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At long last, we are returning to the classroom and the chance for teachers to interact directly with their students, and for our children, to learn not only the basics of education, but those critical lessons of humanity and society that they can learn from each other.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature advanced the date of his recall election to Sept. 14 but it could backfire if events continue to turn negative.

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I was ready to return to normal after getting vaccinated, but it seems like COVID-19 passed the baton to another public health crisis: Gun violence. More than 100 people are killed by guns every day, and hundreds more are injured in the United States. Firearms are the leading cause of death …

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It’s been kind of the running joke that we as a society are constantly glued to our smartphones but did you know that some of the leading technology pioneers Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Google CEO Sundar Pichai actually did not let their young children have cellphones and enforced time limits…

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This past Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Congressman John Lewis. He served a distinguished career spanning 34 years in Congress and his legacy lives on in many ways, particularly in the pending John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act before Congress. His well-documen…

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More than 21 million Americans lack a reliable internet connection, according to the Federal Communications Commission. And that might be a low estimate. One watchdog group thinks the real number is closer to 42 million.

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Anyone that spends any time in California will quickly figure out that housing is one of its most significant issues. There are a couple of different viewpoints, ranging from “don’t move into my neighborhood” to “we need housing for everyone.” I’m one of those that believe that everyone seek…

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Using a singular noun “budget” no longer describes the tortuous process by which the governor and state legislators decide how to spend the state’s money.

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My wife JoAnneh and I recently took a road trip down the coast of California, visiting old friends. One night, in Los Angeles, we were at dinner with a group of them, when someone asked what interesting things had happened to everybody the previous week.

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The closure of the Mack E. Mickelson Arthritis and Rehabilitation Center Therapeutic Pool at the Mills Health Center comes as a devastating disappointment to all who used the pool regularly for chronic pain management and rehabilitation.

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“Farmworkers are society's canaries,” according to Cesar Chavez, a founder of the National Farm Workers Association. Unfortunately, the “canaries” in San Mateo County aren’t singing. We should be worried. 

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The Bay Area is reeling from the latest brazen attack on one of its senior citizens. This time, the victim was a 94-year-old Asian American woman stabbed in an unprovoked attack in San Francisco. While the woman is fortunately recovering, she suffered significant physical and emotional injur…

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It’s impossible not to notice that things are opening back up at a rapid rate. The Buddhist community I am affiliated with, Insight Meditation Center (IMC), is also preparing to reopen, slowly. Preparations for a likely August opening range from the highly pragmatic to community concerns wit…

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Elizabeth Warren has this great quote, “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.”

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“You have had a blessed life,” Anthony commented with a touch of envy to me recently when I was recounting my 1970s coming out story as a gay teenager in Detroit. I was thinking about the blessing of being gay as I watched the rainbow pride flag being raised at City Hall in Foster City June …

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If you live in Half Moon Bay, or enjoy visiting there, our other coastal communities, and the beaches, there is an obvious and severe problem: Traffic!

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Several recent articles have pointed to San Mateo’s changing demographics as the chief reason for the county’s shift toward more diverse leadership. A point that might be missed, however, is that white folks have not been the majority in San Mateo County for quite some time.

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A recent Daily Journal column repeated common misunderstandings about what constitutes a theory and created a false dichotomy involving evolution and the “theory” of intelligent design. That kind of fundamentalist — as in, don’t bother me with the facts — thinking isn’t terribly useful. And …

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, a time to honor the diverse, rich cultures and myriad contributions of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

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In college, I used to call home once a week, on Sunday nights. My parents wanted a report, and, I’m sure, I never gave them as full of an account as they wanted. How could I? I was living away from home for the first time — in Santa Barbara — and that meant that I could do things that were n…

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May marks the most significant celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month since it was signed into law in 1990 by President George W. Bush. This year in particular, in the wake of recent hate crimes, many are asking big questions about identity and belonging.

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Ninety years ago, a Chinese family purchased a modest home at the furthest edge of Burlingame Avenue, on the outskirts of town near the Bayshore Highway. A police judge and councilman who lived nearby circulated a petition around the neighborhood, in an unsuccessful attempt to convince neigh…

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The origin of the county is absolutely fascinating. It was like the Wild West with corrupt politicians and criminal gangs from San Francisco jockeying to control the Peninsula.

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The San Mateo County Community College District has been closed since March 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID and conserve capacity in area medical facilities.

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From destructive wildfires to devastating droughts, the consequences of climate change are being felt today by every community in California. At California Water Service, or Cal Water, we experience this firsthand since we serve nearly 2 million customers in urban, rural and agricultural are…

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Californians have a complicated relationship to the death penalty. As a Quaker, I believe the right to life is the most basic “unalienable right” for all persons. George Fox, a founder of Quakers, asked us to walk over the world “answering that of God in everyone.”

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This past year presented so many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never even imagined, and a lot of us struggled with our mental health as a result. The good news is that there are tools and r…

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On Tuesday, April 20, former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in all three counts against him. Many across the world have applauded this decision and feel this action brings justice to the issue of equity in law enforcement.

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The community’s relationship with police departments across the country is largely fractured because of a lack of trust and the lack of accountability enforced.

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It should give Foster City residents pause that the 20 Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) the city has purchased and the Flock data collection system behind them are neither as passive nor as benign nor as secure as they may appear.

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Since my mother’s stroke, I’ve spent a part of each day sitting by her bedside in San Mateo, watching her mostly sleep. My wife and I recently bought a house in central Mexico, a town known for its sizeable ex-pat community, and, my mother, these days, is an ex-pat of sorts, too.

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We are at a crucial point in the pandemic. Though vaccinations are on the rise and many businesses are reopening, many low-income and immigrant families throughout San Mateo and San Francisco counties continue to bear the burden of accumulated rent debt from the past 13 months of the pandemic.

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As the sheriff of San Mateo County, I am dedicated to protecting public safety and the privacy of our residents. In response to a recent opinion article on automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology, I wanted to provide our county’s residents with the facts about the technology and how…

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It’s overwhelming to consider just how much sensitive personal data is collected about us — and how frequently this data is often shared or sold without our consent.

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In the last 127 years, the city of San Mateo has evolved from a small community gathered near a newly built train station and a population less than 2,000, to the thriving city it is today with well over 100,000 residents.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, approximately 3,800 Asian hate incidents have been reported in the United States. These incidents include physical assault, civil rights violations, verbal harassment, shunning, and online harassment. of these incidents, 67% were reported by Asian women —…

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Growing up in a Baptist church in New Hampshire, my earliest memories of Easter Sunday are of a 4 a.m. rush to get out the door to our sunrise service.

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It’s during our most difficult moments that we demonstrate our true character. I recently visited the San Mateo County Event Center and saw our community’s grit and strength firsthand. Those workers and volunteers on the front lines of this health crisis deserve our deepest gratitude. And th…

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It seems a long time ago that as a state senator and chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee I introduced a bill in 1992 to lay the foundation for high-speed rail service from San Francisco to Los Angeles and later to Sacramento and San Diego.

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Adorned in striking red glasses and backdropped by homemade art pieces, Michelle Holdt was far from who I imagined would be joining the Zoom call. Throughout the process of researching this perspective, I had become deeply jaded. The National Endowment for the Arts found that students with h…

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In March 2020, soon after Bay Area governments ordered pandemic-related lockdowns, a non-Asian woman gave up her spot in line outside the Millbrae Trader Joe’s to cough at then-Millbrae Councilman Wayne Lee, as he walked past. Three months later, an unknown person(s) threw a brick through a …

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Two years ago this week my book buddy Jim Van Buskirk and I were attending a lecture at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco. We used to work together at the San Francisco Public Library producing book events, and we still enjoy going to almost any literary event together. He is Jewi…

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It has been one year since our world has been shut down and COVID has really tested our society on so many aspects. The significant total of the loss of life has been extremely tragic and even today we continue facing this pandemic with a sense of uncertainty and reactive state in real time.

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Nearly 60 million people say they would join a union today if they could. Union approval stands nationally at 65%, one of the highest marks in a half century. The problem? Union-busters, and big employers that take advantage of woefully outdated laws to undermine the right of workers to orga…

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“At this moment of profound crisis, we have the opportunity to build a more resilient, sustainable economy — one that will put the United States on an irreversible path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050.” — Joe Biden.