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While Asians across America and San Mateo County are confronting a crisis of racism, slurs and violence, Burlingame boldly faced head-on its own existential crisis this week — somebody from the Asian-Pacific Islander community called the city the “NIMBYest” on the Peninsula.

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A little over a month ago, one of the Daily Journal readers wrote a letter to the paper and, in his final sentence, challenged me to read the U.S. Constitution. In a subsequent column, I offered for him to write again and point out the article or section he wished for me to review. I wasn’t …

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Last week, I interviewed Laura Parmer-Lohan, San Carlos mayor and candidate for Don Horsley’s District 3 supervisorial seat. The other announced candidate is Ray Mueller, Menlo Park councilman and former mayor. The primary election will be in June 2022.

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Much of Redwood City’s growth over the last decade can be attributed to that city’s Downtown Precise Plan, which simplified the approval process for many development projects downtown. Whatever it was that spurred Menlo Park’s own flurry of development, developers clearly found themselves dr…

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Sunglasses? Check. Shoelaces? Tied. Mask? Secured. “I’m leaving for practice!” I yell to my parents — words I never thought I would say again.

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In about two weeks, 2 a.m. Sunday, March 14, to be exact, we will once again go through the act of changing our clocks ahead, or our clocks will change for us, and we will enter into what is known as Daylight Saving Time.

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Just when we thought things might be slowly getting back to some semblance of normalcy, a new pandemic-related issue is cropping up, albeit a relatively minor one.

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When elected to serve as California’s 40th governor in 2019, Gavin Newsom was acclaimed as one of the most popular governors in our state’s history. Today, more than 1 million people have petitioned for him to be recalled, with just shy of 700,000 signatures verified. With 1.5 million signat…

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San Mateo County has a wide variety of homes and commercial buildings, ranging from structures constructed in the 1800s to ones that are brand new. I love the look of most old buildings, and am thankful when their owners are able to preserve them. Building standards and technologies have imp…

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It feels like my high school experience ended on an innocuous day in mid-March of my junior year, with my last class of the day (journalism), where the tone was uncharacteristically somber. Our small group of editors gathered around our cluttered desk in a set of mismatched office chairs res…

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There is more than a little reluctance to make the following projection. Such projections have been wrong in the past. I don’t want to be the one to put the hex on it.

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At this week’s meeting, the Redwood City Council unanimously approved a $3.4 million grant to Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco for the construction of the 20-unit condominium project now underway at 612 Jefferson Ave.

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I recall taking an interest in politics when I was 9 years old. Well, maybe it was just the back-and-forth arguing I obsessed over as I would glue myself to my TV for the Obama-Romney debate. The topics they discussed were completely foreign to me, but I was eager to decipher this political …

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People are elected to city councils to make decisions for the whole of a community and to lead through creative and original ideas catered to their constituents. But some, it seems, would rather follow trends.

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For decades, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has represented much of Silicon Valley. She has been, understandably, an enthusiastic proponent of the innovations and advancements that have swarmed out of her district, and a staunch defender of those distinctive conditions that have allowed …

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Tim Draper, the savior of the old Benjamin Franklin Hotel building in downtown San Mateo, is no dummy. He understands that timing is everything.

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Since Joe Biden’s inauguration, there has been some discussion of the need for Americans to unite behind the new administration. It is said it is time for us to put away our differences and move forward into a bright, new future. It’s a nice sentiment but in practical terms, it means first h…

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A who’s who of local government, business, and nonprofits has an ambitious goal of building stronger relationships among current leaders and providing training for an emerging set of newbies. The newly formed Leadership Council of San Mateo County is led by two women who ran the San Mateo Ch…

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This week I did something I haven’t done in quite a while: I hiked to the top of the hills on the western edge of Redwood City. My goal was a spot somewhat beneath the Easter Cross in Emerald Lake Hills, where Redwood City is rapidly nearing completion on a new 750,000-gallon concrete water …

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It has been 330 days since March 13, 2020, the day we were all told to stay home as COVID-19 spread around the world.

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Whoever picked Amanda Gorman to recite her poem at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris knew what they were doing. For a nation seeking inspiration, she certainly hit her marks.

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San Francisco always can be counted on to provide entertaining political and governmental news that is unique to that little town. Nothing illustrates this quite so fully as the recent decision by the San Francisco school board to rename nearly all of the city’s schools that “honor” eminent …

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Sometimes, life really does imitate art, or what passes for a version of art in these hopelessly politically correct times.

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The land of the free. Home of the brave. The shining city on a hill. Our sweet land of liberty. These patriotic refrains connote a fervent pride and belief in the foundations of our democracy. Behind these historic expressions loom an unpleasant reality: our young democracy often falls far s…

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Sometimes, government does seem to work. Until recently, parts of Redwood City had become overrun with people living in RVs, with certain streets turning into virtual RV parks. To deal with the issue, Redwood City instituted a two-year permit program allowing RV owners to park either in a ne…

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One of the ubiquitous facts of society is that politicians are not the type to be showered with love. Writer Emma Goldman perfectly encapsulates the general public’s views toward them: They “promise you heaven before the election and give you hell after.”

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There is an adage that it’s time to sell your high-flying stock when the taxi driver is talking about it. This was true back when Webvan and Pets.com were on everyone’s mind in the high-flying dot-com days. And it’s true now, sort of.

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If 2020 was all about the pandemic and the election, 2021, as noted on one more occasion in this very space, promises to be about change here in the land of homes and off-ramps.

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How about a shoutout for Foster City. The island community on the Bayfront turns 50 years old this year. It was incorporated in 1971.

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It isn’t often I feel the need to respond to readers who have sent letters to the paper about something I’ve written. However, after reading those that showed up following “My Experience,” there are a few which warrant a response.

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I looked forward to Joe Biden’s inauguration as much as I looked forward to Obama’s. I watched one on TV and was fortunate to attend the 2008 event. Both were historic and both happened at fragile times for the U.S. economy. Barack Obama was the first African American to be elected president…

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My wife and I moved to Redwood City in 1989. Back then, E-Z Davies Chevrolet was still doing business at the corner of El Camino Real and Jefferson Avenue.

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While 2020 was a year full of historical changes and events, the first month of the new year has already proven 2021’s impending historical significance. Therefore, we need to take note of all that is happening now and thoroughly educate ourselves, as it’s unlikely we’ll see this order of ev…

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When I first saw the meeting notice that three of the five members of the San Mateo City Council were to speak at a “Post-election Decompression Meeting” hosted by the Housing Leadership Council, I thought it might end up either publicly noticed because of the Brown Act or be a cause of some…

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STIRRING UP GOOD TROUBLE: There have been recent efforts to turn away from historical individuals with sordid pasts. These efforts have focused to no small degree on schools named for founding and prominent Americans. Some owned slaves, some fought to preserve slavery and some were advocates…

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It was bound to come up sooner or later. A councilman in South San Francisco is proposing a pilot program that would provide low-income residents of that city with a monthly basic income.

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“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about now. I just want to do God’s will.” 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 fat…

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How often do you find yourself stuck at a grade crossing, waiting for a train to pass by? Considering that Caltrain expects the number of trains using its tracks to more than double by the year 2040 (if you include high-speed rail), something clearly must be done. Fortunately, Caltrain, Redw…

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“Senioritis. It’s a disease with only one cure: graduation,” the poster hanging next to the trophy case in the A Building read. As freshmen, my friend and I read it each day on our walk into school, giggling at the thought of the horrible disorder inflicting the senior class. 

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President-elect Joe Biden will have a long to-do list when he takes office Jan. 20, but several matters will be of high importance. Biden was elected in part as repudiation of the current administration, yet also because he is a centrist with a long history of collaboration.

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For more than 40 years, it has been a joy and a privilege to write about politics for local newspapers. I got the bug — for both writing and politics — from my mother, Barbara, who was a campaign operative throughout my childhood. One of my lasting memories is coming home from school in the …

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Here at Peninsula Central, we strive to pay close attention to any and all cultural phenomena even during a stay-at-home pandemic that tends to sap our suburban society in every way imaginable.

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Looking ahead to last Wednesday, I very much wanted to attend one of the rallies being planned in support of the president. Knowing I would not be flying to Washington, D.C., I considered driving to Sacramento. Given my schedule, however, that too seemed out of the question. Asking around, I…

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Today, polio has almost been eradicated from the world thanks to two vaccines, one discovered by Jonas Salk; the second by Albert Sabin. The Salk vaccine was an injection; the Sabin, taken orally. Today, the vaccine is given to infants; children receive a booster when they are 4. Unlike COVI…