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Coastal Commission Approves Sweeping New Environmental Justice Policy to Increase Coastal Protections for All Californians
March 22, 2019
The commission adopted the policy on Friday, March 8 at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Since 1999, California has passed a series bills advancing the concept of environmental justice, which emerged out of the civil rights movement. In recent years, the push to correct long-standing inequities that have disproportionately burdened lower-income communities of color has been increasing with a number of state agencies working to adopt similar policies. ... read more »
State Agency Faces Elimination After First Black Woman Takes Charge 
March 14, 2019
 In January, members of the California Board of Equalization (BOE) selected Malia M. Cohen, former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, to chair the 140-year-old state agency.  ... 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 »
CLBC Members Kick Off MLK Celebration in The Capitol City
January 22, 2019
The event was held at the Sacramento Masonic Temple. The Rev. Al Sharpton gave the keynote address. The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) serves as a body to ensure that pressing issues facing Black Americans in California are brought to the forefront of policy and budgetary decisions. Newsom praised the group for its continual work. Newsom said, “What you guys have accomplished in the last four or five years is extraordinary. What you guys did should be a point of pride. It’s not about the legislature versus the executive. ... read more / watch video »
Newsom Shares Vision for California in Inauguration Speech 
January 10, 2019
Former Mayor of San Francisco and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was sworn in as California’s 40th governor on Monday to the backdrop of serene gospel music provided by Compton-based choir Voice of Destiny. Newsom’s first speech as governor touched on his vision for California and his plans to keep the Golden State in the national spotlight.  ... read more »
California Moves 2020 Primary Up to March and Joins “Super Tuesday” Voting
December 27, 2018
Early voting in California’s primary will overlap with the traditional early nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. That could force the sprawling field of Democrats to navigate those states as well as California’s notoriously complex landscape, where campaigning is done through paid political ads. ... read more »
San Francisco mayor asks for brother’s early prison release
December 27, 2018
San Francisco's mayor has joined other members of her family in requesting an early release from prison for an older brother who has served nearly two decades of a 44-year sentence on a manslaughter conviction. ... read more »
Sen. Holly J. Mitchell’s Bills to Protect Youth, Fight Sexual Harassment Take Effect Jan. 1, 2019
December 20, 2018
After a busy year of legislative work, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell will see several of her new laws take effect Jan. 1, 2019, including reforms in criminal justice that will protect youth and help shore up families and communities. ... read more »
Survey Shows Black Voters Support Newsom, But Not All Democratic Policies
October 12, 2018
African Americans usually vote overwhelmingly for the Democratic Party, but that doesn't mean they are always in line with Democratic state issues. Findings from a recent poll of 1,200 African American voters conducted by Evitarus, a public opinion research firm released new data that shares insight into black voters in California. ... read more »
California’s Net Neutrality Legislation Hit with Lawsuit
October 11, 2018
The FCC voted last December to repeal Obama-era protections and the net neutrality rules, approved by the same organization two years earlier, prohibited Internet service providers – such Comcast and Verizon – from speeding up or slowing down traffic from specific websites and apps. ... read more »
Climate Summit Predicts Floods Across the Globe
September 21, 2018
The U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists wrote: “Global warming is making heavy rain more frequent in many areas of the country. With human alteration of the land—like the engineering of rivers, the destruction of natural protective systems, and increased construction on floodplains—many parts of the U.S. are at greater risk of destructive floods.“ ... read more »
L.A. County Votes to Further Study ‘Reform L.A. Jails’ Initiative
September 14, 2018
Dozens of advocates of criminal justice reform urged the board to simply adopt the Reform L.A. Jails initiative, which has garnered enough signatures to be certified for the November 2020 ballot. The measure would also prioritize alternatives to incarceration over jail construction. ... read more »
State Bill Streamlines Path For Clippers’ Move to Inglewood
September 6, 2018
Legislation that would streamline the state environmental review process for the proposed Los Angeles Clippers arena in Inglewood is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after winning unanimous approval from the state Senate and passing in the Assembly, 68-4. ... read more »
New Law to Make California First State to End Bail
August 30, 2018
California's new law is the latest development in the nationwide debate over bail, which many people say unfairly punishes people for being poor. Other states including New Jersey, Alaska and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems, although no other state has completely eliminated bail. ... read more »
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