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Democrats 2020—Not the Person, but the Program
12/12/2018 6:39:37 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   Now that the midterm elections are over, and Democrats are savoring their victory, more than a dozen Democrats say they are considering running for President in 2020. The Democratic Party needs to get its act together if any of them has even a prayer of beating the clown that white conservatives love to love. The fact that Republicans stole an election from Stacey Abrams in Georgia suggests that our electoral infrastructure isn't what it ought to be. The fact that Republicans in Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina are attempting to change electoral...

Sheriff's Dept. Suspends Controversial Enforcement Team's Operations
12/12/2018 6:30:51 PM

By Staff Reports LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has suspended the operations of a highway enforcement team that stopped thousands of innocent Latino drivers in search of drugs on the 5 Freeway, prompting allegations of racial profiling, it was reported Friday. The county inspector general had launched an investigation into the activities of the Domestic Highway Enforcement Team. The probe followed a report in the Los Angeles Times that almost 70 percent of drivers stopped from 2012 through last year were Latino and that two-thirds of them had their...

Rep. Bass Elected New Chairperson of Congressional Black Caucus
12/12/2018 6:28:50 PM

By Brandon I. Brooks Kimberlee Buck contributed to this article   In 2008, Congresswoman Karen Bass made history after being elected as the first ever African American woman to become Speaker of any state legislature. Since then, Bass has continued to represent the 37th congressional district of California by being an active voice for criminal justice reform, fighting for America’s foster care system, and strengthening the United States ties with Africa. Now Bass will have the opportunity to continue making change in her new role as the chair of the Congressional Black...

Fernando Valenzuela and Belva Davis Among 8 Named to California Hall of Fame
12/12/2018 6:27:05 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne   SACRAMENTO (AP)—Eight Californians known for their activism, artistry and historic achievements were inducted Tuesday into the California Hall of Fame in an event that mixed celebratory glitz and glamor with calls for greater attention to global issues like climate change. The class was the last selected by Gov. Jerry Brown, another pioneering Californian who leaves office in January after serving a record four terms. He joked after walking the red carpet that he wouldn't have thought to create such an event, a tradition begun by his predecessor...

U.S. Appeals Court Won't Immediately Allow Trump Asylum Ban
12/12/2018 6:26:06 PM

By Sudhin Thanawala   SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—A divided U.S. appeals court late Friday refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. The ban is inconsistent with an existing U.S. law and an attempted end-run around Congress, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 decision. “Just as we may not, as we are often reminded, `legislate from the bench,' neither may the Executive legislate from the Oval Office,” 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee, a...

Viola Davis Says 'Stop Taming Us' at Hollywood Event
12/12/2018 6:25:05 PM

By Lindsey Bahr   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Actress and producer Viola Davis gave a rousing speech about leadership and authenticity to a well-heeled crowd of Hollywood power players Wednesday morning at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast. Davis, who was being honored with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, said that she doesn't always come to mind when she thinks of the idea of leadership—Martin Luther King, Jr. does—but that she is trying through her production company to embrace women of color as they really are. “There is no...

Top Kamala Harris Aide Resigns Over Harassment Settlement
12/12/2018 6:23:13 PM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—A top aide to California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris resigned Wednesday over revelations he was involved in a harassment lawsuit and $400,000 settlement while working for the state Department of Justice. Larry Wallace, a senior adviser in Harris's Sacramento office, resigned after the Sacramento Bee inquired about the 2017 settlement, the newspaper reported. “We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams said. “This evening, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator,...

California's Historic Drop in Arrests Still Imperils Blacks
12/12/2018 6:22:10 PM

By Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California is seeing a historic drop in arrests that still leaves Blacks far more likely to wind up in handcuffs, particularly in San Francisco Bay Area counties, according to a report released Monday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. The arrest rate statewide dropped nearly 60 percent since its peak in 1989. Three-fourths of the long-term drop involves misdemeanors, particularly for traffic and alcohol-related violations. Felony arrests for property and drug offenses fell substantially by 2016, the most recent year...

Pepi Johnson, Riverside Black Chamber of Commerce
12/12/2018 6:19:17 PM

RIVERSIDE—Covered California’s Dec. 15 Enrollment Deadline Nears for Health Coverage Starting Jan. 1 It’s open enrollment time for millions of Californians who’ve enjoyed health insurance and quality medical care through the Affordable Care Act. And Covered California, the state agency that administers the law, once again is leading the charge to get people signed up. “The Affordable Care Act is now irrevocably woven into the fabric of America,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “We are not going back to the days when...

USPS Employee, Half-Brother, both from Inglewood, Plead Not Guilty to Federal Charges in L.A
12/12/2018 6:18:05 PM

By Staff Reports LOS ANGELES—A U.S. Postal Service employee and his half- brother pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that they held up USPS trucks in Los Angeles. William Crosby, 32, the USPS employee, and Myron Crosby, 27, both of Inglewood, were ordered to appear for a pretrial hearing April 29 before U.S. District Judge S. James Otero. The defendants were named in an updated eight- count indictment unsealed last month, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The Crosbys allegedly participated in the armed robbery of a USPS truck driver on March 1 after the...