Black man punched by Sacramento officer files rights lawsuit (VIDEO)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Black man hurled to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face by a police officer this month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and county of Sacramento, claiming Monday he was targeted because of his race and abused in jail after his arrest. The lawsuit […]

Fresno shooter has Sacramento connection

FRESNO (CBM) -Fresno is the latest scene of a mass shooting since last week’s fatal shooting at a San Bernardino elementary school, killing a teacher and one student and comes on the heels of the Facebook shooting of a 74-year-old man walking down the street in Cleveland, Ohio. According to news reports, Kori Ali Muhammad […]

CA Republicans Strike Working-class Tone During Gas Tax Debate

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – Last week, the California legislature voted to approve a $52 billion transportation bill that will go towards road repair and maintenance. Funding will come from increases in gas and diesel sales and excise taxes, an annual car fee, based on the cost of the car, and a Zero Emissions Car fee. However, […]

Sacramento officer seen on video punching jaywalker in face

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California police officer seen on video hurling a jaywalker to the ground and repeatedly punching him in the face will be the subject of a criminal investigation, authorities said Tuesday. The “disturbing” and unreasonable actions of the officer, a two-year veteran of the department, were not within policy, Sacramento police […]

Third Annual Community Read-In Project needs volunteer readers

In an effort to spread the joy of reading, the organizers of the Fourth Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair are hosting a number of community read-in sessions. Organizers are seeking volunteer community readers as they continue their Third Annual Community Read-In Project leading up to the Black Book Fair. Readers are being called on to […]

California has fewer arrests, but not necessarily less crime

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of arrests by police in California has plunged in recent years, but that doesn’t necessarily represent good news on crime, according to an analysis published Saturday. The state saw 1.5 million arrests for misdemeanors and felonies in 2015, the most recent year with figures available, according to the Los […]

City of Sacramento Offers Multiple Youth Employment Opportunities

SACRAMENTO – The City of Sacramento has several opportunities for area youth looking for employment. District Eight City Councilmember Larry Carr and City of Sacramento Neighborhood Services join together on Saturday, April 1 to present the 2017 Youth Job & Resource Fair. The event is aimed at young people ages 16-24 and will be held […]

Tracy students asked to write about Blacks’ “Lower Intellectual Faculties”

(CBM) – Parents, teachers and even the Superintendent are outraged that students were asked to address the sexual appetites of Thomas Jefferson’s slaves. Eighth-grade students in a greater San Francisco Bay Area school system were recently assigned a writing assignment that’s discussion points included a line describing U.S. Founding Father and third President Thomas Jefferson’s […]

Vallejo School Board Fires Black Female Superintendent, Offers No Reasons

(CBM) – The Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education in a 3-2 vote opted to fire Superintendent Dr. Ramona Bishop during its March 15 board meeting. Exercising the “no cause” clause of Bishop’s contract, Vallejo School Board Trustees offered little to no reason for her termination. As Superintendent, Bishop showed concrete financial success […]

School ends auction of senior that reminds some of slavery

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California high school abandoned an annual fundraising auction to buy a senior for a day after some students said the practice reminded them of slavery. Lamari Johnson, an African-American senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, launched an online petition to end the practice, noting that February is […]