EPA council responds to eviction complaints

*This article appeared on the front page of the East Palo Alto Today newspaper. Read the summer/fall 2016 issue here.* Displacement is a big issue in East Palo Alto and many city residents say they're being driven to homelessness. Many of these residents complained to the East Palo Alto City Council at several council meetings … Continue reading EPA council responds to eviction complaints

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Ruben Abrica

*2nd Place Winner of the San Francisco Press Club Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards, Profile category.* *I interviewed Ruben Abrica in 2015. He is a founding member of the City of East Palo Alto, former mayor, and current city council member. This profile was published in the January 2016 edition of the EPA Today newspaper.* Most … Continue reading Ruben Abrica

Free at Last celebrated its 22nd anniversary

*This article was published on the EPA Today website as well as the printed newspaper in February 2016.* A little over two decades ago the City of East Palo Alto was notoriously named the murder capital of the country—a label that has continued to haunt the community. Since then, the percentage of crimes in East … Continue reading Free at Last celebrated its 22nd anniversary

New bill could change the way East Palo Alto residents vote

*This was published on page 6 of the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of EPA Today.* In this age of online shopping and instant results, we really don't have to leave our houses to get many things done anymore. Following this trend of convenience, East Palo Alto residents might no longer have to go very far to … Continue reading New bill could change the way East Palo Alto residents vote

Shampoo or soap?

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* "I've never seen this many white people before" was the first thought that came to my mind when I walked through the office building and onto the main campus of this private, Palo Alto school. It seemed like hundreds of fair-skinned, blonde, blue-eyed girls were all corralled … Continue reading Shampoo or soap?

Standing up for myself

*This was originally posted on my other blog.* I walked into my classroom, the way I always did, without paying too much attention to my surroundings. My friends and I fanned out and headed towards our assigned seats. The desks were usually pushed together in groups of four or six. Our seating chart had been … Continue reading Standing up for myself

Walking

*This story is published on page 17 of the East Palo Alto Today newspaper! Check it out by clicking here. My mom didn't learn to drive when she was 16 years old, like most people in the United States. She learned to drive well after she had had three children. Even if she had known how … Continue reading Walking