More than 200 San Francisco workers received nearly $500,000 in back pay and overtime owed to them by employers, according to the local Wage and House Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.
An investigation by the agency found numerous businesses in the Richmond and Sunset districts and Chinatown were in violation of minimum wage, record-keeping and overtime-pay laws. A total of 207 workers from 18 restaurants will benefit from the settlement, which amounted to $491,852. Read More
Politicians might wring their hands over whether American schoolchildren can keep up with the Chinese, but 15-year-old Jiazhou Liu has a different perspective.“America has the best education in the world,” he said. “In China, you just read books and memorize things. It’s kind of boring.” Read More
An ensemble of elderly Chinese musicians that entertains Chinatown neighbors with violins, dulcimers and butterfly harps had a physical altercation with a city employee who tried to shut the group down for performing without a permit this week.
The performers range in age from their 50s to 70s and number up to 20. For the past two years, they have played their amplified wind and string instruments at Portsmouth Square on weekends. Read More
One of the interesting things about the Obama administration is the strange dominance of labor unions. Yes, Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders do owe the unions something: Unions gave $400 million to Democrats in the 2008 campaign cycle, and they expect to get something in return. Read More
Police Chief George Gascón announced Tuesday that his department will set up two “drop-in centers” in areas where Chinese residents have felt victimized by violence, a move intended to draw out a community known not to trust police and to frequently not report crimes. Read More
Luke Weigard sat at a table coloring a picture. Under the drawing were characters telling a tale in Mandarin.
The blond-haired 7-year-old practiced writing his name in the Chinese language, but he spoke to his classmates at San Mateo’s College Park Elementary School in English.
Weigard shared a table with Chinese, Taiwanese, Hispanic and black students. Only one was a native Mandarin speaker. Read More
Leaders of a nascent gang of teenagers that beat lone children in the Sunset and Taraval neighborhoods were arrested this week, according to police.
The 50-person True Brothers gang used weapons, force and intimidation to recruit its members from three schools in the City's west, according to Gang Task Force member Lieutenant Ernie Ferrando. Read More