Although I’ve had some of the best times of my life here, it is time for me to say farewell. Leaving the Peninsula will be hard. I’ve met some of the most incredible people, and leaving them behind is going to be just as hard.

There have been unbelievable opportunities for me here, but it has not been easy. Yet, my friends and neighbors kept me rooted with their love and kindness. The sense of community I found here has been life-changing, and living here has been great. I’ve been able to see incredible things, eat excellent food, explore several cities, and live life as a local.

But what I enjoyed the most was serving others. The Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore said that service was a joy. Indeed, I found that joy in San Mateo County. Aside from raising funds for good causes, distributing food for families, advocating for renewable energy, helping voters with language barriers, and advising cities to enact better policies for honeybees. One of the best opportunities I had was serving as the planning commissioner for the city of Burlingame, where through deliberate adjudication, we approved projects that shall increase the housing stock in our region.

Even though it is time to say goodbye, the Peninsula will always be a special place for me. There are many incredible things that I will miss, but hopefully, I will be back someday. Thank you for being everything I imagined and more.


Ray Larios


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Thank you Ray! May your next landing spot bring you equal doses of good community, opportunities to serve, good health, joy, friendship, and comfort!

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