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Gov. Newsom Proposes $20,000 Stipend for Teachers at ‘High Needs’ Schools
January 17, 2020
Last Friday, when Gov. Gavin Newsom submitted his budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, he specifically mentioned Black students - the lowest performing group of any ethnic category on California’s standardized tests. ... read more »
State Plans to Relax Cannabis Rules, Roll Licensing Into One Agency
January 17, 2020
New plans to consolidate licensing in the state for cannabis-related businesses may lower entry barriers to the potentially lucrative industry for interested entrepreneurs. ... read more »
California Assembly Elects First Woman as Chief Clerk and Parliamentarian
January 16, 2020
The 80-member lower house of the state legislature voted for, then confirmed and swore in Sue Parker, a long-serving African-American public official, to the Assembly’s non-member, non-partisan role. ... read more »
As Opioid Crisis Hits Home, Black Media Outlets Step Up to Get Word Out
January 3, 2020
By the late 1970s, drug traffickers were shipping so much cocaine to the United States that the street price of the powdered stimulant dealers cook to make crack – the smokable rock form of the stimulant - dropped by nearly 80 percent, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). ... read more »
Black-Owned News Outlets Will Run Gov. Newsom’s Quarterly Column ‘On the Record’
December 19, 2019
Starting this month, over a dozen California African American-owned-and-operated news outlets - including the Los Angles Sentinel, the Oakland Post, the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint, the Sacramento Observer, the Inland Valley’s Black Voice News and the San Francisco Sun Reporter - will publish in-print and online a quarterly column Gov. Gavin Newsom writes to inform Californians about important policy issues impacting them. ... read more »
Investigation Finds California Cops With Criminal Convictions Still on the Job
November 21, 2019
A group of USA Today Network publications in California launched an investigation into how California deals with cops who commit crimes. ... read more »
Stephon Clark’s Brother, Sacramento Police Chief Sit Side-By-Side on Panel in D.C.
September 27, 2019
Organized by the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce (SBCC), the panel discussion drew guests from all over the country. They came to see officials, leaders and activists from California participate in a lively and thoughtful discussion about African American life and well-being in Sacramento. The panelists dove into various ways public safety, mental health and public policy all rub against each other and impact the lives of Blacks in California’s capital city. ... read more »
New Bill Temporarily Protects Ethnic Newspapers as State Cracks Down on Gig Economy
September 26, 2019
Last week, Gov. Newsom signed AB 5, the “Employee Misclassification Bill,” into law. The legislation changes the classification of more than one million jobs in California from “contractor” to “employee.” ... read more »
Dynamex Law Will Gut Black Newspapers in California
September 8, 2019
  This is a direct appeal to Governor Gavin 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 »
Ethnic Media Unite to Inform Diverse Communities About 2020 Census
September 5, 2019
As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, a census is conducted every 10 years to count the number of people living in the nation and its five territories. Census Day kicks-off on April 1, 2020, and every home will receive an invitation to participate in a short questionnaire by phone, mail and for the first time, online. ... read more »
Working, But Still Homeless, in California
August 15, 2019
When Coleen Sykes Ray started an organization with her daughter in 2015 to help homeless women, the Stockton, California resident had no idea she, too, would be homeless four years later. ... read more »
California’s 2020 Redistricting Commission Is Accepting Applications: Only 253 African Americans Have Applied
July 18, 2019
Every 10 years, Californians have the opportunity to participate in a major political project as part of a special 14-member, state-appointed commission. The citizens of California, through the California State Auditor (CSA) office, sets up the commission and tasks it with drawing the 120 legislative districts for the state’s U.S. Congress, Assembly and Senate elections. The appointees are also responsible for establishing the boundaries of four more maps for the California Board of Equalization, an agency that represents taxpayer interests and standardizes county-by-county tax assessments across the state. ... read more »
Hiring Black Census Employees in California Could Avert an Undercount in 2020
July 4, 2019
The California Census Office believes there will be higher participation among African Americans during next year’s census if “trusted messengers” help get the word out and go door-to-door conducting pre-surveys, educating people and helping some fill questionnaires in Black communities.  ... read more »
In Charter School Fight, Urban League and National Action Network Ask NAACP: “Did You See the Numbers?”
May 23, 2019
The state chapters of the National Urban League (NUL) and the National Action Network (NAN) have teamed up to oppose the bills. They say the proposals amount to a “step backward” for African American charter school parents and their children. ... read more »
Black Women in California Say Democratic Party Takes Their Vote and Voice for Granted
May 10, 2019
They plan to share those grievances with fellow Democrats and officials of the party at the state CPD annual convention May 29 - June 2 in San Francisco. Activists have also organized a number of other events, including a rally and march on the State Capitol on June 22 to speak about some of their concerns and celebrate Black womanhood as they consolidate their political presence and power in the state. ... read more »
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