With the Census in peril, what will it take to ‘right the ship?’

The 2020 Census is off to a rocky start, with crucial preparations already delayed or falling to the wayside, largely a result of inadequate funding from Congress. Some of the nation’s oldest civil rights organizations, while fearing the worst, say there’s still time for Congress and the Trump administration to turn things around – but […]

Man who robbed elderly victims sentenced to 327-years-to life in prison

A 60-year-old man has been sentenced to 327-years-to-life in prison for a series of violent residential burglaries that targeted the elderly in San Francisco’s Chinatown and Japantown neighborhoods in 2014, prosecutors said Sept. 6. German Woods Jr., of San Francisco, was found guilty on all 16 counts of residential burglary, inflicting injury on an elder […]

19-year-old assault suspect targeted Asian women

A San Francisco man has been arrested in connection with a series of brutal assaults against Asian women that took place in the city’s Bayview and Ingleside districts, police said Sept. 1. Agustin Garcia, 19, was arrested on suspicion of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, battery with serious injuries, terrorist threats, […]

First Nichi Bei Day of Giving to raise funds through Sept. 4

In order to raise critically-needed funds, support a small but dedicated staff, and create a reserve fund, the Nichi Bei Foundation has launched its first Nichi Bei Day of Giving now through Monday, Sept. 4. Through Labor Day, a series of online and check donations will be met with matching grants, helping to address the […]

Diverse cops make the difference in policing hate

Hate crimes are on the rise nationwide, including here in San Francisco, where the city’s diversity also happens to be a hallmark of the San Francisco Police Department’s (SFPD) Hate Crimes Unit. It’s one of just a handful of such units across the country, and officials say its diversity is a key part of its […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: America’s favorite sandwich

Continuing with last month’s theme and since we’re smack dab in the middle of summer, let’s talk about America’s favorite sandwich — the hamburger! It used to be America’s favorite fast food until pizza dethroned it years ago. This simple sandwich consisting of a ground beef patty served between two slices of bread created by […]

NPS announces $1.2M for World War II JA incarceration sites

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service announced in a statement Aug. 17 $1.2 million in grants to “fund preservation, restoration, and education projects” at several sites where some 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated by the U.S. government during World War II. Grantees • Chicago Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Chicago, Ill., “The Kansha […]

Oakland firefighter fatally shot identified, suspect arrested

SAN JOSE — San Jose police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of murdering one off-duty Oakland firefighter and shooting another on the evening of Aug. 17 in the city’s Japantown district. San Jose Police Department spokesman Albert Morales said police identified and located the suspect, San Jose resident Oliver Juinio, a short time […]

One killed, one seriously injured in J-Town collision between truck, motorcycle

A New Orleans man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in a collision the evening of July 19 in San Francisco between a truck and a motorcycle, police said. Jacob Mizelle, 29, was riding a motorcycle on Geary Boulevard when he hit the side of a westbound truck that was turning from Geary […]

$2 million campaign to meet demand at Asian Health Services

Oakland, Calif. — Demand for health services prompted an Oakland-based health clinic to start a $2 million campaign July 8 to expand, the chair of the clinic said. At about 10:30 a.m. officials with Asian Health Services announced the campaign at the Rolland and Kathryn Lowe Medical Center at 835 Webster St. in Oakland. The expansion […]

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