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Japanese Canadians reflect on hurt, redress and question of identity

TOKYO — Thirty years after the Canadian government formally apologized over the incarceration and expulsion of citizens of Japanese ancestry following the outbreak of World War II, those affected still carry painful memories of discrimination and hardship. Over the years, many have questioned their identity and tried their best to blend in wherever they have […]

Benicia man arrested on suspicion of rapes in six counties over 27 years

A Benicia, Calif. man who worked for 25 years at the University of California, Berkeley was arrested Sept. 20 in Berkeley on suspicion of sexually assaulting 10 women in at least six counties between 1991 and 2006. Law enforcement agencies and district attorneys from the counties announced the arrest of Roy Charles Waller, 58, allegedly […]

70-year-old former Campbell man sentenced in $7 million Ponzi scheme

A 70-year-old former Campbell man convicted of wire fraud and money laundering in a $7 million Ponzi scheme was sentenced in U.S. District Court Oct. 5 to five years in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced. Kevin Kyes, formerly of Campbell but most recently a resident of Roseville, was convicted on 17 counts of wire […]

Contra Costa Co.: DA joins program to reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice

Contra Costa County has partnered with Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform as well as the Center for Children’s Law and Policy for a program aimed at reducing ethnic and racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. According to county staff, white people make up around 46 percent of the county’s general population, yet […]

Police ask for help identifying aggravated assault suspect

San Francisco police are asking for help identifying a suspect wanted on suspicion of aggravated assault for punching a person who suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack, police said Sept. 28. The alleged aggravated assault occurred at 11:22 p.m. on Sept. 8 at First and Howard streets. Police said the victim was waiting on the […]

Contra Costa County judge faces nine misconduct charges

A Contra Costa Superior Court judge is facing nine charges of judicial misconduct, including sexual harassment of women lawyers and improper treatment of defendants, a state commission announced today. Judge John Laettner, 62, a 12-year veteran of the court, was charged with violating judicial ethics by the state Commission on Judicial Performance in San Francisco. […]

Muslim, Lebanese American police officer files discrimination lawsuit against SJPD

SAN JOSE — A 21-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department has filed a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination from multiple officers in the days and years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Nabil Haidar, who is Lebanese American and Muslim, said police officers subjected him to endless racist accusations, calling him “Bin Laden,” […]

Investment fund to preserve Little Tokyo revealed

LOS ANGELES — In an effort to help preserve Little Tokyo, local activists announced the creation of the Little Tokyo Community Impact Fund, which seeks individual, corporate and foundation support to invest funds in real estate purchases that provide much-needed rent control for legacy and community-related businesses in Little Tokyo while offering reasonable but below-market […]

S.F. Board votes to rename school after late Mayor Ed Lee

Two San Francisco elementary schools will get new names, one of them honoring the late Mayor Ed Lee, following a unanimous vote by the San Francisco Board of Education Aug. 28. With the vote, the Chinese Education Center will be renamed Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School, while Fairmount Elementary School will be renamed Dolores […]

‘Comfort women’ exhibit opens in State Bldg. in S.F.

While the subject of so-called “comfort women” continues to cause controversy between Japan and its neighboring countries in Asia, a new photo exhibition recently opened at the California State Building designed to shed light on one of the darkest chapters of World War II — the sexual enslavement of women throughout Asia by the Japanese […]

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