California may limit liability of self-driving carmakers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners. If adopted, the regulations drafted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles would protect these carmakers […]

California rampage puts spotlight on homemade ‘ghost guns’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gunman who killed his wife and four others in a rampage in Northern California this week found an easy way around a court order prohibiting him from having guns: He built his own at home. Kevin Neal, 44, was armed with what authorities believe were two high-powered rifles that he […]

California ‘Obamacare’ enrollment up slightly from last year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s health insurance marketplace says enrollment is up slightly from the same period last year despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back the federal health care law. Covered California officials said Thursday that 48,000 new consumers used their service to sign up for health coverage during the first two weeks […]

Unauthorized Mural Damages 102-Year-Old Guild Theater

(OAK PARK) – A recent tribute to local men who have died at the hands of local law enforcement officers was painted on the wall of the Guild Theater in Oak Park. However, the artists never asked the property owner for permission, and now the mural could have serious ramifications. Tracy Stigler, the president of […]

NAACP Set to Change Tax Status to Engage Politically

(NNPA) – After being eclipsed in recent years by Color of Change, Black Lives Matter and other younger, more tech savvy and politically-pointed groups, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization will change its tax status. The group’s leaders said that the new tax status would allow them to be more aggressive politically. During […]

Gas Tax & Vehicle Fees Bump May Benefit State’s Black Business Owners (VIDEO)

(CBM) – A looming hike on the price of gasoline and new vehicle registration fees that will pay for improving the Golden State’s crumbling roadways will send millions of dollars of infrastructure work to minority and women-owned agencies and firms. State Senator Steve Bradford, a Los Angeles-area legislator, said in an Aug. 17 interview with […]

BAPAC Elects New Interim Leader At Annual Conference (VIDEO)

SACRAMENTO, CALIF (CBM) – The Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) elected a new interim president during their state convention held in Sacramento from October 20-21. San Diego Chapter president Dr. Willie P. Blair was selected to serve the nearly 40 year-old organization founded by the late Percy Pinkey, a longtime aide to U.S. […]

New NAACP President Speaks on Education & Charter Schools

LOS ANGELES (CBM) – Equitable education is a top priority for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which re-emphasized its call for a moratorium on charter school expansion during its California Hawaii 30th Annual State Convention at the LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles Oct. 26-29. The NAACP contends that charter […]

Initiative would expand DNA gathering, restrict early parole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Monday proposed a ballot measure that would bar certain convicted rapists and sex traffickers from being eligible for early release and expand the list of crimes for which a perpetrator’s DNA is collected. Assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove, a former Sacramento County Sheriff’s captain, said he’s […]

Remembered as a True Legend on Screen and Broadway, Robert Guillaume Dies at 89

(NNPA) – Family members, friends and fans are grieving the loss of television and stage icon Robert Guillaume, who died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Guillaume, 89, is survived by his second wife, Donna Brown, a son and three daughters. “He was a pioneer and what he did with his role as [Benson DuBois] was […]