‘A Trusted Comrade,’ Black Press Legend George Curry Dies at 69

(NNPA) – The Black Press lost one of it’s most celebrated warriors when George Curry, veteran journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of the NNPA News Wire, died from an apparent heart attack on Saturday, August 20. Curry was 69. “On behalf of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), we are all saddened and heartbroken by the […]

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 […]

Voice Message Escalates Concerns over Education Bill in Black Faith Community

SACRAMENTO – A colorful voicemail left on the cell phone of a Southern California pastor by an experienced state Capitol staffer has brought more attention to a bill making the rounds in Sacramento and brought into question how political staff members and constituents should interact. Pastor Marc T. Little of Faithful Central Bible Church in […]

Talks stall on $400 million in California affordable housing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s Assembly speaker conceded defeat Thursday on negotiations over a plan to inject $400 million into affordable housing projects, a deal that was included in the $122 billion budget compromise legislative leaders negotiated with Gov. Jerry Brown this spring. The funding was contingent on lawmakers approving Brown’s controversial “by right” housing […]

Drought’s on, but mandatory cuts off for most in California

SAN FRANCISCO,CALIF (AP) – The orange-and-black automated signs lining state highways still warn that California is in severe drought, but Californians this summer are getting a second chance to show whether they can save water without the state ordering them. After lifting nine months of mandatory state water conservation for families and non-farm businesses, authorities […]

Lawmakers Question Effectiveness of Cap-And-Trade Program

(CBM) – California’s cap-and-trade program is under scrutiny from state lawmakers who are concerned revenue collected from the program isn’t finding its way to disadvantaged communities. The program, signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 as part of California s landmark environmental bill AB 32, is supposed to help lower harmful greenhouse gas […]

Sacramento Police Shooting Sparks Federal Lawsuit (VIDEO)

SACRAMENTO — On the morning of July 11, 51-year-old Joseph Curtis Mann was shot at about 18 times in North Sacramento by two Sacramento Police Department officers, who say the homeless man was in possession of a knife. Mann, a mentally ill person who was a former employee of the California Department of Corrections and […]

Experts: 2 killings by police were tragic, likely justified

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two fatal police shootings in the Los Angeles area in the last two weeks began the same way: officers thinking a suspect had a gun. In one, police say a 14-year-old boy fired at them and they found a weapon. In the other, a 27-year-old man police believed was a carjacking […]

Parks promised to poor neighborhoods unbuilt years later

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A decade after California voters approved spending $400 million to build parks in some of the state’s poorest neighborhoods, an Associated Press review found fewer than half the 126 projects have been built. Now Democratic lawmakers want to add another $1 billion to the program. State officials say the long […]

Debate over Cannabis Bill, Continues as Election Day Approaches

(CBM) – With the vote on whether to allow Californians to spark one up legally three months away, a number of lawmen have spoken out against an initiative that if given a thumbs up by voters, would make recreational use of marijuana legal. Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s President Tom Dominguez told the media […]