California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state’s landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, a strong advocate of […]

Young, Black Job Seekers Spruce Up Resumes, Aviation Careers Opening

(CBM) – Recent college grads and job seekers under the age of 31 have a week to fly into a job applicant pool for a well-paying gig with the country’s national aviation authority. The Federal Aviation Administration is accepting applications from entry-level candidates across the U.S. for air traffic controller positions until August 15. And […]

Ford recalls 830K vehicles to fix faulty door latches

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 830,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Mexico because parts in the side door latches can break and the doors can open while the vehicles are moving. The recall announced Thursday covers certain 2013 to 2015 Ford Escape SUVs and C-Max cars, and 2012 to 2015 Focus cars. Also […]

Debt-collection proposals: Fewer calls, easier to dispute

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers could no longer receive multiple calls per day from debt collectors and would have more ability to dispute their bills under proposals released Thursday to overhaul the multibillion-dollar debt collection industry. The new rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would also require collectors to have more documentation to prove […]

Sacramento County Plastic Bag Ban Takes Affect

Sacramento – Sacramento County will become the 149th jurisdiction in the state to implement a plastic bag ban on July 1. This is the same day that was supposed to be the start date of the statewide plastic bag ban, a ban that has been delayed by out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers, and will now be […]

Carol’s Books close to reopening

NORTH SACRAMENTO – It’s been almost five years until the day when Carol’s Books bookstore in North Sacramento closed due to flooding of the popular African American business. But through the struggles, constant persistence and never-ending hope, the bookstore’s operator Sharon Wright is near reopening the facility on Del Paso Boulevard. There’s not a date […]

California Pension Fund CEO Sentenced for Bribery

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge Tuesday sentenced the former head of the nation’s largest public pension fund to four and 1/2 years in prison in a case in which the pension fund CEO acknowledged accepting more than $200,000 in bribes and trying to steer investments to help an associate. Senior U.S. District Court […]

California ballot measure blamed for shoplifting jump

ROCKLIN, Calif. (AP) — Perry Lutz says his struggle to survive as a small businessman became a lot harder after California voters reduced theft penalties 1½ years ago. About a half-dozen times this year, shoplifters have stolen expensive drones or another of the remote-controlled toys he sells in HobbyTown USA, a small shop in Rocklin, […]

Banking woes easing for some legal pot businesses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a once-empty office in Oregon’s Department of Revenue headquarters, officials have created a mini-fortress. Recently hired workers sit behind bulletproof glass at a window inaccessible to the public. Police officers brought out of retirement roam the building with handguns on their hips. Security cameras monitor the hallways. The changes, paid […]

City of Sacramento, Sierra Health Foundation & Sac Black Chamber partner in survey of Black owned businesses

(SACRAMENTO) – In the mid to late 1990s through State Proposition 209 it became unnecessary to collect data on minority and women owned businesses and as a result it’s become increasingly difficult to determine who those businesses are, where they are and what their needs are. The Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce in partnership with […]