SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said that the recent spike in property crimes in the city has little to do with Prop. 47. He even went so far as to characterize as “very disingenuous” the San Francisco Police Officers Association’s claim that the surge in car break-ins can be traced to the law. “Car break-ins are not covered by Prop. 47,” Gascon said at an ethnic media news briefing here April 21. “It was a felony before Prop. 47, and it st...

By Trina Palaña-Soledad Fremont – DeVry University hosted The Global Filipino Network’s (GFN) “Finding Success in Your Life” Speaker Series recently. The Global Filipino Network, ISFFA (International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting), YFPA (Your Filipino Professional Network) and Cisco Filipino Professionals Network were the event organizers. GFN, a non-profit organization, invited distinguished professionals from Fortune 500 companies in the Bay Area to shar...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Ninety-one years to the day, San Francisco’s Chinese Hospital celebrated the grand opening of its replacement hospital recently. Respecting its Chinese-American traditions, the festivities included Buddhist and Catholic blessings, Lion Dancing and Beach Blanket Babylon performances, capped off with a thunderous roar offirecrackers that followed the ribbon cutting. The proceedings were led with remarks by two mayors (Honorable Mayor Edwin Lee and former ...

Richmond, Calif. – Key findings from a recent poll, commissioned by The Califor-nia Endowment, reveal that Richmond voters overwhelmingly support dedicating additional city re-sources for children and youth services. When presented with the option to dedicate three percent of the City of Richmond’s annual budget to programs that serve children and youth, 84 percent of Richmond voters would support it. In the poll, residents rated lack of opportunities for youth as one of t...

SANTA CLARA COUNTY –The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments on President Obama’s immigration initiatives, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). Following the arguments, the Supreme Court will decide whether to lift the stay blocking implementation of the deferred action programs, and it may issue a decision before the summer break. The Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) h...

By Anna Ven Sobrevinas SAN DIEGO -- Presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump proposed a wall about 2,000 miles long, spanning the Mexican border to keep out illegal crossings. He posted recently a new way to pay for the wall. For Mexico to “make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion to ensure that $24 billion continues to flow into their country year after year.” Otherwise, under Section 326 of the Patriot Act, remittance centers such as Western Union would hav...

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) completed its first Cruise Tourism Development Strategy under the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Ted Blamey, Principal of CHART Management Consultants was tapped by USAID and DOT to lead the team in undertaking an extensive field work, interviews, analysis, and direction-setting in 2015 to finalize the cruise strategy. Joining him were CHART’s Associates, Capt. Luigi Nappa and Rod Dav...

The country’s tourism industry performance is off to a thriving start this year and continues to break records with the month of February 2016 reaching a total of 549,725 visitors for a double-digit increase of 20.42 percent from 2015. In the past 62 months under the Aquino administration, this has been the highest growth rate and the biggest volume of visitor arrivals. For two consecutive months, the country’s tourism grew by double digits at 13.17 percent in January and ...

SAN JOSE, CA - County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters (ROV) Election Specialist Edwin Torralba presided over a gathering of Tagalog Election Officers for the Santa Clara County last April 9 at the ROV Auditorium. He was joined by ROV Manager of Precinct Operations and Training Karin Accorinti. Both ROV officials emphasized the important role of election officers and thanked the Tagalog election officers for their efforts and dedication for public service serving in the ...

By Elpidio Estioko | FilAm Star Correspondent MILPITAS – Young but dynamic candidate for the US Congress Ro Khanna, 40, started the first of a series of town hall meetings in the pursuit of his candidacy for the US Congress at the Milpitas Community Center recently. Incumbent Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, Vice -mayor Carmen Montano, and former Milpitas Mayor Bob Livengood, who are supporting his candidacy, were around to help Khanna answer questions from city residents w...