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Free bachelor's degrees available for East Palo Alto residents
Silicon Valley is booming. We’re the home of sought-after tech giants like Apple, Facebook and Google, and tech jobs are red hot. But for every tech worker in Silicon Valley, there are five service workers who aren’t able to take part in the region’s economic prosperity....Read more by clicking here.

California kids still face risks to health care
Get repeal and replace done, or else!
That ultimatum by President Trump to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ordering him to get rid of Obamacare may be mere sabre rattling, but nevertheless the majority of Republicans in the Senate are still bent on upending the health care law despite three failed attempts to do that last month.
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Target will open a new store in East Palo Alto
It was an exciting moment. Shannon Gonzalez, a representative of Target, spoke before the East Palo Alto City Council on Wednesday, July 12 about the opening of a new Target store in East Palo Alto.....Read more by clicking here.
 

Trump administration takes on Obama's law
President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continue to make misleading statements about Common Core State Standards, muddying the waters for school districts working to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)....Read more here.

East Palo Alto's proposed Employment Development Program is moving forward
A controversial employment program will soon be opening in East Palo Alto. While many activists in the community are not happy with the way the program is currently designed, interested community residents might be able to access its services as soon as this summer....Read more here.

Outside Washington, a 'more powerful' immigrant rights movement emerges
Immigrant rights advocates say that despite the cloud of fear hanging over communities in the first 100 days of the Trump administration, there is also a growing and increasingly organized resistance.....Read more here.

Ravenswood City School District is mired in controversy
After serving four years as the superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District, Dr. Gloria Hernandez-Goff is now facing what appears to be a crisis looming over her administration.....Read more here.

Opinion: The Kennedy Plan c2017 - Making America Great Again
America has several problems which prevent true greatness and which threaten our future and our quality of life....Read more here.

East Palo Alto's city manager explains controversial agreement
Amazon in East Palo Alto and First Source Hiring - Amazon has recently leased 214,000 sq. ft. of new office space at the intersection of University Ave. and Donohoe. The building was developed by the Sobrato Organization....Read more here.

East Palo Alto mayor releases a letter to the East Palo Alto community
Sobrato/Amazon Good Faith Effort Definition - The full community heard from the Mayor in the public forum.  Vice Mayor Abrica, Council Members Gauthier and Romero spoke and voted in support of staff’s recommendation to accept the agreement between the City and Sobrato/Amazon....Read more here.

East Palo Alto school district responds to immigration concerns
The Ravenswood City School District had a community meeting at the Costaño/49er Academy to inform and reassure members of the East Palo Alto immigrant community....Read more here.

Living Shoreline art project is becoming a reality
Did you know that East Palo Alto’s Cooley Landing is home to thousands of species of plants and animals? Local artist, Linda Gass, highlights this fact in her artwork....Read more here.

Ten resign from president's advisory commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
The President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders yesterday submitted their resignations to President Trump. The main reason: Trump's policies have adversely affected Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders....Read more here.

Ending DACA would leave a hole in the economy, study says
Alicia Morales, an undocumented immigrant, wore many hats before she qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program....Read more here.

Lookmobile launched in East Palo Alto tours county libraries
San Mateo County Libraries brought its brand new Lookmobile, a hands-on learning lab on wheels, to the East Palo Alto Library. Designed in partnership with the Exploratorium, the Lookmobile offers interactive exhibits and fun experiments....Click here to read more

How Obamacare improved the nation's health
Ashley Turner has experienced ups and downs with the Affordable Care Act, but says she and other Americans have benefited overall....Click here to read more.

Storm warnings issued for the City of East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto City Manager, Carlos Martinez, urged East Palo Alto residents to be prepared for the weekend storms that have been predicted.....Click here to read more.

People of color and the poor will be hardest hit by ACA repeal
President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to repeal and replace Obamacare is bad news for millions of Americans, but the poor and people of color are going to be hit hardest, say health care advocates....Click here to read more.

Two weekend fires put out in East Palo Alto
Sixty East Palo Alto residents were evacuated Sunday evening when a fire broke out in their apartment complex. Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman, of the Menlo Park Fire District, said the single alarm fire on December 18....Read more by clicking here.
 

East Palo Alto resident charged with the murder of two-year-old
Twenty-four year old  Adair Jeru Enriquez Zevallos, was arraigned on Tuesday, December 5, for the murder of two-year-old Leia Kiele Panduro.....Read more by clicking here.
 

What immigrant commun- ities can do to prepare for Trump
Two days after Donald Trump’s victory, immigration experts told reporters to keep a close eye on the president-elect’s transition team and his appointments to key government positions,....Click here to read more.

Residents can shape the future of the East Palo Alto Library
East Palo Altans are exploring ideas for their dream library at several community meetings. Over 50 participants came together on October 11 to imagine their perfect library, fully equipped with all the features that would describe their ideal space.... Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto residents have three city measures on the November ballot
Earlier this summer, the East Palo Alto City Council agreed to place three City measures on the November 8, 2016 ballot.  If passed, these measures, P, O and J, will increase city revenue and streamline and improve the current Rent Stabilization Ordinance.... Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto might get its own domestic violence program
Victims of domestic violence in East Palo Alto might soon be able to get the help they need without having to seek programs outside of the city....Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto city council approves housing initiative
East Palo Alto is known to have affordable housing, yet the rise in housing prices has given many residents no choice, but to leave the city....Read more by clicking here.

One-Stop shop for life-changing resources launches in San Mateo County 
Orlando Pineda, an East Palo Alto resident and Eastside College Preparatory graduate, feels good everyday when he rides the train to his job at One Degree in San Francisco....Read more by clicking here.

Focus on your vote
It is no secret that foreign countries have been spying on the United States for many, many years, and have been unsuccessfully attempting to hack into government files, too. Espionage between counties is nothing new, and has been going on for ages....Read more by clicking here.

Studying in the Middle East
My name is Norma Rodriguez and I am a rising Junior at Williams College majoring in Arabic Studies and concentrating in Neuroscience and Latino Studies. I grew up in East Palo Alto and I am proud to call East Palo Alto my hometown...Read more by clicking here.

More afraid of a drive-by than ISIS
A friend recently sent a text from Vietnam full of trepidation. In the wake of the Orlando massacre, and with ISIS now threatening San Francisco, he was having second thoughts about visiting the city....Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto police confiscate large supply of illegal fireworks and explosives
An anonymous tip about an illegal distribution of fireworks and explosive devices led the East Palo Alto Police to seize over 600 pounds of high-grade fireworks and explosive devices from a home in East Palo Alto today....Read more by clicking here. 
 

Fifteen-year-old arrested for school burglary
When Brentwood Academy's staff arrived on the East Palo Alto school's campus on Monday, June 6, they realized that several classrooms had been burglarized and vandalized and iPads and Apple computers were missing from various classrooms.....Read more by clicking here.
 

Innovative technology results in high patient satisfaction
Nearly four years ago, the Ravenswood Family Health Center began planning for a new state-of-the-art medical facility. Ravenswood’s vision was to provide patients with a single access point to a complete continuum of services.....Read more by clicking here.
 

Monday, May 23 is the last day to register to vote in the June 7, 2016 election
San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, Mark Church, announced that May 23 is the deadline to register to vote in the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election....Read more by clicking here.
 

DACA opens the door to health care
Jesus Pina Sanchez remembers all too vividly that morning two years ago when he was crossing the street near his home and got hit by a car in the crosswalk....Read more by clicking here.
 

Earn less than $13,870? California rewards low income tax filers
The Golden State’s poverty statistics are grim: Two in five people live just over the federal poverty level (FPL), and the state has the highest child poverty rate in the nation....Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto residents design a center for the arts
How would you design a building? Members of the East Palo Alto community were invited to join the Youth Action Team, a group sponsored by the nonprofit organization, Live in Peace, for a planning meeting last February to discuss possible design options....Read more by clicking here.

A new education center is coming to Cooley Landing
Home to shorebirds, leopard sharks, and bat rays, Cooley Landing provides a prime space for wildlife watching and breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding salt marshes....Read more by clicking here.

Free at Last celebrates its twenty-second anniversary
A little over two decades ago the City of East Palo Alto was notoriously named the murder capital of the country—a label that has continued to haunt the community....Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto moves forward with plans to develop its own water supply
East Palo Alto is continuing with plans to develop the Gloria Way Well, despite a recent estimate that it will start pumping at only 30-40% of its 300 gallon per minute (GPM) maximum capacity....Read more by clicking here.

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi issues statement on Black History Month
“Each Black History Month, our nation honors the rich contributions Africans Americans have made to the economic, cultural, scientific, and artistic heritage of the United States....Read more by clicking here.

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Electric Vehicles: the Pros and Cons
Guests on show on electric vehicles
From left, Ron Freund, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Jim Barbera and Ariane Erickson sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on August 10, 2017. See a brief description of the show below.

The sale of electric vehicles is increasing around the world and their future seems bright. But why? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.

 

Bringing History Alive
Show discussion-Bringing History Alive
From left, Nanor Balabanian and Henrietta J. Burroughs sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show during the taping of their show discussion on July 27, 2017. See a brief description of the show below.

We think of history as the past. But there are times when history seems to come alive. Find out when and how on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.

 

Challenging a High Tech Giant
Participants in show on Challenging a High Tech Giant
From left, Elizabeth Jackson, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Kyra Brown and Regina Wallace-Jones sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their television discussion on July 13, 2017. Read more about their discussion below.

Why would one city's residents protest a large tech company that is setting up offices in their community? Find out on this new edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.


Change Your Thoughts, Improve Your Life

Participants on Changing Our Thoughts Show
Lakiba Pittman and Henrietta J. Burroughs are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on June 29, 2017. See more information about their discussion below.

Can people really make dramatic changes in their life by changing their thoughts? We answer this question on this edition of  Talking with Henrietta. Get show details here.

Managing Our Natural Resources
TV guests on Managing Our Resources Show
From left, Kirsten Andrews-Schwind, show host Henrietta J. Burroughs and Carlos Martinez are shown after their discussion on the Talking with Henrietta show on June 8, 2017. Get more details about this show below.

Pres. Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate agreement has raised local as well as international questions. But how are some local officials and groups responding to the need to find new approaches to handling our natural resources. We discuss this issue on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.


Nurturing the Minds of Children and Adults
Participants on Nurturing the Minds of Children and Adults show
From left, Christopher Norwood, show host Henrietta J. Burroughs and Adina Aguirre are shown in the Media Center's studio after their discussion on the Talking with Henrietta television show. Get more details about this show below.

Do you know of any enrichment programs in your neighborhood that might supplement academic training? Click here to learn more about this edition of Talking with Henrietta, where the show's guests talk about some amazing programs.

 

The Plight of Refugees Living in Our Communities
Plight of Refugees show photoFrom left, Isayas Sium, Laura Chakerian, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Abel Martinez and  Angela Albright sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on May 11, 2017.   See the description below for more information on this show.

The executive orders President Trump signed earlier this year placing a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States brought attention to some of the issues related to refugees. We discuss some of theses issues on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Go here to see more information about this show.


President Trump's Impact on Immigrant Children
Guests on show discussing immigrant children From left, Samina Sundas, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Nunu Kidane sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on April 27, 2017. For more information on this show, see the description below.

Pres. Trump is bringing a real sea-change when it comes to some of the U.S. government’s policies. But what effect are these changes having on the children of immigrants? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. See more information about this show by clicking here.

A Place for Art and Artists

Photo from show on Art and Artists
From left, Karen Kienzle, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Katie O'Malley sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on April 13, 2017. See more information on this show below.

Many well-paying jobs go to those who have degrees or advanced knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math. But where is the place for art?    Show guests discuss this issue on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.

Health Disparities in Minority Communities

Photo from show on Health Disparities in Minority Communities
From left, Dr Mary Bains, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Dr. Erica Britton sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on March 23, 2017. For more information on this show, see below.

When it comes to health disparities, many of us already know that they exist. But what can we do about them? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Get more information about this show by clicking here.


Responding to President Trump's Immigration Policies

East Palo Alto city officials discuss city's immigration policies
From left, Vice Mayor Ruben Abrica, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Rafael Alvarado, Jr. are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on February 23, 2017. For more information on this show, see below.

The city of East Palo Alto is working on laws to protect its large immigrant population. Find out the laws it is considering on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.

How To Have Social Impact

Guests on Social Impact show
From left, Sue McAllister, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Valerie Cuevas are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on February 9, 2017. For more information on this show, see below.

One of the largest foundations in the world is located in California and it’s celebrating its tenth anniversary. What has it achieved in the past 10 years? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.


Civility in the Age of Trump
Photo of Guests on Civility in the Age of Trump show
From left, Shaunn Cartwright, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Eric J. Bloom and Marie Davis sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their discussion on January 26, 2016. See more information about this show below.

The inauguration of Pres. Donald J. Trump has ushered in a whole new era. On this edition of Talking with Henrietta, we discuss some of the characteristics of this new era. Find out more about this show by clicking here.

 

Preparing for a New Presidential Administration
Jennifer Horne sits with Henrietta J. Burroughs
From left, Jennifer Horne and Henrietta J. Burroughs sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on January 12, 2017. See a brief description of the show below.

The preparations have begun for the incoming presidential administration. Which preparations? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.

 



 

 

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