December 22, 1999 |
A report to be released today by the San Francisco-based Greenlining Institute reveals that major banks are falling short on conventional home lending to African Americans statewide regardless of income level. But they lag most severely in home loans to lower-income blacks in South-Central Los Angeles. The state's eight largest banks made only 26 conventional home loans in 1998 to South-Central Los Angeles African Americans earning $35,000 or less.
November 6, 1999 |
A pro-gun group's newsletter promoting appearances by two state lawmakers contains an article suggesting that a new law banning military-style assault weapons be renamed "The Homeboy Control Act of '99." An aide to Sen. Don Perata (D-Alameda), whose legislation restricts semiautomatic assault weapons, denounced the article in the November edition of the California Rifle and Pistol Assn. publication as "pretty blatantly racist."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1998
Assemblyman Kevin Murray (D-Los Angeles) was pulled over in Beverly Hills after an election night victory party because his Corvette did not have a front license plate, police said Thursday. "Officers stopped the vehicle for a violation of California Vehicle Code 5200, no front license plates," Beverly Hills Lt. Edward Kreins said.
October 23, 1996 |
Pointing to a dramatic shift in public spending over the last 16 years, a new study says that political decisions that have reduced funding for higher education--while increasing spending on prisons--have disproportionately harmed African Americans in California. The study, the latest in a series by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, a San Francisco-based public policy group, found that in 1980-81, 9.2% of the state's general fund went to higher education and only 2.3% to corrections.
March 5, 1996 |
Two years after it was signed into law, California's controversial "three strikes and you're out" law has resulted in an imprisonment rate for African Americans that is more than 13 times that of whites, according to a new study. That disparity, according to the nonprofit Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, means that blacks made up 43% of about 1,200 "third strike" defendants imprisoned under the law as of Dec. 31, 1995.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1994 |
Led by gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Brown and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Democratic leaders on Sunday caravaned through parts of Los Angeles to launch a statewide campaign to boost the number of blacks voting in November. The drive--which kicked off with a concert, speeches and a motorcade to several state Assembly district offices in Southwest and South-Central Los Angeles--is aimed especially at the approximately 170,000 blacks in California who vote only occasionally in state elections.