Carson City Clerk Kawagoe Suffers Stroke


Helen Kawagoe

CARSON — Helen Kawagoe, long-time city clerk for Carson, has suffered a stroke.

The stroke occurred on Sept. 18, according to Wanda Higaki, chief deputy city clerk.

The city announced on its website Sept. 21 that Kawagoe “is in the hospital, and she is slowly recovering.”

On Sept. 29, the city reported that Kawagoe “is now in a rehab center and is still recovering from her setback. Visitations remain for family only, and Helen’s family has requested everyone’s cooperation to assist her during this transition period from the hospital to rehab … ”

On Oct. 3, the city said that Kawagoe “is responding to her therapy sessions at the rehab center, and her progress is encouraging. Because Helen is in therapy and deserves her rest, her family requests that her friends refrain from making visits and sending flowers.”

Cards can be sent to: City Clerk’s Office, 701 E. Carson St., Carson, CA 90745. To send a message electronically, go online to:

One of California’s few elected city clerks, Kawagoe was first elected in 1974 and is only the second person to hold the office since Carson’s incorporation in 1968. She was honored in 2004 for her 30th year of service and was elected, unchallenged, to her 10th term last March. Kawagoe is also the second woman to become national president of the JACL.


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