California State Senator Steven Bradford

Political Playback: News You Might Have Missed – June 8

Assembly Democrats Release Spending Plan Ahead of 2023-24 Budget Vote On May 24, California Assembly Democrats released a budget proposal which aims to close the state’s projected $31.5-billion-dollar deficit. In the plan, the lawmakers are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to close five more state prisons by 2027. This is an increase of three more prison closures than the number proposed in the Governor’s budget plan released in January. In the May budget revisions, Newsom declared that despite the closures, California “remains committed to meeting the needs of staff and the incarcerated populations while right-sizing California’s prison system to reflect

Black Cannabis Entrepreneurs Say State’s $30 Million Fee Waiver Fund May Not Be Enough

Alphonso “Tucky” Blunt, the owner of a marijuana product store in Oakland called Blunts and Moore, says his business is located in the same zip code where he was arrested for selling weed illegally in 2004.   Now that he is legit in the business – he opened his store a little over three years ago– Blunt says it is nearly impossible for Black and other minority-owned cannabis startups like his to make a profit in California.   “Where’s the tradeoff? I’ve been in the business for a few years and I’m still in the red. California has one of the highest

Exclusive: Gov. Newsom Talks Reparations, Recall and Future Goals

The dialogue occurred on Thursday, September 30, following Newsom’s signing of legislation to return Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of the original owners of the resort. Brooks met with the governor on the Bruce family property in Manhattan Beach and questioned him on reparations, the recent gubernatorial recall and his future goals.