Author: DIANA HEIDGERD

Gas Tax & Vehicle Fees Bump May Benefit State’s Black Business Owners (VIDEO)

(CBM) – A looming hike on the price of gasoline and new vehicle registration fees that will pay for improving the Golden State’s crumbling roadways will send millions of dollars of infrastructure work to minority and women-owned agencies and firms.

New NAACP President Speaks on Education & Charter Schools

LOS ANGELES (CBM) – Equitable education is a top priority for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which re-emphasized its call for a moratorium on charter school expansion during its California Hawaii 30th Annual State Convention at the LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles Oct. 26-29.

Need Health Insurance? It’s Enrollment Time at Covered California!

Photo: Southern California Black media outlets and Black insurance agents at Covered California media roundtable briefing.

LOS ANGELES (CBM) – Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opens November 1, and Covered California, the state’s hub for affordable plans, launched its outreach to Black communities with a “Coffee & Conversation Media Roundtable” at the California Endowment on October 19.

New Law Criminalizes Calling Transgender Elderly “Preferred” Gender Pronouns

SACRAMENTO (CBM) – In 2007, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) symbolically buried the ‘N-Word. The country’s oldest civil rights organization held the mock funeral at its convention in Detroit.

Black Businesses Received Small Percent of Contracting Dollars from Big Utility Firms in 2016

(CBM) – Business the Golden State’s largest utility enterprises did with African-American-owned firms last year fell behind in contracting the companies did with most other diverse or minority-owned businesses, according to a report by The Greenlining Institute.

CA State Capitol First Female Black Top Cop Retires for the Second Time (VIDEO)

(CBM) – Debra Manning has retired from her position as chief sergeant-at-arms of the California Senate for the second time. Manning first retired from the position in 2008 but was called back to replace Tony Beard Jr. in 2014. Beard abruptly retired after it was revealed he had covered for Gerardo Lopez, a sergeant-at-arms who used cocaine and got into an off-duty gunfight that left one person dead.

Noted Civil Rights Activists Clash with AG Xavier Becerra Over Policing Issues

Father of Alfred Olango speaking at the September 27, 2017 press conference with civil rights activist Rev. Shane Harris and concerned community members

(CBM) – In a recent Twitter post and during a September 27 news conference remembering slain San Diego County resident Alfred Olango, noted civil rights activist Reverend Shane Harris criticized state Attorney General Xavier Becerra saying the Department of Justice leader is not focused enough on issues of policing.

Asian Pacific Islander Group Hosting Candidate Forum

(CBM) – The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is hosting a candidate’s forum to give California voters an opportunity to familiarize themselves with candidates for statewide office.

APAPA’s 16th Voter Education and Candidate Forum is scheduled for Oct. 7 at Union Hall, California State University, Sacramento. The event starts at 1 p.m. United States Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) is the guest speaker.

Sacramento Non-Profit Hosting Fundraiser to Aid Exploited Young Women

(CBM) – A Sacramento-based non-profit, A Community for Peace, is hosting a fundraiser in partnership with Child Protective Services and local law enforcement to help provide support services for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. The fundraiser, called “A Celebration of Hope,” will be held at the Citrus Heights Community Center on Oct. 6.

Conservatives Claim ‘Black Lives Matter’ Course is Politically Biased

Dr. J. Luke Wood

(CBM) – A San Diego State University (SDSU) course based on the Black Lives Matter movement has raised the ire of some Republicans. The course, titled, “Black Minds Matter,” is the brainchild of Dr. J. Luke Wood. According to a press release, Wood said the goal of the course is to organize Black college professors, teachers and students.