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Palo Alto Online: Last week, my two kids returned to high school. They sat in an actual classroom and spoke to their teachers and friends, in person. This is something they have done countless times growing up. But for over a year, neither one of them had been inside a classroom. Our school gave families the option to go back, and we discussed it with our kids and said yes. My family is not alone. In California, we say trust the data and the science. Both show that it is safe to return to school.

Half Moon Bay Review: A group of roughly 60 people Monday tuned into a virtual meeting with law enforcement officials taking questions about policies and police reform in San Mateo County.
The roundtable of panelists included San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe, Half Moon Bay City Councilman Joaquin Jimenez, Sheriff Carlos Bolanos and Capt. Saul Lopez of San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, and representatives from the offices of state Sen. Josh Becker and Assemblymember Marc Berman.

Environment California: SB 617 is co-sponsored by SPUR and Environment California. Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) is a principal co-author of the bill. Senators Josh Becker (D-San Mateo), Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) and Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles), and Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) are co-authors. State Sen. Josh Becker said the project is "vitally necessary for both public safety and traffic mitigation." "This project managed to do that, while also delivering a state-of-the-art new station, a clear win-win for the people of San Mateo County," Becker added.

San Mateo Daily Journal: I asked [Senator] Becker what surprised him the most about Sacramento. And his answer really surprised me. He said it was quite entrepreneurial.

San Mateo Daily Journal: Daniela Sanchez-Sevilla credited a program offering local community college students free tuition and additional educational support with putting her on the path to be the first person in her family to attend a four-year university.

“I saw all my other peers kind of float around in their college journey and not really have direction,” Sanchez-Sevilla said, a Redwood City native attending Cañada College. “Promise Scholars gave me direction.” With a $2 million grant from the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, 500 more San Mateo County Community College District students will have access to the initiative.

San Francisco Examiner: A $2 million grant could allow a total of 2,500 San Mateo County students to attend community college for free in the coming year. San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President David Canepa on Monday announced the $2 million county grant to expand the Promise Scholars program, adding another 500 incoming students. State Sen. Josh Becker, D-San Mateo, applauded the county's $2 million investment. Becker recently introduced an education equity package through legislation aimed at increasing access to higher education and closing the digital divide. "It cannot be ignored that many communities throughout the state were already facing deep economic pressures that were exacerbated by the pandemic," Becker said. "By removing financial barriers to college and job training, we are providing communities with the power to attain a more secure financial future."