California court rules for city in affordable housing fight

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California cities have broad authority to require builders to include a percentage of affordable housing in new projects, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. The decision keeps intact affordable housing requirements approved in more than 170 California cities, including San Francisco and communities in Silicon Valley, where skyrocketing housing prices have […]

California Legislature passes record $117.5 billion budget

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SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers passed a record $117.5 billion spending plan with overwhelming support Monday, but the budget that would send more money to public schools and establish a new tax credit for the working poor is unlikely to go into effect. Democratic leaders were able to galvanize Senate and Assembly lawmakers behind the proposal, […]

Minister Tony Muhammad Calls on Black Elected Officials to Oppose Supporting SB 277

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) –  Minister Tony Muhammad, a Western Regional Representative of the Nation of Islam, decried Senate Bill 277 at a rally in front of the California state capitol on Tuesday. Muhammad said he spoke for Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, when he criticized the legislation commonly called the “School Vaccine Bill.” He […]

Study Reveals that 385+ Killed by Cops in 2015

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(NNPA) – Over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, 56 people were shot, 12 of them fatally. These numbers leaped from a story about the controversy surrounding “Chiraq,” the title of Spike Lee’s new film. Many residents are upset by the title that blends Chicago with Iraq, thereby suggesting the city of Chicago and the country […]

Lynching, Love, and Strong Performances Define “Levee James” Play

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EAST SACRAMENTO — There are numerous stories from the Jim Crow era that express the disturbing acts of lynching and violence against southern Black people in the deep south states. Mixed in with solid performances by a cast of three dynamic actors, S.M. Shephard-Massat’s stage play “Levee James” ushers in awareness of another side of […]

Award Winning Grant Pacer Drumline Looks To National Parade

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DEL PASO HEIGHTS —  With only a few weeks before America celebrates its birthday, Grant High School’s talented and gifted members of the  school’s Drumline still need a little financial push to fund its important 4th of July excursion to Washington, D.C. The youthful musical group were invited by the National Selection Committee to represent California […]

Vaccinations: Losing the Option to Opt Out

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(CBM) – Singer Chaka Khan’s sister, Tammy McCrary, believes there is a link between her 17-year-old son’s Autism and a Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) shot a pediatrician gave him when he was a two-year-old toddler. Before agreeing, with reluctance, to the doctor’s recommendation for the multi-dose vaccine, McCrary says she preferred a holistic approach to […]

Black Graduates Face a Tough Job Market

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  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – College graduates will enter a job market this year that is better than it has been in recent years, but they will still face a tough climb. That climb will be especially difficult for Black college graduates who will grapple with a jobless rate that is still in the double digits, […]

A Push to Address Black-on-Black Violence

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  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As cities across the country have mobilized massive street protests over police violence and misconduct, a familiar question has been raised by their opponents: Why does violence within the Black community garner less concern than police violence? According to crowd-sourced database, Mapping Police Violence, 304 Black people died at the hands […]

Study: Minorities in retail get paid less, promoted less

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WASHINGTON (AP) — African-American and Latino cashiers, salespeople and first-line managers are paid less, are less likely to be promoted off the floor and more likely to be poorer than their white counterparts in the retail industry, a new study showed Tuesday. The study, done by the NAACP and Demos, a public policy organization, found […]