Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month: California’s Latinos Reflect on Experiences, Accomplishments

McKenzie Jackson | California Black Media

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, California Black Media writer McKenzie Jackson takes a look at the lives and accomplishments of some people of Hispanic heritage in California.

(CBM) – Dayane Mendoza Solis considered throwing her hat in the ring for a trustee seat on the Sonoma Valley Unified School District’s board in the upcoming November election.

New Online Marketplace, Housing Program Aim To Keep Teachers In Oakland

Keith Burbank, Bay City News - SF Chronicle


More teachers and especially teachers of color may remain in Oakland thanks in part to $6 million from state and private sources, city officials announced Thursday morning.

Five million dollars will go toward continuing the Teachers Rooted in Oakland program. The program reduces the cost of housing for Oakland Unified School District teachers as well as prospective teachers training and earning their credential. TRiO also provides a stipend for both groups.

Council President Pro Tempore Sheng Thao, Oakland Officials, and Community Leaders Hold Press Conference to Announce New Investment Into East Oakland Parks

OAKLAND, California - Council President Pro Tempore Sheng Thao, Assemblymember Mia Bonta, community, and faith leaders gathered at Arroyo Viejo Park this morning to announce a $2 million investment into East Oakland parks secured by Pro Tem Thao in recent state budget allocations signed by Governor Newsom. This $2 million investment will help revitalize and celebrate parks serving some of Oakland’s most marginalized communities and includes:

California AG announces first-in-nation division to prevent gun violence statewide

ABC 7 News

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Wednesday announced the launch of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, a new first-of-its-kind division of the California Department of Justice.

Bonta held a press conference in San Francisco with gun safety advocates to detail the unit that will develop strategies to address gun violence at the state and local level.


Alameda Sun


The Alameda Community Assessment Response & Engagement (CARE) Team is set to receive $1.8 million from the California state budget for the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 179, the Budget Act of 2022, implementing funding for key state priorities. The CARE Team allocation item is under the Health and Human Services section of the bill, authored by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco).

It’s time to end scholarship displacement

Nadja Jespen and Sbeydeh Viveros-Walton, Ed Source

When Jason Vazquez began his freshman year at the University of California, Berkeley, scholarships were a crucial part of his college financing plan.

Fast food workers to sleep at Capitol to urge passage of bill before deadline

The bill would create a statewide council that will help set wages, benefits, and training standards. The California Chamber of Commerce opposes the bill.

Morgan Rynor, ABC 10


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Some fast food workers will spend the night at the Capitol Tuesday as they urge lawmakers and the governor to pass and sign a bill that they say will allow them to have a voice in their pay and benefits. 

The bill faced strong opposition last year and failed, but it’s back and must be voted on in the next two weeks before the session ends on Aug. 31. 


California bid to create legal drug injection sites advances

Don Thompson, Seattle Times/AP


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California moved a step closer Wednesday to creating sites where people could legally use drugs under supervision designed to save them from dying if they overdose, over the objections of opponents who said the state would be enabling dangerous and illegal activity.

The full Assembly will now consider allowing test programs in Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco, more than a year after the proposal narrowly passed the state Senate.