January Special!
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Chairwoman Congressional Black Caucus
1/17/2019 10:48:14 PM

CARSON—California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) production of playwright Elaine Romero’s “Undocumented” examines the tragic impact of America’s current immigration crisis with an immersive, multimedia portrayal of the many facets of the story. The show opens on January 25 at 8 p.m., and will run weekends through Feb. 4 in the CSUDH Edison Theatre. Produced by CSUDH’s Department of Theatre and Dance, and directed by Theatre Arts faculty member Bill DeLuca, “Undocumented” tells the story of Amalia Portilla, a school principal...

Aquarium of the Pacific Sets May 24 Opening Date for New Wing
1/17/2019 10:47:35 PM

LONG BEACH (CNS)—The Aquarium of the Pacific announced that its Pacific Visions wing, marking the venue's first major expansion since its founding in 1998, will open to the public on May 24. The 29,000-square-foot, two-story structure, designed by the San Francisco-based architecture and design firm EHDD, will house a 300-seat immersive theater, exhibition space, art gallery and several new live animal exhibits. According to Aquarium officials, Pacific Visions programs will tackle such issues as climate change, extreme weather, sea level rise, water shortages and creating a...

California Pot Taxes Lag as Illegal Market Flourishes
1/17/2019 10:46:35 PM

By Michael R. Blood   LOS ANGELES—Deep in Gov. Gavin Newsom's new budget is a figure that says a lot about California's shaky legal marijuana market: The state is expecting a lot less cash from cannabis taxes. The Democrat's proposed spending plan projects the state will bank $355 million in marijuana excise taxes by the end of June. That's roughly half of what was once expected after broad legal sales kicked off last year. Industry experts say the diminished tax income reflects a somber reality: Most consumers are continuing to purchase pot in the...

California Governor Offers $144 Billion Budget, Ups Savings
1/17/2019 10:45:52 PM

By Jonathan J. Cooper   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a $144 billion general fund budget in his first spending plan Thursday, up 4 percent from the current year. The new governor's budget includes $13.6 billion to build the state's reserves and to pay down state debt and its growing pension liability. It's in keeping with his promise to follow in the fiscally frugal path of his predecessor, termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown. Like Brown, Newsom said he is girding the state against an inevitable recession. “This budget lays a strong...

Woman Settles Harassment Suit Against Compton Supply Chain Company
1/17/2019 10:43:41 PM

LOS ANGELES—A former supervisor at a Compton supply chain company who alleged she endured a sexually charged atmosphere in which her boss made inappropriate remarks about her and called other female staff members "stupid, uneducated ghetto bitches" reached a settlement with her former employer. Christine Vuong's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit was filed in December 2017 and alleged sexual harassment and discrimination, whistleblower retaliation and wrongful termination by A.N. Deringer Inc. and Shawn McManigal, the company's director of distribution. She sought...

Former Obama Housing Chief Julian Castro Joins 2020 Campaign
1/17/2019 10:42:32 PM

By Paul J. Weber   SAN ANTONIO (AP)—Assailing President Donald Trump for “a crisis of leadership,” former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro joined the 2020 presidential race Saturday as the rush of Democrats making early moves to challenge the incumbent accelerates. Castro, who could end up being the only Latino in what is shaping up to be a crowded Democratic field, made immigration a centerpiece of his announcement in his hometown of San Antonio, less than 200 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Two days after the president visited the border to promote...

Forgeries of African American Art on the Rise
1/17/2019 10:41:02 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   For African American artists, prior to 1980, exhibition venues were few, museum opportunities rare and there wasn’t concrete infrastructure for Black art. “Before that time, the primary infrastructure for African American art lay in the hands of academia,” said Larry “Poncho” Brown, one of Maryland’s most prolific artists. Brown noted that such talented individuals as Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden and others stood above the industry prior to the 1980s while the Harlem Renaissance,...

Jury Decides to Strip Mongols Biker Gang of Trademark Logo
1/17/2019 10:39:57 PM

By Brian Melley   LOS ANGELES (AP)—A California jury decided last week that the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind verdict, federal prosecutors said. The jury in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana previously found Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a Mongol warrior on a chopper, guilty of racketeering and conspiracy. The verdict caps an unusual decade-long quest by prosecutors to dismantle the gang responsible for drug dealing and murder by seizing control of the trademark they said was core to the...

L.A. County to Prohibit Landlord Discrimination Against Section 8 Families
1/17/2019 10:39:02 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to spend $5 million to prevent housing discrimination, including drafting an ordinance to prohibit landlords from denying renters who use Section 8 vouchers. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended doing more to enforce and expand protections offered by federal fair housing laws in place for decades. "Implementation of the nation's Fair Housing Act is 50 years overdue," Kuehl said. "L.A. County is saying we will wait no longer. Discrimination in housing is exacerbating our...

L.A. County Approves Up to $10 Million in Mental Health Funding to LAUSD
1/17/2019 10:26:50 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES (CNS)— In a move that partially addresses at least one demand of the striking teachers' union, the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved up to $10 million for the Los Angeles Unified School District to pay for mental health services for students and staff. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who recommended the funding, said $10 million would be enough to fund a school nurse on every LAUSD elementary school campus. District Superintendent Austin Beutner announced the planned county funds last week as part of the...