Category: Statewide

2024 California Presidential Primary Election: A Look at the Black Candidates

The ballot for the 2024 California presidential primary election, set for March 5 — commonly called “Super Tuesday in political media speak — features leading presidential candidates President Joe Biden (D) and former President Donald Trump (R). Black candidates for President include President R. Boddie (D), Eban Cambridge (D), Jasmine Sherman (Peace and Freedom), and Cornel West (Peace and Freedom).

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Prop 1: A Mix of Skepticism and Hope Is Shaping Opinions About Calif’s Upcoming Mental Health Ballot Proposal

San Francisco resident Anthony Hardnett works at Hospitality House, a community-based organization that offers recovery, reintegration and personal growth resources to people struggling with addiction and homelessness in and around the city’s downtown area.

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Celebrating Lunar New Year 2024: Embracing Tradition and Renewal in California

In California, the Lunar New Year presents an opportunity for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities to come together in celebration, marking a time of renewal, tradition, and cultural significance. This year, the festivities span more than two weeks, starting on February 10, with traditions and celebrations being observed throughout the state.

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Homelessness Surges, Disproportionately Affecting Black and Latino Communities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its 2023 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, revealing a distressing 12% surge in homelessness since 2022. The report, encompassing the Housing Inventory Count, paints a bleak picture of the current state of homelessness, with a staggering 653,104 individuals experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2023—the highest since the national reporting on the Point-in-Time count began in 2007.

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California Becomes First State To Offer Health Care To All Californians, Regardless Of Immigration Status

Starting January 2024 individuals, regardless of immigration status, between the ages of 26 to 49 can be provided full coverage of Medi-Cal if they meet the eligibility criteria. All other Medi-Cal requirements still apply, including income eligibility. This new California law, Age 26-49 Adult Expansion, was introduced after Senate Bill 184 (Chapter 47, Statutes of 2022), Senate Bill 75, the Young Adult Expansion, and the Older Adult Expansion.

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Controller Malia Cohen: Despite $68 Billion Deficit, California Has Enough Cash to Pay Bills

Over the next few months, Californians will spend time processing the details of Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2024-2025 spending plan, which he is expected to present to the Legislature on Jan. 10 in Sacramento. However, reports of the state’s whopping $68 billion budget deficit — as projected by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) — have foreshadowed the Governor’s announcement with uncertainty.

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Covered California Announces 
Enrollment Increase as Its 
First Deadline of Dec. 31 Approaches

With a key deadline coming up on Dec. 31, Covered California announced that 139,533 consumers have signed up for 2024 coverage as of Dec. 16 during this open enrollment, marking a 15 percent increase over the same period last year and the highest during this same period in four years. Another 1,580,360 Californians have renewed their coverage so far.

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Leading With Action, Love and Data Points: Six Questions for the California Black Women’s Collective

The California Black Women’s Collective (CABWC) is a sisterhood of influential women from different professional backgrounds who aim to uplift and address the issues impacting Black women and girls in all regions of the state. Relying on research, they approach problem solving with a range of expertise – from politics, business, and community advocacy to the arts, entertainment, social justice activism, and more.

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Bullying in California: In Some School Districts, Black Students Are Being Targeted by Their Latino Peers

On Feb. 16, 2022, a Black student in the Santa Barbara Unified School District was assaulted by Latino students. His attackers called him the n-word and kneeled on his neck while repeatedly, chanting the name “George Floyd.” A district-wide acknowledgment of the hate crime was not sent out until Feb. 22, of that year.

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California Black Media, Ethnic Media Services Host Award Show and Conference

The Ethnic Media Conference Awards and Expo took place at the Kimpton-Sawyer Hotel in downtown Sacramento on Aug. 31. The event celebrated the work of journalists, podcasters, photojournalists, and investigative reporters whose contributions have been published by media outlets serving ethnic audiences across California.

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