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March 20, 2017

By Anne Stuhldreher
Special to The Bee

On the surface, it looks like West Sacramento native Michael Rizo has repaid his debt to society.

After cycling in and out of foster care since he was a toddler, Rizo got caught up in gangs and robberies. Stints in juvenile hall followed, and at 17, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in the California Youth Authority for a fight with a rival gang member.

March 20, 2017

March 17, 2017

Kids and their families are drowning in debt

By Carimah Townes

When kids in California enter the juvenile justice system, their families can end up owing thousands of dollars for court and detention fees, even if they have no ability to pay. While several counties stopped collecting the fees in the past year, a state senate committee is convening next week to consider whether or not all expenses imposed on juveniles and their guardians should be cut statewide.

March 17, 2017

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March 16, 2017

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A harmful paradox existed in California law: Raping a child was sexual abuse, yet when someone paid to rape them, the child was arrested and detained.

March 14, 2017

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell is a mom, state senator, and social justice advocate. Mitchell shares her story of how she uses her platform to be a champion for working families across the state of California. To listen to Mitchell, click HERE:


March 10, 2017

In a state dominated by Democrats, Republicans focus on those missing out on the strong

March 09, 2017


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By George Skelton

Voters want politicians to be bold. They disrespect timidity. And trying to push every Californian into a government-run healthcare system is certifiably bold.The voters’ desire for boldness has a caveat, of course: They’ve got to like what the politician is being bold about.

March 09, 2017

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By Rina Nakano

SACRAMENTO -- From work conditions, wage gaps and voting rights, in the last century, women around the world have fought for equality.

"We've come a long way but we still have a lot of work to do," Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia said. She is also the Chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus.