Third suspect arrested in alleged ‘blessing’ scam of Chinese community members

A third suspect involved in a so-called “blessing” scam of elderly Chinese women was arrested last week in Southern California, according to San Francisco police. Juan Li, 62, of Rosemead, was apprehended by officers from San Francisco and Los Angeles on March 28 and booked into the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on suspicion […]

Poisoning suspect pleads not guilty to attempted murder charge

OAKLAND, Calif. — A Lafayette man pleaded not guilty April 4 to a premeditated attempted murder charge alleging that he tried to kill a female colleague at a Berkeley engineering firm by putting the toxic metal cadmium into her food and water over a lengthy period in 2017 and 2018. Defense lawyer Julia Jayne asked […]

Japanese Americans gather in Texas to protest family detention at border

CRYSTAL CITY, Texas — More than 60 people from across the United States participated in a historical pilgrimage to Texas from March 29 to April 1 that included a memorial service at the former World War II Crystal City Department of Justice camp, a protest rally at the Dilley Detention Center, a meeting with Texas […]

S.F. police dept. apologizes for leaked report on Adachi’s death

A freelance photographer is alleged to have offered a TV news station confidential police information on the death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi in exchange for money, an official with the Public Defender’s office said April 18 at a Board of Supervisor’s committee hearing City Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer called for the hearing […]

L.A. ministers criticize anti-gay policy of United Methodist Churches

LOS ANGELES — Disturbed by the United Methodist Church’s continuing anti-gay stance, Revs. Mark Nakagawa and Sunyoung Lee, two local ministers with connections to Little Tokyo’s Centenary United Methodist Church, publicly criticized that decision and declared their continued support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons. The controversy followed the United Methodist Church’s Special […]

S.F. supervisor proposes renaming street after late Public Defender Jeff Adachi

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney on March 19 proposed renaming a South of Market street after late Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who passed away last month. During the Board of Supervisor’s meeting, Haney introduced a resolution to rename Gilbert Street to Jeff Adachi Way. The street is located between Brannan and Bryant streets and runs […]

Adachi mourned by hundreds during City Hall Memorial

Hundreds of people mourning the death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi packed City Hall March 4 to remember his legacy as the city’s first Asian American elected to the position. City leaders and Adachi’s close friends and family members shared their intimate memories of him. “I first met Jeff Adachi when I was […]

Adachi’s legacy won’t be tarnished by police leak, chief attorney Gonzalez says

Chief Attorney for the Public Defender’s Office Matt Gonzalez on Feb. 26 called the leak of a police report into the investigation of Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s death “troubling.” Adachi, 59, passed away suddenly Feb. 22 after having dinner with a friend in North Beach. After being taken to an apartment near Coit Tower, he […]

Geary Blvd. to see safety, bus improvements with Geary Rapid Project

City leaders broke ground March 6 on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Geary Rapid Project, which aims to improve transit along Geary Boulevard and O’Farrell Street. ‘The groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of the first phase of the project, which will bring transit, safety and utility upgrades to a three-mile stretch of the heavily […]

S.F.’s Cherry Blossom Queen Program candidates address JA identity

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program presented its 2019 queen candidates during its annual preview March 10 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The program, a highlight of the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, will take place April 13 at the AMC Kabuki 8. The candidates are: Nami Katie […]

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