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Mayor of Stockton Michael Tubbs Offers Election Endorsements

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Mayor of Stockton Michael Tubbs

Michael Tubbs is Stockton’s first Black mayor and the youngest in the city’s history. He was elected at age 26 and is now 30 years old.

He is running for re-election in 2020 and here are his endorsements on a few propositions:

Measure X: YES

Proposing special taxes on commercial cannabis businesses in unincorporated San Joaquin County.  

Proposition 15:  YES

Schools and Communities First.  Adjusts the limitations on property taxes introduced by Prop. 13 in 1978.

Proposition 16: YES

Repeals Prop. 209 enacted in 1996, which banned affirmative action in the public sector based on race, sex, or ethnicity.

Proposition 17: YES

Allows people on parole with felony convictions to vote.

Proposition 18: YES

Allows 17-year-olds to vote in primary and special elections if they will turn 18 by the subsequent general election.

Proposition 19: YES

Shifts the property tax burden towards owners of inherited properties from older homeowners, disabled homeowners, and victims of natural disasters.

Proposition 20: NO

Adds more crimes to the list of violent felonies for which early parole is restricted, and require DNA collection for certain misdemeanors.

Proposition 22: NO

Exempts App-Based Transportation and Delivery Companies from Providing Employee Benefits to Certain Drivers.

Proposition 25: YES

Referendum to Overturn a 2018 Law That Replaced Money Bail System with A System Based on Public Safety Risk.

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Most Californians Worry Schools Won’t Reopen Fully Next Fall, Poll Says

The majority say they approve of how Newsom handled schools this year.

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More than 4 in 5 California adults, including public school parents, believe that the pandemic has caused children, especially low-income children and English learners, to fall behind academically.

  Six in 10 Californians are concerned that schools will not be open for full-time, in-person instruction in the fall, according to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released on April 28.

  The annual survey of Californians’ perspectives on education also found that a majority approved of the way Gov. Gavin Newsom has handled K-12 public schools, although opinions were split along partisan lines, with 22% of Republicans and 79% of Democrats supporting him on the issue.

  And perhaps in an indication of the erosion of support for public schools, 42% of parents say they would send their youngest child to a private school if cost and location were not at issue. This compares with 31% who would choose a traditional public school, 14% a charter school, and 13% a religious school. The preference for a private school increased from 35% last year and 31% two years ago.

  The survey of 1,602 adults over 18 was taken from April 1-14 and was offered in English or a choice of Spanish and three other languages. The margin of error was 3.4%, plus or minus, overall, and 7.4%, plus or minus, for the 295 respondents who are public school parents.

  Facing a recall election, Newsom can take solace in the poll’s finding that a majority of Californians (57% of adults, 64% of public-school parents) approve of how he has handled K-12 education.

  “Majorities of Californians approve of the way that Governor Newsom is handling the state’s K-12 public schools and school reopening, while they remain deeply divided along party lines,” said Mark Baldassare, president, and CEO of PPIC.

  However, a year ago, when the last survey was taken weeks after schools closed quickly in response to the first throes of the pandemic, his approval marks were higher, with 73% of adults and 78% of public school parents expressing approval.

  The poll, which focused on education, also found:

  Of those who said children were falling behind academically during the pandemic, 60% said that was happening by a lot and 22% by a little. The views were similar among ethnic and racial groups. Eight in 10 adults said they were concerned that low-income children were falling farther behind other children. More Blacks and Latinos were very concerned about this than whites;

  Amid continuing debates and lawsuits claiming that schools aren’t opening quickly enough, slightly more adults overall than public school parents said that schools should at least be partially open now (53% vs. 48%), while 28% of all adults and 27% of public school parents said that schools should be fully open now;

  Looking ahead to the fall, 61% of all adults said they were concerned that K-12 schools would not be open for full-time in-person instruction (24% very concerned, 37% somewhat concerned), and two-thirds of public school parents said they were concerned (25% very concerned, 41% somewhat concerned).

  When it comes to their own schools, two-thirds of adults said they approved of how their school district handled closures during the pandemic. Support was highest in the Los Angeles area (74%) and the Inland Empire (68%) and lowest in Orange County and San Diego (54%). Approval among public school parents was 72%.

  The clear majority of all adults said that teachers’ salaries in their communities are too low. About 1 in 3 said salaries are just about right while 7% said they are too high, and 3% said they didn’t know. Among racial and ethnic groups, 76% of Blacks said pay is too low, compared with 59% of whites, 61% of Asian Americans, and 62% of Latinos.

  Last month, the U.S. Department of Education ruled that California school districts could substitute local assessments for the state standardized test, the Smarter Balanced assessment, under some conditions. Many districts are expected to exercise that option.

  Asked whether they favor conducting year-end state testing this spring to measure the pandemic’s impact on student learning, 75% of all adults (and a similar proportion of public school parents) said they were in favor of continuing testing, with 23% opposed. Latinos were the most in favor (83%) and Blacks the least supportive (68%) with 70% of Asian Americans and whites in favor of continuing year-end testing.

  As for the perennial issue of school funding, 49% of all adults, 53% of likely voters, and 51% of public school parents said that the current level of state funding for their local public schools is not adequate — about the same level as a year ago.

  When it comes to school construction and renovation, 59% of all adults, 55% of likely voters, and 74% of public school parents said they would vote yes on a state bond measure to pay for school construction projects. Legislative leaders plan to place a bond on the state ballot in 2022.

 

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$6.2 Billion State Fund Will Shield Small Businesses from COVID-Related Taxes

The tax relief bill comes at a critical moment in Newsom’s time in office as state officials prepare for recall efforts his Republican opponents initiated.

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California lawmakers have approved Assembly Bill (AB) 80 legislation spearheaded by Assemblymember Autumn Burke (D-Inglewood). The legislation will give a $6.2 billion tax cut to small businesses across the state that received loans under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  

      California lawmakers approved the bill, they say, to safeguard the financial future of small businesses as a supplement to the American Families Plan proposed by President Joe Biden in March this year.  AB 80, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom protects small businesses that received PPP loans from the federal government by ensuring that the loans will not count as taxable income. Expenses covered by the federal funds are also tax-deductible under this legislation.

      State legislators passed a unanimous vote on the tax, “marking it as one of largest tax cuts in state history,” Burke said on Facebook.  

      “My bill will provide assistance to businesses who were financially harmed during the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing them to deduct all expenses paid for using forgiven PPP loans,” she said.  

      Small businesses play a key role in the economic recovery of the state especially since the state plans to reopen on June 15 this year. 

      “California’s small businesses have been hampered and hammered by this pandemic, and we are using every tool at our disposal to help them stay afloat,” Newsom said. 

      Also, “This small business tax relief is exactly what is needed to keep businesses open so they can continue paying their employees,” he said.  

      Maria Salinas, the president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, supported the state’s efforts to allow major tax cuts for small businesses that employ people from Black and Brown communities.  

      “We know that small businesses are what fuels the economy not only in Los Angeles but across the state of California and across this country,” said Salinas.  

   Despite small businesses receiving PPP loans to soften the financial blow of the pandemic, the tax bill also aims to remedy, “the tax burden that we saw in the differences between the federal and the state,” said Salinas.  

      According to state officials, in addition to the tax bill, California also legislated $2.5 billion in relief funds to support small businesses across the state earlier this year. Eligible businesses can receive grants up to $25,000 to make up for the financial loss incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

     The tax relief bill comes at a critical moment in Newsom’s time in office as state officials prepare for recall efforts his Republican opponents initiated.  

     But the governor remained optimistic. 

     “We’re going to defeat the recall,” he said.   

      Despite the optimism, the state has validated over 1.6 million signatures exceeding the number of signatures required for California to move forward with re-election.  

      “We’re going to focus on getting people back to work,” said Newsom.  

      According to the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials, a bipartisan government agency, re-election could cost the state $400 million based on previous election data and the current economic factors.  

      “We’re going to get this economy moving again and more important than anything else, we’re going to get vaccines in people’s arms so we can do all of that faster,” said Newsom. 

      Dr. Shirley Weber, the California Secretary of State, is leading efforts to prevent the projected fiscal setback expected to be triggered by the prospective re-election. According to the Secretary of State’s office, there is an allocated time period for people to withdraw their signatures from recall petitions in their respective counties.  

State economic strategy for American Families Plan   

     State officials are combining federal and state initiatives to boost efforts to reopen by mid-June this year. The state is initiating programs to provide relief funds for individuals – some of the grants — for small businesses and organizations, including $600 stimulus checks for Californians who have low incomes. 

     “Right here in California, our stimulus programs have provided tax relief for small businesses and money in pockets for struggling families, and we’ve expanded childcare and made community college free,” said Newsom. 

      According to state officials, relief programs have helped more than 40,000 small businesses and nonprofits across California so far.

     “These strategic investments, which are complemented by President Biden’s American Families Plan, will bolster California’s equitable economic recovery and bring us roaring back,” he said.  

      State officials are set on achieving their goal to reopen and restore job losses for small businesses and academic setbacks for schools across California.     

California Black Media’s coverage of COVID-19 is supported by the California Health Care Foundation.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces GOTV (Get out the Vaccine) Campaign in California’s 13th District

Congresswoman Lee will join with local faith-based organizations, community health centers, and other groups to campaign for the East Bay community to get vaccinated.

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Oakland, CA – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today announced a COVID-19 vaccination campaign from May 1-8th, 2021 in California’s 13th Congressional District. Similar campaigns are being hosted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus in districts across the country.

Congresswoman Lee will join with local faith-based organizations, community health centers, and other groups to campaign for the East Bay community to get vaccinated.

“The Congressional Black Caucus has mounted a national grassroots campaign, which I am proud to bring to my district in the East Bay,” said Congresswoman Lee. “I am asking faith-based organizations, health organizations, my fellow elected officials and everyone else to join us in calling for our community to get vaccinated.

“In just 100 days, the Biden Administration has helped administer over 200 million doses and has made it a top priority to address vaccine equity in medically underserved communities. I am proud to have fought for investments in our community health centers and to build trust in vaccines at the local level through trusted messengers.

“With Mother’s Day around the corner, I encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect our loved ones and our entire community. Now, our work must continue to “Get Out the Vaccine” and ensure that our communities have access to vaccine resources so we can stay healthy, crush this virus, finally get through this pandemic.”

13th Congressional District Ongoing Vaccine Locations & Resources

 

To find a vaccine site in your neighborhood, go to: https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines

 

Fremont High School vaccination site, 4610 Foothill Blvd., Oakland

Thursday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to all Alameda County residents.

 

Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland

Sign up at: https://myturn.ca.gov

 

CVS Pharmacy, 2187 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & other locations

Sign up at: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

 

Walgreens, 1916 Webster St., Alameda & other locations

Sign up at: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19

 

Upcoming Clinics

 

Monday, May 3rd

Native American Health Center, 3050 International Blvd., Oakland

Pfizer 2nd dose

Appointments: call 510-434-5360 or go to https://www.nativehealth.org/our-covid-19-response/

 

Friday, May 7th

Family Laundry, 2609 Foothill Blvd., Oakland

Curative-run clinic from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Walk-ups are welcome, or make an appointment at curative.com/sites/27907

 

Saturday, May 8th

Beth Eden Baptist Church, 1183 10th St., Oakland
Umoja Health will be offering a pop-up vaccine clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Moderna second doses.
Appointments: call 1-888-763-0007 or go to https://unitedinhealthoakland.org/en/umoja-vaccine

 

 

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