Talks stall on $400 million in California affordable housing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s Assembly speaker conceded defeat Thursday on negotiations over a plan to inject $400 million into affordable housing projects, a deal that was included in the $122 billion budget compromise legislative leaders negotiated with Gov. Jerry Brown this spring. The funding was contingent on lawmakers approving Brown’s controversial “by right” housing […]

Drought’s on, but mandatory cuts off for most in California

SAN FRANCISCO,CALIF (AP) – The orange-and-black automated signs lining state highways still warn that California is in severe drought, but Californians this summer are getting a second chance to show whether they can save water without the state ordering them. After lifting nine months of mandatory state water conservation for families and non-farm businesses, authorities […]

Lawmakers Question Effectiveness of Cap-And-Trade Program

(CBM) – California’s cap-and-trade program is under scrutiny from state lawmakers who are concerned revenue collected from the program isn’t finding its way to disadvantaged communities. The program, signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 as part of California s landmark environmental bill AB 32, is supposed to help lower harmful greenhouse gas […]

Sacramento Police Shooting Sparks Federal Lawsuit (VIDEO)

SACRAMENTO — On the morning of July 11, 51-year-old Joseph Curtis Mann was shot at about 18 times in North Sacramento by two Sacramento Police Department officers, who say the homeless man was in possession of a knife. Mann, a mentally ill person who was a former employee of the California Department of Corrections and […]

Experts: 2 killings by police were tragic, likely justified

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two fatal police shootings in the Los Angeles area in the last two weeks began the same way: officers thinking a suspect had a gun. In one, police say a 14-year-old boy fired at them and they found a weapon. In the other, a 27-year-old man police believed was a carjacking […]

Parks promised to poor neighborhoods unbuilt years later

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A decade after California voters approved spending $400 million to build parks in some of the state’s poorest neighborhoods, an Associated Press review found fewer than half the 126 projects have been built. Now Democratic lawmakers want to add another $1 billion to the program. State officials say the long […]

Debate over Cannabis Bill, Continues as Election Day Approaches

(CBM) – With the vote on whether to allow Californians to spark one up legally three months away, a number of lawmen have spoken out against an initiative that if given a thumbs up by voters, would make recreational use of marijuana legal. Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s President Tom Dominguez told the media […]

Black Men Stand United at Sacramento City Council Meeting

SACRAMENTO – As he stood before the Sacramento City Council on Tuesday, calling for an end to racial profiling and shootings of unarmed Black men by law enforcement officers, Mark T. Harris was likely having flashbacks of being pulled over himself, just last week. Moved to action by his own negative interactions with local law […]

Boys and Men of Color Sacramento to Host 5th Summit At Sac State

SACRAMENTO — The Boys and Men of Color Sacramento (BM0C) will host the “Fifth Annual BMOC Summit” at Sacramento State University on Thursday, July 21 in the University Union. The FREE summit, “We Are More Than A Statistic,” starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs to 4:00 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker for the summit is […]

Local Black Men Seek Transparency From City Hall

SACRAMENTO – Whether its Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Minnesota or here in the capital city, every day seems to bring news of another Black man being shot and killed by law enforcement officers. Filled with grief and anger over what’s going on in the world and closer to home, a group of concerned local Black […]