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With the former site of Crestmoor High School in the San Bruno hills reportedly in the process of being sold (again) and development being scheduled (again), the memory filters back 42 years to the old institution’s last principal, Rena Bancroft.

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History teaches us that human beings detest the idea of uncertainty. We are always looking for the “silver bullet,” the “hidden treasure” or the “secret formula,” to bring certainty to the unknown. Imagine my frustration when my college economics professor instructed my class accordingly: “I…

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Start resting up if you want to know the election results locally and nationally in 2022. Many close races for Congress and the Assembly and maybe the Board of Supervisors where there will be open seats and no incumbents running. There will be the critical races for control of Congress, for …

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Each week I try, with varying degrees of success, to take two long walks throughout Redwood City. I take those walks to check up on projects that are underway, to look for evidence of new projects, and to look for other interesting subjects about which to write. I try to vary my walks so tha…

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Aragon senior Amanda Hao presented her research focused on zodiacal dust and habitability in the atmosphere, alongside her team, at the 239th meeting of the American Astronomical Society this month.

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It felt surreptitious, almost unsavory. I had learned through talking to my favorite drugstore workers that the schedule of antigen test deliveries was like this: Monday night or Tuesday morning was when Walgreens got theirs. Tuesday night or Wednesday morning for either Rite Aid or CVS.

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I can remember my younger years when I only concerned myself with national politics. We are socialized and educated to focus on the highest offices of the land but, in reality, it’s the local stuff that matters. Across the nation, supporters and propagators of the Big Lie are running for off…

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Just before New Years, Mark Simon wrote a column titled, “Peninsula politics.” Soon after his column appeared, a lady by the name of Sally Porter wrote to the Daily Journal “distressed.” She took Mark to task for including in his piece the 15th Congressional District race coming up this year…

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I’ve always been something of a car guy. I attribute that partly to California’s car culture — I was born and raised in California — and partly to the influence of my father and my older brothers, who have been interested in cars for as long as I can remember.

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In March 2020, Angelina Choy and Felicity Liu witnessed the tears of frustration that overcame their younger siblings. They witnessed their siblings enduring a lack of motivation, lack of attention from teachers and overall struggles with learning the content when the world was forced to shu…

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It is important for me to note from time to time the amount of progress we have made as a nation and collective society, as a way to show how far we have come and how far we have to go.

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I have written many times about one of the most marginalized communities in our county — our farmworkers. I remember listening to county Agricultural Advisory Committee meetings at the beginning of the pandemic and how local farmers were concerned that county resources were not reaching the …

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In a normal election season, campaigns for two open seats on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and challenges to two countywide incumbents would make for a busy and riveting year. 

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“I have been to the mountaintop … and I have seen the promised land. I may not get there with you.” These were some of the last recorded sentiments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a local church in Memphis on April 3, 1968 – the night before he was fatally shot.

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Mitch Postel, age 69, was born in Chicago but he moved to San Mateo when he was 7 years old. The family bought a house in the city’s Lakeshore District and from there he could look across the lagoon and watch the birth and growth of Foster City. That seeded his interest in how things can cha…

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For most of you reading this, that title undoubtedly conjures up Albert Hammond’s song “It Never Rains in Southern California.” And you probably went on to complete the remainder of the stanza in your heads:

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In my first sexual education course in seventh grade, topics including periods, birth control, sexual orientation were missing or glossed over in the curriculum. Initially, I shrugged it off and assumed we would cover issues in my high school sex-ed course.

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There has always been a fine line between government officials trying to convince people their idea is a good one rather than listening to the people they represent. Sometimes the idea is in the name of progress, or it advances a special interest. Sometimes it’s both.

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Many, including contributors to this esteemed publication, have mentioned that the work toward equity in politics has fallen flat in the county. I beg to differ. Although we have light-years of ground to gain, things are changing. In 2022, I will focus on the new faces that seek to represent…

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Free money. It’s all the rage these days. Whether it’s the federal government, the state of California or San Mateo County, the bounty of cash seems to be almost limitless. It’s a gusher.

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This is something I heard my pastor, Matt Valencia, say at church this past weekend. I’m in the habit of taking notes during his sermons and when he makes a profound point, I try to write it down, word for word. What pastor Matt did was ask two questions. The first was, “What do you expect t…

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Truth has taken a beating in the U.S. in recent years. Forty-five percent of Republicans don't believe Biden was elected president fair and square; 10% of Americans don’t believe in climate change and 15% are unsure climate change is a real threat. Fox commentator Jesse Watters accused Dr. A…

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Spoiler alert! After reading all the buzz about the recent Netflix movie hit, “Don’t Look Up,” I convinced friends to watch it. With an all-star cast, the movie is about an Earth-killing comet headed right for our planet, and when discovered, the world has six months to figure out what to do…

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For many, the year 2021 is one to forget, thanks largely to COVID-19; to January’s horrifying Capitol riot and its aftermath; and, for us in California, to the continuation of our historic drought. And yet, 2021 is also the year we began learning to live with COVID-19. Plus, the rains (and s…

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Well, it’s that time of the year again. The gyms will be full, refrigerators will be stocked with greens, and journals will be sold out — the motivational magic of New Year’s resolutions is engulfing the population.

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In many unpleasant ways, 2022 appears well on its way to being a recycled 2021.

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OK. We understand. You can’t get enough of a good thing — like last week’s prize-winning epic involving some of the wilder and weirder events and interludes from 2021. So we aim to please as 2022 heaves into view. We’ve got even more of this stuff that’s guaranteed to titillate and amuse eve…

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Whether myth or fact, people genuinely believe in the power of NewYear’s resolutions. The new year always brings with it an opportunity to change a lifestyle and bad habit, or make changes that we failed to make in the previous year. It is the idea that the new year will bring with it a new …

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Happy Holidays! ’Tis the season to be with family and friends. Here in the Wilson household, we’d been planning to welcome my oldest son and his family for Christmas. However, our unsettled weather, which would have made their drive from central Oregon quite challenging, plus the fact that s…

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Returning to campus for my senior year, I was enthused after months of Zoom calls to be back in the classroom. But that excitement was short-lived. In just my first semester back at school, there was an arrest on campus for possession of a loaded firearm and large-capacity magazine. Though t…

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California always has been an east-west state, not a north-south state, despite historic sports and cultural rivalries between Northern and Southern California.

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Some things seem to never change. The human condition is nothing if not surprisingly strange and occasionally downright bizarre. It’s who we are. It’s what we do. 

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We may not realize it as much as we should but, in our lives, there is great importance to knowing and understanding events which occurred in the past. We call it history and, regrettably, when we hear the word, we are often taken back to days in a classroom where we were charged with memori…

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This column was supposed to be about a rising political star. But it turns out that this rising political star isn’t interested in being a rising political star. Instead, he wants to do what he does best, helping students. He’s living his life story by helping students receive the kind of he…

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As far back as elementary school, I’ve been fascinated by robots. My favorite book back then was “Andy Buckram’s Tin Men,” a story about a boy who built a family of robots out of tin cans, baling wire, light bulbs and such. During a huge storm, Andy’s robots were struck by lightning and came…

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As I walked in, snowman garlands hung across two bookshelves. Gold and red ornaments adorned a Christmas tree that stood in the far right corner of the classroom. It was finally Dec. 1, and since 2003, the decorations have elicited that the festivities for my favorite time of the year have begun.

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Christmas season begins Dec. 1. No sooner, no later. I know this because my daughter tells me, and she has very strong opinions about it.

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Recently, there was an article published in Politico with the headline, “Democrats fall flat with ‘Latinx’ language.” It’s a seriously problematic headline that is void of human history, language evolution and the truth of the Hispanic/Latino/Latinx population in the United States.

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As we look over the Peninsula political landscape, shaping up for an unprecedented 2022 election, one fact stands out among all others: The Peninsula is not a bipartisan political environment. With all due respect to any Republican candidates, every race for office in 2022 is about the Democ…

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Honoring the deceased is a normal human response that goes back through the centuries into the dim mists of time. It’s what we humans do. It’s natural. It’s in our genes.

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“Do as much good as you can, as long as you can, any way that you can, wherever you can, for anyone you can, until you no longer can.” — John Wesley.

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Diego Ochoa, 44, the new superintendent of the San Mateo-Foster City School District, has come a long way since his first superintendent job in Esparto where there were 1,000 students. Esparto is in Yolo County near Sacramento. In his new job, he is overseeing 11,576 with a mixed population …

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Of all the cars my wife and I have owned, one of our favorites was our Honda Fit. Or, I should say, our Honda Fits, since we had two. Our first was a gasoline-powered vehicle that served us well for many years. Our second was a relatively rare Honda Fit EV, the electric version of the car we…

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“One size fits all.” The phrase rings through popular clothing brands such as Brandy Melville, where its clothing sizes target a specific demographic of thinner individuals. This approach to sizing can be especially harmful when the company is a popular place to shop for teens and young adul…

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In August, I wrote a column how access to county parks should be free. The reasons were plenty, but the essence is that the parks should be free because we already pay for them through taxes and fees create a barrier to many, particularly those of low incomes.

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Never has the need for mental health been more significant — we’ve been sheltering in place, kids weren’t able to go to school, entire families having to share their space 24/7, some folks were alone for months at a time, the loss of loved ones, and delayed access to, pretty much, everything…