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State, Local Officials Take Actions to Tackle Homelessness Crisis 
November 10, 2022
California state and local officials are serious about tackling the state's growing homelessness crisis head on as it continues to rise. Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation related to solving this issue. Over $15.3 billion has been budgeted in housing programs aimed at curtailing California's homeless. ... read more »
Pres. Obama Endorses Rep. Bass to be L.A.’s Next Mayor 
November 3, 2022
Gov. Gavin Newsom has not yet endorsed a candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, but former President Barack Obama did 10 days before the General Election on Nov. 8.  ... read more »
Prop 1 Aims to Amend State Constitution to Protect Abortion Rights   
October 27, 2022
California voters are being asked to decide on whether or not language in the California Constitution should be changed to explicitly ensure the right to reproductive health. Proposition 1, proposed by Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), amends the California constitution to prohibit the state from interfering with one’s right to choose to have an abortion or refuse contraceptives. ... read more »
Newsom Signs Legislation Funding Nation’s First Black Women’s Think Tank
September 15, 2022
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a budget trailer bill approving $5 million in funding to the California State University at Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) to house the California Black Women’s Think Tank. ... read more »
Cal Attorney General Wants FDA Standards for Menthol Cigarettes Finalized
August 25, 2022
Last year, a version of the ordinance that exempted menthol cigarettes was opposed by Black council members Mark Ridley-Thomas, Marqueece Harris Dawson and Curren Price. They argued that studies have found Black Americans are the racial/ethnic group most likely to use menthol cigarettes and are 25 times more likely than White Americans to do so. ... read more »
Monkeypox Health Crisis: How California is Responding
August 11, 2022
As the monkeypox virus outbreak spreads across the globe, Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will need to galvanize “forces” across regions and relax some state regulations and statutes to combat a disease that poses a threat greater than local authorities may be able to respond to effectively. ... read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »

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