By Anna Ven Sobrevinas Last February 16, a Los Angeles judge ordered Apple to assist the FBI in opening the locked iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the terrorists that killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. But there’s more to just unlocking Farook’s government-issued iPhone that’s causing all the commotion between the giant tech company and the FBI. The FBI is asking for the creation of a “back door” to open “only” Farook’s ph...

To support preparation services for permanent residents WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The two programs will provide up to $1...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - AARP is pleased to announce its new Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Hero Awards to acknowledge hard-working staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations. The call for nominations is open now until March 31, 2016 at AARP’s AAPI Community Facebook page. “We encourage everyone to nominate the passionate and committed individuals in our community for their work helping older adults,” said Daphne Kwok, AARP Vice President of Multicultural Le...

The Senior Living Industry will expect some major challenges in recruiting an adequate number of employees in the senior living industry in order to meet massive demand, according to a recent report “Getting to 2025: A Senior Living Roadmap.” The industry will have to attract more than 1.2 million employees nationally by 2025, California being the state of highest needed demand. The report was initiated with input from hundreds of top senior living executives, advocates an...

SAN FRANCISCO, February 29, 2016 – AARP is proud to return as a Premier Sponsor of CAAMFest in San Francisco and Oakland from Thursday, March 10 to Sunday, March 20. The film festival, presented by the Center for Asian America Media (CAAM), is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian movies. AARP members receive a special discount on tickets to all CAAMFest programs using promotion code AARP16 online or showing their membership card at the box office. Le...

MILPITAS -- The 7 Lakes Association of Northern California held its Installation of Officers and celebrated the 34th anniversary of its founding on last February 27 with a dinner and ball at the prestigious Embassy Suites. Beginning at 6 pm, a no host cocktail will open the unforgettable event headed by its current president, Maricris Llamas Benitez. “ I am so honored to have served this long time non-profit organization and so excited to join our special guests and sup...

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today signed legislation to send a $350 million Public Health and Safety Bond to the June 2016 ballot. The initiative will expand access to mental health services for San Francisco residents, including homeless people living on the streets, and seismically upgrade and strengthen the City’s vital public health care facilities and emergency medical response infrastructure to ensure their viability after a major earthquake. San Francisco vote...

By Katrina Soledad | FilAm Star Correspondent San Francisco, CA - “Hearts in SF” auctioned 19 hearts designed by local artists from February 8th-18th to help raise funds for the community. Award winning artist, Marconi Calindas, is the first Filipino artist to be invited to participate in the project. His large heart “SF Sunflowers” was the first heart sculpture to be sold. The heart art and events are a benefit for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, which rais...

DALY CITY — The Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center (PBRC) of San Mateo County, recently installed its officers and board of directors for 2016—2018. First female and first Filipino lawyer of city of Daly City, Attorney Rose Zimmerman presided at the installation last February 19. Commissioner Ray Satorre is now president and Commissioner Erlinda Galleon, vice-president. Satorre is currently president and owner of Health Professional, Inc. and a planning commissioner of ...

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...