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 […]

CA State Dems Look To Elect New Leadership

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – Thousands of Democrats take to the Sacramento Convention Center for the 2017 California Democratic Convention this weekend. Convention attendees have a jammed packed weekend of meetings that will help decide priorities of the party and will be electing a new State party leader. Outgoing chair John Burton lead the party through a […]

Statewide Senior Coalition Rally Lawmakers (Video)

(CBM) – Over 300 seniors rallied at the state Capitol last Thursday to support efforts to streamline the way the state deals with policy and budget allocations for senior citizens in the state. In 2015, the Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care issued a report calling for the creation of a Senate Standing […]

Gov. Brown’s Revised Budget Focuses on Education and Healthcare (Video)

(CBM) – During his presentation of the 2017-18 revised budget proposal, Gov. Jerry Brown warned Californians lean times were ahead. According to Brown, state residents should prepare for future budget cuts. The May budget revision has adjusted the shortfall from more than $5 billion in January to $3.3 billion. However, Brown said it was important […]

Harris and other Democrats to oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him. California Sen. Kamala Harris, Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse all said they believe the Denver-based appeals court judge has ruled too often […]