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The series of storms that hit the Bay Area over the New Year’s weekend and early this week caused flooding … on the Coastside on Monday and the closure of the Devil’s Slide section of Highway 1 Monday afternoon.

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This week, we dedicate a lot of space in the newspaper to looking back, at things that have already happened on the coast. That’s the easy part. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. Foresight is a little blurry.

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The news release issued in the days before Christmas looked like a rare bit of good news. San Mateo County was trumpeting an eight-figure investment in local, state and federal funding “to create more affordable housing across San Mateo County.”

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Al final de otro día de trabajo duro, Juana y Carolina atravesaron el frío y la creciente oscuridad para reunirse con el editor del periódico de la ciudad en el poco iluminado y casi vacío patio de La Piazza, justo al lado de la calle principal de Half Moon Bay. Dios sabe que tenían cosas me…

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At the end of another hard-working day, Juana and Carolina traveled through the chill and the growing darkness to meet the town’s newspaper editor in the dim, mostly empty La Piazza courtyard just off of Half Moon Bay’s Main Street. Lord knows they had better things to do with their precious…

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My adult daughter calls this week’s big holiday “Thankstaking.” Anyone who will be sitting down to a big dinner of plenty in the expansive former home of the Ohlone people will be hard-pressed to argue with her. However the holiday has evolved, it hearkens back to a great taking.

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In the weeks to come, Half Moon Bay High School administrators say they will begin a new program called “Community on Campus.” The idea is to invite vetted adults onto campus to augment existing paid staff in hopes that these trusted community members become mentors and more over time. These…

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If you live on the coast, by now you have likely heard about Richard Punquieli and an odyssey that began with his arrest for trespassing on the night of Oct. 21. The 25-year-old Moss Beach resident — who family members say is autistic and has additional mental health challenges — was release…

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Like insurance, the Harbor Patrol is merely an expense on the ledger until it’s the only thing that matters. Be that as it may, the San Mateo County Harbor District, which manages and funds the ocean rescue crews, says standing ready, 24 hours a day, for a maritime emergency is an expensive …

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In the past, it seemed there were two kinds of candidates on the coast: those who talked about revolutionary environmental protections, often with an eye toward mitigating the effects of climate change, and those who talked a good game even if they didn’t consider climate the purview of a sm…

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Last week, Julie Engelmann essentially finished her 40-by-30-foot mural on the side of Cunha Country Grocery — filling a drab canvas of sorts with a colorful homage to the agricultural underpinnings of the Coastside that will brighten our local world for years to come. In a word, it is stunning.

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The last couple of years have surely been a test for students of all ages. Ditto for parents and school teachers and administrators. They’ve lived through months of fear and trepidation, best efforts to make do with virtual classes, and now an uncertain return that has included confusion ove…

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For several years now there have been growing calls for citizen oversight of our Sheriff’s Office and others around the country. It’s such a good idea as to be obvious. Your local police departments need civilian oversight for the same reason the nation’s military needs it: Men with guns and…

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If the pen is really mightier than the sword, someone should tell that to Vladimir Putin or any one of countless other misanthropes who dominate our discussions. So, what good is a poem now? What is a collection of words against our modern travails?

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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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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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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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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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On Monday morning, a neighbor near the senior complex in Half Moon Bay heard an unusual droning noise and looked out the window to see what was going on. What she saw would have been nothing out of the ordinary a couple of years ago. But given the precarious nature of the state’s water resou…

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If you’ve taken a stroll down Half Moon Bay’s Main Street in these waning months of the pandemic, you’ve likely noticed most of the retail shops threw open their doors in a fit of late-pandemic exuberance, a few eateries added outdoor dining options and you can even see the smiles of the mos…

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If there is one thing we learned from the panic over the future of Pacifica’s Boys and Girls Clubs, it’s how important these facilities are on the coast, across the Peninsula and throughout the United States. The world needs more — not fewer — safe, inclusive spaces for kids of all backgrounds.

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For years, decades actually, people around the world have known about the dangers of climate change and sea level rise and largely chosen to ignore our collective fraught future. There are a number of reasons for that willful denial. One of them is that it’s sometimes difficult to picture wh…

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Lost in the wake of world events that include an unfathomable war in Ukraine, global supply chain issues that only seem to worsen and galloping inflation on the home front is the fact that the pandemic is entering its third year. You remember the pandemic, don’t you? Masks, vaccines, social …

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It is hard for the average citizen of the United States to know what, exactly, to do about Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. While Ukraine is bludgeoned with seemingly indiscriminate violence, we are bombarded with images we can hardly believe: Families fleeing west with whatever the…

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Seventy years ago, a bow-tie-wearing San Francisco Chronicle reporter named Michael Harris penned a 10-part series he called “Your Secret Government.” His expose on what happened behind closed doors in Bay Area government offices was important but not nearly as important as the law that came…

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The California Voting Rights Act of 2001 seeks to put minority voters and candidates on equal footing with the rest of us by changing from at-large to by-district elections. In many, if not all, instances, it’s a good idea. But there has got to be a better way of getting there than this.

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If you are looking for a job that requires exacting scientific credentials, pays less than you can expect elsewhere and is sure to inspire derision from the people you serve, may we suggest a career in public health.