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THIS WEEK'S TOP NEWS | June 19, 2019


California mulls adopting portions of despised Trump tax law
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - California’s liberal Legislature wants to give poor people a lot more money in their state tax refunds each year, including an extra $1,000 for people who earn less than $30,000 a year and have at least one child under 6. Read More

Two New Reports Chop Up the Data and Make It Easy To Connect With Black California
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) A little over 2.2 million African Americans call California home. Of that number, 72 percent lives in southern California with the greatest concentration (about 36 percent) in Los Angeles County, followed by the Inland Empire, and then, the San Diego area. Read more

Proposed Budget Boosts Infrastructure Investments
(OAKLAND POST) - The County of Marin will present its 2019-2020 fiscal year budget next week, up 7 percent from this year’s budget and including more than $14 million in new roads, facilities and affordable housing investments. Read More
Landlords may be penalized for vacant units
(CARIB PRESS) Four Los Angeles councilmen today proposed a 2020 ballot measure that would allow the city to penalize property owners who leave housing units vacant, which they say contributes to a lack of affordable housing and exacerbates the homelessness problem. Read more

Can A Bill With Very Little Teeth Stop the Loan Sharks
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) Some lawmakers in Sacramento want to protect Californians like Criner by limiting how much lenders can charge in interest. Also known as the California Financing Law, the bill would cap the interest on consumer loans ranging from $2,500 – $10,000 to 36 percent plus the federal funds rate.  Read more

Contra Costa College Staff Group Supports VanderWoude, Questions Investigation
(RICHMOND PULSE) The African American Staff Association (AASA) of Contra Costa College (CCC) declared its support for three top school administrators who have been placed on leave and are currently under investigation. Read more
Health Benefits of California's Paid Leave Policy Out of Reach for Black Women
(LA FOCUS) Two authors speak about how California's paid leave policy still fails to provide black women the paid leave they desperately need, highlighting the similar issues they faced in their birthing experiences, 30 years apart. Read more

CA Dem Party Race: Some Black Women Hurt But Ready To Mobilize After Kimberly Ellis Loss
(OAKLAND POST) How did Kimberly Ellis, an African-American progressive Democrat and Bay Area grassroots activist, lose her second bid for chair of the California Democratic Party (CDP)? Read more

Thousands of Police Officers Outed in Slew of Racist Facebook Posts
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Far too many law enforcement officers – from rookies to the highest ranking – view African Americans as “dogs,” and some punch in believing that, “it’s a good day for a chokehold.” Read More 
U.S Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Byron Allen’s Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Comcast
(LA FOCUS) - Byron Allen's case filed against Comcast, the largest provider in the country, will be heading to the highest court in the nation. Allen filed the multibillion-dollar civil rights suit in 2015 after Comcast refused to carry his company's channels for years. Read More

Kamala Harris Says Prosecutor Past Will Help Defeat Trump
(LA WATTS TIMES) - Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris says her experience as a prosecutor has given her insight into trying to improve the criminal justice system and distinguishes her among the crowded field taking on President Donald Trump. Read More

Pelosi vs. Fellow Democrats on the Pros and Cons of Impeachment
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) - Is Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi standing in the way of a potential impeachment of Presi­dent Donald Trump? Read More

Patrice A. Harris Becomes First African-American Woman to Lead the American Medical Association
(LA FOCUS) — Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A., a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was sworn in as the 174th president of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's premier physician organization. Read More

Reparations For Unjust Enrichment
(OAKLAND POST) — On November 20, 1866, General Oliver Otis Howard, along with 10 other people, played a key role in the founding of Howard University. Read More

Why do black voters support Biden? They just want to beat Trump.
(WASHINGTON POST) - Joe Biden has a past that threatens his prospects with black voters — from his long-ago stance against busing to his mismanagement of Anita Hill’s testimony about Clarence Thomas to his onetime support of the 1994 crime bill. Now he’s running for president in a crowded 2020 Democratic field that includes three black candidates, all of whom will need strong African American support to secure the party nomination. Read More

How America Got Its First Black Radio Station
(ATLAS OBSCURA) - In 1948, Memphis channel WDIA became a community voice and a rock ‘n’ roll star-maker. Read More

With ‘Kamala’s Corner,’ Harris wants to speak directly to black women
(ROLL CALL) - The Democratic candidate gets her own column in Essence Magazine. Read More

Fresno Unified a ‘hostile environment for black students,’ ACLU says
(FRESNO BEE) - “From what we have seen from our clients and what we have seen from news articles, the district has a history of marginalizing black student and parent voices,” said Abre’ Conner, a staff attorney at ACLU’s Fresno office. Read More

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