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Firearms Prohibition And Right To Hearing For 5150 Individuals

As a result of having been taken into custody, assessed and admitted pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) sections 5150, 5151 and 5152 as a danger to self or others, you are prohibited from owning, possessing, controlling, receiving, or purchasing a firearm for a period of five years from the date of discharge.

A previous client had called me about a friend’s daughter who was 5150 admitted earlier this year and is now in the process of pursuing a job with a law enforcement agency. Due to the firearms prohibition, she was very distraught because besides this one incident, she has a stellar educational background and would be a viable candidate to be a peace officer.

Just this morning, I had an attorney representing an individual who would like to pursue a career that involves possessing firearms. The preparation of the instant motion and the subsequent hearing is complex and in order to insure that the court grant the client’s request, it is critical to hire an effective attorney with experience in this matter.

If you were held involuntarily in the facility for more than three days, then federal law may prohibit you from owning or possessing firearms for a longer period of time. Relinquishment could mean selling or transferring your firearms to a non-prohibited third party using a licensed firearms dealer (Penal Code section 28050) or you may utilize the Power of Attorney for Firearms Relinquishment Sale of Disposal (Penal Code section 29810).

WIC section 8103, subdivisions (f) and (g), allow you to request a hearing by the Superior Court to provide relief from the firearms prohibition. Upon discharge from this facility, you will be provided with a Request for Hearing for Relief from Firearms Prohibition. If you request a hearing at the time of discharge, the completed form will be forwarded by the mental health facility to the Superior Court in your county of residence unless you elect to submit the form yourself.

If you do not request a hearing at the time of discharge from the mental facility, a single request may be made to the Superior Court in your county of residence at any time during the five-year prohibition. The form is a form from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and entitled Bureau of Firearms, Request for Hearing for Relief from Firearms Prohibition.

Upon completion of the form and filing it at the appropriate Superior Court, the court shall set a hearing date within 30 days of receipt of the request. You can either request a confidential private hearing for restoration of your rights to own or possess firearms. You have the right to request this pursuant to WIC section 8103, subdivision (f)(5). If you want a confidential hearing, the hearing is closed to the public unless the court finds that the public interest would be better served by conducting the hearing in public.

The Bureau of Firearms in the DOJ collects the information requested on the form and all the personal information requested in the form must be provided. In order to establish patient request for hearing relief, DOJ may need to share the information with any peace officer or other person designated by the Attorney General upon request.

Firearms prohibition due to 5150 assessment/custody/admission is a period of five years and for many who want their constitutional rights to not be infringed upon, this is a matter of serious gravity. For this client, it means her future career and livelihood so it is critical to file the appropriate forms and be able to present a cohesive and comprehensive presentation as to why the court should grant your request.

I am a firm believer in being prepared and because of this, the more information and documentary evidence you provide to the court and DOJ, the higher your success rate will be.

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Prosecutorial Discretion is an option since DACA is rescinded

Question: My DACA expires in about 7 months. However, what will happen after that? Do I have any other options?
Answer: You do have options of which many you will need a personal consultation. However, there is what is known as prosecutorial discretion which is still a possibility.
Question: What exactly is prosecutorial discretion?
Answer: “Prosecutorial discretion” is the authority of an agency or officer to decide what charges to bring and how to pursue each case. A law-enforcement officer who declines to pursue a case against a person has favorably exercised prosecutorial discretion. It is essentially a packet which argues why you should not be deported.
Question: When can I apply for prosecutorial discretion?
Answer: Prosecutorial discretion may be exercised at any stage of an immigration case. Specifically, prosecutorial discretion may be exercised when deciding whether to: issue a detainer; initiate removal proceedings; focus enforcement resources on particular violations or conduct; stop, question, or arrest a particular person; detain or release someone on bond, supervision, or personal recognizance; settle or dismiss a removal case; stay a final order of removal; pursue an appeal; and/or execute a removal order. Examples of the favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion in the immigration context include a grant of deferred action; a decision to terminate or administratively close removal proceedings; a stay of removal; or a decision not to issue a charging document in the first place.
Question: Who exactly will decide on my prosecutorial discretion packet?


Answer: ICE, USCIS, and CBP officers have the authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion. Because prosecutorial discretion is a process that determines whether the government is going to pursue enforcement in a case, the initial decisions are made by those immigration officers assigned to the case. Once the initial decision is made to issue a Notice to Appear (a document that formally initiates removal proceedings by charging an individual with immigration violations), further decisions about continuing the government’s case will be made at higher levels within ICE or DHS. The June 2011 Morton memo clarified that the following ICE officers have the authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion: officers, agents, and their supervisors within Enforcement and Removal Operations who have authority to engage in civil immigration enforcement; officers within Homeland Security Investigations who have authority to engage in civil immigration enforcement; attorneys and their respective supervisors within the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor who have the authority to represent ICE in immigration court; and the Director, Deputy Director, and senior staff of ICE. Ultimately, the Secretary of Homeland Security, as the official within the executive branch specifically charged with enforcing the Immigration and Nationality Act, is in a position to exercise prosecutorial discretion over every case. Because DHS now has announced that the Morton memo will apply to USCIS and CBP, there may be further guidance issued clarifying who within these two components has prosecutorial discretion authority.
There are many ways to make the packet more persuasive. Leave time and show all the hardships you can in order to try to get it approved.

Editorial: Should she or shouldn’t she?

When Hillary Rodham Clinton ran for president last year, she was widely expected to beat her Republican opponent, real estate magnate Donald Trump, thereby becoming the first woman to become President of the United States.
In fact, she did win the popular vote. She bested Mr. Trump by some three million votes, but sadly for Mrs. Clinton, the US presidency is not won by the popular vote but by the Electoral College vote.
That more Americans voted for her rather than the Republican candidate who still ended up in the White House was not necessarily an empty victory. She had broken the glass ceiling and paved the way for a time when gender will no longer be an issue with the electorate, and the US will elect a qualified woman to lead the country.
If former President Barack Obama was able to break the racial barrier, then why not a woman to break the gender barrier?
Mrs. Clinton now appears to be reconsidering her stand to retire after her loss last November. We daresay that if she were to run again against a re-electionist Trump in 2020, the former First Lady, senator and Secretary of State would win by a landslide.
This is because the Trump presidency is as awful as had been feared, not just by Democrats but even by a good number of Republicans as well as a growing number of ordinary citizens who have lost all faith in the current chief executive. Mr. Trump’s popularity has sunk so low that if elections were held today, he would be wiped out the way Lyndon Johnson obliterated Barry Goldwater back in 1964.
Mrs. Clinton, however, may not be thinking of running in 2020, but of possibly claiming the presidency sooner. She has now raised doubts regarding the legitimacy of the Trump presidency following the latest revelations by the team of special counsel Bob Mueller. 
It would appear that the noose is tightening on the associates of Mr. Trump where collusion with the Russians is concerned.
If Mueller can prove that the Russians had interfered in the 2016 elections to the extent that the final results were affected, then Mrs. Clinton could indeed lay claim to be the true POTUS.
Under a worst case scenario – at least where Mr. Trump is concerned – the results of the 2016 elections can be invalidated. This means that not only will the incumbent be removed, Vice President Mike Pence cannot succeed him.
This, however, can cause a political crisis of humungous proportions. The Republican Party will not stand idly by while they lose control of the executive department.
Just how far Mrs. Clinton is willing to go is not yet clear. She knows that Mr. Trump will likely take extreme actions as she prepares to claim what she feels is rightfully hers. Everything now depends on what Mueller is able to unearth where Russian collusion is concerned.
If the special counsel uncovers a huge can of worms, Hillary Clinton may yet have reason to celebrate what happened last year.

On reaching the 200+ day of the Trump presidency

Each time a day or a month chronicles President Trump's term, drastic changes abound at a rate faster than the White House is capable of issuing timely announcements.
Democrats may have long been united against the 45th president, but the number of key Republicans publicly opposing him prominently is evidently getting larger.
Reviewing what news gathering has revealed: when Trump vehemently made emphatic that his attorney general should resign, his co-Republicans commenced their drive zeroing in on virtual opposition of the president's declaration.
Then, there was the highly-awaited Obamacare repeal bill, still to be accomplished, a decided minus on the Trump ledger which was supposed to be one of its premier changes, widely announced and covered at the presidential campaign rallies.
What came next was the Trump decision in reference to his policy on transgender individuals in the military. Thus far, the military has not implemented the aforementioned policy at all, although Trump has repeated it in a number of his pronouncements.
As badly as Trump wishes the Russia investigations to depart from the scene, ironically, it was a Republican committee chairman who went ahead.  He subpoenaed Trump's former campaign chief to testify in the investigation.
Evidently, Trump has not stifled the voice of some Republicans who, at the start of his administration, kept their opinions private, which indicated they wanted to keep their party's base away from revolt.
From the views of observers who claim they were waiting for proper action, the notion that Republicans have feared to cross the traditional lines in terms of Trumpism, no longer applies as the days go on.
Some Republicans still proceed to keep their views, as they claim they adhere deeply to established norms when it comes to party loyalty. 
 Yet, the month of August loomed differently.  Most of the 'quiet' Republicans joined the group who considered it "publicly acceptable" for them to rebuke their sitting president, resorted to sound off despite what they had known: their attitude could unleash one or more of those all-too-familiar Twitter denunciations by Trump himself.
A day after reluctantly signing Russian sanctions, Trump continued to blame Congress for "bad US-Russia relations."
The planned ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions which Trump aired publicly has not prospered at all . Trump's critics have been vocal: Trump chose the wrong fight. In spite of Trump's repeated, even humiliating efforts to force the Sessions resignation became fruitless. The attorney general stood his ground. Of course, it was up to Trump to fire Sessions outright. It has not happened at all.
Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Chairman stated that if Trump wanted to oust Sessions, he should understand that the committee would not hold confirmation hearings for a new attorney general in 2017.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that if Trump entertained the thought that he could just fire Sessions and make a recess appointment for a new attorney general, then the Senate would not recess.
All members of the US populace continue to wonder how the presidency will proceed to unfold.
Elections of Year 2018 are vigorously awaited.    
The Trump policy on immigration will be highly tested. And so will other orders that bear the Trump signature.
What President Trump said: "I am the world's greatest person that does not want to let people into the country," will need a vast array of prompt action from a great many countries whose native daughters and sons contributed immensely to the technical growth of America. 
US Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) has not desisted in his criticism of Trump: "My party is in denial about Donald Trump.  We created him, and now we're rationalizing him.  When will it stop?"

PG&E increases level of support for Florida hurricane victims

San Francisco, CA --  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has increased the support it is providing to Florida Power & Light (FPL) as the Florida energy company works to restore service in the wake of Hurricane Irma. 
About 30 PG&E customer service representatives are now answering customer service calls for FPL in order to help the company effectively manage extraordinarily high call volumes. PG&E representatives in the Sacramento Call Center are answering emergency and outage calls that come into FPL's customer service lines. 
On Sept. 8, PG&E sent about 125 employees, including IBEW Local 1245 line workers, equipment operators, supervisors and support personnel, to Florida ahead of the hurricane to help restore power.
"Providing support to other energy companies and their customers when natural disasters strike remains a hallmark of our industry. Our electric line workers have helped restore power to tens of thousands of FPL customers so far, and now our call-center representatives will be able to help as well," said Deborah Affonsa, PG&E's vice president of customer service.
"It's great to have partners that pitch in when you need help," said Marlene Santos, FPL's vice president of customer service. "As an industry, during a crisis, we work together as one to the benefit of our customers."
"Technology is making it possible for our members, working in their own center, to provide direct support to FPL as they work tirelessly to restore power to millions of customers. Service is their profession, and we are proud to answer the call of duty," said IBEW Local 1245 Business Manager Tom Dalzell. 
PG&E representatives began answering calls this past weekend. Starting Sept. 18, they will answer calls daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. PG&E employees will help bring some relief to FPL agents who are staffing its call center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is the first time PG&E has partnered with another energy company to provide call center support during a natural disaster.
PG&E does not anticipate that this effort to support a hurricane-stricken area will result in longer wait times for our customers in Northern and Central California.

Care Indeed conducts CPR training

To ensure that its caregivers have the skills they need to provide outstanding care, Care Indeed regularly conducts a CPR Training, one of the many programs it offers. Dee Bustos, Care Indeed's CEO, said, "Quality matters and we’re looking to establish Care Indeed as the first choice provider in the Bay Area.”Photo shows the new batch of CPR-certified caregivers with Cristina Gozon, Care Indeed's Senior Office Coordinator, and Heidie Payne, LVN, EMS Certified CPR/AED instructor (fifth and sixth from left, respectively).
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We Delivered on Housing

We delivered on housing -- CA State Senator Scott Wiener
This week, the California Legislature took a big step forward to address California's housing shortage and affordability crisis. We did so by passing a package of housing bills, including my housing streamlining bill, Senate Bill 35, which expedites housing approvals in communities that are falling short of their housing goals. SB 35 and the other bills now await action by Governor Brown, who's signaled his support.
When I ran for the Senate last year, I promised you that housing would be a top priority for me in Sacramento. In the 20 years I've lived in San Francisco, and in the years I spent as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I've seen too many people evicted, too many families pushed out of the city and into long commutes, too many young people unable to afford to live in the communities in which they were raised. Our high housing costs are threatening our community's fabric: undermining our diversity, our economy, our environment, and our quality of life.
No more excuses. The time for action is now, which is why, on the day I was sworn in last December, I introduced SB 35 as my very first bill.
Introducing my first bill, SB 35.
What I didn’t fully appreciate on that day was the deep, broad, and profound impact the housing crisis was having not just in the Bay Area, but across our entire state, including areas that were long considered affordable. Our housing shortage is no longer a San Francisco, Berkeley, and Santa Monica problem. It's a statewide problem that requires a statewide solution.
My colleagues in the Senate and Assembly understand the significance of this problem, and today we took a dramatic step forward on housing by passing a set of bills, including SB 35. We're past the point where communities can choose whether to create housing or whether to opt out. *All* communities need to participate in creating the housing we so desperately need. SB 35 holds local communities accountable by streamlining housing approvals in cities that aren’t meeting their state-mandated housing goals. SB 35 will go a long way to reduce the obstruction housing faces all too often in communities that don't want change. We worked hard to make this legislation a reality.
Also included in this housing package were two affordable housing funding bills I proudly co-authored: Senate Bill 2 by Senator Toni Atkins and Senate Bill 3 by Senator Jim Beall. To address our housing shortage we need to streamline housing approvals as well as fund affordable housing. The two go hand in hand. I want to thank Governor Brown, Senate President Kevin De Leon, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon for working with us to put this package together and for getting it over the finish line. I also want to give a shout out to my colleague and friend, Assemblymember David Chiu, who as chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee played a key role shaping and moving forward the housing package.
With fellow housing champions Senator Nancy Skinner, Senator Jim Beall, and Senator Toni Atkins on the Assembly floor right after our housing bills passed.
To be clear, today's action on housing doesn't globally solve our housing problems. We can’t just pat ourselves on the back and move on to the next challenge. It took us fifty years to get into this mess, due to bad and short-sighted housing policies, and it’s going take years of sustained focus and work to get us back on track. Yet, despite the need for more work, today's action by the Legislature is a very healthy down payment that should make us proud.
2017 has been an exciting first year for me in the Senate, and I’m thrilled that we took bold action on housing. In April, we passed the largest transportation package in California history to fix our roads and public transportation systems, and in July, we extended and bolstered California’s landmark Cap and Trade program to fight climate change.
This is all just the beginning. We have so much work to do for our community, and I'm excited to keep at it. It's a deep honor to represent San Francisco and northern San Mateo County in the Senate, and I am grateful every day for the faith and trust you've placed in me.
Thank you,

Scott Wiener


Candidate for a stroke?

In the United States, one person is diagnosed with a stroke every 40 seconds. This dreaded and debilitating illness is so common it victimizes more than 2,000 individuals each day and killing about 133,000 each year. In the Philippines, the prevalence is between 1.9% to 6.59 %.

I have friends who had developed a stroke of one type or another, with varying degrees of severity. It is a life-changing ailment that adversely affects the life of the entire family involved, especially the spouse. If the victim is the bread-winner, the devastation is even greater.

Prevention is best, and luckily about 80 percent of stroke is preventable, but when it happens, speedy diagnosis and treatment spells the difference between full or partial recovery, minor or major residual disability.  HYPERLINK "" \o "Educational Slideshow" \t "_blank" Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of major disabilities among adults, 

What are the types and causes of a stroke?

To simplify it for our layman readers, the most common two types and causes of a stroke are artery blockage or bleeding. Arterial obstruction (carotid “neck” artery stenosis) is due to arteriosclerosis (hardening of the artery), which could cut off circulation to the brain. The other form of arterial blockage is from a clot coming from the heart moving up to block a brain artery (usually among persons with atrial fibrillation, where the left upper chamber of the heart quivers instead of beating normally, thus accumulating clots in the left atrium, which could break off and flow upwards to obstruct the brain artery). The second type of a stroke is caused by bleeding on top of the brain from a fall (trauma) or bleeding within the brain tissues itself, which is more dangerous.

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Popularly known as A-Fib, atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart irregularity. Some are related to heart valve disease. About 6.4 million Americans have A-Fib not related to any haeart valve problem. A-Fib increases the risk for a stroke by 5 times. The actual cause of A Fib is not clear. It is more common among seniors and 10% has of those 80 and older have AFib. The patient may have no symptom at all and not know they have A-Fib. The common symptoms are tiredness and shortness of breath. Most patients feel their heart beat skips once in a while. The A-Fib won’t go away on its own. To reduce the risk of heart failure or a stroke, medical consultation is mandatory.

What is TIA?

Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) is the temporary episode of a mild stroke that disappears rapidly. This is caused by spasm of an artery to the brain or by a tiny soft clot that blocks an artery to the brain, which dissolves spontaneously, allowing normal circulation to resume. TIA is a warning, and immediate medical attention is warranted. The various imaging studies available for carotid arteries (located on the left and right side of the neck which supply blood to the brain) include ultrasound (and doppler), and if these are not diagnostic or clear, one of the following may be used: angiography, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), and CT angiography.

What is carotid endarterectomy?

When a person develops TIA or a mini-stroke and confirmatory tests show there is significant blockage in one or both carotid arteries, the calcified plaques blocking these neck arteries could be removed by a surgical procedure called carotid endarterectomy. This is a brain-saving procedure which must be performed reasonably urgent, in accordance with the evaluation of the surgeon, before a major or massive stroke follows.

Can a lay person diagnose a stroke?

A non-medical individual, actually anyone at the scene, could make a rapid diagnosis using the acronym FAST. In most articles, this stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, and Time to call emergency services. For me, I prefer for Tongue deviation, all four letters to represent physical abnormalities. Calling 911 for emergency rescue is vital. But any two of the above four signs are enough to suspect a stroke. Facial drooping becomes evident when you ask the person to smile. Comparing the strength of the two arms will show you which side is weaker. Asking the patient to talk will reveal slurred speech or inability to talk..The tongue usually points to the side of the facial droop and the weaker arm, opposite the side of the brain affected. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, and the left half of the brain, the right side of the body. The active dynamics of the pathology must be assessed without delay and treatment started immediately. Brain cells could die within minutes. In stroke, every minute counts.

Do you have the risk factors for a stroke?

Genetics is one, but since we cannot alter our genes as a standard of care for stroke prevention with our current science and technology, there practical strategies we can apply to minimize the risk for the development of a stroke. Someday, preventive genetic engineering and manipulation for all diseases will be available. In the meantime, here are some tips to greatly reduce the risk for having a stroke, heart attack, and even cancer, basically by living a healthy lifestyle or making necessary lifestyle changes.

Eat healthy, mostly fish, vegetables of various colors, nuts, and some fruits. Minimize intake of red meats (especially processed foods, which are toxic to the body) and cut down on carbohydrates, like rice, bread, sweets in general, which catapults the risk for T2 diabetes. The Philippines has one of the highest rate for T2 diabetes in the world, courtesy of “kanin.” No-rice hi-protein legume and vegetable diet is now becoming very popular and a trend.

Drink about 8 glasses of filtered water daily. Stay away from soft drinks which are toxic and increase the risk for metabolic syndrome for children and adults. Any form of this “liquid candy” causes eight gain and is harmful to the body. 

Do daily exercises. Simple brisk walking for 30 minutes each day improves overall health by strengthening muscles, equilibrium and balance, and boosts the immune system, and ward off major illness, including Alzheimer’s and even cancer.

Practice stress management with R&R, even at work, and especially during the weekend with the family

Discontinue tobacco use and take alcohol beverage in strict moderation. These two items are the causes of most of our infirmities today. They are not worth developing a stroke or heart attack for.

Regular medical and dental check-ups are essential. Take your medications religiously and follow the advice of your physician, including a low-fat, low carbs, and low-salt diet.

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The launching of a dream: St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church, a Diocesan Shrine

Walnut, CA – “As they celebrate the 26th anniversary of their parish,” announced Miramon Nuevo, programs coordinator at the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church, the faith community here is inviting everyone in the Southland to come and celebrate as they launch yet another milestone in their continuing journey of ‘becoming and being church’ – the quest to become a Diocesan Shrine!”
“The launching to elevate our parish to a Diocesan Shrine,” added parishioner Romy Baylon, “will be on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10:00 a.m., as part of our church’s Foundation Day, at 747 Meadowpass Rd., Walnut, CA 91789. The vibrant community of the St. Lorenzo Ruiz church is truly blessed many times over. In her first 20 years of becoming a parish, the community nestled in the San Gabriel Valley accomplished what many considered to be impossible: to build a permanent house of worship where the faithful from different backgrounds are welcomed. Yet, against all odds, the dream of building a magnificent church became a reality.” 
“The festivities will begin on Friday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m.,” said Miramon, where food trucks and lots of music and dancing will solely be the order of the evening. On Sunday, Sept. 24, at 12:30 pm, shortly after the community will have sealed the Lifetime Benefactors Time Capsule, the parish will unveil the Good Shepherd statuary in honor of, and in gratitude to, those who, in the past and the present, are unabashed in offering their lives, talents, time and treasures for the church.”  
In a recent homily, Fr. Tony Astudillo shared his thoughts: “Twenty six years ago, we had a dream – that was to build a church. God granted us that dream. Then, 17 years later, we longed for a bigger, more permanent church that can accommodate a burgeoning population of parishioners and devotees who are coming from all over. Once again, God had blessed us to accomplish that dream despite the tough economic situation that saddled the entire nation at that time. This year, as part of our Parish Renewal Encounter program on the Life of Missionary Discipleship and Evangelization modeled after our Blessed Mother, we will be launching our quest to become a Diocesan Shrine dedicated to our patron and first Filipino Saint, Lorenzo Ruiz.
“The devotion to Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is fast gaining traction over the years not only among Filipinos but among other ethnicities as well,” continued Fr. Tony, “especially on those who have experiences with our patron saint whose works of miracle have been strongly felt in their lives. Are you burdened with something heavy that you no longer know how to come out of it? Ask Saint Lorenzo Ruiz to intercede for you.  
“As we celebrate our anniversary,” Father Tony ended his homily, “we ask everyone to come and join us as we raise our prayers and aspirations to heaven, that our Almighty Father would grant our wish, our new dream, to become a Diocesan Shrine… that whosoever enters our doors, kneels on our pews, or celebrates the Eucharist with us, may incessantly encounter Christ... and that their ‘earth’ shall ceaselessly meet ‘heaven.’”
 Fr. Tony, who was a priest at the Diocese of Abra, became the head pastor for St. Lorenzo Ruiz parish in Walnut in 2005. It was under his tenure that the new permanent church building was built, dedicated and blessed. He ‘earnestly and vigorously did a capital campaign at that time which reached $8.6 million.’ 
“As the youngest Catholic church in the San Gabriel Valley region,” noted Miramon, “San Lorenzo Ruiz parishioners couldn’t believe that she would be designated as one of the pilgrim churches for the Door of Mercy last year – a privilege usually given to older churches of historical importance.  That event made her Silver Jubilee celebration even more significant, touching and memorable.” 
“San Lorenzo Ruiz church being declared the site of the Door of Mercy,” added Romy, “welcomed and embraced the faithful in Deanery 12 (parishes in the San Gabriel Valley) and beyond, where pilgrims ‘experienced the Mercy of the Father in its fullness.’  And so, once more, we ask the faithful to be a part of our historic moment, our journey of ‘becoming and being Church,’ and celebrate with us as we lift our prayers to bring our new dream to fruition of sharing our community to the entire Archdiocese of Los Angeles.”
For other information on this and other events of the parish, you may contact the Parish Office at  or Romy Baylon at ; and visit our website at



Val Abelgas’ book, ‘On Distant Shore,’ now available at Amazon

On Distant Shore, a collection of essays written by veteran journalist Val G. Abelgas under a weekly column of the same name, has been released for distribution. Four volumes of the book series are now available through Amazon and Kindle. 

Abelgas, a multi-awarded journalist, writes the weekly column “On Distant Shore” that is published in nine Filipino publications in the United States and Canada. He occasionally contributes op-ed articles to the Manila Standard in Manila. He was the first managing editor of the 30-year-old daily newspaper.

He started writing the column “On Distant Shore” in 1992. His articles tackle topics in Philippine and US politics, foreign policy, society and economy and includes some personal essays.

Abelgas has been a professional journalist for more than 45 years, 20 of them with Manila’s daily newspapers and 25 years with Los Angeles weeklies. He started as a sportswriter with the now defunct Philippines Daily Express while still a junior at the University of the Philippines Institute of Mass Communication. He became the then biggest Philippine daily at a very young age of 24, and rose to become its managing editor in 1986. He wrote a twice a week column “As We See It” for the Daily Express.

When the Aquino government closed down the Daily Express on Jan. 31, 1987, he moved on to become the managing editor of the Manila Standard, which began publication in February 1987. He later became an editorial consultant for the Philippine Star Group of Publications before joining the Philippine Journal as managing editor in 1989. 

In 1991, he and his family moved to Los Angeles. He obtained his green card as an alien of extraordinary ability in the field of journalism. In 1993 and 1994, he won Newspaper of the Year, Column of the Year and Columnist of the Year honors in the Philippine Press Club of America Media Awards. Last year, Abelgas was named Journalist of the Year by the Fil-Am Press Club of California.

In 1993, Abelgas organized the first national convention of Filipino editors in North America with President Fidel V. Ramos as guest speaker. Filipino editors from as far away as Toronto, Canada and Hawaii attended the conference at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

Abelgas now publishes and edits the Philippine Post, a community newspaper based in Los Angeles. He has edited various Filipino weekly newspapers and magazines in Los Angeles.

The four volumes of On Distant Shore can be purchased by accessing and type “On Distant Shore” or “Val Abelgas” in the search bar. The book was published by Jobo Elizes Publishing.

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