Of Robot Cars & Dispensable Humans

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.

Ok, call me a hopeless Neanderthal—a throwback to earlier times when steering wheels and brake pedals seemed like a reasonable idea for controlling a few thousand tons of steel hurtling down our streets and highways. That could be changing with the advent of the robot car—an invention that might dispense with these handy devices we […]

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Will California Lead the Nation in Trying to Overturn the Citizens United Decision?

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 famous for sparking rebellions over public policy with actions that later become the law of the land. One such undertaking was the decade-long battle whose origins are traceable to San Francisco’s embattled former Mayor, now Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, to give same sex marriage constitutional standing which last year culminated in the U.S. […]

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Are We Ready For Driverless Cars?

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.

It is not always easy to say good things about California’s Department of Motor Vehicles which specializes in long waiting lines and often insensitive window agents who are doing you a favor by taking your money. But the agency showed some signs of common sense. It has ordered at least a temporary moratorium on the […]

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Trump’s Vitriolic Pursuit of Greatness

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.

As the 2016 high velocity presidential campaign rumbles on—a kaleidoscope of dizzying images which seems to have no central focus but plenty of entertainment value—past presidential races are beginning to look like ho-hum affairs that we might just as well have skipped entirely. During most of them we knew pretty much who the nominees would […]

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Will Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom be Once Again on the Winning Side of History?

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.

Once again we are confronted with a horrific episode involving multiple casualties and at least fourteen dead in a mass shooting at a San Bernardino center housing people with developmental disabilities. The investigation continues as this is being written. And once again there will be loud outcries for sterner measures to keep lethal weapons from getting […]

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The Paris Massacre Has Made National Security Our Central Concern

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.

Candidates for governor of states such as California with large metropolitan populations as well as big city Mayoral hopefuls are not generally asked questions about national security issues. These are typically addressed to congressional candidates and presidential hopefuls. That may change in light of the Parisian massacre, the bombings in Beirut a day earlier, the […]

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Does Hillary Clinton Have Ownership Rights in California?

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton won the 2008 California Presidential Primary going away with 51.5% against 43.2% for Barack Obama, there was little question about who the state’s voters favored. In 2016 California will still be solid Democratic (ergo Clinton) territory with no foreseeable opponent that could muscle her out—although Bernie Sanders will draw some votes […]

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Perhaps A Tea Party Speakership!

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.

Since the Republican leadership in the House appears unwilling or incapable of governing maybe it should hand over the Speakership to those who think they can. Perhaps the next Speaker should be a Tea Party member with unassailable credentials ready to rescue the majority from its untenable position. The GOP is in a permanent state […]

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Reining In the Metropolitan Transportation Commission

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 Legislature will be looking at a bill introduced by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-10th Dist.) which would abolish the powerful Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission as well as its kindred agency, the Bay Area Toll Authority, and replace them with directly elected boards. ​To begin with, 16 of MTC’s 21 members are already elected officials appointed by other elected representatives so the distinction […]

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Tea Party Domination and the Presidential Election

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.

Speaker John Boehner’s capitulation to the militant conservative wing of his party commanded by Tea Party loyalists whose principal goal is not to govern but to thwart every effort to do so by those who disagree with them does not auger well for a Congress in near total disarray or for a troubled nation. His […]

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