Analyst: California governor underestimates revenues by $2B

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is likely to collect as much as $2 billion more in taxes in the new fiscal year than Gov. Jerry Brown predicted when he presented his record $113 billion state spending plan last week, according to an independent budget analysis released Tuesday. That means more money for schools and more reason […]

California Black Media mourns the loss of California Advocate Publisher, Les Kimber

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Fresno (CBM) – Mr. Lesly “Les” H. Kimber, 80, of Fresno, California passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Born in Boonville, North Carolina on August 13, 1934 into a share-cropping family, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Morehouse College. In 1959 he graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., majoring in Accounting […]

Local Chiors invite you to join them in celebrating the legacy of MLK

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SACRAMENTO – They will be celebrations fit for a king. Rehearsals start this week for two upcoming music events celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All area choir members and local singers are invited to participate in rehearsals for a MLK Celebration Concert taking place at Capital […]

Sac County Democrats Turn In Petitions For Twin Rivers Special Election

Darrow Sprague and Eric Sunderlund talk to a Natomas resident about signing the petition to call for a special election in the Twin Rivers Unified School District. The Democratic Party of Sacramento County said it collected the required signatures and met the deadline (OBSERVER photo by Robert Maryland).

SACRAMENTO – The Democratic Party of Sacramento County (DPSC) announced that the political organization and other supporting entities have collected 1,083 valid signatures, enough to call a special election for Twin Rivers Unified School District’s Area 5 seat. Since Dec. 28, parents, community activists, and the Del Paso Heights Neighborhood Association partnered with DPSC until […]

Former Grant Pacers star Shaq Thompson headed to NFL

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SEATTLE (AP) – Washington linebacker, and Sacramento native, Shaq Thompson is forgoing his senior season and will declare for the NFL draft. The school announced Thompson’s decision Monday. Thompson’s final game was the Huskies’ loss to Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl last Friday. Thompson was one of three Huskies on the AP’s All-America first […]

California’s top cop targets crimes against kids

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Attorney General Kamala Harris is starting her final four years as California’s top law enforcement officer this week with a major initiative aimed at protecting children. She plans to announce during her swearing-in Monday that she is creating a bureau within the state Department of Justice that will focus on crimes against […]

Cousins Says ‘Yes,’ Sac High Will Get New Scoreboards

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins said he will purchase and donate new basketball scoreboards to Sacramento Charter High School. The current scoreboards (inset photo) is antiquated and prone to malfunctioning during games.
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OAK PARK — Sacramento Kings star player DeMarcus Cousins is officially going to make it the last time that his Nike Elite Skills Basketball Camp’s staff deals with obsolete scoreboards in Sacramento Charter High School’s Dave Hotell Memorial Pavilion. After the Kings beat the New York Knicks 135-129 in overtime at Sleep Train Arena on […]

Margagret Fortune to speak at Black Parallel School Board Meeting

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SACRAMENTO – All parents, guardians and students of the community are invited to attend the next Black Parallel School Board Meeting on Saturday, January 3. The meeting is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Oak Park United Methodist Church, located at 3600 Broadway. This month’s meeting will feature a presentation by Margaret Fortune, […]

Over 900 New Laws Approved in 2014. Most Take Effect on January 1st

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for replacing lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping. The most populous state also becomes the first to set a “yes means yes” standard for sex between college […]

Former Grant Standout Shaq Thompson Earns AP All-American Selection

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SEATTLE — Former Grant High School football star Shaq Thompson was named a First-Team All-American by the Associated Press last week. Thompson, a junior linebacker for the University of Washington Huskies (UW), racked up 70.0 total tackles while scoring four defensive touchdowns for the Huskies on three fumble recoveries and an interception return this season. […]