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If you have a child under 12, how soon would you get them vaccinated for COVID once available?

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In today’s hectic and highly politicized world, parents have many things they need to worry about concerning their children’s well-being, with one of the most important things being their education.

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Each year the American Library Association tracks books that someone somewhere tries to get banned, and compiles a list of the 10 most challenged titles. This year, the most banned book is George, published by Scholastic. Among the complaints against this middle-grade novel is that it “confl…

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My whole life, I’ve been hearing many stupid things that people, for some reason, think it’s OK to say. I get it, sometimes we see things, and we wonder, and we’re curious, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK to say or ask it out loud (or write about it). And some things are just hateful and mean. 

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Gov. Gavin Newsom has closed the book on the Legislature’s 2021 session by signing 770 bills, many of which exemplify a progressive social agenda.

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San Mateo County is one of the most lively and dynamic places in the United States. This isn’t opinion. It’s due in no small part to the spectacular setting, a finger of land framed by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. And that land boasts a vibrant mix of urban corridors and quaint s…

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I appreciated Rudy Espinoza Murray’s recent guest perspective on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors redistricting process. Both Rudy and I serve on the Citizens Advisory Commission appointed to make recommendations on what, if any, changes should be made based on the 2020 census.

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In 1939, before World War II had begun, 937 passengers boarded a ship called the St. Louis to escape the coming genocide, foretold by increasingly harsh laws against Jews and the hatred on display on Kristallnacht (night of broken glass). Destined for Cuba, most of the passengers had legally…

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Gov. Gavin Newsom boasts that California is first state to require COVID-19 vaccinations of students, but there’s a smarmy tinge to his declaration.

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“No” is rarely the correct response to an order. During my eight years in the Air Force there were only two times when I flat out said “no” to an order. The first time I believed following the order could cause grave harm to people and undermine our national security. The second time I felt …

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A once-in-a-10-year opportunity is cycling through San Mateo County, and sadly it seems like very few people know about it or recognize its importance: redistricting. 2020 Census data shared across the country impacts everything from the Electoral College, Congress and even our own county su…

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The San Mateo City Council will shortly consider a contract to begin work on a long-planned set of dedicated bike lanes in the North Central neighborhood, including 2 miles of Humboldt Street from Peninsula Avenue to Fifth Avenue, part of a citywide initiative to improve street safety for al…

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In her Sept. 20 column, Sue Lempert once again (as she did back on Dec. 14) negatively portrays district elections, claiming they are mere responses to lawsuits and not beneficial to local government. She misrepresents the law underlying those lawsuits and the extensive, research-backed bene…

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“I don’t think we should get vaccinated, at least not yet. My friend told me there are many bad side effects from the vaccine,” my mom said to me.

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For the past 18 months, we have been told that the healthiest thing we can do is to stay home. While the pandemic restrictions have lifted for the vaccinated, those who remain unvaccinated, including everyone under the age of 12, were advised not to gather in groups this past Labor Day weekend.

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The country is progressing on the issue of marijuana even though it remains illegal at the federal level. According to Pew Research, in a poll conducted this year, 91% of Americans think it should be legal for either recreational and medical use. In San Mateo County, growing cannabis has onl…

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You, like all Californians, are affected by the current drought. For most of us, it means short showers, minimal landscape irrigation and cautious use of water for household chores. We are now learning that these strategies, while helpful, are not enough. Bigger changes are needed. This drou…

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In the last 525,600 minutes, or the span of time between Labor Day 2020 and Labor Day 2021, our world is sometimes unrecognizable and sadly unchanged in many ways to before COVID-19. We saw racial and societal inequities highlighted and exacerbated by the pandemic, and witnessed our communit…

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Our state Senate had a major opportunity to move toward a more climate-secure and livable future, but instead allowed 1950s policies to continue to define cars as the main organizing and design principle of our communities.

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Since the recall procedure became part of the Golden State’s political landscape in 1911, there have been 179 recall attempts. However, petitioners have only been successful twice (2003 and 2021) in bringing a recall to a special election vote. Next month’s election is important, and it appe…

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As we sat in the rubble of a home outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, in June of 2002, hearing the story of a young boy who had nearly lost his arms and legs to an American cluster bomblet that his cousin had stumbled upon, I noticed movement from outside the house.

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The recall process spelled out in the California constitution is problematic. The number of signatures required to trigger the election represented just 12% of the voters from the prior election. To get their name on the ballot, the 46 candidates each paid an approximately $4,000 filing fee …

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There is a growing realization that California Senate bills 9 and 10 are not the “rescuer bills” that benefit affordable housing needs, rather they are a “Trojan horse” effort by lawmakers to profit from developers while reducing local control.

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Not long after my mother died, I was wandering down Burlingame Avenue when a friend approached and we fell into conversation. His mother was doing poorly in Florida and he was soon off to see her. We talked for a few minutes about our mothers.

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I can’t tell you how hard 2020 was on my family and me. I lost my job. My husband and I lost seven family members between the first week of April and the rest of that year. Among them, my paternal grandparents. My grandmother died alone in the hospital in mid-April because no one could see h…

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Donald Trump’s First Amendment lawsuit challenging his incitement-related banishment from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has almost no chance of winning. The real motive behind this stunt is to foment a Trumpian thunderstorm and impose arbitrary government control over social media.  

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It’s time to blow the lid off the trash can of political cronyism and its most recent unseemly offspring, Senate Bill 9 and Senate Bill 10.

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Several factors propelled the 2003 recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis, but one of the most powerful was his clumsy handling of an electric power crisis that had resulted in rolling blackouts.

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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 …