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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | July 16, 2019


Shape California’s Future – 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission
(CARIB PRESS) - n mid-June, California business leaders, government advocates, party representatives, and community leaders came together to join the California State Auditor’s Office at community events throughout the state. The occasion? We announced that the application period for Californians to apply to become a commissioner on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission) had just begun. Read More

Bill for Statewide Renter Protections Advances
(RICHMOND PULSE) - Housing advocate Sasha Graham remembers Richmond before rent control, and the damage high rent increases had on her and her son. For Graham, the 6-1 Senate Judiciary Committee vote in favor of Assembly Bill 1482’s anti-rent gouging and just-cause eviction laws on June 9 takes California a step closer to protecting renters like her. Read More

Mayor Breed and Community Members Celebrate Groundbreaking of New Affordable Housing
(OAKLAND POST) Mayor London N. Breed, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, and community leaders Tuesday celebrated the joint ground­breakings of 88 Broadway and 735 Davis near The Em­barcadero. Together, the buildings will provide 178 new permanently affordable homes for families, seniors, and formerly homeless se­niors. The buildings are ex­pected to be completed in mid-2021. Read more
Free Tuition and Other Assistance for California Community College Students
(IE VOICE) California’s new budget includes $280 million for programs to make college more affordable for the state’s students. As a result, eligible students will now able to attend community college free for two years—an enhancement to the current funding that accommodate one free year. Governor Gavin Newsom stressed, “Higher education is not just CSU or UC. Read more

The California State Fair is Back
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) — Thrill rides, live entertainment and all the deep fried food you can eat. It’s officially summer, as the California State Fair & Food Festival comes to Cal Expo July 12-28. Read More

Oakland Council Limits Police Warrantless Searches of Parolees, Probationers
(OAKLAND POST) - The Oakland City Council this week unanimously ap­proved a policy requiring of­ficers to have a reason before searching someone who is on probation or parole. Read More

Biden Says He was Wrong in Comments About Segregationists
(BLACK VOICE) - Former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday apologized for recent comments about working with segregationist senators in his early days in the U.S. Senate, saying he understands now his remarks could have been offensive to some.  Read More 
Report: Blacks Seven-Times More Likely than Whites to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Blacks are seven-times more likely than Whites to be wrongfully convicted of murder. Further, Black people are three times more likely than White people to be wrongfully convicted of sexual assault. Read More

Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Unveils Walker-Lewis Plan Aimed At Encouraging Black Entrepreneurship
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) - Pete Buttigieg has a plan to encourage Black entrepreneurship and he’s named it after two of the most recognized self-made business owners, Madam C.J. Walker and Reginald F. Lewis. The 2020 hopeful unveiled his proposal on Sunday during an address at the 2019 Essence Festival.  Read More
Harris, Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Bill to Provide People with Criminal Records A Fair Chance at Housing
(LA WATTS TIMES) — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) on Wednesday introduced the Fair Chance at Housing Act of 2019, legislation to remove barriers to obtaining federal housing assistance for individuals with criminal records and their families. The proposal is a comprehensive reform of the eviction and screening policies so individuals with a criminal history have a fair chance at housing assistance. Read More

Regulatory Rollback on Student Loans Takes Away Borrower Protections
(PASADENA / SAN GABRIEL VALLEY JOURNAL) — Every Fourth of July celebrates this nation’s founding. But this year, only a few days before the annual freedom celebration, an ill-advised governmental action will financially doom rather than free millions of student loan borrowers – as of July 1. Moreover, this action arrives as the cost of higher education continues to soar and household incomes remain largely stagnant. Read More

Being Black and Republican in the Era of Trump Presents Real Challenges
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) — It’s likely that identifying as a Republican today isn’t as easy as it once was, particularly with President Donald Trump’s policies that have included separating children from parents; the administration’s escalating racial rhetoric; and a special counsel report that strongly suggests the nation’s commander-in-chief committed crimes that may not just end with obstruction of justice.  Read More

Video of a San Francisco dad’s ‘trespassing’ 911 call to report a black software engineer goes viral
(SAN JOSE MERCURY) - A video of a white man calling police to report a black man he suspected of trespassing has spread across social media, becoming the latest in a series of viral recordings showing people of color being subjected to 911 calls for seemingly trivial or nonexistent offenses. Read More

A black mother told not to scream in labor asks: Can California fix racism in maternity care?
(CALMATTERS) - A host of factors underlie the maternal health gap between black and white women, but studies consistently point to an ugly one: the persistence of racial bias. Read More

SF supes kill Breed’s proposal to streamline affordable housing 
(SF CHRONICLE) - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors quashed Mayor London Breed’s proposed charter amendment Thursday that aimed to streamline the approval of affordable housing projects. Breed needed the support of the majority of supervisors to get the plan on the November ballot. She didn’t get it. Read More

Taylor: Calling police on black people over petty matters: There’s a reason these videos go viral
(SF CHRONICLE) - We’ve seen this scene before in the Bay Area — a white person calling the police on a black person in a video that explodes on social media like a fireworks display. Read More

Bill that would exonerate black sailors of mutiny after Port Chicago explosion passed by House
(SAN JOSE MERCURY) - In tandem with the approaching 75th anniversary of the Port Chicago explosion — the deadliest home-front disaster of World War II — an East Bay congressman has added an amendment to a federal bill that would exonerate 50 survivors of the accident who were convicted of mutiny for refusing to return to work in unsafe conditions. Read More

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