Posts Tagged ‘California’

California’s freshman class in the U.S. House is large and diverse

Monday, January 7th, 2013


(Los Angeles Times) A decade ago, Eric Swalwell was working at a Capitol Hill gym handing out towels to members ofCongress. On Thursday, he was on the House floor, swearing to support and defend the Constitution as one of 14 new House members from California.

Swalwell, a Democrat from Dublin in the San Francisco Bay Area, is among a diverse group of freshmen from the Golden State who took office Thursday in the biggest turnover of the state's delegation in 20 years. They cast their first vote — on the question of who would be House speaker — mugged for photos and enjoyed a rare festive day that masked the partisan fights that lay ahead.

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‘Female Barack Obama’ Could Be The Next Supreme Court Justice

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

(Business Insider) Which Supreme Court justice will step down next?


Most experts believe it will be 79-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Clinton appointee and the court's oldest member, according to Bloomberg Law.

The most likely candidate to replace her is California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who's dubbed "the female Barack Obama," SCOTUSBlog's Tom Goldstein told Bloomberg.

Like Obama, Harris, 48, is a rising political star, who wrote a book and broke racial barriers. Harris was the first woman attorney general in the Golden State.

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Black boys see bleak future at school

Thursday, December 6th, 2012


(SFgate) By kindergarten, 1 out of 4 African American boys in California is convinced he will fail in school, a self-fulfilling prophecy driven in part by poverty and trauma, according to the results of a legislative inquiry.

The Assembly select committee investigation on the status of boys and men of color also found that the boys are increasingly putting a strain on the state's economic health. The findings were drawn from several community hearings, expert testimony and the input of hundreds of other stakeholders over 18 months.

The final report, scheduled for public release this week, identified education, health and employment as among the most significant areas of concern, and offered recommendations, including where to focus resources and policymakers' attention.

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African American churches protest foreclosures by black-run bank

Monday, November 5th, 2012

(Los Angeles Times) A coalition of African American ministers is protesting foreclosures on their churches — byBroadway Federal Bank, a savings bank established in the 1940s to serve Los Angeles' then-segregated black community.

About one-quarter of the money Broadway Federal has lent out has been for mortgages on church properties. In the tough economy, it's become a problematic business for the bank, which regulators have categorized as troubled since 2010.

The bank's annual report for 2011 with the Securities and Exchange Commission said regulators have barred it from making additional church loans. Broadway Federal, which continues to be run by African Americans, said its problems "raise substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern."

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In-N-Out Burger Faces Discrimination Suit

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


(The Root) A lawsuit against the California-based restaurant chain In-N-Out Burger alleges that it discriminates in hiring based on race, color and age, according toBay Area News. Two men who are African American and over the age of 40 say that they were turned down because of those characteristics when they applied for jobs at Oakland and San Francisco locations. Their complaint asks for back pay as well as compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of those who were unlawfully denied employment.

The suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday, was filed on behalf of two black men from Oakland over the age of 40 who recently applied for jobs at In-N-Out Burger restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco but weren't hired.

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CA High Schools Are Failing Blacks And Latinos, As Few Offer Pathways To College, Report Says

Monday, July 2nd, 2012


(Huffington Post) California high schools that serve largely Latino or African American students are failing them as pathways to college, according to a new report by a statewide education policy, research and advocacy organization.

Just 10 percent of high schools that serve primarily Latino students have above-average graduation and college-going rates for Latinos. The same is true for African Americans at 24 percent of high schools serving the largest proportions of African American students, the Education Trust–West found. Many students in both populations are low-income.

The college-going rate among Latino and African American students who graduated high school in 2010 lagged behind that of white and Asian students by 20 and more than 30 percentage points, respectively. The estimate, released last week, found 45 percent of Latinos and 46 percent of African Americans in the class of 2010 enrolled in college.

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Diverse appointments to California superior, appeals courts

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012


(San Francisco Chronicle) Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a former State Bar leader to a judgeship in Contra Costa County on Friday. He also nominated a former San Francisco school board attorney as the first Latino on the state appeals court in San Jose, and chose a Los Angeles prosecutor as California's first Muslim judge.

The appointees are:

– Judy Johnson, 63, of Rodeo to the Contra Costa County Superior Court. Johnson was the State Bar's executive director from 2000 to 2011 and its chief trial counsel from 1994 to 2000 after 17 years as a prosecutor in San Francisco.

– Miguel Marquez, 45, of San Jose to the Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose. Marquez has been county counsel for Santa Clara County since 2009 and previously served as general counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District and a deputy city attorney in San Francisco.



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California Affirmative Action: Campus Diversity Suffers Under Race-Blind Policies

Friday, April 27th, 2012


(Huffington Post) Fifteen years ago, California voters were asked: Should colleges consider a student's race when they decide who gets in and who doesn't?

With an emphatic "no," they made California the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in public university admissions, as well as hiring and contracting.

Since then, California's most selective public colleges and graduate schools have struggled to assemble student bodies that reflect the state's demographic mix.

Universities around the country could soon face the same challenge. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to revisit the thorny issue of affirmative action less than a decade after it endorsed the use of race as a factor in college admissions.

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Diversity lacking — but improving — among Calif. judges

Monday, April 9th, 2012


(Scripps News) In California, a state with a large ethnic population, the vast majority of judges are white men, although women and minorities have been making gains, according to a recent state report.

There were 1,677 judges in California last year, according to the sixth annual report from the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts. The report, released in March, shows that of those judges, 1,212 are white, 137 are Hispanic, 96 are African-American, and 94 are Asian. The rest are other races, listed more than one race or didn't provide information.

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Hispanics face massive income gap in every major market

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

( Hispanic Americans confront an income gap of at least 35 percent in every major metropolitan area across the nation.

That's the disparity between per capita incomes for whites and Hispanics in 95 large metros, according to an On Numbers analysis of federal data.

Los Angeles is the worst market for Hispanic earning power, despite the fact that two of every five residents in the region are Hispanic. The income gap in L.A. is 67.2 percent. Canton, Ill., is dead-last among markets of all sizes, with a disparity of 82.5 percent.

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