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Lobbying for Legislative Influence to Assure Assurance Wireless' Lifeline Cellphone Program

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM Comments comments (1274)
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Assurance Wireless, a Virgin Mobile company using Sprint's cell tower network, is a local provider of the FCC and CPUC's Lifeline service for cellphones.  The problem is their service for their Kyocera cellphones is incomplete in East Palo Alto, where a high concentration and percentage of Lifeline qualifying households live.

Assurance Wireless is promoted by the County of San Mateo's Human Services Agency, DSBE, and a number of local NGOs, including the Salvation Army and Project WeHope.

DSBE's efforts to work with Assurance Wireless and Sprint to fulfill their Federal obligations have come up against denials by Sprint of any problems in its service coverage despite their being areas in East Palo Alto where Assurance Wireless' Kyocera cellphones do not work (the Salvation Army's offices along with those of the County's Human Services Agency, for example.)

Exhausting its meager resources, DSBE turns to its County, State, and National levels of representation to use their influence to compel Assurance Wireless to fulfill its obligations to the Federal Lifeline program, for which it has doubtlessly been accepting money in consideration of its contract.

Mark Madden Homicide Investigation

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 8:56 PM Comments comments (293)

[From a recent press release prepared by Sergeant Jeff Liu and distributed by Community Service Officer Elizabeth Lam.]

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On October 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM, East Palo Alto Police Officers responded to the report of a shooting victim on the 1100 block of Laurel Avenue in East Palo Alto.

Responding officers found 20 year old Fremont resident Mark Madden suffering from gunshot wounds. Madden succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.

Mark Madden was an A student with a 4.0 grade point average attending UCSF in preparation to go to medical school.

The East Palo Alto Police Department is actively investigation this case and is in need of witnesses. We strongly encourage any witnesses or people with knowledge about this crime to notify us using the following means:

  • Call the East Palo Alto Police Dispatch at 1 650 321 1112
  • Send an anonymous email to [email protected]
  • Send an anonymous text from your cell phone to 1 650 409 6792
  • Leave an anonymous voice mail by calling 1 650 409 6792

Help Write Italian American Country at the Pittsburg Museum

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 8:26 PM Comments comments (299)
On October 26, Italian writer and historian, Paolo Battaglia, from Modena Italy, will be coming to the Pittsburg Museum to promote his newest book, and research project, "Italian American Country" in partnership with the Library of Congress. 



He will be in Pittsburg, California on Sunday October 26, as part of a 15 city tour of many small towns with Italian heritage.  He will be traveling with a filmmaker and a photographer.  His aim is to visit these small communities that can trace their origins to the Italian immigration.  He would like to meet and interview the descendants of those who, once landed on American shores and ventured into the unknown of the American continent.  His final aim is to produce a documentary, a book and a traveling exhibition that will bring the story back to the same places in which it originated.

The Pittsburg Historical Society has scheduled this presentation from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday afternoon, and if you would like to speak with Mr. Battaglia, about your family and where they came from, and answer some of his questions,   there will be a list so you may schedule a timeframe in which you may speak with him.  

If you are interested, please contact Rosemarie Di Maggio at [email protected], or 1 925 432 3648.  There is no charge for this event.

DSBE's founder is an individual life member of the Pittsburg Historical Society and intends for DSBF to either maintain a non-profit corporation membership or to have a lifetime membership of its own one day.  The Pittsburg Historical Society is one of the models for the East Palo Alto Museum Association which is in plan for DSBF to incorporate.

Frederick Smith Homicide Investigation

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM Comments comments (277)
The following press release from Sgt. Liu of the East Palo Alto Police Department is republished as a public service and to underscore DSBE's support for the community to be more forthcoming and cooperative with law enforcement.


September 13, 2014 – At around 2:52 AM, East Palo Alto Police Officers responded to a Shotspotter Activation and reports of shots fired on the 1600 block of Michigan Avenue in East Palo Alto. Responding officers found 2 victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims, a 26 year old East Palo Alto resident, was transported to a local hospital for the treatment of multiple gunshot wounds. The other victim, 32 year old Fredrick Smith of East Palo Alto, was pronounced deceased on scene.

At around 1:09 PM, East Palo Alto Police Officers responded to a Shotspotter activation on the 2500 block of Annapolis Avenue in East Palo Alto. Responding Officers found none of the victims injured by the gunfire. The preliminary investigation indicated a lone black male adult walked up to the victims in the front of a residence, and then opened fire on them.

The East Palo Alto Police Department is actively investigation these cases and are in need of witnesses. 

We strongly encourage any witnesses or people with knowledge about these crimes to notify us using the following means:


  • East Palo Alto Police Dispatch 650-321-1112
  • Send an anonymous email to [email protected]
  • Send an anonymous text from your cell phone to 650-409-6792
  • Leave an anonymous voice mail by calling 650-409-6792


S.T.R.I.V.E.
(Service, Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Vision, and Excellence)
Mural at East Palo Alto Police Department Headquarters
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Community Beat Meetings for the Rest of 2014

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 10:11 AM Comments comments (358)
DSBE strongly supports the East Palo Alto Police Department's community outreach efforts.  They significantly enhance the Department's ability to fight crime, improve citizens' relations with the Department, and advance the displacement of illicit businesses with legitimate tax paying ones, such as DSBE and its planned enterprises.
 
To that end, the corporation is committed to being represented at the EPAPD's Community Beat meetings and encourages others to join it.
 
 
The Community Beat meetings for the remainder of this year are as follows.
 
Beat Two
Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program Building (2411 Pulgas Ave)
 
Beat Three
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 o ignored
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours o ignored
Location: Palo Mobile Estates (1885 E Bayshore Road) o ignored
 
Beat One & Four
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Community Room at City Hall
 
Beat Two
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program Building (2411 Pulgas Ave)
 
Beat Three
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Palo Mobile Estates (1885 E Bayshore Road)
 
Beat One & Four
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Community Room at City Hall
 
Beat Two
Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program Building (2411 Pulgas Ave)
 
Beat Three
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Palo Mobile Estates (1885 E Bayshore Road)
 
Beat One & Four
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Community Room at City Hall
 
Beat Two
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Ecumenical Hunger Program Building (2411 Pulgas Ave)
 
Beat Three
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Palo Mobile Estates (1885 E Bayshore Road)
 
Beat One & Four
Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014
Time: 1830 - 2000 hours
Location: Community Room at City Hall
 
 
To determine which EPAPD patrol beat you live in, please contact the them at 1 650 853 3160.

Homocide Investigation

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (430)
Homicide Investigation

The following is a press release from the East Palo Alto Police Department republished as a public service and to underscore DSBE's support for the community to be more forthcoming.

August 17, 2014 – At around 11:35 PM, East Palo Alto Police Officers responded to a Shotspotter Activation and reports of shots fired in the area of Purdue Street and Georgetown Avenue in East Palo Alto. Responding officers found 4 victims suffering from gunshot wounds. 3 victims were transported to Stanford Hospital with non life threatening gunshot wounds (20 y/o Hispanic female, 18 y/o Hispanic female, and 18 y/o Hispanic male). The fourth victim, 18 y/o Nazario Barajas was pronounced deceased on scene. All four victims are East Palo Alto residents.

The preliminary investigation has determined the victim vehicle was occupied by 6 occupants, but only the four were struck by the gunfire.

The East Palo Alto Police Department is actively investigation this case and are in need of witnesses. We strongly encourage any witnesses or people who know something about this crime to notify us using the following means:

• East Palo Alto Police Dispatch 650-321-1112
• Send an anonymous email to [email protected]
• Send an anonymous text from your cell phone to 650-409-6792
• Leave an anonymous voice mail by calling 650-409-6792

FCC Complaint About Assurance Wireless in East Palo Alto

Posted on August 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM Comments comments (276)
DSBE has filed the following complaint with the FCC using its online form 2000F because of the lack of cellphone reception for Assurance Wireless phones in most of East Palo Alto, which its Philanthropy Department has been working to promote.
 
The Kyocera cellphone provided to me by Assurance Wireless under the FCC's LifeLine program for 1 650 906 3344 does not work in most all of East Palo Alto, a city with a high concentration of eligible recipients for your program. 
 
Ironically, the cellphone works better in neighboring Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Atherton, which are significanly wealthier. I would think Assurance Wireless is being reimbursed by our Federal government to provide this "free service" (which should necessarily have costs associated with it) but evidently hasn't invested this enough in cell tower infrastructure to handle the East Palo Alto market. 
 
My complaints to them have gone unresolved. Hopefully, you will be able to encourage them to fulfill their contract with you in providing this service to myself and other residents of East Palo Alto.
 
Thanking you in advance. 
 
David Shaw Bass,
President & CEO, DSBE,

Candidates for East Palo Alto Police Chief

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (158)
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The Community Services Officer of the East Palo Alto Police Department sent DSBE and others the following announcement for general distribution.
 
There will be a community meeting with the candidates for Police Chief.
 
It will be held this Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the East Palo Alto City Council Chambers on the first floor of the County Government Building at 2415 University Avenue.  Refreshments will be served.
 
For more information contact: Barbara Powell, Assistant City Manager, at 1 650 853 3199 or at [email protected].
 
 
 
Reunión de la comunidad con Los Candidatos Para Jefe de Policía
 
DONDE: East Palo Alto Sala del Consejo Municipal
 
2415 University Avenue, 1 º piso
CUANDO: Sábado, 9 de Agosto, 2014, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
QUÉ: Conocer a los candidatos para el cargo de Jefe de Policía
 
SE SERVIRÁN APERITIVOS
 
 
 
Para más información
 
comuníquese con:
 
Nora Pimentel al 1 650 853 3127
 
 
 
 
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Charity Rummage Sale at St. Bede's in Menlo Park on June 28 Will Benefit GAIA

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM Comments comments (111)
(Republished without permission from InMenlo.com)
 
 
 
St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Menlo Park
Image (c) 2014 Linda Hubbard for InMenlo
 
 
St. Bede’s semi-annual rummage sale offers clothes, shoes, books, CDs, household items, toys, knickknacks, craft items and more — you never know what treasures you’ll find — plus free refreshments. The church promises prices that are famously low and friendly volunteers to help you find what you are looking for.The sale takes place in Lehman Hall, the first building on right as you enter the church parking lot off Monte Rosa Dr., on the south side of Sand Hill Road, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
 
No early birds please: There is a 12-step meeting in the Hall until about 10:30am, but you are welcome to sit in the courtyard and enjoy lemonade or coffee until the sale opens.
 
All sales will help fund an annual Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance nursing scholarship in Malawi, which provides tuition, books, supplies and a stipend to a young woman. She commits to serving an equal number of years in the country — thousands may be helped by her care. Any funds above $1,300 ($600 has already been raised) will benefit local nonprofits, including Ecumenical Hunger Project.
 
(Our CEO is a member of St. Bede's, and several of his fellow parishiners are to be among the regifted stockholders of DSBE. Besides supporting his church, this auction is especially dear to him because he first became aware of Malawi and its potential from a presentation by a member of GAIA to the members of St. Bede's who'd gathered for a simple supper in Lehman Hall. The corporations long-range plans for Namibia and then Malawi were inspired by this talk's insights.
 
So long as he's been homeless, our CEO has also been a benefiary of the Ecumenical Hunger Program's services in East Palo Alto.)

Buddhist Volunteers Needed for Stanford Hospital

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 1:39 PM Comments comments (181)
Central Incense Brazier, Chua Giac Minh


After praying here this morning, our CEO took note of the following appeal for volunteers.  Two days before, he had observed and spoken with a gentleman who had scaled the fence of the Pagoda's grounds.  He acted out of concern for the safety of its monks, nuns, and sanctity.  Fortunately, the gentleman and his family simply came from Modesto to purchase tofu from the temple and ask the nuns to pray for his daughter, who is recovering from surgery at Stanford Hospital.

Our CEO prayed for her full recovery, longevity, and happiness -- endorsing the following public announcement:

Buddhist volunteers are needed to visit with Buddhist patients at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto.  The only requirement is that you have compassion and can speak English (bilingual in an Asian language is a big plus.) There will be a single day (6 hours) training session on Saturday, October 19.  In addition, there will be a few on-line modules to complete, blood test screening, background check, and on-the-job mentoring by three experienced volunteers.

For more information and/or an application form, please contact Don S. Gee at 1 408 942 1706 or [email protected]


Namo Amitabha.