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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Ted Gullicksen remembered as passionate defender of SF renters’ rights

Ted Gullicksen remembered as passionate defender of SF renters’ rights

For more than a quarter-century, Ted Gullicksen piloted the San Francisco Tenants Union, the only fiercely independent renters-rights organization of its size and longevity in The City. News of his sudden death two weeks ago, just weeks before the November election, leaves the activists he nurtured with the Herculean task of passing the anti-real estate speculation-tax measure, Proposition G, which could be his legacy. Gullicksen, who was 61 when his roommate found him dead Oct….

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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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Uber driver accused in fatal collision told police he was awaiting fare

Uber driver accused in fatal collision told police he was awaiting fare

San Francisco-based ride service Uber announced Thursday that it had cut ties with a driver involved in a fatal collision with pedestrians on New Year’s Eve in The City, denying that the man was working at the time of the incident. However, Syed Muzzafar reportedly told police he was driving around awaiting a fare. The 57-year-old Union City resident was charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to yield to pedestrians in a…

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Los Angeles pot club battle heats up

Los Angeles pot club battle heats up

LOS ANGELES — The fighters in the medical marijuana battle down south took a step toward the ring after supporters hoping to derail a ban on marijuana dispensaries filed 72,000 signatures with the city. Well in excess of the 41,138 valid signatures needed by last Friday were collected by proponents with more than a week to spare, according to Rigo Valdez, vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770. The union, which represents…

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Police arrest several Occupy S.A. protesters

Police arrest several Occupy S.A. protesters

Occupy San Antonio has marched to the beat of its own drum thus far, complying with city and police requests unlike some of their counterparts elsewhere. But Monday that cordiality ended with the arrest of at least five members. Charged with interference with the duties of a public servant, the five, along with other occupiers, were near an open-air adobe structure close to the Tower of the Americas in HemisFair Park. San Antonio Park Police…

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Occupy San Antonio protesters nudged from park by the city

Occupy San Antonio protesters nudged from park by the city

For 2 1/2 months, the Occupy San Antonio protesters at HemisFair Park discussed the news — from the comfort of their sleeping bags and bedrolls — of police forcefully evicting and arresting occupiers in other major cities. They prided themselves on being an exception. A sort of unwritten memo of understanding existed between them and police officials. They complied with traffic, noise and parade ordinances while demonstrating against inequality and corporate power. Officers, for their…

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