Friday, September 19, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill unanimously supported by both the Senate and Assembly that seeks to make the accreditation system for California's 112 community colleges more transparent.

On Wednesday, Brown signed Assembly Bill 1942, which will require an accrediting agency to report accreditation decisions to the Legislature, such as last summer's vote by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to revoke City College of San Francisco's accreditation.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. – When Khanh Trong Vu, 85, went to Summit Medical Center here with sharp abdominal pains three years ago, doctors and nurses there couldn’t understand what he was trying to tell them in his native Vietnamese. So in desperation he called a Vietnamese friend, Phuong Hang Phi Duong, to interpret for him.

A series of blood tests later, he was quickly wheeled into surgery to remove an inflamed appendix.

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.