Monthly Archives: May 2019

SACRAMENTO– Legislation by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) to provide undocumented foster youth with access to non-profit immigration legal assistance was approved by the California State Assembly today. AB 1324 (Levine), sponsored by Children’s Law Center of California and Legal Services for Children would require California Department of Social Services to contract with nonprofit legal services organizations to provide immigration legal services to undocumented ...

FREMONT -- Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA), a 101 year old local non-profit providing immigration legal services, strongly encourages eligible permanent residents to become citizens to protect their rights and interests. If you want to vote in the 2020 elections, Do not wait to apply for citizenship. According to USCIS, citizenship application processing times now average 11 to 16 months throughout the Bay Area. Notably, in 2015, the average citizenship applic...

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it has selected Mark Koumans as the agency’s next Deputy Director, and he will start his new duties on Monday, May 13. Koumans, a career federal employee, has served since September 2015 in a number of executive positions at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Koumans will replace Tracy Renaud who has served as the USCIS Acting Deputy Director since March 2018. Renaud will return to her p...

MILPITAS – In support of the City’s commitment to affordable housing, community wellness and open space, the City Council took action at their meeting on May 7 that will allow for a 102-unit 100 percent affordable housing development and expansion of an adjacent neighborhood park located at 355 Sango Court. The neighborhood will have direct pedestrian and vehicle access to the Milpitas BART Transit Center and locations beyond. The City Council, acting in their capacity as ...

As I See It By ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO Many, if not all of us, may know it, but I would like to emphasize here that open and sustained communication catapulted to success an organization lately in attaining their advocacy despite the odds in a matter of limited time. The California Public Library Advocates (CPLA) was able to succeed in their advocacy to bring to the people/community the importance and significance of public libraries to all stakeholders in their area. Bef...

By Fr. Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza People have different definitions of success. To some it may mean having a lot of money, popularity or fame, while with others it may mean finding your lifetime partner or finding happiness and enjoying life to the fullest or being able to do what you want when you want it. It all comes down to how you were brought up, what your past circumstances were and the kind of mindset you were able to adapt during those times that were able to com...

Milpitas, CA – For exemplary service to the district community, California District 25 Assemblymenber Kansen Chu recognized community leaders in the cities of San Jose, Milpitas, Fremont, Newark, and Santa Clara last Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Banquet Hall, India Community Center (ICC), this city. In his opening and closing remarks, Assemblymember Kansen Chu thanked the many individuals who work, live or serve in the 25th assembly district. “Your dedication and strong co...

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 12, and several East Bay Regional Parks will observe it with programs celebrating moms, both human and animal. At Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda, naturalist Michael Charnofsky will lead a program from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mother’s Day. It’s a walk around the cove and pond in search of baby ducks, geese and other animals being cared for by their mothers and fathers. The program ends with a motherly craft you can take home. Crab Cove i...

REDWOOD CITY – San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa sent a letter to San Mateo County Community College Board President Maurice Goodman Thursday, May 2 urging the board to consider providing free tuition for all first-time, full-time students for two years. Currently some students in the district benefit from the Promise Scholars Program which provides free tuition and other services for one year for a fraction of the district’s students. Canepa suggests that San Mateo...

The old cliché that health is wealth is timeless, always pertinent and relevant and a scientific truth many of us have taken for granted…until we later discover (sometimes too late) that, indeed, health is truly wealth. Steve Wynn, 77, with a net worth of $3 billion, owns six 5-star casinos in Las Vegas and one in Macau. He is “going blind” from his incurable retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease of the eyes. He would surely be happy to give away one or two of his c...