Archives for 2013

Locke to step down as U.S. Ambassador to China

BEIJING — U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke said in a statement issued Nov. 20 that he will step down in early 2014 to rejoin his family in Seattle. Locke, the first Chinese American to hold the position, said the role was the “honor of a lifetime.” He went on to say that “Helping manage […]

Supe proposes path to legalization for city’s in-law units

(Bay City News Service) — A San Francisco supervisor introduced legislation Nov. 26 that seeks to legalize what he said is a “shadow economy” of in-law units on residential properties in the city. San Francisco Board of Supervisors president David Chiu introduced the proposal, which addresses in-law units that are typically added onto existing homes […]

Ed Shikada appointed San Jose city manager

SAN JOSE — Ed Shikada was recently promoted to San Jose city manager. In early November, the San Jose City Council announced the appointment of Shikada, who has served as San Jose assistant city manager since 2010. Shikada is set to assume the city manager position on Dec. 21, taking over for City Manager Debra […]

Japan’s lower house passes controversial secrecy law bill

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan’s ruling bloc passed a controversial bill in the lower house Nov. 26 to toughen penalties for leakers of state secrets, in what the government views as a crucial step toward Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal of enhancing the country’s ability to face security challenges in Asia. Passage of the bill in […]

Kathryn Korematsu dies

Frances “Kathryn” (Pearson) Korematsu passed away in her sleep Oct. 28, 2013, in Oakland, Calif., according to an obituary issued by the the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education. She was 92. Korematsu was born on March 14, 1921, in Greenville, S.C. She held a bachelor’s degree in science from Winthrop College, […]

OBITUARY: Minoru S. Kawahata

KAWAHATA, MINORU S., 88, of San Leandro, Calif., was born Sept. 22, 1925, and passed away peacefully on Nov. 9th, with loved ones by his side. He is survived by his sister, Janet, daughters, Lynn and Terri, and grandchildren, Whitney, Kacy, Matt, and Ryan. Join us for a Celebration of Life, 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, […]

THE KAERU KID: Marching on to Troy

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth of a four-part series. I had visited Ephesus years ago and about the only new restoration I noticed was some terrace houses with many beautiful hand painted walls. They had hot and cold running water even in ancient times, as well as heating via hot air delivered by a […]

No felony charges in alleged hate crimes against African American SJSU student

SAN JOSE (Bay City News Service) — San Jose State University’s president told about 500 students at a campus rally that he had “failed” a black student who was the alleged victim of hate crimes by four white roommates in a campus housing unit. “What has really happened has scrutinized the leadership that I have […]

President’s immigration speech in Chinatown draws mixed reactions from attendees

(Bay City News Service) — Bay Area elected officials and others who heard President Barack Obama’s speech about immigration reform at the Betty Ong Recreation Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown shared their reactions Nov. 25. Obama spoke at the recreation center at 1199 Mason St. around noon as part of a quick six-hour visit to […]

Man shot in hand in S.F.’s Japantown Dec. 1

(Bay City News Service) — A man was shot in the hand in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood on the night of Dec. 1, police said. The shooting was reported at about 10:10 p.m. near Post and Buchanan streets. The 32-year-old victim was approached by two male suspects who said something to him, then one of […]