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By James Colin                                Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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2018 East Palo Alto City Council candidates

Bernardo Huerta is seen sitting second to left on the set of the
Talking with Henrietta television show, during her discussion with the East Palo Alto City Council candidates, who were running during the November 2018 election. Far left, Patricia Lopez; in blue jacket, Henrietta J. Burroughs, next right, Court Skinner, Regina Wallace-Jones, Ruben Abrica. Wallace-Jones and Abrica won seats on the East Palo Alto City Council. See the show discussion details here. See the show here.

On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, the City of East Palo Alto issued the following announcement:

The City of East Palo Alto regretfully announces the passing of Bernardo Huerta. Mr. Huerta was surrounded by his family and friends in his final moments after courageously battling lymphoma and finally resting on November 26, 2019.

Mr. Huerta was recently honored by the City Council for his decades of work in the community. Mayor Lisa Gauthier said, “Bernardo was a wonderful family man who was deeply invested in helping the community of East Palo Alto. His presence and contributions will be dearly missed. He was a dedicated public servant and a staunch community advocate.”

Bernardo Huerta recently served as a Member for the Public Works & Transportation Committee since 2001; and was a commissioner with the East Palo Alto Planning Commission from 2005-2012. Mr. Huerta had also run for City Council.

Mr. Huerta was born and raised in East Palo Alto and attended Ravenswood Elementary School District schools. He graduated from Woodside High School. He was well-recognized by the community and often called by residents to help them solve issues they were facing. Mr. Huerta was a professional plumber and used that knowledge to provide insight to the commissions he served on for the past decades.  

Mr. Huerta is survived by his mother Consuelo G. Huerta; brothers Domingo G. Huerta, Jorge G. Huerta, Raul G. Huerta, Gerardo G. Huerta, and Leonardo G. Huerta; and by his many nieces and nephews.

Services for Mr. Huerta will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church located at 1425 Bay Road, East Palo Alto on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the March of Dimes or the American Cancer Society.

James Colin is the executive assistant to the East Palo Alto city manager. He can be reached by email at jcolin@cityofepa.org.

Editor's note: Below is the latest information. Please note the corrections.

Vigil/Quiet Hours: Thursday, December 5, 2019 starting at 7 p.m.
Jones Mortuary
660 Donohoe St, East Palo Alto, CA

Funeral Mass: Friday, December 6, 2019, at 9:30 am
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
1425 Bay Rd, East Palo Alto

Interment immediately following at 11:30 a.m.
Alta Mesa Memorial Park
695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto

More details will be supplied when they are received.