Oakland to offer free internet for public housing residents to bridge digital divide

Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland plans to provide free high-speed internet access for residents in public housing in an effort to close the digital divide, officials announced.

The Oakland Housing Authority plans to supply 1,117 households in the city’s five largest public housing communities with free wireless internet access by 2024, city officials said in a statement Saturday. Community rooms and areas will also have free Wi-Fi.

Leader ‘Identifies’ Opportunities For Collaboration

Black Latina Assemblymember Mia Bonta Leads With Intention

Genoa Barrow, Sacramento Observer


Each of the five Black women serving in the California Legislative Black Caucus talk about the importance of diversity and seeing others who “look like them” in the political space.

That has added meaning for Assemblymember Mia Bonta (D-Oakland), featured in the fourth installment of our “A Powerful Sisterhood” series highlighting the contributions of past and present Black women lawmakers in California.

A Powerful Sisterhood

Black Women In California Legislature Lead The Charge For Change

Genoa Barrow, The Observer


The Greek goddess Minerva appears on the state’s official seal, but some Californians point to a Black female warrior, Califia, as a symbol who encourages others to leave their mark on the state Capitol and seal the deal with laws that seek to improve life for all Californians.

Women’s History Month: Meet the Black Women Legislators Shaping California Policy

Mark Hedin, California Black Media - Oakland Post

Since Yvonne Braithwaite Burke became the first Black woman elected to serve in the California State Assembly in 1966, 20 other African American women have represented their constituents in both houses of the California State Legislature with distinction.

Many of them have gone on to make their marks in various political arenas at the state, local and national levels.

CA Bill Would Expand Cash Assistance to Senior, Disabled Undocumented Immigrants

Kaylee Pearlman, Davis Vanguard

SACRAMENTO, CA – California legislation has been introduced here to “expand access to the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) to the state’s most vulnerable seniors and disabled documented population,” to undocumented immigrants.

Assemblymember Juan Carrillo (D-Palmdale) states, “Across our state, the aging, undocumented population is increasing, especially our immigrant seniors, many of whom have no retirement despite years of working in this country.”

Newsom announces San Quentin Prison revamp to emphasize rehabilitating inmates

Tom Joyce, The Center Square contributor

(The Center Square) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom is planning to overhaul the state's prison system.

Newsom visited San Quentin State Prison and announced his plan to make the San Francisco bay prison serve a different purpose.

He wants the prison to serve as a center for lower-risk prisoners to receive education, job training, and rehabilitation for substance abuse.