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Puente's Mancera honored by Assembly

Monday was a big day for Puente de la Sur Executive Director Rita Mancera. One of the South Coast’s most visible public servants, Mancera was honored as the Woman of the Year in the 24th Assembly District.  Assemblymember Matt Berman presented her with the recognition during ceremonies at the Assembly in Sacramento. "It is an honor to pay tribute to Rita's exceptional work in the 24th Assembly District,” Berman said in a prepared statement.

Palo Alto government representatives share perspectives

Oracle (TO): Are you looking to pass legislation regarding education? Marc Berman (MB): I’ve asked the Speaker of the Assembly to create a select committee on the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education. It is a document that was created 57 years ago that set out the goals and responsibilities for the University of California system, the California State University system, and our community colleges.

Palo Alto officials, Facebook COO condemn anti-Semitic bomb threats

A bomb threat to the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto on Monday, part of a rash of similar threats to Jewish centers nationwide, has shaken up the community. State Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, said in a statement Tuesday he was “saddened and deeply troubled” by the bomb threat, especially as police continue to investigate the vandalism of a dozen buildings and street signs with swastika symbols in Palo Alto and at Stanford University earlier this year.

Jewish Community Center reopens following threatening phone call

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center campus was closed for about two hours this evening after staff at the facility received a threatening phone call, the organization said on Twitter. The call contained a bomb threat, an email from the JCC to its members stated. The site at 3921 Fabian Way was evacuated and parents were notified of where to pick up their children, according to a tweet posted at 5:25 p.m.

Palo Alto state assemblyman addresses climate change

California Assemblyman Marc Berman’s first month in office has been a mix of routine and adjustment to a new national political landscape.

Berman has been appointed to serve on the following committees: Elections and Redistricting; Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy; Legislative Ethics; Privacy and Consumer Protection; and Transportation.