The Main Street looked sad. Along both sides of it, many storefronts were empty. On the street, garbage blew along with the wind past small groups of people dressed in clothes which were dirty, and gang tagging marks along the street and walls. The park in the center of town was missing many…

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San Mateo County needs civilian oversight to keep meaningful watch over the Sheriff’s Office. And, with the help of a powerful citizen-led nonprofit and a newly elected sheriff, now  is the time to get it.

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This year the Coastside County Water District is celebrating its 75th year of service to the Coastside. It began in 1947, founded by locals who saw the need for a reliable and safe public water system. In the beginning, CCWD served a little more than 400 customers. Today it has over 7,000 se…

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In today’s newspaper, staff writer Peter Tokofsky looks at a forgotten corner of many public meetings — the consent agenda. It may signal the mundane machinations of government that can’t possibly be of interest to mere taxpayers, but that is often not the case. In fact, sometimes, elected o…

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I am writing these words in the hours following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson, overturning the 50-year precedent created by Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. They will change the mind of no one.

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It was almost exactly a year ago that the city of Half Moon Bay came within one vote of altering the oversight of our police force by establishing a management structure to prevent the copious failures of transparency from the Sheriff’s Office in the recent past. The triggering event for thi…

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I am writing these words in the hours following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson, overturning the 50-year precedent created by Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. They will change the mind of no one.

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What is it about a rainbow flag that drives some people nuts? Are they just colorphobic? Do they take offense at flags generally? Or is the idea that all people might be welcome — in our communities, at our civic events, in our schoolyards — just too much to take for people who don’t want to…

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On May 17, Bill Balson drafted a letter to the Half Moon Bay Review stating that legal and accounting principles “appear” to have been violated by the city of Half Moon Bay’s management of sewer funds. While he acknowledges he does not have the legal or financial authority to make this claim…

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Webster’s Dictionary says, “graduation is the conferring or receipt of an academic degree or diploma marking successful completion of studies” and “a ceremony at which degrees or diplomas are conferred.”

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Investing in programs that improve the lives of our children is critical. Laura Parmer-Lohan is a working mom who staunchly supports our local schools and knows how important it is to have access to early childcare for those of all abilities.

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I’m writing to encourage your readers to support Christina Corpus for San Mateo County Sheriff. If she wins, she will be the first Latina Sheriff in California’s history. But, more importantly, she is open to community input, in fact seeks it out.

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This is not the first time that gas prices have impacted our wallets. This is, however, a time when we can do something about it. Rising inflation and high gas prices are impacting San Mateo County residents and we must take action to mitigate the effects. As County Supervisor, I have been w…

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The race for San Mateo County Sheriff is not just an ordinary political election; it’s a race between the status quo and the future. A race for all voices vs. select voices. An event resembling that of David and Goliath. It is a race that represents the end of an era of injustices, iniquitie…

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As a former supervisor in Santa Clara County and state senator representing San Mateo County, I write in support of Laura Parmer-Lohan for supervisor in San Mateo County. She knows the issues and has worked to resolve them as a city council member. Her additional experience as a working moth…

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Last week, during one in an ongoing series of meetings local government officials are calling “2022: Our Year of Working Together to End Homelessness,” those doing that work acknowledged that the end of homelessness remains elusive. In fact, by some measures, despite massive effort and recor…