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 free time.

But they wanted to talk about housing. About the pain of living on the wrong side of the line between us and them. About basic human dignity. This after another 10-hour workday spent cleaning houses and cooking for an upscale grocery, and caring for their own children in cramped conditions hidden in the hollows of Coastside canyons or in plain sight behind the relative mansions of people who do not see them.

Clay Lambert is the editorial director for Coastside News Group. After years working at regional daily newspapers, he began as editor of the Half Moon Bay Review in 2004.

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