Sacramento Area Walmart Stores to Host “Walmart Wellness Day” events

SACRAMENTO – All Sacramento area Walmart stores will be hosting the first Walmart Wellness Day event of the year on Saturday, January 20. This free health screening event provides residents an opportunity to learn valuable health information, including: Blood glucose, Blood pressure, Body mass index, Low-cost immunizations. In select locations, customers can also take advantage […]

Cost climbs by $2.8 billion for California bullet train

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The estimated cost for the first phase of California’s bullet train climbed by 35 percent on Tuesday to $10.6 billion, the latest increase for the ambitious project to run a high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The $2.8 billion price hike for a 119-mile (191-kilometer) segment in the […]

CA Legislative Black Caucus Responds to Trump’s “Shithole’ Countries” comment

Sacramento, CA – On Thursday January 11th, during a discussion about protecting immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries, President Trump referred to those countries as “shithole countries.” The California Legislative Black Caucus, chaired by Assemblymember Chris Holden, released the following statement: “Trump’s comments are more than just an ignorant assessment about certain countries. […]

Trump marks King day out of view, buffeted by race claims

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump marked his first Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday Monday largely out of public view, buffeted by accusations that he used a racially tinged word to describe African countries and scoffed at the suggestion of admitting more Haitians to the U.S. Trump decamped to his Florida […]

Trump denies he used vulgarity to describe African countries

WASHINGTON (AP) — In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. Trump on Friday denied using that language. […]

Africa startled by Trump’s sudden and vulgar attention

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africans were shocked on Friday to find President Donald Trump had finally taken an interest in their continent. But it wasn’t what people had hoped for. Using vulgar language, Trump on Thursday questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Champion for Equity in Education

(NNPA) – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s influence on the Civil Rights Movement is indisputable, but his fight for equity in education remains a mystery to some. That fight began with his own education. “He clearly had an advanced, refined educational foundation from Booker T. Washington High School, Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston […]

Kay Coles James Becomes First Black Woman to Lead the Conservative Heritage Foundation

(NNPA) – Kay Coles James, the newest president of the conservative Heritage Foundation and the first African American woman to lead the organization, said that she plans to set an example for engaging with people of different political stripes to have a positive impact in the Black community and America. “I’ve seen the rhetoric heighten […]

California looks for ways around federal tax changes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic California lawmakers are exploring ways to blunt the impact of the new federal tax law on the state’s taxpayers. Federal law has long allowed people to deduct their state and local taxes from their federal tax bill, but the tax overhaul signed last month by President Donald Trump caps that […]

OBSERVER’s 2017 Persons Of The Year: Derrell and Tina Roberts

  SACRAMENTO – Vans bearing the logo of the Roberts Family Development Center (RFDC) typically transport area youth to different activities throughout town. One recently took North area residents to San Francisco to see how the city integrated a homeless shelter into a community there — as Sacramento was proposing to do in their neighborhood. […]