Survey: Minorities make up 14 percent of state lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only 14 percent of state legislators are minorities, according to a report released on Monday. The New American Leaders Project surveyed state lawmakers in 2015 and found that black politicians held around 9 percent of the seats, Latino and Latina politicians held about 4 percent of the seats and Asian American politicians […]

San Francisco mayor asks feds for probe of police shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has requested a federal investigation of the police shooting of a young black man, along with a broader look into the department. Lee asked for the probe of the Mario Woods shooting in a letter to U.S. Attorney Gen. Loretta Lynch that was made public Monday. […]

Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson doc a tribute to his music

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — As a young artist, Michael Jackson knew he wanted to be legendary. “I will be magic,” he wrote as a teenager, outlining his plans for his career. “I will be better than every great actor roped in one.” Jackson’s drive to succeed and his striking talent as a singer, dancer […]

KVIE Documentary Tells Story Of Byron Rumford Sr. And California Housing Practices

SACRAMENTO —Doug Harris Sr. made good on a promise when he was given an ultimatum from his mom to make a documentary of how Assemblyman Byron Rumford Sr. was able to create and pass a bill to eliminate unfair housing practices in California. In nearly three years, Harris, a filmmaker, researched, produced, and directed the […]

Gov. Jerry Brown Urges Fiscal Caution in State of the State Address

(AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown urged fiscal caution Thursday in his State of the State address, calling for lawmakers to beef up California’s rainy day fund and pay for long-delayed infrastructure repairs instead of pursuing expensive new programs. As he did in his budget proposal last week, Brown sought funding for health care and transportation […]

Kings Continue To Roll, Beat Atlanta For Fourth Straight Victory

NORTH NATOMAS — It was a battle right down to the wire, but the Sacramento Kings hung on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 91-88 on Jan. 21 for their longest winning streak of the season. After coming off three straight victories on the road, the Kings notch the fourth at Sleep Train Arena in front […]

Attorney General defends executive actions on guns as legal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama’s executive actions curbing guns before Congress on Wednesday, telling lawmakers that the president took lawful steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly. “I have complete confidence that the common sense steps announced by the president are […]

Inspector General says some emails on Clinton’s server were beyond top secret

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the classified emails found on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s home server were even more sensitive than top secret, according to an inspector general for the intelligence community. Inspector General Charles I. McCullough sent a letter to lawmakers last Friday saying that several dozen additional classified emails have been […]

Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over its all-white acting nominees and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith both announcing they would sit out this year’s ceremony, the academy’s president said it was time for major changes — and soon. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President […]

Carmela Smith: Young Leader Enjoys Working Behind The Scene

SACRAMENTO — Carmela Smith is genuinely a young, gifted, and talented woman of color. Ms. Smith is also one Sacramento’s millennials who is very involved in community affairs. Among the many events that take place around the Sacramento area, Ms. Smith could possibly be in the room somewhere. But the Oak Park native certainly won’t […]