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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
Southgate toy drive builds friendships, hope
For the past four years, a festive neighborhood ritual has taken place in the quiet Southgate neighborhood in Palo Alto, and it's about to begin again the week of Nov. 22 and run through Dec. 10.
[Saturday, November 20, 2010]

Major sewage spill taints Matadero Creek
More than 1,000 gallons of raw, untreated sewage spilled into Matadero Creek in Palo Alto Thursday, according to Ken Torke, manager of Palo Alto's environmental control program.
[Friday, November 19, 2010]

Palo Alto names interim emergency services coordinator
Richard Mallonee, chairman of Santa Clara County's Emergency Managers' Association, has been named Palo Alto's office of emergency services (OES) interim coordinator, City Manager James Keene announced today. Mallonee is being brought in from outside the city and was recommended by people working at the Emergency Managers' Association, police Chief Dennis Burns said.
[Friday, November 19, 2010]

License-plate readers to help fight crime in EPA
East Palo Alto police will soon have two vehicle license-plate readers to cut down on stolen vehicles and find wanted criminals, police Chief Ronald Davis has announced.
[Friday, November 19, 2010]

AT&T withdraws Palo Alto cell-tower application
AT&T has withdrawn its application to install a 75-foot-tall cell-phone tower at the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club in Palo Alto.
[Friday, November 19, 2010]

Stores squabble over 'Ernie's Liquors' name
Competing banners hang from the vacant barn-red building with a red-tile roof at 3871 El Camino Real in Barron Park: Longtime tenant Ernie's Wines and Liquors has moved across the street, one proclaims. But the other offers a conflicting message: "Ernie's Liquors opening shortly in this same location." The battle of the two Ernie's has begun.
[Saturday, November 13, 2010]

'Friends' seek to avert Caltrain demise
Without funding to stabilize Caltrain's operating costs, commuters could find themselves without the rail line on the Peninsula for the first time since 1864, when two trains a day carried riders between San Francisco and San Jose. That's the message a new group, Friends of Caltrain, told nearly 100 people at the Menlo Park Library Tuesday night.
[Wednesday, November 10, 2010]

Veteran settles for $250K in Palo Alto VA claim
A veteran who claimed he was blinded because of negligent medical care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System has settled with the U.S. government for $250,000, according to court records.
[Wednesday, November 10, 2010]

Domestic violence leads to kidnapping arrest
A Palo Alto man was arrested Friday after storming into a smog shop and forcibly removing and kidnapping his girlfriend, Palo Alto police said.
[Tuesday, November 9, 2010]

White roofing material spills into Matadero Creek
About 25 gallons of a white roofing material washed into Matadero Creek during Sunday's rainstorm. An investigation is under way by Palo Alto fire department and city environmental officials, Ken Torke, manager of environmental control programs, confirmed Monday.
[Monday, November 8, 2010]