• Changes to the insurance products mean consumers will save when they access care. • New shopping tools and 300 new storefronts make it easier for consumers to shop for coverage. • More choices in 2017 in Orange, San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties. • Enrollees will get a primary care doctor when they enroll to ease access to care. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians who need health insurance will find new ways to shop for coverage and new ways to save in 2017 when ope...

OAKLAND, Calif. – California’s Prop. 47 allows many individuals to change certain felonies into misdemeanors on their criminal records – but less than a quarter of those eligible have submitted their requests, and the window of opportunity could expire next year. Eighteen months into Prop. 47’s enactment, the state has received some 211,000 petitions seeking resentencing or a record change. The ballot measure, which passed in November 2014 despite heavy opposition fro...

San Jose, CA - Archdiocese of San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, last Saturday August 28, blessed the newly-built $3.2 M St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Parish Ministry Center in Milpitas. He also blessed the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary situated in front of the new building. Pastor Justin Lee and Assistant Pastor Joseph Page told the FilAm Star that “it took only a year to construct the building with donors and parishioners contributing to the $3.2 M project. The gro...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Urban legends, myths, folklore: call them what you want. This Halloween, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is debunking energy savings urban legends by separating fact from fiction around five popular myths that just don’t add up.   URBAN LEGEND THE FACTS Shifting energy use to the off peak hours during the evening will automatically save you money. Shifting your energy usage to the evening will not immediately save you money, ...

As it continues to organize the Filipino community to combat Trump’s policies against Muslims, refugees, and immigrants, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) denounced Duterte’s statement that he would “not lift a finger” to help Filipinos deported from the U.S. by the Trump administration. NAFCON demands that Duterte follow through on the proposal for the Philippines to welcome Muslim refugees and that the Philippine government support its Filipino citizens a...

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Chinatown Greater Bay Area McDonald’s celebrated last February 20 the Lunar New Year and it’s rich history as a proud sponsor of the annual Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year’s festival and parade, the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. The McDonald’s Family Pavilion opened to festival guests who were treated to interactive games and giveaways including Arch Cards and tote bags. McDonald’s also participated in the parade with a Rona...

Aubrey Ilasco is a first grader Filipino American who just won the 2017 Growing Up Asian in America Contest sponsored by the Asian Pacific fund in San Francisco. The contest involved writing a letter to Senator kamala Harris. Aubrey was one of over 500 applicants in the Bay Area who was chosen and she’s only seven years old. She will be awarded at a ceremony on May 13 at the Asian Art Museum. Her Mom said, “In our political climate, I believe it’s so important for us to re...

By Harvey I. Barkin DALY CITY – Almost everybody who was part of the community turned up for the recent grand opening of the Chinese Hospital Outpatient Center along Gellert Boulevard. That is the whole point of the Dragon Dance and the Chinese Hospital – strength in community building to rise above a common obstacle. The Tung Wah Dispensary was established in 1899 to serve the Chinese community who were discriminated and could not access full medical and health care...

Daly City Hall commemorated the 118thAnniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 10, 2016 with a special flag raising ceremony. Vice Mayor David Canepa presented the proclamation to Consul General Henry Bensurto. In his remarks “ The City of Daly City honors and values its Filipinos and Filipino residents for having strong commitment to family , service,faith and hard work and recognizes the contributions Filipinos have made to enrich the diversity i...

Care Indeed recently held its first Team Building Event for the year at the Beat the Lock Live Escape Room in Santa Clara. An escape room is a live adventure game where participants are locked in a room and must work together to solve a series of puzzles in order to find the key to escape in the time allotted. The team was divided into three groups. The winning group consisted of the following: TJ Padilla, Accounting Manager, Lei Ancheta, Compliance Supervisor, Apryl Ryder, C...