As the Impeachment Proceedings go Forward Californians are in the Spotlight

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

History will always make heavier demands on the nation’s leaders at special moments and the question is will they be up to the task?  This is clearly one of those moments and at least three prominent Californians are shouldering responsibilities which puts them on the hot seat. More about that shortly. The march toward impeachment […]

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President Trump’s Visit

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

When Air Force One deposited Donald Trump at Moffat Field in Mountain View the other day he was landing in enemy territory. And there were no peace offerings to be had.  In fact for fear of inciting demonstrations, his stealth visits to well-heeled supporters in four cities has been kept under tight wraps. There were […]

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The Campaign Road Eventually Goes Through California Featuring Sen. Kamala Harris and Others

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

If you watched the last presidential debate in Houston along with 14 million other Americans you realize that until now this remains very much a one-sided affair featuring Democrats.  That’s because Trump has no reason to shine a spotlight on the few GOP members with the temerity to have said they are prepared to oppose […]

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Climate Change May be Inevitable. Doing Little as Possible is Ludicrous

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

What does the rapid thawing of nine million square miles of Arctic ice, the immense devastation left behind by Hurricane Dorian, and the tiny light bulb have to do with one another? Perhaps more than you might suspect. And what connection do these things have to California’s perennially shorthanded battle to eliminate carbon emissions and […]

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Climate Change and the Youth Vote

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

Not long ago, the terms “global warming” and “climate change” were not even part of our vernacular. Today few presidential candidates can get through a campaign speech without talking about them. They would be wise to do so. Most Millennials and their fast-rising “Gen Z” counterparts—roughly the age group 18-34—make it number one on their […]

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Can We Stop the Violence

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

The national death toll from gun violence keeps mounting with 33 more killings now on the books. Once again angry, frustrated and frightened citizens everywhere are expressing moral outrage and ask one question: what are we going to do about it? And once again our president utters sanctimonious expressions of sympathy for the victims’ relatives […]

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Droughts and Not Enough Water: California’s Silent Crisis

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

California is known as earthquake country but nature poses more insidious threats which can go undetected until too late. Among them are the recurrent droughts and chronic lack of water.  As I wrote in California and Its Water, Time to Re-think State’s Failing Water Policies, and Drought and Denial, “……so far the proposals coming out […]

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Election Security is Not an Idle Threat

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

Democrats are fixated on replacing Donald Trump next year. That was a given the day he took office. There is an equally pressing need to ensure that the next presidential election is conducted in accordance with rules America sets rather than by the Russians or some other nation. If the Mueller investigation and his testimony […]

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The Mueller Hearings: Many Questions, Few Surprises

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

After the eight hours of mostly low-key and some closing moments of emotional testimony by former Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller, before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Commitees, the case for impeachment of this president may not yet have persuaded enough Democrats who would have to be the ones to bring it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi […]

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Racism, Name-Calling and the 2020 Election. How Will CA Congressional Delegation Respond?

Richard Rubin
Attorney Richard Rubin has taught at the University of San Francisco, Berkeley and Golden Gate University, is a regular columnist for the Marin Independent Journal and was Chair of the California Commonwealth Club Board of Governors, 2017-2019.

With blatantly racist tweets now spouting from the mouth of the President of the United States we have may reached a new low for insensitivity to the vast majority of Americans who find such rhetoric abhorrent.  At a North Carolina rally just the other day, urged on by the president’s special ire aimed at Minnesota […]

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