By Sarah Parvini and Ellis Simani Samira Damavandi knows that when she fills out her 2020 census form, she will be counted. But it pains her that, in some way, she will also be forgotten. When asked to mark her race, Damavandi will encounter options for white, black, Asian, American Indian and Native Hawaiian — but nothing that she believes represents her family’s Iranian heritage. She will either have to choose white, or identify as “some other race.” “It erases the community,” she said. Roughly 3 million people of Southwest Asian, Middle Eastern or North African descent live in the United States, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. No county is home to more of these communities than Los Angeles, where more than 350,000 people can trace their roots to a region that stretches from Mauritania to the mountains of Afghanistan. In past census surveys, more than 80% in this group have called themselves white, The Times … [Read more...] about Are Arabs and Iranians white?
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By Jeff Collins | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: May 17, 2019 at 2:22 pm | UPDATED: May 17, 2019 at 2:46 pm Real estate investor-turned-president Donald Trump addressed the National Association of Realtors on Friday, May 17, for the first time since taking office more than two years ago, vowing to cut regulations that drive up the cost of homebuilding but failing to address most of the issues the 1.3 million-member trade group has been lobbying for. In a speech that was heavy on the economy but light on housing, Trump praised the real estate profession, even as he boasted about not paying his own agents full commission when selling property. “I feel like (I’m) home. Realtors. Great business,” Trump told NAR members, meeting for their annual legislative conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. “I’m always looking at real estate. It’s in my blood.” Trump, whose father made a fortune on New … [Read more...] about Trump vows to cut housing regulations in first Realtor address
Plus 3 more Bay Area restaurants where hungry patrons fork over the cash By Susana Guerrero, SFGATE Published 10:27 am PDT, Friday, March 29, 2019 Liholiho Yacht Club Liholiho Yacht Club is set in the Tenderloin in a beautiful building with exposed brick. While their menu is filled with savory Hawaiin staples, their Baked Hawaii dessert is one of their specialties and a customer favorite. Find them: 871 Sutter St., San Francisco | Contact: (415) 440-5446, lycsf.com less Liholiho Yacht Club Liholiho Yacht Club is set in the Tenderloin in a beautiful building with exposed brick. While their menu is filled with savory Hawaiin staples, their Baked Hawaii dessert is one of their ... more Photo: John Storey / Special To The Chronicle 2015 Photo: John Storey / … [Read more...] about Liholiho Yacht Club lands itself on Yelp’s top 100 places to treat yourself
Election day is shaping up as a classic referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency, and California is one of the main battlefields as Democrats try to seize control of the House. The party that holds the presidency typically plays defense in a midterm vote. But Trump’s unpopularity is driving an extraordinary surge of voter hostility toward Republicans. Democratic candidates here are raising staggering sums of money, driven mostly by increased enthusiasm by donors on the left and aided by ActBlue, the online fundraising platform for progressive candidates. It’s especially pronounced in California, where the GOP is badly diminished after more than two decades of decline brought about by political and demographic changes. The state’s expanding Latino population has grown more politically active and pro-Democratic in response to the belligerent tone sounded by many Republicans. The GOP’s embrace of religious conservatism also pushed many Californians away from … [Read more...] about Will California flip the House? The key races to watch
By Todd Harmonson | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: December 21, 2018 at 6:46 am | UPDATED: December 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm Orange County is loaded with influencers, from people who are determined to end homelessness to billionaire philanthropists and perhaps the best two-way baseball player since Babe Ruth. The Orange County Register again has selected the 100 Most Influential People in Orange County, and some of the choices will be exactly who you’d expect. Others, however, will surprise and maybe even delight. And, yes, we know there are many incredibly influential people who did not make the list for 2018. It’s not that they suddenly lost influence or did anything wrong. We try to spotlight people who help us understand the year and we try to mix in new faces. Let’s put it this way: Mike Trout has been influential every year for the Angels, but this time he did not make the list. Shohei Ohtani, however, did. So did some people you never … [Read more...] about Most Influential 2018: Meet the top 100 influencers in Orange County