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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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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 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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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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Pacifica School District Superintendent Heather Olsen taught kindergarten at Sunset Ridge Elementary School one day last week. Then she led a second-and-third-grade classroom at Cabrillo Elementary School on Thursday and Friday.

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Looking back on 2021, it was a year full of hurry up and wait. Whether it was waiting for what seemed like forever to get a turn for a vaccine, or worse yet, trying to procure an appointment for a vaccine, and later a booster, it was all stop and go. It was the same with face masks. After we…

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Looking back on 2021, it was a year full of hurry up and wait. Whether it was waiting for what seemed like forever to get a turn for a vaccine, or worse yet, trying to procure an appointment for a vaccine, and later a booster, it was all stop and go. It was the same with face masks. After we…

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To paraphrase a popular military witticism, stuff flows downhill. That is certainly true in the city of Pacifica, where it seems our much-needed rain ensures flooding for some in Linda Mar these days.

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Just as we were hoping to become complacent about a coronavirus that is no longer quite so novel, along comes omicron. The good news is that it doesn’t seem to be as deadly as some earlier variants, but that is offset by the bad news that it is spreading like wildfire. The first case in the …

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We are now 80 years removed from Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor igniting American involvement in World War II. It’s worth remembering that Americans once rallied for a vision of freedom that was larger than an individual’s right to ignore the greater good. Yes, there w…

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Perhaps more politically savvy Washington watchers were not surprised by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier’s announcement last week that she would not run again, this time for an eighth term representing California’s 14th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. The rest of us were rattled.

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I recently had a wide-ranging discussion with an elected official on the coast that turned to the costs associated with mitigating climate change. He suggested that, while virtually all of us see the need to turn off the gas (so to speak) before we all bake (as a figure of speech), few of us…

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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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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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If not for deadly wildfires blackening some of California’s most beloved landscapes and a novel coronavirus coursing through our communities, the state’s top existential challenge would be housing. Specifically, how to build more of it.

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This week, we write about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which is part of the larger American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. More than 100,000 restaurants across the nation received an average of $283,000 in the first several months of the fund’s existence. Depending upon their circumstances,…

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Nearly two-thirds of the credentialed staff at Jefferson Union High School District is white. Less than 11 percent of staff is Latino. Eight percent of the teachers are Asian. Meanwhile, only 14 percent of the student body is Caucasian. Nearly a third of students are Filipino, yet only 8 per…

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By now, conquering seemingly unconquerable medical challenges by realizing the promise of technology might seem like old hat to Coastsider Gary Selnow. After all, he’s aided doctors in war-torn regions like Iraq and Kosovo and brought medical miracles to remote parts of the Amazon. But even …

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Pacifica’s ordinance that bans parking oversized vehicles on some city streets is either an attempt to maintain safe roads and the quality of life for all or a heartless attempt to make those who can’t afford more traditional housing move along. Or maybe it doesn’t matter which. Either way, …

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Young people who play organized sports are healthier, all things considered, than their more sedentary peers. They form lasting friendships and learn to deal with adversity in productive ways. They become time management experts out of necessity. Young athletes build confidence and good habi…

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There is something disquieting about the notion that Pacifica nonprofits need pyrotechnics to fuel philanthropy. Profiting from fireworks sales at the onset of what threatens to be a historic wildfire season is a little like a youth sports team selling cigarettes to pay for the trip to the b…

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When California extended the state’s eviction moratorium through September, lawmakers were acknowledging both process problems getting federal money where it’s needed as well as the scope of an economic problem that is both personal and societal.

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Many of us were taught that America gained its independence on July 4, 1776. That is the day delegates from the 13 original colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with …

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With dozens of special districts, boards and committees stretching from Pacifica to Pescadero, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved in local government. But the same handful of people tend to show up to meetings to advocate for or against the issues of the day. The biggest decisions a…

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Remember when it was nearly impossible to get a COVID-19 test, let alone a vaccine? Just weeks ago, it was a mad dash. Now, they’re in every local pharmacy and will even be offered at the county fair.

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Last week, a decomposing gray whale washed up on Pacifica State Beach. A week earlier, beachgoers were shocked by a similar sight at Half Moon Bay’s Francis State Beach. There have now been a dozen dead whales on Bay Area beaches so far this year. Unfortunately, that may just be the tip of t…

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This won’t be the year that we turn on the faucet in our homes and find that nothing comes out. But it may be the year we contemplate that day. If that sounds hyperbolic, consider the machinations of various local, state and national agencies in the weeks before the long, hot and very dry summer:

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You might think the connection between a strong democracy and an equally muscular local press would be beyond the understanding of kids. If so, you have not had the pleasure of a virtual visit to the fifth-grade classrooms of Diane Siegel and Karen Stevenson at Ortega Elementary School.

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A half-dozen top officials from San Mateo County’s law enforcement community gathered virtually on Monday afternoon to answer questions from Coastsiders in a forum organized by La Honda Indivisible, a local chapter of a national social justice organization. They dedicated an hour and a half …

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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is among hundreds of public agencies that have made use of controversial facial recognition software, and, until now, it hasn’t bothered to mention it. Until we asked, the Sheriff’s Office had declined to answer questions about who in the department had …

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Last week, I met a Pacifica resident as she was leaving Senior Coastsiders in Half Moon Bay having gotten the second dose of her vaccine. After sleeping late on that Thursday morning, something she normally doesn’t do, she got a message from her daughter, urging her to get in the car and dri…

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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…

  • 0

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 …

  • 0

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…

  • 0

Pacifica School District Superintendent Heather Olsen taught kindergarten at Sunset Ridge Elementary School one day last week. Then she led a second-and-third-grade classroom at Cabrillo Elementary School on Thursday and Friday.

  • 0

Looking back on 2021, it was a year full of hurry up and wait. Whether it was waiting for what seemed like forever to get a turn for a vaccine, or worse yet, trying to procure an appointment for a vaccine, and later a booster, it was all stop and go. It was the same with face masks. After we…

  • 0

Looking back on 2021, it was a year full of hurry up and wait. Whether it was waiting for what seemed like forever to get a turn for a vaccine, or worse yet, trying to procure an appointment for a vaccine, and later a booster, it was all stop and go. It was the same with face masks. After we…

  • 0

To paraphrase a popular military witticism, stuff flows downhill. That is certainly true in the city of Pacifica, where it seems our much-needed rain ensures flooding for some in Linda Mar these days.

  • 0

Just as we were hoping to become complacent about a coronavirus that is no longer quite so novel, along comes omicron. The good news is that it doesn’t seem to be as deadly as some earlier variants, but that is offset by the bad news that it is spreading like wildfire. The first case in the …

  • Updated
  • 0

We are now 80 years removed from Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor igniting American involvement in World War II. It’s worth remembering that Americans once rallied for a vision of freedom that was larger than an individual’s right to ignore the greater good. Yes, there w…

  • Updated
  • 0

Perhaps more politically savvy Washington watchers were not surprised by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier’s announcement last week that she would not run again, this time for an eighth term representing California’s 14th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. The rest of us were rattled.

  • Updated
  • 1

I recently had a wide-ranging discussion with an elected official on the coast that turned to the costs associated with mitigating climate change. He suggested that, while virtually all of us see the need to turn off the gas (so to speak) before we all bake (as a figure of speech), few of us…

  • 0

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…

  • 0

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…

  • 1

If not for deadly wildfires blackening some of California’s most beloved landscapes and a novel coronavirus coursing through our communities, the state’s top existential challenge would be housing. Specifically, how to build more of it.

  • 0

This week, we write about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which is part of the larger American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. More than 100,000 restaurants across the nation received an average of $283,000 in the first several months of the fund’s existence. Depending upon their circumstances,…

  • 0

Nearly two-thirds of the credentialed staff at Jefferson Union High School District is white. Less than 11 percent of staff is Latino. Eight percent of the teachers are Asian. Meanwhile, only 14 percent of the student body is Caucasian. Nearly a third of students are Filipino, yet only 8 per…

  • 0

By now, conquering seemingly unconquerable medical challenges by realizing the promise of technology might seem like old hat to Coastsider Gary Selnow. After all, he’s aided doctors in war-torn regions like Iraq and Kosovo and brought medical miracles to remote parts of the Amazon. But even …

  • 0

Pacifica’s ordinance that bans parking oversized vehicles on some city streets is either an attempt to maintain safe roads and the quality of life for all or a heartless attempt to make those who can’t afford more traditional housing move along. Or maybe it doesn’t matter which. Either way, …

  • 0

Young people who play organized sports are healthier, all things considered, than their more sedentary peers. They form lasting friendships and learn to deal with adversity in productive ways. They become time management experts out of necessity. Young athletes build confidence and good habi…

  • 1

There is something disquieting about the notion that Pacifica nonprofits need pyrotechnics to fuel philanthropy. Profiting from fireworks sales at the onset of what threatens to be a historic wildfire season is a little like a youth sports team selling cigarettes to pay for the trip to the b…

  • 0

When California extended the state’s eviction moratorium through September, lawmakers were acknowledging both process problems getting federal money where it’s needed as well as the scope of an economic problem that is both personal and societal.

  • 0

Many of us were taught that America gained its independence on July 4, 1776. That is the day delegates from the 13 original colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with …

  • 0

With dozens of special districts, boards and committees stretching from Pacifica to Pescadero, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved in local government. But the same handful of people tend to show up to meetings to advocate for or against the issues of the day. The biggest decisions a…

  • 0

Remember when it was nearly impossible to get a COVID-19 test, let alone a vaccine? Just weeks ago, it was a mad dash. Now, they’re in every local pharmacy and will even be offered at the county fair.

  • 0

Last week, a decomposing gray whale washed up on Pacifica State Beach. A week earlier, beachgoers were shocked by a similar sight at Half Moon Bay’s Francis State Beach. There have now been a dozen dead whales on Bay Area beaches so far this year. Unfortunately, that may just be the tip of t…

  • 0

This won’t be the year that we turn on the faucet in our homes and find that nothing comes out. But it may be the year we contemplate that day. If that sounds hyperbolic, consider the machinations of various local, state and national agencies in the weeks before the long, hot and very dry summer:

  • 0

You might think the connection between a strong democracy and an equally muscular local press would be beyond the understanding of kids. If so, you have not had the pleasure of a virtual visit to the fifth-grade classrooms of Diane Siegel and Karen Stevenson at Ortega Elementary School.

  • 0

A half-dozen top officials from San Mateo County’s law enforcement community gathered virtually on Monday afternoon to answer questions from Coastsiders in a forum organized by La Honda Indivisible, a local chapter of a national social justice organization. They dedicated an hour and a half …

  • 1

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is among hundreds of public agencies that have made use of controversial facial recognition software, and, until now, it hasn’t bothered to mention it. Until we asked, the Sheriff’s Office had declined to answer questions about who in the department had …

  • 0

Last week, I met a Pacifica resident as she was leaving Senior Coastsiders in Half Moon Bay having gotten the second dose of her vaccine. After sleeping late on that Thursday morning, something she normally doesn’t do, she got a message from her daughter, urging her to get in the car and dri…