The Ravenswood City School District is proposing spending more than $133 million on repairing and expanding East Palo Alto’s schools, the most major upgrades since 1945.
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A couple years after Jose Cabrera was released from prison and got help from the David Lewis Reentry Center, he returned to work for the center as a case manager — now helping others get another chance at life.
The David Lewis Reentry Center helps formerly incarcerated persons with services to aid their reintegration into society. But despite its apparent success, the program has continually struggled to find funding.
Overall crime has dropped in East Palo Alto as gentrification continues, but one problem persists — the city has struggled to lose its unwanted reputation as a center for gang activity in San Mateo County.
East Palo Alto water users may be required to pay, on average, 36 percent more for water in fiscal year 2014-2015 due to a proposed increase in wholesale water rates. A public hearing for the proposal is June 17.
In an area of the Peninsula where fast food chains outnumber grocery stores, food justice nonprofit Collective Roots organizes a weekly farmers’ market to encourage healthy and sustainable living.
East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring ushers low-income kids from the tennis courts to the classroom. The program’s focus on parents comes as the Ravenswood City School District has major changes.
Equity Residential is opposing a proposed city law that would provide relocation benefits to displaced tenants, tighten restrictions on demolishing buildings and offer protection from landlord harassment.
The district is working to identify their educational priorities as it prepares to receive an influx of cash and increased control over allocation of the money under California’s new K-12 school funding formula.