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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A Journey Into the Past

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 has always been a place for dreamers and as the state grows the dreams continue to grow bigger along with it. Teeming concrete megalopolises were one result spurred on by four elements that were predictive of lightening growth: plenty of water, favorable climate and unlimited amounts of open space. Another ingredient no less important […]

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The Hard-Charging Californian Nailed It!

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.

Sen. Kamala Harris stole the show in the second  presidential debate and did much to enhance her standing before a national audience. She did so by very adeptly combining her well-honed prosecutorial skills as the state’s previous Attorney General and San Francisco’s former District Attorney with a bit of spontaneous peace-keeping at exactly the right […]

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Putting Conscience Over Party Politics

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 Republicans do a much better job of displaying unity around their candidates than their counterparts.   It is at least one reason why, even in this bluest of states, a few have broken thorough to claim the governorship and a couple of them  rode the Golden State wave right into the presidency. Ronald Reagan was […]

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Impeachment: The California Factor

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.

Like so much in politics the modern history of impeachment runs through California. Richard Nixon, a Republican and the nation’s 37tth president born in Yorba Linda, chose to resign before he would most certainly have been impeached. House Speaker and Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, a San Franciscan by adoption and second only in line to the […]

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi is proceeding wisely

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 impeachment drums are growing louder but at least one Californian has remained steadfast against taking that fateful step. She is House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, who even after rising calls to begin the process coming from at least 53 House Democrats—nearly one third of her delegation—she has continued to urge patience. “Nothing is off the […]

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