Police in Union City are investigating a hate crime after racist graffiti showed up on several buildings over the weekend.
On Monday morning, Chris Cara was opening up at Filipiino Advocates for Justice office in the Alvarado neighborhood when saw something that wasn't there when he left work Friday night.
"There was something on the door," explained Cara. "It said 'F--k Filipinos.'"
It was one of three Filipino businesses including a former Filipino community center that were hit by the vandals in about a two block radius over the weekend.
Cara said members of the Filipino community were saddened and disturbed by the grafitti.
Workers at the area Filipino restaurant Toppers Too noticed grafitti when they opened up on Sunday.
A photo of the graffitti show the same obscene message as well as the word "MEX" as in Mexico and the initials "A.M.S." Authorities believe the letters to be a reference to Alvarado Middle School.
The school was originally named after Juan Bautista Alvarado, the mexican Governor of California in the early to mid 1800s. But this month, the Union City school board approved a controversial measure to change the name to honor Filipino American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz.
Union City councilmember Pat Gacoscos said she hopes the graffiti is not related to the renaming of the school.
"We want our community to work together," said Gacoscos.
City leaders said about 20 percent of Union City's population is Filipino. Police are investigating this case as a hate crime.
But Cara said the grafitti is a message, but not necessarily of hate. He offered a more positive spin.
"This is just a clear message to us that more community building needs to happen here in Union City," explained Cera.
City leaders told KTVU the name change of Alvarado Middle School isn't expected to take place until 2015.
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