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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | July 30, 2019


Could California’s AB5 knock Black rideshare entrepreneurs into the soup line?
(ONME NEWS) - At the I’m Independent Coalition press conference held Wednesday at the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, four independent workers from the on-demand marketplace expressed their thoughts and feelings against California’s Assembly Bill 5 passed in May by the Assembly, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) which would codify the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision, with the intent of protecting workers from being misclassified as independent contractors.  AB5 goes to the state senate for a vote in August. Read More

CA Public Transportation Plagued by Low Ridership, Exorbitant Costs, & Construction Delays
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Public transportation is beneficial to many people across the country. Buses, subways, even ferries in some states are a cost-efficient way for children to go to and from school, parents to commute to work, and for people to easily and freely go about their daily lives. It’s no secret, however, that California’s public transportation systems have been experiencing problems. Read More

Richmond City Council Fires City Manager
(RICHMOND PULSE) - Richmond’s City Manager Carlos Martinez, fired from his post Tuesday by a split city council vote, said he believes union objections to his recommendations for “organizational restructuring” was a part of the reason why the council acted to terminate his five-year contract after just 9 months. Read More

Sick of Gerrymandering? Join California’s Redistricting Commission Panel seeks to end political rigging of voting districts
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) California is looking for new commissioners to draw its redistricting maps—the maps that define who votes for California’s representatives in Congress, its state Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization members. Read more

BAPAC Honors Asm. Shirley Weber for “California Act To Save Lives”
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) — Members of the Sacramento Chapter of Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) gifted Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber with a custom art piece recently to thank the San Diego lawmaker for her work over the past year in calling for reform in how California law enforcement officers employ deadly use of force. Read More

Lawsuit: California should open its presidential primary to independents
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) - The way California holds its presidential primary violates the constitutional rights of political independents and misuses taxpayer dollars to “benefit wholly private political parties,” a nonpartisan election group will argue in a lawsuit it says it will file today against the state. Read More
Trump Attacks Majority-Black District Represented by Critic
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) - President Donald Trump on Saturday denigrated a majority-black district represented by a congressional nemesis as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” broadening a campaign against prominent critics of his administration that has exacerbated racial tensions. Read More

Mueller: No Russia Exoneration for Trump, Despite his Claims
(LA WATTS TIMES) - Robert Mueller, the taciturn lawman at the center of a polarizing American drama, bluntly dismissed President Donald Trump’s claims of “total exoneration” Wednesday in the federal probe of Russia’s 2016 election interference. In a long day of congressional testimony, Mueller warned that Moscow’s actions represented — and still represent — a great threat to American democracy. Read More

Oppose HR 582— Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt Low Income Americans
(PASADENA / SAN GABRIEL VALLEY JOURNAL) - The House is expected to vote on the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582) this week, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. This move would eliminate an estimated 1.3 million jobs and as much as $9 billion in real family incomes. “The Raise the Wage Act will destroy jobs and wages for the very low-income families Democrats claim to fight for,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “Credible studies from sources all over the political spectrum find the same bottom line: a $15/hour mandated wage will cost millions of jobs and shred the incomes of lower and middle class Americans. All historical examples point to the destructiveness of big minimum wage hikess. Read More
Trump Administration Seeks to Literally Take Food Out of Poor People’s Mouths
(INLAND VALLEY NEWS) — According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 36 million Americans were receiving an average of $121 monthly in food stamps as of April of this year. If the Trump administration has its way, that number will be cut by at least 3 million when proposed new regulations are released on Tuesday. Read More

Koch Exec, Black Lives Matter in Group Pushing Prison Reform
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) — A criminal justice reform group that launched Tuesday has brought together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and a Koch Industries executive in an unlikely collaboration focusing on finding solutions to problems like racial disparity and the effects of a 1994 crime bill in policing and prisons. Read More

2020 Election to Test if Dems Can Draw Multiracial Coalition
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) — When Barack Obama was on the ballot in 2008 and 2012, there was no question that Terrance Holmes would vote for the first black president. But as he helped fix cars this week at a repair shop on Detroit’s west side, he recalled his ambivalence about the 2016 campaign.  Read More

Sacramento's Plan To Keep Black Children Alive Is Working — And LA Is Watching
(LAIST) - Sacramento County's effort was launched in 2015. It's called the Black Child Legacy Campaign and its goal is to reduce preventable deaths of African American children under the age of 18 by 10 to 20 percent by 2020. The results have surpassed expectations. Some of the rates were on the decline already, but the initiative ushered in a dramatic shift. Read More

White men hold most state supreme court seats, with California as notable exception, report says
(SF CHRONICLE) - State supreme courts across the nation remain mostly composed of white men, while the population whose legal rights they oversee grows more diverse, a new study shows. But California is the great exception. Read More

Kamala Harris legislation would decriminalize marijuana nationally, clear convictions
(SF CHRONICLE) - Sen. Kamala Harris introduced a sweeping marijuana reform bill Tuesday that would decriminalize the drug at the federal level and seek to reverse decades of unequal enforcement. Read More

Trump attacks Rep. Cummings’s district, calling it a ‘disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess
(WASHINGTON POST) - President Trump ranted Saturday morning on Twitter about an African American lawmaker by disparaging the Baltimore district that Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.) represents as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings has initiated most of the investigations into the Trump administration’s operations and policies, including recently the reports of inhumane treatment at migrant detention centers. Read More

California GOP’s ‘cult of Trump’ keeps quiet about his attacks
(SF CHRONICLE) - Mike Murphy knows the California Republican Party — he was a top strategist for the gubernatorial campaigns of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Meg Whitman, and he’s helped more than two dozen Republicans nationwide win races for Senate and governor. Read More

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