California lawmakers to decide fate of landmark climate law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are nearing a high-stakes decision that will decide the fate of a climate initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds up as a model to be replicated around the world to confront rising global temperatures. The vote Monday on whether to give another decade of life to California’s cap-and-trade program […]

Civil Rights Groups Accuse Legislator and AG of Stalling Police Accountability Bill

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – Civil rights leaders descended on the Capitol on Tuesday, to express their frustration with the language change on Assembly Bill 284 (also known as the Deadly Force Evaluation Act.)The bill would require all police shootings to be investigated by a team from the Attorney General’s Office. Betty Williams, president of the Sacramento […]

California hate crimes up; Blacks, Jews, gay men targets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The number of hate crimes in California increased about 11 percent last year, the second consecutive double-digit increase, but the overall number still was a third lower total than a decade ago, the state’s attorney general reported Monday. Blacks, Jews and gay men were among the most frequent targets. There were […]

CLBC Helps Black Community Trace Their Family Roots

(CBM) – The California Legislative Black Caucus, Republican members, and Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted a Juneteenth celebration that allowed guests to trace their heritage through the Freedman’s Bureau African American Family History Project at the State Capitol Monday, June 26. Participants were paired with volunteer’s that helped make family member connections as far […]

Over 40 African American Judges Come To Capitol To Meet With CLBC (Video)

(CBM) – 45 judges come to the State Capitol for their legislative day Monday, June 26. Judge Michael Carter from the Los Angeles region organized the statewide legislative day to bring the third branch of government to the statehouse. Judges came from almost every region of the state, and many are appointed or elected. They […]

Former Sacramento City Councilmember Bonnie Pannell Passes

SOUTH SACRAMENTO – South Sacramento lost one of its most dedicated champions Tuesday with the passing of former City Councilmember Bonnie Pannell. Councilmember Pannell died of primary progressive aphasia, a version of Parkinson’s disease. She was 68 years old. Councilmember Pannell first ran for the Sacramento City Council in 1998, upon the untimely death of […]

Kings Get Fox At No. 5, Usher In Wave Of Young Players

SACRAMENTO — Based on what is now the completed 2017 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings should have one of the youngest teams in the NBA once the 2017-2018 season start. The Kings drafted three players in the first round and one early in the second round to signal their efforts of a rebuilding franchise. Two […]

Juneteenth Celebration at Negro Bar An Official California State Park (Video)

FOLSOM (CBM) – In June many African American’s celebrate Juneteenth, the celebration of the last state in the union to receive word that slavery ended in 1865. Community organizer Michael Harris hosted a Juneteenth celebration at Negro Bar, a California State Park located within the city of Folsom in the county of Sacramento. Harris said […]

California Has Banned Disposable Plastic Bags, Straws Could Be Next On the List

BERKELEY (CBM) – California has a reputation as a green state on the cutting-edge of environmental laws. State Bill 270 banned the use of disposable plastic bags, changing the way Californians shop, and disposable straws could be next on the chopping block. The Berkeley City Council has launched an initiative to ban the use of […]

Single-Payer Health Bill Passes Senate But Critics Question How To Fund It


SACRAMENTO (CBM) – California has long been a national leader in innovation, and if Senate Bill 562 (which seeks to establish a Medicare-for-all system) passes, the state could change the direction of health care in the nation. SB 562 is sponsored by the California Nurses Association (CNA.) According to a CNA press release, the primary […]