Yee pleads not guilty to revised indictment with new charges

Former state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty in federal court in San Francisco Feb. 5 to a revised indictment that adds two money-laundering conspiracy counts to existing charges of corruption and plotting to smuggle weapons from the Philippines. Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, is due to go on trial along with three other men in […]

Murase elected first JA president of S.F. School Board

Emily Murase wears a number of hats in San Francisco. She is executive director of San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women, the first Japanese American to serve as San Francisco Unified School District’s board president and a mother of two. Her father, Kenji Murase, was among the first parents to help create the […]

Aimee Sueko Eng begins career as Oakland school board member

Aimee Sueko Eng, one of three new Oakland Unified School District board members, decided to pursue public service following her interest in educational issues and her family’s legacy of political service. Starting this month, she assumes the role of board member representing District 2 of the school district, formerly represented by David Kakishiba. Eng works […]

Asian Pacific American election roundup

Asian Americans made considerable inroads into California’s political scene, especially among statewide elections and the State Assembly races with the Nov. 4 election. The following are the unofficial results of several races featuring Asian American candidates in California, some pending provisional ballots. Statewide contests For statewide contest, several Asian Americans maintain a heavy presence in […]

U.S. mid-term polls: The only Indian American Congressman Ami Bera might lose

Editor’s Note: This article was published Nov. 4.  As Americans go to their mid-term polls on Tuesday 4 November, Democrats are bracing for bad news. The president’s popularity ratings are low and Democrats might lose control of the Senate. For Indian Americans there might be worse news from the House of Representatives. Ami Bera, the […]

David Ige wins Hawai‘i gubernatorial race

LOS ANGELES — Democrat David Ige, a third-generation Japanese American, won the gubernatorial election in Hawai‘i on Nov. 4, beating Republican Duke Aiona and other candidates, according to U.S. media reports. The 57-year-old state senator will be the second Hawai‘i governor of Japanese descent, following George Ariyoshi who served three four-year terms from 1974 in […]

Honda leads Khanna in 17th Congressional District

SAN JOSE — Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, remained ahead early Nov. 5 despite a spirited challenge by fellow Democrat Ro Khanna to represent the 17th Congressional District. Honda, elected to the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, was leading 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent over Khanna with 355 of 355 precincts […]

C(API)TOL CORRESPONDENT: AAPIs again face tough election tests in 2014

The growing influence of Asian American Pacific Islanders in politics naturally leads into more difficult election year contests. AAPI candidates are in some of the most contested races in California history. The race for Congressional District 15 exemplifies the “jungle primary” when two candidates from the same party attempt to cannibalize each other in the […]

Beware of the FBI’s shaky record of investigative integrity

The arrest of Leland Yee, California state senator, accused of graft, is the latest of a string of Chinese Americans ensnared by the FBI, some caught red handed and others unwitting victims cornered by a bureau of investigation that frequently acted above the laws they were sworn to protect. In the case of Yee, based […]

Shirakawa sentencing delays, pleads not guilty in fake mailer case

SAN JOSE (Bay City News) — Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa pleaded not guilty June 7 to allegedly impersonating a political candidate in an unusual hearing in which the judge said he himself might be a potential witness and have to recuse himself. Shirakawa, 51, was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court […]

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