Donations Sought for Back to School Bag Giveaway

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Black Child Development Institute (BCDI) is currently seeking donations for its upcoming Back to School Book Bag Giveaway. The organization is collecting backpacks and school supplies to distribute to area school children in need. BCDI Sacramento’s goal is to give away 50 backpacks and is asking for donations of backpacks, paper, […]

Governor Brown signs 2 bills tied to police misconduct

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills relating to police misconduct in California as debates about the use of excessive force by officers continue across the country. The bills make clear that it’s legal to record or photograph police in public areas and prohibit using secret grand juries to try officers in […]

‘Scrappy’ Student Seeks Support For College

OAK PARK — Dominique “Dom” Donette has lived a unique life: she was born in a federal penitentiary, raised on the streets of Oak Park, attended 26 different schools, socially advocated for victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast states, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. And she is just getting […]

Councilman Warren States Sexual Harassment Allegations Are ‘False’

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento City Councilman Allen Wayne Warren said the sexual harassment claims filed against him by a former female outreach coordinator who worked in his office are categorically “false,” he told The OBSERVER. Warren, who represents District 2, also said he will not continue to comment on the issue until the city completes its […]

Sacramento residents drop Kings arena lawsuit against city

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Three Sacramento residents who sued the city alleging Sacramento gave the Kings an illegal “secret subsidy” have agreed to dismiss their lawsuit, enabling the city to secure financing for the downtown project. The plaintiffs gave up their-two year legal crusade Wednesday, two weeks after a Sacramento Superior Court judge rejected their claims, […]

Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights

SACRAMENTO — California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of California, which sued on behalf […]

Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously released three covertly shot videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses […]

Vaccine law opponents cleared to start recall of Senator Richard Pan

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Opponents of California’s new vaccine law have been cleared to begin collecting signatures to recall the legislation’s author. The California secretary of state says advocates can begin collecting signatures in Sacramento and Yolo counties for the recall of state Sen. Richard Pan. The Sacramento Democrat and pediatrician led the drive this year […]

Former NBA Star’s Talent For Healing Off The Court

SACRAMENTO – When it comes to chronic pain, sometimes the person who endures the discomfort will go through drastic measures to stop the agony by any means necessary. Jonathan Bender, the No. 5 overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, experienced knee pain that literally ended his basketball career. He later was motivated to resolve […]

2015 Summer Reading Challenge signs up 34,000 readers

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento Public Library today announced that meeting its goal of signing up 40,000 readers to take the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge is well on its way with more than 34,000 registered challengers. It’s not too late to sign up! Challenge yourself, challenge your friends and encourage everyone to register for the “Read to […]