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Ways to protect yourself from becoming ill during flu season
It’s that time of year - the time generally thought of as the cold and flu season. Thus far, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported that influenza in seven states was reported as widespread....Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto has new leaders to lead the city
City Council member Ruben Abrica became the city's new mayor on December 5, during the reorganization of the East Palo Alto City Council.....See more on the December 5 post here on East Palo Alto Today on Facebook.

East Palo Alto: Giving thanks for "the little city that could"
Will East Palo Alto ever live down the reputation it gained in the 1990’s as the “Murder Capital of the world?” According to East Palo Alto’s Mayor, Larry Moody, East Palo Alto may well be on its way....Read more by clicking here.

USDA issues food recall due to possible listeria contamination
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2017 – Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Foods, a Hayward, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 264 pounds of chicken tikka masala products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today....Read more by clicking here.

Spreading the word to diverse communities about PrEP
A drug that prevents HIV infection has been available for five years. But even in San Francisco, a city where one might expect information about the drug to be easy to come by, only some people have heard of it – and it’s not the communities that remain disproportionately affected by HIV....Read more by clicking here.

Democratic lawmakers push DHS to withhold Dreamer info from ICE
A group of 39 US Senators on Tuesday urged interim Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Elaine Duke not to use the personal data of undocumented youths known as "Dreamers" to deport them....Read more by clicking here.
 

New grant funding now available for nonprofits in four local communities
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced today that it had created a fund called the CZI Community Fund to provide local community grants to four local communities in the areas of education, housing, homelessness, immigration, transportation and workforce development....Read more by clicking here.
 

Early prostate cancer screening of black men could get a boost from HIFU technology
African American men who delay testing or treatment for prostate cancer run greater risks with their health than other males -- because they are roughly 1.6 times more likely to develop the disease than white men....Read more by clicking here.
 

East Palo Alto gets a high score
According to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the quality of the local streets and roads in the Bay Area is improving....Read more by clicking here.

What will happen to the Dreamers after DACA?
Speaking the words “undocumented immigrant” is enough to spark a heated debate. Undocumented immigrants are called “illegal immigrants” by many because they entered the United States without legal documents or overstayed after their visas expired....Read more by clicking here.

Health tips to use to keep safe
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued critical health and safety information today for local communities following the devastating effects that Hurricane Marie had on Puerto Rico....Read more by clicking here.

Actions to take after the devastating earthquake in Mexico
In the wake of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, it is estimated that 200 people died and at least 44 buildings collapsed....Read more by clicking here.

One million dollar fund established to help Dreamers renew permits before December 5
The Mission Asset Fund (MAF) announced on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 that it will provide $1,000,000 in scholarships to 2,000+ Dreamers to pay for DACA renewals by the October 5 deadline....Read more by clicking here.

Pres. Trump rescinds DACA -What does it mean?
On Tuesday September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced that the Obama policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is officially rescinded....Read more by clicking here.

With the census in peril, what will it take to 'right the ship?'
The 2020 Census is off to a rocky start, with crucial preparations already delayed or falling to the wayside, largely a result of inadequate funding from Congress....Read more by clicking here.

'Internet Essentials' program tackles 'cruel irony' of digital divide
California, despite its global reputation as a cradle for technological innovation, has an internet connectivity problem – and Silicon Valley is no exception....Read more by clicking here.

Free bachelor's degrees available for East Palo Alto residents
Silicon Valley is booming. We’re the home of sought-after tech giants like Apple, Facebook and Google, and tech jobs are red hot. But for every tech worker in Silicon Valley, there are five service workers who aren’t able to take part in the region’s economic prosperity....Read more by clicking here.

California kids still face risks to health care
Get repeal and replace done, or else!
That ultimatum by President Trump to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ordering him to get rid of Obamacare may be mere sabre rattling, but nevertheless the majority of Republicans in the Senate are still bent on upending the health care law despite three failed attempts to do that last month.
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Target will open a new store in East Palo Alto
It was an exciting moment. Shannon Gonzalez, a representative of Target, spoke before the East Palo Alto City Council on Wednesday, July 12 about the opening of a new Target store in East Palo Alto.....Read more by clicking here.
 

Trump administration takes on Obama's law
President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continue to make misleading statements about Common Core State Standards, muddying the waters for school districts working to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)....Read more here.

East Palo Alto's proposed Employment Development Program is moving forward
A controversial employment program will soon be opening in East Palo Alto. While many activists in the community are not happy with the way the program is currently designed, interested community residents might be able to access its services as soon as this summer....Read more here.

Outside Washington, a 'more powerful' immigrant rights movement emerges
Immigrant rights advocates say that despite the cloud of fear hanging over communities in the first 100 days of the Trump administration, there is also a growing and increasingly organized resistance.....Read more here.

Ravenswood City School District is mired in controversy
After serving four years as the superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District, Dr. Gloria Hernandez-Goff is now facing what appears to be a crisis looming over her administration.....Read more here.

Opinion: The Kennedy Plan c2017 - Making America Great Again
America has several problems which prevent true greatness and which threaten our future and our quality of life....Read more here.

East Palo Alto's city manager explains controversial agreement
Amazon in East Palo Alto and First Source Hiring - Amazon has recently leased 214,000 sq. ft. of new office space at the intersection of University Ave. and Donohoe. The building was developed by the Sobrato Organization....Read more here.

East Palo Alto mayor releases a letter to the East Palo Alto community
Sobrato/Amazon Good Faith Effort Definition - The full community heard from the Mayor in the public forum.  Vice Mayor Abrica, Council Members Gauthier and Romero spoke and voted in support of staff’s recommendation to accept the agreement between the City and Sobrato/Amazon....Read more here.

East Palo Alto school district responds to immigration concerns
The Ravenswood City School District had a community meeting at the Costaño/49er Academy to inform and reassure members of the East Palo Alto immigrant community....Read more here.

Living Shoreline art project is becoming a reality
Did you know that East Palo Alto’s Cooley Landing is home to thousands of species of plants and animals? Local artist, Linda Gass, highlights this fact in her artwork....Read more here.

Ten resign from president's advisory commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
The President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders yesterday submitted their resignations to President Trump. The main reason: Trump's policies have adversely affected Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders....Read more here.

Ending DACA would leave a hole in the economy, study says
Alicia Morales, an undocumented immigrant, wore many hats before she qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program....Read more here.

Lookmobile launched in East Palo Alto tours county libraries
San Mateo County Libraries brought its brand new Lookmobile, a hands-on learning lab on wheels, to the East Palo Alto Library. Designed in partnership with the Exploratorium, the Lookmobile offers interactive exhibits and fun experiments....Click here to read more

How Obamacare improved the nation's health
Ashley Turner has experienced ups and downs with the Affordable Care Act, but says she and other Americans have benefited overall....Click here to read more.

Storm warnings issued for the City of East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto City Manager, Carlos Martinez, urged East Palo Alto residents to be prepared for the weekend storms that have been predicted.....Click here to read more.

People of color and the poor will be hardest hit by ACA repeal
President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to repeal and replace Obamacare is bad news for millions of Americans, but the poor and people of color are going to be hit hardest, say health care advocates....Click here to read more.

Two weekend fires put out in East Palo Alto
Sixty East Palo Alto residents were evacuated Sunday evening when a fire broke out in their apartment complex. Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman, of the Menlo Park Fire District, said the single alarm fire on December 18....Read more by clicking here.
 

East Palo Alto resident charged with the murder of two-year-old
Twenty-four year old  Adair Jeru Enriquez Zevallos, was arraigned on Tuesday, December 5, for the murder of two-year-old Leia Kiele Panduro.....Read more by clicking here.
 

What immigrant commun- ities can do to prepare for Trump
Two days after Donald Trump’s victory, immigration experts told reporters to keep a close eye on the president-elect’s transition team and his appointments to key government positions,....Click here to read more.

Residents can shape the future of the East Palo Alto Library
East Palo Altans are exploring ideas for their dream library at several community meetings. Over 50 participants came together on October 11 to imagine their perfect library, fully equipped with all the features that would describe their ideal space.... Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto residents have three city measures on the November ballot
Earlier this summer, the East Palo Alto City Council agreed to place three City measures on the November 8, 2016 ballot.  If passed, these measures, P, O and J, will increase city revenue and streamline and improve the current Rent Stabilization Ordinance.... Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto might get its own domestic violence program
Victims of domestic violence in East Palo Alto might soon be able to get the help they need without having to seek programs outside of the city....Read more by clicking here.

East Palo Alto city council approves housing initiative
East Palo Alto is known to have affordable housing, yet the rise in housing prices has given many residents no choice, but to leave the city....Read more by clicking here.

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University Women Making a Difference in Politics
Photo from University Women in Politics Discussion

From left, Azucena Marquez, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Shivani Pampati and Hattie Gawande are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on November 9, 2017. For more information on this show, see below.

How are young women at one local university making a political difference locally and internationally? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.

 

What Has Happened to the MBK Challenge?
MBK Show Participants
From left, Victor Young, Henrietta J. Burroughs, and East Palo Alto City Council member Lisa Gauthier sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their discussion on October 18, 2017. See more information about this show below.

In 2014, President Obama launched an initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. But, what has happened to the initiative since it was launched? We provide some answers on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Find out more by clicking here.

 

Dealing with Natural Disasters

From left, Ryan Zollicoffer, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Mike Ralston and Jim Stevens sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on September 28, 2017. See a brief description of the show below.

What does it take to deploy a rescue team to a natural disaster after a hurricane? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.


Surviving Gentrification
Photo from show on gentrification
From left, Dr. Anthony Iton and Henrietta J. Burroughs are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on September 14, 2017. See more details below.

Gentrification is taking place throughout this country. Some say that gentrification is proving harmful for various communities locally and across the country. This edition of Talking with Henrietta discusses a new documentary that shows why this is the case. Find out more about this show by clicking here.

 

Electric Vehicles: the Pros and Cons
Guests on show on electric vehicles
From left, Ron Freund, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Jim Barbera and Ariane Erickson sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on August 10, 2017. See a brief description of the show below.

The sale of electric vehicles is increasing around the world and their future seems bright. But why? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.

 

Bringing History Alive
Show discussion-Bringing History Alive
From left, Nanor Balabanian and Henrietta J. Burroughs sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show during the taping of their show discussion on July 27, 2017. See a brief description of the show below.

We think of history as the past. But there are times when history seems to come alive. Find out when and how on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.

 

Challenging a High Tech Giant
Participants in show on Challenging a High Tech Giant
From left, Elizabeth Jackson, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Kyra Brown and Regina Wallace-Jones sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their television discussion on July 13, 2017. Read more about their discussion below.

Why would one city's residents protest a large tech company that is setting up offices in their community? Find out on this new edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.


Change Your Thoughts, Improve Your Life

Participants on Changing Our Thoughts Show
Lakiba Pittman and Henrietta J. Burroughs are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on June 29, 2017. See more information about their discussion below.

Can people really make dramatic changes in their life by changing their thoughts? We answer this question on this edition of  Talking with Henrietta. Get show details here.

Managing Our Natural Resources
TV guests on Managing Our Resources Show
From left, Kirsten Andrews-Schwind, show host Henrietta J. Burroughs and Carlos Martinez are shown after their discussion on the Talking with Henrietta show on June 8, 2017. Get more details about this show below.

Pres. Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate agreement has raised local as well as international questions. But how are some local officials and groups responding to the need to find new approaches to handling our natural resources. We discuss this issue on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here to get more information about this show.


Nurturing the Minds of Children and Adults
Participants on Nurturing the Minds of Children and Adults show
From left, Christopher Norwood, show host Henrietta J. Burroughs and Adina Aguirre are shown in the Media Center's studio after their discussion on the Talking with Henrietta television show. Get more details about this show below.

Do you know of any enrichment programs in your neighborhood that might supplement academic training? Click here to learn more about this edition of Talking with Henrietta, where the show's guests talk about some amazing programs.

 

The Plight of Refugees Living in Our Communities
Plight of Refugees show photoFrom left, Isayas Sium, Laura Chakerian, Henrietta J. Burroughs, Abel Martinez and  Angela Albright sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on May 11, 2017.   See the description below for more information on this show.

The executive orders President Trump signed earlier this year placing a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States brought attention to some of the issues related to refugees. We discuss some of theses issues on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Go here to see more information about this show.


President Trump's Impact on Immigrant Children
Guests on show discussing immigrant children From left, Samina Sundas, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Nunu Kidane sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on April 27, 2017. For more information on this show, see the description below.

Pres. Trump is bringing a real sea-change when it comes to some of the U.S. government’s policies. But what effect are these changes having on the children of immigrants? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. See more information about this show by clicking here.

A Place for Art and Artists

Photo from show on Art and Artists
From left, Karen Kienzle, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Katie O'Malley sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on April 13, 2017. See more information on this show below.

Many well-paying jobs go to those who have degrees or advanced knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math. But where is the place for art?    Show guests discuss this issue on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.

Health Disparities in Minority Communities

Photo from show on Health Disparities in Minority Communities
From left, Dr Mary Bains, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Dr. Erica Britton sit on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on March 23, 2017. For more information on this show, see below.

When it comes to health disparities, many of us already know that they exist. But what can we do about them? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Get more information about this show by clicking here.


Responding to President Trump's Immigration Policies

East Palo Alto city officials discuss city's immigration policies
From left, Vice Mayor Ruben Abrica, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Rafael Alvarado, Jr. are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on February 23, 2017. For more information on this show, see below.

The city of East Palo Alto is working on laws to protect its large immigrant population. Find out the laws it is considering on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.



 

 

 

 



 

 

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