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What makes a great downtown?
Successful downtowns are still a challenge in once suburban bedroom communities where change and competition from malls continue to dominate. Downtown San Mateo has many of the essential ingredients for success — a diversity and plenitude of restaurants (some gourmet), lots of small coffee shops w...
By Sue Lempert FULL STORY
OP-ED: Policing privacy on the Internet and Facebook
As a good rule of thumb, assume any information posted on social media will be harvested like a veal calf headed for sale on a digital town square. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reminded us all of that pipeline in announcing it was looking into Facebook’s new privacy policies. Tho...
The Seattle Times FULL STORY
Letter: Laurel Way development threatens open space
Editor, In 1966, my husband and I bought a little, forlorn house at the end of a dirt road, surrounded by heavily wooded, rolling open land. Over the years, the Redwood City Council repeatedly rejected proposals to develop the site. I attended meeting after meeting where the council said “no;...
Letter: A message for the citizens of San Mateo
Editor, If there is one San Mateo councilman that does his job, as he promised four years ago, it’s Robert Ross. He is 100 percent on top of every issue. His leadership has shown crystal clear where he stands. I also must add that Mayor David Lim stands with him on many issues. It’s a great tim...
Letter: Speier’s reaction to House food stamp bill
Editor, The Sept. 20 edition of the San Mateo Daily Journal shows U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, at her irrational best (“Speier blasts food stamp vote”). She is on a rant decrying an attempt by Republicans to slow the explosive growth of the food stamp program, which has grown from 26 m...
Letter: New trees on Burlingame Avenue
Editor,   The portion of Burlingame Avenue nearing completion is — or was — looking great until today, with the appearance of the new trees being planted. They are the sorriest excuse for “specimen” trees I’ve ever seen, looking like dense shrubs with helter-skelter branches ascending s...

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