New rental law going into effect in January


Anita Starchman-BryantGovernor Gavin Newsom recently signed a new law restricting residential rent increases and evictions. Assembly Bill 1482, the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, is being touted as the strongest tenant protection bill in the country. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. It is currently written to expire in 2030 and does not preempt any local rental ordinances. Assembly […]

Good data = better results


Charles Mosher“I don’t believe in polls,” someone told me recently when I tried to rebut some beliefs using data. That comment, and its cousin, “I don’t believe scientific studies,” are increasingly frequent positions in our current society. Example: the hot debate whether vaccines cause autism. But the entire basis of modern medicine — including the specialty of public health — […]

Decisions need made about local road system


 Over the past few weeks, I have been doing a little more driving than usual throughout Mariposa County. This driving has taken me down some roads I had no idea that existed — and sometimes it is frightening. There is no question when roads were developed in the county, very little rhyme or reason was used. Well, maybe it was […]

Time for action on PG&E is now


Brynne KennedyPG&E has spent more than $83 million on political campaigns over the last 26 years according to — not including contributions from individual company executives. It has given generously to politicians in both parties, including tens of thousands of dollars to incumbent Congressman Tom McClintock. And in the last 16 years, it’s spent an additional $35 million on […]

Shop local for holidays


Kass BissmeyerShop Local – the holiday season has arrived! When does the holiday season officially start for you? The first of November? When it gets cooler outside? At Chocolate Soup’s decadent annual open house? Black Friday or Shop Small Saturday? For Made in Mariposa (MiM), many MiM businesses start dreaming of their holiday specials and products right after our Mariposa […]

Complaints can be handled with class


 Is there anything worse than an athlete who complains all the time about referees? We’ve all seen them. It just gets old. No one likes a whiner. Likewise, is there anything worse than people who just like to complain all the time about things in everyday life? There have been a few instances lately where people have called the Gazette […]

PG&E’s CEO out of touch with reality

 To say the CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric is out of touch with reality could be the understatement of the year, or decade. Bill Johnson, whose base salary for the bankrupt utility giant is $2.5 million, was asked by a San Francisco ABC 7 reporter what he would say to people who are already struggling to make ends meet […]

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Honor the sacrifices of all our U.S. veterans


How would America be different without the sacrifice of the American Veterans? Imagine different results at the end of World War II without the American Veteran sacrifices. Would America be flying different flags? What if America didn’t have the stars and stripes but instead the British Union Jack? Other alternatives could have been the Swastika flag of Nazi Germany or […]

Do the loving thing


Allison ByerleyIn Psalm 139, the psalmist proclaims, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.” Sometimes, that doesn’t feel like such a blessing! God, who knows me so well, so intimately, knows my struggles. God knows that there are times when […]

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