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Gov. Sets Up Advisory Team on Aging as Golden State Population Grows Grayer
September 27, 2019
After Carl Maryland retired in 2009, he started playing for a team in the Sacramento Golden Seniors Softball Club league. ... read more »
Camouflaged Vaping Devices Are Hoodwinking Parents And Schools
September 20, 2019
In yet another twist for worried parents: Meet the vaping hoodie. This high school fashion mainstay — defined by a hood with drawstrings — is now available as a vaping device, ready to deliver a puff of nicotine (or marijuana) anywhere, anytime. Including in the classroom. ... read more »
California Now Has One of the Strongest Police Use-of-Force Laws In the Country
August 22, 2019
 Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law one of the strongest measures in the country intended to deter police officers from killing civilians while pursuing criminal suspects. ... read more »
L.A. County Woman Receives Governor’s Pardon
August 16, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom has granted pardons to seven people, including Susan H. Burton, a former inmate from East L.A. who now helps other women transition from prison to society. ... read more »
California Officer Likely Unaware of Killer’s Criminal Past
August 15, 2019
The man who suddenly grabbed a rifle and opened fire during a traffic stop just off a Southern California freeway had a long and violent criminal history that the police officer he killed most likely knew nothing about as he filled out paperwork alongside the road. ... read more »
California sues over $1B in canceled high-speed rail money
May 30, 2019
California sued Tuesday to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $1 billion for the state’s high-speed rail project, escalating the state’s feud with the federal government. ... 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 »
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 »
Black Religious Groups, Non-Profits Can Apply for Security Grants as Gov Prioritizes Hate Crimes With $15M Emergency Fund
May 2, 2019
African American churches, mosques and other religious organizations are among vulnerable non-profits in California eligible to apply for security grants after Gov. Gavin Newsom approved $15 million in emergency funds this week to help religious and community-based groups protect themselves against hate crimes.  ... read more »
Black Caucus Chair: Charter School Bills Overlook Too Many Crucial Questions
April 18, 2019
Three charter school bills the Assembly Education Committee cleared recently leave too many unanswered questions, says Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego). She is the chair of the Legislative Black Caucus and a member of the Assembly Education Committee ... read more »
Black Legislator Under Fire for Legislation Capping Charter Schools
March 28, 2019
About 6,000 supporters showed up at the state Capitol in Sacramento recently to rally against four pieces of unfriendly charter school legislation, one co-sponsored by McCarty. If passed, school choice advocates say the bills could curb the growth of charter schools in California. They also fear the proposals could begin the dismantling of the existing 1,323 taxpayer-funded independent schools in the state. ... read more »
Both Applause and Outrage Follow Gov’s Decision to Halt Death Penalty
March 22, 2019
The move he has described as a “moral” decision sparked outrage across the state, particularly in some quarters of the state’s Republican establishment and among some victims’ families and a large number of county prosecutors. Many of them have been vocal advocates of capital punishment over the years.  ... read more »
Gov. Newsom Puts Charter Schools Under Same ‘Transparency’ Rules as District Schools
March 8, 2019
Supporters of the bill say it adds more accountability and strengthens the flexibility and autonomy their schools need to innovate for students. For them, it also formalizes transparency and governance practices already followed by a majority of charter schools throughout the state.  ... read more »
Fresh hopes, familiar disappointment follow Gov. Newsom’s  call for new DNA testing in Kevin Cooper case 
February 28, 2019
On Friday, Feb. 22, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered new DNA tests in a 35-year-old quadruple murder case involving African-American death row inmate, Kevin Cooper.   ... 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 »
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