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Marin teen dies in Lake Tahoe boating incident

A 17-year-old Greenbrae, Calif. resident drowned after falling from a boat in Lake Tahoe, the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office said. The teen was identified as Myles Kawashima, who was entering his senior year at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif. The medical examiner determined the cause of death July 6, authorities said. The Washoe […]

Piedmont wealth manager charged with manslaughter, hit and run

Defendant’s wife injured in crash; she identified him and said he had been drinking, authorities say A 64-year-old East Bay man has been charged with not only killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run crash but leaving his own wife at the scene — and authorities say the woman later helped turn in her husband. Timothy […]

Lawmaker announces $26.5 million in state funding for new arts center in S.F. Chinatown

Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, on July 15 announced he was able to secure $26.5 million in state funding for a new arts and media center in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood. Ting, chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, said the new center, to be called Edge on the Square, would be a destination for visitors […]

Asian man pistol-whipped, robbed in San Francisco Bay Area

OAKLAND, Calif.  — An armed robber in the San Francisco Bay Area pistol-whipped an Asian man and a person who tried to intervene in what police described July 16 as a “brazen” attack in broad daylight. The man was standing on a corner of Oakland’s Chinatown on July 15 when two men walked up and […]

S.F. sees rise in shootings, aggravated assaults

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco saw an increase in shootings in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, and a slight uptick in aggravated assaults like those seen in viral videos that have drawn national attention, the city’s police chief said July 12. But retail robberies have declined despite brazen […]

Asian Americans cheer passage of Calif.’s $156 million fund to combat AAPI racism

Asian Americans cheered the July 12 passage of California’s API Equity Budget, a three-year $156 million initiative, which seeks to equip the AAPI community with resources to combat hate crimes. “This is historic and unprecedented. It is the outcome of many community-based organizations who rallied to get this support to find the best ways we […]

The Bay Area’s Japantowns adjust to the new normal

With California’s June 15 economic reopening, businesses across the San Francisco Bay Area have gained a new sense of normalcy. The recovery process has varied according to individual businesses, even among the region’s two Japantowns. A Mixed Bag of Results in San Francisco’s Japantown When Gov. Gavin Newsom announced bars could reopen May 6 with […]

J-Sei founders reflect on 50 years of the East Bay community institution

J-Sei, a Japanese American social service organization based out of Emeryville, Calif., celebrates its 50th anniversary this year amid the global coronavirus pandemic. As its headquarters reopens for in-person classes, the organization kicked off its milestone celebration via an online program June 18 entitled “Planting the Seeds: A Grassroots Approach to JA Community.” Founded by […]

Asian Americans lobby to name Navy ship for Filipino sailor

SAN FRANCISCO — Asian Americans, veterans and civilians in the U.S. and the Philippines are campaigning to name a Navy warship for a Filipino sailor who bravely rescued two crew members when their ship caught fire more than a century ago, earning him a prestigious and rare Medal of Honor. Supporters say naming a ship […]

Calif. hate crime up 31% in 2020, led by anti-Black bias

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Hate crime in California surged 31% in 2020, fueled mainly by a big jump in crimes targeting Black people during a year that saw the worst racial strife in decades, according to an annual report released June 30 by the state’s attorney general. Overall hate crimes increased from 1,015 to 1,330 last […]

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