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At this writing, the Estrada Fire — the latest wildland fire turned social media hashtag — had burned about 150 acres, causing an anxious weekend for residents along the Santa Cruz-Santa Clara county border. First there was smoke. Then the sound of sirens pouring in from across the state. Th…

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During the last school year, in the fog of COVID-19, the entire library at Pescadero Middle and High School was removed. It was replaced by a “social justice library” with the caveat that only “approved” books could be added. Obviously, this draconian action has been met with some resistance…

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While the Latinx success data in the recent Half Moon Bay Review article headlined “Latinos 5 times as likely to fail at Cabrillo schools” is disheartening, it is neither new nor entirely surprising. As an educator for more than 20 years and an unapologetic advocate for the economic upward m…

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Dear Editor: We live in the area affected by the three weekend power outages on the South Coast during September. We had ordered solar panels and backup batteries last February. Due to supply shortages, the sytem was just installed three days before the most recent outage.

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How would you like to help enhance the livability of the Coastside for older adult residents of our area? San Mateo County, with the support of Board of Supervisors President David Canepa and his colleagues, have started a countywide effort to encourage local cities to launch “Age Friendly C…

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It occurred to me after reading the opinion pieces here last week by Jim Larimer and David Eblovi that a possible scientific solution to the persistent housing crisis might be at hand. I should point out, however, that the housing crisis has several root causes among which are the cost of ne…

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The availability of potable water is not a reason to oppose development in drought-threatened California. The view that water should limit development is one of the false claims made by Not-In-My-Back-Yard organizations that want to stop the future. The NIMBY mantra that new development pose…

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We rule followers have had it relatively easy this pandemic. We’ve waited, breathlessly, for the next opportunity to do the right thing by staying inside, wearing a mask and getting vaccinated. The next point of order, it may seem, would be to line up dutifully for our booster shots on the m…

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Nearly $2 trillion in federal funding is flowing to state and local governments as part of the American Rescue Plan, which is more than what President Franklin Roosevelt spent on the New Deal, even after accounting for inflation. With billions of these dollars being funneled to broadband inf…

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At last check, just over half of Americans are vaccinated against the potentially lethal effects of COVID-19. The numbers are better for California (about 60 percent) and much better in San Mateo County, where 80 percent of people over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated with one of three vac…

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Inflation is on the rise all around the country, but in California we are paying the highest prices for gas in the nation, and the state’s median home prices are projected to climb 13.1 percent this year, compared to a 9.8 percent rise in 2020. As prices go up, it is more difficult for worki…

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As millions of renters stare down the end of California’s eviction moratorium, we can clearly see the short- and long-term effects of the pandemic on Californians. It has crystallized just how many Californians decide whether they can pay rent or buy groceries, despite living in the wealthie…

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Keith Mangold is a man on a mission to save El Granada from wildfires no one thought possible when he moved to town nearly 40 years ago. In fact, few contemplated unchecked fire burning through the canopy of eucalyptus even five years ago. Yet today everyone acknowledges the danger, even as …

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The city of Half Moon Bay is in the process of planning for a corporation yard at the end of Stone Pine Road. Actually, it already exists and you can catch glimpses of it as you travel in and out of town on Highway 92. At the moment, it consists of an old ranch house and some storage contain…

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More than 78 percent of the credentialed staff at Cabrillo Unified School District is white. Less than 15 percent of staff is Latino. There are no Black teachers. Meanwhile, only 41 percent of the student body is Caucasian. The majority of students are Latino with a sprinkling of every other…