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   Emergency preparedness - earthquake tips
                                      4. Pick "safe places" in each    kit. Include water (one gallon          to move to safety, the less like-             3. Look for and extinguish
    Before an earthquake:          room of your home. A safe           per person for each day), non-          ly you will be injured. Injury              small fires. Eliminate fire haz-
    Make a Plan                    place could be under a sturdy       perishable/ready-to-eat food,           statistics show that persons                ards. Turn off the gas if you
    1.    Create an emergency      table or desk or against an         a first aid kit, essential med-         moving more than 10 feet dur-               smell gas or think it's leaking.
 preparedness plan:                interior wall away from win-        ications, can opener, protec-           ing an earthquake's shaking                 (Remember, only a profes-
    a. Develop a communica-        dows, bookcases, or tall furni-     tive clothing, bedding, radio,          are most likely to experience               sional should turn it back on.)
 tions plan. Establish a contact   ture that could fall on you.        flashlight, extra batteries and         injury.                                       4. Listen to the radio for
 person outside your area          Practice DROP, COVER, AND           any special needs items.                   3. Stay indoors until the                instructions.
 whom you and your loved           HOLD ON. Practicing will                                                    shaking stops and you're sure                 5. Expect aftershocks. Each
 ones can call to notify each      make these actions an auto-           8. Get Trained - Learn what           it's safe to exit. If you are out-          time you feel one, DROP,
 other of your statuses.           matic response.                     to do during and after an               doors, find a clear spot away               COVER and HOLD ON.
    b. Identify a meeting place.      5. The shorter the distance      earthquake and learn life-sav-          from buildings, trees, and                    6. Inspect your home for
 Decide in advance where your      to move to safety, the less like-   ing skills.                             power lines. Drop to the                    damage. Get everyone out if
 family and loved ones would       ly you will be injured. Injury                                              ground.                                     your home is unsafe.
 reunite in the event of an        statistics show that persons          During an earthquake:                    4. If you are in a car, slow               7. Use the telephone only to
 emergency.                        moving more than 10 feet dur-         1. Drop, cover, and hold-on           down and drive to a clear                   report life-threatening emer-
    2. Talk to your children's     ing an earthquake's shaking         in each safe place. Drop under          place. Stay in the car until the            gencies.
 schools. If you have school-      are most likely to experience       a sturdy desk or table, hold on,        shaking stops.
 age children, ensure that their   injury. Responding quickly and      and protect your eyes by                                                              Enroll in first aid, CPR and
 schools have your current         automatically may help protect      pressing your face against                 After an earthquake:                     automated external defibrilla-
 caregiver contact information     you from injury.                    your arm. Stay away from win-              1. Check yourself for                    tor (AED) training. Red Cross
 and that you know their              6. Identify and eliminate        dows and bookcases or tall              injuries. Protect yourself from             courses prepare millions of
 schools' emergency plans.         potential hazards in your           furniture that could fall on you.       further danger by putting on                people to prevent and respond
    3. Ask your employer about     home. Bolt or strap bookcas-        Stay away from doorways                 long pants, a long-sleeved                  to emergencies every year
 the disaster plan for your        es, tall furniture and the water    where doors can slam shut. If           shirt, sturdy shoes, and work                 Information supplied by San
 workplace. Make sure you          heater to wall studs and install    you are in bed, hold on and             gloves.                                     Mateo County’s Office of
 know and practice all emer-       latches on cupboards.               stay there, protecting your                2. Check others for injuries.            Emergency Services.
 gency response procedures at         7. Build a Kit - assemble or     head with a pillow.                     Give first aid for serious
 your workplace.                   purchase a disaster supplies          2. The shorter the distance           injuries.



 Pasos de preparación en caso de un terremoto
   Antes de un Terremoto:          y el gas.                           lleve consigo. Incluya un               pasos hasta un lugar seguro                    Después de un Terremoto:
   Pasos de Preparación               4.    Prepare un equipo          contacto que viva fuera de la           próximo. Quédese dentro                        1.    Compruebe si usted
                                   de suministros. Incluya:            cuidad. Quizás sea más                  hasta que los temblores                     tiene lesiones.
   1.    Converse.      Hable         a.    Botiquín de primeros       fácil llamar desde otra zona            hayan cesado y usted este                      2.    Compruebe si los
 con su familia sobre cuales       auxillos y medicamentos             si las líneas telefónicas               seguro (a) de que se puede                  demás tienen lesiones.
 son los desastres que             esenciales.                         locales están saturadas o no            salir      sin        peligro.                 3.    Mire si hay incendios
 podrían ocurrir donde viven          b.    Comida enlatada y          funcionan.      Mantenga la             Mantengase alejado de las                   pequeños y extíngalos.
 y lo que hará cada quien          un abrelatas.                       información actualizada.                ventanas.                                   Desconecte el gas si usted
   2.    Planifique. Escoja           c.    Por los menos tres            6.    Practique.       Dos             2.    Si esta en cama,                    huele a gas o cree que hay
 dos lugares para encon-           galones de agua por per-            veces al ano, ponga en prác-            agarrese y quédese allí, pro-               un escape.
 trarse después de un desas-       sona.                               tica el plan de evacuación de           tegiéndose la cabeza con                       4.    Escuche la radio por
 tre:                                 d.    Radio a pilas, linter-     su vivienda.       Utilice los          una almohada.                               si emiten instrucciones.
   a.    Frente a su casa, en      na y pilas de repuesto.             caminos de salida que plani-              3.    Si usted esta fuera,                   5.    Espere temblores
 caso de una emergencia               e.    Artículos especiales       fico, y marque en un mapa               busque un lugar despejado                   posteriores. Cada vez que
 súbita, como un incendio.         para bebes, ancianos, o             otras alternativas en caso de           lejos de edificios, árboles y               sienta     uno      agachese,
   b.    Fuera de su vecin-        familiares discapacitados.          que las carreteras princi-              cables de energía. Tiéndase                 cubrase y agarrese.
 dario, en caso de que no             f.    Revise sus sumin-          pales sean intransitables.              en el suelo.                                   6.    Inspeccione si su
 pueda regresar a su casa o        istros y reemplace el agua y        Practique lo que debe hac-                4.    Si usted esta dentro                vivienda sufrió danos. Haga
 se le pida que abandone su        los alimentos cada seis             erse en la casa, la escuela y           de un automóvil, disminuya                  salir a todos si su casa no es
 vecindario.                       meses.                              el trabajo en caso de terre-            la velocidad y conduzca a un                segura.
   3.    Aprenda. Casa adul-          5.    Informe. Dígale a su       moto o incendio.                        lugar             despejado.                   7.    Use el teléfono sola-
 to de la familia debería          familia donde guarda la                                                     Permanezca en su auto                       mente para reportar emer-
 aprender como y cuando            información de contacto en            Durante un Terremoto:                 hasta que los temblores                     gencias que pongan en peli-
 desconectar los servicios,        caso de emergencias. Haga             1.   AGACHARSE,                       cesen.                                      gro la vida.
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   East Palo Alto Today                                                           Page 8                                                           May - June 2006

                                                                         Perspectives
   From the Editor’s Desk                                                                                                           “When we plant trees, we plant
                                                                                                                                       the seeds of peace and the
    A Salute to the Men               ters like Alan Johnson,
    Around Us                                                                                                                       seeds of hope....We try and we
                                      Malcolm Hoover, Doug Fort,
                                      Jeff Edgerton, Johnny Gray,
                                                                                                                                                do what we can.”
      June is a time for recogniz- Ray Askew, and Shannon
    ing fathers, and this nation Pekary. Then there are those                                                                                      Dr. Wangari Maathai
    just celebrated                                who lead in other
    Father’s Day. .                                ways:        Angah
    While we don’t                                 Miessi, JT Turner,
    want to exclude                                Lee       Hawkins,
    women         and                              Court      Skinner,
    mothers at any                                 Henry       Organ,
    time, we’d like                                Bernardo Huerta,
    to take this                                   Pastor      Clifton
    space to cele-                                 Bennett,       Mar-
    brate all of the                               celinó      Lopez,
                        Henrietta J. Burroughs
    men in East                                    Larry Moody, Julio
    Palo Alto and                     Garcia, Chester Palesoo,
    Belle Haven who have given Akuila Sovatabua, Victor
    of their time and resources Perez, G. Ortega, Goro
    to not only nurture their chil- Mitchell, Stewart Hyland,
    dren but also to improve the Rev. Paul Bains, Dirk Alva-
    quality of life in the two rado, Rev. Floyd Purdy, Dennis
    communities.                      Parker, David Chang and
      We know how important a William Webster.
    father can be. We’ve seen            Since there are so many
    the influence that a father names that could be listed               Dr. Wangari Maatha stands with three East Palo Alto children during the ceremonial tree
    can make in a child’s life; here, it is painful to leave so          planting ceremony which took place in East Palo Alto. Mayor Ruben Abrica sits on the left.
    e.g. the influence the late many out. But you know who
    Earl Woods had on his son they are. You live with them
    Tiger. Locally, we can cite and work with them.
                                                                           Letters to East Palo Alto Today
    the influence of such fathers       Those on our list operate on
    as Elbert Mitchell, Bob different levels and support                 Settlement not beneficial          (Housing Element p.17 & 45).       know what's needed in the
    Hoover, Cecil Reeves and differing viewpoints. But the               Dear Editor                          Some City Council mem-           city. It's unjust that people
    Omowale Satterwhite It is one thing that they all have in                 This letter expresses my      bers viewed this settlement        weren't able to have input on
    impossible to mention the common is that they care                   concern about Windriver's          as a win - win situation, unfor-   what goes on in the city
    contributions of any of the about their families and the             Condo Conversion and the           tunately that's not the case.      where they reside.
    men and fathers who live and community in which they live.           impact it will have.               Yes, it would bring tax rev-          Lesson Learned: next time
    work among us without leav-                                            The lawsuit settlement           enue but it would not satisfy      clarify to city staff the proc-
                                         It is only fitting that there                                                                         cess for handling applications
    ing many names out. But is a time of the year set aside              between the City Council and       the housing needs of East
    we’d like for the record to at to recognize, applaud and             Windriver is not beneficial to     Palo Alto residents. In fact, it   for converting apartments into
    least mention a few of those appreciate the men among us             the City of East Palo Alto.        will attract outsiders to come     condominiums. Don't ever
    around us who are making a who have worked hard and                  The settlement states that         to East Palo Alto and displace     accept applications for condo
    difference. Some in our list still work hard to keep us safe         East Palo Alto will acquire        low - income Woodland              conversion during a Condo
    are fathers literally; others and secure - men who are               $1.1 million once the condo-       Creek tenants. So who will         Conversion MORATORIUM
    are father figures.                                                  miniums begin selling. But         receive the home ownership         PERIOD.
                                      working to improve the quali-
       They sit on city boards and ty of life for all of us.             City officials themselves said     opportunity? Exactly, non-
    commissions, work for local                                          that "that condos would hurt       East Palo Alto residents who       Sarait Escorza
                                        Like you, we may not agree                                                                             Member of Youth United for
    nonprofit agencies, staff with everything they’ve said               the Affordable Housing Stock       can afford the prices. What
    local businesses and volun- or everything they’ve done,              and the Vacancy Rate" in           would happen to the dis-           Comunity Action
    teer for their churches and but we recognize them for                East Palo Alto (San Mateo          placed tenants? How will they
    for a variety of local organi- their efforts and the good            County Times article). As          be assisted? The Current           An Accident Waiting to
    zations. Many live here and that they are trying to                  many of you know, East Palo        East Palo Alto Condo               Happen
    others work here. We can achieve. We give them cred-                 Alto is a low-income commu-        Conversion Ordinance states        Dear Editor
    mention the official leaders it, because they are out there          nity and its residents don't       that Condo Conversions are           Tell our Planning Commis-
    of city government like - trying, where some have not                make enough money to afford        not permitted when less than       sion to Declare Romic a
    Ruben      Abrica,    Nicholas even bothered to try.                 a Market Rate condominium.         4.15% of the city's housing is     Public Nuisance! Romic has
    Jellins, David Woods, Peter                                          Based on the Housing               vacant. But it does not pro-       been operating off an expired
                                          So whenever the question                                                                             state permit and has a long
    Evans, Andrew Cohen, Chief comes up, where are the                   Element (Housing                   vide relocation assistance.
    Ron Davis, Alvin James. Some male role models in our com-            Affordability Matrix p. 18) only     As City Council member           history of violations including
    like Carlos Martinez and munities? What male figures                 a few moderate income resi-        Pete Evans mentioned in a          the use of damaged contain-
    Meda Okelo lead city depart- do our youth have to look up            dents can afford a condomini-      recent letter, "the city did not   ers in 2001 and the storage
    ments. Others like Duane Bay to? The answer is easy. We              um that costs between              take the proper steps to notify    of hazardous waste in unau-
    and John Bostic were in city can look to the men around              $288,000-$360,000. Besides,        the public" about the settle-      thorized areas. Romic needs
    government.                                                          the housing that is most           ment. East Palo Alto               to leave East Palo Alto. Take
                                      us, who are the fathers in the                                                                           action so we can get them
       There are those who work community and the fathers of             needed in East Palo Alto is        Community members have
    directly to improve the fate the community. We’d like to             housing for low-income and         the right to voice their opinion   out.
    of fathers like David Lewis recognize,             applaud     and   very low-income residents          on the situation since they            continued on page 10
    and Dorsey Nunn. There are appreciate them for all the
    those who work with the good that they have done and
    community’s sons and daugh- for all the good that they do.           E PA To d a y ’s P o l i c i e s & P r i n c i p l e s
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                                               Community Opinions
 A Risk I Am Not Willing          scared for you and waking                  of this accident are no differ-      acceptance. In 1995, Romic              have to wait to act until
 To Take                          up every hour to check on                  ent from driving down the            worker Rodrigo Cruz was                 something really bad hap-
                                  me. I didn’t want to go                    freeway and being struck by          sent to clean a railcar with-           pens to our community. In
  By Dalila Adofo                 through that again – ever.                 a drunk driver. Their                out proper training and                 the same week that the
  EPA Today Contributor             So when I heard about the                Director of Operations said          resulted in permanent brain             Romic incident happened,
                                  Romic chemical leak that                   this at the June Community           damage. Just recently,                  there were at least 60 haz-
    For as long as I can          happened, I was shocked,                   Advisory Panel Meeting held          Romic was placed under                  ardous incidents around the
 remember, I have always          scared of having another big               at Romic.                            investigation by                        world. Some of those
 had asthma. Just                          asthma attack. I                     But to me, the drunk driver          CAL-OSHA (California                 incidents resulted in explo-
 a month ago, I                            was scared to go                  has options – don’t get              Occupational Safety and                 sions, people getting sick
 had an asthma                             outside because I                 drunk, don’t drive if you are        Health Administration) for a            and worse, people getting
 attack that lasted                        didn’t know if the                drunk, or take your chances.         worker who suffered first and           killed. With our enthusiasm,
 for two                                   chemicals had                     The question for us here in          second degree burns.                    strength and passion for our
 weeks. My life                            spread, what they                 the community is: do we                 In addition, Romic has               community, we should do
 was put on hold                           contained, what my                want to take that chance with        been operating off a state              everything we can in our
 –school, sports,                          reaction was going                Romic?                               permit authorized by the                power to shut Romic down.
 doing community                           to be if it hit me. I                I think: No! It’s time for        DTSC (Department of Toxic
 work. Even walk-        Dalila Adofo       was scared for my                Romic to get out of here.            Substances Control) that                Dalila Adofo, 13, has been a
 ing to my friend’s                         family, and for the              Romic has had a long history         expired in 1991. Yet, DTSC              resident of East Palo Alto all
 house was scary. I had to go whole community, especially                    of violations including storing      allows them to operate,                 her life. She attends La
 to the hospital twice. It was    for the people who live clos-              waste in unauthorized con-           despite the fact that Romic             Entrada. She has 2 siblings.
 horrible, the worst experi-      est to Romic.                              tainers, combining incompati-        has been in significant non-            She loves to sing, dance,
 ence of my life. Imagine not     For me, the scariest thing                 ble hazardous waste that             compliance with                         and play basketball, soccer,
 breathing for two weeks,         about the whole Romic inci-                resulted in fires, accepting         the state DTSC every quar-              volleyball, and football. She
 afraid to go to sleep because dent was not knowing.                         unauthorized waste, and              ter for the last three years.           is a youth organizer with
 you might not be able to           Romic officials would have               failure to label hazardous              We can’t afford for this to          Youth United for Community
 wake up, your mom being          us believe that the chances                waste containers with date of        happen to us. We don’t                  Action.

                                       I now work at Free At Last as                                              jobs to just barely make it?            OICW to find jobs for youth
 Street Outreach                       an Outreach Worker/U-Turn                                                  How many parents work long              that want and need them.
 Workers - wish there                  Counselor.                                                                 hours and barely see their kids         Doug at FYBY (For Youth By
                                          When I first got hired at Free                                          when they get home? How                 Youth) also does an outstand-
 were more of us.
                                       At Last, I was a bit burnt out                                             many youth in EPA are raised            ing job. He's a soldier that defi-
                                       from my previous job but saw                                               by their aunts, grandparents, or        nitely deserves a shot out. It
  By Sekou M. Black                    this as an opportunity to give                                             siblings due to an incarcerated         definitely takes a village to
                                       back to my community. An out-                                              or addicted parents?                    raise a child but unfortunately
  "What ever affects one directly,     reach worker has three main                                                 There are many programs that
 affects all indirectly." Dr. Martin                                                                                                                      the village doesn't talk due to
                                       functions: to scope out an area                                            help young folks here in EPA            racial barriers and personal
 Luther King Jr.
                                       for outreach, to establish a rap-                                          but I don't find many that are          prejudices. I've got to wrap this
   Both of my parents went to
                                       port with the clients, and to              Sekou M. Black                  ready to hit the street, recruit        up and I'm sorry for sounding a
                                       give life-saving information to                                            youngsters for jobs (Ages 16-           little bit heated but I can't help
 college but I didn't. I got                                                 when I know everyone I talk to
                                       all that can be persuaded to                                               24), or show them that there is         but to be an advocate for youth
 sucked up into the culture that                                             engaging in at-risk behavior-
                                       accept help. That last one is                                              truly someone out there that            and an advocate for Justice of
 consumes many young people                                                  anything from using or selling
                                       definitely the hard one. The                                               cares and wants them to suc-            all types, including human
 here in East Palo Alto. At sev-                                             drugs, to unsafe sexual prac-
                                       basic duties of my job are to                                              ceed. Number three isn't really         rights, and the right to learn.
 enteen I decided to move down                                               tices, even heavy drinking.
                                       give all people knowledge                                                  a barrier at all, it's just frustrat-   I've heard some elders say
 to San Diego to do what I call                                              Two, drug dealers: many of
                                       about HIV/STDs (sexually                                                   ing to see people complain              "They just won't get a job,
 "Get right." My mother was                                                  whom I know, are acquaintanc-
                                       transmitted diseases now                                                   about EPA, how it is, how the           that's wrong with young folks
 soon to leave for New York                                                  es, and some friends since ele-
                                       called STIs for infections), get                                           youth aren't doing much                 today, they just don't appreciate
 after I got My GED (Good                                                    mentary school
                                       people who are at high risk for                                            ground roots action to solve the        hard work." Many youth that
 Enough Degree). Before My                                                       Three, there is an obvious
                                       HIV or Hepatitis C tested, to                                              problems. Nobantu was a real            hang out just took a wrong step
 mother left for NY, she told me                                             lack of outlets for many young
                                       persuade people who are                                                    good model for an elder that            or two, and if given the chance
 that she didn't want to leave                                               people in our city. There are
                                       addicted to get treatment, and                                             cares. She would hit the                to work for fifteen dollars an
 without leaving me anything so                                              many young people that won't
                                       to run the U-Turn Program, a                                               streets in the Mid-town neigh-          hour, would do so if their crimi-
 she signed me up for an                                                     accept that their current
                                       program designed to make                                                   borhood, and find out what the          nal record allowed it. It's not
 African American HIV/AIDS                                                   lifestyle can lead them to
                                       young adults in EPA think dif-                                             postponed dreams were for               easy out there for all youth,
 workshop. I started doing                                                   PRISON or DEATH and some
                                       ferently, outside of the box, or                                           young men and women that                those in school, and those on
 HIV/AIDS prevention when I                                                  which feel as if they have no
                                       outside of this little city. I face                                        hang out and what prevented             the streets. All it takes is some-
 was twenty years old and that                                               other choice. Lets be frankly
                                       many barriers in my work.                                                  them from succeeding in their           one to remind them that any-
 led me to be an outreach work-                                              honest. How many parents are
                                       One, grant requirements: these                                             world. EPA is also doing a              thing is possible, and that if
 er for homeless & at-risk youth.                                            out there that work two or more
                                       determine who is truly at risk                                             good job in collaboration with          they truly want to, they can.


 Asian Pacific Islander (May 10, 1869). In 1992, deported to wherever he came                                     the world. Take away your bias          a bill, but you've got to get a
 Heritage Month.        Congress expanded the 10- from: this article is for you. For                              you have about affirmative              house first and that costs
                                       day observance to a month-            every Asian who was mistaken         action. Read this without preju-        money too. Asians and Pacific
                                       long celebration. For the             for being Chinese but was real-      dice and think about people.            Islanders at one point came to
 By Michael Uhila                      record: Asia is a big place with      ly from Tibet: this article is for   Take away their colors, reli-           the United States in search of
                                       a lot of people and a Pacific         you. For every Samoan who            gions, and politics. People who         this dream. They want opportu-
    "One generation plants the         Islander can be a descendant          had to accept whatever               want to live in a country with 24       nities like job security, educa-
     trees. The other gets the         from any island in the Pacific        degrading job in order to pay        hour restaurants and cable TV.          tion, financial freedom and
              shade".                  Ocean, but this term only             for his child's food: this article   People who want to find jobs or         cable TV. Why? Because
         -Chinese Proverb              applies to those descendants          is for you. For every Asian or       not get shot in the head simply         wherever they were wasn't as
    In 1978, a joint congression-      in the United States of               Pacific Islander that died           because they believe in Jesus           good as living in America.
 al     resolution    established      America.                              believing that what he did will      Christ. Does this place that            Why? Because wherever they
 Asian/Pacific          American       This article is written to com-       help any future generations:         they want to go to sound too            were they couldn't get running
 Heritage Week. The first 10           memorate every struggling             WE LOVE YOU.                         idealistic? Does it sound more          water. Why? Because the cor-
 days of May were chosen to            Asian or Pacific Islander past        Take away any bias you may           like a dream land? The driving          ruption of the government in
 coincide with two important           present or future. This article is    have about Democrats and             force behind this idealistic            their homeland drove them out.
 anniversaries: the arrival in the     for you. For every Pacific            Republicans for a moment.            place is: MONEY. A job gets             Why? Because some of them
 United States of the first            Islander who was detained at          Take away any bias you may           you paid. Getting paid gets you         actually dream of being home-
 Japanese immigrants (May 7,           the airport trying to enter the       have about America being the         to the 24 hour restaurant and           less in America. Homeless in
 1843) and the completion of           United States and still got           home of the fattest people in        you get cable TV just by paying
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                        Special Feature: A Life Recovered
                                       They were close-knit, but             things that he has                                      plished noth-    thing now is to give them infor-
  By Lee Harrison                      struggled financially. Some of        done in his life for                                    ing except       mation and let them know
  EPA Today Contributor                his earliest memories were of         a longer period of                                      spending         where they are headed before
                                       embarrassment about the               time than serving                                       many years       they get there. Another thing
                                       material things that he did not       a prison term.                                          in    prison’,   that was brought to my atten-
        oo often, we hear about        have, not being able to dress                In recovery,                                     that what he     tion is that ‘heart’ is NOT what

 T      violence, crime, drive-by
        shootings and other
 tragedies in our communities.
                                       as other children did and not
                                       ‘fitting in’.
                                             Gerald had his first brush
                                                                             Gerald
                                                                             people
                                                                                           found
                                                                                             who
                                                                             inspired, encour-
                                                                                                                                     had seen as
                                                                                                                                     ‘respect’ in
                                                                                                                                     the streets
                                                                                                                                                      you allow other people to
                                                                                                                                                      make you do. For me, today,
                                                                                                                                                      ‘heart’ is being able to walk
 Lost and wasted lives are a           with the law at age 12 and            aged, believed in                                       was ‘fear’,      away from situations without
 tragedy for individuals, their        went to juvenile hall briefly for     and supported                                           and that fear    consequence.”
 families and our society.             being involved in the theft of a      him. His family’s                                       is a fake
 Recovered lives are often             bike. He remembers being              perception of him                                       substitute for   Reality Check – ten years ago,
 referred to as “miracles”. The        lonely and afraid of being con-       has changed to                Gerald Winston           respect that      Gerald was a career criminal
 dream of “miracles” belongs to        fined. Unfortunately, he got          that of someone                                        only lasts as     with an active addiction to
 all of us. In reality, miracles are   over that fear. He also remem-        who they can                                           long as the       drugs. He would have inspired
 more than just ‘dreams’. Real-        bers thinking that his parents        depend on and who will ‘be person is present. Fear was                   fear and many other negative
 life examples can inspire us          would ‘save’ him from bad cir-        there’. With his help, a num- always a part of what motivat-             emotions and impressions had
 and change the perceived              cumstances. That was a sad            ber of family members and ed his actions … “fear of not                  you met him then. Today, he is
 reality that people do not … or       error in thinking that did not        friends have followed Gerald’s surviving” and “fear of the               well-respected, loved, a true
 cannot change. This article is        give him motivation to avoid          example and entered recov- unknown”.                                     friend, inspiration, father, hus-
 about one such life – the life of     repeating the experience.             ery. Their results are similar to      “Respect is simple. If you        band, dependable co-worker
 Gerald Winston.                            Expelled from Ravenswood         his.                               don’t respect someone else,           … a MIRACLE … and has a
                                       High School at age 14 for cut-         Despite his fears and insecu- then you’ll never be able to
                                       ting classes, and unable to           rities about going back to respect yourself, and once                    “Success is doing
                                       enroll in another school, he          school after almost 30 years, you’ve earned it, it is a part of
                                       started hanging out in ‘the           Gerald ‘listened’ to the encour- any relationship whether you            something positive
                                       streets’ committing crimes and        agement he was given by are ‘present’ or not.”                           that you want to do
                                       experimenting with drugs fre-         friends, mentors and co-work-          “Love is not being afraid to
                                       quently. That experimentation         ers. He had to overcome a lot take a chance and something                and can be proud
                                       led to active addiction … and         of fear and insecurity, but that you have to give uncondi-               of.”
                                       the lifestyle and consequences        enrolled in the College of San tionally without an expectation
                                       that come with it.                    Mateo’s Drug and Alcohol of receiving something in
                                           He spent 30 years of his life     Studies Program and is near return.”                                     life and future that he says he
                                       serving jail and prison sen-          completion of a degree and a          “Wisdom taught me that my          never dreamed was possible
                                       tences until he was paroled in        Drug and Alcohol Counselor life was ‘shot’ – that what I                 for him.
         Lee Harrison                  1996. At the time, he thought         Certification Program.             believed in before and put                These things I know to be
    Gerald Winston could easily        that jobs were for people who            Gerald sees ‘no comparison’ myself through was unneces-               true because he is one of my
 have been one of those stories        could not do anything else.           in his life today and the life he sary, and to be willing to learn.”     best friends. I can think of no
 of tragedy that we hear too           He began to change his views          led before recovery. The ben-        “Success is doing something         better example of hope and
 often. He lived the ‘street life’,    of the life he had led during the     efits … Serenity, self-respect, positive that you want to do             the possibility of changing the
 starting at age 12. He ran the        last years of his incarceration.      true self-esteem, family, quali- and can be proud of.”                   direction of a life than Gerald.
 streets, never went to school,        Then in his fifties, he saw that      ty relationships, career, faith in      “My experience was that              Share this article with any-
 drank alcohol, used drugs and         the ‘street life’ was no way to       himself and an ability to ‘give being tired of doing things and          one you know that may be on
 committed crimes daily (start-        live if he ever wanted to have        back’ to family and community getting bad results and seeing             the path that Gerald was on for
 ing at age 14). He thought            anything worthwhile in his life.      are all things that he values no end to it … made me think               most of his life. Tell them that
 being feared and ‘doing time’         He had nothing that a mature          highly today. They are also about changing.” The desire                  he has done the research for
 in jail was a badge of honor.         man could truly value and be          qualities that others value to change has to come from                   them and they do not have to
 Gerald was convicted of five          proud of … no accomplish-             highly in him.                     within you. Then you pick up          go to prison, waste or lose
 felonies and spent 30 of the 59       ments, no true friends, no                                               things, from other people, that       their life. People can change
 years of his life in prisons and      career … no future.                      He spent 30 years of            make you believe it is possible       their behaviors and overcome
 jails.                                     People who knew him and                                             for you to change. I’ve also          challenges. They can change
    Today, Gerald is a man who         saw positive things in him, that       his life serving jail and learned that being ‘responsi-                 the life they have (or are head-
 is respected (not feared) by          he did not see in himself,                                               ble’ is a ‘necessity’. It’s as sim-   ed to) for a better one.
 many. His family, community           strongly suggested that he              prison sentences until ple as that. There’s no way to                      He will tell them firsthand if
 and coworkers value his wis-          think about changing what he                                             be successful at anything             they need to hear it from him.
 dom, insight and friendship.          had been doing and encour-                                               worthwhile … relationships,
 He has a career, attends col-         aged him to go into a treat-                he was paroled in            career, school or any other                Contributed from the 'Reality
 lege, lives a productive and          ment program to address his                                              part of life ... without being a      Check'     Newsletter    of The
 joyful life that he never             addiction problems. With their                      1996.                responsible person.           That    Promises Project, Inc.
 dreamed possible (for him) …          help, he entered Project 90 for                                          means doing the right thing in            The Promises Project, Inc. is a
 and never has to worry about          a ninety-day program of recov-            I asked Gerald his thoughts all situations … to the best of          non-profit organization whose
 going to prison again.                ery in 1996. There he found           on several subjects … respect, your ability.”                            mission is to help people and fam-
   Gerald is in recovery. This is      the hope that he could learn to       fear, success, love, life, wis-      “From where I’ve been, what         ilies in recovery to rebuild their
 his story… his miracle.               live a different life and the real-   dom, what makes people I did, and my experience ... I                    lives and families. As a part of its
     Gerald was born in 1946 in        ity that others like him had          change and what makes it do not feel bad about what I                    mission, the organization con-
 Louisiana and his family              found a new way of life and a         possible for people to change did and what I learned. I do               ducts seminars and workshops to
 (seven children and both par-         way to learn to live it. Gerald       … and how his views on them not regret it … it’s what got me             educate and inform people about
 ents) relocated to East Palo          stayed on after the initial 90        have changed since he to where I am today. But see-                      life-skill subjects (Family and
 Alto when he was 9 years old.         days as a volunteer and even-         entered recovery.                  ing others headed where I’ve          Child Support, Credit and
 His parents provided for the          tually … an employee. He is              His response was that living been is sad … especially for             Finance, Recovery, and others).
 family as best they could.            still there today. It is the only     the ‘street life’ had ‘accom- young people. My biggest


 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage                                                        cont. from page 9        More Letters -                                     cont. from page 8

 America is better than starving       where typhoid prevented them          other      races     as    well.    Sent on behalf of YUCA               dealers. Actually, this would
 anywhere in the world. That           from eating in their own vil-         Remember we're all people,          (650) 322-9165                       destroy eviction protection for
 might not be a fact but I've          lages. So if you compare those        but since May was the month         www.youthunited.net                  all renters. Unjust evictions
 heard people say it. It might         living conditions mentioned to        that the government issued as                                            would be legal.
 not be a fact that America is         eating a piece of chicken on          Asian Pacific Islander Heritage     Protect Renters                      Alert your neighbors! Call
 the best place to live in the         the floor at KFC which one            month, this is a toast to all of    Dear Editor,                         your City Council member. Do
 world but you could get a pizza       would you prefer? This isn't          you that helped make America           SOS! Emergency! Citizens,         not allow this destructive ini-
 delivered to your house with a        designed to say how great a           a cooler place. For every Asian     be not deceived! Attend the          tiative to proceed. Protect
 Coke in less than an hour.            nation America is. This wasn't        or Pacific Islander that died       meeting Saturday, July 1st at        renters!
 Some of these immigrants              written to tell you what's so         believing that what he or she       10:30 in the CDI at 321 Bell
 came from countries where             cool about being Asian or             did will help any future genera-    Street to combat the decep-          Marge Wallace
 running water was 5 miles             Pacific Islander. This doesn’t        tions: WE LOVE YOU.                 tive initiative, supposedly to       Member of EPACT
 away. Some of these immi-             imply that Asians and Pacific                                             enable landlords to evict drug       Protect renters!
 grants came from countries            Islanders never worked with




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   Lifecycles
      Harrington Evans entered          Hank enjoyed good food,         Evans.
   into rest on Friday, June 9,       good music, joking and laugh-        Hank leaves to mourn his
   2006 at Stanford Hospital. He      ter with family and friends. He   passing: four sisters: Ruby
   was known to family and            enjoyed watching sports and       Brown of Chowchilla,
   friends as Hank (AKA Red).         his teams were the 49ers and      Margaret Tucker of Los
   He was born to Lula and                                              Angeles, Cassie Evans of
   Herman Evans on July 15,                                             Sacramento, and Dorothy
   1944 in Oklahoma City,                                               Evans Minter of Redwood
   Oklahoma. He moved with his                                          City; two brothers: A. Peter
   family to Chowchilla,                                                Evans of East Palo Alto, and
   California in 1949 and then to                                       Calvin Evans of Sacramento,
   Pacific Grove, California. After                                     as well as sisters-in-law and
   that, Hank moved to Menlo                                            brothers-in-law Elmer Hoover
   Park where he spent the                                              Brown, Kenneth Minter, Grace
   majority of his life. Hank                                           Evans and Keisha Azibo
   moved to East Palo Alto,              Harrington Evans               Evans and also numerous
   California in 2004, where he                                         nieces, nephews, grand
   resided until his untimely                                           nieces and grand nephews as
   death.                             the San Francisco Giants. He      well GREAT grand nieces and
      Hank worked for Sequoia         loved to cook and enjoyed         nephews and a HOST of
   Hospital for 15 years in custo-    collecting cookbooks.             other relatives and good
   dial services and various            He was preceded in death        friends.
   other jobs. After leaving          by his parents, Lula and            Funeral services were held
   Sequoia, he found employ-          Herman Evans, by two sis-         at Jones Mortuary, 660
   ment in the food services          ters, Betty Evans Lillard and     Donohoe Street, East Palo
   industry which he especially       Lula (Joyce) Evans and also       Alto at 11 AM on Friday, June
   enjoyed.                           by a brother, Herman (Bruce)      16, 2005.


                                                               At a Special District Institute Seminar,
                                                            in San Diego, on June 2, 2006 East Palo
                                                            Alto Sanitary District Board President
                                                            Joan Sykes-Miessi was awarded a cer-
                                                            tificate in Special District Leadership and
                                                            Management.

                                                               She was given the award for success-
                                                            fully completing specialize training in the
                                                            field of Special Districts and Local
                                                            Government.

                                                           Miessi has served on the East Palo
                                                          Alto Sanitary Board for several years
   East Palo Alto Sanitary District Board member Joan     and was elected to a second term on the
   Sykes Miessi stands second to the left with other cer-
                                                          board last year.
   tificate awardees.


                                      less afrikan people               still i'm black and i'm proud
   Dreamin Out Loud                   when we can treat each other
                                      as equals,                        Never Will I Stop Dreamin'
   by Clyde Beasley                   only then can we take off the     Aloud
                                      shame shroud
   I'm black and i'm proud                                              free as a bird even when I'm
   wishing every project, flatland    Right Now I'm Just Dreaming       freedom impaired
   and ghetto                         Out Loud                          because my momma pre-
   get a facelift and remodel                                           pared
   the gutter and grimy side-         everbody qualifies for fannie     me that life is unfair,
   walks                              mae or freddie mac                not a soul or anybody will
   shinny,new with the power of       our inner cities stop peddling    care
   a phoenix rising                   heroin, weed, and crack           if you don't believe in yourself
   no more closed caskets,moth-       then a group of young men         first and foremost
   ers crying                         can stand                         conceded, arrogrant, and
   wearing black dresses              on the corner without the         sometimes I boast
   face carrying a ugly message       abuse of the beast                all this is in moderation
   stop the violence in the black     the true sight and sounds of      cause I know it takes a nation
   community plain and simple         peace                             of millions to hold us back
   we're killing ourselves            not where we lock our doors,      no longer is it totally about
   when children and babies           hide for ccver in fear of a       race
   don't have to worry about          stray projectile                  long as my hair is nappy, my
   health                             amidst an investigators' desk     skin is black                      I believe real estate is a business that requires clear commu-
   dental or college tuition          of dust laden files,              and you look in my face            nication. If you appreciate someone who believes in talking
   basic education is above par       unsolved crimes labeled drug      trust and believe there's no       straight, give me a call today. Find out why I am East Palo
                                                                                                           Alto’s ;eadomg Residential Real Estate Professional
   when the house we live in          or gang related                   racism
   and the car                        every thang about it I hated      that’s an understatement
   we drive have no bearring          sterotyped to fit the descrip-    not as in 350 yrs when it was
   those jay jonas',bapes',and        tion                              overt
   nikes' we wearing                  doctor doctor I know there's a    your zip code, your i.d.#,
   have no meaning                    prescription                      credit rating make it covert         650-454-8514 Office
   hairstyles' and hairdos' take a    to cure all these ill's           our piece of the sun is crowd-       650-906-6883 Direct
   backseat to the inner beauty       somekind of syrup, serum,or       ed and covered by a dark gia-        adam@adamatito.com.email
   look at miss bay booty             pills                             gantic cloud                         www.adamatito.com website
   when all of this disappears        maybe we all need meditation                                           505 Hamilton Ave. Ste.100
   & words hold no meaning            to improve/redo the black         I'll Always Stay DREAMIN'                Palo Alto,CA 94301
   rap stands for more than ruth-     nation                            OUT LOUD!




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                                                A Salute to Our Graduates of 2006
                                                                                  Sequoia District Celebrates 100 African American Graduating Students
       Five East Palo Alto Students Receive Award                               The Sequoia Union High School District Parent Involvement and Youth Development Program
                                                                                and African American parents celebrated 100 African American, class of 2006 graduates during
                                                                                their Second Annual Baccalaureate on June 4 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Redwood City.

                                                                                 Carlmont High School                                                              Anthony Ferguson
                                                                                 Michael Burrell                                                                   Toni Gregory
                                                                                 Shabriese Davis                                                                   Kalisha Hayes
                                                                                 Brittany DeLoach                                                                  Christina Holly
                                                                                 Autumn Forks                                                                      Margaret Hunter
                                                                                 D Shawn Foster                                                                    Marcus Hyde
                                                                                 Brittnee Gauthier                                                                 Jeremy Jordan
                                                                                 Rajanie Henry                                                                     John McQueen
                                                                                 Johnny Jackson                                                                    Alexandria Moore
                                                                                 Richard Jackson                                  The Class of 2006                Robert Moore
                                                                                 Gabrielle Johnson                                                                 Michelle Norris
                                                                                                                         Isaac Collins
                                                                                 Erika Mitchell                                                                    Tyronn Pettis
                                                                                                                         Prentis Ginn
                                                                                 William Moore                                                                     Jahvita Rastafari
                                                                                                                         Clarnesha Jacks
                                                                                 Brandon Robinson                                                                  Jamar Richmond
                                                                                                                         Paul Jones
                                                                                 Terry Ross                                                                        Tiffany Russell
                                                                                                                         DeShawn Lax
                                                                                 Jasmine Thomas                                                                    Miriama Savali
   Two EPA scholarship recipients Enrique Godinez and Rizwana Khan (in green)                                            Janekka Martin
                                                                                 Brittany Williams
   posing with the McDonald’s mascot and another recipient, Ausharee Harvey.                                             Mikeila McNack
                                                                                                                         DeAndre Nunn
      Five East Palo Alto students, all 2006 graduates from                      Redwood Continuation
                                                                                                                         Michelle Phinizee
   Eastside College Prep, received scholarships of $1000 each,                   High School
                                                                                                                         Willie Seals
   from the Ronald McDonald House Charity, RMHC.                                 Ryion Anderson
                                                                                                                         Andrew Simmons
      The students who received the scholarships during a presen-                Kimberly Bannister
   tation ceremony held in the Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall                Rascha Belion
                                                                                                                         Sequoia High School
   Wednesday, May 31 were: Enrique Gonzalez, Rizwana Khan,                       Nicolette Jett
                                                                                                                         Marieka Brown Rullamas
   Lanesha Preston-Roberts, La-Kesha Roberts, and Luis Torres.                   Donald Jones
                                                                                                                         Zibbia Gray
      These students were part of a group of 120 students from                   Shange King
                                                                                                                         Natalia Harrell
   the larger Bay Are who also received scholarships.                            Jennifer Kioa
                                                                                                                         Vincent Hart
   The African American Future Achievers (AAFA), Asian Students                  Donald Pressley                                                          Students enjoying a performance of
                                                                                                                         Aurtharius Moore
   Increasing Achievement (ASIA), and Hispanic American                          Mark Rentie                                                                        gospel music.
                                                                                                                         Alexander Tucker
   Commitment to Educational Resources (HACER) are all schol-                    Jilisa Smith                                                                      Christopher Sigur
                                                                                                                         Latisha Ventura
   arship programs supported by RMHC and, to date, RMHC has                      Aretha Wilson                                                                     Sesha Sims
                                                                                                                         Giselle Williams                          James Smith
   given more than $600,000 in scholarships, all provided to stu-
                                                                                 Woodside High School                    Natasha Williams                          Ester Tavera
   dents who have demonstrated a financial need and the willing-
                                                                                 Johnny Anderson                         Marc Walker                               Justin Tigner
   ness to pursue a college education.
                                                                                 Faima Bannister                         Timar Ward                                Kanisha Tillman
      "This program, now in its fifth year, has become a powerful
                                                                                 Randy Barker                            Leanne Wesson                             Marvin Ware
   vehicle for empowering students throughout the Bay Area in
                                                                                                                         Shaunice White
   continuing education and earning a college degree," said Wai-                 Joseph Bass                                                                       Jahmal White
   Ling Eng, a McDonald's restaurant owner who chairs the Bay                    Jenna Black
                                                                                                                         Menlo-Atherton High
   Area RMHC Scholarship Committee. "We anticipate the pro-
                                                                                                                         School
   gram will continue to expand. These young people are tomor-
                                                                                                                         Menty Ayalew
   row's Bay Area leaders, educators, artists and workers."
                                                                                                                         Sharrell Barnes
   RMHC scholarship sponsors change yearly and this year, they
                                                                                                                         Noah Bennett
   included Gavina Coffee, Japanese Cultural Community Center
                                                                                                                         Skylar Brewer
   of Northern California, McDonald's Corporation, Organization
                                                                                                                         Kyra Brown
   of Chinese Americans (SF Bay Chapter), South San Francisco
                                                                                                                         Shawntika Brown
   Foundation for Youth,Southwest Airlines, The Coca-Cola
                                                                                                                         Candice Butler
   Company, and Wells Fargo.
                                                                                                                         Marcel Butler
                                                                                                                         Torrence Williams
               Nuestra Casa’s Class of 2006                                                                              Shanese Campbell
                                                                                   Keynote speaker John Hilton, CEO of   Romisha Crawford
                                                                                                                                                           The Class of 2006 receiving their
                                                                                        CityFlight Media Network.        Sammetra Daniels                       certificates and stoles.

                                                                                              La Clase del 2006 del Programa Nuestra Casa
                                                                                                                El 25 de mayo, el Programa de Inglés para Adultos de Nuestra
                                                                                                                Casa tuvo su anual celebración de graduación. Cien alumnos
                                                                                                                (todos Latinos inmigrantes) recibieron certificados por asistir a
                                                                                                                las clases de inglés durante el año escolar 2005/06. Casi 250
                                                                                                                miembros de la comunidad asistieron al evento, incluso los
                                                                                                                orgullosos niños y otros familiares y amigos de los graduados.
                                                                                                                Los invitados miraron la exposición de proyectos hechos por
             Graduates giving a presentation.                                                                   los participantes del programa y escucharon las presenta-
                                                                                                                ciones de cada clase de inglés. Antes de entregar los certifi-
    On May 25th, the Nuestra Casa English as a Second                                                           cados, la Coordinadora del Programa de Inglés reconoció a
    Language Program held its annual graduation celebration.                                                    los graduados por sus dedicados esfuerzos al asistir a las
    One-hundred adult graduates (all Latino immigrants) received                                                clases tres veces a la semana, a pesar de sus horarios de tra-
    certificates for attending English classes during the 2005/06                                               bajo y sus compromisos familiares. Durante el año, los alum-
    school year. The event was attended by nearly 250 members                                                   nos aumentaron su confianza y progresaron mucho hacía sus
    of the community, including the proud children and other family                                             metas del aprender inglés.
    and friends of the graduates. Guests visited the colorful Expo                                              Para más información acerca del Programa de Inglés de
    of student projects and enjoyed the speeches and skits pre-                                                 Nuestra Casa, comuníquese con Clara Morgan, Coordinadora
    sented by each ESL class. Before presenting the graduation                                                  del Programa de
    certificates, the Nuestra Casa ESL Program Coordinator recog-                                               Inglés, (650) 504-
    nized the graduates for their dedicated efforts to attend the                                               1428.
    two-hour classes three times per week, despite their very busy Rogelio... receiving his diploma.
    work schedules and family commitments. Over the year, the
    students increased their self-confidence and made significant
    progress toward reaching their goals for learning English.
    To learn more about the Nuestra Casa ESL Program, contact
    Claire Morgan, ESL Program Coordinator, (650) 504-1428.
                                                                                                                                                      Los Graduados.




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