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A new high school opens ... page 4 EPA teacher wins top award.. page 8 Are you taking the right steps? page 9 Providing news that is relevant, informative and critical www.epatoday.org. East Palo Alto and Belle Haven March - April 2011 Vol. 6 No.26 City’s top manager proposes deep cuts By Henrietta J. Burroughs plan, which was presented during police department. Three depart- services division, the affordable East Palo Alto Today a special city council study session ments would be eliminated: com- housing division, and functions in on April 7, would eliminate three munity services, housing services engineering and maintenance. “This is the first wave of the tsunami.” - ML Gordon, East Palo Alto City Manager city departments and bring major and the public works departments. These transfers in department layoffs. Gordon’s restructuring plan functions will impact not only engi- East Palo Alto's City Manager, Under the plan, East Palo Alto's would also eliminate three depart- neering and maintenance, but ML Gordon, announced a restruc- seven city departments would be ment heads and a minimum of five also building services, finance, turing plan that would bring major reduced to four departments, leav- clerical support positions. The de- human resources, and planning. changes and staff cuts to city de- ing the community development, partment cuts will necessitate It is estimated that the proposed ML Gordon partments in East Palo Alto. The finance, human resources and the transferring functions in the senior changes will eliminate two million dollars in salary costs and de- crease the city’s three million dollar Inside News Collaborating for high speed rail deficit to between one and two mil- lion dollars. When Gordon started his pres- entation, he asked that everyone Tech- nology focus only on the structure of the is fun- city and not on the individual em- damen- ployees whose positions might be tal ... eliminated. He made sure that the Page 3 council understood that he was acting within his duties and re- sponsibilities as the city manager Teachers in deciding on the cuts. He justified his decisions by saying that he get funding was simply following the council’s for class direction in implementing the pri- projects orities that the council established for the city, especially, the priority Page 5 Photo taken by Nozipo Wobogo for East Palo Alto Today to “increase organizational effec- This photo shows California State Assemblymember Rich Gordon, California State Senator Joe Simitian tiveness and efficiency.” Protesters and U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo conferring at the Caltrain station in Menlo Park prior to their joint presentation regarding their vision of a high speed rail system on the Peninsula. See article on page 12. continued on page 11 ask atty. gen. for justice Exciting vision for 4 Corners and RBD By Sean Charpentier of 13 well attended public meet- ating uses in the RBD north of Bay approximately 1.3 million square Page 5 East Palo Alto Today ings over the last 15 months. Road. Potential transportation im- feet of new industrial, office, and The CPA envisions a walka- provements include a Dumbarton R&D uses, 112,000 square feet of In January, the Planning ble downtown along Bay Rd. be- Rail Station along University Ave. new retail, 835 new residential Chatting Commission recommended an tween 4 Corners and the Bay Trail. near the northern edge of town, a units, and potential new parks and with the exciting new land use vision for the The downtown will have a mixture rapid bus station, additional community/civic spaces. Chief about Ravenswood Business District of residential, retail, commercial, pedestrian and bicycle paths, and The CPA has the potential to crime and 4 Corners (University Ave. and community uses that create a a loop road that will keep traffic out create four significant community reduction and Bay Rd.). The land use vi- pleasant environment with street of the neighborhoods and connect benefits for the City of East Palo sion is the Community Preferred activity at all times of the day. shuttles to the Dumbarton Rail sta- Page 10 Alternative (CPA) that is the result There will be employment gener- tion. The land use vision includes continued on page 13 Rocketship Education denied approval Inside By Henrietta J. Burroughs to East Palo Alto. posed charter school's supporters tary charter school network dedi- Editorial East Palo Alto Today In voting to deny Rocketship's and opponents. cated to eliminate the achieve- request, the Ravenswood City Those who supported Rock- ment gap in high poverty News Briefs After an impassioned late School District's board accepted etship cited the high test scores of neighborhoods." Currently the night meeting, the Ravenswood the recommendation of the dis- its students and the fact that many Palo Alto based organization Opinions City School District's Board of trict's staff and it's legal counsel. of the school's students went on serves nearly 1,000 students, who Trustees voted to deny the Rock- Before casting its vote during its later to gain college acceptances. attend classes taught at two TV Listings etship Education organization meeting on March 24, the board Rocketship was founded in 2006 approval to bring a charter school heard from a number of the pro- as "a national non-profit elemen- continued on page 14 Youth News East Palo Alto Today Page 2 March - April 2011 East Palo Alto has an official emergency plan By Henrietta J. Burroughs orandum of understanding gency preparedness training. East Palo Alto Today with the school district and the It also needed to increase its East Palo Alto Sanitary District collaboration with city agen- East Palo Alto now has an for shared responsibilities dur- cies like the Ravenswood emergency preparedness plan ing a crisis, and it was involved Family Health Clinic and it in place for the city and its res- in a multi-jurisdictional collab- needed to do a “block by idents. The East Palo Alto City oration with the Menlo Park block, neighborhood by neigh- Council adopted the plan by a Fire Department and with the borhood push” to get more 3 to 1 vote at its regular coun- cities of Atherton and Menlo residents prepared. The above image shows the beginning of the resolution that the cil meeting on Tues., April 5. Park. In the background material East Palo Alto City Council approved at its meeting on April 5, The plan, officially known as 2011; there- by adopting the East Palo Alto Emergency Opera- In 2003, the U. S. Federal the council received, it was the Emergency Operations tions Plan. Government mandated that all stated that by adopting the Plan, was presented in a states, cities, municipalities plan, “the City of East Palo meeting and added to the than 500 residents who have council study session by the and Tribal Areas adopt the Na- Alto will not only provide a presentation. Personal Emergency Pre- city’s Police Chief Ron Davis, tional Incident Management more comprehensive and co- In outlining the Emergency paredness (PEP) training, who was accompanied by System (NIMS), which estab- ordinated approach to emer- Operations Plan, Davis cited which is a shortened version three people he jokingly de- lished new emergency guide- gency incident management, the important steps that had of the CERT training. scribed as his emergency lines required under but will maintain the City of already been taken by the city Davis also cited the develop- team: the East Palo Alto Po- Homeland Security regula- East Palo Alto’s eligibility for and its residents and the steps ment and distribution of emer- lice’s Community Service Offi- tions. So, Davis, Norris and future disaster reimbursement the city still needed to take. gency preparedness bro- cer Elizabeth Lam; Ryan Schapelhouman all argued and federal preparedness In mentioning the steps that chures, flipcharts and informa- Zollicoffer, the Menlo Park Fire that the city’s emergency plan grant opportunities.” had already been taken, Davis tional magnets that community Protection District's emer- met the requirements and When it came time to take a listed: a city-wide notification members could use to person- gency services coordinator needed to be adopted as soon vote on the plan, Council system; 10 certified emer- ally access critical information and Jeff Norris, the Office of as possible. member Peter Evans and sev- gency centers in East Palo in the event of a local or wide- Emergency Services' district As to future improvements, eral audience members ob- Alto, a city evacuation plan; 50 spread emergency. coordinator for the San Mateo Davis said East Palo Alto still jected. Evans said, “Adopting residents with Community The council was told that as County Sheriff. Menlo Park’s needed to increase the num- a document from the study Emergency Response Teams part of the Emergency Opera- Fire Chief Harold Schapel- ber of participants in the city (CERT) training and more tions Plan, the city had a mem- houman arrived during the who were involved in emer- continued on page 14 A call to reduce pesticide risks at California schools By Paul S. Towers cer, 14 are linked to endocrine dis- effects of pesticide exposure are East Palo Alto Today ruption, 26 can adversely affect re- amplified during critical windows of production and 13 can cause birth continued on page 13 Across the state, parents, defects. Scientists increasingly teachers and environmental or- find that, ganizations are celebrating efforts even in very to make schools healthier places s m a l l to work and play as part of Na- amounts, tional Healthy Schools Day. In par- pesticides ticular, California groups note that have a pro- reducing pesticides on school found and grounds is not only good for chil- serious im- dren, but also saves schools pact on the money in the long run. Photo courtesy of Californians for Pestide Reform health and “Healthy and green schools The above photo shows a pesticide being applied at a local develop- are within reach in California,” said school. ment of chil- Paul Towers, director of Pesticide state’s schools some of the na- rent California laws, by compari- dren. Watch Education Fund. “But we tion’s strongest protections against son, only encourage transition Accord- need to take better steps to ensure pesticide risks. away from the worst chemicals ing to local that schoolchildren and school In recent years, California’s without totally eliminating the use physician Dr. staff are protected from toxic pes- steps towards healthy pest control of pesticides on school campuses. Cindy Rus- ticides.” have lagged behind. States like Unfortunately, toxic pesticides sell, “Chil- Towers noted that the Califor- New York and Connecticut have are still regularly used in some dren are nia legislature is currently review- passed more aggressive laws that California schools. Of the 40 most especially ing the proposed Healthy Schools ban the use of some pesticides on commonly used pesticides in vulnerable Act of 2011, which would give the school campuses altogether. Cur- schools nationally, 28 cause can- because the East Palo Alto Today Page 3 March - April 2011 Community News Briefs In search of a new city at- cause. another city attorney. plete, there is now a new office torney Why the firing? City officials for the city manager, a meet- can’t say, because it is an em- ing room for the city council Officially opening new city It came as such a ployee matter. offices and a shared, private meeting matter of fact state- Since the city ment at the East area for council members and needs legal coun- On March 31, the city held an Palo Alto City Coun- San Mateo County Supervisor sel on a daily open house so that the East cil meeting that it Rose Jacobs Gibson. basis, Gordon de- Palo Alto community could see didn’t generate any Although the council appro- Photos courtesy of EPA Today public comment. Vincent Ewing cided to rehire Va- its newly renovated adminis- priated $224,800 for the reno- Visitors are beginning to ar- But it was an impor- lerie Armento, who trative offices at the East Palo vation at its meeting on rive to see the city’s new of- tant announcement that could previously served as the Alto Municipal Building, lo- fices. impact some of East Palo city’s interim attorney before December 15, 2009, the work Alto’s future legal decisions. actually started in May 2010 Ewing was hired. What was the announce- and progressed in three Gordon said that he was ment? ML Gordon, East Palo The council ratified Gor- stages. more than pleased with the Alto’s city manager reported don’s hiring decision at its The total appropriation later renovation. “I am very happy,” out of closed session at the March 29 meeting, after which came to $250,000. When the he said. East Palo Alto City Council it decided to forego using the meeting on March 1 that the services of a search firm and work was completed in No- “This fits in with the council’s council had agreed to termi- vember, only an additional third priority - office efficiency. to contact the top two appli- nate the contract of Vincent This photo shows the main $10,000 of the additional People need a pleasant place Ewing, who was, at that time, cants it had interviewed before conference room in the reno- money was actually used. to work and East Palo Alto de- the city attorney. it had hired Ewing. vated city offices. The funding fore the renova- serves to have a city hall that Ewing, who had served as The city’s Mayor Carlos tion came from bond refinanc- its citizens can be proud of,” the city’s attorney for two Romero estimated that it might cated at 2415 University years was fired at the discre- take the city 60 days to hire ing and did not come from the Gordon said. Avenue. tion of the city council without city’s general fund. With the renovation com- Runnymede Phase II Storm Drain is underway By Brent Butler to http://www.ci.east-palo- Bay Road must have a minimum route signage, restriping widened East Palo Alto Today alto.ca.us/planningdiv/index.html, 4’ width to be installed, which is not Class II bicycle lanes, such as the and once there scroll to the proj- possible on most City streets due one on University Avenue, and The City of East Palo Alto is ects listed as SD-01, SD-02, and to their narrow width. using speed humps. in the process of implementing the SD-03. Number two on the list of pri- The City’s recently adopted Capital Improvement Plan by The projects are intended to ority projects for funding is a series Bicycle Technical Guidelines out- completing drainage improve- improve the City’s storm drain sys- of Bicycle Safety Education line the standards by which the city ments. These improvements will tem, which is consistent with the Classes. As envisioned, these will implement these improve- allow the City to remove stormwa- goals and policies of the Land Use classes will focus on teaching the ments. These standards identify ters from the urbanized portion of Element of the East Palo Alto ABC’s of bicycle maintenance, when a sharrows can be used on the City for the purpose of provid- General Plan regarding the provi- Brent Butler and public education concerning narrow streets (typically when the ing increased flood protection. sion of adequate infrastructure. the rules of the road. New end-of- vehicular volume is less than This project includes the dredging The most critical project within this trip bicycle parking at public facili- 4,000), and the types of gutters Bicycle Transportation Plan of the channel which extends from category is SD-01, which is the ties, such as at City’s offices, and and speed bumps that ease bicy- On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Runnymede southward to the completion of a Storm Drain Mas- public schools, as well as busi- cle commuting, and also recom- the City Council unanimously pond at the base of the Friendship ter Plan. The completion of a com- nesses, is also part of the public mends the type of bicycle voted to approve a Bicycle Trans- Bridge, and the placement of cul- prehensive Master Plan will education component. Acknowl- detection systems that can be im- portation Plan, which identifies the verts at the road ends where the facilitate the implementation of the edging that cities such as San plemented for little or no additional completion of a new Class I bike City’s streets end adjacent to the other projects listed in this cate- Francisco are increasing their cost to the city. Approved also in- path or trail, part of a Hwy 101 dike. While the final design is not gory. Projects in this category are sales tax by providing bicyclists cluded investigating the reopening pedestrian overcrossing, as the yet available, some of the streets funded from a variety of sources, options to access their business of the subway (underground pas- City’s number one bicycle trans- that may also gain improved ac- but the City needs to seek addi- other than by vehicle are all part of sage) between Euclid and East portation priority. Class I bike cess to the Bay Trail include Run- tional monies at the local, state the plan. Also recommended are Bayshore under Hwy 101 for the paths, just as the one on the Bay nymede, Garden, Cypress, and and federal levels to fully fund specific improvements to the road- dual purpose of emergency pre- Trail, are only for bicyclists and Beech More information about these projects into the future. way that accommodate bicycles, paredness (allowing residents im- pedestrians. Class II bike lanes, these projects are available on the such as installing sharrows continued on page 15 which are found on University and Planning Division’s webpage. Go (shared use pavement markings), Technology is fundamental to business By Oscar Dominguez printers. business owners use it to find data million dollar operations? East Palo Alto Today For more professional look- on the competition, source suppli- Founded in 1979, Merry Maids ing cards, there are many web- ers or see what customers are say- was once a tiny, local operation. For many business owners, based companies like VistaPrint ing about them on sites like Yelp Today, it is a multi-million dollar computers are something their providing customized business or Chowhound. nationwide franchise. The turn- children use or worse, something cards for a fraction of a traditional Other online tools that serv- key systems of a Merry Maid or to fear. Every single business printer. ice businesses can utilize include even McDonald’s franchise are person should be using computers While the most valuable and PayPal for accepting payments all dependent on technology to in some way to manage or grow well-known web sites are Web and various calendars from create and implement. his/her operations. 2.0 or user-created sites like the Google and Yahoo for scheduling We at Renaissance Mid- Oscar Dominguez From the people cleaning Facebook, good old static or or rescheduling client visits. Peninsula understand the impor- houses and maintaining our gar- owner-created sites are still very Beyond the Internet, tech- tance of technology for business operations. dens to Fortune 500 CEO’s tech- effective and inexpensive way to nology can help business owners and we are rolling out basic and While these businesses nology is a key business success. communicate to prospective and create accounting systems and intermediate computing classes may not necessarily find value in What’s that? You’re not current clients. Building a static make tax time less stressful. this year. Give us a call at 650- social media, they certainly can convinced? Well, let me explain web site and conducting an email QuickBooks or even Excel 321-2193 to find out more about leverage technology to find and how even service-based, seem- campaign can be done for a tenth spreadsheets are both powerful our services for current and aspir- keep clients. Business cards are ingly technology independent of the cost of printing and mailing tools for managing finances and ing business owners. fundamental to marketing and can businesses like house cleaners 1000 color flyers. staying out of trouble with the Oscar Dominguez is the ex- be designed and printed on even and gardeners can benefit and The Internet is also the IRS. ecutive director of Renaissance the most basic computers and even become multi-million dollar largest source of information in So how does technology MidPeninsula. the history of mankind and savvy help businesses grow into multi- East Palo Alto Today Page 4 March - April 2011 A new high school opens in East Palo Alto By Nozipo Wobogo ished his term as a member of the the Aspire Public schools network every student at my school. East Palo Alto Today Ravenswood City School District’s and in 2006, EPAPA was born The smaller-sized institution is Board of Trustees, said, “It’s excit- with a 5-year charter from Sequoia our model; it’s more transforma- A large audience gathered for ing and a great demonstration of Union High School District tive. A student can get lost at a the groundbreaking of East Palo what the community can do. (SUHSD). school with 1,200 kids. We have Alto’s first new public high school The school is not too large, Presently the EPAPA is one help from our partners like College campus in 40 years. The new students can walk to it, and par- of 30 schools run by Aspire Public Track, the Lords Gym and others. school will be run by the Aspire ents are engaged. We needed Schools. a non-profit organization We are blessed to have the sup- schools and will be built as the Photo courtesy of Nozipo Wobogo teachers who get results and who which operates charter schools in port of the community,” he said. new East Palo Alto Phoenix Acad- This photo shows some of the raise the bar.” the state of California. The schools Inthe mid-seventies, Ravens- emy (EPAPA) High School Cam- groundbreaking ceremony, which In explaining the history of the have a reputation of success at wood High School closed. Over pus. took place on March 1, 2011. Aspire school in East Palo Alto, getting students to maintain high time, the desire for a local high The various stakeholders of Moody said, “Some years ago, academic levels with their primary school did not diminish. Cammie the project who were present to industrial building without a recre- East Palo Alto parents and con- goal being “College for Certain.” Vail, Executive Director of the witness the momentous occasion ational area, the new facility will cerned residents, who wanted EPAPA now serves approxi- Palo Alto Community Fund said, “I included students, teachers, ad- feature a state-of-the-art gymna- their children to be able to bypass mately 150 students in grades 9- remember when they closed ministrators, counselors and par- sium, science labs and an outdoor some of the problems with educa- 12, however, according to the Ravenswood High School. I’m ents from EPAPA as well as their recreational space. The project will tional issues encountered in the school’s principal Thomas Mad- glad to see a high school returning partners; builders, funders, gov- be completed by the fall and is lo- local school district at that time, son, “The Garden Street campus to the community.” ernment officials and the commu- cated only a few blocks away from came together.” will be able to accommodate al- Betsy Gifford, a donor to the nity-at-large. Appropriately, the the present location. He said that the parents knew most three times that number project said, “I haven’t enough ceremonial groundbreaking was “I’m always pleased to see that academic success for the chil- when we are fully enrolled.” good words for this effort.” Gifford’s held at the construction site at Aspire doing things. This educa- dren would be difficult without When it was pointed out how son serves on the board of 1039 Garden Street. tional environment will help stu- strong achievement oriented pro- this would still be significantly less EPACS. Unlike the current East Palo dents succeed,” said East Palo grams beginning in kindergarten, than some larger comprehensive Cynthia Medina, a student at Alto Phoenix Academy, which is Alto City Councilmember Ruben “so they started the East Palo Alto high schools with student bodies located off of Bay Road between Abrica. Charter School (EPACS).” Even- of one thousand or more, Madson continued on page13 Clarke and Pulgas in a converted Larry Moody, who just fin- tually, EPACS became a part of said, “I need to know the names of Dealing with a potential foreclosure By Ken Harris contact your Lender. can be obtained if the home owner cal remedy for a homeowner. In East Palo Alto Today Homeowner(s) have options is working and can qualify for the situations this is a viable option to in dealing with foreclosure: 1) Pay lender offered loan modification exercise. The American housing mar- the debt, 2) Negotiate a Modifica- terms. When negotiating a loan Option 4) Give the lender ket is in a recession where foreclo- tion of your loan’s payments and modification, try to negotiate terms your deed of trust in lieu of foreclo- sures have affected 56% of loan terms, 3) Negotiate a Short from your Lender that you can af- sure. This is where homeowner households in California and Sale with your lender and 4) Give ford. A lender will give an initial trial gives the lender his deed of trust many more across the nation, Ken Harris your lender your a deed in lieu of repayment period. Then once the back in place of foreclosure. This leaving families in a state of eco- foreclosure. Of these four options, trial payment period is over and is the least recommended of the 4 or for those who are in foreclosure. nomic despair. Foreclose is a a homeowner will have to deter- the payments were paid as options. There are several steps that tragically disruptive legal action mine which option is the best for agreed, long term financing will be None of these options is an a homeowner who is facing fore- that adversely affects families, their individual circumstances. offered. This is one of many easy solution for homeowners fac- closure should take. The first ac- communities and the nation’s An explanation of the options: Lender offered scenarios for mod- ing foreclosure. However, with tion is to confront the problem housing market. Option1) Repay the debt, as ification financing. Loan modifica- careful thought, planning and ne- head on. A homeowner facing There are not many invest- agreed, when you originally pur- tion is recommended option, if gotiation, you can come to a con- foreclosure should contact his or ments more sacred to a home- chased or refinanced your home, obtainable. clusion that best meets your her Lender and get help from a owner than his or her home. this is the best solution. However, Option 3) A Short Sale nego- family’s needs. number of local organizations who Our office has been assisting many homeowner(s) would not be tiation is where the homeowner Always seek the advice of a can help resolve your foreclosure clients with all their real estate in this foreclosure situation if they sells their home the open market lawyer or a tax professional for plight. Lender are reaching out to needs since 1981. were able to repay their debt. The with the Lender taking less than legal or tax consequences when help homeowners. The worst I write with the utmost com- homeowner must recognize that the homeowner originally bor- negotiating any of the previously thing a homeowner can do is to passion, particularly, for home- the lender is collecting their debt rowed. Should the Lender release stated options. avoid the lender. Be proactive and owners who are facing foreclosure and foreclosure is their remedy. the homeowner from all liability See Ken Harris’ Century 21 Option 2) Loan modification from the loan, this can be a practi- ad on page 11. 011 - April 2011 Support the East Palo Alto Today newspaper The East Palo Alto Today newspaper is published by the East Palo Alto Center for Community Media, a nonprofit agency that was formed in January 2003 to create media outlets in East Palo Alto and provide the type of positive, relevant information about the community that is not easily found elsewhere. If you like what you see in East Palo Alto Today, then we ask that you enable us to serve the community better. 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East Palo Alto Today Page 5 March - April 2011 Petitioners ask atty. gen. for justice By Diana Reddy owners illegally foreclosed and the Generals continue their investiga- to suggest ways to hold banks ac- East Palo Alto Today criminal prosecution of bank exec- tion into foreclosure fraud and countable for their crimes and utives responsible for fraud and mortgage abuse, big banks and abuses, and to get banks to be- With a petition bearing 10,000 abuse. their allies are pressing for a quick come better community players. signatures calling for justice in the The February 23 meeting settlement. Community leaders PIA leaders were among those banking industry, a team of 24 also included moving testimony believe that a quick settlement will who participated in the event. homeowners and community from homeowners who had lost let the big banks off the hook for At the meeting on March 19, leaders met with top officials from their homes. A San Jose resident their crimes and will not provide PICO federation Oakland Com- the California Attorney General’s told of losing her home due to a adequate help and compensation munity Organizations (OCO) and office in San Francisco on phenomenon called “dual track- for homeowners. PICO California, together with Wednesday, February 23. The Photo courtesy of PIA ing.” She told the group that while “We want a settlement with ACCE, held a large town hall Protesters holding petitions group conveyed its demands for a she was in the process of obtain- teeth,” said Alvin Spencer, a PIA meeting with city and state elected asing for criminal prosecutions. settlement between 50 state Attor- ing approval for a loan modifica- board member from Faith Mis- officials in east Oakland, which ney Generals and the major Wall tion, the bank continued to sionary Baptist Church in East has been rocked by foreclosures Street banks. been fraudulently deprived of their advance her home through the Palo Alto. “The banks nearly and is now dotted with vacant, The team represented a homes. foreclosure process. brought this country to its knees, bank-owned homes. In addition coalition of grassroots organiza- The group called upon Attor- Finally she received word that and we believe they should be to building support for the state tions, including Peninsula Interfaith ney General Kamala Harris to pro- her loan modification had been held accountable for their crimes.” legislation, community and faith Action (PIA), PICO California, the vide leadership in pressing for a approved, and on the very same After the meeting, the team leaders lifted up local strategies Service Employees International strong and just settlement with the day, she received word that the held a press conference where that the city and county can take Union (SEIU) and Alliance of Cal- banks. The team’s representa- bank had sold her home at auc- they announced a large public to protect homeowners and hold ifornians for Community Empow- tives presented the AG officials tion. The home that she could meeting that a coalition of commu- banks accountable. Watch home- erment (ACCE). with its “Homeowner’s Bottom now afford no longer belonged to nity organizations would host in owners giving testimony at The coalition demanded that Line,” which is a plan outlining re- her. “The right hand didn’t know Oakland on March 19. Thou- http://youtu.be/HanuQJ81dpI. the Attorney Generals hold Wall quirements to include in the settle- what the left hand was doing, and sands of concerned community Watch Diana Reddy on the Street banks accountable for their ment. The “”Homeowner’s I lost my home as a result. My members from PICO California, Talking with Henrietta show at crimes of the past three years and Bottom Line” requirements include family was devastated, and this SEIU, and ACCE gathered to http://www.youtube.com/watc require those banks to provide principal reductions for underwater happens all the time,” she said. meet with state officials to docu- h?v=dLkbzmVWNBY restitution to people who have homeowners, restitution for home- While the 50 state Attorney ment the harm caused by banks, Teachers get funding for school projects By Henrietta J. Burroughs Ileana de la Torre, who teaches sci- can use in the classroom. Although funding for a new rug that does not East Palo Alto Today ence to seventh and eighth graders Belle Haven has a bookroom, it have stains and can occupy each of at the Ronald McNair Academy. would be great to have a wider vari- my students comfortably.” Many area teachers are taking As a first time teacher in the ety of books that are more readily During the two hour program at advantage of a special website, Ravenswood City School District, accessible inside my classroom. Microsoft, the teachers received raf- funded by Microsoft, to fund their Torre said that she had a lot of ma- “I plan on sharing these with fle prizes, including money for their classroom projects. The websiteis terials for science labs in Oakland, the other first grade teachers so that projects, kits and gift cards, in addi- called DonorsChoose.org, which where she taught previously, but she we can all benefit from this project. tion to their training. grants teachers up to $2,500 in fund- “unfortunately, didn’t have a lot in The students have also expressed For more on the program read ing to pursue their ideas to enrich Ravenswood.We have to be very that if they could get one new thing Mayor Sid Espinosa’s article on the Photo courtesy of EPA Today their students’ academic training. Deanna Lane stands with Ileana creative in getting materials,” she in the classroom, they would like a East Palo Alto Today Opinion page Teachers from all over the de Torre at Microsoft. said. new rug where each of them has in this issue. country use the website to request Lane said that she also had a enough space to sit. I could not such things as books, materials, new classroom that didn’t have a lot agree more with their suggestion. to talk about their classroom needs technical equipment and anything of materials and found out aboutthe t “So, I am also going to try to get and to get special training on how to else they think will enhance their stu- DonorsChoose.org program from use the DonorsChoose.org website. dent’s classroom experience. Thus another teacher in the district. Eleven of these educators far, the program has been credited Both Lane and Torre ex- came from East Palo Alto and they with funding nearly 185,000 projects pressed their gratitude for the pro- requested “everything from binders to the tune of $76 million for over 4.5 gram. and books, to projectors to PA sys- million students. Lane said, “In terms of tems.” Last March, 150 teachers DonorsChoose, I am hoping to get I spoke with two East PaloAlto from both San Mateo County and a project funded that will help my stu- Photo courtesy of EPA Today teachers at the conference: Deanna Teachers stand with the gifts that they received at the Donors- Santa Clara County met at Mi- dents with their reading. I am in dire Lane, who teaches first grade at the Choose.org program held at Microsoft’s Mountain View office. crosoft’s campus in Mountain View need of guided reading books that I Belle Haven Elementary School and East Palo Alto Today Page 6 March - April 2011 From the Editor’s Desk Looking at the Individual: On the horns of a dilemma East Palo Alto City Manager money. ML Gordon is poised to make I was personally shocked some drastic cuts in the city’s de- when I went, a few years ago, to partments and in its staff. He has an East Palo Alto Youth Summit, the power under the city’s munic- which featured several rappers. I ipal code to do it, with or without could hardly contain myself as the council’s consent. one of the rappers, responded to During the presentation of his a question about the impact of his city restructuring plan to the East lyrics on the morals of his young Palo Alto City council, listeners. He Gordon said some fas- said, “This is cinating things that are about how I truly worthy of utmost make my liv- consideration ing. This is His presentation about my outlined some very money. Don’t clear ethical and moral mess with my dilemmas. He empha- money.” I’m sized that the council Henrietta J. Burroughs sure the peo- should focus solely at ple who cap- the structure of his plan and not at tured slaves and sold them at the individuals who might be in- slave auctions said that, too. volved. Who could not feel the words of the former slave Sojourner Photo courtesy of Meda Okelo For some people, this per- Truth, when she said, “And ain't I This photo shows the some of the young runners who participated in the Al Julian Track and Field Meet, spective might cause consider- able concern. When some people a woman? I have borne thirteen which was held at the Cesar Chavez Academy on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The track meet was sponsored and organizations callously over- chilern, and seen 'em mos' all sold by the Kiwanis Club of East Palo Alto, the City of East Palo Alto’s Community Services Department and the looked the individual, there were off to slavery, and when I cried out Ravenswood City School District. painful, negative consequences. with my mother's grief, none but For example, in their headlong Jesus heard me! And ain't I a pursuit of money, banks, lenders, woman?" When you take the individual Letters in East Palo Alto Today realtors, investors and all others who stood to gain, didn’t care one dimension away, you can even Dear Editor, farm subsidies and weapons re- ship be located? How or who con- bit about the millions of individuals justify the wholesale killing of peo- Just when it couldn’t get any search. tacted Rocketship in the first place who would later be hurt. Ask all of ple in wars, because they are worse, with millions of foreclosures New homelessness can be and asked them to come to those people who are facing fore- “kooks,” “chinks,” “japs” “redskins” and layoffs across the country of prevented by federal government Ravenswood? closure and have faced foreclo- and “ragheads.” They can even state workers (many who have policies, but we have to demand Many orgainzations out there sure whether they feel that their be seen as “niggers” and “wet- mortgages to pay)—now the it. Write to Congress, to the Presi- claim that their programs have all individual circumstances were backs.” They can be tortured and deficit hawks in Washington pro- dent and to Attorney General Eric the answers to Ravenswood's taken into account. killed, because they give God a pose cutting 750,000 rent subsi- Holder. problems. We have great, "No," Isn’t that what also happened different name and pray in a dif- dies in the Section 8 program. excellent teachers working hard in the Page Mill Properties fiasco? ferent way. They can even be a The government has the Gertrude Reagan everyday to help their students be The owners of the property fo- member of the wrong gang, means to prevent new homeless- Palo Alto, CA 94303 successful. I feel that parent par- cused solely on their investment wearing the wrong color. Or, they ness. Department of Justice, put ticipation and teacher input is what and they didn’t care a hoot about might have a different tribal mark- those big banks on notice that you Denial of Rocketship Peti- is missing. If we (Ravenswood) the individual tenants. I always ing and a different skin color. Just will prosecute for shoddy, toxic tion for elementary school could require parent participation, cringe when I hear someone say, take away their humanity and mortgages! HUD and regulators, Dear Editor, and allow the teachers to give their “This is about business, leave the make them invisible. Then, it’s not knock their heads together to I would like to know...as many advice and treat each class and emotions and all that other stuff necessary to see them as individ- out of it.” What that means is: uals with similar hopes and make them help the victims! Tell others are wondering, since the grade level as there own depart- Never mind emotional and ethical dreams. banks: Keep people in their Board did not approve the coming ment of a part of a well run ed considerations so long as there is I remember the time that homes if they can afford it with of Rocketship, what are the next company, there would be nothing money on the line. East Palo Alto City Council mem- lower mortgage payments (Banks steps? that Ravenswood could not ac- Well, many think as does bers took pride in the fact that foreclose, because it takes less ef- If many of the parents wanted complish. Why invest in some- Gordon that life is about the health while other cities were laying off fort. But, unsalable foreclosed Rocketship to come, what are thing new when we can fix...with and well-being of communities, of workers, East Palo Alto avoided houses don’t benefit anyone, even they (Rocketship leaders) plan- training, collaboration, and dedca- people and of individuals. It’s also layoffs. But that time might now banks!). ning to do to support those parents tion that the Ravenswood teach- about economic vitality, about civic be coming to an end. Federal government, help the and their children? ers all have shown by their years stability and about all of the things I have the utmost respect for states! Cutbacks in state jobs de- Also what will be the differ- of service... New is not always bet- that Gordon outlined in his vision, Gordon who acknowledged that press the economy further. Unem- ence between Rocketship and the ter. when he made his presentation to his restructuring plan, if adopted, ployed people don’t spend, Stanford New School? They I am tired of organizations the council. would bring hardship to some of especially if they lose their homes. came, failed to meet their goals from the outside always trying to Is there ever a time when de- those who would be affected by it. For people who don’t make a and in only two years, their charter come into Ravenswood to fix it or cision makers should stop looking Some would say that the choices living wage, Section 8 rent subsidy was revoked and they were asked save our students from the current at the individual and the impact he has made are for the good of vouchers are a godsend. 750,000 to leave. Many of those students teachings of Ravenswood. This is that their actions and decisions will the city as a whole and the vision have on those around them? that has been held out for the city vouchers gone—three-quarters of were transferred to other schools my opinion and does not reflect When should we ever stop putting cannot be achieved without mak- a million???? Congress, don't cut throughout the district, and feel the opinion or opinions of others a face to the statistics? We know ing some sacrifices in staff jobs these. Find cuts elsewhere -- in displaced. Where would Rocket- from RTA, CSCA or others who what happened with Bernie Mad- and departments. We all know that there are off, who only cared about the money, and we’re all too aware of sacrifices that must be made to EPA To da y’s P ol i cie s & Pri nci pl es the suicides and the personal achieve most goals. Having said devastation that happened to so that, I’m a very empathetic per- In order to better serve the within our service area. We will hold ourselves ac- many people, who suffered be- continued on page 15 communities of East Palo Alto East Palo Alto Today is ded- countable to common stan- cause of his wholesale quest for and Belle Haven, East Palo icated to conscientious jour- dards of decency, treating our colleagues, news sources, East Palo Alto Today Alto Today has made the com- mitment to operate with high nalism. We maintain this commitment by seeking and and the public with respect. 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East Palo Alto Today Page 7 March - April 2011 Opinion The ideas expressed on this page are solely the views of the individual authors who do not represent East Palo Alto Today’s Board or staff Local teachers get creative as funding evaporates By Sid Espinosa traordinary. project ideas and funding require- could benefit from each other’s ex- East Palo Alto Today Here’s how it works: Teach- ments and met with representa- periences. We were thrilled to ers post descriptions of the sup- tives from DonorsChoose.org to reach so many inspiring educators Our teachers face tough plies, technology or other understand how to employ the site in Silicon Valley, and have been times. Larger class sizes, pres- resources that their particular stu- to support their classroom activi- amazed by the flood of grateful sure to teach-to-the-test, potential dents need, and then individual ties. Their brainstorming and idea- comments, thoughtful questions changes to their benefits -- and on donors can make contributions to- sharing resulted in the and interesting projects posted top of all of this, their classroom wards those gifts. When a project disbursement of thousands of dol- since the event.” budgets and resources continue reaches its funding goal, lars to address local classroom I couldn’t agree more. At Mi- Palo Alto Mayor to be slashed. In other profes- DonorsChoose.org delivers the needs. While this was an exciting crosoft, I’m charged with leading Sid Espinosa sions, these hardships would materials to the school. So far the event, there are thousands more the company’s community part- cause workers to run away in frus- DonorsChoose.org was created program has raised more than local teachers and potential sup- nerships in Silicon Valley, so I’m al- tration, but teachers are tenacious. by Charles Best, a social studies $77 million to fund nearly 189,000 ports who don’t know about ways looking for those Here in East Palo Alto, I have teacher in the Bronx who realized projects for more than 4.6 million DonorsChoose.org. organizations that are having the watched numerous teachers and that many people in the commu- students. 4.6 million! As the Vice President of the biggest impact. Of course, Mi- everyday citizens take matters into nity wanted to help their schools A few weeks ago, more than West Region for crosoft invests millions in educa- their own hands to get creative but did not have an effective way 150 educators from San Mateo DonorsChoose.org, Carolina tional programs each year -- from about finding funds. It’s the best to do so. In true Silicon Valley and Santa Clara counties -- in- Martín, told me, “The goal for this curriculum development to soft- kept secret around, but it shouldn’t fashion, he solved this problem by cluding those from East Palo Alto event was to bring educators from ware and technology donations, be. creating a website -- came to Microsoft’s Silicon Val- every grade, subject and level of including everything from lesson Let me introduce you to (DonorsChoose.org) and the re- ley Campus to learn about expertise together with DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose.org. They shared DonorsChoose.org so that they continued on page 12 sults have been absolutely ex- 211 - a place to turn for help in San Mateo County Adrienne J. Tissier and the 211 helpline has launched will provide residents with crit- workers and other community Anne Wilson in San Mateo County. The ad- ical information about evacua- service providers, who call 211 East Palo Alto Today dition of San Mateo County tion routes, food and shelter. directly to get information to completes the 211 network in After the disaster, 211 can pro- help clients and constituents. Sometimes the search for Bay Area, which now serves vide information about finding · 211 benefits businesses food, shelter and other basic all 12 counties in our region. jobs and permanent housing by reducing employee absen- necessities can end in frustra- 211 is a toll-free, 24-hour, during long-term recovery. teeism and increasing produc- tion. Navigating the myriad of multilingual information line Should calls overload our local tivity due to fquality referrals telephone numbers, auto- that connects people in need operators, 211 call centers for a comprehensive array of mated directories, search en- with health and human serv- across the nation can assist services. gines and social service ices. You can now pick up a San Mateo County Super- using locally supplied informa- · 211 reduces the number agencies can be confusing phone anywhere in the Bay visor Adrienne J. Tissier tion. of non-emergency calls to 911. when you need help the most. Area, call 211, and immedi- In addition to disaster re- 211 also provides 911 opera- ately gain access to hundreds shelter and more. sponse and recovery, 211 of- tors, as well as first-respon- But now there is a place to The expansion of 211 in the turn in San Mateo County that of local organizations that pro- fers tremendous economic ders, with a place to easily vide services such as child Bay Area will prove crucial in benefits for our region: refer non-emergency calls. can help. the next earthquake or disas- United Way and its partners care, flu shots, employment · 211 is a cost- and time- assistance, counseling, food, ter. When disaster strikes, 211 saving tool for police, social continued on page 10 are pleased to announce that Standing up for teens By Leigh Ann Pusey 350,000 injuries could be pre- have comprehensive licensing comprehensive GDL law, accord- East Palo Alto Today vented each year, according to the systems - including appropriate ing to a recent survey by the All- Center for Disease Control and nighttime and passenger restric- State Foundation. Even wider Car accidents are the number Prevention. tions - in place. The STAND UP majorities of teens favor bans on one killer of teenagers in the GDL programs save lives be- Act would strengthen and improve texting (93 percent) and cell phone United States. cause they target the key behav- existing laws - the same way ear- use (85 percent). Much like their Government data show that iors that raise crash risk among lier federal mandates increased elders, teens recognize the impor- each day, more than ten teens are teenage drivers -- speeding, night- seat-belt use and reduced tance of sharing the road with re- killed nationwide in a motor vehicle time driving, and distractions from drunken driving. sponsible and experienced crash. Due to inexperience and peer passengers and cell phones. GDL proponents recognize drivers. Leigh Ann Pusey bad habits, young drivers are While teens are still mastering that parents want to keep to their We all know that teen more likely to be involved in a fatal the complexities of driving, GDL children safe on the road, but they crashes - and the tragic losses that ually easing restrictions on teen crash than any other age group, laws limit unsupervised driving also need flexibility to manage result - are preventable. GDL laws drivers as they gain more experi- and the risk is highest during their hours and ban teens from using family schedules. That's why the are a proven, effective strategy for ence behind the wheel. Drivers first years of driving. electronic devices such as cell STAND UP Act makes exceptions reducing risk to teens, their pas- must complete a three-step licens- Now, a new teen driving act phones or iPods when driving. for teens driving with an immedi- sengers, and others who share ing process in which they spend introduced in the U.S. Congress And since young teens are the ate family member under age 21 the road with them. Parents, a minimum of six months at the seeks to slow this dangerous most vulnerable, GDL laws would and for traveling to workplaces or teens, and lawmakers should learner's permit stage, followed by trend and spare thousands of raise the age at which drivers can school-sanctioned events - in- "stand up" for national graduated another six months with an inter- families the heartbreaking loss of get a learner's permit from 14 or stances where teens are already driver licensing standards and en- mediate license. Once drivers turn a teenage child. 15 in most states to 16. less likely to engage in risky driv- sure that the next generation of 18, they are awarded full driving The Safe Teen and Novice The idea behind GDL laws is ing. The bill would also exempt drivers is well-prepared for the se- privileges. Driver Uniform Protection (STAND simple: Minimize risk while maxi- most teens who work on family rious responsibility of driving. Research shows that states UP) Act would set national stan- mizing experience. With GDL pro- farms. Leigh Ann Pusey is Presi- with strong GDL laws have seen dards for graduated driver licens- grams, teens gain driving Thanks to the flexibility and dent and CEO of the American In- as much as a 40 percent de- ing (GDL) programs, which have privileges commensurate with protection GDL laws provide, nu- surance Association. This piece crease in teen crashes, and the been proven to reduce deaths and their developing skills and good merous surveys show that par- was originally published in Prop- longer licensure is delayed, the injuries among the least experi- judgment. ents strongly endorse the system. ertyCasualty360.com. better. If every state had strong enced drivers. Although 49 states have What's surprising is that nearly 75 GDL laws, 175 deaths and about GDL programs work by grad- some form of GDL, only a handful percent of teenagers support a East Palo Alto Today Page 8 March - April 2011 Lifecycles Honoring two city residents By Henrietta J. Burroughs terson and Julie C. Paisant. pearing in court as a character East Palo Alto Today The ceremony, which took witness to save young people place on March 27, was held from incrceration and for pro- Patrick Brock: Inducted in the Grand Ball Room of the viding food and shelter to into the Blues Hall of Fame Airport Hilton Oakland. many, for example. Brock received the award During the presentation, I n what was billed as because of the 40 years that Steele was quoted as saying that the biggest night for he has spent as a promoter of when she heard the phrase”a Blues recognition on musicians. purpose driven life,” she felt con- the West Coast, one nected to it because she felt that of East Palo Alto’s own native Rosemary Steele: Honored she wakes up every morning Patrick Brock Rosemary Steele sons, Patrick Brock, was in- as “a committed commu- with a purpose. ducted into the West Coast nity leader” mony which took place in the The luncheon honoring Ellis Williams III, Barbara Tay- Blues Hall of Fame. Steele was opened by Pearlie M. T lor, Chuck Johnson (Soul he National Council of community room of the East Brock was one of thirteen Palo Alto Municipal Building, it Young-Rainer, the founder and Beat), Bonny Simon, Bruno Negro Women, Inc. “extraordinary” artists who was was said that Steele was president of the East Palo Alt Brunecker, Church of John held its appreciation inducted. In addition to Brock known in the community as section of the National Council of Coltrain and Arch Bishop recognition was given to such recognition celebration and gave its Negro Women. Deputy Clerk Franzo King, Eddie Wilson, “Mama Rose” by many of East notables as Buddy Guy, Jimi Community Service/Humanitarian Palo Alto’s young people. Minette Warren presented Steele Henry Dalton Williams, Phil Gi- Hendrix, David “Honeyboy” award to Rosemary Steele. Steele was lauded for the with a city proclamation. vant and Johnny Winter. The Edwards, Winton Marsalis, The award was presented to continuing assistance that she Marie Davis served as the Bob Geddins Lifetime Lonnie Brooks, Lester Cham- Steele for her more than 35 year has provided to young mean mistress of ceremony for the Achievement Awards was pre- bers (Chamber Brothers), Ben dedicated service to the community. and women in crisis-- assis- event. sented to Vivian Waldrup-Pat- Hodges (Flamingos), Minor During the award cere- tance such as counseling, ap- East PaloAlto teacher wins top award Palo Alto Charter School, where has developed a reputation as a he has worked for 11 years. In rap artist known as Kontac who speaking about the award and his creates videos to inspire children. selection, he said that someone Ashford said that he was asked nominated him for the award. “I’m to coordinate and co-produce a not sure why I won. I have done a video project for First Lady Michele Obama's Lets Move pro- lot of work for the youth in East gram. His video called 1 2 3 Palo Alto as well as Richmond. LET’s GO c a n v i e w e d There were a lot of other teachers at www.vimeo.com/15791818 . who also do great things,” he said. He said that the video will be on Ashford received his cash President Barack Obama’s fit- Photo courtesy of Stephen Ashford prize at an award's ceremony, ness web site in June. Stephen Ashford is shown stand- which took place on Saturday, Ashford created another Photo courtesy of Stephen Ashford ing with Dennis Richmond March 19, in San Ramon, CA. The video focused on those with dis- Stephen Ashford stands with his daughter, Lashea and his son award is sponsored by Ala Costa abilities. This video, which is ti- Keyshawn during the Dennis Richmond Community Impact Award cer- By Henrietta J. Burroughs Centers, an agency in Berkeley, tled, Heartbeat – Ala Costa emony in which he won the top award for the work he does to inspire East Palo Alto Today youth. The ceremony was held in San Ramon on March 19, 2011. CA, that was created to empower Students, can be seen at A children and young adults with de- www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iv n East Palo Alto velopmental disabilities. According w5hvYkss.The remix of his origi- teacher, Stephen Ash- to the agency's website, the Den- nal video called Stay in School, ford, was selected nis Richmond Community Impact which was produced to encour- over 250 other teachers to win the Award is given each year "to rec- age students not to drop out of Dennis Richmond Community Im- ognize three individuals who have school, can be seen at pact Award. The award, which car- inspired and empowered children www.vimeo.com/4141599 ries a top prize of $5,000, is and youth in the community The second place winner of named after former Bay Area tel- through their position at a public the Dennis Richmond Community evision news anchor, Dennis school, therefore furthering the Impact Award won $2,500 and the Richmond. Richmond retired from mission of Ala Costa." third place winner received KTVU Fox Channel 2 in May Ashford said he will use the $1,000.00. 2008, after a 40-year career at the award money he received to fund television station. field trips and to help his eighth grade Ashford currently teaches students visit Washington, D.C. physical education at the East The award-winning teacher Do you have an interest in sales? Do you like to meet people and help them solve their problems? If so, we just might have the job for you! Contact us at: email@example.com East Palo Alto Today Page 9 March - April 2011 Lifecycles Are you taking the right steps? By Adriana Flores-Ragade or joining special fly-in programs. learn best? What are my goals enrollment and financial aid. Special to East Palo Alto I followed my high school and what makes me happy? I was Searching for institutions with Today counselor’s advice. Choosing my lucky to have very supportive par- rolling admission that are still look- college was not solely based on fi- ents who trusted me. ing for students is another option. D uring my tenure as a nancial aid but on the school that I They allowed me to have the Use April to select or find the college admission of- felt was the best fit for me. Al- final word on this big decision. The right college. Sending the required ficer, my colleagues though I didn’t end up going to the school I chose, Claremont deposit to the school of your and I looked forward to April 1 institution that gave me the most McKenna College, was not just choice to save a spot is very im- when we shared admission deci- aid, I did get a package that in- where I earned my degree but portant since many selective insti- sions with students. While some cluded grants, loans and work- where I started my career as an tutions have students on waitlists students knew exactly what to do Photo Courtesy of the College study. admission officer. eager to take your spot. Seek help and met the May 1 commitment Board. Photograph copyrighted Since my award letter noted I often advise students who from the College Board at decision deadline with ease, many by George Lange. aid from these various sources, in- are not accepted to find out what www.collegeboard.org/enespanol Latino students who were the first cluding parent loans, it was impor- happened by sending a letter to under the section “Apply to Col- in their families to go to college gate the process. She encour- tant to get clarification from the college or the representative lege.” Remember, luck is not as needed a bit more guidance with aged me to visit colleges within financial aid counselors to make who visited their school and begin important when you are prepared. the process. driving distance and to connect sure I’d be able to cover my col- seeking potential transfer advice. Don’t miss the May 1 deadline I was one of those students with alumni in my area from out- lege costs. Students can get information and the opportunity to make the although I was fortunate in many of-state colleges. When I was making my col- about their local community col- decision that promises to trans- ways that point to key steps. Nowadays, students have lege decision, I asked myself: lege and make an appointment form your life for the better. I had the guidance of a great the option of doing online virtual What do I value in a college? In with their school counselor to find counselor who helped me navi- tours, participating in chat rooms what type of environment do I out these colleges’ deadlines for ¿Estás dando los pasos adecuados? Por Adriana Flores-Ragade mayo para darnos su esora académica que me ayudó que creía que mejor encajaba universidad, lo cual hizo posible East Palo Alto Today decisión,muchos estudiantes lati- a lo largo del proceso. Me animó conmigo y no la que me dio más que cubriera los costos de mi ed- nos que eran los primeros de su a visitar universidades cerca de ayuda financiera. Siendo que mi ucación universitaria. Durante mi etapa de fun- familia en ir a la universidad nece- casa y a hablar con egresados en carta de aceptación ofrecía dinero Cuando estaba tomando mi cionaria de admisiones universi- sitaban un mi área de universidades fuera del de varias fuentes, fue importante decisión, me hice las siguientes tarias el 1 de abril era muy poco más de ayuda en el estado. Hoy en día, los estudi- cerciorarnos de aclarar dudas con preguntas: ¿Qué valoro en una especial porque compartíamos proceso. antes tienen la opción de realizar los asesores de ayuda financiera universidad? ¿En qué tipo de en- con los estudiantes las decisiones Fui una de esas estudiantes, visitas virtuales por Internet, par- ya que algunos préstamos irían torno aprendo mejor? ¿Cuáles sobre admisiones. Aunque al- aunque tuve suerte en muchos ticipar en foros o beneficiarse de por cuenta de mis padres. Con- gunos estudiantes sabían exacta- aspectos que apuntan a pasos visitas pagadas a las escuelas. seguí un paquete que incluía continuacion de la pag. 15 mente qué hacer y cumplían claves. Al final elegí la universidad becas, préstamos y trabajo en la fácilmente con el plazo del 1 de Tuve la guía de una gran as- In memoriam Treasured Memories Oneida (Mother) Branch Sunrise: October 23, 1928 Sunset: March 22, 2011 Mrs. Branch’s journey began in Don- aldsonville, Louisiana in 1918. She was the youngest ofthree children born to William and Grace Brisco. Her mother died when she was only three months old and she was then placed in the lov- ing care of her “adopted” Christian par- ents, Stephen and Harriet Terry. It was from Harriet, that she learned to share openly and indiscriminately with those who were in need. Read her complete obituary at East Plo Alto Today’s Treasured Memories Mrs.Oneida (Mother) Branch site: http://www.epatoday.org/trea- sured_memories/listing.php Gregory Malcolm Kendall, Sr. Sunrise: February 8, 1949 Sunset: March 28, 2011 Gregory Malcolm Kendall, Sr. was born on February 8, 1949 in Berkeley, California to the late Christopher Kendall, Sr. and tp Vivian Kendall. The Kendall family moved to Menlo Park where Greg gave his hear to the lord and united with the Menlo Park Chris- tian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. Continued at: http://www.epatoday.org/treasured_me mories/listing.php Gregory Malcolm Kendall, Sr.
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