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Imagine something that is incredibly unhealthy, yet it is prevalent in homes, on the streets, in bars and restaurants, even the workplace. People take breaks from work to do it, even though they may or may not know it is bad for them. People do it first thing in the morning, throughout the d…

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In the years I was fortunate to work for SamTrans and Caltrain, I would, on occasion, observe that there were a lot of transit experts and, apparently, none of them worked at the transit agency.

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In Jonathan Madison’s most recent column, he wrote about a man living in total darkness and consumed by his condition. Perhaps he did not mean to draw this comparison but my interpretation of the story was to see the man as a personification of our country. To state it frankly, we have becom…

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People used to believe the earth was flat. If you walked to the edge you would fall off. Sounds silly today but in the 15th century to challenge this belief was dangerous. Galileo, who has been called the father of modern physics and the scientific method, used the telescope to observe celes…

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Every other week or so, it seems, a new development proposal is added to Redwood City’s already large pile. When that happens, I make it a point to give the new project a thorough going-over. While I first and foremost consider the project itself — its size, its location and so forth — I the…

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When I received my COVID-19 vaccine a few weeks ago, I felt as if the pandemic may be coming to a close. To me, the social distancing, the masks and the online learning were completely irrelevant to me.

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One way to clear a room is to start talking about general plans, housing elements and city planning in general. Start talking about inclusionary zoning, regional housing need allocations or floor area ratios if you ever want to clear out any stragglers.

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Legend tells of a man born in darkness. For years, all of his life decisions were made in the dark. He worked in the dark. He formed relationships in the dark. He constantly stumbled through life’s greatest problems in the dark.

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You either love them or hate them — the eucalyptus trees which line El Camino Real and define the city of Burlingame. But for many drivers and especially for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) the trees are a nuisance if not a hazard.

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Like many of you, I’d hoped to see measurable rain last weekend. Unfortunately, although some parts of the Bay Area did receive some, any rainfall that resulted from Sunday’s storm skirted my Redwood City home. Last week’s “storm” mirrors the entire past year, in which all of Northern Califo…

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Community. The word derives from the Latin word “communitas,” where “com” means “with or together” while “munis” signifies “to fortify or strengthen.” As a part of a community, we are united and strengthened together by a common goal, whether it is a belief, a location or a hobby.

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There has been much talk about transit-oriented development as a way to solve our jobs-housing imbalance while aiding with the rising cost of living and easing traffic.

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Not to overstate the situation, but there seems to be more than a little confusion over this basic point: Public service is not a club.

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This was getting old. Draconian rules and regulations designed to limit the spread of the current pandemic had been sapping the will and spirit of every one of us. It had gotten to the point where the daily sameness and sheer boredom of suburban life under varying degrees of societal lockdow…

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Charlton Heston once said, “There are no good guns, there are no bad guns. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone, except bad people.”

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Josh Becker, a Democrat, is our new state senator as of Jan. 1, replacing termed-out Jerry Hill. His 13th State Senate district runs from Brisbane in the north to Sunnyvale in the south. This is his first elected position.

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Wood is a terrific building material. Not only is it renewable, it’s easy to work with and beautiful to look at. Thus, I find it somewhat ironic that, for a place named after a type of tree, so little wood is used in Redwood City’s larger building projects.

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The first serial killer who captured the general public’s attention is believed to be Jack the Ripper, a man who murdered at least five women in 19th-century London and was never caught.

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I’m a pretty good tipper overall. I worked as a bartender in college and had plenty of friends in the service industry. That industry can be fun, but it’s not easy work, even on a good day.

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Nearly a year ago and 2,000 miles from Minneapolis, the largest crowd ever overflowed Courthouse Square in Redwood City to join the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement and the dialogue over police, the community and race relations.

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The debate has heated up again. That would be the long-standing argument about how best to teach mathematics to young students in our traditional public schools, especially those individuals with an innate knack for the nuances of that academic discipline.

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Today marks the 52nd anniversary of Patriots’ Day. Patriots’ Day commemorates the legendary Battles of Lexington and Concord, and the Battle of Menotomy, which marked the first three battles of the American Revolutionary War.

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What major organization is taking on the environment and climate change as a major focus? You might answer the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, etc. But it’s also the service club which helped eliminate polio worldwide and is now taking on a new challenge.

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President Biden’s plan to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure has started discussions in some circles around what actually qualifies as “infrastructure.”

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We are now over a year into the pandemic and have finally gotten slightly used to the often long, lonely days at home and seeing our friends’ and peers’ floating heads through the computer screen.

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There seems to be a proliferation of four- to five-level brick or stone mixed-use buildings being constructed or proposed for downtown San Mateo. Does two make a trend? Or is it three? We seem to have five.

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My son and I went to a Giants game last weekend, a tradition around his birthday. Everything was like it always has been, except, you know, different.

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Have you ever experienced a tragic event, like a destructive fire, hurricane or earthquake — and come upon a site where a home or a whole town once stood? If you have, then maybe you’ve also experienced that overwhelming feeling of not knowing what to do or where to begin to help. You just s…

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Children don’t vote. They don’t make campaign contributions or have PACs. They don’t have an organization like AARP which successfully lobbies for seniors. Now there are several organizations which have stepped into the breach to fill that void statewide and locally noted in this column. So …

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As part of this week’s walk, I spent some time admiring the three-story, triangular-shaped building being erected at 1180 Main St. That building is shaping up to be rather attractive, due in part to its intricate brick façade. I then headed down the street to check on the 851 Main St. projec…

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Of all the moments people have lost to the pandemic, lunch in the senior quad is a minor sacrifice but I spent high school eying those Adirondack chairs on the sacred, grassy ground, waiting for my turn. In the chaos of each school day, lunch exists as a moment of calm to sit in the sun and …

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When Jim Hartnett was hired to run SamTrans and Caltrain in mid-March of 2015, I wrote the news release announcing the decision. As my perpetual footnote notes, I worked there for 15 years, including the last three for Hartnett. And, I should add, it was a pleasure and an honor and I came aw…

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No one likes pain. Albeit a physical injury or illness, or an unbearable wave of grief, anxiety or depression, human beings naturally run from pain. Rather than facing our various sources of pain, many of us prefer a secret escape. After all, facing our giants is anything but easy, particula…

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Many cities and school districts, under threat of a lawsuit by a Malibu attorney, have already adopted or are in the process of changing to district elections rather than remaining citywide or countywide.

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One of the great benefits of walking, beyond the exercise, is being able to stop and investigate the many little things you usually miss as you drive by. Although drivers may catch a detail or two while stuck in traffic, they miss so much of what makes a city like Redwood City special.

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This last Monday I skipped several classes for a much more important reason than usual (getting a few extra hours of sleep or spending a day without staring at a Zoom screen for five hours) and took a long drive out of the Bay Area to get my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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What constitutes an illegal inducement to vote for a particular candidate in a city council election? Apparently, it’s not free tacos provided outside a polling place by one of the would-be legislators.

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March 11-13, an event took place I call “the real March Madness.” No offense to basketball but no one can deny that the NCAA Wrestling Tournament happens in March and — it is truly madness. This year’s tournament was no exception; despite the difficulties posed for the season to even happen …

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Steve Booker has joined the race for termed out Don Horsley’s District 3 seat on the Board of Supervisors. San Carlos Mayor Laura Parmer-Lohan and Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller are also running. I have interviewed them in previous columns. The primary is in June next year. Booker is from…

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With water being so essential to human life, early peoples looking to settle made sure there was a source of water nearby. Because that water had to be drinkable, for a long time much of our ocean and saltwater Bay shorelines were ruled out as permanent places to live. Once we developed reli…

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College admissions season has been a time of excitement and anticipation for proud parents across the nation, but immense stress from students as the competitiveness of college admissions grows exponentially.

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During the dot-com boom, there was so much money flowing into California coffers that the administration of then governor Gray Davis was looking for ideas on what to do with its stacks of cash. One idea was to reduce the vehicle license fee to one-third of what it was. It was intended to be …