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Dear Editor: I had a near miss recently. I was traveling north on Highway 1 and attempted to exit at Etheldore. A motorcyclist traveling north on Carlos Street came through the intersection making a left turn on Etheldore to access Highway 1.

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Dear Editor: I have lived in Montara for 15 years and find the sound of the foghorn soothing, comforting and a true and beautiful signature of what it is like to live here on the northern coast of California. It is a piece of history and is loved by so many people who have settled here years before I came.

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Dear Editor: I had the opportunity to speak with Half Moon Bay City Councilman Harvey Rarback at the Farmers Market regarding the proposed ordinance that would require citizens of Half Moon Bay to purchase electric appliances when replacing any existing gas appliances.

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Dear Editor: I just finished looking at the special “Graduates of 2021” section in last week’s Review. And I’m taken back to the memories of so many of these young people whom I first met as a substitute teacher at Cunha Intermediate School and then at Half Moon Bay High School.

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With dozens of special districts, boards and committees stretching from Pacifica to Pescadero, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved in local government. But the same handful of people tend to show up to meetings to advocate for or against the issues of the day. The biggest decisions a…

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Dear Editor: The Half Moon Bay City Council's foray into hiring another administrator for the police is a waste of money. The San Mateo County Sheriff's contract is economical and their post-training strikes the right balance for public safety.

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Dear Editor: Having read two articles in the May 26 issue of the Review, one headlined, “School leaders keep eye on declining births” and another, “Picasso Preschool seeks new location,” I thought of a solution to solve both their dilemmas.

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Remember when it was nearly impossible to get a COVID-19 test, let alone a vaccine? Just weeks ago, it was a mad dash. Now, they’re in every local pharmacy and will even be offered at the county fair.

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Last week we posted our story about Half Moon Bay City Councilman Joaquin Jimenez’s May 23 encounter with San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies. I knew it would cause a ruckus. That’s because your opinion of what went down likely depends on your perspective. And your perspective is influenced …

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Dear Editor: I settled in Pacifica, Calif., more than 30 years ago and I remember when the Chrysler Pacifica came out. I've always wondered if our City Council was ever consulted on the use of our city’s name? My guess would be no and it seems that no one said anything about it then, so now the issue is moot.

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Last week, a decomposing gray whale washed up on Pacifica State Beach. A week earlier, beachgoers were shocked by a similar sight at Half Moon Bay’s Francis State Beach. There have now been a dozen dead whales on Bay Area beaches so far this year. Unfortunately, that may be just the tip of t…

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Dear Editor: Last week, firefighters from the Coastside Fire Protection District had to make a short visit to our home. This was our third call for help since first having kids in 2014. This time it was for our youngest, who managed to get a couple of fingers stuck inside of a toy.

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Knowing how to protect yourself and others in the time of COVID-19 has been, from the beginning, a matter of following the experts’ best guess, and that hasn’t changed after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surprised us by lifting the mask rules in most settings.

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The storm is passing. The last year and a half has been rough sailing in so many ways. One refuge we, and our neighbors from over the hill, could all enjoy was our coastal town with its astonishing natural resources. Our beaches, trails and parks were actively used throughout and at times overwhelmed. Now, with inoculation rates in San Mateo County approaching 80 percent and mask rules lifting, we have arrived at the new normal.

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Dear Editor: Last week, the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Board of Managers voted to overturn a previous decision denying postseason athletics, citing significantly improved COVID-19 health conditions. The vote clears the way for SCVAL student athletes to participate in postseason play and leaves the Peninsula Athletic League, which includes Half Moon Bay High School student athletes, idle while others play.

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Dear Editor: I have a friend who refuses to get vaccinated. Part of it is that he doesn’t believe in Western medicine, but mostly he is just stubborn and doesn’t like anyone telling him what to do. He is no dummy. He wears a mask and bumps elbows instead of shaking hands. He knows that COVID-19 kills. Yet I can’t seem to persuade him to get his shots.

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This won’t be the year that we turn on the faucet in our homes and find that nothing comes out. But it may be the year we contemplate that day. If that sounds hyperbolic, consider the machinations of various local, state and national agencies in the weeks before the long, hot and very dry summer:

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At last week’s Half Moon Bay City Council meeting, Councilmembers Harvey Rarback and Joaquin Jimenez brought an ordinance on policing policy that I helped them co-write. As a result, those policies will be heard by the entire council for appropriate action at our next City Council meeting on…

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Dear Editor: On Nov. 15, 1986, Measure T, “the Devil’s Slide bypass-tunnel initiative,” was approved by voters. After chiseling together creative funding partnerships and chipping through 4,440 feet of solid rock, on March 25, 2013, Pacifica found herself reliably connected by a modern tunnel to her sister Coastside cities.

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Recently, the San Mateo County Libraries finished a project that at first seemed without end: Digitizing decades worth of Coastside history. You can now call up 100 years of Half Moon Bay Review newspapers and another 13 years of Coastside Comets — a newspaper that for a time ran alongside t…

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A half-dozen top officials from San Mateo County’s law enforcement community gathered virtually on Monday afternoon to answer questions from Coastsiders in a forum organized by La Honda Indivisible, a local chapter of a national social justice organization. They dedicated an hour and a half …

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Dear Editor: Being a yard duty at Hatch Elementary School is an amazing job. It's incredible to go to work and know that I'm going to make a difference to so many kids each day. How many jobs do people get to go to where they receive spontaneous high-fives?

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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is among hundreds of public agencies that have made use of controversial facial recognition software, and, until now, it hasn’t bothered to mention it. Until we asked, the Sheriff’s Office had declined to answer questions about who in the department had …

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The Half Moon Bay Review editorial on this page a few weeks back was right to hope for brand-new ways to inspire our kids to learn. But a thousand strands of evidence, plus recent experience with remote schooling, show children’s anxious lives need fewer screens and digital demands, not more.

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The Sewer Authority Mid-coastside lawsuit now involves over $6 million in disputed capital costs for the Intertie Pipeline System, plus an estimated $680,000 of Half Moon Bay legal fees, likely headed toward $3 million for all three agencies if it goes to trial, which is where it appears to …