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Representatives Reject Water Bill That would Devastate Bay-Delta Economy, Environment

Representatives Reject Water Bill That would Devastate Bay-Delta Economy, Environment

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, a leading group of U.S. Representatives who support the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta voted against the passage of H.R. 1837, the so-called Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act. As written, the legislation would divert additional water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta to south-of-Delta water users, running counter to established economic thought, environmental policies and leading scientific research. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 246-175, and now goes to the Senate for consideration. The lawmakers … Read entire article »

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Power struggle erupts in North Richmond

Power struggle erupts in North Richmond

Photo one caption: Marena Brown, left, and Saleem Bey animatedly argue during a snack break at Monday night’s Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council meeting. (photo by Robert Rogers) By: Robert Rogers At Monday night’s Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council meeting – which draws representatives from dozens of enclaves from all over the city – it was arguably Richmond’s most maligned community that had the honor of having two competing factions vying to represent it. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contra Costa County, Featured, Politics

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Credit Rating Statement

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Credit Rating Statement

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Releases Credit Rating Statement Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) today released the following statement regarding credit rating downgrade: “The decision to downgrade our debt is not grounded in economic reality,” Congresswoman Lee said. “It is, however, an important indicator of how dangerous the political reality has become in Congress where the Tea Party held our economy hostage in the “default crisis” in order to push their extreme agenda. … Read entire article »

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Sharpton-West‘Showdown’ Becomes Dignified Debate

Sharpton-West‘Showdown’ Becomes Dignified Debate

By James G. Muhammad Special to NNPA from The Final Call CHICAGO—The debate about whether President Obama is doing enough for Blacks and the poor should focus on the issues, not on personalities, members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) agreed June 24 during a forum here at their annual convention. The forum featured two prominent leaders who have been the face of the public debate, where the issues have sometimes been … Read entire article »

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NNPA 2011 Merit Awards Goes “Hollywood” with “Shaft” As Emcee

NNPA 2011 Merit Awards Goes “Hollywood” with “Shaft” As Emcee

Merit Awards Goes “Hollywood”with “Shaft” as Emcee By Geneva Topps Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Crusader There was an air of “Hollywood” in Chicago when the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation (NNPAF) held its annual “Merit Awards” gala at the National Newspaper Publishers Association convention. Held at the historic Parkway Ballroom guests at the gala walked the red carpet into the beautifully appointed grand … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alameda County, Business, Contra Costa County, Politics

MILLER: California Seniors Savings Millions under Obama’s Health Care Law

MILLER: California Seniors Savings Millions under Obama’s Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, DC – Seniors across the country, including in California, are catching a big break on their out-of-pocket prescription drug costs thanks to the historic health care law pushed through by President Obama and Democrats in Congress last year, according to new data released today by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. California seniors who are enrolled in Medicare’s prescription drug benefit who hit the ‘donut hole’ coverage gap received a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contra Costa County, Health, Local News, Politics

California Legislature Asks Governor Brown to Sign Swanson’s Landmark Child Exploitation Law

California Legislature Asks Governor Brown to Sign Swanson’s Landmark Child Exploitation Law

Unanimous and Bipartisan Support in the Assembly and Senate Propel the ACCESS Act to the Governor’s Desk Today (Sacramento, CA) – In an unusual display of bipartisanship, a bill to fight the commercial sexual exploitation of children passed the Senate today with unanimous support and now moves to the Governor’s desk for approval. AB 12, the Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act (the ACCESS Act), would increase the fine … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alameda County, Local News, Politics

ALAMEDA COUNTY RESPONDS TO STATE BUDGET PLAN

ALAMEDA COUNTY RESPONDS TO STATE BUDGET PLAN

ALAMEDA COUNTY RESPONDS TO STATE BUDGET PLAN Alameda County officials said Wednesday they are deeply concerned about the State budget plan passed by the Legislature, particularly about a strategy to shift more responsibility to counties for housing inmates and providing other services – even though funding to accomplish these changes is far from certain. County officials also say that additional … Read entire article »

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In CA and Other States, Black Migration Alters the Political Landscape

In CA and Other States, Black Migration Alters the Political Landscape

LOS ANGELES—African-Americans once were clustered so heavily in urban areas that the terms “black” and “inner city” came to be used almost synonymously. According to the 2010 U.S. Census results, that time is history. While blacks have by no means vanished from cities, unprecedented numbers have headed for the suburbs or left the big cities of the North and headed south. As legislative districts are redrawn, nonpartisan groups and both political parties are watching how this … Read entire article »

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Redistricting Black Political Survival

Redistricting Black Political Survival

Ask the average person about redistricting and the response, most likely, would be a perplexed stare. Yet, redistricting is one of the fundamental “deciders” of who gets to represent the community (district) in the Congress (House of Representatives only); the state Senate, the state Assembly and the state Board of Equalization. (The county and the city officials draw their own district lines). It is important to understand the rationale behind the state mandated redistricting … Read entire article »

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