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CA NAACP to Urge Governor to Sign California Fair Sentencing Act

SB1010 Equalizes Crack and Powder Cocaine Penalties

Facing its final vote in the Assembly, the California Fair Sentencing Act (SB 1010) authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) won bi-partisan approval on a 49-14 vote today.

Mitchell's bill will correct the groundless disparity in sentencing, probation and asset forfeiture guidelines for possession of crack cocaine for sale versus the same crime involving powder cocaine that has resulted in a pattern of racial discrimination in sentencing and incarceration in California. SB 1010 now moves on to the Senate for a concurrence vote.

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California Legislature Approves Assemblymember Holden’s Bill to Recognize President Obama in High School Textbooks

- AB 1912 - 

The California Legislature has given overwhelming, bi-partisan approval to Assemblymember Chris Holden's bill to encourage California schools to teach the story of President Barack Obama's trailblazing election.

Today's vote in the Assembly on concurrence in language changes was approved unanimously – 73 to 0. Last Thursday the Senate overwhelmingly approved AB 1912. The bill now goes to Governor Brown for signature.

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State Lawmakers Approve Holden Bill to Protect California Parklands

- AB 1767 - 

Black news from Pasadena - Brief - Protect California parks bill passedSacramento: Assemblymember Chris Holden's (D-Pasadena) bill to protect parks and wild spaces by increasing fines for dumping and vandalism in Southern California's nature areas has been approved by the state legislature.

AB 1767 raises the fines for dumping, vandalism or destroying property on Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy properties to $1,500. Because state bonds used to fund much of the SMMC cannot be used for maintenance, the increased fine revenue will help the Conservancy offset its current deficit and repairs.

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District 3 Announces New Social Media Links

Black news from Pasadena - Brief - Pasadena District 3 new social media linksPasadena, CA — Pasadena District 3 Councilmember John J. Kennedy today announced his office has launched two new social media sites to provide District 3 residents and businesses with news and information about events or issues in the district. The two new social media sites are on Instagram, @HonJohnJKennedy and Twitter @HonJohnJKennedy. The same handle is being used for both sites.

Councilmember Kennedy encourages all District 3 residents and businesses to follow his social media sites for pictures and information that affect District 3. The social media sites will work in conjunction with the District 3 page on the City of Pasadena website at www.cityofpasadena.net/District3.

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