Archives for March 2013

OBITUARY: Lorrie Toohey and Wayne Maeda

TOOHEY, LORRIE, 64, on March 2, 2013 in Sacramento. Born June 26, 1948 in Eureka, Calif., she taught history for Los Rios Community College District from 1998 until 2012, mostly at Sac City College. Predeceased by husband Wayne Maeda, parents Harold and Billie Sandkulla, son Matthew Saltzman and brother Hal Sandkulla. Survived by son Jamey […]

OBITUARY: Ayako Mizono

MIZONO, AYAKO, 93, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Buena Vista Manor in San Francisco Feb. 28, 2013. She was born Feb. 11, 1920. She was married to her late husband, Jack Mizono, for 59 years. She worked by Jack’s side for over 40 years in their family tofu business. She was also a […]

Nichi Bei Foundation founding board member, who helped to establish CSUS Ethnic Studies, dies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Wayne Hisashi Maeda, a founding faculty member of the California State University, Sacramento Ethnic Studies Department and founding board member of the Nichi Bei Foundation, passed away peacefully at his home in Sacramento on Feb. 27, 2013 after a bout with cancer. He was 65. Just three days later, on March 2, […]

Los Angeles event retraces redress and looks to future

LOS ANGELES – The Southern California Nikkei community celebrated the 25th anniversary of its historic redress victory, passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 — which provided a presidential apology and monetary reparations to 82,000-plus surviving Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans who were incarcerated and those otherwise affected by Executive Order 9066 — […]

Bay Area DOR reflects on past and present

The Bay Area Day of Remembrance took place Feb. 17 at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown. The annual gathering commemorates the nearly 120,000 people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II. This year’s DOR, the 34th iteration of the San Francisco Bay Area’s ceremony, celebrated […]

Supervisor Shirakawa resigns, agrees to plead guilty to perjury, other charges

SAN JOSE (Bay City News) — Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa resigned March 1 in light of a 12-count criminal complaint charging that he used more than $130,000 in public and campaign funds for personal use and to gamble at casinos over the past five years, authorities said. Shirakawa, 51, was charged Feb. 28 […]

Following the Heart: An unusual transition

After spending a lifetime as a male, as well as a 30-year career as a criminal defense attorney, I made the decision to follow my heart and undergo gender transition. I had known of the gender disparity between my body and my brain ever since I was 5 or 6 years of age, and old […]

FULL COUNT: Spring Training and World Baseball Classic under way

Baseball is back and that’s a good thing. The Arizona Cactus League and Florida Grapefruit League began play on Feb. 22, and the 2013 World Baseball Classic started on March 1. San Francisco Giants infielder Kensuke Tanaka had a slow start in the desert, but on March 2 against the Chicago Cubs he went 2-for-5 […]

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