Meet The Candidates:  Jim Cooper

Cooper Takes Historic Oath As Sac County Sheriff

By Jared D. Childress | OBSERVER Staff Writer In a historic swearing-in, Jim Cooper took the oath as Sacramento County’s first Black sheriff Dec. 16. Cooper is only California’s second Black sheriff, having been elected 36 years after Charles Byrd in Siskiyou County in 1986. More than 800 attended a ceremony at Sacramento State as…

Black Women Leaders: Newsom Is Turning His Back on Karen Bass for Mayor

By Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media (CBM) – Black Women Organized for Political Action PAC (BWOPA-PAC), California Black Women’s Collective PAC and Black women leaders throughout the state are calling out Gov. Gavin Newsom for not endorsing Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA-37) for Los Angeles Mayor. The individuals and organizations said in a letter…

Cooper In Strong Position To Win Historic Sheriff Seat

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer Assemblymember Jim Cooper’s quest to become Sacramento County’s first African American sheriff is within reach, based on early returns from the June 7 primary election. Unofficially, Cooper leads Undersheriff Jim Barnes with 54.9 % of the unofficial vote tally (52,277). Barnes had 45.0% (43,376) of the votes.…

Sac NAACP Leader Claps At Two Candidates Over ‘Disrespect’

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer The president of the Greater Sacramento National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) stated in a press release that two candidates for local office had “disrespected” the local civil rights organization. Greater Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams wrote the press release, dated May 19, following…

Cooper Helps Save Statewide Program That Protects Kids Against Internet Crimes

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer A national network of coordinated task forces dedicated to investigating, prosecuting, and developing effective responses to internet crimes against children nearly lost an effective key program. Thanks to Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), who secured $5 million in state funds, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Internet Crimes…

Cooper, If Elected, Vows Culture Change for Sheriff’s Office

By Antonio Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer When Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Sacramento) first heard of the racially charged texts and photos sent to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department employees in early March, he was “disgusted,” he said at the time. A former Sacramento County sheriff’s captain and Rancho Cordova chief of police allegedly was responsible for…

Law Enforcement and Judicial Candidate Forum May 11

By OBSERVER Newsroom On Wednesday May 11 at 6 p.m., the Sacramento NAACP and Wiley Manuel Bar Association will present a Law Enforcement and Judicial Candidate Forum at the large lecture hall of the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento’s Oak Park. The event will be hosted by McGeorge’s Black Law Students Association. The elected…

Group Collects Black Dolls For Cause

By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer A little girl will take exceptional care of a cherished baby doll, taking her everywhere she goes, making sure she “eats,” combing her hair, patting her back to soothe imaginary tears, and putting them down to sleep when it’s nap time. Just like a mother with a…

Jim Cooper Runs for Sheriff A Second Time

By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer Jim Cooper lost an election for Sacramento County sheriff against Scott Jones 10 years ago. After a successful run in the Assembly, Cooper said he’s running again. This time, however, Cooper won’t face Jones and he has added expanded political experience to his résumé. “I have dedicated…

Asm. Cooper Calls Out Environmental Orgs’ Racism

Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Sacramento) inked a two-page open letter to leaders of environmental organizations, calling out racism and the lack of diversity in their organizations. Cooper, who represents the 9th District and is Chair of the Assembly’s Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration, released the letter through his Twitter account, stating that “It’s time…

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