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California State Parks Seeks Public Comment on Guidelines for Two Statewide Programs Totaling $46.2M in Grant Funding
October 4, 2019
The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) is seeking comment on draft guidelines for applying for $46.2 million in funding from two new statewide grant programs. State Parks will hold nine public meetings throughout the state in October and November to receive public feedback for the Regional Park Program and the Rural Recreation and Tourism Program created by Proposition 68 of 2018.    ... read more »
Seven Ways California’s New ‘Rent Cap’ Law Would Affect You
October 3, 2019
The film – with sentimental flashbacks of a bygone era - centers on the ongoing gentrification in California’s largest city and how it has sapped the blackness out of The Fillmore neighborhood in San Francisco, once a thriving African-American political and cultural hub in the Bay Area. ... read more »
California Charter Stories Bring Hard Data, First-Hand Experience to National School Choice Debate in D.C. at Black Caucus Conference
September 27, 2019
When the emancipation proclamation freed African-American slaves some 32 years later, slave-holding states like North Carolina did not automatically throw out the harsh anti-literacy legislation they had been using to oppress slaves. Those laws, the Jim Crow ones that followed, segregated schools, under-funded school districts – as well as other economic, political and social factors - all played a role in erecting barriers to a quality education for African Americans over the decades that followed. ... read more »
Rideshare Drivers, Union Form Alliance in Support of AB5
September 5, 2019
Over 100 Uber and Lyft drivers formed a caravan on August 25, embarking on a three day trip to Sacramento in support of AB5, a bill that would redefine independent contractor status in California.  Members of two unions, the Mobile Workers Alliance and Gig Workers Rising, joined the drivers; the group also stopping to rally at Uber headquarters in San Francisco and returning home on August 28. ... read more »
Some Californians Say Moving from Natural Gas to Electricity Will Cost Too Much
August 29, 2019
About a month ago, business and political representatives from more than 20 cities across the Inland Empire  - a metropolitan area east of Los Angeles that covers parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties - held a press conference in the city of Riverside. At the meeting, they sounded off against new California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rules designed to move energy users away from natural gas, toward electric power. ... read more »
A national crisis: Surging hate crimes and White Supremacists
August 15, 2019
A Saturday morning shooting rampage in El Paso, Texas on August 3 took the lives of 22 people, and seriously injured more than two dozen others. Reportedly, the alleged shooter wanted to kill as many Mexicans as he could. Armed with safety glasses, ear coverings and an assault-style rifle, the shooter entered a Walmart store during a back-to-school sale. ... read more »
Were You Affected by The Equifax Hack? Here’s How to File a Claim for Compensation
August 8, 2019
It has been nearly two years since Equifax announced that a historically massive data breach left the personal information over 147 million people (almost half of all Americans) vulnerable to theft. The consumer credit reporting giant agreed last month to a $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and 50 states and territories, $425 million of which has been set aside to compensate victims of the breach. ... read more »
CUSD Mourns the Passing of Beloved Board of Trustees Member, Margie N. Garrett
July 26, 2019
Ms. Garrett was elected to the Compton Unified School District Governing Board of Trustees in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. During Garrett’s first term she served as President, and Vice-President. Garrett continued her strong advocacy for public education and early child education as the Board’s Legislative Representative, leading CUSD’s legislative advocacy in Washington D.C. and in Sacramento. ... read more »
Rideshare Drivers Deserve Flexible Work Schedules
July 25, 2019
Rideshare platforms have significantly improved transportation options for communities of color, particularly in low-income neighborhoods that have been neglected by public transit fordecades. However, current legislation in Sacramento is threatening to take this option away, by forcing rideshare drivers to become employees instead of independent contractors. ... read more »
Hiring Black Census Employees in California Could Avert an Undercount in 2020
July 4, 2019
The California Census Office believes there will be higher participation among African Americans during next year’s census if “trusted messengers” help get the word out and go door-to-door conducting pre-surveys, educating people and helping some fill questionnaires in Black communities.  ... read more »
Lakers Announce 2019 Summer Leagues Roster
June 28, 2019
The Los Angeles Lakers announced the team’s roster for the California Classic in Sacramento and MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, highlighted by 2019 draftee Talen Horton-Tucker, along with South Bay Lakers' Marcus Allen and Jeffrey Carroll.  ... read more »
State Audit Shows CSU Concealed $1.5 Billion in Surplus
June 21, 2019
In a highly critical report, the state auditor found the California State University funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to accounts outside of the state Treasury, disregarded state laws covering transparency and used millions of dollars in revenue from campus parking permit fees to fund projects unrelated to the CSU parking program. The audit also showed that CSU campuses are keeping surplus funds in locally held accounts that are hidden from public view and state oversight. ... 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 »
Letting the ‘Cat’ Out of the Bag on Sacramento PD
May 23, 2019
Shocking. Shameful. Unconscionable. Intolerable. These are just a few of the terms used by those in reaction to word that a 12 year-old child was restrained by Sacramento police officers who then placed a white plastic bag over his head and shoulders. Let’s review recent events in the City of Sacramento, who many are now referring to as “SacraSelma” in reference to the civil rights struggles that emanated from Selma, Alabama during the civil rights battles of the turbulent 1960’s. ... 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 »
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