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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | June 4, 2019


Democrats in California have all the power—and much of the turmoil
(BLACK VOICE) - You might think a political party racked by scandal, facing three lawsuits and riven with infighting would be in a bad spot politically. But, according to plenty of close observers, the California Democratic Party is doing just fine. Read More

Forced to Live Above Their Means
(THE VOICE) - Individuals and families in the inland region are struggling for access to decent affordable housing while many of those who have housing are living above their means, renting houses or apartments they cannot afford. In other words, they are paying much more for rent than they can reasonably afford. Read More
Health Tax Splits California Amid Need for Trump’s Approval
(BLACK VOICE) California lawmakers are headed toward a confrontation with Gov. Gavin Newsom over whether to keep a tax that can generate nearly $2 billion for low-income health benefits but means approval from the Trump administration amid a feud between state and federal officials.  Read more

5 Bills That Could Affect Your Safety, How You Make Money, Where You Send Your Kids to School, Where You Live and More  
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) Here’s an update on five pieces of California state legislation that could have impact on the conduct of your local police and the way you live. –  from how (and how much) you get paid, to the school you select for your children and where you reside (or invest) in rental property.  Read more

Report Says Bias Responsible for POC Earning Less in Restaurant Industry
(RICHMOND PULSE) The majority of restaurant workers in California are people of color, yet most of the restaurant jobs that pay a livable wage in the Bay Area belong to white workers, a new report shows.  Read more

Record Number of Black Women Graduate West Point Military Academy
(OAKLAND POST) - Black women made military history last Saturday, as the West Point military academy graduated its class of 2019 with its highest-ever number of female African American cadets. Read More 
Allowing prisoners to vote would reform America’s outdated prison policies
(SF BAY VIEW) - Since the U.S. was established, there has never been a time in history where all its citizens could vote. Read More

What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019
(OAKLAND POST) - Another civil rights leader, Bayard Rustin, responded, “If my great-grandfather picked cotton for 50 years, then he may deserve some money, but he’s dead and gone and nobody owes me anything.” Read More

Relief for Local Small Businesses Still Struggling in Wake of Winter Storms
(THE VOICE) - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced last week it will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses who were impacted economically by the severe winter storms that washed through the region in February.  Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Military Medical Malpractice Case
(BLACK VOICE) — The family of a young Navy nurse who died after military doctors allegedly failed to halt massive bleeding following childbirth won’t get a hearing in the nation’s highest court. Read More

Black Lives Matter Sacramento Members Move To Oust Founder, Claim ‘Patterns Of Abuse’
(SACRAMENTO BEE) - The leadership of Black Lives Matter Sacramento is in a state of flux after several current and former members have called for the group's co-founder to step down. Twenty-nine current and former members have signed a letter that alleges "patterns of abuse" by co-founder and leader Tanya Faison dating back to 2016. Read More

The Bay Area of 1970 was less racially segregated than it was in 2010 
(SF CHRONICLE) - The Bay Area was more racially segregated in 2010 than it was 40 years prior, a UC Berkeley paper published Tuesday found. Segregation in the Bay Area persisted and, in some cases, grew since 1970. Seven of the region’s nine counties had more segregation in 2010 than they did in 1970. The only two that saw declines — San Francisco and Alameda counties — remain classified as “high” segregation places. Read More

Family of man fatally tased by San Mateo County deputies files 2 suits
(SF CHRONICLE) - The family of Chinedu Okobi, a 36-year-old unarmed black man who died last year after being tased multiple times by San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies, filed two lawsuits this week against the county and officers involved in Okobi’s death. Read More

Video of student in blackface spouting a racial slur roils Fresno high school
(LA TIMES) - Another video of the same girl is also making the rounds on social media; in this one, she is surrounded by friends, again spouting the most offensive racial epithet in the English language, but this time doing so on the campus of Bullard High School in Fresno, where she is a cheerleader. Read More

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