Showing posts from May 27, 2012

Ly Tong On His 8th Day of Hunger Strike

According to a visit yesterday by 3 members of Vietnamese-American media and City Councilmember Kansen Chu,  Ly To has lost 27 lbs and is continue to be on his hunger strike since last Friday.   The visit was arranged by Santa Clara County Sheriff Laura Smith.  

The Mercury News reported incorrectly last week that Ly Tong ended his hunger strike.  

See here for the report in Vietnamese as well as in English

Candidate Forum Without Jimmy Nguyen and Tam Truong


Last weekend, Viet-American Voters Coalition, organized an open forum for city council candidates in District 8 and District 4.   The event took place at the Vietnamese-American Cultural Center on Tully Road.  All of the candidates showed up, except for the two Vietnamese-American candidates,  Jimmy Nguyen and Tam Truong.  There were about 200 people came to listen and ask the candidates questions relating to community issues and concerns. 

People did not expect Tam Truong to show up to debate against the incumbent Kansen Chu and his other opponent, Rafeal Sabic, because Tam Truong has been curiosly reluctant to debate Kansen Chu in front of Vietnamese-American voters.   However, it was a surprise to not see Jimmy Nguyen there since this was a great opportunity for him to get more exposure to the Vietnamese-American community.  Nevertheless, Herrera and Roach did provide a good hour of spirited debate on issues.    

But to Jimmy Nguyen's credit, he did show up later in the eve…

Jimmy Nguyen for City Council

The race for City Council District 8 in San Jose is becoming more interesting as we approach the final week of campagning.  Composing about  18% of the registered voters, the Vietnamese-Americans in the district can determine who will be in the run-off comes this November. 

The incumbent Rose Herrera is fighting a tough political battle against Labor-backed Patricia Martinez Roach.  Herrera is receiving the equivocal support of Mayor Chuck Reed,  Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Chamber of Commerce.   It is safe to say that Herrera does not have the support of the Vietnamese-American community for she is too closely aligned herself with Madison Nguyen.

Roach is being supported by the biggest name in District 8,  County Supervisor Dave Cortese and the whole Labor machine.   Even the two Vietnamese-American elected officials living District 8,  school board members Lan Nguyen and Cam Van Le are supporting Roach.

The Mercury News predicts that Rose Herrera will prevail and endorses her.��…