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A few months ago, after the cancellation of Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival was announced, I penned a short opinion column in this paper with a simple message: COVID vaccines work, so it doesn’t make sense for us to stay afraid and disrupt important events in our lives. I’m a Ph.D. vi…

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The state’s staggering budget surplus and historic unemployment rates illustrate the split between California’s haves and have-nots: A $76 billion chasm separates wealthy elites from underpaid workers. Vulnerable Californians were hit hard by the pandemic, and our colleges and universities m…

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At the June 15 Half Moon Bay City Council Meeting, Harvey Rarback submitted a motion for a “new model for policing and public safety, with accountability to the people of Half Moon Bay” that would create a new Half Moon Bay Public Safety Department. Most significantly, this would fundamental…

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Recent local, tragic events have ended with police officers killing people they encountered with mental illnesses or stopped for minor infractions of the law. These seemingly disproportionate outcomes have motivated efforts to reform the police. The Half Moon Bay City Council is considering …

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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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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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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 …

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Fifty years ago, my dad, a police officer, answered a call and as a result was murdered doing routine police work. His assailant purchased the murder weapon just days before. My dad lived long enough to wound his assailant who spent the rest of his life in prison.

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Reducing (or an attempt at eliminating) any greenhouse gas effects from our environment is a worthwhile endeavor, if the Half Moon Bay City Council is willing to put its collective wallet on the line to subsidize any decision. As a single person who switched every one of the electric applian…

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It’s been one year since we went into lockdown. On March 19, 2020, we all stopped going to the gym, restaurants, the library, school, work, vacation spots and church. We switched to remote work. Or gamely put on PPE because our jobs could not be remote. Or we became unemployed.

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Thank you for your recent article about the finding that our local school district policy is over-assigning Latino boys to special education. This finding is very important and is too true in other school districts as well. I say this from personal experience.

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In the last decade, two people have died during interactions with local police here on the Coastside. For a small place like ours, this feels out of step with our community and its history. Is this an alarming new trend that requires some change in the way we manage civic life? Has police wo…

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As a child, the holidays were always charged with tremendous anticipation of gifts, the joy of school vacation, visits from relatives, and lots of seasonal foods. It was “the most wonderful time of the year.” Then, I grew up and realized I wasn’t so special, some relatives were alcoholics, i…

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The housing debate here on the coast has been brewing for years. There are some among us, including Quinn Ebert, the author of last week’s opinion piece, who oppose opening a homeless shelter. No doubt those same people have been vocal opponents of the affordable housing development proposed…

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Coastsider David Seaton ran an unsuccessful campaign for a seat on the Cabrillo Unified School District board of trustees this year. When it was over, he received a letter from U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, congratulating him on his efforts and thanking him for his interest in public service. Aft…

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Two months ago, a methamphetamine-addicted, maskless, homeless woman barged into a Main Street store. Along with violating coronavirus guidelines, the transient, who arrived on a bus from over the hill, violated rules of civility and probably a couple of state laws. She defied the business o…

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Sheriff Bolanos, as you are well aware, your deputies wear a Body Worn Camera system whenever they are on patrol. The taxpayers of San Mateo County bought these camera systems for your deputies so that in the case of contentious incidents, like one here in Half Moon Bay on May 5, we would be able to review for ourselves what actually happened; this as opposed to simply being given a narrative from your office with no way to validate its authenticity.

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I spent some time in Quarry Park the other day on my mountain bike exploring the high trails, some of which exceeded my skill level. Other times, I go bird watching there. Or teach my 7-year-old niece bike-handling skills in the field (please pick up your dog’s poop, by the way).

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I have to admit, I like to drive. Behind the wheel is a place of serenity for me. Yes, even surrounded by all the tailgaters, and cut-you-off-ers, and impatient speeders endangering the lives of others as well as their own, I find a sense of peace and tranquility.

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There was a lot of disappointment surrounding the cancellation of this year’s Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival due to COVID-19 restrictions — disappointment from the community, the diehard event-goers, and, maybe most of all, the local nonprofits whose annual budgets depend on their Pu…

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"Half Moon Bay is committed to collaboration and compromise with its Sewer Authority Mid-coastside partners — to protect the environment, improve SAM’s financial accountability and governance, and modernize a 40-year-old Joint Powers Agreement.”

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A recent Letter to the Editor describes how a 1992 plan to improve traffic flows into our community was undermined by an effort to limit development. Then-Half Moon Bay City Councilman Dennis Coleman claimed that “building more highways does not solve traffic congestion.” Not adding feeder r…

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The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District understands the important physical, emotional and mental health benefits that access to public open space and nature provide to our communities, particularly during the current pandemic. Our open space preserves, which protect critical habitat an…

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Driving south on Highway 1 past Medio Avenue recently, I saw two teenage boys riding their bicycles northbound on the southbound shoulder. They swerved onto Medio around a car stopped at the stop sign. Then I recognized an older man on his bike, also riding north on the southbound shoulder, …

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Coastsiders, please join us for a Back-to-School Town Hall at 5 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 1. Crank up your Zoom machine and join us to work through all this together. We will have a small panel of administrators, educators, students and parents to provide a starting point. Mostly, though, we …

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A police officer murdering a black man with his bare hands is unlawful, and so are lootings and riots. But protesters are suffering. Another American is dead. Another husband, father, son, mother, are all dead because of their skin color. If an injustice killed someone you love, how would yo…

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The results of the investigation into the death of a local human being will soon be made public. Sandra Harmon died in a hail of gunfire at the hands of the people who protect us. When the video and the reports are released, we will be able to decide for ourselves: Was violence justified? Wa…