Following the news that American forces had gunned down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, 40 Stanford students organized a bonfire to commemorate the event.
Joshua Adam Hicks
Cash-strapped school districts struggle to meet new national school lunch guidelines paired with strict state nutrition laws. Fremont High School, for example, can only spend $1.10 per meal.
East Palo Alto is planning to turn the vacant Cooley Landing into a bayfront park. It will add nine more acres of parkland to a city that does not have the state’s recommended number of parks per 1,000 people.
Bay Area Congresswoman Anna Eshoo received $147,900 for her 2010 campaign from doctors groups and defense attorneys – parties on both sides of the debate over medical liability law.
The salt marsh harvest mouse and the California clapper rail are both endangered species living near East Palo Alto’s Cooley Landing. Their presence may slow plans to turn the vacant property into a park.
Congress and President Obama have vowed to end earmarks in 2011, but those funds have been helping East Palo Alto re-create itself. Will the ban put EPA downtown renovation and other projects on hold?
East Palo Alto is home to the largest per capita homeless population in San Mateo County, with roughly 230 people living on the streets. Project We HOPE runs the city’s only warming shelter.
The Peninsula Press interviewed a number of homeless at the event and visited the “Field of Dreams,” where East Palo Alto’s homeless once camped out in large numbers. Signs of the encampment still exist, and at least one makeshift shelter appears to be in use.
The East Palo Alto Police Department will use automatic license plate readers to identify law breakers. The devices record license plate numbers within a certain radius and can run them through crime databases.
East Palo Alto’s only homeless shelter is scheduled to open in time for the cold-weather season due in part to a $30,000 city grant. The city has the highest per capita rate of homelessness in San Mateo County.