School districts see teacher shortages after years of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a new school year began at the Sierra Sands Unified district 150 miles north of Los Angeles in August, students in four classes were greeted by a substitute. The small district’s human resources department had worked aggressively through the summer to attract new teachers. Staff members made out-of-state recruiting trips, […]

Less than half of students meet new reading, math standards

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Less than half of all California students passed new math and English tests aligned with the Common Core standards and considered indicators of college and career readiness. Results for the Smarter Balanced assessment released Wednesday show that 44 percent of students in third through eighth and 11th grades met or exceeded […]

California data shows racial disparity in arrests, deaths

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Just 6 percent of Californians are African American, yet they are involved in 17 percent of all arrests in the state and a quarter of in-custody deaths, according to what officials called a nationally unprecedented release of data. The data paints a clearer picture of the racial disparity in arrests and […]

Racial profiling bill draws hundreds to capitol

SACRAMENTO (CBM) —A throng of protestors gathered outside the office of Gov. Jerry Brown’s on Sept. 2, following a march and rally for police reform. A coalition of more than 800 individuals called on Brown to affirm his support for AB 953: The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015. The bill addresses racial profiling […]

Gunman sought after deadly shooting at Sacramento college

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Law officers searched for a gunman after one man was shot to death and two others wounded in a parking lot at the edge of a Sacramento community college campus, officials said. The suspect ran from the scene after the shooting near a campus baseball field on Thursday afternoon, and was not […]

Legislators Join Hands in Fight to Protect School District Budget Reserves

SACRAMENTO (CBM) -A bipartisan group of lawmakers has launched a new effort to address a cap that has been placed on local school districts’ budget reserves. They say limiting the monies districts are required to reserve in their coffers will  increase  borrowing costs and hamper efforts to prepare for  economic hardship. State Senator Jerry Hill […]

Oak Park Pastor Leaves Country To Be With Hero Son

OAK PARK – Shiloh Baptist Church’s Rev. Anthony Sadler Sr. left the country to meet up with his international-hero son, Anthony Sadler Jr., who helped thwart an aledged gunman’s attack on a high-speed train in Belgium. Sadler, a student at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State University), Alek Skarlatos, a member of the National Guard, […]

Book Club booted from wine train for #LaughingWhileBlack

SAN FRANCISCO – A group of mostly Black women who were thrown off the Napa Valley Wine Train last Saturday for laughing too loudly, have received the corporate apology they were seeking, but the experience has left a bitter taste in their mouths. Eleven members of the Sistahs On The Reading Edge book club were […]

Does Caltrans Spends Less Money in Poorer Neighborhoods?

LOS ANGELES (CBM) –  California has always stood out among other states as a leader when it comes to transportation. The Golden State developed an early system of state routes and roadways that pre-dates the federal highway system. It also boasts of early infrastructure innovations like the Pacific Coast Highway, the Bay Bridge and the Arroyo-Seco […]

California Celebrates Voting Rights Act as Felons Regain Voter Eligibility

(CBM) – For the past couple of weeks, America has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights act with events all around the country. Last Thursday evening, many statewide and local organizations joined the commemoration with an event on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Legislative Black Caucus members partnered with […]