Mark Dinan

Mark Dinan

Our Experience with the Tinsley Program in East Palo Alto

My son, Mateo, graduates from La Entrada Middle School today. We are very proud parents as he wraps up middle school and prepares to enter Menlo-Atherton High School later this summer. Mateo attended school in the Las Lomitas School District for the last 9 years via the Tinsley Program.  The

Biking to Work from East Palo Alto

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition sponsored "Bike to Wherever Day" on Thursday, May 16th, 2024.  Bike to Wherever Day is an annual celebration encouraging people to bike to work instead of driving. I worked the the SVBC Energizer Station at Friendship Bridge with a few friends. We handed out snacks,

Fixing East Palo Alto's Parking Problems

Earlier this month, East Palo Alto’s Public Works and Transportation Commission heard from staff on the plan to implement parking restrictions in East Palo Alto.  East Palo Alto has a problem with parking. We have too many cars on our streets, and it is nearly impossible in some neighborhoods

Rethinking Animal Control in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto spends around $550,000 on Animal Control each year, contracting with San Mateo County. In my opinion, East Palo Alto spends a lot on animal control and gets very little in return. I think we need to rethink how we are spending this money and come up

Ravenswood School District Funding Compared to Other Local School Districts

One thing I have consistently heard about our local schools in East Palo Alto is that our schools do not have the same level of funding as other regional school districts. This, it turns out, is absolutely true. Ravenswood School District receives considerably more funding per student than nearby Menlo

State Testing Results for East Palo Alto Schools

Children in public schools in California are tested every year in language arts and mathematics. The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system is a good way to assess school's collective performance.  CAASPP results were released in December, 2023. The results are terrible - East Palo Alto schools

How Many People Died of COVID in East Palo Alto?

One of the issues we faced in East Palo Alto during the pandemic was getting accurate and up to date information on COVID deaths in East Palo Alto. My best guess is that somewhere between 50 and 60 people died of COVID in East Palo Alto. As we look back

Unlocking the Ravenswood Preserve to EPA Residents

In 2021 East Palo Alto resident Vignesh Swaminathan sent me a message asking if I wanted to go for a walk. He was concerned about how a new bike trail on the other side of town from me was built.  Vignesh, it turns out, is a TikTok star and has

La OPA es Horrible Para Los Inquilinos en East Palo Alto

El Ayuntamiento de East Palo Alto votará esta noche sobre la OPA, la “Ley de Oportunidad de Compra”. Gran parte del foco de la oposición a la OPA se ha centrado en el daño real que la OPA causa a los propietarios de viviendas en la EPA, pero quería señalar