California lawmakers OK bill prompted by slaying of officer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has passed a bill tightening parole policies after a gang member with repeated probation violations was accused of killing a police officer near Los Angeles. The Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to send the measure to the state Senate. The bill would require officials to evaluate an inmate’s entire […]

CA’s Hidden Secret: It’s Not So Progressive When It Come’s To Police Accountability

(CBM) – Rev. Al Sharpton civil rights leader, and leadership of his organization National Action Network, Western Region President Rev. K.W. Tullos and President, Rev. Shane Harris, San Diego chapter took to the State Capitol today to urge Assemblymember Lorena Gonzales-Fletcher (D-San Diego) head of the Assembly Appropriations and her colleagues to support and pass […]

Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs supporting low-income individuals to balance the government’s books over the next decade. The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting […]

$400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said Monday. Much of the cost would be offset by existing state, federal and private spending on health coverage, the analysis […]

Statewide Senior Coalition Rally Lawmakers (Video)

(CBM) – Over 300 seniors rallied at the state Capitol last Thursday to support efforts to streamline the way the state deals with policy and budget allocations for senior citizens in the state. In 2015, the Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care issued a report calling for the creation of a Senate Standing […]

Odyssey Media’s ‘Keys to Success’ Elevates Black Women-owned Businesses

(NNPA) – In an effort to increase opportunities for Black women entrepreneurs, Odyssey Media launched “Keys to Success: Access to Capital,” a $25,000 business pitch competition and digital workshop series for women of color who own and operate small businesses. The Coca-Cola Company’s “5by20 Initiative” supported Odyssey Media in the launch of the competition and […]

Gov. Brown’s Revised Budget Focuses on Education and Healthcare (Video)

(CBM) – During his presentation of the 2017-18 revised budget proposal, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Californians lean times were ahead. According to Brown, state residents should prepare for future budget cuts. The May budget revision has adjusted the shortfall from more than $5 billion in January to $3.3 billion. However, Brown said it was important […]

Down 25 Points in 1st Half, Warriors Come Back To Beat Spurs in Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors overcame a 25-point deficit in the first half to come back to beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-111 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Stephen Curry had 40 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals for the Warriors, who are now 9-0 in the NBA […]

Equality Index for Blacks Inches Closer to Whites in the 2017 Report

(NNPA) – In their annual State of Black America report, called “Protect Our Progress,” the National Urban League (NUL) suggested that the nation should invest in a “Main Street Marshall Plan” that would solidify gains made by Black Americans during the Obama Administration. The plan includes many policy ideas the NUL has proposed in previous […]

Voucher proposals expose rift in school choice movement

(AP) – For two decades, a loose-knit group that includes some of the country’s wealthiest people has underwritten the political push for school choice, promoting ballot initiatives and candidates who favor competition for traditional public schools. But when a member of this elite group was elevated to education secretary, the appointment opened a philosophical schism […]