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February 16, 2018

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By James Rufus Koren

California lawmakers are once again trying to cap the interest rate that lenders can charge on large personal loans, renewing an effort to eliminate the state's flourishing market for super-expensive debt.

February 15, 2018

By Angela Hart

Ann Ravel, an elections expert who resigned from the Federal Election Commission last year citing partisan gridlock and dysfunction in the agency, will testify today at the Legislature’s joint committee on sexual harassment prevention.

Ravel, a Democrat who also formerly served as chairwoman of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, was invited for her expertise on proper enforcement of government rules.

February 15, 2018

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By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr., Executive Editor 

February 14, 2018

Last year, California launched a new statewide program for approving individuals to serve as foster caregivers, and the goal was to fix an inefficient, ineffective system.

But since the program has been in place, families have seen huge delays and have not received needed support, causing financial hardship and deterring permanent placements of foster youth.

February 14, 2018

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By Christopher Simmons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response will hold its second working hearing February 15, 2018. The Subcommittee is laying the groundwork for developing new, bicameral policies and procedures for preventing and responding to sexual harassment complaints.

February 12, 2018

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By Julie M. Waters, Contributing Writer

February 12, 2018

Watch, listen to Sen. Holly Mitchell talk about the upcoming debate addressing issues of interest to Black women HERE:

February 12, 2018

By Taryn Luna

A first-of-its-kind forum is coming Tuesday to the Crest Theatre: Gubernatorial candidates talking about issues that directly impact African American women, hosted by African American women.

“From what we can find, this is the first time across the country, let alone in California, that a forum of this nature has come together,” said Melanie Shelby, a public affairs strategist and managing director of Gray, Greer, Shelby & Vaughn in Oakland.

February 06, 2018

The “moral compass” of California’s state senate wants women to run — but she also wants us to have honest conversations about what that actually looks like

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By Meena Harris

February 05, 2018

Sen. Holly Mitchell has announced that she's sponsoring an exhibit of quilts that will be displayed near the doors to the Governor's office. She says the quilts are "provided by the Sister's Quilting Collective, African American Heritage Legacy and the Brick  House Art Gallery" and each "represents moments and imagery paying homage to the legacy of the Black experience and expression."