"I'm thrilled because she has made the U.S. Supreme Court look more and more like America," the Palo Alto resident told the Weekly.
Cordell knows more than most people about breaking barriers. In 1982, she became the first Black woman to serve on the Superior Court in Northern California and she served as a judge for the next two decades, retiring from the bench in 2001. She is keenly aware of both the positive and negative pressures that Jackson will experience as she begins her tenure on the highest court in the land.
The bad pressure, she said, will come from those who have bought into the negative stereotypes about people of color and who expect her to fail. Jackson also will experience "good pressure" from communities of color and from women who expect her to succeed.
"I know that she will bring a realistic perspective to the U.S. Supreme court when they're discussing cases, that she will not be timid about expressing her views," Cordell said.
Early in her career, Jackson served as a clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer, whom she will replace on the court after he retires following the Supreme Court's summer recess. She went on to become a federal judge in 2012. Last year, President Joe Biden nominated her to serve as judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Her elevation to the Supreme Court proved tumultuous, with several Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee citing her record as a public defender as evidence of her being soft on crime. But even though the committee deadlocked along party lines, she cleared her final legislative hurdle Thursday when the full Senate voted 53-47 to advance her confirmation. Three Republican senators — Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney — joined every Democrat to confirm her.
Cordell compared Jackson's elevation to the Supreme Court to other historic firsts, including the nomination of Thurgood Marshall in 1967 and Sandra Day O'Connor's nomination in 1981.
— Gennady Sheyner
Student identified in 'potential fentanyl poisoning'
A Los Altos High School student has died in what the Mountain View Police Department is calling a "potential fentanyl poisoning."
The County of Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office identified the student as Lauren Brierly. Few details about the death have been released by law enforcement or school officials. Citing an ongoing investigation in its early stages, the Police Department said in an April 1 press release that it would not yet be naming the student or giving other details.
Law enforcement officials don't yet know how the student obtained the drug, nor whether other students may be in possession of narcotics, the press release stated. Police are urging parents to talk with their children about the dangers of illicit drug use.
"We know that a family is grieving, that a school community is grieving, and we have pulled in every available resource to try and bring justice to the student and their family," police said.
Anyone with information that might help the police department's investigation is being asked to contact Sgt. David Fisher at [email protected]
— Zoe Morgan
Small plane makes emergency landing
A small plane sustained moderate damage after making an emergency landing at the Palo Alto Airport on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Fire Department.
At around 12:15 p.m., crews responded to an emergency at the Palo Alto Airport, located at 1925 Embarcadero Road, according to PulsePoint, an app that displays emergency response calls.
A single-engine Cessna 162 veered left and made a hard landing, nose down, on the runway. The aircraft sustained moderate front-end damage, including to the propeller, and damage to one wing, according to Deputy Fire Chief Kevin McNally and a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson. One person with minor injuries declined to be transported to a hospital for treatment. About a gallon of aircraft fuel leaked onto the tarmac but it didn't get into the wetlands.
The aircraft is registered to Fly America Inc. of Portola Valley, according to the FAA aircraft database.
FAA spokesperson Eva Ngai said the pilot was the only person on board. The FAA will investigate the incident.
— Sue Dremann and Jamey Padojino
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