Oakland council bans coal shipments, citing health risks

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Monday night to kill a plan to use a proposed marine terminal to transport Utah coal to Asia, calling such shipments public health and safety hazards. Backers argued the project would bring needed jobs to an impoverished part of town. The vote — which prompted […]

State Agency Sued Over Questionable Bidding Process

(CBM) – When Ramsell Corp., an Oakland-based and African American owned company that provides health services to California AIDS/HIV patients, submitted a bid to oversee the California Department of Public Health’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) it was confident of winning the contract. (ADAP provides assistance to AIDS/HIV patients who are uninsured or underinsured enabling […]

Book by Sac State Graduate Reaches # 1 on Bestseller Rankings

SACRAMENTO – Since graduating from Sacramento State University with his bachelors and master’s in 2007, Luke Wood (known professionally as J. Luke Wood) has went on to become a bestselling educational author. After serving as a research fellow at Stanford University, Wood later earned his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State […]

California nears $2 billion plan to house its homeless

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The growing problem of homelessness can be seen in every corner of California, from small towns that ring the state’s redwood forests to the sands separating the Pacific Ocean from the most prosperous beachfront communities. More than 115,000 homeless Californians were counted last year and one in four had a serious […]

Former Sacramento High Student-Athlete’s Funeral Service On June 24

OAK PARK — The Sacramento County Sheriff’s homicide detectives have taken over the investigation in the death of 19-year-old Deston Garrett who died of gunshot wounds on June 11 he sustained for two days. Garrett, also known as “Nutter,” a graduate from Sacramento Charter High School, was shot in the upper torso in the 3900 […]

Three day Civics Bootcamp teaches youth the inner workings of government

SACRAMENTO – The Black Youth Leadership Project (BYLP) presents its Civics Bootcamp, a three day program for high school students July 5-7. The bootcamp will provide an intensive hands-on opportunity for students in grades 9-12 to learn about state local government, civic engagement and advocacy. Students who participate in BYLP’s Civics Bootcamp will gain a […]

California budget deal approved, eliminates contentious welfare policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a state budget Wednesday that gives liberal Democrats long-sought increases to safety net programs while socking away billions to prepare for a recession. The $122.5 billion spending plan, negotiated by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders, earned a rebuke from Republicans, who said it sets the […]

8.9M people estimated to have voted in California primary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — About 8.9 million people, above 49 percent of California’s registered voters, are estimated to have turned out for the state’s presidential primary election this week, according to early projections by state officials. The figures are considered preliminary because 2.4 million ballots out of the 8.6 million still must be certified, said […]

Trump’s ‘my African-American’ remark turns critics to target

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man singled out by Donald Trump as “my African-American” said Monday that he is now the target of harsh criticism, including comments he feels are more racist than the remark by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Trump’s reference to Gregory Cheadle at a California campaign rally on Friday is […]

Homelessness in California: Gov’t Takes Action to Attack Worsening Problem

(CBM)- Shanesha Franklin has always been a big dreamer. The 30-year-old single mother says, for as long as she can remember, helping youth has always been close to her heart. Then in 2013, she found herself in a situation where she needed a little help herself. She became one of 20,451 African Americans living in […]