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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | January 29, 2020


San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces elimination of cash bail
(SF BAYVIEW) - Attorneys at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office received a formal policy today ending the practice of prosecutors asking for cash bail as a condition of pretrial detention. Whether someone will have to remain incarcerated pretrial will no longer be based on wealth and poverty but instead on risk. Read More

What Will California Do with Its $7 Billion Surplus?
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) - Next year, expect big fights among state government officials and your representatives in the state legislature about how the huge windfall of cash in the state’s savings account should be spent. Read More

Urban California Could Start Looking More Like Some East Coast Cities
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - California, known for cities and towns with sprawling neighborhoods of single-family homes with yards, typically built with short driveways, could experience a significant architectural shift. Read More

State Plans to Relax Cannabis Rules, Roll Licensing Into One Agency
(BLACK VOICE) - California’s ambitious renewable energy targets helped drive a substantial drop in greenhouse gas pollution that propelled the state past its 2020 climate change goals early, according to a non-partisan analysis released this week. Yet one California lawmaker confirmed Tuesday he wants to put a stop to the mandate, for now.  Read More

Unemployed Californians With No Children Could Lose Food Stamps
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Last week, the state of California joined 13 other states — as well as New York City and the District of Columbia — in a lawsuit filed against a new Trump Administration food stamp policy scheduled to take effect April 1. Read More

Mayor Breed commits to support Black San Franciscans who shut down MLK Day breakfast due to racial inequity
(SF BAYVIEW) - On Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community – Justice 4 Mario Woods founder Phelicia Jones and a group of supporters held a press conference and, in a historic move, shut down an annual breakfast attended by top San Francisco leaders to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citing statistics which demonstrate no improvements in disparities for Black San Franciscans year after year, Jones demanded measurable progress. Read More
Retired NBA/Lakers’ Star Kobe Bryant Dead at the Age of 41
(BLACK VOICE) -  When news broke Sunday morning a devastating helicopter crash had taken the life of 41-year-old basketball giant Kobe Bryant, sports fans the world over, reacted with shock to the loss. Read More

Our 2020 Vision: Make Africa Great Again
(SF BAYVIEW) - When I first started sharing my Make Africa Great Again campaign with people, it didn’t take long to hear such pedestrian and patronizing responses as: “Africa is already great! Africa has always been great!” Yeah, we know this. But mouthing such words is not beneficial to Africa or Africans in need today. Read More
Homeownership Is The Key To American Dream
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) — As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, I find it befitting to pause and reflect on how far our community has come to participate in a more equitable society. However, much work remains as minorities continue to face an uphill and disproportional battle in accumulating wealth, especially when trying to secure the financial means to buy a home. Read More

Voters beware of our populist threat. It comes from the right and left
(BLACK VOICE) -  We stand at the precipice of a significant tectonic shift in our political system. Similar to the profound disruptions the newspaper, music and transportation industries underwent some years ago, our democratic system, which is designed to be a lagging social indicator, is struggling to find a working model for a more complex age. Read More

Caribbean Immigrants will be able to identify origin for first time on U.S. Census Form
(CARIB PRESS) - For the first time in the history of the U.S. Census, persons from the Caribbean region and those with roots there will now be able to write in their nationality or ancestry on U.S. Census form this March, thanks in large part to the vision and fierce advocacy of one Caribbean immigrant. Read More

KOBE: His Life, Legend and Legacy of Excellence
(FINAL CALL) - The world mourned the passing of legendary professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others, who died in a tragic helicopter accident near Calabasas, Calif. Read More

Can Bloomberg forge a truce with black voters?
(WASHINGTON POST) - This is the week that billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s campaign for president went from mission impossible to impossible to ignore. Read More

Hispanic Miami police captain suspended after claiming 'one-drop rule' means he's black
(NBC NEWS) - "The one-drop rule ... which is what identifies and defines what a black man is, or a Negro," Capt. Javier Ortiz said during a public hearing. Read More

Biden Dismisses Doubts on His Black Support: ‘You Know Better. You Know Better.’
(NY TIMES) - Joe Biden’s forceful remarks, made at an event in Iowa focused on voters of color, reflected his intensifying competition with Senator Bernie Sanders in the state. Read More

As primaries near, Buttigieg struggles to make headway with black voters
(REUTERS) - Pete Buttigieg is betting big on Iowa and New Hampshire, hoping success in the largely white states will help him overcome dismal support from black voters by the time more diverse states weigh in on his bid for the presidency. Read More 

Black Hockey Players Celebrated In NHL's Mobile History Museum
(NBC NEWS) - Not even Gary Bettman knew the name of the first black hockey player in the National Hockey League when he became league commissioner in 1993. Read More

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