By Sasha Lekach
Bay City News Service
State Sen. Leland Yee, whose district includes Woodside and Portola Valley, received a racist and threatening fax at his Sacramento office Friday morning (April 15), the latest in a string of hate-filled messages sent to him since last year.
The anonymous fax sent just before 10 a.m. included the same language and font seen in previous hate letters and faxes sent to Sen. Yee in January and April 2010.
"We are not sure what's prompting this one," Sen. Yee's chief of staff Adam Keigwin said. "This one is not as threatening as previous ones -- there's no noose or calling for an individual's death."
The fax includes the phrase "Achtung!" which is German for "Attention!" and was used by the Nazis. The text calls Sen. Yee a "fish head" and portrays President Obama as a monkey.
The threatening fax was turned over to the California Highway Patrol and California State Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms, Mr. Keigwin said.
"It's pretty racist towards the president and senator and uses derogatory terms. It's obviously pretty offensive," Mr. Keigwin said. "The senator doesn't believe these type of things should go unchallenged. We definitely need to combat this."