Santa Ana woman killed in San Bernardino shootings ‘had a lot to give’

Santa Ana woman killed in San Bernardino shootings ‘had a lot to give’

Tin Nguyen spent Tuesday with her boyfriend Haisan Trinh celebrating his 32nd birthday. She had a surprise planned for him on Thursday. Together nearly six years, the couple had been talking marriage – Trinh had even been saving to buy an engagement ring – but the kind and generous Nguyen was already like part of the family, said Trinh’s brother Haian Trinh, 33. She was Haisan Trinh’s “first girlfriend, ever,” his brother said Friday as…

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Family members, national groups push to solve 1985 Santa Ana terrorist attack case

Family members, national groups push to solve 1985 Santa Ana terrorist attack case

SANTA ANA – Helena Odeh remembers going with her father Alex Odeh, then the West Coast regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, to his second-floor office on 17th Street in Santa Ana in the 1980s. “His work was his life,” she said. “That’s what he stood for. He wanted peace.” On Oct. 11, 1985, the morning after he appeared on local and national television praising Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat as “a man…

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Former tenants sue after SRO housing made into group apartments

Former tenants sue after SRO housing made into group apartments

Like other tenants that a fire displaced from a single-room-occupancy hotel on Folsom Street, Patricia Kirkbride, under the San Francisco rent-control ordinance was entitled to an offer to move back into her unit within 30 days of the repairs, at the same rent rate. Boarded up and draped in scaffolding until recently, the single- and double-occupancy-room Park Hotel at 1040 Folsom St. appeared uninhabited. Kirkbride said she had no idea the building repairs were complete…

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Death of the taxi medallion: SF cab company ponders major change

Death of the taxi medallion: SF cab company ponders major change

DeSoto Cab Co. might not like the under-regulated and fast-emerging alternative-ride service industry, but company President Hansu Kim knows an opportunity when he sees one. If Uber, Lyft and others are allowed to expose loopholes in the regulatory process — which boost their bottom lines exponentially — then so too can the traditional taxi industry, he realized. During public comment at many recent San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors meetings, Kim has explained…

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Ellis Act evictions changing landscape of San Francisco housing

Ellis Act evictions changing landscape of San Francisco housing

Home for Gum Gee Lee and her husband, Poon Heung Lee, has been a three-bedroom apartment at 1508-A Jackson St. near Chinatown since 1979. They have raised seven children there. Now the immigrants from China and their 48-year-old disabled daughter are the only tenants remaining in the eight-unit complex. That could change in just a couple of days. As “Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:01 AM” fast approaches, the Lees cannot ignore the “Notice to Vacate”…

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