NAACP Says ‘Medical Marijuana Czar’ Is Ignoring Input From Minority Groups

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – The California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has raised some concerns about Lori Ajax, Gov. Jerry Brown’s nominee for chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. Media reports have called Ajax California’s first medical marijuana “czar.” The Bureau, which oversees the regulation and […]

Roland Martin Challenges State’s Black Leaders in Passionate MLK Speech

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – TV One commentator and host Roland Martin challenged African American legislators and other officials to aspire to the goals, dreams, and ideals of civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a speech last week in Sacramento. Martin, a journalist, and the host of TV One’s NewsOne Now, asked attendees […]

Stockton’s First Black and Youngest Big City Mayor is Sworn In

STOCKTON (CBM) -Last week over 800 hundred Stockton residents and supporters attended the swearing-in ceremony of the city’s first Black and youngest mayor to lead a city over 100,000 in U.S. history.  Michael Tubbs speech set the tone and extended an invitation for the entire community to come together and keep Stockton moving forward collectively. Tubbs […]

Democrats, Republicans Both Vying for Black California Voters

Both Democrats and Republicans are lobbying for African American voters, but how will Californians vote when they go to the polls in November? Harmeet Dhillon, RNC National Committeewoman, says the California State GOP is encouraging Republican people of color to run for local elected offices and that the GOP has had success with several Black Republican mayors being elected in the Inland Empire.

Skyrocketing EpiPen Price Causes Outrage

(CBM) – A Riverside County mom could get help from Golden State voters in a fight for her life if they pass a proposition this November intended to lower prescription drug prices. Proposition 61, the Drug Price Relief Act, is the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s response to a controversy over the dramatic price increase […]

Injunction Against Vaccine Law Shot Down in Court

(CBM) – With the new school year in full swing across the Golden State, a lawyer for a group of families seeking an injunction against a new law mandating all K-12 students be vaccinated before heading into the classroom, said his clients children will not be able to attend public or private schools. Last year, […]

Voice Message Escalates Concerns over Education Bill in Black Faith Community

SACRAMENTO – A colorful voicemail left on the cell phone of a Southern California pastor by an experienced state Capitol staffer has brought more attention to a bill making the rounds in Sacramento and brought into question how political staff members and constituents should interact. Pastor Marc T. Little of Faithful Central Bible Church in […]

Lawmakers Question Effectiveness of Cap-And-Trade Program

(CBM) – California’s cap-and-trade program is under scrutiny from state lawmakers who are concerned revenue collected from the program isn’t finding its way to disadvantaged communities. The program, signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 as part of California s landmark environmental bill AB 32, is supposed to help lower harmful greenhouse gas […]

Debate over Cannabis Bill, Continues as Election Day Approaches

(CBM) – With the vote on whether to allow Californians to spark one up legally three months away, a number of lawmen have spoken out against an initiative that if given a thumbs up by voters, would make recreational use of marijuana legal. Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s President Tom Dominguez told the media […]

Young, Black Job Seekers Spruce Up Resumes, Aviation Careers Opening

(CBM) – Recent college grads and job seekers under the age of 31 have a week to fly into a job applicant pool for a well-paying gig with the country’s national aviation authority. The Federal Aviation Administration is accepting applications from entry-level candidates across the U.S. for air traffic controller positions until August 15. And […]