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Dynamex Law Will Gut Black Newspapers in California
September 12, 2019
This is a direct appeal to Governor Newsom, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and our entire state legislature. I’m writing this on behalf of the more than 20 African American-owned newspapers that operate in cities and towns across California. ... read more »
Gov. Says No More Tax on Diapers and Tampons, Period
May 16, 2019
Yes, it got a little Hollywood upstate in Sacramento Tuesday.  A stage decorated with props – jumbo boxes of pampers and tampons - helped Gov. Gavin Newsom tell the story of his plan to eliminate sales taxes on diapers and other menstrual products over the next two years; the policy would be subject to renewal by the legislature after that.  ... read more »
Treasurer Appoints Distinguished Transportation Experts Dr. Beverly Scott and Frederick Jordan to High-Speed Rail Authority Peer Review Group
May 9, 2019
California Treasurer Fiona Ma has appointed two prominent African American transportation experts, Mr. Frederick Jordan of San Francisco and Dr. Beverly A. Scott of Albany, to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Peer Review Group. ... read more »
Governor: “This is not Flint, Michigan. This is the state of California”
February 14, 2019
Last month, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration breakfast, hosted by the California Legislative Black Caucus in Sacramento, Newsom mentioned visiting Monterey Park Tract located in the Central Valley a few days before the breakfast with members of his administration. ... read more »
Survey: California Homebuyers Can’t Always Get What They Want
November 29, 2018
A competitive housing market and low housing affordability is forcing California homebuyers to make compromises in their home purchases, including price, size, location and school quality, according to a survey released today by a Los Angeles-based Realtors group. ... read more »
Steph Curry practices with Harlem Globetrotters
November 2, 2018
Golden State Warriors Steph Curry and Quinn Cook spent the end of practice today learning new plays with Harlem Globetrotter stars Lili “Champ” Thompson, Zeus McClurkin and Hammer Harrison.  The two teams, whose style of basketball and winning ways are often compared, showcased Curry participating in a 3-man weave and Quinn making a 4-point shot. ... read more / watch video »
Pan-African Studies at Cal State LA celebrates 50 years
November 2, 2018
More than 200 faculty, staff, students and supporters gathered in the Golden Eagle Ballroom on Oct. 29 for the Department of Pan-African Studies 5th Annual Black Community Honors Dinner, an evening that looked back on the department’s history and recognized the contributions of individuals who have committed their lives to the liberation and empowerment of the Black community. ... read more »
Repealing Costa-Hawkins
November 1, 2018
California is in a massive housing crisis. Though housing prices vary across the state, housing affordability is a clear problem when resident income is compared to housing costs. In many cities, renters are paying over half of their income in housing costs, leaving very little to go towards anything else. Some 61 percent of renter households in California are lower-income, according to the California Department of housing and Community Development. ... read more »
‘Blindspotting’ – A Tale of Two Oaklands
July 19, 2018
"Blindspotting" is a feature film that made a splash as the opening night film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The story is about a man trying to stay out of trouble for just three days in a rapidly changing and racially charged Oakland. ... read more »
Law Enforcement Reps Get Ear Full In State Senate Hearing
June 14, 2018
Bradford made a pointed remark about the makeup of law enforcement organizations. During public testimony, supporters of the bill shared their support for the bill and their stories, including the uncle of Oscar Grant (who was shot in the back in the San Francisco area). ... read more »
Music Composer Jongnic Bontemps Brings His Silicon Valley Tech Brilliance and Hip-Hop Rhythmic Elements to “United Skates”
May 2, 2018
Bontemps is a gifted music composer and the owner of Composer Tech, and it's his musical composition in the new documentary “United Skates” (by directors Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown) that is causing the strong pre-festival buzz, and that’s always good news for new filmmakers and film festival honchos. ... read more »
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