Nazis.

That is the word San Mateo County Harbor District President Nancy Reyering used on Twitter to describe affordable housing advocates whose behavior she found extreme. Upon some self-reflection and a lot of backlash, she says it is not a term she would use again. Alas, the word “Nazi” is difficult to unhear — particularly when a public official amplifies it across social media.

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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