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I love to walk. Pretty much every week I’m out there somewhere, walking around Redwood City, San Carlos, or some other community within walkable distance my Redwood City home. Armed with camera and notebook, I stride quickly (for exercise), stopping when something strikes my fancy. Frequentl…

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We’ve all seen the videos of people exiting retail stores with large bags of stolen goods with no one doing anything about it. We’ve heard of drugstores shutting down locations because of large-scale retail crime.

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“Follow the science.” “Trust the data.” These phrases have been part and parcel of the daily messaging of health authorities throughout the ongoing pandemic.

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Much has been written about tenants who fall through the cracks of the well-intentioned rent and eviction moratoriums. In the course of that dialogue, any discussion about the moratorium’s effects on landlords and property owners has become lost in the shuffle. As a result, next to nothing h…

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Ruth Nagler was a trail blazer in integrating San Mateo’s public schools in the late 1960s. She convinced her fellow conservative male board members that students from the North Central neighborhood, who at the time were primarily Black, be bused to other schools in the city. She had cultiva…

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Although I normally explore Redwood City on foot, very occasionally I’ll dust off my bike, pump up the tires and take a ride. I did so this week to explore a street along which I often walk. Why? Because Redwood City will soon be turning that street — Vera Avenue — into a “bike boulevard,” a…

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Well, that was fun while it lasted. At least I took full advantage of the 103 hours we were mask-free. I went to Disneyland and Yosemite, hiked Joshua Tree, waterskied at Tahoe, surfed Mavericks, went out to dinner 27 times and went to 153 stores, markets and coffee shops. I saw 38 movies. I…

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Well, if you are reading this column, then of course, one source of news you must use is the San Mateo Daily Journal. Thank goodness in most localities there is a paper like the Journal which focuses on local stories.

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Second units, accessory units, granny units or whatever the current name, are back in the news. They are viewed by many and new state legislation as an easy way to provide more housing, and more affordable housing, without creating too many negative impacts. Now cities are taking a second lo…

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Redwood City’s famed Downtown Precise Plan, which is almost entirely responsible for downtown Redwood City’s vast transformation, includes limits for net new office space, residential units, guest rooms (in hotels and motels) and retail space. The limits set for the first two categories were…

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As the legendary Hunter S. Thompson wrote, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

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If I asked you to provide a brief description of the roles and responsibilities of a U.S. president, you would probably name some of the primary functions referenced in the Constitution. Some of those powers vested in the president include signing bills into law, providing for our national d…

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Supervisor Don Horsley, District 3, will be termed out in 2022. He will serve his third and final term as president of the board. There is a competitive race for this position but this column is devoted solely to Horsley, his history and what made him a compassionate cop.

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About five years ago, I watched with a touch of sadness as construction began on Redwood City Honda’s new dealership — in San Carlos. Although I was happy that the dealership would be moving to spiffy new digs, I felt for Redwood City, which was losing a seemingly successful (and presumably …

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A recent discussion at a South San Francisco City Council meeting about health care caught my attention. Up for vote was a resolution whether to support the idea of a single-payer health care system. The vote itself essentially meant nothing since health care is beyond the realm of a city co…

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Being a native of California, I was compelled to drive great distances over the long holiday weekend, gathering notes, quotes and dust motes.

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There is a man who is now very old, an intellectual of unique proportions, an economist, sociologist, philosopher and writer, who when he was young was an idealist and a Marxist. He is a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute and is worthy of an introduction to you, the reader.

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Our recent weather has me feeling a bit guilty. Last weekend’s high temperature (measured at the San Francisco International Airport) was 70 degrees. It was somewhat warmer in my backyard — it got up to 78 degrees — but regardless, by evening it was time to put on an extra layer.

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The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Or up your block. Anyway, just a few days away. Some people just cannot seem to wait. For several days, persons unknown have been setting off random fireworks — explosives, more accurately — in my neighborhood.

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Can you feel it? It’s in the air — renewal, reinvigoration, rejuvenation. Call it what you like. As the threat of the pandemic eases dramatically, things are getting back to normal.

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You may be familiar with the story behind the moving lyrics of “The Star Spangled Banner.” In the courageous battle at Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, world-renowned patriot and poet Francis Scott Key helplessly watched from a great distance as American troops were bombarded by British forc…

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No, it isn’t a great grandchild, a robot, or a new boy friend, it’s a puppy. An adorable, smart, puppy and, of course, naughty puppy. I have had three dogs of the same breed before and raising puppies in the past was quite different. I don’t remember reading training guide books. Or going to…

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I love to walk through the Port of Redwood City. There’s a lot going on out there, and always a lot to see.

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A few weeks ago, I finished up my high school career with an in-person graduation ceremony, which my parents were allowed to attend, which, in recent times, truly did feel like a stroke of luck. My senior year was anticlimactic to say the least, and I’m not sure I have much to show for it be…

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There were six cop cars on my street, why didn’t the Daily Journal have the story? Believe it or not, that’s the type of question we get quite a bit. A large police action may seem to merit news coverage, and people assume we will know all about it and have a story the next day. So when we d…

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That didn’t take long. The massive, new Facebook complex located on the southeast corner of Burlingame Bayfront is already showing some discouraging indications of minor vandalism, even as employees begin to filter in.

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“To be or not to be, that is the question,” or at least it was in my column two weeks ago. But, alas, dear readers, I should have checked first with Seth Rosenblatt before borrowing the phrase. As you may or may not know, Seth is San Mateo County’s literary expert on Shakespeare. William, th…

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After years of watching a stream of for-profit developers undertake countless commercial and residential development projects — projects into which the average member of the public will never set foot — it’s refreshing when a project comes along that will be built without a profit motive and…

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I began my career in journalism on my first day of my sophomore year in August 2018. I recall the initial ease I felt with the class — going into my first day, I anticipated the course to be no more significant than other elective classes I would take just to collect the requisite school cre…

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The new mask rules are very California, where we just can’t seem to get out of our own way but our heart is in the right place.

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It’s not a subject that stimulates everyone’s eager imagination. In fact, when you bring up the matter of how California’s (and San Mateo County’s) public schools are financed, most eyes quickly glaze over.

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Three large words on a cardboard sign perplexed me one evening: “Seeking Human Kindness.” The sign was held high by a homeless young man on the outskirts of oncoming traffic. It is not uncommon for me to see homeless persons requesting spare change on my commute home from work. Though, I had…

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Political endorsements seem to be a hot topic right now, both on the national, state and local level. Perhaps the larger the area, the more important they are. With the division of districts into smaller and smaller parts, regional and national endorsements might count less.

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Having been born and raised in Los Angeles, I‘ve been steeped in California’s car culture for all of my life. I attended college in Flagstaff, Arizona, where I soon found that I could go days or even weeks without driving. College, as it turned out, not only set me firmly on a path to my eve…

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The past few weeks have been filled with momentous occasions: I graduated from high school, turned 18 years old and moved to an entirely different state. These big moments of celebration and change means turning to the next page of life, one toward greater independence, responsible adulthood…

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A last-minute baby-sitting offer this past weekend led my wife and me to something we haven’t experienced in quite a while — date night.

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We bought our house in the hills of Redwood City in 1980. The smartest financial move I have ever made was not moving.

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As the pandemic eases and the local economy and San Mateo County’s wide range of institutions begin to open up slowly but surely, the good news just keeps on coming.

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“To be or not to be, that is the question.” Or so it was for William Shakespeare in his play, “Hamlet.” But Shakespeare lived in a different world, in a different time. Had he lived today, his question more likely would have been, “To vax or not to vax?”

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A friend told me this true story. When he and his roommate were freshmen at Stanford in the 1950s, he noticed a posting from the dean of students with a list of clubs that had gone defunct but still had money left in their treasury. The two were not political but when they saw that the club …

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As part of my continuing quest to put the past year and a half behind me, my wife and I recently headed north to visit our kids and grandkids.