May 2010 Archives

Aaron Glantz

Bring Your Own Rabbi to the Beach

By Aaron Glantz, May 31, 2010 2:40 PM

Just when you thought your beach vacation couldn't get any more fun, here comes Rabbi Noa Kushner to turn your day at the beach into a "Jewish outdoor venture."

Elena Shore

Univision MasterCard Offers Alternative to "Amigo Checking"

By Elena Shore, May 31, 2010 2:35 PM

Do you trust your favorite TV channel enough to shop with it? Univision, the mega Hispanic channel, has a new product to sell – a Univision MasterCard. It looks like a credit card, but it's prepaid. On Channel 14, the Bay Area’s Univision station, you can see ads for the Univision MasterCard promising that no credit check, no Social Security number, not even a bank account is needed.

The card was launched this year after Univision Communications announced a partnership with MasterCard Worldwide at the end of last year. It's being marketed as a safer alternative to cash and as the next step in Univision's "Cuentas Claras" financial literacy campaign for Latinos.

Latinos are more likely to rely on cash, and less likely to have bank accounts, than their white counterparts. And that has led some to be targets of muggings in recent years. El Mensajero, San Francisco’s Spanish-language weekly, called this trend "amigo checking."

Applying for a prepaid card through a television station might sound risky, but Univision has a long history of trust among Latinos. A poll back in 1996 found that Univision was the second most trusted institution among U.S. Latinos, after the Catholic Church.

Trust – it's one thing money can’t buy.

Andrew Lam

Buddhists Do Carnaval

By Andrew Lam, May 31, 2010 2:30 PM

Watch out for the Buddhists amidst the feathered headdresses and scantily clad samba dancers in this weekend's Carnaval parade in San Francisco. The colorful Latino parade will include Soka Gokkai International, a Buddhist troupe making its first Carnaval appearance

Suzanne Manneh

SF Shelters Unwelcoming to LGBT, Spanish Speakers

By Suzanne Manneh, May 31, 2010 2:25 PM

June marks the 40th anniversary of San Francisco Gay Pride, but the city’s homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population is complaining they don't feel safe in the gay mecca's homeless shelters. But it’s not just the LGBT who feel there’s no room for them in the city’s shelters. If you are homeless and can only speak Spanish you might be out in the cold, too, reports bilingual weekly El Tecolote.

Vivian Po

Medical Marijuana Debate Gets Racial

By Vivian Po, May 31, 2010 1:49 PM

The debate over whether to bring the first medical marijuana clinic to the Sunset District has taken on racial overtones.

Many Chinese families in the Sunset are disappointed about the plan to open a new medical marijuana dispensary in their neighborhood, which was approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission on May 21st. But they’re even more upset with the way their complaints were treated.

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