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					 East Palo Alto Today                                                             Page 7                                                                July - August 2006


 Beware home loan rip off lenders
 By Rashid Sigg and Rose            monthly payment that's higher     The primary victims               convert their equity (the value    that most people will ever
 Baldwin                            than the homeowner can pay.          Predatory lending has tradi-   of their home, minus the           enter into in their lives. You
 EPA Today Contributors             Unable to pay the mortgage,       tionally taken advantage of       amount of mortgage(s) into         need to be well informed so
                                    homeowners are forced to try      borrowers who are unsophis-       cash while retaining owner-        that you can take care of
    For the past several years      and refinance again and           ticated, have below average       ship and occupancy of their        business. Please ask ques-
 predatory home lenders have        again until they eventually       credit, or are desperate for      home. The loan does not            tions, compare loans from dif-
 been stalking neighborhoods        deplete the equity in their       the money. People of color        need to be repaid during the       ferent lenders, don't sign doc-
 throughout the United States.      home. This is known as the        and seniors are often victims.    time that the borrower lives in    uments that contain blank
 Borrowers lose more than           "equity stripping". This repeat   According to HUD, over half       the home. In the event the         spaces and talk to someone
 $25 billion annually due to        refinancing results in huge       (51%) of refinance mortgages      borrower dies or is absent         whom you trust before you
 predatory lending. Predatory       profits for the lender and        in predominantly African-         from the home for 12 months,       sign the papers.
 lenders are not the average        mortgage broker.                  American neighborhoods are        the property is sold and the          If you are considering a
 low brow thief. They are              Other common home loan         subprime loans, compared to       loan is repaid from the pro-       loan or have a question
 often smooth, sophisticated,       rip-offs are bait and Switch;     only 9% of refinances in pre-     ceeds. This type of loan can       regarding your present loan
 and know how to gain peo-          you are promised a low rate       dominantly white neighbor-        be very useful to a senior         call (866) 954-9495 (toll free).
 ple's trust on one hand and        and no cost loan and the          hoods.                            who cannot meet living             If you are in San Mateo
 intimidate on the other.           terms change just before you         According to estimates from    expenses. But, reverse mort-       County, you can get free legal
   A common example is a            sign. Affinity Fraud; someone     Fannie Mae, up to half of bor-    gages are very expensive           assistance at Community
 homeowner who signs a con-         who speaks your language,         rowers with subprime mort-        and very complicated, even         Legal Services. Please call
 tract with a mortgage broker       attends your church or            gages could have qualified for    though they may appear sim-        (650) 326-6440 for an
                                                                      loans with better terms.          ple.                               appointment
 for a refinance mortgage or        belongs to the same club tells
                                                                      Check your credit rating. If         If you are a senior and are        Rashid Sigg and Rose
 home equity loan, usually to       you they can give you a great
                                                                      your credit score is 700 or       considering a reverse mort-        Baldwin are law students who
 consolidate bills, pay for         deal. Just because you have
                                                                      above you don't need a sub-       gage, there may be better          have been working with Sirley
 remodeling, or lower pay-          something in common does
                                                                      prime loan. Ask for a prime       options available. You should      Hockhausen to prevent
 ments during a rough period.       not mean they won't cheat
                                                                      loan.                             talk with a loan counselor.        predatory lending.
 Only later do they realize that    you. Prepayment penalties
                                                                                                        Loan counseling is free and        Hockhausen is a professor at
 the interest rate is much high-    are extra payments you must
                                                                      The next wave: Seniors and        available through HUD. To          San Francisco State
 er than promised and that the      make if you pay off your loan     Reverse mortgages                 get a referral to a free reverse   University and a volunteer at
 loan includes thousands of         early. These fees are usually       A reverse mortgage is a         mortgage counselor call: 1-        the Community Law Center in
 dollars in unexpected fees         high and can add up to thou-      type of loan available to con-    800-209-8085 (toll-free).          East Palo Alto.
 that legitimate lenders don't      sands of dollars. Look out for    sumers, 62 year of age or            Getting a home loan is the
 charge. The result is a            this penalty.                     older, in which homeowners        biggest financial transaction


 A day for celebrating local businesses
    On July 15, East Palo Alto’s                                      who had just started their        Ira Ruskin, 21st District,         es, the organization shows its
 Bell Street Park was trans-                                          businesses and others who         California Legislature;            students how to achieve
 formed into both a market-                                           had been in business for          Supervisor Rose Jacobs             financial freedom.
 place and a community festi-                                         decades.                          Gibson, Fourth District, San          Start Up offers a compre-
 val to celebrate the achieve-                                          Award recipients included       Mateo County Board of              hensive 19-week entrepre-
 ments of local business own-                                         Feliciano Zavala, Carolyn         Supervisors; and Guillermo         neurship training program in
 ers.                                                                 Khojasteh, Georgina Peraza,       "Memo" Morantes, San               Spanish and English. A flexi-
    The transformation marked                                         Anthony Thomas, Celina            Mateo County Board of              ble structure lets you take
 Start Up’s Second Annual             A scene from Start Up’s         Rodriquez, Manuel Chavez,         Education.                         what you need when you
 Celebration of Entrepreneur-         celebration in the park.        Betty Burgess, Stephen               The celebration was spon-       need it, and our practical
 ship. The day-long celebra-        aisles of merchandise that        Stewart, Stephanie Griffin,       sored by Citibank (lead spon-      focus will let you apply what
 tion featured a festive array of   included everything from          and Keenan Wright.                sor), Wells Fargo, California      you learn from day one. The
 yellow, blue, and red umbrel-      fashion jewelry and Christian        Five winners received equi-    Bank & Trust, and the East         program will help you under-
 las which shaded 30 local          books to an on-the-spot chair     ty awards from the Women          Palo Alto - Belle Haven            stand if you're ready to start a
 businesses and nonprofit           massage.                          and Company Microenter-           Chamber of Commerce.               business, prepare yourself
 agencies that provide essen-         "Performances by Velocity       prise Boost Program.                 Start Up, which is now in its   financially, make a plan to
 tial resources for small busi-     Circus Troupe, including a          Adrienne Bachleda,              12th year, teaches people          achieve success, and launch
 ness owners.                       Latin juggler and a magic act,    DaNesha Fuller, Yolanda           how to start a new business        your business! Fall session
    During the festivities, chil-   were the highlights of Start      Rhodes, Aurea Rodriguez,          or grow an existing one. In        begins Sept. 12. For more
 dren painted their faces,          Up’s festive event. Awards        and Valerie Wiley received        many cases, Start Up’s serv-       information call (650) 321-
 played in a bounce house,          were given to outstanding         cash awards of $2,230.            ices are aimed toward those        2193 or visit www.startu-
 and ate free popcorn while         local entrepreneurs: some           Attendees at the event          who are struggling to make         pepa.org.
 their parents browsed the                                            included Assemblymember           ends meet. Through its class-
  Valdez opinion cont’d             their project on immigration,     country to continue being         ca", los grupos que estan a        personas negativas o con un
 from page 9                        declaring English as the          powerful and wealthy.             favor de los derechos de los       criterio tan pequeño con una
                                    "national language" of the          Attorney General, Alberto       inmigrantes sostienen que          ceguera social y con una falta
                                    United States would not           Gonzalez, said that despite       esa aprobación no es la cor-       del conocimiento real comuni-
   The hatred and hostility         change the current norms          the instability and criticisms
 aimed at undocumented                                                                                  recta ya que esto pone en          tario que carezcan ademas
                                    and standards.                    faced by the Senate after
 immigrants is latent and has                                                                           peligro la buena aplicación de     del valor moral del respeto al
                                       If President George W.         their project on immigration,
 increased since immigrants         Bush considered the benefits      declaring English as the          los servicios para las per-        ser, como ser; no veremos
 have become more vocal             to be had in a society where      "national language" of the        sonas que no manejan bien          una evolucion social como
 about the social and structur-     social justice exists and if he   United States would not           el ingles. Tambien aprobaron       tal.
 al changes that need to be         considered the principles         change the current norms          por un voto la proteccion a            Los perjuicios culturales y
 made with respect to the           upon which this great country     and standards.                    los indocumentados que             raciales no conllevan a una
 legalization process and their     was founded, he would do                                            usaron tarjetas fraudulentas       mejora interactiva, un cambio
 human rights. These changes        well in neither signing nor       Valdez continua de la                                                conductual y de accion, mas
                                                                                                        para trabajar y que puedan
 are necessary to establish the     supporting any amendments         pagina 9                                                             bien, afectan negativamente
 stability and calm in all of the                                                                       obtener beneficios al
                                    or laws attempting to disrupt                                                                          y marginan a las razas. Las
 communities. The atmos-                                                                                legalizarse.                       relaciones imparciales entre
                                    communication between                Se podria considerar como          La integración social fue y
 phere surrounding these            neighbors. The support of                                                                              iguales y los programas de
                                                                      discriminacion la aprobación      sigue siendo un intento de
 issues, especially for the last    celebrities and North                                                                                  enriquecimiento cultural es lo
 few days, only highlights the                                        de la enmienda que conver-        mejorar las oportunidades de
                                    American citizens themselves                                                                           que abre la puerta a una
 need for an urgent, and a bit                                        tiria "el ingles como idioma      las minorias raciales y etni-
                                    is a clear indication of the                                                                           socializacion, es decir, la
 radical, shift in the con-                                           nacional "….? Aprobada con        cas, han sido muy pocos los        adquisición de sensibilidad
                                    need to come to a positive        63 votos a favor y 34 en con-
 science of those legislators       resolution for the masses                                           paises que se han atrevido a       ante los estimulos sociales,
 who are against cultivating an                                       tra. La enmienda fue presen-      darle forma a una sociedad         ante las presiones y obliga-
                                    and, in this way, offering them
 ambience of understanding in       the opportunity for integration   tada por el senador James         multicultural, aunque las          ciones de la vida grupal y
 this great nation.                 and social unification. It is     Inhofe (republicano de                                               aprender a armonizarlas y a
                                                                                                        comunidades de distintas
   Attorney General, Alberto        unjust to understate the con-     Oklahoma) .                                                          comportarse como otros en
 Gonzalez, said that despite                                                                            razas compartan una misma
                                    tributions of the workers and        Esta enmienda exige el         ciudad, estado o pais, es
 the instability and criticisms     laborers who, without receiv-     comando del ingles y el civis-
 faced by the Senate after                                                                              claro que mientras existan
                                    ing any benefits, help this       mo o la "integración patrioti-




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 East Palo Alto Today                                                          Page 8                                                                    July - August 2006

                                                                  Perspectives
 From the Editor’s Desk
  A Step Forward                and young people.
                                   Until these things happen,
       When representatives     it's the same old, same old.
  from Peninsula Interfaith It makes us wonder how
  Action (PIA)                            much our local,
  stood before                            state and national
  the East Palo                           leaders        really
  Alto        City                        believe the saying
  Council and                             that "an ounce of
  asked that the                          prevention is worth
  council sup-                            a pound of cure."
  port its anti-                             If it is, indeed,
  violence tax Henrietta J. Burroughs      true that young
  measure, the                             people in East
  group might have received                Palo Alto commit
  a rude awakening when the     most of the crime, then
  city council announced its wouldn't it be better to put
  decision.                     the bulk of the money into
      In fact, the organization job programs and youth
  was hit with a dose of real- programs that deter young
  ity that really should not people from criminal activi-
  have been a surprise.         ty.                               Over 500 residents gather in support of creating a property tax to fund after-school programs, job-training,
                                                                                                  family counseling for youth and parolees.
       The city council agreed        Those individuals and
                                organizations that support-
  with the initiative PIA was
  asking it to support, but, ed East Palo Alto’s Summer                       Letters to East Palo Alto Today
  instead of approving a Employment Program think                 The truth about Vinisia and         also lived rent-free at               niece of Kolotina Penisoni.
  measure that would give this approach makes sense.              Kolotina                            Kolotina's home.                      Her letter was reprinted with
  70% of tax revernues to            Many reasonable people
                                                                  Dear Editor:                          When we heard of the horrif-        her permission from Matangi
  youth and 30% to the also believe that if we can                     I, Jane Taufa, resident of     ic news of her passing, it was        online.
  police,       the     council educate our youth and pro-        East Palo Alto and niece of         hard for my aunty to cope with
  approved a measure for the vide them with meaningful            Kolotina Penisoni, would like       on top of other difficulties she      Refrain from feelings
  November ballot that jobs that offer them a                     to share the truth and speak        and her family was going              Dear editor:
  makes a 50/50 allocation.     future; if we can encourage       on behalf of my aunty Kolotina      through at the time. But                In response to the desperate
    As surprising and as disap- them to dream big dreams          Penisoni who has been disre-        Kolotina being a strong dedi-         situation Ms. Edith Delgado
  pointing as that decision and support those dreams              spectfully treated and spoken       cated woman I've always               might be enduring regarding
  was for PIA members and with solid values rooted in             about. Kolotina Penisoni is the     known her to be gathered her-         her involvement in the tragic
  other council watchers, the ethical and honorable activ-        aunty of the late Vinisia Hefa.     self together with the help of        death of the royal couple and
  council's decision was, in ities, then we can reduce
                                                                  Before the tragedy that took        her daughter Alice Penisoni,          their driver, I would like to ask
  fact, a subtle improvement their need to turn to crime
                                                                  Vinisia's dear life, my aunty       to do her best in organizing a        our communities to stay calm
  that amounted to a notice- and violence.
                                                                  Kolotina lovingly paid for her      beautiful and memorable               and pray for a peaceful devel-
                                   We've heard all too often      ticket on two occasions to          service for Vinisia before            oping of this sad story.
  able step forward.                                              come live at her home in            departing to Tonga. Kolotina            As a member of the Hispanic
     As things currently stand, how it makes sense to deal        California, USA to get a better     sent Vinisia home to her mom          community here in East Palo
  more than 70% of East Palo with potential problems at           life for herself, and to help her   to be buried.                         Alto, I feel necessary to ask
  Alto's budget goes to the the front end before they             family in Tonga. From the day         My aunty has always been a          my Tongan neighbors to
  police with less than 30% happen rather than at the             Vinisia stepped foot onto USA       very loving person not only to        refrain from feelings that may
  going to other city servic- back end after they happen.         grounds, Kolotina and her           her family but to everyone that       lead to misunderstandings, in
  es. We will know that the        So, while the East Palo        family were always there for        she comes across. Despite             spite of years of assimilation
  state of East Palo Alto has   Alto City Council’s decision      her until the day she passed        any ill-hearted treatments            into the American culture, both
  improved when the per- might have disappointed                  away. VInisia has always            from people towards my                communities are distant from
  centage of the city's budg- many, the council took a big        been respectful towards my          aunty, she does not let it get        one another and the recent
  et allocated to law step in putting youth pro-                  aunty and was very grateful         the best of her. But what             incident will acerbate the dif-
  enforcement begins to grams on par with the
                                                                  for what Kolotina provided for      everyone needs to understand          ferences.
  decrease.                     police in importance.             her. Vinisia worked every day,      is that a person is only human,             This incident opened
        We will likewise know        Maybe, in the next tax       and the children she cared for      and a human being can only            wounds, it will continue break-
                                                                  loved her dearly.         VInisia   take so much maltreatments.           ing relationships for several
  that the state of the health measure that goes on the           helped out when she can at          Therefore, I just want to             reasons, some members of
  of California has improved ballot the youth will get            the house, and was a like an        acknowledge the uncondition-          our communities know details
  when the money allocated more money. When young                 older cousin/aunt at the            al love and hard work my              of the crash, but prefer to
  to building state prisons is people start getting more of       house. Vinisia was a dedicat-       aunty did for Vinisia since her       remain quiet, there are some
  shifted to social services.   this city's tax revenues and      ed member to her church, a          hard work went without being          investigative reports being cir-
       We will also know that when other city services get        very religious young lady.          acknowledge and was not               culated by different agencies,
  the state of the nation has a bigger allocation of the          Kolotina supported and dis-         gratified by her in-laws. This        the law firm of Alexander ,
  improved when the money city budget then the police             played nothing but care and         is a learning experience for          Hawes & Audet, llp in San
  spent on fighting crime and department, then we will            love for Vinisia, she did not       everyone to know not take             Jose, has been retained by
  allocated to federal penal truly know that East Palo            charge Vinisia rent or any bills    things for granted.         God       family members in hopes that
  institutions is shifted to Alto is really moving ahead.
                                                                  while living at her house. I        Bless!!                               some light will eventually help
                                                                  know that for a fact because I        Jane Ramona Taufa is the
  programs aimed at seniors                                                                                                                          continued on page 20

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 East Palo Alto Today                                                              Page 9                                                                July - August 2006


                                                   Community Opinions
 Bad Business Needs to Stop                                            is clear, the Realtor gets rich
                                                                       while we stay poor. They
                                                                                                          deal, a good deal, a special
                                                                                                          price, and special care. What
                                                                                                                                            Harris Sr., owner, loaner, and
                                                                                                                                            business friend to the com-
 By Jaribu (John) Bostic                                               sometimes play with us, like       we really get is a special        munity.
                                                                       we are stupid or dumb to trust     screwing we may never for-           And we watch new busi-
    Lets say ouch! In East Palo                                        their word or trust them at all.   get.                              ness leaders come and take
 Alto to pimps that do busi-                                              They do not share anything         Sometimes so slick to          their place. Ken Harris,
 ness in our town. Do you                                              about who we are or what we        believe and too painful to        Century 21, opening up, and
 know the so-called big busi-                                          expect to become. They do          ever have repeated. Telling       others loving the town, loving
 ness player that makes and                                            not buy flowers here, they do      us not to cry,"l'm not hurting    the people, and doing their
 takes a lot of money from our                                         not even buy Mother's Day          you"! Just say ouch, and let      best.
 community? The ones that                                              cards in town.                     the pain of a dab deal be             It's over, poor business
 boast, that they own us and                                              They hardy buy anything         silent.                           services and poor business
 sell us for their gain and our                                        here, but they make sure they          Screw that! We are the big    practices. It's over for bait
 loss. They live large and get          Jaribu (John)Bostic            do business here. They laugh       E. now, a city and we know        and switch, twisting, non-cer-
 rich at our expense. They                                             at us as they pimp us. They        how to holler. Here's hollering   tified agents, and making
 want us to know it, rich and                                          truly do not care. Do they         back at you. You can not do       money and taking it some-
 famous Amos. Matter of fact,       ances, that take place each        remind you of a vampire,           business in this town disre-      place else. It's over for not
 they remind me of those old        and every day in our town.         sucking the life out of us and     specting our intelligence with-   hollering when it hurts doing
 Amos and Andy sit Com's of         These are the things that are      the community in which they        out being exposed.                business with you.
 the 50's and 60's I grew up        expected to make us feel           take, but very seldom give.           We have had our role mod-          It's over for not filing com-
 watching on black and white        secure, safe, sheltered, and          What's their record for sup-    els, mentors, and people we       plaints and not seeking legal
 T.V., but just not as funny.       protected in the community         porting youth sports? What's       looked up to in the past. They    relief for mistakes made. We
    Today, in 2006, we need to      which we have chosen to live       their count in contributing to     worked for the greater good.      can read and we can write.
 be serious and look at how         and sometimes die. Here in         special community events?          They cared and they loved         We know how to reach the
 business is being done. Bad        the 94303 neighborhood             What about participation in        East Palo Alto.                   state insurance commission-
 service, poor business prac-       things are going to have to        the chamber of commerce or           The business heroes of the      er, John Garamendi.
 tices, and a high costs for        change.                            membership in civic groups?        past that we lost too soon.           It's what we do in East Palo
 doing business with them            Why do we continue to trust       Don't look good.                   People like Charles Sullivan,     Alto in the year 2006. All that
 must be put in check. That         our important assets, our             Yes, they live large, but out   Sam McDonald, Realtor Roy         we ever asked or wanted was
 means stopped. Especially in       property, and our property         of sight and out of town.          Ager & family, realtor Joseph     to be treated right and get the
 real estate actions, brokering     decisions to the wrong peo-        Almost like the white folks        Goodwill who also did peo-        service we were willing to pay
 of causality and property pro-     ple?                               they tell us not to trust. But     ple's taxes was a bail bonds-
 tection, and auto or life insur                                                                                                                     continued on page 20
                                      Our story in our community       always promising a special         men and sold houses, Israel

 Is it Discrimination?                    also decided, by a single    among equals, as well as           ¿Es Discriminacion?                      mejorar las oportu-
                                          vote, to protect undocu-     programs about cultural                                                     nidades de las minorias
                                                                                                          Maria del Carmen Valdez           raciales y etnicas, han sido
                                    mented immigrants who used         enrichment are what truly
                                    false social security cards to     open the door to social                                              muy pocos los paises que se
                                    obtain jobs in the past, by let-   understanding. They lead              Se podria considerar como      han atrevido a darle forma a
                                    ting them receive full benefits    people to react in a sensitive     discriminacion la aprobación      una sociedad multicultural,
                                    once they legalize their sta-      and sensible manner when           de la enmienda que conver-        aunque las comunidades de
                                    tus.                               confronted with different          tiria "el ingles como idioma      distintas razas compartan
                                       Social integration has          social situations and the pres-    nacional "….? Aprobada con        una misma ciudad, estado o
                                    always been, and continues         sures that come with being         63 votos a favor y 34 en con-     pais, es claro que mientras
                                    to be, an attempt to improve       part of a social group. It is      tra. La enmienda fue presen-      existan personas negativas o
  Maria Del Carmen Valdez                                                                                 tada por el senador James
                                    and broaden the opportunities      obvious that the kind of                                             con un criterio tan pequeño
 Could the passing of the           available to racial and ethnic     restrictions being placed on       Inhofe (republicano de            con una ceguera social y con
 amendment to "set English as       minorities. There have been        our society will only lead to a    Oklahoma) .                       una falta del conocimiento
 the national language" be          very few countries that have       marginalization of minorities,        Esta enmienda exige el         real comunitario que carez-
 considered discrimination?         dared to give shape to a mul-      which is a step backward for       comando del ingles y el civis-    can ademas del valor moral
 Approved by the Senate with        ticultural society. It is clear    everyone involved.                 mo o la "integración patrioti-    del respeto al ser, como ser;
 a vote of 63 in favor and 34       that as long as there are             Social equality is an essen-    ca", los grupos que estan a       no veremos una evolucion
 in opposition, it was first pro-   socially ignorant people, with     tial part of a community. Laws     favor de los derechos de los      social como tal.
 posed by Senator James             negative views on immigra-         are created to construct and       inmigrantes sostienen que            Los perjuicios culturales y
 Inhofe, Republican of              tion and who lack knowledge        build nations, not prevent         esa aprobación no es la cor-      raciales no conllevan a una
 Oklahoma.                                                                                                recta ya que esto pone en         mejora interactiva, un cambio
                                    not only of what a real com-       them from going forward or to
    This amendment requires                                                                               peligro la buena aplicación       conductual y de accion, mas
                                    munity constitutes but also        harm them. Families are the                                          bien, afectan negativamente
 proficiency and a good com-        the moral courage to respect       cells of our societies and they    de los servicios para las per-
                                                                                                          sonas que no manejan bien         y marginan a las razas. Las
 mand of the English lan-           how others live, we will not       are the molecular structure of                                       relaciones imparciales entre
 guage, or "patriotic integra-      see true social changes.           our nation, this is why com-       el ingles. Tambien aprobaron
                                                                                                                                            iguales y los programas de
 tion". Groups who favor immi-         Racial and cultural preju-      munication is so important to      por un voto la proteccion a
                                                                                                                                            enriquecimiento cultural es lo
 grant rights maintain that this    dices are not conducive to an      our evolution as a nation and      los indocumentados que            que abre la puerta a una
 amendment puts the effective       improvement, change we can         the amendment passed by            usaron tarjetas fraudulentas      socializacion, es decir, la
 practice of government serv-       act upon, rather they nega-        the Senate is blocking and         para trabajar y que puedan        adquisición de sensibilidad
 ices at risk for people who        tively affect and alienate the     preventing the communica-          obtener beneficios al             ante los estimulos sociales,
 are not native English speak-      different races. Impartial com-    tion between different com-        legalizarse.                      ante las presiones y obliga-
 ers or who still struggle with                                                                               La integración social fue y   ciones de la vida grupal y
                                    munications, relationships         munities.
 the language. The Senate                                                                                 sigue siendo un intento de
                                                                                                                                                      continued on page 7

 Runnymede                            The Supreme Court ruled
                                    that a couple's home, where
                                                                       to believe that someone
                                                                       inside the home has been
                                                                                                          would violate a defendant's
                                                                                                          Sixth Amendment right to
                                                                                                                                            violations have risen in EPA.
                                                                                                                                            Illegal turns, speeding,
 Ramblings                          one resident gave permission       seriously injured or there is      confront witnesses in court.      doughnutting are on the
 By JT                              for the search but the other       an imminent threat of injury.      This ruling could cause prob-     increase. Greater emphasis
 Baggy Pants                        resident "unequivocally              The Court ruled 5-4 that         lems for prosecutors and          should be placed on traffic
   Young males have been            refused to give consent", is       evidence collected under a         leave women more vulnera-         enforcement and the issuing
 sporting baggy pants well          unconstitutional as to the resi-   search warrant is admissible       ble to domestic violence.         of citations with clear penal-
 below the hips. The hip-hop        dent who refused consent.          even when police officers             We need to get clear about     ties demanded. The use of
 look offends many elders and       The Court rules 5-3 that " a       failed to knock before enter-      whether firecrackers are a        this police power could
 parents. Studies show, how-        physically present co-occu-        ing a home. The rule of            permissible expression of         become a great source of
 ever, that those who wear          pant's stated refusal to permit    "knock and announce" is now        public citizen behavior. We, in   money that might be used to
 them are not into crime.           entry renders warrantless          up for grabs.                      the Runnymede corridor,           enrich the coffers of the City
 Those who wear their pants         entry and search unreason-            It may be harder to prose-      have experienced both per-        in its struggle to maintain per-
 low know they can't run in         able and invalid as to him."       cute domestic violence cases.      sonal and property damage         sonnel at current levels.
 them and when combined               The Court ruled 9-0 that         The Court ruled 8-1 that a         by firecrackers. We need to          We invite the Chief of
 with sneakers with shoe laces      police can enter a home with-      crime scene report detailing       have a more clear expecta-        Police and the San Mateo
 adrift, they couldn't get very     out a warrant when they have       the victim's claim cannot be       tion from the City Council and    County District Attorney to
 far anyway. It's a cool look for   not knocked or announced           used in court unless the vic-      the Chief of Police on what is    comment on these ramblings
 these young males. Let "em"        their presence if they have an     tim testifies on the stand. The    permissible and what is not.      from a long time EPA resi-
 be cool.                           objectively reasonable basis       Court said such statements            We all know just how traffic   dent.




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 Men's health is a family issue                                                                                              WHAT   CAN YOU DO TO STAY HEALTHY?


                                                                                                               1. Don't Smoke.
 By Margaret Allan                                                          58 million men have diabetes          But if you do, talk to your doctor about quitting.
 EPA Today Contributor                                                      and high cholesterol, 29 mil-
                                                                                                               2. Eat a Healthy Diet.
                                                                            lion men in the US have high
    This past Father's Day on                                               blood pressure, and 30 million        Fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy prod
 June 18th was a day for cele-                                              men have impotence or "erec-          ucts, and some protein-containing food such as
 bration and family get-togeth-                                             tile dysfunction". A few simple       chicken, fish, or beans. Fast food is not healthy
 ers. Tragically however, some                                              lifestyle changes, good med-          food!
 fathers died on Father's Day.                                              ical care, and perhaps some        3. Be Physically Active.
 Often this is because they did-                                            medication could help them            Walk, dance, ride a bike, rake leaves, or do any
 n't take care of what is so vital         Margaret Allen                   avoid that stroke that frightens      other physical activity you enjoy. Start small and
 to them and their families -                                               families and leaves a person          work up to 20-30 minutes most days of the week.
 their health.                       don't want to be told not to
                                                                            unable to speak or move prop-      4. Stay at a Healthy Weight.
    A report from the Centers for    smoke or drink heavily,
                                                                            erly, or save them from a heart       Don't over eat. It's better to stay just a little bit hun
 Disease Control, out last           change their diet, or use sun-
                                                                            attack, blindness, kidney fail-
                                     screen.                                                                      gry than to feel full and bloated.
 week, shows that 47% of men                                                ure, or brain damage.
 in this country are fathers.           And many men are afraid                                                5. Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation.
                                                                               The list goes on. Homicide
 Even though many are young          they will be told that they have                                             Have no more than 2 drinks a day. A standard drink
                                                                            is the leading cause of death
 - 28 million fathers are under      cancer.                                                                      is one 12-ounce bottle of beer, one 5-ounce glass of
                                                                            for black males aged 15-24
 the age of 19 - 75% have            Should they be? Well, yes and                                                wine, or 1.5 ounces of spirits.
                                                                            years of age. Gay men are
 stepped up to the plate and         no …                                                                      6. Make sure your shots are up to date.
                                                                            frequently exposed to violence
 live with their children.           -         Smoking causes can-                                             7. Get plenty of sleep.
                                                                            and stress, and are more likely
 Accepting this responsibility,      cer in places such as the
                                                                            to remain silent about impor-         Eight hours is great, but seven will do.
 however, does not always            mouth, lips, throat and lungs.
                                                                            tant health issues.                8. Get a check up.
 include taking care of their        If all those men smoking at the
                                                                               Men also have a suicide            If you feel awkward or uncomfortable making an
 health.                             Father's Day barbeque were
                                                                            rate double that of women,            appointment for personal issues, tell clinic staff that
    And surveys show that men        to quit, their chances of an
                                                                            and a greater risk of contract-       you need a check-up when you call for your appoint
 don't like to go to the doctor.     early death would go down. A
                                                                            ing HIV and AIDS. Men in
                                     doctor can help someone quit                                                 ment. You won't be the first!
 Why is this?                                                               poor communities have more
 Maybe we expect men to be           smoking.
                                                                            stressful life events and less      SCREENING TESTS: WHEN      TO SEE YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
 too tough. A recent study           -         Testicle cancer is the
                                                                            social support. Reasons for
 found that 7% of men drove          number one cancer of young
                                                                            these tragic statistics include    CHOLESTEROL: Every 5 years, starting at age 35. If you
 themselves to the hospital          men. Men should take seri-
                                                                            poverty, racial discrimination,     smoke, have diabetes, or if heart disease runs in your
 while they were having a heart      ously any ache or unusual
                                                                            cultural acceptance of violent      family, start at age 20.
 attack. They said they were         feeling of heaviness in their
                                                                            behavior, immediate access to
 too embarrassed to go by            genitals, and examine them
                                                                            firearms, and substance            BLOOD PRESSURE: At least every 2 years.
 ambulance, or didn't really         monthly for lumps or swelling.
                                                                            abuse.
 think their problem was seri-       If there is cancer, it won't just
                                                                               Recognizing and preventing      COLORECTAL CANCER TESTS: Begin regular screening at
 ous.                                go away by itself. Young men
                                                                            men's health problems is vital      age 50.
    There are practical reasons      should not hesitate to go to
                                                                            to our communities. Because
 men don't go to the doctor -        the clinic with any concerns.
                                                                            of its impact on their wives,      DIABETES TESTS: Get a test if you have high blood pres
 inconvenient clinic hours, feel-    -         Prostate cancer
                                                                            girlfriends, and children, men's     sure, high cholesterol, if you are overweight, or some
 ing unwelcome in a clinic that      affects one man in 9 after age
                                                                            health is truly a family issue.      one in your family has the disease.
 seems to be full of women and       75. Risk is higher in African
                                                                            Make some simple changes
 children, and perhaps not           American men than others,
                                                                            now, and be around to play         DEPRESSION: If you've felt sad, or hopeless, and have
 enough male health care             and strikes them at an earlier
                                                                            with the kids on Father's Day       felt little interest or pleasure in doing things for 2
 providers. But the American         age. Men should discuss
                                                                            next June.                          weeks straight, talk to your doctor about a screen for
 Medical Association found that      screening with their health
                                     care providers - because a                                                 depression.
 many men see going to the                                                    Margaret Allen is a family
 doctor as a sign of weakness,       test might be right for them.
                                                                            nurse at the Ravenswood            SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS: Discuss whether you
 preferring to "tough out" their        A quick visit to the local clin-
                                                                            Family Health Center in East        should be screened for STIs, such as HIV.
 illnesses.     Others are           ic may help to uncover a
                                                                            Palo Alto.
 embarrassed, and still others       chronic disease. For instance,


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                                                                             El señor Uhila dijo que el fue fuero trasladados a Tonga, el
                                                                           la ultima persona que estuvo Concilio de la Ciudad de East
                                                                           en contacto con la Princesa Palo Alto formuló una procla-
                                                                                                                                                 al reinado de Tonga.”
                                                                                                                                                     El día Domingo, Julio 9 los
                                                                                                                                                 residentes locales de Tonga
 mente en $300,000 y luego el y demostrar su respeto a la                                                                                        se reunieron para participar
                                                                           Kaimana aproximadamente mación celebrando las vidas
 7 de Julio fue aumentada a familia real, se reunieron en                                                                                        en un servicio en la Iglesia
                                                                           hora y media antes del acci- de los fallecidos. La procla-
 tres millones.                   los servicios efectuados en la                                                                                 Unida Metodista en San
    La petición para que le mansión del Rey Tupou IV en
 bajaran la fianza a $100,000 la ciudad de Hillsborough. Los
                                                                           dente. "Yo he estado
                                                                           encargado de la           “                    mación fue pre-
                                                                                                         Es una perdi- sentada             a
                                                                                                                                                 Carlos y para escuchar a la
                                                                                                                                                 hermana del Príncipe honrar
                                                                           transportación local       da enorme para      Lavenia Fusitua,       la memoria de su hermano y
 fue negada por la corte el 13 dolientes se presentaron en
                                                                           de el Príncipe y la                            tía de la falleci-     esposa.
 de Julio. Delgado tendrá que ropa negra y con sus cuerpos
                                                                           Princesa por los últi-    la isla de Tonga, da Princesa que
 aparecer en corte                              cubiertos     en                                                                                     El residente de East Palo
                        Estaban visitando Tauvala,                         mos cinco años" dijo incluyendo a las reside                   en     Alto señor William Webster
 otra vez el día 20                                           un
                       para reunirse a dis- tapete                         el. La tía del señor comunidades de Oregon.                           dijo que estaba profunda-
 de Septiembre.                                            tradi-
                                                                           Uhila,         Vaiolulu      Tonga en los        Durante la pre-      mente conmovido cuando
     La familia real      cutir reformas        cional de Tonga                                                                                  atendió los servicios funerar-
                                                                           Vaiolupe Mo e Fala e            Estados        sentación de la
 había llegado a         políticas con la       que esta hecho
                                                                           Tuipelehake      Uhila                         proclamación el        ios al ver que atrajo juntas a
 California tan solo
                          comunidad de          de una baya
                                                                           Fuata dijo "Es una         Unidos. Esto a Alcalde de la               las comunidades de las Islas
 unas hora antes                                molida y se usa                                           tocado el                              del Pacifico y que enfatizo la
 de la colisión con Tonga. El Príncipe en ocasiones
                                                                           perdida enorme para                            Ciudad de East
                                                                                                                                                 conexión entre la comunidad
 Delgado. Estaban y su esposa habían especiales en
                                                                           la isla de Tonga,         corazón de nus- Palo Alto el                de East Palo Alto y la Isla de
 v i s i t a n d o         retornado de         muestra       de
                                                                           incluyendo a las           tra comunidad H o n o r a b l e            Tonga.
                                                                           comunidades          de    …..como si una Rubén Abrica
 California     para    Tonga de la cele-       respeto.                                                                                             Siosifa Moala, un joven de
                                                                           Tonga en los Estados                           señaló        que
 reunirse a discutir
                            bración del           Los residentes
                                                                           Unidos. Esto a toca-          bomba nos        aunque           el
                                                                                                                                                 14 años que se movió a
 reformas políticas                             de East Palo
                        cumpleaños 88 de Alto Fatani Uhila                 do el corazón de nus- hubiera explota- Príncipe siem-                 California en el 2004 desde
 con la comunidad
 de    Tonga.     El    su tío, Taufa'ahau y su hija Tofe                  tra
                                                                           …..como
                                                                                      comunidad
                                                                                         si   una
                                                                                                            do. ”         pre estaba ocu-
                                                                                                                          pado en su visi-
                                                                                                                                                 Vava'u, Tonga dijo " Es muy
                                                                                                                                                 triste. Y me apego a la perdi-
 Príncipe y su          Tupou IV Rey de         acompañaron                                                                                      da Real. El era un Príncipe
                                                                           bomba nos hubiera - Vaiolulu Uhila Fuata       tas     a      los
 esposa      habían           Tonga.            los cuerpos de
                                                                           explotado" La señora                           Estados Unidos         caritativo y bueno" Moala fue
 retornado        de                            de la pareja
                                                                           Fuata era una familiar                         "El nunca dejo         uno de los muchos dolientes
 Tonga de la cele-                              Real de regreso
                                                                           lejana del Príncipe                            pasar una opor-        que ayudaron a alzar un sitio
 bración         del                            a Tonga. Donde
                                                                           Tu'ipelehake y creció                          tunidad para vis-      en memoria a el Príncipe y a
 cumpleaños 88 de su tío un enorme funeral se efectuó
                                                                           con el en Pelehake,                            itar a East Palo       la Princesa en la carretera
 Taufa'ahau Tupou IV Rey de en Lapaha, Tonga en el
                                                                           una villa en Tonga.                            Alto…” y “fue          101 y reporto que los gente en
 Tonga.                           cementerio real. Tonga estará
                                                                              El mismo día que los cuer- una persona instrumental en
   Algunos de los dolientes que observando seis meses de                                                                                         Tonga estaba levantando un
                                                                           pos del Príncipe y la Princesa llevar reformas democráticas
 reunieron para dar el pesame duelo.                                                                                                             memorial permanente.




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 Penisoni’s Sentencing Postponed                                                                                                                            Continued from page 1


 this month for first degree                                                                                   $15 per day stipend. "It's ment. The report recommend-
                                                                                                               about enough to buy lunch," ed that public schools strive to
 murder in the Superior Court
                                           WHAT                                                                said one jury member. It is diversify the ethnic composi-
 of San Mateo County. Ricardo
 Arana, who was also convict-                            TO DO                                                 often         wealthy           p tion of their teaching staff in
 ed for the crime, was sched-                        IF YOUR CHILD IS                                          eople, retirees, or those who order to accommodate the
                                                                                                               are sponsored by their student population both cultur-
 uled to be sentenced on the
 same day. Penisoni and Arana                                           ARRESTED                               employers who can afford to ally and linguistically.
 were both tried and convicted                                                                                 follow through with their civic       A close friend of the Penisoni
 of the murder of Ortega              1. Answer all basic questions                                            duties. The sole bread-winner family, Michael Uhila, said that
 Barnes, who was killed in a                                                                                   of a family, or somebody although society plays a large
                                            It is a misdemeanor to lie in this situation, but during arrest,   dependent on                                  part in cultivating
 drive by shooting on Wisteria              he or she should not talk unnecessarily.                           child care, would                             gang related vio-
 Street in East Palo Alto in
 March, 2004.                         2. Speak with a lawyer ASAP                                              not be able to              “  The most lence, “The most
     Prosecutors have also                                                                                     take six weeks                                important thing is to
                                           Your child has the right to an attorney, even if your family        for jury duty.        important thing help kids find cre-
 accused Senetuli of three
 counts of attempted murder.               cannot afford one. Call the San Mateo Bar Association or            The      eventual        is to help kids ative outlets for their
 When he is sentenced, it is               the Community Legal Services organization for assistance            result is that find creative out- energy.”
 likely that he could face life in         in getting a lawyer.                                                many East Palo              lets for their       "Going to church is
                                                                                                               Alto residents                                not enough," he said,
 prison without parole.                                                                                                              energy... Going
 Their July 18 sentencing was                     SAN MATEO BAR ASSOCIATION:                                   are not being                                 "There has to be
                                                                                                               heard by their         to church is not something to keep
 postponed until September 7,                     (650) 369-4149
 when the defense attorneys                       COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES IN EAST PALO ALTO                   "peers" in the           enough, there the kids busy and uti-
 filed a joint petition for the                   (650) 326-6440                                               courthouse, as        has to be some- lize their talents. We
 release of the jurors' names,                                                                                 the justice sys- thing to keep the have to tackle that
                                                                                                               tem mandates.
 so that they could be inter-         3. Bring positive documentation                                                                   kids busy and issue. When parents
 viewed before the sentencing.                                                                                                                               are juggling two jobs,
                                                                                                               High suspen-            utilize their tal- their kids have time
     According to Arana's attor-           Bring school progress reports, pay stubs from an after
                                                                                                               sion rates           ents. We have to to do other stuff
 ney,      Savas        Loukedis,          school job, letters from teachers, coaches, or religious lead-
 Penisoni is entitled to the sen-          ers to the hearing. These help the probation officer decide                                       tackle that when they aren't
 tencing delay because the jury
 did not talk to the defense
                                           whether he or she should be charged with crime, or released
                                           with community service.
                                                                                                                   Some groups
                                                                                                               say that San                      issue.”     around.
                                                                                                                                                             friends,
                                                                                                                                                                            Call it
                                                                                                                                                                          call    it
 immediately after issuing their                                                                               Mateo's public       -Michael Uhila, friend gangs… it is what it
 verdict, as a normal jury                                                                                     school system is of the Penisoni family is, and there's mis-
 would. His lawyer said that
                                      4. Keep children in the home                                             a possible con-                               chief."
 Arana and Penisoni's defense              Explore your options. If possible, try to keep your child in        tributor to the                                    Community resi-
 team would like to make a for-            the home, on house arrest or probation, instead of being to         over-representa-                              dents who were
 mal inquiry as to how they                a detention facility. Ask your lawyer to push for this option.      tion of youth of                              interviewed said that
 reached their decision. If any                                                                                color in juvenile                             the Penisoni's are a
 new information reveals that                                                                                  justice system.                               loving family-a family
 the jury's decision-making
                                      5. As a parent, you have the right to an interpreter                     They cite the fact that minority that has faced and is still fac-
 was somehow unjust or                                                                                         youth have higher rates of ing a very difficult time. They
 flawed, then the judge would                                                                                  suspensions and expulsions, said that the family is enduring
 have to grant Penisoni and                                                                                    dropouts, and lower academic a long series of unfortunate
                                   because they were tried by a              Issues of biases due to race      achievement than their white and painful events and this is
 Arana another trial.
                                   San Mateo jury, which proba- have also been raised. One                     peers.                              an ideal moment for the com-
    According to three members
                                   bly had preconceived notions anonymous jury member said,                       The NCCD report said that munity to support them and
 of the jury who were present
                                   of gang-related crime in East "We could have all had blind-                 San Mateo County is attempt- offer them an additional
 at the court on July 18th, the
                                   Palo Alto. It is alleged that ers on and come to the same                   ing to remedy this situation by source of strength.
 jury was escorted out of the
                                   Senetuli was a member of the conclusion. Our decision was                   focusing on reducing drop-out         When this article was writ-
 courthouse by the bailiff as
                                   Sacramento Street Gang, based strictly on what was                          rates, suspensions and expul- tern, Bonnie Swift was a con-
 soon as the verdict was given,
                                   which has gained ill fame in placed in front of us. In our                  sions, and improving minority tributing writer and an intern at
 for what they thought to be
                                   the community since the mur- discussions leading up to the                  students' academic achieve- EPA Today.
 safety issues.
                                   der of Police Officer Richard verdict, we only discussed the
     These members of the jury
                                   May in January of this year. evidence." The three mem-
 attended the sentencing in
                                   For this reason, the defense bers of the jury that came to
 order to "see the case all the
                                   might petition the court for a the sentencing maintain that
 way through," and agreed to
                                                                           there was no racism guiding
 continue dis-
                                                                           their decision.
 cussions with       If any new information reveals                             However, a recent report
 the defense
 "as a meas-         that the jury’s decision-making                       released by the National
                                                                           Council on Crime and
 ure of cour-        was somehow unjust or flawed,                         Delinquency (NCCD) shows
 tesy."
                       then the judge would have to                        that Pacific Islanders are dis-
 Request for grant Penisoni and Arana anoth-
                                                                           proportionately accused of
                                                                           crime in San Mateo County.
 a new trial                         er trial.                             In 2002, Pacific Islander youth
                                                                           were put on probation at a rate
     In a tele-
                                                                           of 5.8 times their proportion of
 phone inter-
                                                                           the population. Of 12 defen-
 view before the scheduled
                                   change in venue, so that he dants charged with death
 July sentencing, Penisoni's
                                   could receive a fair trial in a penalty crimes in San Mateo
 attorney, Phillip Johnson, said
                                   county where the Sacramento County during 2001 and 2002,
 that the defense was planning
                                   Street gang is less known.              9 were Pacific Islanders.
 to "…jointly file a request for a
                                      The reliability of the only wit- Other minority youth are also
 new trial based on what [they
                                   ness to testify against over-represented in San
 felt] to be newly discovered
                                   Penisoni and Arana, Luis Mateo's criminal justice sys-
 evidence."
                                   Vargas, has also been ques- tem.
    Both the County Prosecutor,
                                   tioned. According to a March
 Sean Gallagher, and the three
                                   newspaper article, defense Unfair Practices
 members of the jury who
                                   lawyers blamed Vargas and
 attended the July 18 court
                                   two others for the murder.                     The National Council's
 date said that the likelihood of
                                   They accused Vargas of lying report also stated that unfair
 further investigation uncover-
                                   in order to avoid being prose- practices can result from
 ing "anything new or anything
                                   cuted himself.                          seemingly race-neutral poli-
 of interest at all," was very
                                                                           cies.
 slim.
                                   Allegations of racism                      During a six week trial, for
    Some say that Penisoni and
                                                                           example, jurors are given a
 Arana's trial was unfair,




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 Lifecycles
 A Tribute to Bob Hoover
                            From the time he moved to East Palo Alto in 1962, Hoover has worked tirelessly to assist and encourage
                                the city’s youth and to improve the quality of life in the East Palo Altocommunity. This past June,
                              he moved to Houston, Texas. The following article is the first of a two-part tribute that honors Hoover
                                                        and the rich legacy that he has left the community.
                                                                           African American,” Bob said.       finished out the lease and            When he worked at Free at
 By Kathleen Alexander                                                     “Once when I was in                because we couldn't renew          Last, young people stopped
 EPA today Contributor                                                     Cheyenne, Wyoming with the         the lease, we bought a house       in to talk. They are from dif-
                                                                           Air Force baseball team, the       in East Palo Alto in 1962. It is   ferent ethnic groups, but they
                                                                           whole team went into a             the same house I have now.”        hug him as though he was
    f there were a statesman                                               restaurant and ordered din-           Bob said that he started to     their honored grandfather.

 I  for the city of East Palo
    Alto, it would be Bob
 Hoover. He is one of the few
                                                                           ner. We were all dressed in
                                                                           our military uniforms.
                                                                           Everybody else got their
                                                                                                              coach Little League for East
                                                                                                              Palo Alto and he saw the
                                                                                                              issues that the high school
                                                                                                                                                    One of his more recent
                                                                                                                                                 community programs was
                                                                                                                                                 developed to introduce young
 who cuts across generations                                               order, and they were eating.       kids had. “We went to a            people in the community to
 and cultures. For more than                                               Finally I asked the waitress       Presbyterian minister in East      golf, one of Bob's passions.
 forty years he has mentored                                               "Where is my dinner?" She          Palo Alto who had control of a     He started the Junior Golf
 young people. Two genera-                                                 told me that they didn't serve     house at University and Bay.       Program and every week ten
 tions have been tutored,                    Robert Hoover                 coloreds. In protest, the          We asked him if we could           to 12 kids get to practice at
 encouraged, and loved by                                                  entire team got up and left        turn it into a teen center and     the Palo Alto golf club.
 him. He doesn't realize how               The real turning point for      the restaurant before finishing    he agreed. We called that                “In the Junior Golf
 unique he is. He's unassum-            Bob came when he decided           and without paying.”               place "Community House". I         Program,” Bob said, ”I spend
 ing and speaks in a quiet              to drop out of school in the          Bob said that his experi-       was still working as a thera-      more time with the kids than
 voice that is soothing and             9th grade. "I figured I had        ence in the military had a lot     pist at the V.A. but after work    their parents do, One of them
 kind and puts anyone at                already learned what I need-       to do with they way he saw         we would open the place up         wrote me an email. In it, she
 ease.                                  ed to know and since I was a       race relations. “I had come        for the kids in the community-     said, ‘I cannot tell you what
                                        good ball player, I wanted to      into the military at a time that   -six days a week from 5 pm         an impact you've had on my
  A simple credo                        become a professional and          they were just beginning to        to 9 pm.                           life. Almost everything I know
                                        be a Jackie Robinson. At the       integrate. It made me angry           “We wanted to see if we         and understand about life is a
     Bob has followed a simple          time my mother was working         to know I was being asked to       could get kids to do better. So    direct result of being in the
 credo that he learned in his           as a domestic in Philadelphia.     serve and at the same time, I      we went to the local high          Junior Golf Program.’”
 own youth from two men in              When she heard that I had          wasn't being treated as a full     school, Ravenswood, and            Summary:
 particular who deeply affected         dropped out of school she          citizen. It never made sense       asked them to identify 25 kids        His work with youth has
 him. The first man was his             came and got me and put me         to me. That whole experi-          that weren't doing well. We        always been based on the
 grandfather who raised him             in a military academy in New       ence set the tone for me. I        named our organization Youth       premise that above all else,
 on a farm in North Carolina.           Jersey.                            learned to carry myself with       Unlimited Corps (YUC) .            kids really need someone to
 His grandfather taught him to            There he met a teacher who       dignity and pride.”                   “I began to give them the       talk to who will listen. Once
 'Always be honest with peo-            changed his life. "He had a                                           kind of counseling that Mr.        he has their trust, then he
 ple and carry yourself with            real impact on my life,” Bob       “In the military I experi-         Holmes gave me. Then we            talks with them about the way
 dignity." Bob himself mirrors          said. He spent a lot of time        enced a lot of problems           added outings-and took them        to conduct yourself. He
 the kind of man that he                talking to me that year and he                                        on hikes and adventures. The       always teaches them that to
                                                                           as an African American,”
 describes when he talks                made me rethink the relation-                                         group began to knit together,      achieve what they really hope
                                                                                              Hoover          developing what nowadays           for, they need to know that
 about his grandfather.                 ship of education and my
     He told me that they grew          career. From him Bob                                                  you call a positive peer           education is a key to their
 crops and vegetables on his            learned a simple credo that          After the Air Force, in 1955,    group. It included such peo-       future.
 grandfather's farm. Bob said           guided his future in working       Bob enrolled at Penn State.        ple as Maurice Bundy and              "And that's the theory that
 that he worked with his                with youth.. "Spend time with      There, he lived on campus.         Reid Stephenson.”                  I've been working with for 40
 grandfather, walking behind            young people. Listen, really       “Even though I was a vet,” He            Bob then talked about the    years. That's way the Nairobi
 the horse-drawn plow that              listen to them. When you win       said, “I still couldn't get an     1960’s. He described it as a       School and College worked.
 tilled the fields or the neigh-        their trust, then they listen to   apartment. I studied physical      dynamic period when the            That's why the Junior Golf
 bors' vegetable plots. What            you, then they'll take to heart    education because I wanted         community pulled together          Program works."
 they didn't need for them-                                                to be a coach-and biological       following the Civil Rights Act        In 2004 Bob invited ten
                                        the advice you give."
 selves, they sold. His grand-                                             science. When I graduated          and African Americans              people that had been in YUC
 father was a resourceful man,                                             from there in 1959, I came         claimed their equality.            to share how being in the pro-
                                        Different goals                    out to Stanford to study physi-       It was also a time when         gram had an impact on their
 and a self-made entrepre-                 Bob's goals changed.
 neur. He had a wood and                                                   cal therapy. I wanted to be an     education became very              life. "Several people said
                                        When he returned to North          athletic trainer. At Stanford I    important to community resi-       exactly the same thing. It sur-
 coal business and also ran a           Carolina, he remembers, "I
 country store.                                                            got a room in the house of a       dents, so Bob and other black      prised me. They said that
                                        went back to school and I did      professor. I had an internship     leaders in the community           what they had learned in
                                        well. Then, in 1951 when I         at Stanford and worked as a
   "Spend time with young               was 19, I joined the Air Force.
                                                                                                              started Nairobi School.            YUC and been key to how
                                                                           therapist at the V.A. and I           Like other parents, Bob and     they raised their own chil-
      people. Listen, really            In my training I had to learn      was a coach for Little League      Mary wanted to make sure           dren."
            listen to them.             the turret system. They gave       in Palo Alto.”                     their kids and others in the          Bob Hoover has outlasted
            When you win                us an incentive; the top 5% of        When Bob married Mary           community had access to a          almost everyone that commit-
                                        the class would be given a
                 their trust,                                              Hoover another Stanford            good education.                    ted to helping young.
                                        promotion. I knew that I had       graduate, he went to look for
           then they listen             to prove to whites that I was
                                                                                                                 From the 1960s through the      He embodies what his grand-
                                                                           an apartment in Palo Alto.         1980s, Bob and others in the       father taught years ago -be
                  to you...”            just as smart as they were. In     “No one would rent to us,” he      community cultivated the con-      honest, and carry yourself
                                        the first year and half I went     said. “But my wife and I           fidence and pride that is          with dignity and pride.
             One of Hoover’s teachers   through three schools. By the      found an apartment in East         indelible and shows up on             Why does he continue, long
                                        end of the first year, I was       Palo Alto on Woodland, just        many of the young who are          after others have retired?.
                                        sergeant, and in year and a        across the border.”                now the middle-age leaders         Perhaps because he always
                                        half, I made it to staff ser-       The owner of the apartment        in the community.                  sees what people are capable
    Bob remembers that his              geant.
 grandfather was fearless and                                              building lived in New                Bob is over seventy now,         of becoming. He really cares
                                          I was a gunner on a B-29. I      England. “When he came out         but he still works for the com-    and knows how to communi-
 would never cow-tow to the             ended up as a gunnery
 white man's rules of segrega-                                             to California and found out        munity. He is just as involved     cate that. He is wise and
                                        instructor and eventually flew     that we were renting an            as ever in helping young peo-      humble and elegant.
 tion in the South. He ignored          on a B-26 in Korea on low-
 them. He would just go in to a                                            apartment,” Bob said, “he told     ple. Before he moved to
                                        level night missions. I liked      us that we would have to           Texas, he was on the staff at
 restaurant that served only            flying but not combat. It was
 whites and order what he                                                  leave. That was in 1961. I         Free at Last, an agency that
                                        very impersonal.                   told him that we had a lease       was started by men and
 wanted. Because people in                 In the military I experienced
 the town respected him, they                                              and that he would have to get      women, several of whom Bob
                                        a lot of problems as an            the police to get us out. We       once mentored.
 served him.




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                                                                                                                      Lifecycles
 Moving On
                                                                     spending two years               in. My goal in NYC is             start something BIG.
 By Sekou Black
                                                                     helping folks in my              to pursue school full               Some leave EPA with
                                                                     community.                       time, majoring in biol-           hate and bitter feel-
    In everyone’s life,
                                                                        I feel odd saying             ogy with an emphasis              ings, but I know that
 there is a moment or
                                                                     that I’m moving away             on zoology and ;ick-              home truly is where
 memorable event that
                                                                     to New York. My return           ing up a double major             the heart is.
 changes us. For some,
                                                                     home has sparked a               in psychology or some-
 there are many events
                                                                     strong sense of belong-          thing dealing with                   Editor’s note- Sekou Black
 that may impact their
                                                                     ing, and pride for my            human behavior and                was an Outreach worker and
 life or their view of it.                                                                                                              UTurn Counselor for Free at
                                                                     city as well as my               emotions.
    For me, it was the                  Sekou Black                                                                                     Last.
                                                                     neighborhood, the                  I’ll miss everyone
 moment that I decided                                                                                                                    He lwas also a contributor
                                   ways since my early               Village.                         and everything about              for EPA Today. Sekou left
 to go back home to EPA
                                   childhood, but some                 I feel respected; I feel       EPA, but I’m deter-               East Palo Alto for New York
 and make a difference.
                                   things and some people            loved, but most of all, I        mined to come back                City on August 7.
 EPA has made a com-
                                   never change. After               feel sad that I’m leav-          home once again and
 plet U-turn in many


 Dirk Alvarado                        There he will oversee          Bonnie A. Swift                                                    is nothing more or less than
                                   school age programs, work                                                                            that.” There is a stronger
                                   with teens and coordinate                                                                            sense of community than in
    For 7 years, Dirk                                                  EPA Today would like to                                          Palo Alto.
                                   special programs.
 Alvarado served as the               He told EPA Today, “I
                                                                     say,”Goodbye and thank you”                                           In East Palo Alto, people
 recreation supervisor at the      have had a difficult time
                                                                     to Bonnie Swift who interned                                       are interacting on a more
 Oneida Harris Recreation          accepting the fact that I
                                                                     with the paper for six weeks                                       personal level. There is a
 Center in Menlo Park.             will not be working within
                                                                     this summer. Swift is a soph-                                      warmer feeling.
   He recently announced           the [Menlo Park] communi-
                                                                     more at Stanford Univ. major-                                         Even though she is in
 that he had accepted a            ty, but am excited about the
                                                                     ing in history.
                                                                                                           Bonnie A. Swift              Paris, Swift has promised
 position with the City of         work I will be doing coast
                                                                      She is on her way to Paris                                        that she will continue to write
 Half Moon Bay.                    side. “
                                                                     where she will spend two                                           two more articles which will
                                                                                                      Palo Alto, while I interned at
   So, on August 14, he              Read Alvarado’s letter to
                                                                     quarters In Stanford’s over-                                       appear in the next EPA
                                                                                                      East Palo Alto Today,” Swift
 leaves Menlo Park to              the editor on page 9 of this
                                                                     seas program this fall. Swift                                      Today. Look for her byline in
                                                                                                      said. I have a different per-
 assume similar duties in          edition of EPA Today.
                                                                     wrote several articles in this                                     the next edition.
                                                                                                      spective of East Palo Alto. I
 Half Moon Bay’s Parks and                                           edition.
                                                                                                      think it is a really ethnically
 Recreation Department.                                                I enjoyed meeting the peo-                                           Bonnie, bon voyage!
                                                                     ple that I interviewed in East   diverse version of suburbia. It

                                   EAST PALO ALTO SANI-                Savage-Johnson is a long
                                   TARY DISTRICT BOARD               time resident of East Palo       Other EPA Today Interns
                                   APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR             Alto. This is her second
                                                                     appointment to the Sanitary        EPA Today would also like to thank Seanteonna Johnson,
                                       At its August 3 board meet-   board, since she served on       Eseta Uhila and Roneisha Meachan for their assistance. All
                                   ing, the Board of Directors for   the board between 1990 and       three are SEP (Sponsored Employment Program) interns who
                                   the East Palo Alto Sanitary       1994.                            worked at the paper this summer. During their internship, they
                                   District voted to appoint           She has also served with       made telephone calls on behalf of the paper and helped
                                   Glenda Savage-Johnson to          the East Palo Alto Childcare
                                                                                                      research and draft articles.
                                   fill the vacancy left by          Task Force, the Community
                                                                     Development Institute and the       Johnson, Meachan and Uhila graduated from the summer
                                   Director Bob Hoover who                                            program Friday, August 4. EPA Today extends its best wishes
                                   resigned from the board in        4 C’s of San Mateo County.
                                                                       Congratulations to Glenda      to all three as they return to high school this fall.
  Glenda Savage-Johnson            June.
                                                                     Savage-Johnson.

                                                                                                      we gave her Collard Greens        for the removal of the local

 Remembering good deeds                                                                               Festival tee shirts, an East
                                                                                                      Palo Alto College Faire Crew
                                                                                                      program tee shirt and the
                                                                                                                                        toxic waste recyler, archival
                                                                                                                                        copies of the Ujima East Palo
                                                                                                                                        Alto Alert that contain the
                                                                                                      very special YUCA 'Welcome        background on the fight to
    Events may come and go,          Here are the names of a         begin the ceremonial event,      to East Palo Alto' tee shirt. A   have the toxic recyler
  but some good deeds should       few of the local businesses       Mayor Ruben Abrica present-      copy of the book, "Liberation     removed from our community,
  never be forgotten. So EPA       and organizations which           ed Dr. Maathai with the Key      Saturday" by East Palo Alto's     and a set of wonderful draw-
  Today would like to acknowl-     might not otherwise be            to the City that was encased     own Joe Prince was included       ings and expressions of sup-
  edge the many community          acknowledged for the contri-      in a hand woven kente cloth      as well as a copy of the          port from Mrs. Grace Funn's
  organizations and individuals    butions they presented in         bag from Ghana. By giving        Collard Greens Festival           second grade class at Belle
                                                                     the ceremonial "Key" to our      Souvenir Book with a Collard      Haven School.
  who made proclamations and       honor of Dr. Maathai’s visit:
                                                                     Nobel Laureate visitor, a spe-   Greens Festival baseball cap         The clear simple messages
  gifts that were presented to                                       cial welcome was extended        and apron. East Palo Alto         from the children were
  Dr. Wangari Maathai during          B&S Dismantlers, Church        with the hope that Dr.           City department baseball          charmingly illustrated, show-
  her recent visit to East Palo      of Christ, City of East Palo    Maathai, would feel encour-      caps along with East Palo         ing that they understood the
  Alto.                                  Alto, Drew Medial           aged and comfortable to          Alto Recycle Program pencils      necessity for trees in our
     As many readers of EPA           Foundation, Open Bible         return over and over. The        were there, in addition to the    world and the role Dr.
  Today might remember, Dr.             Baptist Church, Faith        key unlocks our hearts, our      East Palo Alto metal lapel pin    Maathai is playing in spread-
                                    Missionary Baptist Church,       homes, and our entire com-       that prominently features the     ing the message. A couple of
  Maathai is the first African
                                    the Ujima Security Council.      munity for her whenever she      City logo.                        copies of Silicon Valley
  woman to receive a Nobel
  Prize for Peace. She visited                                       is in the area.                    This unique custom-made         deBug magazine were includ-
                                     East Palo Alto resident
  East Palo Alto to participate                                        Next she was given a hand-     bag of East Palo Alto memo-       ed to share regional informa-
                                   Keisha Evans wrote the fol-       made tote bag of authentic       rabilia was presented to our      tion. The YUCA 2004 East
  in a tree planting ceremony      lowing narrative about Dr         mud cloth created by local       regal guest by three local        Palo Alto Health Survey was
  to celebrate the 10th anniver-   Maathai’s visit.                  artisan, Gloria Scott, to hold   children, and was graciously      also a part of this special
  sary of Palo Alto’s nonprofit                                      the various items. Into this     received by Dr. Maathai.          book as well as various flyers
  agency Canopy and the            Honoring Dr. Maathai              beautiful custom made bag          A special book was pre-         and pamphlets to show our
  launching of the East Palo                                         went different commemora-        pared and presented to Dr.        Sister Dr. some of the work
  Alto Tree Initiative through       East Palo Alto's Special        tive items with the name of      Maathai at the dinner later in    already completed in East
  which East Palo Alto will        gifts to Dr. Wangari Maathai      East Palo Alto on them.          the evening. It consisted of      Palo Alto to improve our envi-
  have 1,000 new trees planted     were as unique as the East        Beginning with a unique 2004     articles and photos of the        ronment and to extend the
  in the city by 2010.             Palo Alto community. To           Juneteenth souvenir tee shirt,   recent YUCA demonstration         "green belt" worldwide




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