall to vote my preference for delegates to the state Democratic convention. I couldn’t find a parking space. The building was overflowing with people waiting to vote. And most were young people who were voting for a progressive slate. I didn’t rec…

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I’ve been interested in weather for almost as long as I can remember. That might strike some as strange, given that I grew up in Southern California, where the weather really did seem almost constant. But having weather that changed little from one day to the next just made those few days wh…

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I think it was 1996 when I moved back to the Bay Area from college and immediately experienced the full wrath of an El Niño year. It rained for about two weeks straight, the Russian River flooded, and everyone was miserable. 

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It happened almost by accident. Way back in 1963, your then college-age correspondent was looking for part-time work in the evening.

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For the Christmas holiday, my wife and I, along with our son Daniel, traveled up to the Sierras to meet up with our other son, Patrick. It was nice to all be together for a few days, albeit not in the comfort of our own home.

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Writing this, I’m hearing the gentle sounds of rain hitting my skylight. Rainy days cause challenges for exploring Redwood City on foot, but our need for water far outweighs my need to take walks. And it appears that our current series of storms will indeed have a measurable impact on our dr…

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When I was younger, I would create a colorful, artsy poster with my New Year’s resolutions. I would write the year in the center — probably in my sloppy, third grader “bubble letter” font — and decorate the border with goals. Some highlights throughout the years: Drink more water, run a 5k, …

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OK, we get it. You simply can’t enough of last year’s long menu of merry morons, marching to their own unique drums or lutes or accordions as the case may be.

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Walking our dog at Fort Funston back in the day we had some great conversations with our regular “pack” of dogwalkers and if we were later than usual there were a few stragglers we’d walk and talk with. One man, John, a sweet curmudgeon, was on the opposite side we held on most issues, but f…

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I’m a sucker for a good holiday display, and yet at my own home we keep things rather simple. My wife and I line our eaves with a single string of colored lights, and thread more through our front yard’s seasonally barren maple tree. Lastly, we hang a wreath on our door and position our Chri…

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My family will confirm, with that special roll of the eyes that only families can fully provide, my long-standing attachment to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” 

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It is with a distinct sigh of relief that 2022 is limping to a merciful conclusion. It can’t come fast enough. The past year has been a depressing doozy on many unfortunate levels.

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Last Saturday, my wife took a call from our son, Daniel, who I wrote about in September of 2021, after he decided to join the U.S. Marine Corps. He called to let us know he had been granted leave for Christmas. He asked us to pick him up the next day at the airport. It was the first time we …

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By the time you read this on Monday morning, I will be back home in San Mateo. But I am writing this column on the Thursday before.

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A week ago, I set out to check on the progress of the county’s Navigation Center project, at the intersection of Maple and Blomquist streets in Redwood City. Rather than taking my usual walk, though, I drove. Why? Because rather than just walking by and taking pictures as I normally would, I…

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There was a T-shirt circulating two years ago that had the year, 2020, with one star out of five and the phrase, “Very bad, would not recommend.” 

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As one friend noted, perhaps a puff of white smoke should have appeared at the piazza outside San Mateo City Hall.

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Estranged. It is an odd sort of word. One definition: “having lost former closeness and affection; a state of alienation.” Sitting with a group of people at a gathering, someone says, “I just don’t understand. He hasn’t seen his uncle in years and refuses to see him. Whatever happened before…

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Holiday cheer awaits some city councils, but not in Daly City where at a public meeting two councilmembers told what they really thought of each other. One accused the other of accosting her and calling the police. The other denied it. In San Mateo things were a bit less heated but longer. A…

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If the pandemic has had a silver lining, it’s that it has gotten many of us comfortable with spending more time outdoors. Even now, in the heart of winter, my wife and I opt to sit outside when dining in a restaurant, thanks to the terrific outdoor dining spaces (many with heaters) that many…

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Sometimes, as the year winds down and the pace of news slackens, it is a struggle to find interesting things to write about, as you no doubt have observed.

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No matter how you might feel about the fabled dude, Santa Claus remains an iconic symbol of the Christmas season. There, I said it, “Christmas.”

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For some, the big deal this time of year begins the day after Thanksgiving, It is known as “Black Friday.” Why it is called that, I don’t know. If you care to clue me in, feel free to do so. Honestly, though, I am not much interested. You won’t find me lining up outside a store, clamoring to…

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In the good ol’ days we used to be able to vote for five councilmembers (for city councils with five members). Not all at the same time. But two or three each election cycle. That right has been taken away by district elections. Now we can just vote for one. No one talks about those lost rig…

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In 2013, shortly after I started exploring Redwood City on foot, I began writing about what I saw. At first, I focused on what I personally observed. I soon realized, however, that I needed to do additional research, both to satisfy my own curiosity as well as to give my writing some much-ne…

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Timers frantically going off and half-formed dough in hand, I paused and struggled to recall the next steps of the recipe. Attempting to bake five different types of cookies in one night was definitely not the most practical of decisions, and the hours that followed had been nothing short of chaos.

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Lots of small businesses won’t last more than 15 years. But what about a business that’s extremely susceptible to inflation and supply chain issues; involves a 20-hour-a-day operation with a wide variety of workers, including those who must immediately explain what they saw or learned every …