California Lawmakers have Clashing Views Regarding Proxy Voting

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 lawmakers participated in history-making the other day as a majority of House members voted by proxy for the first time safely ensconced in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic that is changing all the rules of normal life.  The legislation to add millions to the “paycheck protection” program especially for small businesses that have […]

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Could California Be Setting a Model for the Nation?

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.

There are three coronavirus response models being offered for general public consumption with varying degrees of popularity. None are particularly comforting. Each has fallacies. For purposes of discussion I will call them (1) the Utopian Model; (2) the Science-Based Model; and (3) the Doomsday Model. California’s preference hews closer to the second model with some […]

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Has the “New Normal” Already Arrived?

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.

“I see a lot of light at the end of the tunnel….and the light is getting brighter and brighter every day. People want to get back to their jobs.” Thus spake the president at a recent Task Force briefing. California and the majority of other states are apparently shining a different flashlight with a higher […]

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Gov. Newsom Faces Big Decisions: Some Will Not be Easy!

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 Governor Gavin Newsom and other state leaders will have a couple of critical decisions to make in the coming weeks and months which could challenge Donald Trump’s notion that the president has “absolute powers.” A coronavirus task force press briefing began with video highlights tantamount to a campaign ad patched together to justify Trump’s […]

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Our “Splendid Isolation!”

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.

Californians alive then and others on the East Coast can still remember the black-outs that were ordered after the infamous attack on our troops at Pearl Harbor which cost thousands of lives.  As a nation far removed from the wars already long raging in Europe we did not see a need to bunker down in […]

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California is Showing the Way with Minimal Federal Assistance

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.

We are hearing a lot about “modeling” —something leading epidemiology experts use to explain the ever-changing scenarios in the novel coronavirus’s up-and-down curves.  The fact is no one really knows when we can expect a dramatic downturn in either the infections or the death rates. The dangers are escalating regardless of what the graphs are […]

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Look Out Californians: We Could Be Next!

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 rolling surge of new COVID-19 infections will soon hit Californians as surely as the tides washing up daily on our shores. You can take it to the bank! There is no escape from its deadly onslaught which observes no boundaries.  The belated arrival at Los Angeles harbor of the 1,000-bed naval hospital ship “Mercy” […]

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Gavin Newsom, Other Governors and President Trump See Very Different Paths To Recovery

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 president is talking about reopening the nation and letting people go back to work at the latest by Easter—less than two weeks from now.  “I want to see the U.S. open for packed churches,” he thundered and to  make sure we got the point, he added,  We are “near the end” of the pandemic. […]

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The Need for Bold Leadership

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.

Sound leadership is critical—-more so than ever in a crisis. In the current situation with the newly-discovered pan-virus COVID-19 an invisible, invasive and deadly scourge that observes no boundary lines and is travelling with terrifying speed across the nation, the federal government appears to have been for months asleep at the switch. California is not […]

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Californians Liked Bernie Sanders, Voters in Other States Disagree

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.

Although we are still awaiting final delegate totals from California’s slow-count March 3rd presidential primary, it is clear that Sen. Bernie Sander’s popular vote bested his only viable remaining rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. But it may have been the Vermonter’s last hurrah! California does not have a winner-take-all system awarding 277 delegates proportionately […]

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