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Experts discuss the challenges in reopening schools too soon
As the United States continues looking for a way to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the first challenges is reopening schools nationwide...
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COVID-19 death rates highlight racial inequities
Life expectancy in the United States has fallen in the last year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to recent data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)....Read more here.

East Palo Alto City Council reviews its key accomplishments
As COVID-19 continues to follow us into the new year, the East Palo Alto City Council and members of the city staff held a special meeting on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The meeting was the council’s strategic planning retreat and it was held via Zoom in an online format....Read more here.

Domestic violence incidents are up due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic forced Americans to shelter in place to avoid increasing their risk of being infected or infecting others. One unintended consequence of these efforts to shield people from the virus is that it forces victims of domestic violence to be together with their abusers.
... Read more by clicking here.

Amid soaring death rates, California scrambling to increase available ICU beds and oxygen supplies
California’s COVID-19 related death rates jumped by 10,000 last month — for a total of 30,000 — leaving the state scrambling to increase ICU capacity and oxygen supplies.
... Read more by clicking here.

Stimulus bill provides scant relief for COVID battered nation
A $908 billion stimulus package, passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump late on the evening of December 27, will afford scant relief to millions of Americans facing evictions and the end of their unemployment benefits.... Read more by clicking here.

COVID-19 is surging in California
As the rate of cases once again surges in California, all Bay Area counties have reverted to the high-risk status and are under lockdown with the rest of the state.....Read more by clicking here.

FTC's "Operation Income Illusion" targets get-rich-quick scams
In the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, criminals are brazenly floating “get-rich-quick” schemes to fleece unsuspecting people seeking financial security for themselves and their families.....Read more by clicking here.

San Mateo County converts two hotels into housing for low income and homeless residents
California’s ongoing housing crisis, combined with the financial fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic, have increased housing insecurity for vulnerable residents. On October 29, 2020, the state awarded San Mateo County $33 million in Project Homekey funding to purchase permanent housing units for low-income seniors and the homeless....Read more by clicking here.

Will communities hardest hit get Covid 19 vaccines?
The U.S. is weeks away from rolling out COVID vaccines, but pandemic experts say the challenges of vaccinating people will be acute, especially in communities of color....Read more by clicking here.

Election 2020: results show California may not be that liberal after all
This California’s unofficial 2020 proposition results have shown an electorate that is fairly moderate, supportive of business interests and concerned about issues affecting older citizen....Read more by clicking here.

The COVID-19 health equity metric focuses on East Palo Alto
In responding to some of the challenges COVID-19 is presenting to everyone, the State of California enacted a COVID-19 reopening plan. The plan is called California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy and it adds a new health “equity metric,” which requires individual counties to focus on their under-resourced communities .
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The Immigrant Relief Fund receives more funding to help local families
This past July, San Mateo County in partnership with Sobrato Philanthropies, created an Immigrant Relief Fund to help address the immigrant community’s needs during the pandemic. The fund provides one thousand dollar grants to qualified applicants.... Click here to read more.

Election 2020: Your cheat sheet for 12 propositions to know about before Nov. 3
Twenty-twenty is a big election year. With all eyes on the presidential race, Californians can’t afford to lose sight of our state and local elections. These decisions need the same amount of consideration being given to the big race.... Click here to read more.

What you should know when voting by mail
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020 but, for voters opting to receive and cast their ballots in a socially-distanced manner, the voting process could begin even earlier... Read more here.

San Mateo County meal program extended
Great Plates Delivered, a program that distributes healthy meals from local food providers to eligible seniors, has been extended through October 9, 2020. The program is part of California’s emergency response to COVID-19.....Read more here.

 

 

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Twenty-twenty: A Memorable Year
The Year in Review
Participants on the 2020 Year in Review show
From left, Vandana Kumar, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Emily Mibach top row and Gennady Sheyner and Jocelyn Dong bottom row are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on Thursday, January 15, 2021. See a brief description of the show below.

Many know that 2020 was very different from past years. On this edition of Talking with Henrietta, show guests discuss why they think 2020 will be a big year in our history books. Get more information about this show by clicking here.

Increasing Access to COVID-19 Testing Is Equity
Panelists at the San Mateo County's Office of Community Affairs Press Briefing are shown during their Facebook Live discussion. See more information about this discussion below.

On this new edition of Talking with Henrietta, you'll see a replay of an important briefing about COVID-19 testing that was given to the local media. Get more details about this briefing here.

Exploring Critical Issues with the East Palo Alto City Council Candidates
Screenshot from interview with East Palo Alto City Council candidates
From top left, Carlos Romero, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Stewart Hyland; 2nd row from left, Council member Larry Moody, Juan Mendez and Council member Lisa Gauthier; bottom row, Antonio Lopez and Winston Lincoln. All are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on October 8, 2020.

What do the East Palo Alto City Council candidates have to say about the issues? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.

 

Taking Another Look At Census 2020
Photo from show discussion on taking another look at Census 2020
From top left, Ama Nyamekye, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Marianna Yamamoto; below left, David Tucker, Stephanie Kim and An Le are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on July 23, 2020. See below for more information on this show,.

There are big changes taking place in the news industry. What type of changes and how do they affect us? We discuss some of these changes and the effect that they have on the news on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.

The Black Lives Matter Movement: Where Do We Go From Here?

Screenshot of Black Lives Matter show participants
In the TV monitor from top left, Lisa Tealer, Kyra Brown and Yoriko Kishimoto. Second row left, Court Skinner, Vandana Kumar and Frank Omowale Satterwhite appear with Henrietta J. Burroughs during their Zoom discussion on July 1, 2020. Get more details below.

Community leaders shared ideas and various perspectives on our current social issues on this new edition of Talking with Henrietta. Find out more about this show here.

Race, Policing and the Color of Change

Screen shot from the Palo Alto online Forum-Race, Policing and the Color of Change
From top left, Bill Johnson, Ron Davis and Winter Dellenbach; second row left, Chief Bob Jonsen, Chief Al Pardini and Olatunde Sobomehin; bottom row, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Pastor Paul Bains are shown during the Palo Alto Weekly's Virtual Online Town Hall Forum, which appeared on Zoom on June 25, 2020. See additional details below.

In the above Palo Alto Virtual Online Town Hall Forum, the panelists discussed what area residents want racial justice and policing to look like in their community. Find out more about the forum here.

 

Achieving Balance and Well-being during the Coronavirus
Participants on show on balance and well-being
From top left going clockwise: Greg Thompson, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Gabriella Anya Bucio, Dr. Mary Bains, Crystal Crowley and ShaRon Heath are shown during the May 7, 2020 recording of their discussion on the Talking with Henrietta television show.  See more below.

If you or someone you know are currently stressing out during our COVID-19 pandemic, then you'll want to see this new edition of Talking with Henrietta. Find out how you can see the show by clicking here.

 

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