Clean air advocate: California has nation’s dirtiest air

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Millions of Californians live in places with dirty air, according to an annual report card issued Wednesday that ranks two major urban areas in the state as the nation’s most polluted. Bakersfield tops the list for having the most unhealthy days from airborne particles spewed by highway traffic, diesel trucks, farm […]

Black Parents Say ‘Make UC an Option’ for African Americans

OAKLAND, Calif. — The cost of a University of California education, feeling welcomed on campus and whether academic records are strong enough. These were among the concerns raised by a group of 16 African American parents – educators, counselors, community college students – in a candid conversation with UC President Janet Napolitano. The recent two-hour […]

Cassandra Jennings To Be Named Urban League CEO

SACRAMENTO – Following a national search, the Greater Sacramento Urban League has announced that former Assistant City Manager Cassandra Jennings will take the helm of the Greater Sacramento Urban League. Ms. Jennings has served as the organization’s Interim President and CEO since the resignation of James Shelby last September. “I am extremely pleased to announce the […]

Audit Reveals UC Schools Lowering Admission Standards for Nonresidents

(CBM) – A new state audit revealed The University of California is admitting a higher percentage of under-qualified international students than California residents. The audit released by the State Auditor accuses the public university system of lowering admission standards for nonresidents to make up for funding cuts. “Over the past several years, the university has undermined […]

State’s Minimum Wage Increased to $15. Only 5% of Black Workers Will Benefit

(CBM) – The Golden State is the first state in the nation to approve a statewide minimum wage as high as $15 — but not without sparking rigorous discussion. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 3 on Monday, four days after the measure passed the State Assembly and State Senate. The new law will gradually raise […]

California lawmakers OK $15/hour minimum wage

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to the nation as it struggles with a growing gap between rich and poor. The legislation now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who […]

The Water War & The Cost to African-American Communities

(CBM) – The drought has taken a toll on many communities, including disadvantaged communities, and the pain may just be starting. Recent reports in the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union Tribune indicate new water rate hikes across the state. While every Californian has felt the effects of the five-year-old drought in their everyday […]

Funeral Plans for African-American Political Figure Percy Pinkney Announced

(CBM) – One of the Golden State’s most prominent, longstanding and influential African-American political figures will be put to rest on Saturday. Percy Pinkney, founder of the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC), died on March 18 of natural causes. The 79-year-old Los Angeles resident’s funeral will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 […]

Elk Grove Earns NorCal’s D-2 Championship, Beat Sac High 46-45

NORTH NATOMAS — The Elk Grove Thundering Herd girls basketball team was down 9-0 to the Sacramento High School in the first quarter of the NorCal Division II Finals, but head coach Larry Price kept his team calm under the pressure. The Thundering Herd ended the first quarter down 11-4 and before the second quarter […]

Erik Maness To Be Named Sacramento County Undersheriff

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — Erik Maness, a chief deputy for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, will be sworn in as undersheriff in the Board of Supervisors’ Chamber on Thursday, March 10. Maness, who has worked for the Sheriff’s Department for more than 25 years in various roles, will be the first African American to hold the […]