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.
Afternoon fire damages two East Palo Alto residences Photo by Jamauri Bowles
Fire officials have not released a cause of the fire that damaged two houses on Georgetown Street in East Palo Alto yesterday. One house located at 2764 Georgetown received interior and exterior damage and the other at 2768 had only exterior damage. There were no injuries thanks to a passerby who alerted the residents in one of the houses that
their house was on fire. An investigation of the fire is continuing.
Featured news item on March 8, 2013: A fire on Buchanan Court in East Palo Alto led to the evacuation of four children and 15 adults this
morning about 10:00 a.m. Several dogs were rescued in the fire. A temporary evacuation center was
set up at the Faith Missionary Baptist Church at 835 Runnymede Street for those who were rescued.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The East Palo Alto Police Department started its Operation 4th Quarter activities this summer to reduce criminal activities in East Palo Alto. The department has now issued its final 4th Quarter report. What does the report show? Find out here.
News about the Parole Reentry Program
The East Palo Alto Police Department released a report that showed good news about the East Palo Alto Parole Reentry Program. Go here to read the police department report.
Dr. Emmett Carson, the CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, issued an important message to the community concerning a critical, internal investigation taking place at the foundation. Click here to read Dr. Carson's message.
U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo secured $2.8 million in federal grant money which will be allocated to local projects, including several projects in East Palo Alto. To see how the grant money will be allocated, click here.
On the very day that drug raids targeted two East Palo Alto homes, upset residents complained about the raids to their city council during a community forum session, held at a regularly scheduled council meeting. To read an article about the raids and see a video excerpt of the forum presentation, click here.
Patrick Gemma, the superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District met with community representatives in East Palo Alto to discuss plans for the development of a new high school for East Palo Alto. To read this article, which appears in the October - November 2009 edition of East Palo Alto, go here.
In declaring October "Domestic Violence Awareness Month," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that restored funding to domestic violence shelters throughout California. Read about the new legislation here. Click here to read commentary about the governor's actions in the EPA Today Online blog.
After listening to scores of residents present their views on whether the Mi Pueblo supermarket chain should open a store in their city, the East Palo Alto City Council cast its vote on the issue. Go here to read about the council's decision and some of the issues it considered.
In beginning "The New Dialogue" that East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis announced in a report to the East Palo Alto community, the East Palo Alto Police Department will launch a "Cultural Competency Training Series," which will be incorporated into the police department’s quarterly training sessions. To read more about the training series, go here. To read Chief Davis' report on "Police & Race Relations: The New Dialogue," in East Palo Alto Today, see page 5 in the August-September 2009 edition of EPA Today.
Police Chief Ron Davis Releases "Letter to Community"
East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis released a letter to the East Palo Alto community in which he discusses the current status of the city's crime rate. In his letter he talks about the evolution of the city's future community-policing efforts and describes "Advance Community Policing" as the next level in the department's policing strategy. Read his entire letter to the community here.
At the last East Palo Alto City Council meeting held on Tuesday, September 15, the City Manager Alvin James shared his plans for the future after he and the city council failed to reach an agreement during contract negotiations over his continued employment. Click here to read what he announced at the city council meeting.
The San Mateo County Transit District Board announced that it was adopting bus service reductions and across-the-board fare increases. To get more information about the SamTrans Board decisions, click transit changes.
Upset with the decision of a Santa Clara County judge to locate a "sexually violent predator" in East Palo Alto, community residents hold a protest demonstration outside the house to which the man recently moved. Click the word protest to get more information about their demonstration.
The State of California now has a new website to register health practitioners interested in administering a flu shot for the H1N1 virus. In unveiling the website, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also urged Californians to prepare for the flu season. To get information about the new website and to see a list of flu prevention tips, click flu prevention.
The East Palo Alto Police Department has started a process that will allow it to set and meet a new standard of excellence for itself. Read about the process and the department's mission and goals here.
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
A group that was established to provide extracurricular activites for East Palo Alto youth during the winter vacation issued a final report on the results of their intervention efforts. Read their progress report.
Another Tool for Fighting Crime
The East Palo Alto Police Department announced that it has another important tool for fighting crime. Read more about it.
Website for Tenants
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
The Parole Re-Entry Program will continue to work with the No More Tears group as the program enters its second year. Read more about the program and the training provided by the group.
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.
East Palo Alto Drops Lawsuit
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.
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.
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.
Obama Visits the Middle East
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.
Gov. Schwarzenegger Talks about California's Wildfires . See his address and the latest statistics involving the state's massive fires.
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
California officials are urging state residents to prepare for the current heat wave. See what they are doing and what they suggest others do. Get additional tips for staying cool here.
East Palo Alto Celebrates 25th Anniversary
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 4th
The 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 entireletter.
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.
Latest Crime Emergency Report
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.
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.
Immigration Raids Bring Grief
32 area congregations call on the U.S. Congress to halt ICE Raids.
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
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."
The East Palo Alto Community Meets with Dr. Emmett Carson
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
Guests on "Stopping the Violence," an upcoming TV Show
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.
A Local Hero
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.
Councilmember Evans Censured
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
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
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
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.
A New Tradition is Set.
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.