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Journalist considered ‘possible co-conspirator’ in theft of police report

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott on May 21 said a freelance journalist who was handcuffed for six hours while police raided his home and office is being considered by investigators as a possible co-conspirator in the theft of a leaked police report. Freelance stringer journalist Bryan Carmody has been accused by police of unlawfully […]

Berkeley resident has measles, Berkeley public health confirms

BERKELEY, Calif. — The city of Berkeley announced May 17 that a resident has contracted measles. While the person is no longer contagious, city officials have advised anyone who visited Berkeley Bowl at 2020 Oregon St. May 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. who is not immune to look for the first stage of […]

S.F. Supervisors vote to approve ‘Jeff Adachi Way’

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 14 unanimously passed a resolution to rename Gilbert Street to Jeff Adachi Way. Gilbert Street, located between Brannan and Bryant streets, runs parallel to Sixth and Seventh streets and is directly behind the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. The resolution, introduced by Supervisor Matt Haney, calls for […]

Annual concentration camp pilgrimage salient to politics 50 years on

LOS ANGELES — After being expelled from university for “inciting a riot,” fighting for African Americans’ civil rights and protesting the Vietnam War, Warren Furutani decided it was time to galvanize a Japanese American community which had experienced mass incarceration two decades earlier. Just 22 years old at the time of the first pilgrimage to […]

Donation page at nearly $240K for girl in critical condition after alleged hate crime

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — A GoFundMe donation page has raised more than $613,000 for a 13-year-old girl in critical condition after being targeted by a driver in an alleged hate crime April 23 in Sunnyvale. The girl is a seventh-grader at Sunnyvale Middle School and was walking home from the library with her father and brother […]

Name of Burnett Middle School to change amid claims of racism; ‘Korematsu’ one of seven finalists

SAN JOSE — Burnett Middle School in San Jose will vote to change its name this week following a controversy over its current namesake, Peter Burnett, who championed racist policies as the first governor of California from 1849 to 1851. Community members began the process of removing Burnett’s name from the school in February, citing […]

L.A. has most to lose in Census undercount, study finds: For first time, state could lose a congressional seat and electoral college vote

California is welcoming newcomers every day, but some regions are growing fast enough to take political power away from slower-growing ones. In today’s California, the most-populous county, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million people, is losing ground to the San Francisco Bay Area and the Inland Empire of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. In […]

Raju sworn in as S.F.’s new public defender

Manohar Raju has been sworn in as San Francisco’s newest public defender — the city’s first Indian American to be appointed to the position — just two months after the sudden death of former Public Defender Jeff Adachi. During Raju’s swearing-in ceremony April 25 at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in the city’s Western […]

Law enacted to recognize ethnic Ainu minority as indigenous people

TOKYO — Japan enacted on April 19 legislation aimed at protecting and promoting the culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in northern Japan, with financial assistance, stipulating for the first time they are an “indigenous” people. The law requires the central and local governments to promote Ainu culture and industry, including tourism, in order […]

S.F. Cherry Blossom Festival crowns naginata practitioner Yuki Nishimura queen

San Francisco’s 52nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival crowned its 2019 queen April 13 during the ceremony held at the AMC Kabuki 8 in the city’s Japantown. The program, emceed by KTVU Fox 2 reporter Jana Katsuyama and Devin Katayama, host of KQED’s “The Bay” podcast, had Nami Katie Saito, Elena Anne Harumi Nielsen, NaOmi Leilani […]

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