OBSERVER’s 2017 Persons Of The Year: Derrell and Tina Roberts

  SACRAMENTO – Vans bearing the logo of the Roberts Family Development Center (RFDC) typically transport area youth to different activities throughout town. One recently took North area residents to San Francisco to see how the city integrated a homeless shelter into a community there — as Sacramento was proposing to do in their neighborhood. […]

Sacramento Activists and Organizers Raise “Poor People’s Campaign” Awareness

SACRAMENTO — Just a year before his assassination, at a Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff retreat in May 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said the following: “After Selma and the Voting Rights Bill, we moved into a new era, which must be an era of revolution. In short, we have moved into an […]

Sacramento gang crackdown brings 29 arrests, 211 seized guns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento officials said Wednesday that they have made 29 arrests and seized 211 firearms as part of a crackdown on gang violence this month. The sweep was organized by city, county and federal law enforcement agencies after a shooting in August at a neighborhood park on the city’s south side. Investigators […]

Famed ‘Concussion’ pathologist alleges autopsy interference

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — San Joaquin County’s chief medical examiner, known nationally as the doctor depicted in the movie “Concussion” about brain injuries among football players, resigned Tuesday over what he said was interference by the sheriff that has become so invasive that it borders on the unlicensed practice of medicine. Dr. Bennet Omalu accused […]

Lawyers sue Calif. because too many children can’t read

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of school children who do not know how to read. The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed […]

California rampage puts spotlight on homemade ‘ghost guns’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gunman who killed his wife and four others in a rampage in Northern California this week found an easy way around a court order prohibiting him from having guns: He built his own at home. Kevin Neal, 44, was armed with what authorities believe were two high-powered rifles that he […]

Unauthorized Mural Damages 102-Year-Old Guild Theater

(OAK PARK) – A recent tribute to local men who have died at the hands of local law enforcement officers was painted on the wall of the Guild Theater in Oak Park. However, the artists never asked the property owner for permission, and now the mural could have serious ramifications. Tracy Stigler, the president of […]

Gas Tax & Vehicle Fees Bump May Benefit State’s Black Business Owners (VIDEO)

(CBM) – A looming hike on the price of gasoline and new vehicle registration fees that will pay for improving the Golden State’s crumbling roadways will send millions of dollars of infrastructure work to minority and women-owned agencies and firms. State Senator Steve Bradford, a Los Angeles-area legislator, said in an Aug. 17 interview with […]

BAPAC Elects New Interim Leader At Annual Conference (VIDEO)

SACRAMENTO, CALIF (CBM) – The Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) elected a new interim president during their state convention held in Sacramento from October 20-21. San Diego Chapter president Dr. Willie P. Blair was selected to serve the nearly 40 year-old organization founded by the late Percy Pinkey, a longtime aide to U.S. […]

Initiative would expand DNA gathering, restrict early parole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Monday proposed a ballot measure that would bar certain convicted rapists and sex traffickers from being eligible for early release and expand the list of crimes for which a perpetrator’s DNA is collected. Assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove, a former Sacramento County Sheriff’s captain, said he’s […]