Sunday, April 27, 2014

Any struggling family knows that first you put food on the table, make sure there's a roof overhead and lay in some daily essentials. Only then can you realistically think about paying down the credit card.

True, you shouldn't have run wild with the card in the first place. But that's past. Now, you create a repayment plan and muster some discipline.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Uncommon leadership for the common good

“The common good refers to the well-being of the earth community—its safety, the integrity of basic institutions and practices, and the sustaining of the living systems of our planet home. The common good also suggests broadly shared goals toward which the members of the community strive – human flourishing, prosperity and moral development. A recognition of the common good thus casts light on the significance of openness to new learning, critical and systemic thought, and the search for “right naming” – images, metaphors, language – that conveys the deepest truths of our common life.” – Laurent Parks Daloz,, Leading lives of Commitment in a Complex World, 1996.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

OAKLAND -- After being drugged and raped at Bay to Breakers in 2010, San Francisco resident Heather Marlowe was told it would take about two weeks for the DNA evidence collected from her body to be tested against a database of criminals' DNA profiles.

Instead, it took two and a half years, and only then because of a lot of persistence on her own behalf, the 32-year-old playwright said Tuesday at a news conference to support proposed legislation that would require DNA evidence collected in sexual assault investigations to be tested in a timely manner.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

LOS ANGELES — California Governor Jerry Brown last week signed legislation that would incorporate the inclusion of Filipino American history in textbooks statewide. 

Brown signed AB 123, a bill introduced by Filipino American Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) earlier this year, which would require the State Board of Education to include the role of Filipino Americans in the farm worker movement as part of the state’s curriculum. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

In Oakland, where the smallest slight - real or imagined - can result in someone pulling out a gun, any government policy that addresses gun violence is welcomed.

I saw a friend at a party over the weekend whose recent experience only bolstered concerns about the proliferation of guns on Oakland streets and the dire need to address it from all angles.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

In his book “America is in the Heart: A Personal History,” the great Filipino-American writer Carlos Bulosan wrote about the dire straits of Filipino farm workers like himself in the United States. “I came to know afterward that in many ways, it was a crime to be a Filipino in California,” Bulosan wrote. “It was the year of the great hatred: the lives of Filipinos were cheaper than those of dogs.”

Between 1910 and 1930, wave upon wave of young Filipino men came to America and found work mostly in its fields and canneries. In California they labored to help tame and develop the land, but their heroic efforts are barely acknowledged in recollections of the state’s history. But a significant step has recently been taken: The important role of Filipino-Americans in California’s labor history will now be taught in school.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

OAKLAND -- Those most in need of financial advice are often the ones who can least afford it, but on Saturday, the city will bring financial planning to the people here.

Oakland Financial Planning Day is a day-long event backed by nonprofits and elected officials that offers free financial advice to anyone who walks through the door -- no sales pitches, no fine print and no strings attached. Organized by the Financial Planning Association of the East Bay, the event gives the public a chance to meet one-on-one with up to 50 certified financial planners to discuss how to get out of debt, save for college, buy a house, recover from a foreclosure, prepare for retirement or start a business.