Gov. Brown Approves Stripping ‘Lynching’ from California Code

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that strips the word “lynching” from California law. The Democratic governor announced signing SB629 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat, on Thursday. Mitchell took up the issue after a black activist was charged with felony lynching in Sacramento earlier this year. It applies to […]

Ex-State Senator Leland Yee Pleads Guilty to Corruption & Racketeering

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An ex-California state senator pleaded guilty Wednesday to a racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Leland Yee could face a maximum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October after entering the plea to one count of conspiracy to […]

California’s new school vaccine law now one of the strictest in nation

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The governor of California has signed a contentious bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown says in a statement Tuesday that science clearly shows vaccines dramatically protect children against infectious diseases. The bill strikes California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, requiring nearly […]

L.A. Makes Final Call Before “School Vaccine Bill” Vote

LOS ANGELES (CBM) – Attorney and activist, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is putting $10,000 on the table. His concern that innocent kids in California could suffer serious medical injuries because of the impending “School Vaccine Bill” is so great, that he is willing to put up his own money to anybody who will debate him […]

California Senate approves another minimum wage hike

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state’s minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that. The proposal by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, comes just two years after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving […]

5 Facts About Body Cameras in California

(CBM) – Five interesting facts about body camera’s in California: 1. All around the world, people look to Rialto, California‘s police department body camera program as a respected model. 2. Since Rialto, California’s police department body camera program launched in February 2012, police officer use of excessive force has dropped by 60% and complaints about […]

Ben Carson, famed neurosurgeon, running for GOP presidential nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Carson, who has never run for public office, is expected to be the only high-profile African-American to enter the GOP’s presidential primary as he tries to parlay his success as an author and […]

As Water Cut Details Trickle In, African Americans Get Set

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – The harsh drought that has dried up the Golden State over the past three years has severly hit one California community particularly hard. Allensworth, the historic and only town founded, financed and governed by African Americans in Tulare County knows all too well the impacts of no rain, coupled with the contamination […]

Kamala Harris raises $2.5M for her U.S. Senate run

LOS ANGELES (AP)- Democrat Kamala Harris has raised $2.5 million since mid-January for her U.S. Senate run in California, giving her an early financial edge in the 2016 contest, her campaign announced Monday. Competitive races are costly, and analysts predict Harris could need $30 million or more by Election Day next year. She is the […]

24 percent of California voters registered without political preference

SACRAMENTO — New state figures continue the trend of the fastest growing segment of the California electorate registering without any political affiliation. Secretary of State Alex Padilla released voter registration figures on Monday showing almost 24 percent of voters have no party preference. The report says California had 17.7 million registered voters in February. Of […]