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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Raise a fist before you raise a glass

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Raise a fist before you raise a glass

Around the first week of May, there will be several community celebrations and special events in honor of Cinco de Mayo (May 5). One can also expect a flurry of commercials promoting a “fiesta” type atmosphere to sell alcohol and ...

Death Penalty Off the Table for East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Other "Sunny Day" Defendents

Death Penalty Off the Table for East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Other "Sunny Day" Defendents

The San Mateo District Attorney’s Office will not seek the death penalty in “Operation Sunny Day,” a term used by prosecutors and law enforcement to describe a string of crimes that police and prosecutors allege were committed by ...

Police officer training before deployment … in California and East Palo Alto’s recruitment requirements

Police officer training before deployment … in California and East Palo Alto’s recruitment requirements

Have you wondered what kind of officer training potential police officers get before recruitment in the East Palo Alto Police Department? Do you know how officers get hired in your community? Did you know that qualifying to be a p...

O’Connor Street residents petition to leave the Ravenswood City School District –Petition rejected by Menlo and Ravenswood Districts

In November 2014, a petition with 41 signatures was submitted to the County Superintendent of Schools seeking to change the boundaries of the Ravenswood City School District by transferring 31 homes “located on the northern side o...

“It’s not done yet” – The public is asked to donate $25 per individual to help raise $2million to complete the new clinic

“It’s not done yet,” the celebrants at the official ribbon cutting were reminded. Despite the community raising upwards of almost $37million and constructing the new facility, the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Community...

Belle Haven Center: Cooked meals a big hit with seniors

“The food is better …… the menu choices, more varied,” so say the seniors and staff of the Menlo Park Senior Center of the lunches the center has been providing lately. The center, located in the Belle Haven neighborhood, is run b...

Cinco de Mayo - 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla

Cinco de Mayo—or the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla—commemorates a much outnumbered Mexican army’s 1862 victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). In East Palo Alto, like ot...

Local Youth Agency benefits from the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge Program

Building Futures Now (BFN) is the local non-profit that is this year’s IKEA East Palo Alto Life Improvement Challenge Makeover awardee. IKEA’s design team will revamp the agency’s student center to better serve the 100 elementary...

2015 Summer Youth Employment Program application process begins

2015 Summer Youth Employment Program application process begins. Program needs college students as Peer Mentor/ Program Assistants The deadline for all applications and resumes for the 2015 Sponsored Employment Program (SEP) is W...

Homelessness: Is East Palo Alto Becoming the Homeless Capital of the County?

The County of San Mateo conducts a homeless county every two years. The last count was in 2013 and this year’s count was held countywide on January 22, 2015. While the results of the countywide homeless count will not be out unti...

Measure A Funding: Enhancing the County's Quality of Living

In 2012, voters in San Mateo county voters passed Measure A-the Sales and Use Tax Ordinance. Measure A levies a half-cent tax, for a period of 10 years, on the gross receipts of any retailer selling tangible personal property in t...

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Sherry Zalika Sykes

Sherry Zalika Sykes lived in East Palo Alto as a Stan

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Sharifa Wilson

Sharifa Wilson is a member of the Ravenswood City School

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Ghanaian Immigrant Now Long Term East Palo Alto Resident

Ghanaian Immigrant Now Long Term East Palo Alto Resident

When people talk about immigration generally and immigrants in particular, they rarely think about the likes of Alfred LeGrand Sawyer. Like many migrants from Africa, Alfred LeGrand Sawyer came to America to further his education ...

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