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Gang activity becomes the focused target of law enforcement officials (See video below.)
Highlights from the police press briefing regarding two arrests in the triple shooting and murder case
U.S. bill eliminates lead in drinking water
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo's bill H.R. 5289 Get the Lead Out, which is designed to eliminate lead from drinking water was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. Click here to read more about the bill.
Newly released East Palo Alto Crime Statistical Report
The East Palo Alto Police Department has released its Crime Statistical Report for the first six months of 2010. See it here.
Gov. Schwarzenegger offers reward in David Lewis murder case
California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he is offering a $50,000 reward for information regarding the death of East Palo Alto resident David Lewis. Get more details about his offer here.
East Palo Alto officials conduct gun-buy back event
For the second year in a row, East Palo Alto's mayor and the city's police department will hold a gun buy-back event in East Palo Alto. Click here for more information about the event.
Federal money to go to East Palo Alto youth program
The Office of U.S. Congressional Representative Anna Eshoo has issued information detailing a U.S. Congressional subcommittee's approval of money to an East Palo Alto youth program. Get the details about the subcommittee's appropriations here.
San Mateo County has whooping cough prevention plan
Citing information to show that whooping cough has reached epidemic levels in the State of California, the San Mateo County Health Department has adopted a whooping cough prevention plan to protect San Mateo County residents. Read about the plan.
Zero tolerance policy for fireworks
The East Palo Alto Police Department is implementing a zero tolerance policy for the use of fireworks in East Palo Alto this July 4th. Get details about the policy here.
May 2010 Crime Statistical Report released for East Palo Alto
The East Palo Alto Police Department released the latest crime report for the City of East Palo Alto. Click here to see which crimes went down and which ones went up.
California State Assembly member Ira Ruskin will honor retired Army Staff Sargeant June Moss in Sacramento on Wednesday, June 23. Click here for more details.
The San Mateo County Transit District announced that fares will go up in July. Get more information about the fare increases by clicking here.
Competition for Seattle police chief position down to two candidates. Read more about the original three finalists.
LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS
The City of East Palo Alto will soon end its search for a new city manager this June. The final candidates for the job will be presented to the community in a few weeks. Get more information in this attached article.
Members of the East Palo Alto community met with representatives from the Seattle police search committee to share their thoughts regarding East Palo Alto's Chief of Police Ron Davis and his application to be Seattle, Washington's new police chief. Read the article about this meeting here.
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The East Palo Alto Police Department has released the latest crime statistics for the city. Click here to read the newly released report.
It was an important victory for some East Palo Alto apartment tenants and Youth United for Community Action(YUCA) chose to recognize the victory with a rally and a celebration. Get more information about the event here.
Sequoia Hospital is the first hospital to implement a special life saving system for heart attack victims. Read about it here.
Chief Ron Davis, East Palo Alto's Chief of Police said he was "extremely pleased and honored to be considered for the Seattle Police Chief position." Read about his selection and read more of his comments here.
Read the EPA Today Online Blog: President Obama Needs to be Out in Front More Often
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo issued comments regarding the passage of the healthcare reform bill on Sunday, March 21. Read her comments here.
The Sequoia Union High School District announced that a new superintendent has been named for the 8,200-student district. Go here to learn more about the district's selection.
The East Palo Alto Police Department has issued a Letter to the Community regarding the implementation of "Operation Ceasefire." Get more details about this violence and drug market reduction strategy here.
Wells Fargo Bank announced that it has acquired the entire Woodlnd Park Apartment portfolio which was formerly owned by Page Mill Properties. See the announcement here.
The U.S. Postmaster has outlined a ten year plan for the U.S Post Office that would change the current way the U.S Post Office serves the country. Go here to see the details of the plan.
Strengthening California's Hands-Free and Anti-Texting Laws
State Senator Joe Simitian has proposed a new bill that would strengthen the current hands-free/texting law. Click on proposed new bill to find out more.
The East Palo Alto Police Department announced that it will conduct a special curfew on February 25. Get more details about the curfew here.
The emergency preparedness meeting was planned weeks earlier, but it was ironic that it was held after the fatal airplane crash in East Palo Alto. Click here to read what happened at the meeting.
U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo issued a statement on the plane which crashed in East Palo Alto on February 17. Read her statement here.
East Palo Alto Digital Village celebrated its tenth anniversary at an evening dinner. Go here to learn more about the celebration.
Patrick Gemma, Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent, announced that he would retire in June 2010. Click announcement to get more details.
The East Palo Alto Police Department has a basketball team and the team has already started competing. Who is on the team and who is the team playing? Find out here.
At its Tuesday, February 2 meeting the East Palo Alto City Council declared February 2010 as National African American (Black) History Month. See the proclamation here.
San Mateo County Holds Free H1N1 Vaccination Clinics
The San Mateo County Health Department will hold free H1N1 vaccination clinics throughout the county starting Tuesday, January 12. Click on clinic to see the dates and locations.
Operation 4th Quarter Final Report
News about the Parole Reentry Program
The East Palo Alto Police Department released its Operation 4th Quarter Update report. Read about the city's latest crime statistics here.
Police Chief Ron Davis Releases "Letter to Community"
The East Palo Alto Police Department has released its latest activity report which details the impact that the city's ShotSpotter Gunshot Detection System has had on reducing crime in East Palo Alto. Click Activity Report to see the results.
A coalition of organizations and their supporters made a special request to the East Palo Alto City Council at its May 19, 2009 city council meeting. Click here to find out about the organization's request.
Police Complaint Report
The East Palo Alto Police Department's "Complaints Against the Police Summary Report," shows the number of complaints that were filed in 2008 against the city's police and the steps the department has taken to address the complaints. Click the report to get the complete details.
Newly Released Crime Statistics for East Palo Alto
The East Palo Alto Police Department released the most recent crime statistics for the City of East Palo Alto. The release shows that overall, crime has gone down in the city. Get more information and see a detailed report here.
California's First Lady Maria Shriver Launches Website
A new California website was launched by the state's First Lady Maria Shriver to assist working families. According to information on the website, visitors to the site will discover opportunities that will enable them to put money in their pocket and food on their table along with job resources and educational tools to use for their personal advancement. See the website here.
New Data Shows Disporportionately High Number of Evictions
The Fair Rent Coalition, an East Palo Alto tenants group released new data on April 30 to show that there are a disproportionately high number of tenant evictions from apartments owned by Page Mill Properties, East Palo Alto's largest apartment holder. See a copy of the released data.
Facts about Swine Flu
There is national and even worldwide concern about the possibility of an H1N1 (Swine Flu) epidemic developing. Here is a fact sheet about the H1N1 Flu that tells what it is and how you can tell whether you have it. See the H1N1 Swine Flu fact sheet.
Parole Reentry Program Achieves Promising Results
The East Palo Alto Police Department released statistics on April 8 to show that the Parole Reentry Program is achieving promising results. Officials from the program will appear on Talking with Henrietta, a local television show, on Thursday, April 9 to discuss the program. The public is invited to attend the show to participate as a part of the studio audience. Go here for more details.
East Palo Alto's First Quarter Crime Statistics are released
The East Palo Alto Police Department made public the First Quarter Crime Statistics report it has for the City of East Palo Alto. Read the report and see the statistics.
Legal Judgment Involving the City of East Palo Alto Leaves Mixed Feelings
It has been an ongoing legal battle, but the legal part of the battle might now be over. Get more details about the latest court decision involving East Palo Alto.
East Palo Alto Police Officers Will Attend Funeral
Eight members of the East Palo Alto Police Department will attend the funeral service for four slain Oakland police officers. For more information, go to article Honoring Four of Their Own.
Jobs Not Jail
East Palo Alto parolees will report to the city's police department to report for jobs not jail. This city program is one of the first in California. Read more about it here.
Operation 4th Quarter
The East Palo Alto Police Department released in Operation 4th Quarter Report and listed the latest crime statistics along with the department's on-going crime reduction efforts. Read the latest Operation 4th Quarter Report.
East Palo Alto Housing Crisis Continues
For many East Palo Alto renters, it has been a long struggle, and the end of the struggle is not yet in sight. Read Chris Lund's update on the current state of East Palo Alto rental housing crisis.
Out of Harms Way Issues Final Report
Another Tool for Fighting Crime
The East Palo Alto community has a new website for tenants and others who are interested in learning about the city's housing crisis. Get more information about the new community website.
No More Tears Training Continues
Special Announcement from the East Palo Alto Police Chief
In a special announcement to the community, East Palo Alto Police Chief Ronald Davis issued new goals for his January "Chat with the Chief" meeting. Read Davis' special announcement.
ShotSpotter Goes Citywide
A crime fighting system that encompassed a few blocks in East Palo Alto is now expanded to include the whole city. Get the details here.
The East Palo Alto Police Department Sets a 2009 Goal
In his latest Letter to the Community, released on Friday, December 26, 2008, East Palo Alto Police Chief Ronald Davis set a major goal for the City of East Palo Alto and called upon the East Palo Alto community to support a local movement. Read his entire letter by clicking this link.
Palo Alto Police Department Unveils Community Outreach Plan
The Palo Alto Police Department unveiled a comprehensive outreach plan to the Palo Alto City Council at its Monday night meeting on December 15. The Council meeting took place at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 525 Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto. Get the details of the plan here.
The Community Responds
East Palo Alto community members met with Mayor Ruben Abrica and the city's Police Chief Ron Davis to discuss ways of ending the recent shootings in East Palo Alto. Read Addressing Ways to Stop the Violence. To see Chief Davis' latest "Letter to the Community," go here.
East Palo Alto Shootings
A rash of shooting incidents in East Palo Alto is causing increasing concern among the city's residents. Two people were shot on Monday, December 8. Read three police releases about the incidents, including the latest one that occurred on December 8.
The Page Mill Properties firm, which represents 1700 rental units in East Palo Alto, issued a press release on Tuesday, November 25 that stated that the City of East Palo Alto had ended its litigation efforts against the firm. Read the complete release here.
November 5 - A Very Special Day
The November election and its aftermath now have a special meaning for many different people. For Muisi-kongo Malonga, a young woman who works in East Palo Alto, the day after the election was a very special day. She awoke on November 5 with a double reason to celebrate. Click here to see why November 5 will always be a very special day for her.
EPA Mayor Sends Letter of Protest
East Palo Alto Mayor Patricia Foster sent a letter to Palo Alto Mayor Larry Klein to protest recent remarks by Palo Alto Police Chief Lynne Johnson which were interpreted as encouraging Palo Alto's police to engage in racial profiling. Read the complete text of Mayor Foster's letter here.
East Palo Alto Parolee Program Receives Million Dollar Grant
The East Palo Alto Police Department announced on October 22, 2008 that it had received a $1.1 million grant to implement a 14-month pilot parolee work program. Get more information about the grant and the program here. Click on the Request for Qualifications to see what the department is seeking to fulfill the needs of the program.
Report Releleased on Increasing Minority Voters
The James Irvine Foundation released an important report the week of September 21 which presents new research and suggestions to increase voting rates within low-income and multicultural communities. See the report.
Part of a Winning Team
There are more minorties getting involved in swimming. Find out what has prevented them from doing so in the past and why there is a growing interest in swimming in minority communities now. See Part of a Winning Team.
Tips for Preventing a House Burglary
The East Palo Alto Police Department has published 12 tips to assist residents in preventing residential burglaries. The tips appear in the department's latest Crime Prevention Newsletter. See it here.
Youth United for Community Action and other supporters of the rights of renters in East Palo Alto held a march to protest recent rent increases. Click here to get more details about the march.
Twenty eight African American soldiers were finally found innocent of lynching a white man. It took 64 years for the truth to be accepted and a travesty of justice to be corrected. Get the details.
What festival celebrates collard greens, features Collard Greens Ice Cream and has a Collard Greens Queen and King Cook Off Contest? The Collard Greens Cultural Festival in East Palo Alto Alto, of course. Read more about it.
July 15 - Mrs. Barbara's Mouton Birthday
Mrs. Barbara Mouton was the inspiration for the City of East Palo Alto's incorporation in 1983. At its meeting on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, the East Palo Alto City Council will pay tribute to Mrs. Mouton in honor of her birthday. Read more about her here.
More Assistance for Homeowners and Renters
The State of California Franchise Tax Board announced that it has a special program that will provide additional assistance to homeowners and renters. Go here for more information.
A New Bill to Prevent Foreclosures
Representatives from consumer groups and local and state officials watched on Tuesday, July 8 as a new state bill was signed that would protect California homeowners from losing their homes to foreclosure. To get more information about the bill and to see a photo of the bill's signing, click on the following link.
New Legislation to Protect Child Care in San Mateo County
On July 3, a new bill was signed into law, which would enable an 200 additional children to get affordable child care in San Mateo County. Senate Bill 1304, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian will also enable other children throughout the county to get additional hours of care. Get more details about the bill here.
Dealing with the Heat
The scheduled East Palo Alto City Council meeting on July 1 was turned into an occasion for celebration. Go here to read why it was an evening for nostalgia.
Zero Tolerance Policy for July 4thThe East Palo Alto Police Department has issued a Letter to the Community" as a reminder to residents that fireworks are illegal in
East Palo Alto and that the Police Department will adopt a zero tolerance policy on the 4th of July. Read the entire letter.
Hands-free Cell Phones
Senate Bill 1613, the bill which makes it illegal to drive while holding a cell phone, becomes law this July 1. Get more information about the bill here.
The East Palo Alto Police Department released figures showing the results achieved from the "Crime Emergency" that was declared last April. See the details from the police department's latest report issued on June 11, 2008.
Fireworks are Illegal
The East Palo Alto Police Department is attempting to notify all residents of a new city ordinance which now makes it illegal to use fireworks within the city.
The Palo Alto Community Fund announced that it had awarded grants to 30 local community organizations. Read about the fund and its new grantees.
Even Sentor Barack Obama, himself, admitted that he was involved in history in the making. Find out why here.
Working as an Agent for Social Change
Two East Palo Alto City interns made a special presentation to the East Palo Alto City Council. Read what they said during their presentation.
Lastest East Palo Alto Police Department news
Read East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis' latest "Letter to the Community," news about the recent appointments of two police captains and the newly released highlights of the first week of the "Crime Emergency."
Crime Emergency Implemented
Aggressive Recruitment Campaign
The East Palo Alto Police held a recruitment fair on Saturday, March 22 to attract new officers. The accompanying article titled Working to fill vacancies gives more details
Local Campaign Volunteers Working for Obama
East Palo Alto City Council approved urgency rent ordinance to place a 6 month moratorium on rent increases. Go here for more details
Dealing with Power Outages
The office of Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss has sent emails to area residents with steps to take in the event of a power outage. Go here to see the steps.
Fall - Winter 2007
Public Hearings on Romic
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is seeking public comment on Wednesday, October 10 regarding Romic. Please go here for more details.
Public Hearings on Romic
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is seeking public comment on Wednesday, October 10 regarding Romic. Please go here for more details.
The Levee is Fixed
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo was among the first to announce that East Palo Alto's Levee is now fixed. Read her announcement here.
New General Manager for the Four Seasons
The Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto has a new general manager. Tracy Mercer assumed his new duties at the hotel earlier this month. His last position was as the general manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, which is a luxury hotel in Japan.
Mercer brings 27 years of experience which he obtained from working in the hospitality industry in several countries. He succeeds Robert Whitfield who is now working for the Four Seasons in Hawaii. Look for more news in the next edition of East Palo Alto Today.
32 area congregations call on the U.S. Congress to halt ICE Raids. Click here to see what they are demanding.
Local Businesses Win Awards
East Palo Alto's Third Annual Business Expo was greeted with applause and awards. The applause came from those who attended the event which was held Thursday, March 29 at the new East Palo Alto Family YMCA on Bell Street. The awards were given to eight East Palo Alto businesses.
Rick Green, received an award on behalf of Circuit City, which was named the East Palo Alto Corporate Business of the Year. Guillermina Gonzalez accepted an award as the owner of El Galope Tacqueria, which is celebrating its 17th year as the small business which has been in the community the longest.
Six other businesses received monetary awards through Citibank's Women's Awards Program, which is coordinated locally with Start Up. The recipients of the grant awards included: Victoria Estrada of Vision Cleaning Services, Dee Uhila of Pacific Tonga Maa Tonga USA, Maria Hernandez of Salud en Casa Hernandez Cleaning Service, Terry Clark of California Alzheimer's Placement and Resource Service, Ines Alvisar of Decoraciones Alvizar and Henrietta J. Burroughs of East Palo Alto Today and the East Palo Alto Center for Community Media.
In thanking all who participated in the event, Raquel Medina, East Palo Alto's Redevelopment Agency Coordinator said, "Our City, the YMCA, Start UP, The East Palo Alto Belle Haven Chamber of Commerce, our local food providers and our local businesses all benefited from the information and materials you brought to our community.
Find out more in the upcoming issue of East Palo Alto Today.
A Tribute to Mrs. Barbara Mouton
Mrs. Barbara Mouton was the first mayor of East Palo Alto. During her funeral service on March 23, 2007, she was honored as the first mayor of East Palo Alto and as the inspiration for the incorporation of East Palo Alto as a city. Go here to see a slide presentation by Meda Okelo, showing some of those who attended her funeral to pay her tribute.
Should We Be Concerned?
Earthquakes aren't the only natural disasters for which area residents need to prepare. To get information on one more naturally occurring phenomenon that deserves our attention, click here.
New Library for Edison McNair Academy
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 marked a very special day for the students and the administrators at the Edison McNair Academy in East Palo Alto. To find out why, see the inside article on Edison McNair.
A Dream Fulfilled
An overflow crowd attended the grand opening of the East Palo Alto Family YMCA. For more details, click here.
A Day to Remember
People came from cities throughout the Bay Area to participate in East Palo Alto's first Peace and Unity March and Rally Saturday, February 3. To read what one East Palo Alto resident had to say about the event, see "East Palo Alto Peace and Unity March and Rally."
In a meeting room that was filled to capacity, Dr. Emmett Carson the new CEO and President of the recently merged Silicon Valley Community Foundation, met members of the East Palo Alto community and discussed the foundation's approach to grant-making.
See Community Reception for more details.
Stopping the Violence
East Palo Alto is seeing an upsurge in violence. Click here to get more details on what is being done to calm the immediate situation and stop future incidents.
East Palo Alto Family YMCA Opens to the Public
The East Palo Alto Family YMCA had a successful opening on Saturday, January 20. The parking lot in front of the building was full, and as soon as one car pulled out of a parking space, another one pulled in and family members emerged. "I am really jazzed," said Sharifa Wilson, Chair of the Board of the East Palo Alto Family YMCA. "This building has been 10 years in the making. People are impressed by the quality of the building and the equipment," she said. See YMCA Opening for more details. Click here for information about membership benefits.
Mrs. Barbara Mouton, East Palo Alto's first elected Mayor, was selected by television station KQED to be a recipient of its Local Heroes Award. Mrs. Mouton was one of six awardees selected by the station in honor of Black History Month which is celebrated in February.
She and the other award recipients will have their profiles presented in sixty second spots throughout the first week in February.
Mrs. Mouton was interviewed at the Community Development Institute by KQED TV producer Jim Yager. She will receive her award at a dinner at KQED on February 6. In speaking about Mrs Mouton, Goro Mitchell, the Executive Director said, "She is a legend.It is an honor to work with her in this community."
Newly Released Statistics
East Palo Alto Police release Jan 2007 crime statistics, which continue to show an overall decrease in crime. See chart.
The East Palo Alto City Council finally took action to censure City Councilmember A. Peter Evans. The vote came at the council's meeting the evening of January 9 with Councilmember Evans abstaining. It was the council majority's third try. During the meeting the the East Palo Alto City Council apologized for the conduct and actions that led to Evans censure.
A Call for Unity
Representatives of East Palo Alto's Somoan and Tongan communities held a press conference Thursday, January 11 to announce that they are united in the citywide effort to put an end to youth violence. Speakers at the conference included Mayor David Woods, former Mayor Ruben Abrica, Police Chief Ron Davis and other local leaders. The press conference was held after last month's fatal shooting of 16 year old Maikeli Iongi and 19 year old Melevea Fifita in a separate incident. During the meeting, Samoan Chief Mau said, "This generation is a generation that needs peace in its life. Peace comes from family. We want unity and peace with all races, and all nationalities in East Palo Alto."
See the attached police report about several of the suspects who were arrested in one of the incidents.
David Woods Elected East Palo Alto's New Mayor
In a step against tradition, the East Palo Alto City Council voted to elect city council member David Woods as the city's new mayor. The vote was taken at the council's regular Tuesday evening meeting on December 5. Vice Mayor Peter Evans was in line to become mayor, but the council said it was not comfortable electing him as mayor given the possibility that he might be censured, given the harassment charges filed against him. Read more about the election in the upcoming issue of East Palo Alto Today.
It's Now Official
In an official "Statement of the Vote," which was issued on December 5, 2006 Warren Slocum, San Mateo County's Chief Elections Officer, certified the results of the November 7, 2006 Gubernatorial Election. The Statement showed that with 251 votes cast, Ruben Abrica and David Woods were certified as the newly elected East Palo Alto City Council members while John Bostic, Larry James Moody, and Marcelino Lopez were certified as official members of the Ravenswood City School District Governing Board.
Measure C passed with 152 votes yes with 74 no. Measure D was defeated with 182 no votes with 44 yes and Measure E was defeated with 150 no votes to 78 yes votes.
Acting School Superintendent Fails to Receive Permanent Appointment
At the urging of several of the Ravenswood City School District's newly elected board members, the Ravenswood trustees decided not to appoint Maria Meza-De La Vega as the school district's permanent superintendent. New board members Larry Moody and John Bostic convinced the trustees before their evening meeting on November 28 to leave the permanent appointment of the district's superintendent for the newly elected board.
Amid caroling and cups of hot chocolate, the switch was turned thrown to light the 30 foot Community Tree standing at the entrance to the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto. Mayor Ruben Abrica said, "This is the beginning of a new tradition. It's so good to see the Four Season's Hotel reach out to the [East Palo Alto] community." Children's choirs representing three groups - African American, Latino and Pacific Island - performed at the event, which was held on Monday, November 27.