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It’s a Family Affair for Palo Alto Postmaster Maeda

When Dean Maeda was sworn in as Palo Alto, Calif.’s postmaster in early January, he was carrying on a family tradition begun by his father, who retired from the United States Postal Service about 20 years ago. “It was always a goal of mine to be a postmaster. And working at the same one that […]

DOR Shows Korematsu Case’s Relevance to Today’s Civil Liberties Issues

LOS ANGELES — The 2010 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance, held Feb. 20 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, featured San Francisco civil rights attorney Dale Minami as the keynote speaker. Minami spoke on Korematsu v. United States and its relevance to current civil liberties issues and the government’s use […]

Obama Nominates UC Berkeley Law Professor to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

President Obama on Feb. 24 nominated University of California at Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Liu, 39, teaches constitutional law and education policy and is associate dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would […]

Florin JACL Celebrates 75th Anniversary

SACRAMENTO — The Florin chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), one of the most prolific of the national organization’s 110-plus chapters, recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. And although the small farming town of Florin no longer exists — having been swallowed up by the larger Sacramento metropolis — its namesake chapter continues to […]

Police Arrest Suspect In Guitar Maker’s Slaying

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. — Police on Feb. 15 arrested a suspect in the killing of well-known guitar maker Taku Sakashta outside his Rohnert Park workshop. Sakashta had been stabbed multiple times in his head, neck, chest and hand, the Sonoma County coroner’s office said Feb. 16. Joshua Rhea Begley, 28, was taken into custody shortly […]

Asian Chamber Honors West Sacramento Mayor

SACRAMENTO — Sage retrospect and optimistic forward thinking abounded at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce’s (SACC) largest fundraiser, held Feb. 4 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Downtown Sacramento. The SACC’s 17th annual installation and awards fundraising dinner centered around swearing in new board members, awarding locals and businesses who have supported the […]

Schwarzenegger Appoints Nishigaya as Santa Clara Superior Court Judge

As a child growing up in Orange County, Daniel Nishigaya never imagined that one day he would be a Superior Court judge. Nishigaya, of Sunnyvale, Calif., who was previously a supervising deputy district attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, was one of six appointed to a judgeship in the Santa Clara County […]

Obama Honors Two Japanese American Teachers

Two Japanese American teachers from Hawai‘i were recently honored by President Barack Obama at the White House with Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Liane Tanigawa and Seanyelle Yagi were among more than 100 educators from across the country who received awards from Obama on Jan. 6 as part of his “Educate […]

New Alternative Proposed for Little Tokyo Light Rail

LOS ANGELES — Residents, workers and business people in Little Tokyo, who had been concerned about the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) plan to possibly run a light rail connector line above ground through this historic Japanese American enclave, heard better news recently with a proposal by a community group for a fully […]

PRESERVING OUR JAPANTOWNS: History Forgotten, Isleton’s Japantown

ISLETON, Calif. — Unfamiliar with the Sacramento Delta region but lured by Japantown lore and a faint recollection of actor-comedian Pat Morita claiming his roots in Isleton, my family and I visited the riverfront town. Driving the two blocks of Main Street, we easily found Chinatown with its distinctive architecture and remnants of Chinese characters […]

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