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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
East Palo Alto plane crash: one year later
This Thursday (Feb. 17) will be the first anniversary of the twin-engine Cessna 310R plane crash that knocked out power to Palo Alto and killed three Tesla employees on board: pilot Douglas Bourn, 56, and passengers Brian Finn, 42, and Andrew Ingram, 31. ==B Related stories:== ■ [ What's happened since the accident] ■ [ Powerless in Palo Alto (Feb. 19, 2010)]
[Saturday, February 12, 2011]

'Saving' Caltrain
Numerous ideas for funding Caltrain in the near and long terms were proposed at recent events sponsored separately by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Friends of Caltrain.
[Friday, February 11, 2011]

Is this any way to run a railroad?
Tom Means, Mountain View City Councilman and San Jose State University economics professor, has harsh words for Caltrain proponents who are trying to stave off the decline of the commuter-rail service.
[Friday, February 11, 2011]

On the verge of collapse?
Despite Caltrain's dire predicament, the passenger rail service is actually one of the best performing of the Bay Area's transit options. According to a May 2010 Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) report, 47.4 percent of Caltrain's 2009 fiscal-year revenue came from ticket sales.
[Friday, February 11, 2011]

End of the line for Caltrain?
Draconian cuts are planned for the 147-year-old Caltrain passenger-rail line, which is facing a $30 million deficit on a $100 million operating budget due to multi-million-dollar subsidy cuts from San Mateo's, Santa Clara's and San Francisco's transit agencies, which supplied 43 percent of Caltrain's revenues in the 2009 and 2010 fiscal years. [§ion_id=1 ==B Watch video==] ==B Related stories:== ■ [ Lack of dedicated funding source big factor in Caltrain's woes] ■ [ Is this any way to run a railroad?] ■ [ 'Saving' Caltrain]
[Friday, February 11, 2011]

East Palo Alto youth to get sports field
The "field of dreams" the family of slain East Palo Alto police Officer Richard May has hoped to build in the city since his death on Jan. 7, 2006, can at last move forward.
[Friday, February 11, 2011]

Teen injured in fight at Cal Ave train station
An after-school fight Thursday between two boys from Palo Alto High School ended with one being taken to the hospital and the other being sought by police.
[Thursday, February 10, 2011]

Palo Alto woman surprises intruder in her home
A woman returning to her house in Palo Alto interrupted an intruder who was in the middle of ransacking her home Wednesday, Palo Alto police said.
[Thursday, February 10, 2011]

'Declaration of war' in nurses' contract impasse
A bitter contract dispute between Stanford and Packard hospitals and their nurses' union has reached a stalemate, with the union accusing the hospitals of "a declaration of war" after the hospitals declared an official impasse and implemented a contract the nurses rejected in March 2010.
[Tuesday, February 8, 2011]

Stanford Ave will be one lane through Thursday
Stanford Avenue in Palo Alto will be reduced to one lane today (Feb. 7) through Thursday (Feb. 10) due to sidewalk repairs. Stanford Avenue is a major route to Escondido Elementary School and the southern side of Stanford University.
[Monday, February 7, 2011]