Monthly Archives: June 2019

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June 27, 2019 WASHINGTON—Today, USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement blasting the amicus brief filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by AFGE Local 1924 leadership. “Union leadership continues to play games while the border crisis intensifies. Lives are being lost, detention facilities are unsustainably overcrowded, and illegal aliens with frivolous claims continue to overwhelm our system. The fact of the matter remains that our off...

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales Martin Nievera revealed that he is supposed to do a movie opposite Maricel Soriano under Regal Entertainment, only the project got shelved. “That’s right! It didn’t push through. I think Maricel got very busy with her current teleserye, ‘The General’s Daughter’ with Angel (Locsin). Perhaps, when she gets a break from her rigid taping schedule, that’s where things can start,” he avers. Does he have any regret with this development? “Not ...

By Beting Laygo Dolor | Contributing Editor When actor-director Eddie Garcia passed away last week, 12 days after an accident where he fell and broke his neck, tributes poured in from such varied quarters as Malacañang, to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), to the Senate and the House of Representatives, to just about the entire show business industry. The 90-year-old Garcia passed away at the Makati Medical Center on June 20, after being in a coma since the Jun...

WASHINGTON— USCIS is announcing the expansion of its digital Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Immigration Records System (FIRST). FIRST is the only system in the U.S. government that allows users to submit and track FOIA requests and receive documents digitally. This process will save time, improve efficiency and reduce potential errors that can occur with manually handling paper. Starting today, FOIA requestors with a USCIS online account can submit requests online for t...

The following is a statement from Mayor Liccardo regarding reports of ICE activity in the San Francisco Bay Area: “In San Jose, we reject this administration’s politics of fear and exclusion, which is tearing our families apart. It’s important for all members of our San Jose community — regardless of immigration status — to know they have rights and that our San Jose Police Department will not participate in any ICE investigation or enforcement activity. “I also encoura...

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently provided an update on its accelerated and enhanced safety inspections and repairs conducted in high-fire threat areas over the past six months. These inspections are one part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, which was implemented following the wildfires in 2017 and 2018 to provide additional precautionary measures intended to further reduce wildfire risk. This update is consistent with the co...

Shining Star By Harvey Barkin | FilAm Star EIC Bryan Munar, 24, is a UC Berkeley alumnus who makes his debut as Eamon in 42nd Street Moon’s production of Once, a Tony-awarded musical running through June 30 at San Francisco’s Gateway Theatre. It must have been his BA Computer Science degree that once made him hate musical theater “because I thought it was cheesy. Why are these people sing-talking with such excitement?  Yuck!” But one time, in high school, Bryan go...

By Harvey Barkin i FilAm Star EIC SAN JOSE – Time was when ABBA fans were mostly in Europe and outside the US. In fact, at the peak of their popularity, it wasn’t easy for the Swedish group to get into the US top hit charts. I grew up mostly on American English but I sometimes strayed into Belgian Georges Remi’s (a.k.a Herge) The Adventures of Tintin and Franco-Belgian Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s The Adventures of Asterix. It was a new world of thrills and an excu...

At a young age of 62, baby boomer Jaime J Bautista or JJB to friends and acquaintances is finally calling it “No Mas” (no more). For 26 years he went on to a journey that is full of excitement, tumultuous and turbulent. Along with the flight, he had 2 stopovers one in 2010 celebrating his 30th year with the LT Group of companies and one in 2015 when he reached the age of 55 ( usual retirement age in the airline industry). It is funny that he says that he is currently the o...