Lucy Durr Hackney . . .
1/17/2019 10:55:24 PM

By Staff Reports   When Lucy Durr married Sheldon Hackney in 1957, the custom alterations to her beautiful gown were done for her by a family friend—Mrs. Rosa Parks. This wonderful detail opens a small window into my dear friend and former Children’s Defense Fund board and volunteer staff member Lucy Durr Hackney’s extraordinary life. Lucy, who passed away last October at age 81, was the daughter of civil rights activists Virginia and Clifford Durr and niece of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. She followed her family’s staunch commitment to social...

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters Makes History
1/17/2019 10:54:19 PM

By Charlene Crowell   As 2019 begins, there is a new Congress with leadership in the House of Representatives that makes history for people of color and women alike. Long-time California Representative Nancy Pelosi returns as Speaker of the House—the first time in 50 years that a Member of Congress has achieved this feat. On a gender note, Speaker Pelosi becomes the most powerful woman on Capitol Hill and the only female in the nation’s history to do so. There’s also another key woman and legislator that is making history. Congresswoman Maxine Waters is now...

Unhampered by Rain, L.A. Teachers Begin First Strike in 30 Years
1/17/2019 10:53:12 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)— Thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers returned to the picket lines Tuesday on the second day of the district's first teachers strike in 30 years, asking for increased pay, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more support staff, such as nurses, counselors and librarians. Teachers at The Accelerated Schools charter school in South Los Angeles also went on strike Tuesday, calling for increased teachers' salaries and health benefits in order to bolster teacher rentention. Those teachers are represented by the same union that represents...

Fourteen Motorists Arrested During Checkpoint in Compton
1/17/2019 10:52:16 PM

COMPTON (CNS)—An eight-hour DUI/driver's license checkpoint in Compton netted 14 arrests, authorities said Monday. The operation was conducted between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday on Santa Fe Avenue at Auto Drive South, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. One motorist was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, and two others were arrested on felony warrants, the sheriff's department reported. Also, nine motorists were arrested for operating a vehicle without a license or with a suspended/revoked license, and one was arrested on...

Black Caucus Members Hammer Trump After Speech to the Nation on Immigration
1/17/2019 10:50:02 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   On January 8, day eighteen of a government shutdown, President Donald Trump addressed the nation on the issue of a wall at the Mexican border. Speaking directly to the base of the Republican Party and using the major networks as a megaphone, Trump repeated many of the same themes he used during the 2016 campaign. "The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico,” Trump said. It has become increasingly clear that any border wall that may be constructed will not be paid for by the Mexican...

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...