Miriam Finder

Miriam Finder
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Bio While growing up in Pittsburgh, PA, I always had a fondness for writing and sharing news and ideas with other people.  I became interested in journalism thanks to early exposure to National Public Radio and graduated with a journalism degree from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Over the past few years, I've written for a variety of local news publications throughout the Los Angeles area.   I think hyper-local journalism is valuable and exciting work because it gives journalists and other community members the opportunity to come together to address important issues and tell the stories of people in their own towns.    When I'm not busy writing and reporting, I love to read and appreciate any book suggestions!  I also like being outdoors and enjoy hiking through all of the natural beauty in the Bay Area. I also love dance-both watching performances and taking classes at local studios. More than anything, I like spending time with my family and friends.Your Beliefs
"At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for you to inject your beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that your beliefs are on the record will cause you to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know."

Politics 
How would you describe your political beliefs?
I think it's important to carefully examine any political issue from all sides to determine what makes the most sense for the most people-- not just yourself.

Religion
How religious would you consider yourself? I was raised an observant Jew and still feel a strong connection to the Jewish faith.
Local Hot-Button Issues

What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?High Speed Rail: Whether an aerial structure will cut through downtown Burlingame on its way from San Francisco to San Jose is a major issue. In addition to hurting business during construction, residents do not want the equivalent of an elevated freeway dividing their town. Although there have been many letters and protests written, Burlingame residents feel as though the California High Speed Rail Authority is more or less ignoring their concerns. I believe that the issues brought up by Burlingame residents should be more deeply considered by the CAHSRA. It does seem as though they are not fully examining alternative routes or underground or trenched tracks in their interest to procure funding as quickly as possible.New vs. Old on Burlingame Ave.: Many residents are upset by the appearance in recent years of more and more brand name stores along Burlingame Avenue. They dislike these national stores forcing out Mom and Pop shops that can no longer afford the steep rent. Some say this trend is taking away from the small-town feel Burlingame is known for. I think that there is still a small-town feel to Burlingame. Residents, city officials and merchants should work together to come a compromise that will make the most people happy.

Recent Contributions

Millbrae Fire Station Consolidation Meeting Wednesday

Millbrae Fire Station Consolidation Meeting Wednesday

Have your say: Are government cuts putting residents at risk?
Burlingame Fire Station Consolidation Meeting Tuesday

Burlingame Fire Station Consolidation Meeting Tuesday

Have your say: Are government cuts putting residents at risk?
Thanks For Everything, Burlingame-Hillsborough

Thanks For Everything, Burlingame-Hillsborough

Today is my last day as the editor of Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch.
New Burlingame and Hillsborough Homes on the Market

New Burlingame and Hillsborough Homes on the Market

New to Burlingame or Hillsborough, looking to move or just a real estate junkie? Check out these homes new to the market.
Burlingame Police Blotter: Stolen Car and More

Burlingame Police Blotter: Stolen Car and More

The following information was supplied by the Burlingame Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Local Leaders Mourn Passing of Mike Nevin

Local Leaders Mourn Passing of Mike Nevin

The former County Supervisor died of cancer on Saturday.
Local Leaders Mourn Passing of Mike Nevin

Local Leaders Mourn Passing of Mike Nevin

The former County Supervisor died of cancer on Saturday.
Week Ahead: Burlingame and Hillsborough Light Up for the Holidays

Week Ahead: Burlingame and Hillsborough Light Up for the Holidays

Take a look at what's happening in Burlingame and Hillsborough this week, and feel free to add your own events in the comments.
Residents Urged to Install Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices

Residents Urged to Install Carbon Monoxide Detection Devices

A law mandating these devices goes into effect Jan. 1.
Millbrae Man Charged With Child Molestation

Millbrae Man Charged With Child Molestation

A Millbrae man was taken into custody Wednesday.
Hillsborough Seeks Award Nominees

Hillsborough Seeks Award Nominees

Do you know someone doing good in Hillsborough?
Bring a Toy, Spread Some Cheer on Broadway

Bring a Toy, Spread Some Cheer on Broadway

Broadway BID teams up with CCFD to celebrate the holiday season.
Police Blotter: Man Has Trouble With Suspenders

Police Blotter: Man Has Trouble With Suspenders

The following information was supplied by the Burlingame Police Department. Where arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Burlingame Athlete Joins USF Baseball Team

Burlingame Athlete Joins USF Baseball Team

Grant Goodman signed with USF.
Residential Burglary in Hillsborough

Residential Burglary in Hillsborough

The suspect entered through an unlocked door.
SFO: Weather Causes Flight Delays

SFO: Weather Causes Flight Delays

The rainy weather is causing flight delays and cancellations.
Move Over Reindeer, Santa Has a New Favorite Pet

Move Over Reindeer, Santa Has a New Favorite Pet

What does your pet want this holiday season? A photo with Santa!
Burlingame Rings in Holidays With Children's Tea

Burlingame Rings in Holidays With Children's Tea

This year's tea features author and illustrator Elisa Kleven.

Burlingame Seeks Community Input On Off-Leash Hours

How do you think off-leash hours for dogs in community parks should be handled?