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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 »

Filed under: Alameda County, Local News, Politics

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 »

Filed under: Education, Featured, Local News, Politics

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 »

Filed under: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Featured, Local News, Politics

How California Tea Partiers Hijacked Redistricting Reform

How California Tea Partiers Hijacked Redistricting Reform

SAN FRANCISCO—Few ordinary Californians have been more intensely interested in the state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission than Berkeley-based Tea Party activist David Salaverry. Back in March, he realized that the fledgling panel, with its 14 citizen members drawing political districts instead of politicians and its commitment to openness and transparency instead of behind-the-scenes deal-making, offered a golden opportunity for conservative Californians to influence the redistricting process at a time when their political clout was waning … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Featured, Local News, Politics

Supreme Court Ruling another Blow on Women’s Right to Fair Pay and Treatment on the Job

Supreme Court Ruling another Blow on Women’s Right to Fair Pay and Treatment on the Job

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement on today’s United States Supreme Court decision that invalidated a class-action lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart by women from across the country alleging years of discrimination in pay and promotions. “Today’s ruling from the right wing Roberts court is another blow to a woman’s right to fair pay and fair treatment on the job. There is no place in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Featured, Local News, Politics

Richmond council divided over proposed Congressional redistricting

Richmond council divided over proposed Congressional redistricting

By: Robert Rogers, Richmond Confidential By August, Richmond may have a new representative in Congress – and the city’s leaders are divided over whether that’s a step in the right direction. Democrat George Miller has been Richmond’s Congressman for more than three decades, but that run could effectively be over this fall. A state commission created to redraw state and federal district boundaries has proposed moving Richmond out Miller’s 7th District and into Democrat … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Featured, Local News, Politics

Pam Hawkins, the south bay powerhouse soul singer retains her diva crown

Pam Hawkins, the south bay powerhouse soul singer retains her diva crown

By Big Cat Tolefree It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a female soul singer with Pam’s energy and commitment to performing songs, not just singing them. Every song, every shimmy each and every show has the same power and passion, a raw emotion in a bottle of seductively infectious sincerity that comes across naturally. I appreciate Pam Hawkins and big sound she’s mastered over the years, no other female … Read entire article »

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BERKELEY’S JUNETEENTH COMMITTEE ACKNOWLEDGES ‘SLAVE APOLOGY’ FROM ALAMEDA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Publicity Chair, Ms. Delores Nochi Cooper Edwards, accepted a ‘Slave Apology’ resolution from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, on behalf of the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival Association. Having being honored that the Board selected her to accept the resolution; Edwards noted that, “my initial response was a flood of overwhelming emotion.” “As sincere as the gesture appeared, and as honorable as it was for the Board to have the insight and foresight to extend this olive branch,” said Edwards, my initial thinking was: “How can we (African Americans) accept this apology; how can this apology undo the atrocities of slavery148 years after the Emancipation Proclamation; and how can … Read entire article »

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