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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
Stanford study: Kids with a sense of humor
It's not just about the laugh track. Children are needed to watch funny films for a study of humor at Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
[Saturday, October 23, 2010]

'Misconduct' prosecutor Liroff defends his record
Lane Liroff, a Santa Clara County deputy district attorney from Palo Alto who was listed in a "prosecutorial misconduct" report, Wednesday sharply defended his record. Liroff is among six county prosecutors listed as possibly committing misconduct during a trial in a report by the Northern California Innocence Project at the Santa Clara University.
[Wednesday, October 20, 2010]

Recendes admits sex assault of woman, 94
Roberto Recendes has pleaded guilty to the 2002 rape and beating of a 94-year-old woman at Palo Alto Commons, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. He faces a 17-year sentence under a plea-bargain.
[Monday, October 18, 2010]

AT&T to open tech center in Palo Alto
AT&T is setting up a multimillion-dollar technology-development center in Palo Alto in a race to snag the Bay Area's brainiest mobile-technology developers' ideas.
[Saturday, October 16, 2010]

Palo Alto Chamber celebrates 100 years
Citing the HP garage as a symbol of how Palo Alto business has evolved in the last 100 years, Mayor Pat Burt greeted an eclectic crowd of business owners at the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce's 100th anniversary celebration Thursday evening.
[Friday, October 15, 2010]

Emergency prep is a do-it-yourself challenge
The public face of disaster preparation might be police, fire and city officials, but Palo Alto officials have said many times they won't be able to handle a disaster without residents' help.
[Friday, October 15, 2010]

Oops! East Palo Alto 'evacuation' alarm was false
East Palo Alto residents received an alarming phone call at 4:59 p.m. Tuesday after the city's automated dial-up alert system told residents to evacuate. But it was a false alarm.
[Tuesday, October 12, 2010]

Report: Pollution spikes despite years of cleanup
Despite nearly three decades of clean-up efforts at a central Palo Alto Superfund site, groundwater contamination from a leaky underground chemical tank has dramatically concentrated in some small areas, according to a new water-quality report.
[Monday, October 4, 2010]

Palo Alto to ask for $1.5M for California Avenue
A $1.5 million grant could transform California Avenue in Palo Alto into a European-style boulevard with two lanes, a park/plaza at the east end near the Caltrain station, additional landscaping, kiosks and a 20-seat mini-plaza near Ash Street.
[Sunday, October 3, 2010]

Fairmeadow residents to retake housing survey
Residents in the Fairmeadow neighborhood of Palo Alto appear to be nearly evenly split over whether a "single-story overlay" zone should be applied to their area -- and will be re-surveyed by the city in October.
[Thursday, September 30, 2010]