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Sue Dremann

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About Sue
Sue Dremann is a veteran journalist who joined the Palo Alto Weekly in 2001. She is an award-winning breaking news and general assignment reporter who also covers the regional environmental, health and crime beats.

She has covered plane crashes, murders, police shootings and other breaking news stories. Sue has written about the Bay Area's dwindling water supply, drought, wildfires and COVID-19.

Her feature stories have included a series on families' struggles to help loved ones with severe mental illness, immigration and deportation, a man's search for his father's killer, a local Native American tribe's quest for recognition, a couple's tale of being lost in the wilderness, an investigation into the city of Palo Alto's flawed response to a 911 call and tracking a local serial killer's deadly trail.

When not working, she enjoys being with her husband, their pets. She can often be found seeking out interesting natural environments and wildflowers.
Stories by Sue
Review: 'Extraordinary, Ordinary People' by Condoleezza Rice
One of the defining moments in former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's childhood came during a visit to Santa Claus when she was about 5 years old. Living in Birmingham, Ala., known as the most segregated big city in America in the 1950s and early 1960s, Rice almost didn't get a seat on Santa's lap because she is black, she wrote in her autobiography/homage to her parents, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People."
[Sunday, November 7, 2010]

Crime rate has dropped in East Palo Alto
Violent crimes have declined significantly in East Palo Alto this year, with homicides dropping by 43 percent and shootings down 51 percent, according to a statistical crime report released by the police department Friday.
[Friday, November 5, 2010]

Bicyclist killed by big-rig on Alpine Road identified
Lauren Perdriau Ward, 47, was killed in unincorporated San Mateo County near Portola Valley Thursday afternoon when she was hit on her bicycle by a big-rig, the California Highway Patrol said.
[Friday, November 5, 2010]

Blanks pleads not guilty to rape, attempted murder
Lionel Blanks Jr., 36, who is accused of the rape, kidnapping and attempted murder of a woman in Palo Alto on May 22, pleaded not guilty to all charges in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose Thursday morning.
[Thursday, November 4, 2010]

Man lying down on University Avenue hit by truck
A bread truck hit a man who was lying in the middle of University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto at 2:29 a.m. Wednesday morning, police reported.
[Thursday, November 4, 2010]

Ballot shortage causes frustration at EPA polls
Angry voters in East Palo Alto left in frustration without casting their votes after a shortage of paper ballots created long lines that went out the door on Election Day. Others stuck it out so their votes would be counted.
[Tuesday, November 2, 2010]

Mail-in ballots 'smudge' snafu needs erasers
Hundreds of thousands of Santa Clara County mail-in ballots must have an ink smudge hand erased before they can be counted, in a major mail-in ballot snafu. The glitch could affect up to 80 percent of the county vote, officials said this morning.
[Tuesday, November 2, 2010]

Audrey Rust named 2010 Athena Award winner
Audrey Rust, longtime leader of Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), will receive this year's 2010 Athena Award, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce has announced. The award honors women who demonstrate excellence and creativity in business, contribute to the quality of life in their communities and help other women realize their leadership potential.
[Tuesday, November 2, 2010]

Debates heat up over second-hand smoke bans
Secondhand smoke in apartments, townhouses and condominiums is the No. 1 complaint received by the Breathe California of the Bay Area's secondhand-smoke helpline, according to the nonprofit. Now cities and counties are crafting ordinances to address the issue -- and all the ordinances allow residents to file civil lawsuits against violators.
[Monday, November 1, 2010]

Palo Alto area pagans to celebrate Samhain
On Halloween night, when trick-or-treaters in peaked hats and green makeup roam Palo Alto's streets, a roomful of real witches will sit in silence at a dinner table illuminated by candlelight.
[Saturday, October 30, 2010]