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April 8, 1989
A Westminster man who fanned racial fears last summer when he burned a four-foot wooden cross in the yard of a black family was ordered Friday to spend 37 months in prison for the crime. U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts, describing the cross burning as outrageous in its racial bigotry, opted for the harshest punishment that he could give Gary Skillman, 24, under 1984 sentencing guidelines.
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August 25, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight white students were granted transfers Monday from Huntington Beach's Ocean View High School, but the mother of one of those students said she still plans to challenge what she sees as a race-based district policy. The eight were among 32 white students denied transfers to other schools under a Huntington Beach Union High School District policy designed to regulate the ethnic balance of students within the district's eight high schools.
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December 11, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first public session of its kind in Orange County in a quarter-century, a panel of the U. S. Civil Rights Commission will meet here today to explore charges of institutional racism in the county's halls of power, but the targets of many of the allegations will have to wait to get their say. The meeting grows out of a formal complaint brought last summer by a Latino rights group, which complained of discrimination and a lack of minority representation...
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January 16, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Federal housing officials demanded documents Thursday from 50 entities and individuals affiliated with Yoder-Shrader Management Co. of Santa Ana as it launched an investigation into allegations that the company discriminated against prospective tenants because of race or young children in the families. The investigation was announced at a news conference by Andrew Cuomo, secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, who appeared via satellite from Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1995 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN
Ahmed Jones was sitting at a lunch table at Cypress High School last year with about 20 other African American and Latino students when dozens of white students, including several skinheads, surrounded his table and began to pick a fight, he said. School staff broke up the groups before anyone could throw a punch. But the incident left Jones, a sophomore at Cypress, with the feeling that hate crimes against minority high school students are too common both on and off campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight white students were granted transfers Monday from Huntington Beach's Ocean View High School, but the mother of one of those students said she still plans to challenge what she sees as a race-based district policy. The eight were among 32 white students denied transfers to other schools under a Huntington Beach Union High School District policy designed to regulate the ethnic balance of students within the district's eight high schools.
NEWS
March 17, 1991 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In April, 1989, Chuyen Nguyen was embroiled in a controversy that was sparking an outcry in Orange County's Vietnamese community and beginning to take on international proportions when he received a call from the representative of a county agency of which he had never heard. Two days earlier, Westminster City Councilman Frank Fry Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Federal housing officials demanded documents Thursday from 50 entities and individuals affiliated with Yoder-Shrader Management Co. of Santa Ana as it launched an investigation into allegations that the company discriminated against prospective tenants because of race or young children in the families. The investigation was announced at a news conference by Andrew Cuomo, secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, who appeared via satellite from Washington.
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January 12, 1993 | LILY DIZON and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Angry and grieved, family members struggled Monday to come to terms with what had happened to Loc Minh Truong in their adopted homeland. "I know we live in a country where violence happens every day, people get beat up all the time," said Quat Truong, 35, the victim's nephew. "Still, you cannot believe how shocked I am that this happened to Loc." Loc Minh Truong's older sister, Ly Truong, had visited him at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo Monday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1993 | RICHARD CORE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At the grand opening for Aliso Viejo Middle School in October, parents and teachers rolled out a red carpet, cheered and applauded as students stepped off arriving buses like the proverbial conquering heroes. This would be the school of the future. Resting in a peaceful South County canyon along meandering Aliso Creek, the new school, with its cutting-edge technology, felt far removed from the problems confronting its urban counterparts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1995 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN
Ahmed Jones was sitting at a lunch table at Cypress High School last year with about 20 other African American and Latino students when dozens of white students, including several skinheads, surrounded his table and began to pick a fight, he said. School staff broke up the groups before anyone could throw a punch. But the incident left Jones, a sophomore at Cypress, with the feeling that hate crimes against minority high school students are too common both on and off campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1993 | RICHARD CORE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At the grand opening for Aliso Viejo Middle School in October, parents and teachers rolled out a red carpet, cheered and applauded as students stepped off arriving buses like the proverbial conquering heroes. This would be the school of the future. Resting in a peaceful South County canyon along meandering Aliso Creek, the new school, with its cutting-edge technology, felt far removed from the problems confronting its urban counterparts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first public session of its kind in Orange County in a quarter-century, a panel of the U. S. Civil Rights Commission will meet here today to explore charges of institutional racism in the county's halls of power, but the targets of many of the allegations will have to wait to get their say. The meeting grows out of a formal complaint brought last summer by a Latino rights group, which complained of discrimination and a lack of minority representation...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal civil rights panel will hold a public hearing in Orange County next month in response to broad charges by Latino groups that county government perpetuates racial discrimination and insensitivity to minorities. The Dec. 11 fact-finding session by the California advisory panel of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission will be a first in Orange County, officials said Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1993 | DE TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prof. Wacira Gethaiga recently went to the bank with a $3,000 check. The teller looked at his driver's license, examined his file and consulted with the manager before completing the transaction. "And I was not cashing the check," he said. "I was just depositing the check." The Cal State Fullerton professor, who is black, believes his race was the cause of the seemingly unnecessary scrutiny.
NEWS
January 12, 1993 | LILY DIZON and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Angry and grieved, family members struggled Monday to come to terms with what had happened to Loc Minh Truong in their adopted homeland. "I know we live in a country where violence happens every day, people get beat up all the time," said Quat Truong, 35, the victim's nephew. "Still, you cannot believe how shocked I am that this happened to Loc." Loc Minh Truong's older sister, Ly Truong, had visited him at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo Monday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1993 | DE TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prof. Wacira Gethaiga recently went to the bank with a $3,000 check. The teller looked at his driver's license, examined his file and consulted with the manager before completing the transaction. "And I was not cashing the check," he said. "I was just depositing the check." The Cal State Fullerton professor, who is black, believes his race was the cause of the seemingly unnecessary scrutiny.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal civil rights panel will hold a public hearing in Orange County next month in response to broad charges by Latino groups that county government perpetuates racial discrimination and insensitivity to minorities. The Dec. 11 fact-finding session by the California advisory panel of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission will be a first in Orange County, officials said Monday.
NEWS
March 17, 1991 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In April, 1989, Chuyen Nguyen was embroiled in a controversy that was sparking an outcry in Orange County's Vietnamese community and beginning to take on international proportions when he received a call from the representative of a county agency of which he had never heard. Two days earlier, Westminster City Councilman Frank Fry Jr.
NEWS
April 8, 1989
A Westminster man who fanned racial fears last summer when he burned a four-foot wooden cross in the yard of a black family was ordered Friday to spend 37 months in prison for the crime. U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts, describing the cross burning as outrageous in its racial bigotry, opted for the harshest punishment that he could give Gary Skillman, 24, under 1984 sentencing guidelines.
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