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The Obama Legacy Project: Latino groups launch project to save President Obama's legacy...
It’s been about a year since President Barack Obama stood within a high-school auditorium and declared the “Time is Now“ for immigration reform in this country....Read more here.

Key support for the rights of tenants
In the first step of a two step process, the East Palo Alto City Council unanimously agreed at its April 1 meeting to introduce three new ordinances that will give additional support to the rights of tenants in rental housing within the city. The three ordinances must now be combined into one new ordinance that will be considered for formal adoption by council members at their next council meeting on Tuesday, April 15. See photo from the meeting by clicking EPA Today on Facebook.

Last minute appeal for Covered California registrations
With just days away from the March 31 enrollment deadline, Covered California is partnering with various organizations to host enrollment events at libraries and other venues throughout the Bay Area....Read more by clicking here.

The Challenge and Promise of Common Core
While California’s linguistic, ethnic and racial diversity is often cited as one of the state’s great assets, there is also considerable variance in academic achievement....Read more by clicking here.

Easy things the public can do to prepare for the next earthquake
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck along the coast of northern California on Monday, March  10. The epicenter of the quake was located 48 miles northwest of Ferndale, CA and 50 miles west of Eureka....Read more here.

Grant given to improve the health of East Palo Alto children
A partnership with Head Start, the YMCA, and the City of East Palo Alto is off and running....Read more here.

Time is running out to sign up in time
If you are a legal resident and you do not have health insurance, then you need to enroll in Covered California before Monday, March 31, 2014 or pay a penalty....Read more here.

Black history museum features a wealth of exhibits
Parents, teachers and anyone else who is interested in American history will see a lot of history on display in the black history museum, which opened on Saturday, February 8 in Menlo Park....Read more here.

East Palo Alto City Council votes no to outsourcing police services
It might not have been the outcome some members of the city council and the city staff expected, but it was an outcome that most in the audience at the meeting apparently wanted....Read more here.

Should East Palo Alto outsource its public safety services?
Even before the agenda for the February 4 East Palo Alto City Council meeting was distributed to city council members and made available to the public, one item on the agenda -- the possible outsourcing of the city’s police services--has already captured public attention....Read more here.

Protect yourself from catching the flu
In the latest flu activity update issued this week, the San Mateo County Health System reported that the county has four confirmed flu-related deaths. All of the deceased were under the age of 65....Read more here.

California's Governor, Edmund Brown, declares a drought State of Emergency for California
In announcing a statewide emergency proclamation, Gov. Brown said that California is now experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history.....Read more here.

U.S. deported 369,000 immigrants in 2013
The U.S. government deported about 369,000 immigrants, including a number of Filipinos, during fiscal year 2013, according to new statistics from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released last month, showing a 10 percent drop from the previous year — the first since President Barack Obama took office in 2008....Read more here.

The East Palo Alto community is warned about a utility scam
As 2013 comes to a close, the East Palo Alto Police Department is warning local businesses and community residents to be on the look out for people who are claiming to represent PG&E....Read more here.

East Palo Alto organizations provide Christmas toys for local children
Hundreds of East Palo Alto children will have gifts this Christmas thanks to the generosity and efforts of local agencies and businesses....Read more here.

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013: South Africa Prepares Its Goodbye
How do you bury a man whose life has had a profound impact on just about every world  leader, sports hero, politician, college student, professor and Hollywood star? How do you capture the impact that life has had in a ceremony?....Read more here.

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Top National and International News Stories

Appearance of stronger hiring masks unemployment woes

Fruits and Veggies May Reduce Death Risk

Featured Articles and Videos

Preventing Inhumane Events from Occurring

Show participants: Susie Richardson, Jack Weinstein and Henrietta J. Burroughs
From left, Susie Richardson, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Jack Weinstein sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their discussion on April 10, 2014. See below for more information about this show.

What is it that allows human beings to abuse and kill each other in mass numbers and what can be done about this aspect of human behavior? On this edition of Talking with Henrietta, we discuss these questions and suggest some answers. Click here for more details about this show.

Educating Children to Succeed in a Global Economy

Photo from Educating Children for a Global Economy
From left, Anne Campbell, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Kristin Winn and Rebecca Vyduna sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their discussion on March 13, 2014. Get more details about the show below.

Many, concerned about our public education system, wonder whether the nation's children are getting the type of training that will enable them to compete in a global economy. Go here to see information on the Talking with Henrietta show featuring area educators who respond to this issue.


Creative and Affordable Housing Solutions

Participants on Creative & Affordable Housing Show
From left, Lena Potts, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Sue Johnson and Kate Comfort Harr sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion concerning some of the affordable housing options that are currently available. For more information on this show, see below.

The demand for housing currently outstrips the supply. So, what can be done to assist people seeking housing? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.

New Resources for Homeowners and Tenants

Image of guests on show discussion about new resources for homeowners and tenantsFrom left, Maeve Elise Brown, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Shirley Gibson are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta show after their television discussion on February 13, 2014.

With the current economic boom, the housing market is changing. But, how is it changing for homeowners and renters? Get more information about this Talking with Henrietta show here.


Is the Economic Boom Trickling Down?

Show participants in discussion on economic boom
From left, Anne LeClair, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Rosanne Foust sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their discussion January 28, 2014 on the economic boom. See below for more information about the show.

The recession in the U.S. seems to be over and the economy is booming in many areas? But, are some people still being left behind? Click here to see more information about this show discussion on the current edition of Talking with Henrietta.


Top News Stories of 2013

Partcipants on Top News Stories of 2013 show
Henrietta J. Burroughs and Gennady Shayner are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta show after their discussion on January 17, 2014.

Which issues developed into the top news stories of 2013?  Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.




   Local Media Coverage, Opinions and Local News

Online Coverage of Local Civic Board Meetings

Pic of City Council   Bd. of Supervisors logo  
East Palo Alto City        San Mateo County
Council meetings           Bd. of Supervisors

EPASD Logo    See the schedule of
    all listings here

East Palo Alto
Sanitary District

Other Community Videos
Voting on a Hearing to Censure a Board Member

Click here or video to view. Read article which accompanies video


Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

See a video excerpt from East Palo Alto's
celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Click above
image or here to see video.


East Palo Alto's residents have held an annual celebration for 27 years and each year the city's Cinco de Mayo celebration has grown larger. This video excerpt shows some of the elements that have made the celebration the popular event that it is.


EPA Police Collect Guns

East Palo Alto's fourth annual Gun Buyback event was held on Saturday, May 6. Click above image or here to see a video excerpt from the event.

Another way to prevent drug abuse

The East Palo Alto Police Department participated in a Take Back Event to get unwanted medications off the streets. Click here to see a video excerpt about the event or here to read an article about it.

Local residents meet with Facebook representatives

See a video excerpt of a meeting that was held between community members and Facebook representatives. Click above image or here to see excerpt. Click here to read related article.




How News Stories Can Empower Us and Change Our Lives

Confronting our national nightmare

Should states be allowed to secede from the union?

Will the Real Mitt Romney and his True Supporters Please Stand Up

The realities of a Romney, Ryan White House

How I saw President Obama in person

Let's build libraries not jails

NOT a dream come true just a dream deferred

In the bold new world where corporations are king

Becoming a first-class citizen

It's time for "The Discussion"

The consequences of racism

Reinvent East Palo Alto

When are we going to deal realistically with riotous conditions?

A call for more police protection

When will this reflection   change?


Other Community Videos - continued

Willow Oaks Sings

Click image or here to see what happens when students who have never had musical training get 8 weeks of singing lessons.

What are you saying about East Palo Alto

Show host Michael Uhila is shown seated with East Palo Alto resident Robert Hoover. Click image or here to see more.

In the above video, Michael Uhila interviews East Palo Alto resident Robert Hoover about East Palo Alto's past, present and future. Click here to see the schedule for the show.


City residents marched from Gloria
Way along Bay Road to the East Palo Alto Police Department to demand justice.
Click image above or here to see video excerpt. Click article to read about the march.

On Payday Lending Lending
Payday loans are among the riskiest loans for consumers to obtain. This video
shows why. Click image or here to
see the video in English.
  For more information, also see this Talking
with Henrietta video excerpt.

Other Local & National News and Sports

EPA Razorbacks Rugby Players compete in 2012 AIGA Warrior Bowl

East Palo Alto's youth rugby season is starting now

Do you have sports scores you'd like to share or pictures you'd like to add?Email: epatoday@epatoday.org


The Ravenswood Family Health Center received a $5 million grant under the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act. The center is located in East Palo Alto and it has an annex in Menlo Park.

The East Palo Alto City Council voted 4 to 1 to approve the agreement with Facebook that will net the city more than $1 million. The vote to approve the agreement was cast in the council's meeting Tuesday night.

McCain: GOP presidential race is 'nastiest' he's ever seen

Health-care reform is still standing

Low health literacy linked to premature death.





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