Bay Area man envisions environmentally conscious home built from old Bay Bridge scraps

Bay Area man envisions environmentally conscious home built from old Bay Bridge scraps

David Grieshaber drove across the idea last year. As he crossed the Bay Bridge with his wife, brainstorming unique ways to build an environmentally conscious house using recycled materials, he thought: What would become of the original eastern span once the new bridge opened? Neither he nor his wife had a clue, so Grieshaber decided to call Caltrans. After being rerouted to a half-dozen representatives, he was informed that the majority of the scraps likely…

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Desunión y riña entre latinos en Compton

Desunión y riña entre latinos en Compton

Tercera parte de una serie de cuatro Entre los diversos grupos étnicos que conforman la comunidad de Compton es común escuchar los comentarios sobre la desidia de los latinos. Para muchos de ellos solamente se sientan a esperar, no participan de los procesos, no votan y solamente se enfocan en sus propios negocios. El alcalde afroamericano de Compton, Eric Perrodin, reconoció que actualmente existen dos grupos latinos y recuerda que había tres o cuatro en…

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Tema racial es crucial en debate político

Tema racial es crucial en debate político

El aspecto racial juega un papel muy importante en el juego político, demográfico y social en Compton. Y la polémica que se ha suscitado en el proceso de aprobación al sistema de votación para los concejales de la ciudad pone sobre el tapete un tema delicado, de cuán prevalente es el racismo en la única ciudad en el sur del condado donde los latinos son la mayoría de la población, pero no tienen ningún escaño…

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Race at the Crux of Compton’s Political Debate

Race at the Crux of Compton’s Political Debate

English translation of the second story in a four-part series on Latinos’ fight for a seat on the all-black Compton City Council. Race has long played a significant role in the politics, demographics and social landscape of Compton. And the controversy developing around a new voting system proposed for electing city officials puts a delicate topic on the table—how prevalent racism is in the only city in south Los Angeles County where Latinos are the…

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Votación que genera mayor segmentación en Compton

Votación que genera mayor segmentación en Compton

PRIMERA DE UNA SERIE DE CUATRO A casi dos meses del acuerdo extrajudicial en la demanda de tres mujeres de Compton, que alegaba que el sistema de votación en la ciudad no representaba equitativamente a los latinos, una de las demandantes sigue siendo fuerte y clara cuando declara de forma repetitiva: “Esto no es una cuestión de raza”. “No se trata de que se elija a un latino; se trata de que sea el representante…

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Freed student Steve Li returns to S.F.

Freed student Steve Li returns to S.F.

The past three days have been like a dream for Steve Li. After spending more than two months at a detention center in Arizona, Li, who was on the verge of being deported to Peru, is back in San Francisco – the only place he’s ever considered home. “Finally, this nightmare was over, but it’s still surreal to me,” the 20-year-old City College student said Monday. “I’ve been everywhere lately, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster.” Since his return…

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Steve ‘Shing Ma’ Li freed as Feinstein intervenes

Steve ‘Shing Ma’ Li freed as Feinstein intervenes

It seemed that all odds were against Steve “Shing Ma” Li, a City College of San Francisco student who has been incarcerated for more than two months, awaiting deportation to a country where he had no friends or family. But Friday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced plans to release Li from a detention center in Florence, Ariz., where he has been in custody since Oct. 8. His destination is not Peru, his country of…

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Feinstein seeks to block Steve Li’s deportation

Feinstein seeks to block Steve Li’s deportation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has asked immigration authorities to halt the deportation of City College of San Francisco nursing student Steve “Shing Ma” Li while she considers introducing a bill that would allow him to stay in the United States temporarily, her office said Sunday. The California Democrat‘s effort came as Li’s attorney said his removal flight to Peru would no longer happen today, as initially planned. The lawyer, Sin Yen Ling, said the immigration officer that…

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Steve Li fears he’ll be deported Monday

Steve Li fears he’ll be deported Monday

When Steve “Shing Ma” Li saw he had a message waiting from his lawyer Thursday evening, he was hoping for good news. The 20-year-old San Francisco City College student has kept in touch daily with his lawyer and mother since he was taken to a detention center in Florence, Ariz. He knew that they, along with thousands of others, had been advocating against his deportation to Peru. But his lawyer’s voice gave it away. He wouldn’t be…

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Steve Li, City College student, awaits deportation

Steve Li, City College student, awaits deportation

Steve Li was living up to his – and his parents’ – American dream until his untold past caught up to him. The 20-year-old City College of San Francisco student was chasing his goal to open a medical clinic serving the immigrant community, when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials knocked on the door of his Ingleside apartment more than a month and a half ago. Now he faces deportation to a country where he has no…

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