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Councilwoman Nury Martinez Introduces Landmark Motion Calling for a Green New Deal in the City of Los Angeles
February 19, 2019
City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez issued the following statement after introducing a motion calling for a Green New Deal in the City of Los Angeles. This comes just on the heels of a press conference with Mayor Garcetti, Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Paul Koretz, and Mike Bonin, and President of the LADWP Board of Commissioners Mel Levine, announcing that LADWP will not repower three power plants with natural gas by 2029: ... read more »
Report Finds Long Beach State University has a $1.53 Billion Impact on Local Economies
February 15, 2019
Long Beach State University is ranked the ninth best public college in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report, the fifth most applied to university in the nation and ranked high for matriculating students who graduate with the least amount of debt. Forbes ranks CSULB as one of America’s best-value colleges because of its great return on investment. ... read more »
Hud Awards $3,200,000 to Help Families Reach Self-Sufficiency in the Greater Los Angeles Area
February 15, 2019
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today awarded $74 million to hundreds of public housing authorities across the country, including $3,226,852 to 14 public housing agencies in the Greater Los Angeles Area, to continue helping public housing residents participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program and/or reside in public housing to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on public assistance and rental subsidies. Read more about the local impact of the grants announced. ... read more »
The American Dream Remains Deferred for Black Millennials
February 7, 2019
“As I entered my 30s, still navigating what achieving the dream would mean, I wondered what other Black millennials were feeling. I wanted to figure out what my generation of Black Americans thought about the promise of the American dream and how we can attain it,” said Reniqua Allen, the author of “It Was All a Dream.” ... read more »
Experts: Suing the Government Not an Option to End Shutdown 
January 24, 2019
“What I fear is this administration and our Republican colleagues in the Senate have forgotten is that this is the people’s house,” said U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pennsylvania).  ... read more »
Don’t Let Predatory Tax Loans Take Your Refunds
January 24, 2019
“…across the country, advertising – particularly on urban radio – tempts listeners with easy ways to get a loan against anticipated tax refunds. But just like other predatory lending products, what is advertised is not quite what consumers receive. ... read more »
WIC Offering Benefits to Federal Employees Affected by Shutdown
January 24, 2019
About 380,000 federal employees were furloughed, and an additional 420,000 employees for affected agencies were expected to work with their pay delayed ... read more »
The Government Shutdown: Another Storm for Black Farmers, Cooperatives, and Southern Rural Communities
January 18, 2019
Cornelius Key, the Federation's Georgia State Coordinator, who is also a farmer and rancher says, “Small farmers that normally submit farm loan applications in December and January can’t submit loans at the moment. The shutdown will have a domino effect as it ultimately leads to a decreased harvest, greater farm debt, and loan defaults that could translate to land and farm losses.” ... read more »
Pot Deliveries OK’d into Calif. Communities That Ban Sales
January 18, 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California endorsed a rule Wednesday that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that have banned commercial pot sales. The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict it will create an unruly market of largely hidden pot transactions, ... read more »
Two Years of Free Community College Funded in Governor’s Budget
January 11, 2019
Assembly Bill 2, jointly authored by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago, David Chiu, Kevin McCarty, Rob Bonta, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Laura Friedman, Lorena Gonzalez, and Sabrina Cervantes was introduced to strengthen the California College Promise policy. This budget proposal takes an important step towards guaranteeing a completely free community college experience for California students.   ... read more »
Secretary of State Padilla Applauds Governor Newsom’s Proposed Expansion of Census Funding
January 11, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom released his first state budget proposal today at a press conference at the Secretary of State’s office. Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement in response. ... read more »
Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson’s statement on Governor Newsom’s proposed budget for 2019-2020
January 10, 2019
Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, Democratic Caucus Chair, released the following statement regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal: ... read more »
Harris’ First Action of 116th Congress: Re-introducing Tax Cut for Middle Class 
January 10, 2019
Today, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris re-introduced the LIFT (Livable Incomes for Families Today) the Middle Class Act, legislation that provides middle class and working families with a tax credit of up to $6,000 a year—or up to $500 a month—to address the rising cost of living. ... read more »
How Credit Scores Impact Mortgages
January 3, 2019
Mortgage lenders need to assess the risk to themselves before lending money to borrowers. ... read more »
L.A. County Gas Price Drops To Lowest Amount Since Jan. 29
January 3, 2019
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped recently ... read more »
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