THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS | March 3, 2020

CALIFORNIA BLACK NEWS STORIES

Caught In The Gap: Californians Facing Evictions Still Waiting on Aid State Promised
(OAKLAND POST) – Any day now Anita Miller could become homeless. The 58-year-old single woman, who lives in Long Beach, is just waiting for the county Sheriff to show up and formally remove her from the two-bedroom apartment she has lived in for 18 years now. Read More

Coronavirus Hits California: The Threat of an Epidemic Disrupts Life
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – So far, 37 people in California have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and about 8,700 people across the state, who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus, are self-quarantined. Read More

Two New Bills Threaten Your ‘Right to Know’
(OAKLAND POST) – Under current California law, all public notices must be published in newspapers. Signed into law in Sept. 27, 2016 by former Gov. Jerry Brown, the goal of the legislation is to make sure citizens are aware of the activities of their government. Read More

Mayor Breed celebrates Right to Return ordinance
(SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW) – Mayor London N. Breed today celebrated the signing of San Francisco’s Right to Return Ordinance. She was joined by Supervisor Shamann Walton, Hope SF leadership and residents, and community members at Hope SF’s Potrero Hill housing development. The ordinance was sponsored by Mayor Breed, Supervisor Walton and the other members of the Board of Supervisors. Read More

California’s true energy crisis: What to do about the electricity grid
(BLACK VOICE) – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is about to emerge from bankruptcy, but the biggest energy issue facing California isn’t PG&E’s finances, its corporate structure, or its ownership. It’s the power lines. Read More

 Federal Trade Commission: California Is Scam Capital, U.S.A
(SACRAMENTO OBSERVER) – California has been recognized for a concerning new distinction: We are the capital of scams. Read More
NATIONAL BLACK NEWS STORIES  

KOBE & GIANNA Last Goodbye Vanessa Bryant was solemn and utterly courageous
(INGLEWOOD TODAY) – Vanessa Bryant, more than any other person, lost the most when her 13-year old daughter and doting husband of 20 years Kobe succumbed in that tragic helicopter crash that took their lives and seven others. Read More

 CDC Warns: Pandemic May be Imminent
(BLACK VOICE) – A telebriefing by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday raised alarms regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)—it is not a matter of if, but when the virus will begin to spread in the U.S. Read More  

Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders releases plan for guaranteed ‘Child Care and Pre-K for All’
(SF BAY VIEW) – Now running as the presumptive frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday morning, Feb. 24, unveiled a sweeping new proposal that would guarantee high-quality child care and then pre-kindergarten education to every child – regardless of income or status – in the United States. Read More

 Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh faces jail time for scam (CARIB PRESS) — Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges. Prosecutors said that Pugh used the sales of her children’s book, Healthy Holly, to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks. The money was deposited into her campaign accounts and then used to buy and renovate a new house. Read More

16,794 New Jobs for African Americans with Disabilities
(WESTSIDE STORY NEWS) – As we celebrate Black History Month, which takes place every February, RespectAbility recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of African Americans to the United States. It is important to note this includes more than 5.4 million African Americans living with a disability in the U.S., 3.2 million of whom are working-age African Americans with disabilities. Therefore, we would like to reflect on the realities and challenges that continue to shape the lives of African Americans with disabilities. Read More

All aboard … for Reparations!
(SF BAY VIEW) – WE are calling on all Africans, as well as our true friends and allies, in San Francisco to immediately call up Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as Rep. Zoe Lofgren. Tell them to endorse “The Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans Act,” H.R. 40, right now! Read More
BLACK AMERICA IN THE NEWS

Why many Black Democrats are giving Bloomberg a pass on stop-and-frisk
(POLITICO) – Mike Bloomberg began his presidential campaign apologizing to black New Yorkers for race-based policing tactics. Yet three months later, as he sprints into Super Tuesday, he finds himself competitive in Southern states with large African American voting blocs. Read More

Black tech entrepreneurs move to the South, a Great Migration in reverse
(NBC NEWS) – “It was important for us to be in a place that’s more diverse than the places that we were,” said one black entrepreneur who moved to Atlanta. Read More

Biden got nearly two-thirds of the black vote in South Carolina
(VOX) – Biden said African Americans would power a victory in South Carolina, and they did — he received 61 percent of the black vote. Read More

Los Angeles County DA’s husband points gun at Black Lives Matter protesters
(THE ROOT) – Black Lives Matter protesters who gathered outside the home of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey early Monday were met by her husband, who waved a gun at them and told them to leave. Read More

Ahead of Super Tuesday, many Black voters wonder whether Biden can go the distance
(WASHINGTON POST) – Memphis — On the television at the convenience store, Joe Biden was taking a victory lap after his blowout victory in South Carolina, a double-digit primary win that he said would revitalize his campaign and position him to stop the ascent of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  Read More 

‘Black In Space’ Explores NASA’s Small Steps And Giant Leaps Toward Equality
(NPR) – For many Americans, the first moon landing remains the most memorable moment in the history of manned space travel. Read More

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