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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | October 24, 2019


After Blackouts, No One’s Feeling Empowered
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - In third world countries – let’s take Nigeria and Haiti as examples – electricity blackouts are routine. Power outages sometimes last for more than a week in Haiti, where only about 25 percent of the Caribbean nation’s 10.9 million people are connected to the power grid. Read More

District-Based City Council Elections Coming To Richmond
(RICHMOND PULSE) - The City of Richmond is going to switch from a city-wide voting system to district-based voting when electing city councilmembers. The change was approved Tuesday by a majority vote of the city council. Read More

Census Bureau Embarks on a Hiring Blitz
(CARIBPRESS) - With Census Day – April 1 — fast approaching, the Census Bureau is ramping up its hiring. There are thousands of jobs to fill. Read More

Child Law Penalizes Moms for Abusive Partners
(SAN BERNARDINO AMAERICAN) - How many domestic violence victims are being charged with “failure to protect”? What are the long-term effects for them and their children? Remarkably, no California institution queried for this story seems to know. Read More

CDPH Furthered Empowered to Enforce Hospital Nurse Staffing Ratios
(IE VOICE) - A new requirement for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to conduct unannounced visits to hospitals to inspect for compliance with nurse staffing ratio requirements is now law under Senate Bill 227 recently signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. Read More

New State Law Restricts Payday, Other “Debt Trap” Loans
(WESTSIDE STORIES NEWS) - On Oct. 10, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 539. The legislation puts restrictions on predatory lending practices in California he says “creates debt traps for families already struggling financially.” Read More

Suit filed against Sacramento PD for restraining 12-year-old boy with bag over his head
(SF BAY VIEW) - Isaiah Brown, a Sacramento boy who was placed in a spit bag after he was arrested by local police, has filed a lawsuit against the city. Brown’s family has retained the legal services of the law offices of Ben Crump and Dale K. Galipo. The Brown family is seeking more than $100,000 in damages. Read More
Cummings Remembered as a Mentor to Many in Baltimore
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) — The top prosecutor in Baltimore knew exactly where to go for guidance after she made the decision to file charges in an explosive case involving the death of a Black man in police custody. She called Rep. Elijah Cummings, her trusted adviser and friend.  Read More

HUD’s Ben Carson charges California city with discrimination
(SAN BERNARDINO AMERICAN) - The Department of Housing and Urban Development is charging the city of Hesperia, Calif., and San Bernardino County with violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against black and Latino residents, according to HUD officials. Read More

G-7 economic summit to take place Trump’s Golf Resort
(CARIB PRESS) - The last time it was held in the United States was in 2012 when then-President Barack Obama hosted the event at Camp David in Maryland. Read More

Survey: Doubts About 2020 Census Higher with Minorities
(BLACK VOICE NEWS) — Around 84 percent of Americans definitely or probably plan to answer the questions on the 2020 Census, according to a new survey released Friday.  Read More

Fort Worth Faith Leaders Want Judge to Enforce Police Reform
(LA WATTS TIMES) - Community and faith leaders on Wednesday called on the Trump administration to open a civil rights investigation into the Fort Worth Police Department in the wake of a white officer’s fatal shooting of a black woman in her home, saying the goal should be a police reform plan enforced by a federal judge. Read More


A Landmark Lawsuit Aimed to Fix Special Ed for California's Black Students. It Didn’t.
(KQED) -  Darryl Lester was at his mom’s place in Tacoma, Washington, when a letter he’d been waiting for arrived in the mail. At 40, he was destitute, in pain and out of work. Read More

Ed Buck was known for his abrasive behavior. But politicians still took his money
(LA TIMES) - West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran said Ed Buck once hung an effigy of him in a park. Some municipal employees said they refused to meet alone with him, and he unnerved two political foes so much at council meetings that sheriff’s deputies accompanied them to their cars afterward. Read More

‘Racist and sexist’ billboard attacking SF Mayor London Breed taken down 
(SF CHRONICLE) - A controversial billboard attacking Mayor London Breed has been taken down just a day after a litany of city and state officials lambasted it as racist propaganda akin to imagery from the Jim Crow era.  Read More

Phoenix cop to be fired after video of him manhandling Black family went viral
(THE GRIO) - The Phoenix Police Department plans to axe a white police officer in the city who harassed a Black family by pulling guns on them, and accusing them of stealing from a Family Dollar Store. Read More

New book whacks Kamala Harris’ AG record during housing crisis
(POLITICO) - Kamala Harris catapulted to Democratic stardom on a narrative based on her role as California’s attorney general during the housing crisis, when she was an unrelenting adversary of big banks and mortgage lenders, and a champion of consumers. But a new book by Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter Aaron Glantz challenges that storyline, arguing that Harris not only allowed Steve Mnuchin’s OneWest bank to get away with foreclosing on tens of thousands of state homeowners, but then tried to bury the evidence. Read More

Cities with more black residents rely more on traffic tickets and fines for revenue
(THE RAW STORY) - My recent research – and that of others – shows that communities with more residents of color are more likely to rely on revenue coming from traffic tickets and other minor fines. Read More

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