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California Commits $100 Million to Producing Its Own Insulin
July 21, 2022
On July 7, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will be the first state to produce its own insulin in an effort to drive down costs for diabetics statewide. ... read more »
Newsom Signs $308 Billion Budget, Californians to Get ‘Inflation Relief’ Checks
July 8, 2022
Around 23 million California residents will receive “inflation relief” checks of up to $1,050 soon. The aid is included in the new budget deal reached by state lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, June 26. ... read more »
Groups Uniting to Oppose Landmark California Mental Health Legislation
June 23, 2022
Senate Bill (SB) 1338, also known as the CARE Court Program, is attracting growing resistance as it makes its way through the legislative process. Some legal advocacy and civil rights groups say the law would negatively Blacks and other minorities. ... read more »
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Advocates Pressure Gov. Newsom to Fund Health Equity, Racial Justice in Final Budget
June 16, 2022
The initiative supports community-based organizations addressing the underlying social, environmental and economic factors that limit people’s opportunities to be healthy -- such as poverty, violence and trauma, environmental hazards, and access to affordable housing and healthy food. Health advocates would also address longstanding California problems related to health equity and racial justice problems. ... read more »
Four California Criminal Justice Reform Laws That Took Effect This Year
June 9, 2022
Two weeks ago, President Joe Biden signed a federal policing accountability executive order based on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 authored by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA-37). That action supplements other criminal justice reforms affecting Californians that took place this year. Several other criminal justice reforms at the state level went into effect in January. ... read more »
Domestic Violence Orgs Request Prevention Funding in Final Budget
June 9, 2022
Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom released his May Revise of the state budget. Included in the whopping $300.6 billion budget proposal are generous allocations to fund initiatives in health, higher education, public safety, and other areas. ... read more »
Water Expert: Make Conservation a ‘Family Project’ as State Drought Gets Worse
June 2, 2022
African American water experts are joining state officials calling on Californians to conserve as much water as possible in preparation for an abnormally dry summer ahead. ... read more »
California, Federal Gov’t Set Policies, Programs to Arrest Inflation
May 26, 2022
As the costs of goods surge nationwide along with gas prices, Gov. Gavin Newsom is committing $18.1 billion in “inflation relief” to Californians through the California Blueprint, his mid-year revised budget proposal. ... read more »
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Strong Support, Harsh Criticisms Follow Gov. Newsom’s Budget Into Final Negotiations
May 26, 2022
On May 13, Gov. Gavin Newsom held a press conference in Sacramento to present his $300.6 billion revised budget for fiscal year 2022-23. He has dubbed the spending plan the California Blueprint. It is the largest budget proposal in the 172-year history of the state. ... read more »
State Ed Chief Thurmond Is Piecing Together the Future of California’s Post-Pandemic Education
April 28, 2022
“The pandemic really did put a spotlight on places where there were big holes and gaps and inequities,” Thurmond told California Black Media (CBM). “In a nation with the wealth we have, that there should be a digital divide, I think that’s just a big example of the kinds of inequities that have existed.” ... read more »
Celebrating Earth Day, Calif. Leaders Focus on Water and Pollution
April 28, 2022
Last week, people around the world celebrated Earth Week with commemorations and activities leading up to Earth Day, on Friday, April 22. ... read more »
Black Water Leaders: Outreach ‘Critically Important’ in Newsom’s Conservation Plan
April 7, 2022
California is under a state of emergency due to continuing drought conditions affecting more than 95% of state residents. ... read more »
California’s New CARE Court Is Justice Option for People Addicted, Mentally Ill
April 7, 2022
Gov. Gavin Newsom has met with some of the state's counties to promote CARE Court, a mental health framework the state created to help people who are suffering from mental illness and Substance Use Disorder. ... read more »
Gov’s Relief Plan Would Send Over $9 Billion in Direct Payments to Californians
March 31, 2022
The plan includes a mix of direct payments to individuals; suspension of public transportation fares tax rebates; and support for state, county and municipal programs that align with the governor’s goal to make California a zero-emissions state by 2035. ... read more »
Toks Omishakin, Transportation Sec. Nominee, Moves Up to Cabinet Level
March 17, 2022
Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA). ... read more »
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