Former Speaker Perez Seeks Recount in California Controller Race

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SACRAMENTO – Former Assembly Speaker John Perez said Sunday he will request a recount of votes cast in the June 3 primary contest for state controller, in which preliminary results show he does not have enough votes to advance to the November general election. Vote tallies submitted so far to the secretary of state’s office […]

Employement Numbers for Blacks Best in Six years

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WASHINGTON – The Black unemployment rate hit a six-year low in June, dipping below 11 percent for the first time since August 2008. Last week, the Labor Department reported that the Black jobless rate was 10.7 percent in June, compared to the White unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent. The unemployment rate for Black men […]

Former Sac PD Detective Set To Discuss Oak Park Serial Killer

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OAK PARK — OBSERVER Staff Writer and author Antonio R. Harvey will hold another book discussion about serial killer Morris Solomon Jr. at Underground Books in Oak Park. But this time, Harvey will have a special guest. Former Sacramento Police homicide detective John Cabrera will also appear at the free event from 2:00 p.m. to […]

Entrepreneur Helps Women Defend Themselves

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SACRAMENTO – Some view women as the “weaker sex” and therefore more vulnerable. A local woman is coming to their defense, literally. Dannie Marie Hargrow is an independent sales representative for Diva Pro Defense. As such, she sells self-defense tools for women including stun guns, pepper spray, alarms, and kubatons. Ms. Hargrow points out that […]

Feds: Covered California Failed to Verify of Information and Resolve Discrepancies

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SACRAMENTO — California’s marketplace for buying individual health insurance often failed to verify important personal information and resolve discrepancies in applications, a critical process in determining if people are eligible for taxpayer subsidies, a federal watchdog said Tuesday. Covered California did not resolve inconsistencies in data, failed to verify citizenship and legal residence, and entered […]

Poll finds Californians See Wealth Gap Growing

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SACRAMENTO — A majority of Californians are unhappy with income distribution in the state, but they are divided over whether the government should do more to intervene or further raise the minimum wage, according to a Field Poll released Wednesday. The survey found that 54 percent of California adults said they were dissatisfied with the […]

NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock to Address First Open Public Meeting of NAACP Annual Convention

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LAS VEGAS – NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock will address the 105th NAACP Annual Convention at the first Open Public Mass Meeting on Sunday, July 20. The event is being held in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel Convention Center. Ms. Brock will address delegates who represent NAACP branches from across the country. She […]

Harlem Globetrotters’ Summer Basketball Clinics Comes to Sacramento

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DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO – They’ve got skills and they’ll share them. The iconic Harlem Globetrotters bring their Summer Basketball Clinics to Sacramento this month. Registration is now open. Designed for boys and girls ages 6-12, each clinic will be led by Globetrotter stars. The fun-filled two hour program is inspired by the games, tricks and moves […]

Governor Signs Bill To Streamline Teacher Firings

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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday making it easier for school districts to fire abusive teachers, capping an effort that gained momentum after a particularly egregious case of misconduct in Los Angeles highlighted how difficult it can be to remove problem teachers. AB215 takes effect Jan. 1 after several failed attempts in recent […]

USATF CHAMPIONSHIPS: Jones Runs 12.89 in 100 hurdles Prelims

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EAST SACRAMENTO — Lolo Jones ran an impressive 12.89 seconds in the prelims of the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the USA Track and Field Championships Friday evening. Jones’ time was her best this year and the sixth fastest mark in the world this season. All eyes are on Jones to see how she would perform […]