Judge Rules Against California Death Penalty. CA NAACP Applauds Decision

Prison cell at Alcatraz Island

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled California’s death penalty unconstitutional. The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney follows a similar ruling in Northern California that has kept the death penalty on hold in California for years. Ruling in the case of a prisoner who was condemned […]

Plan to Split California Could Go to Voters

split-california

SACRAMENTO — Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper began submitting signatures Tuesday for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to split California into six separate states, a move he said would create governments that are more manageable and responsive to residents’ needs. Draper and a bipartisan team of political consultants delivered what he said […]

State Approves Fines Of Up to $500 Per Day For Water Wasters

WaterSpout

SACRAMENTO – California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades. The action by the State Water Quality Control Board […]

California State Fair, Thrills for the Entire Family

10551531_10153055669654012_5150385351836142167_o

SACRAMENTO – The California State Fair has returned to the capital city this week, bringing with it thrills for the entire family. The State Fair runs at Cal Expo July 11-27. The theme of this year’s Fair is “It’s The Best.” Organizers, concessionaires, vendors and exhibitors, plan to do their best to entertain thousands of […]

Former Speaker Perez Seeks Recount in California Controller Race

perez

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

black job search unemployed crop

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

MorrisSolomonJr. crop

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

988773_605710826151819_210014063_n

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

covered-california

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

money wallet

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 […]