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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
Half Moon Bay City Councilman Joaquin Jimenez, Belinda Arriaga, assistant professor at the University of San Francisco and founder of the city's Latino Advisory Committee, and myself are community leaders of color in Half Moon Bay, and this election our vote for the San Mateo County District…
Dear Editor: In regard to the recent story about the city of Half Moon Bay considering annexing Moonridge, make the budget case for expanding the boundary of our city. What are the yearly costs and liabilities?
Dear Editor: That was an excellent interview with Bruce Jenkins in your March Coastside magazine. Jenkins is the author of “North Shore Chronicles,” perhaps the best book ever written about big-wave surfing.
We are so fortunate to live in a community that has confidence and trust in our local law enforcement unlike several other cities around the country. And yet I was disheartened and sad to read the negative responses from our governmental and community-based leaders questioning and doubting the results of their commissioned survey because they were more positive than they expected.
Dear Editor: The city of Half Moon Bay has announced it is considering appealing the adverse ruling in the Sewer Authority Mid-coastside litigation. This would be futile. The ruling by Judge Rudy was decisive, calling the city’s legal theory “unreasonable.” The City Council should abandon its quest and work to rebuild SAM.
Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the Coastside County Water District’s proposed “Water Shortage Contingency Plan” and “likely” implementation of such in March 2022 as reported by August Howell in the Feb. 16 Half Moon Bay Review.
Dear Editor: It’s unfortunate that the Review’s article on the Feb. 9 Planning Commission meeting omits many of the relevant facts of the off-leash pilot project (Review, Feb. 16). Many Coastsiders have been involved for years in the effort to develop the pilot, negotiating and developing a plan that would be beneficial for the entire community, including taking into account the environmental impact of the project.
Dear Editor: I, for one, am glad to hear Mayor Debbie Ruddock altered her position in favor of deferring electrification requirements for local greenhouses. This would have caused serious financial harm to Rocket Farms and others.
Dear Editor: The New York Times reported on Feb. 4 that satellites have detected large methane emitters in much of the oil-producing areas of the world. “Large” means releasing 25 tons per hour. They found about 1,200 of these “ultra emitters” in Russia, Turkmenistan, the U.S., the Middle East and Algeria.
Dear Editor: I have lived in the community for more than 50 years, am a parent of Cabrillo Unified School District graduates, and a grandparent of current students at El Granada Elementary and Half Moon Bay High School. We have always supported public education and CUSD, both with our time and our money.
In response to recent state law, the city of Half Moon Bay created a Redistricting Advisory Committee in mid-2021 and selected seven members of our community to evaluate census data and update existing district maps. The task was to review 2020 census data, solicit input from the public, and draft maps from the public with the intent of balancing district populations using updated census numbers.
One of the best sources for helpful information on the COVID-19 epidemic has been Bloomberg School of Public Health located at John Hopkins University. If you subscribe, you receive emails or you can get podcasts and Instagram updates on its website.
I am at a loss for words over the cancellation of Dream Machines. Please commit significant reporting resources to this issue, as there has to be more to the story. It is unimaginable that, with planning for many months, the organizers are just now learning about leased farm land being an obstacle.
Dear Editor: As we are about to enter the third year of this pandemic, which has impacted so many, our town still lags behind in accommodating both citizens and visitors alike by offering choices in outdoor dining.
Dear Editor: Way to go Midcoast Community Council! Thanks for proving how closed-minded you are. Your decision to oppose a pilot program at Pillar Point Bluff shows you’re not even open to a fact-finding mission to determine whether off-leash dog walking is workable.
Dear Editor: On Feb. 10 the California Public Utilities Commission will be voting on a proposal, backed by PG&E, called NEM or Net Energy Metering 3. If passed this will have the effect of discouraging Californians from switching to rooftop solar energy by making it significantly more expensive.
Dear Editor: It’s time to stop the absurd Main Bridge replacement fiasco. If the then-council members back in 2016 had acknowledged their “misinformation” and stopped the idiocy of replacing a perfectly sound bridge (read the Atkinson-Nolan evaluation from 2015), the city would not still be spending more than $600,000 of our tax dollars!
Dear Editor: At the Jan. 19 Half Moon Bay City Council meeting, a majority of council members, by a 3-2 vote, abruptly ended discussion of important remaining issues regarding the 2022 redistricting process. Upon the motion of Councilmember Robert Brownstone and seconded by both Councilmembers Harvey Rarback and Joaquin Jimenez, the council directed the adoption, on Feb. 15, of draft map 504c, which would create five districts and provide for an annually rotating mayor (disregarding a 69 percent stated preference of citizen survey responses for an at-large elected mayor).
Dear Editor: Reducing water consumption during a drought is important and there should be an incentive for users to do so. At the moment, I see the Water Board is considering doing this by initiating a fee if house use is not reduced by a certain percentage from normal, similar to what has been done in the past.
Dear Editor: Friends and patients have asked me, since Omicron is a milder version of COVID-19 why not just get it? The best response I've seen is from Dr. Leana S. Wen. She says there are at least four reasons not to do so.
Dear Editor: The unmitigated gall of a small group of people (I’m talking to you, Half Moon Bay City Council) taking it upon themselves to dictate to our community that future building shall be all electric. It boggles the mind.
Dear Editor: In your article about the commercial crab season finally opening, (Review, Dec. 22) you referred to humpback whales as “endangered.” Fortunately, humpback whales are not listed as endangered or even threatened on the Endangered Species Act list.
Dear Editor: The recent rainstorms have highlighted the inadequacy of current sewer systems on the coast of San Mateo County. Pacifica had a 3 million-gallon spill during the storm of Oct. 25, in spite of adding storm drainage capacity awhile back. At Sewer Authority Mid-coastside, thanks to timely expansion of the wet weather storage, we avoided such a spill by 6 inches at the Burnham Strip Wet Weather Storage Facility.
Dear Editor: After 50 years of working in government in multiple administrative roles, it's taken our move to Half Moon Bay four years ago to have an experience with the complexity of city government. There are some edifying descriptions of city government available, but after reading the Wikipedia pages describing the history of the city of Half Moon Bay, it is apparent that it has struggled over the years.
Dear Editor: In our incipient utopia of Half Moon Bay, it has been decided by our enlightened City Council that by banning our use of natural gas the world will be saved from the dire consequences of climate change. This decision has been made even in the face of the admission that it would not pass a vote of the citizens.
Dear Editor: How are Half Moon Bay employers going to operate with no power? As I sit in my office, I am unable to join a scheduled conference call due to the fact I have no power or internet. Due to the geographic location of my office, phone service is not reliable. This is unacceptable!
Dear Editor: Why is the work on Highway 92 being done in the daytime rather than at night? The wait times are as long as 45-plus minutes; westbound traffic is backed up from Crystal Springs, and eastbound traffic stopped almost from Main Street.
Dear Editor: My wife and I have tried very hard to stop the alien invasion into our neighborhood. But the evil Eucalyptus trees keep slowly and insidiously creeping into our yard. We’ve spent tons of money chopping them down only to have them grow back worse.
Dear Editor: San Mateo County Superior Court would have us believe this pandemic is over. On Nov. 22, the Superior Court announced on its website that Remote Access, which enables the public to listen via telephone to courtroom proceedings, has been discontinued, effective immediately.
Dear Editor: Jim Larimer is correct in that California underfunds K-12 education (Review, Nov. 17). The latest data shows average spending per pupil of roughly $12,700. That amount is equal to the U.S. state average, but barely half of the top state New York ($23,300). However, the focus on Proposition 13 as the cause of this shortfall misses the big picture.
Dear Editor: I urge the city of Half Moon Bay to refuse the measure called an electrification ordinance. The main effect of the ordinance is to launch the collapse of the existing natural gas service to the community by forbidding new and upgraded gas service.
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