California governor signs climate change bill

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California’s signature climate initiative will continue for another decade. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined his successor Jerry Brown on San Francisco’s Treasure Island Tuesday as Brown signed a bill keeping cap and trade alive until 2030. The program puts a cap and a price on carbon emissions. It was created […]

Black, Latino Students Rally in Support of Local Control Funding Formula (Video)

(CBM) – Several Black and Latino student, parents, and educators held a rally in Sacramento in front of the California Department of Education to offer support for the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) July 12. The students are working with Californians for Justice, a statewide organization that organized communities in Oakland for racial justice in […]

California Legislature Votes to Extend Controversial Cap and Trade Law

SACRAMENTO (AP) – California lawmakers voted Monday to extend a climate change initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds as a model for states and nations looking to lower carbon emissions. Brown’s signature will add another decade of life to the state’s cap-and-trade program, bolstering the Democratic governor’s quest to portray California as a leader in […]

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 […]

Civil Rights Groups Strategizes as Police Accountability Bill Is Gutted To Research

(CBM) – Civil rights groups took to a conference call to strategize on how to breathe life into AB 284, a law that would have forced all police shootings to be investigated by independent prosecutors assigned by the California Attorney General’s office. AB 284 was introduced by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) earlier this year. But […]

Top Cannabis Organizations Declare War with Los Angeles City Council

(CBM) – The UCBA, UFCW 770 and LA Cannabis Task Force (and their association leaders in Los Angeles) organized a call to arms Monday June 19. The revolution was destined to start at the Los Angeles Athletic Club because rush hour traffic and expensive parking makes the venue the most inaccessible part of downtown for […]

With budget done, California lawmakers turn to other issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After approving a $125 billion budget last week, California lawmakers are turning their attention to other matters for the last three months of the annual legislative session. Aside from a controversial increase in gas taxes and vehicle registration fees, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed in April, no major legislation has yet […]

Legislative Black Caucus Celebrate Juneteenth (Video)

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – The African American Civic Engagement Project in conjunction with the California Legislative Black Caucus hosted their annual Juneteenth celebration at the California Railroad Museum June 7 highlighting leadership from California’s public universities. Four African American university president’s, were honored from California State University (CSU) and California University (UC) higher education systems.

Auntie Maxine: If They Cut The Mic’s Off We Gonna Still Talk

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – Congresswomen Maxine Waters of Los Angeles microphone was cut off in mid-speech at the California Democratic Convention, African American Caucus meeting Saturday night at the Sacramento Convention Center. Tensions were already running high waiting on final election results on who would be named the next Democratic Party chair Eric Bauman or Kimberley […]

Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs supporting low-income individuals to balance the government’s books over the next decade. The proposed budget, for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, was being delivered to Congress Tuesday, setting […]