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TikTok video of woman kicked out of Korean BBQ restaurant for being alone has netizens divided

KICKED OUT KOREAN BBQ
  • TikTok user Sunshine Chavez took to the platform to share her experience of being kicked out from a Korean barbecue restaurant because she was alone.
  • The incident occurred at Bwon Shabu & BBQ at 1841 W. Orangethorpe Ave. in Fullerton, California, as per the customer sign-in sheet Chavez had shared.
  • In her 15-second TikTok video, a staff member can be heard saying that the restaurant only accepts a minimum of “two orders” while showing the policy in print.
  • While turning Chavez away, the staff apologizes and encourages her to bring a friend “next time.”
  • Chavez said the incident left her sitting in her car and crying before giving herself a confidence check after 15 minutes.

A woman said she ended up in tears after being asked to leave a Korean barbecue restaurant in Fullerton, California, because she was alone.

Sunshine Chavez, who describes herself as “just a girl that’s passionate about cooking,” took to TikTok to share her unfortunate experience, which occurred at Bwon Shabu & BBQ at 1841 W. Orangethorpe Ave. earlier this week.

Lawsuit accuses Sacramento utility company of racially profiling Asians in cannabis crackdown

  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is facing a lawsuit for allegedly targeting Asian communities when providing customer data to authorities without a warrant.
  • Data privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed the lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of the nonprofit Asian American Liberation Network and Asian American cannabis industry attorney/SMUD customer Khurshid Khoja.
  • The lawsuit noted that the utility would turn over a list of customers who used over a specified threshold amount of energy per month to the Sacramento Police Department.
  • The list excluded homes in a predominantly white neighborhood, and was further shortened by a police analyst to homes with Asian-sounding names for further investigation. 
  • According to the lawsuit, the bulk disclosure “turns its entire customer base into potential leads for police to chase,” liberally disclosing customers’ Social Security, driver’s license and telephone numbers.

Data privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit accusing the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) of racially profiling Asian communities when providing customer data to authorities without a warrant.

The case was filed Wednesday on behalf of the nonprofit Asian American Liberation Network and SMUD customer Khurshid Khoja, an Asian American cannabis industry attorney and cannabis rights advocate from Sacramento.

Residents demand change after girl nearly struck by SUV while crossing street in San Mateo, California

  • An investigation is underway after a little girl was almost hit by a moving vehicle last week in San Mateo, California, according to police.
  • Jison Hong was at a traffic stop on Sept. 14 when the camera on her dashboard caught a girl on a scooter nearly being struck by a dark SUV as she crossed the street with her father and brother.
  • Police have identified the speeding driver as an inexperienced teenage boy.
  • The girl's father told the station that she is doing just fine, but the family is still in shock.
  • Hong and her neighbors have notified the city of issues at the intersection several times over the years.

An investigation is underway after a little girl was almost hit by a moving vehicle last week in San Mateo, California, police said.

Jison Hong was at a traffic stop on Sept. 14 when the camera on her dashboard caught a girl on a scooter nearly being struck by a dark SUV that did not stop for the girl and her family as they crossed the street.

California man shot dead in road rage incident while on Facetime with wife

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  • Rienhart Asuncion, 30, was shot and killed in a road rage incident in San Lorenzo, California, while he was on a FaceTime video call with his wife on Sept. 18.
  • According to his wife, Princess, a car had cut into her husband’s lane, which reportedly led to a chase that ended at the intersection of Lewelling Boulevard and Hesperian Boulevard.
  • When Asuncion got out of his vehicle to approach the other car, he was shot dead at about 4:30 p.m.
  • The incident is currently under investigation. Authorities are actively searching for the suspects.
  • No arrests have been made, and no suspect information has been released.
  • A GoFundMe page has been set up by Asuncion’s family and friends to help raise money for his funeral.

A man was shot and killed in a road rage incident in San Lorenzo, California, while he was on a video call with his wife.

Rienhart Asuncion, 30, was chatting with his wife Princess on Facetime while driving his Toyota Tacoma pickup when he got into an altercation with several people in another car at an East Bay intersection at about 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 18.

UC Berkeley assault being investigated as anti-Asian hate crime

  • An aggravated assault that allegedly took place near the University of California, Berkeley campus on Monday is being investigated as a possible anti-Asian hate crime by the school’s police department.
  • The incident involved an attempt by an unknown assailant to assault an Asian person with several rocks at around 8:45 a.m. at the intersection of Ellsworth Street and Durant Avenue.
  • The suspect has not been arrested.

An aggravated assault that allegedly took place near the University of California, Berkeley campus on Monday morning is being investigated as a possible anti-Asian hate crime by the school’s police department.

The incident involved an attempt by an unknown assailant to assault an Asian person with several rocks at around 8:45 a.m. at the intersection of Ellsworth Street and Durant Avenue, according to police.

Woman struck by stray bullets while sleeping in Oakland home; daughter calls for increased gun control

  • A woman in her 60s was sleeping alongside her husband in their Little Saigon, California, residence when she was hit three times by stray bullets on Aug. 17.
  • According to the victim’s daughter, she still has multiple bullet fragments inside her body.
  • No suspect information has been released regarding this case.
  • Oakland police are currently investigating the incident.
  • A GoFundMe page has been set up by the victim’s family to help cover her medical expenses.

A woman was hit several times by stray bullets while she was asleep in her Oakland, California, home last month. 

The woman in her 60s was sleeping alongside her husband in their Little Saigon residence at the 1100 block of 10th Avenue when was shot three times shortly before 5 a.m. on Aug. 17, reported ABC7.

Report: Anti-AAPI hate crimes in Orange County continued to surge in 2021

  • According to a new report from the Orange County Human Relations Commission, the county recorded 398 hate crimes and incidents in 2021, a 6% increase from the 375 hate incidents in 2020.
  • Hate crimes against Asian/Pacific Islander victims in 2021 registered a 43% increase from the year before, while hate incidents against the group saw a 164% increase from 2020.
  • The 22 recorded hate crimes against LGBTQ-plus people in 2021 registered an 83% spike from the previous year.
  • A state attorney general’s report released earlier this year revealed that anti-Asian hate crimes rose across California in 2021 to about 177% from 2020, the worst level since the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Racially charged hate crimes and incidents in Orange County, California, saw a significant increase last year, a new report from the OC Human Relations Commission revealed. 

In 2021, the county recorded 97 hate crimes and 301 incidents that failed to get criminal charges. While there were more hate crimes reported in the county in 2020 at 112, there were fewer incidents at 263. 

California woman ordered to apologize, pay $9,000 for telling daughter to hit opponent at youth basketball game

BASKETBALL GAME ATTACK
  • Latira Shonty Hunt, 44, was charged with two misdemeanors after allegedly telling her teenage daughter to hit another player during a basketball game on Nov. 7, 2021.
  • A video of the incident shows 15-year-old Lauryn Ham being struck in the head by Hunt’s daughter, who was also a minor.
  • On Wednesday, a judge granted Hunt misdemeanor diversion in exchange for several requirements, including writing an apology and paying $9,000 in restitution.
  • Hunt was also ordered to complete anger management classes and stay away from Lauryn, who suffered a bruised neck and a concussion after the attack.
  • The attacker’s father, identified as former NBA player Corey Benjamin, previously apologized for his daughter’s actions.

A California woman charged with misdemeanors for encouraging her daughter to attack an opponent at a youth basketball tournament last year has been ordered to apologize and pay more than $9,000 in restitution.

The incident, which was caught on video, occurred during a game between the SoCal Blaze and Dream Academy teams at the MAP Sports Facility in Garden Grove on Nov. 7.

Crime-watch app Citizen offers free 1-year premium access to Bay Area’s AAPI community

  • New York-based app developer sp0n, Inc. is giving 20,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander residents from the Bay Area free premium access to its crime-watch app Citizen for one year as part of its new initiative to combat anti-Asian hate.
  • sp0n, Inc. has partnered up with San Francisco’s Chinese American Association of Commerce (CAAC) for the initiative, which is funded by the Goldwater Collective.
  • “Hate crimes against Asian business owners continue to plague our city and we need to use every tool at our disposal to protect each other,” CAAC said in a statement.
  • Citizen Premium “provides subscribers 24/7 unlimited access to Citizen’s team of highly trained agents through video or text whenever subscribers might feel unsafe or uncertain about their surroundings,” sp0n, Inc. said in a recent press release.

A New York-based app developer is giving 20,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander residents in the Bay Area free premium access to its crime-watch app to combat anti-Asian hate in the region.

Citizen, an app developed by sp0n, Inc., will give these Bay Area residents one year of free premium access, the company announced on Monday.

Report: Alarming rise of physical and sexual violence in pandemic-era California

  • According to the latest California Study on Violence Experiences across the Lifespan (CalVEX) report, the rates of both physical and sexual violence in California have increased at alarming rates since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • More than one in six Californians (18%) have experienced physical or sexual violence in the past year, according to the report.
  • Physical violence nearly doubled for men from 2020 to 2022, with men being more likely than women to have dealt with violence.
  • It also revealed that more than 1.1 million Californian adults were physically or sexually assaulted by their intimate partner in the past year, with women being more likely than men to have experienced various forms of sexual violence.
  • The CalVEX report also noted that ​socially and economically vulnerable communities experienced more violence than others.

California has seen a significant increase in physical and sexual violence since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest California Study on Violence Experiences across the Lifespan (CalVEX) report.

The CalVEX report, which was conducted by scientists at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, revealed that more than one in six Californians (18%) have experienced physical or sexual violence in the past year.

Gov. Newsom signs No Place for Hate Bills to combat hate and harassment in California

  • The No Place for Hate Bills — SB 1161 and AB 2448 — were signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in California on Tuesday.
  • The Increase Safety for Public Transit Riders bill (SB 1161), authored by State Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine), will require the Mineta Transportation Institute to create a community survey for California transit operators as a way to gather data in creating solutions and strengthening passenger safety.
  • The Protect Customers’ Civil Rights at Businesses bill (AB 2448), authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), will direct the state’s Civil Rights Department to create a pilot program that will incentivize businesses to create safe and welcoming environments.
  • The bills will be effective starting Jan. 1, 2023.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed two Stop AAPI Hate-backed bills aimed at combating hate and harassment in public spaces in California. 

The No Place for Hate Bills — SB 1161 and AB 2448 — were signed into law by Newsom in California on Tuesday. The bills will be effective starting Jan. 1, 2023.

Family of missing Bay Area woman Alexis Gabe announces $100k reward for anyone who can find her body

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  • The parents of Alexis Gabe, the Filipino American woman who was reported missing in late January in California, announced on Sept. 9 that a $100,000 reward will now be offered to anyone who can find their daughter’s body.
  • Through a new website dedicated to finding Gabe, volunteers can sign up for the reward and download a PDF of the timeline of her death and the possible burial location of her body.
  • Gabe, 24, was declared missing on Jan. 26 and is believed to have been murdered by her ex-boyfriend Marshall Curtis Jones.
  • When police tried to arrest Jones for murder in June, he was shot and killed after he reportedly charged at officers with a knife.

The family of Alexis Gabe, the Filipino American woman who was reported missing in late January in California, has announced an updated reward of $100,000 to anyone who can find her body.

Gabe, 24, was declared missing on Jan. 26 and is believed to have been murdered by her ex-boyfriend Marshall Curtis Jones.