SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today is inviting high school and college students throughout central and northern California to apply for a Better Together STEM Scholarship. The program awards a total of $100,000 in scholarships annually to local high school, community college and non-traditional students pursuing higher education in the engineering, computer science, cyber security and environmental sciences. Scholarship winners will rec...

SAN MATEO – Care Indeed, the 24/7 home care specialist, held ribbon-cutting ceremonies at its third and newest office along El Camino Real last February 8. Wielding a pair of giant scissors was San Mateo Deputy Mayor Rick Bonilla. He was joined by other members of the City Council. Formally opening the door, Bonilla expressed alacrity over Care Indeed’s new laughter yoga program for both their clients and employees. Care Indeed VP Patient Care & COO Vanessa Valerio ...

Calling all student leaders, scholars, academic or sports scholars, school organizations or clubs, school officials and parents! Submit your outstanding students’ name, resume and achievements to be considered in our new achievers profile. Send their resumes, as well as their current photos, scanned images of certificates, newspaper clips or other proofs of achievements to admin@filamstar.com. Be sure to include the name of a contact person, phone number and e-mail a...

Story by Chetskyman and photos by Gary De Guzman COLMA - Residents and visitors of the City were treated to a festive celebration last Feb. 1 when the management and staff of Lucky Chances Casino summoned the five dragons to commemorate the beginning of the lunar year. Symbolic of being lucky, propitious, powerful, and noble, the dragons danced their way around the property spreading good karma to everyone. The five colorful dragons made their way into the casino throug...

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...

29 cities & counties issue proclamations as history-making celebrations set to kick off SACRAMENTO –– National School Choice Week began last January 23 in California and across the country. There are 1,750 events planned in the Golden State to raise awareness about K-12 school choices, and 21,392 events nationwide. Twenty-nine counties and cities have officially proclaimed School Choice Week. The events in California, which are independently planned and independentl...

By Girly Nastor Castillo I seldom work with organizations claiming to have scholarship programs really pursuing their goal to the letter. This time, I found one! There is one non-profit organization based in Southern California whose mission is to help the poor but bright and achieving students in my hometown of Urdaneta (now a city), Pangasinan: The Global Urdanetanians (TGU). This is their fourth year with the program and their 13 scholars are freshmen, sophomores, ju...

By Elpidio Estioko MILPITAS - After losing 54 library hours during the economic crunch, the City Council of Milpitas restored it and added 17 hours more for a total of 71 hours per week to accommodate requests of residents and adjoining citizens of Milpitas, based on the survey conducted by the Santa Clara Library District. Residents and patrons of the Milpitas Public Library from adjoining cities celebrated the restored additional hours last January 14 at the Library A...

Costs to rebuild damaged houses are soaring—so is the value of earthquake insurance SACRAMENTO - Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 Northridge earthquake—the magnitude-6.7 shake that caused widespread damage to freeways, office buildings and homes. The cost to rebuild or repair homes has increased by about 170 percent over the past two decades, and authorities estimate that if the Northridge quake occurred today residential damage in the area could be as high ...

SACRAMENTO – Inspired by Uber’s illegal debut of autonomous or self-driving vehicles last month, Assemblymember Phil Ting (D–San Francisco) introduced legislation to increase penalties on such companies while also giving communities the means to remove illegal vehicles from the road. “I applaud our innovation economy and all the companies developing autonomous vehicle technology but no community should face what we did in San Francisco. The pursuit of innovation does not i...