Ex-California state senator faces 5 years for taking bribes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charged in a corruption scandal that could have sent him to prison for three lifetimes, former Sen. Ron Calderon dropped his entrapment defense, pleaded guilty and admitted taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento. As he faces sentencing Friday, though, prosecutors say Calderon is not taking responsibility for his […]

Paul McCartney Rocks Out New Golden 1 Center

SACRAMENTO — Musical extraordinaire Sir Paul McCartney made history when he stepped on the stage at the Golden 1 Center on Oct. 4, which marked the first-ever event in the newly built facility. Fans from all over the Sacramento region and northern California, estimated at 15,000-plus, happily surged into the building to see one of […]

LARRY LEE: NAACP Should Support Good Educational Models

OPINION – While the nation struggles with the seeming attack on Black men by law enforcement, it is important to recognize the value that a good education can have on the lives of people of all backgrounds. So when there are successful education models that improve the educational trajectory of Black students, it is critical […]

Lawyer says California police acted reasonably in killing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – An attorney representing two Sacramento, California, police officers said Tuesday that they faced a “terrifying situation” with a mentally disturbed man on drugs and acted reasonably when they made a split-second decision to shoot the knife-wielding man in July. Legal experts, meanwhile, said a dashboard camera recording of the two officers […]

Murder charges sought for officers who shot Sacramento man

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The family of a Black man killed by police in Sacramento in July is demanding that the officers be charged with murder and that the U.S. Department of Justice open a civil rights investigation. John Burris, an attorney for the family of 50-year-old Joseph Mann, said Monday that recently released police […]

Police Shooting of Joseph Mann Released To City Council and Public

SACRAMENTO — After weeks of requests, a video of a mentally ill Black man who was shot and killed by Sacramento Police Department officers on July 11 was released and shown to members of the City Council on Tuesday afternoon. Members of the City Council were able to see about one minute and thirteen seconds […]

Racial Bias Alleged At Sacramento City Hall

SACRAMENTO — John Shirey has been the city manager for the City of Sacramento for five years. In November, his tenure will come to an end and Assistant City Manager Howard Chan will assume the position on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is hired eventually in 2017. Shirey has done some significant things […]

Black Child Mortality Reduction Community Incubator Leads Announced

SACRAMENTO – The work to save the lives of African American children in the Sacramento region continues to gather steam, with the selection of the final community-based group that will join the effort. The Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD) this week, announced the final of seven Community Incubator Leads (CILs) […]

Injunction Against Vaccine Law Shot Down in Court

(CBM) – With the new school year in full swing across the Golden State, a lawyer for a group of families seeking an injunction against a new law mandating all K-12 students be vaccinated before heading into the classroom, said his clients children will not be able to attend public or private schools. Last year, […]

Voice Message Escalates Concerns over Education Bill in Black Faith Community

SACRAMENTO – A colorful voicemail left on the cell phone of a Southern California pastor by an experienced state Capitol staffer has brought more attention to a bill making the rounds in Sacramento and brought into question how political staff members and constituents should interact. Pastor Marc T. Little of Faithful Central Bible Church in […]