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week of January 22, 2005
A few important milestones along the way

January 2003: Founding of the East Palo Alto Center for Community Media, which will create media outlets for East Palo Alto

The Community Development Institute becomes the EPA Center's fiscal sponsor and provides free office space

The EPA Center receives a $5,000 Community Grant for equipment from Hewlett Packard. The grant is provided through East Palo Alto’s Digital Village.

Spring 2003: The Center's Founding Board and Advisory Boards are created.

August 2003: First Mentorship Workshop to provide journalism skills to East Palo Alto held The program graduates eight students.

Through the efforts of the EPA Community Legal Services agency, the EPA Center secures the assistance of Lan Hang and Christie Branson, two attorneys with the East Palo Alto law firm Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich who provide pro bono services to get the EPA Center incorporated. The firm is now known as DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary.

April 2004: The EPA Center is awarded a Legacy Grant from the Cable Coop Board of Directors

June 2004: The EPA Center becomes incorporated.

The EPA Center Board of Directors is selected.

December 16, 2004: The EPA Center holds a Prelaunch Party in the East Palo Alto Council Chamber to tell the East Palo Alto community about the newspaper

Spring 2005: The newspaper mockup for East Palo Alto Today is created and tested.

Summer 2005: EPA Center secures interns through the Stanford University’s Rebele Program assist in expanding East Palo Alto Today’s media kit and the newspaper mockup, and building the East Palo Alto Center for Community Media web site.

The EPA Center receives a generous financial donation along with needed computer equipment from an East Palo Alto resident.

The decision is made to launch East Palo Alto Today.

December 16, 2005: The EPA Center holds its Launch Party to celebrate East Palo Alto Today’s impending publication.