Sacramento & Other Calif. Cities Start Water-Waste Patrols

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SACRAMENTO – Steve Upton thinks of himself more as an “Officer Friendly” than a water cop. On a recent sunny day, the water waste inspector rolled through a quiet Sacramento neighborhood in his white pickup truck after a tipster tattled on people watering their lawns on prohibited days. He approached two culprits. Rather than slapping […]

Kevin Johnson Calls for Clippers Owner Donald Sterling To Be Suspended, Fined

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SACRAMENTO – Former NBA star and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has called for the NBA to suspend Donald Sterling indefinitely, appoint an executive or family member to run the team, and levy “the maximum fine possible” as punishment for the racist remarks purportedly made by the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner. Johnson is advising the National […]

Bill Says Schools Should Teach Racial Significance Of Obama Presidency

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SACRAMENTO — A bill that passed the Assembly with unanimous bipartisan support Thursday encourages California schools to teach students about the racial significance of Barack Obama’s presidency. The Assembly approved AB1912 with a 71-0 vote and no debate or discussion. It now heads to the state Senate. The bill by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, asks […]

Bill Seeks to Reduce Growing Corporate Wage Gap

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SACRAMENTO – A California effort to lead a national debate over the growing wage gap between CEOs and average workers took its first step in the state Legislature on Thursday with support from Democratic lawmakers, organized labor and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Reich said the bill would reward “responsible” companies with lower tax […]

4-year Prison Term in Calif. Mortgage Fraud Scheme

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SACRAMENTO – A 39-year-old Northern California man connected to a wide-ranging mortgage-lending scheme has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison. The Sacramento Bee reports Johnny “Jay” Grivette Jr. was also ordered Tuesday to pay more than $4 million in restitution to a list of lending institutions. Grivette’s Advantage Financial Partners of California was […]

Sacramento County Bans Outdoor Marijuana Crops

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SACRAMENTO – Sacramento County supervisors have unanimously voted to ban outdoor marijuana crops after hearing from law enforcement officials who said the region has seen an explosion of grow sites. The Sacramento Bee reports Sheriff Scott Jones told supervisors Tuesday that marijuana plants have increased throughout the county because of a lack of clarity in […]

Backers, Opponents of Michigan Ban React to Ruling

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DETROIT — The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday upholding the state’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions comes as the University of Michigan has been taking steps to reach out to minorities and make them feel welcome on campus. Blacks made up just 4.6 percent of undergraduate students last fall, a […]

California Bill Reignites Affirmative Action Fight

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SACRAMENTO — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the […]

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Affirmative Action Ban

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices […]

Defend ‘Obamacare’ Unabashedly, Some Democrats Say

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WASHINGTON — The outlook for the president’s health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it’s time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon. Activists in one Senate race are doing just that. Other Democratic candidates, however, remain wary, unsure that a modest dose […]