REPAIR RACIAL DAMAGE: A detailed report released Wednesday by California officials details the state’s history of racism against black residents and offers recommendations for redressing those. harms – the first such government-sponsored study in more than five decades.
The discoveries in the 500 page document establish a timeline of what the California Reparations Task Force calls the “white supremacy” beliefs and laws that states, including California, instituted to maintain the legacy of slavery. These policies include racial segregation that forced black Californians to move into more polluted neighborhoods with inadequate infrastructure, criminalization to maintain social control, and other discriminatory practices in education and employment.
The interim report represents a major milestone for the country’s first task force, which was created in 2020 by statute by the Secretary of State Shirley Weberwho was sitting in the Assembly at the time.
Wednesday’s report highlights that although California was a “Free State,” enslaved African Americans lived here, and groups like the Ku Klux Klan permeated local government and society, leading to racial violence that peaked after World War II.
This is the first analysis commissioned by the government of institutional racism against the black community since the president Lyndon B. Johnson ordered Kerner Commission report in 1968, task force chairman says Kamilah Moore.
Not included are the long-awaited recommendations for the amount of reparations payments and exactly who should receive them, a plan the task force is to send to lawmakers by next year. But the document offers dozens of recommendations to undo the lingering effects of racism.
Some of the highlights:
- Estimate the value of Black-owned businesses and property in California that have been stolen or destroyed by acts of racial terror, distribute that money to Black Californians, and make available housing grants and zero-interest business and real estate loans .
- Compensate residents who have been forcibly evicted from their homes by the state as part of prominent estate construction projects – and families who have been denied inheritance due to laws criminalizing interracial marriage.
- Repeal of Section 34 of the California Constitution, which requires cities to obtain voter approval before building public housing.
- Create a government-subsidized mortgage program to offer low interest rates to qualified applicants.
- Provide more students with free tuition at California colleges and universities.
- Raise the minimum wage and require health benefits and paid holidays for workers in food and hospitality services, agriculture, food processing and domestic workers.
- Demand that incarcerated people be paid market rates for their work in prison and be allowed to vote.
The working group proposes the creation of a new department to oversee the implementation of these policies and to help residents prove their eligibility and apply for future reparations payments.
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SUPERVISED USE OF MEDICATION: It’s been nearly four years since then-Gov. Jerry Brown rejected a bill to open facilities where people could use illegal drugs under medical supervision in an attempt to reduce overdose deaths. Now Gov. Gavin Newsom may have his chance to weigh in. State Sen. Scott WienerThe bill to allow these sites to be tested in certain places – San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles – was closed Wednesday at its last political hearing after being blocked by legal issues last year. The proposal, Senate Bill 57, then heads to the floor of the Assembly. Wiener, who plans to hold a press conference Thursday morning in support of the bill, is aiming for a quick vote.
Newsom hasn’t publicly taken a position on the issue — other than a 2018 campaign comment in which he describes himself as being “very, very open” to the concept. New York opened two facilities in November and Rhode Island passed legislation allowing them, but so-called supervised consumption sites remain controversial. Michael Shellenbergerwho is challenging Newsom in next week’s primary, spoke at a Public Safety Committee hearing on Wednesday morning, criticizing the bill as “addiction maintenance” rather than a solution. —Victoria Colliver
CTA SIDED WITH TRIBES: One of the state’s largest labor organizations is fighting a ballot measure backed by gaming giants DraftKings and FanDuel that would allow out-of-state operators to offer online sports betting in California. The California Teachers Association voted last week to oppose the measure. An alternative proposal, which has already qualified for the ballot, would legalize in-person sports betting, but only on tribal lands and certain racetracks. — Lara Korte
VACCINE CONSENT: An intense two-hour debate on Wednesday on ViennaThe bill to allow minors 12 and older to be vaccinated by the federal government without parental consent ended with the House Judiciary Committee voting 6-4 to send SB 866 to the Assembly for an indoor vote. At one point, opposition callers jammed the phone lines during the support portion of the hearing. Member of the Assembly Ash Kalrawho replaced the chairman of the judicial committee of the Assembly mark the stone, threatened to cut short their time to speak out against the bill (he ultimately didn’t, and callers complained about confusing telephone instructions). But the issue continues to pit parents who accuse the legislation of interfering with their rights to make medical decisions for their children against public health advocates and others who say the bill gives older children the right to protect their own health.. —Victoria Colliver
“Los Angeles to crack down on the sale of flavored tobacco productsby Emily Alpert Reyes of the Los Angeles Times: “Los Angeles will ban many businesses from selling tobacco products with sweet, spicy and minty flavors as part of new restrictions backed by the City Council on Wednesday.
“The new rules have been celebrated by public health advocates and community groups who argue that tobacco products with appealing flavors – including menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars and liquid e-cigarette pods – have been a Gateway to Nicotine Addiction in Teens Researchers have found that the majority of young people who use tobacco started with flavored products.
“Sheryl Sandberg, one of the most powerful women in tech, leaves Facebook parent company Metaby Roland Li of SF Chronicle: Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said she is leaving the company after 14 years.
“To sit alongside Mark for these 14 years has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime. Mark is a true visionary and caring leader,” Sandberg wrote in a Facebook post discussing his history with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Compiled by Juhi Doshi
— More than 6 million Southern Californians will be placed under new drought rules on Wednesday. (LATimes)
— Amber Heard was found guilty of defaming Johnny Depp, and the jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages and heard $2 million. (CBS News)
— Current Sacramento cannabis dispensary owners will be able to sell the majority of their business after Tuesday night’s city council approved new rules. (Sacramento Bee)