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The California Black Caucus Introduces 1075 Page Reparations Package

Attorney Kamilah Moore of the California Reparations Task Force holds he 1075-page report

*Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) announced plans to introduce a package of bills this year designed to address the recommendations the California Reparations Task Force made last year in its final report. Certain advocacy groups and individuals say the legislative package the lawmakers announced on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 does not […]

Housing: Black Mayors Tour Mental Health Complex in LA

Kevin Murray, former California state senator and the president and CEO of the Weingart Center Association points out the fencing security at the Hilda L. Solis Care First Village. Mayors from across the country, including the youngest mayor in America Jaylen Smith (pinstripe suit and red tie) of Earle, Arkansas. Los Angeles, Ca., Photo by Solomon O. Smith

*Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass hosted Black mayors visiting from different parts of the country this past weekend. While in L.A., Bass, who declared homelessness her top priority after she was sworn in as mayor, took her guests on a tour of the Hilda L. Solis Care First Village. The development features an innovative design, […]

Workforce Chair Plans to Extend More Opportunity to California’s Youth

Dr. Angelo Farooq, California Workforce Development chair

*Advocates in California committed to improving the skills of individuals to meet the human resource needs of the state want to see more diversity among young people joining the workforce. Dr. Angelo Farooq, Chair of the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB), says he’s proud of the work his office has done to connect young people […]

Black Caucus Members Dig Deeper into Newsom’s 2024-25 Budget

California Governor Gavin Newsom

*Since Gov. Gavin Newsom presented his 2024-25 budget to the State Legislature on Jan. 10, lawmakers — including members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) — have been sharing their initial reactions to potential cuts. Those stakeholders have also been examining the Governor’s $291 billion spending plan to get a clearer sense of how […]

Political Playback: California Capitol News You Might Have Missed

San Bernardino Police Chief Darren Goodman

*On Jan. 24, the members of the Los Angeles County Delegation (LACD) to the California Legislature elected Assemblymember Tina McKinnor (D-Inglewood) as the group’s chair. McKinnor, who is a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus, will lead the 39-member body, which is comprised of 15 State Senators and 24 State Assemblymembers representing various areas […]

The Year Ahead: Assembly Speaker Rivas Discusses Priorities, Problems

California Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) - pic via Antonio Ray Harvey

*Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas shared his legislative priorities and vision for the future of California during a luncheon hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) in downtown Sacramento. Titled a “Conversation with Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas” for PPIC’s 2024 Speaker Series on California’s Future, the 44-year-old Democrat lawmaker from Hollister, who represents the […]

Black Health Group Hosts Critical Conversation: About Our Mistrust of Medicine | VIDEO

Black woman patient - screenshot

*The DRiP Espresso coffee shop in Sacramento, in partnership with the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) and the California Black Health Network (CBHN), hosted a community conversation about Black mistrust of medicine and how to educate and empower patients so they have better interactions with the health care system, especially for Black communities. The atmosphere […]

Feds Pump Over $6 Billion in Two New California High-Speed Rail Projects | VIDEO

LA to Vegas High Speed Train - rendering

*The Biden administration announced $6 billion in funding for two separate high-speed rail projects that will whisk passengers from Southern to Northern California — and from Los Angeles County to Las Vegas — on electric trains traveling 200 mph or faster. The funding is part of a broader $8.2 billion national investment in high-speed rail […]

Opinion: Can the Asian American ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype Endure Post-Affirmative Action? | VIDEOs

Ellen Wu - Asian - model minority (indiana Univ Professor) - screenshot

*In the complex and ever-evolving tapestry of the American identity, Asian Americans have been compelled to deal with the myth of being the “model minority.” This widespread perception appears to have been hardwired into our collective consciousness. This seemingly commendable stereotype wrongly asserts that all Asian Americans uniformly excel in academics, employment, and societal roles, […]

UCLA Project Explores Solutions, Responses for Addressing Hate | VIDEO

We can only be great without hate! No to making America hate again.

*Aaron Ellis, 43, has personally experienced the pain and animosity victims of hate incidents suffer. On Jan. 30, Ellis, an editor for a press release service and a Black resident of San Dimas, was dressed in his workout clothes and wearing a backpack filled with bricks to increase the intensity of his workout when as […]

California Unveils Historic Monument Honoring Native American History

The family of Miwok leader and cultural preservationist William “Bill” Franklin stands in front of the California Native American Monument in Capitol Park. The monument, created in the likeness of Franklin, is the first to honor Native American people on the grounds of the State Capitol. Nov. 7, 2023. CBM photo by Antonio Ray Harvey.

*California has erected an eight-foot statue honoring Miwok elder William “Bill” Franklin, and 338 Native American tribes. Located on the grounds of the State Capitol in Sacramento, it is the first official monument honoring Native American heritage at the historic building where the Legislature convenes and where Gov. Gavin Newsom has his primary office. Over […]

Hurdles to Homeownership: Black Families in California Are Facing A Crisis

Condos-Apts being built

*The high cost of housing, predatory financing programs, and the temporary nature of a critical government assistance program are all factors making it harder for Black families in California to buy homes — or keep the ones they already own. Policy leaders, building industry organizations, and other concerned advocates are expressing concern that, if left […]

Thirty-Five Firefighters Who Died on Duty Honored During State Memorial

Thomas Jay, Fire Battalion Chief for Riverside (Retired) leads the indoor procession at the California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. The event honored 35 firefighters who died in the line of duty. Oct. 14, 2023. CBM Photo by Antonio Ray Harvey.

*The California Fire Foundation hosted its 2023 Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony and Procession Ceremony on Oct. 14 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Sacramento. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond attended the event organized to honor 35 firefighters who died in the line of duty. Among the honorees […]