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 […]

Elections 2016: Can the Power of the Black Vote Make Black Lives Matter?

Activists Debate Boycotting Clinton, Police Violence and the Possibility of a Trump Presidency (CBM) – Democrats attending their party’s convention last week in Philadelphia were moved to tears, rounds of applause and a standing ovation when nine mothers of Black men slain by police brutality and racially motivated attacks took the stage. “The majority of police […]

Californians Protest After Shootings of Blacks Shock Nation

(CBM) – Americans, from sea to shining sea, are debating, protesting, marching and lighting candles in response to the spat of deadly shootings that gripped the nation late last week. The conversation about law enforcement’s frictional interactions with the Black community is just as heated in the Golden State. In Inglewood, Los Angeles, Oakland and […]

Clinton’s LA Town Hall Ends In Sparks

LOS ANGELES (CBM) – Bostonian Whitney White flew coast to coast to ask Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton a question that is on the lips of many of African Americans. At the close of a Clinton campaign town hall meeting in Hollywood last Tuesday evening, the popular Internet personality asked Clinton how she plans to […]

State Agency Sued Over Questionable Bidding Process

(CBM) – When Ramsell Corp., an Oakland-based and African American owned company that provides health services to California AIDS/HIV patients, submitted a bid to oversee the California Department of Public Health’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) it was confident of winning the contract. (ADAP provides assistance to AIDS/HIV patients who are uninsured or underinsured enabling […]

Homelessness in California: Gov’t Takes Action to Attack Worsening Problem

(CBM)- Shanesha Franklin has always been a big dreamer. The 30-year-old single mother says, for as long as she can remember, helping youth has always been close to her heart. Then in 2013, she found herself in a situation where she needed a little help herself. She became one of 20,451 African Americans living in […]

Poll: African-American Voters Feel Democratic Party Takes Them for Granted

(CBM) – A recent poll revealed many Black voters in California strongly identify with the Democratic Party, although 58 percent feel the establishment takes them for granted. Commissioned by the African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation (AAVREP) Project, The California African American Policy Priorities Survey sampled 800 potential African-American voters in Los Angeles, Sacramento and […]