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California Treasurer Fiona Ma sued by former employee for sexual harassment, racial discrimination

Fiona Ma

A former staffer has accused California State Treasurer Fiona Ma of sexual harassment and other crimes, saying that she had to file a lawsuit after attempts to reach the official went unanswered.

The allegations: Judith Blackwell, who served as executive director of the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, is suing Ma for sexual harassment, race and disability discrimination, wrongful termination, and intentional affliction of emotional distress, according to the Bay Area Reporter.

Kaiser Permanente Donates $900,000 in Grants to 9 AAPI Groups in Northern California

Kaiser Permanente

Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations in Northern California will receive $900,000 in grants from Kaiser Permanente as part of its earlier commitment of $5.4 million to combat racism against AAPI communities.

Fighting hate: Nine nonprofits will receive $100,000 each to stop harmful cultural stereotypes, assist affected individuals, and educate the communities about exercising their rights, among others, according to Patch.

Elderly Woman to Keep Flintstones-Themed House After Settling Years-Long Battle With Town in $125K Lawsuit


Florence Fang and her family can now keep their Flintstones-themed house after settling a lawsuit with their town, which claimed the dinosaur sculptures and landscaping changes violated local code.

What happened: The controversy started in 2017 when a code enforcement officer noticed the large metal dinosaurs and other changes in Fang’s property on Berryessa Way in Hillsborough, Calif., which is visible from I-280, according to The Palo Alto Daily Post.