California awards $250M to high school career prep programs

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is betting big — $1.4 billion over five years — that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs. In the latest incarnation of vocational education programs that once prepared young people for skilled trades, the state […]

Remembering Lu Vason, Founder of all-Black rodeo Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo

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CALIFORNIA (CBM) – Cowboys, cowgirls, and rodeo enthusiasts are mourning the passing of Lu Vason, the creator of one of America’s longest running all-Black touring rodeos, the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. Vason, who had just celebrated his birthday in April, was 76. Longtime friend and California Rodeo Coordinator, Margo Wade LaDrew states of Vason: “Over […]

Brown to propose $380 million tax credit for working poor

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown will propose offering a $380 million tax credit for the working poor as part of his revised budget Thursday. Information provided by the Brown administration says the tax credit would help as many as 2 million people who earn up to $13,870 a year for a family of four. […]

Gov. Jerry Brown to boost school spending amid surplus

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week. But with a growing $3 billion surplus, Democrats who control the Legislature will jockey […]

California Water Board: Conserve or Face New Fines

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – On May 5, the California Water Control Board approved emergency regulations designed with new methods – including steep penalties – for 411 cities and urban water suppliers to reach between eight to 36 percent water conservation. According to the new, strengthened rules, the Water Board now has the authority to issue fines […]

Body Cam Bill Allows Cops to Review Videos

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) – A piece of legislation establishing guidelines for the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers is one step closer to becoming law. Even though some of the state’s top cops dealt a blow to the bill last week, Assembly Bill 66 still managed to limp out of the Assembly Privacy and […]

Locals Working to Bring the Film Industry to the Sacramento Region

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ROSEVILLE – Sacramento may never replace Hollywood. But local filmmakers believe that the north state has a role to play in future of California’s film industry. And that future starts today. RELLIK, a new crime thriller features local talent both in front of and behind the camera and is being filmed at various locations throughout […]

Gov. Jerry Brown Proposes $10,000 Fine for Water Waste in Drought

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SACRAMENTO (AP)- Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing $10,000 fines for residents and businesses wasting water in the drought despite his order to cut water use. Brown said Tuesday he’s supporting legislation to ramp up enforcement of water restrictions. The move gives teeth to his order for communities statewide to slash water use by 25 percent. […]

Audit says California jail releases jumped 37 percent after realignment

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SACRAMENTO — The number of inmates being released by county jails increased by 37 percent statewide during the first three years after California began sending lower-level offenders to local lockups instead of state prisons, state auditors said Tuesday. The number of local inmates freed early in one month increased from about 10,200 in September 2011, […]

Eric Guerra Claims City Council District 6 Seat

Eric Guerra successfully beat Bruce Pomer for the Sacramento City Council District 6 seat in the special election held on April 7.
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EAST SACRAMENTO — Eric Guerra had little trouble beating two-time candidate Bruce Pomer for the vacant Sacramento City Council District 6 seat in the special election on Tuesday. Guerra, 36, had 3,758 votes (61.59 percent) to Pomer’s 2,334 (38.25) votes with all 26 precincts accounted for. Guerra will finish out the two-year term vacated by […]