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Vietnamese Americans a Rising Political Force in San Jose

Posted January 22, 2015 by Chieu-An Ton Nu

We’ve learned a few important lessons from Election Day 2014, and perhaps one of the most important is how communities of color are stacking up to become forces in local politics, particularly the Vietnamese American community.  And within that theme,
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Alternative Weeklies Thrive—in the East Bay

Posted January 20, 2015 by

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s C. W. Nevius, “opinionated, news-driven independent newspapers are slipping away.” Nevius’ January 16 lament was triggered by news that the SF Weekly will have more of an arts an entertainment focus, which is how
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So Far, Solutions to Police Killings Fall Short

Posted January 14, 2015 by Peter Bibring

Californians are now paying a great deal of attention to policing. While protesters march in the streets and community leaders call for change, lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., are trying to find policy solutions. While there’s broad agreement that
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Tenant Legislation to Watch in 2015

Posted January 12, 2015 by

Landlords and tenants in Sacramento are in a bit of a standoff these days, with each side having far more success killing the other’s bills than advancing their own agenda. This means that most logical solutions to today’s problems for
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Kamala Harris Holds All the Cards for 2016

Posted January 12, 2015 by

The media loves speculating about future elections. It is far more interested in the daily plans of likely Republican presidential primary candidate Jeb Bush than in covering issues like the lack of safe and affordable housing, which impacts millions of
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Political Predictions for 2015

Posted January 5, 2015 by

Although 2015 is not a federal election year, national politics will be dominated by the 2016 presidential contest. Since Hillary Clinton will face no Democrat capable of defeating her, we face endless media coverage of the battle among Jeb Bush,
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Tenants Fear LA Retrofit Plan Will Raise Rents

Posted December 11, 2014 by Sanden Totten

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s ambitious earthquake retrofit plan will raise rents and create significant financial burdens for owners, a tenants’ rights group and building owners predicted Tuesday. The plan, released Monday, calls for mandatory upgrades to potentially thousands of
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