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Raiders return home to beat the Detroit Lions 31-24

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Oakland – The Raiders returned home after being on the road for almost a month.  Their grueling schedule has them on a short week as they host the San Diego Chargers this upcoming Thursday night.  No excuses and no complaints, Oakland beat the Detroit Lions 31-24 with a late touchdown in the fourth.

“I’d like to say, that was a big win for us,” said Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.  “Thank God.  Thank the fans for coming out.  Thank the mayor and everybody for letting us play a home game again.  It was great to get in here.  I mean that.  We overcame a lot of adversity and injuries today particularly on the offensive line.  I give David Sharpe and Andre James a great amount of credit.  [Matt] Stafford and the Lions are a handful.”

With two minutes left in the game and tied 24-24, Derek Carr went deep to Jalen Richard for a 31-yard pass and then found Richard again for a 23-yard pass while he carried a few defenders along the way.  That setup Carr’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow making it a 31-24 game.  It was an offensive matchup all day with both teams scoring back-to-back.

A minute left on the clock and Matthew Stafford marched his offense downfield with ease just as he’d done throughout the game.  Two penalties committed by Oakland moved the Lions 26 yards putting them on the goal line.  Stafford was sacked by P.J. Hall with a loss of 10 yards and now its. 24 seconds left on the clock.  

Stafford made a complete pass to Logan Thomas with .08 seconds left in the game.  Fourth and goal, Stafford’s pass was incomplete in the end zone and the Raiders record their fourth win of the season.  Rookie TE Foster Moreau and WR Renfrow each recorded a touchdown reception in today’s contest.  The Raiders are the first team since the Seattle Seahawks (Nov 22, 2015) to have rookies score all four touchdowns in a victory.

“There was a lot of third-down plays and everybody across the board had to make plays,” TE Darren Waller said.  “We knew that going in the way they were trying to cover us.  I’m proud of everyone on the offense, everyone pitched in especially Jalen Richard towards the end, that was enormous.  Offense came and we were ready to make plays when we needed to today.”

Oakland’s defense recorded at least one interception and one forced fumble in the first half for the first time since week 3 vs the Tennessee Titans of the 2016 season.  Detroit’s opening drive, J.D. McKissic fumbled the ball off the snap.  He never had control and Maurice Hurst was there to recover for the Raiders. Oakland used their running game to start the first series.  Josh Jacobs exploded in the first quarter rushing for 50 yards and scoring a 2-yard touchdown putting the Raiders up 7-0.  

Late in the second quarter Jacobs leaped over his defenders for a 3-yard touchdown making it a 17-14 game.  Jacobs finished the half with two touchdowns and 88 yards for 16 carries.  He surpassed Marcus Allen’s franchise record set in 1982 for most rushing yards (697) by a rookie in a club history.  Jacobs became the first rookie since Ickey Woods in 1988 to have two-plus rushing touchdowns in the first three of his eight career games.  

“It felt alright,” said Jacobs.  “I mean, I’m just trying to execute our game plan, and it happened to be me running the ball.  

That is something we have been priding ourselves on since we came in (on the freshmen class scoring all the touchdowns today).  We knew we wanted to help change the culture and start a dynasty here.  We all came in and made that agreement together.”

Stafford went 26-for-41 for 406 yards including three touchdowns and one interception.  That wasn’t enough to stop Oakland.  Stafford connected with Marvin Jones Jr for a 2-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.  By the second Stafford went deep to Kenny Golladay for a 59-yard touchdown giving Detroit a 14-10 lead.  But Stafford’s pass intended for Golladay in the end zone was intercepted by Daryl Worley with 3:19 left in the half.  That was the play of the game, the Raiders stopped that drive and prevented the Lions from scoring.

“We knew that it was going to be a challenge vertically,” Worley said.  “Matthew Stafford is having a hell of a year.  [Trayvon Mullen] was able to go out there and make plays today.  Our safeties were making plays today.  It’s awesome.  You’re going to win some and lose some, especially at defensive back in the NFL.  I feel it’s the hardest position.  You get some wins, you get some losses.  I was able to get the win on that one.”

By the third quarter the Lions were unable to score against a smothering Oakland defense.  Matt Prater kicked a 23-yard field goal to tie the game 17-17.  Carr connected with Moreau for a 3-yard touchdown extending the Raiders lead 24-17.  That was Carr’s first touchdown of the game.  He now has eight passing touchdown on third down, ranking first in the NFL.  Stafford tied the game again when he found McKissic for a 26-yard touchdown making it 24-24.

But Carr recorded his 18th game-winning drive of his career, orchestrating a 7-play, 75-yard culminating in a 9-yard touchdown pass to Renfrow.  The Raiders improve their all-time regular season series record against the Lions to 7-6.   Oakland’s win snaps the Raiders four-game losing streak to Detroit, with the team’s last win on Oct 13, 1996.  Moving on, Oakland will host the San Diego Chargers this Thursday night at the Coliseum.

“Trent Brown left the game and Rodney [Hudson] is not playing and Worley left the game,” said Gruden when asked about heading into a short week.  “Hopefully we get some bodies well for the Chargers.  Yeah, it’s a huge momentum.  It’s fun to win.  We’re 4-4 at the break.  We’ve had a tough schedule and we’re not going to have an easier schedule coming up.  I don’t care what any of the articles say.”

 

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Emergency Federal Drought Relief Available

Farmers and ranchers interested in a disaster loan can apply on the USDA website. Small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofits can apply for the loans by contacting the SBA at 1 (800) 659-2955 or by email. Hearing impaired individuals may call 1 (800) 877-8339.

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The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously May 18, 2021, to declare a local emergency and acknowledge the imminent threat of disaster and the severe effect on dairies and ranchers in West Marin.
The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously May 18, 2021, to declare a local emergency and acknowledge the imminent threat of disaster and the severe effect on dairies and ranchers in West Marin.

Marin and all other California counties to be eligible for assistance

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As California and the West Coast enter their third year of drought, Marin County and the state’s other 57 counties have been declared primary disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The dry conditions are bad news for Marin’s farmers and ranchers, but the disaster designation status makes available emergency loans for agricultural businesses.

Additionally, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans to non-farm small businesses that do business directly with farmers and ranchers, such as truckers and suppliers of agricultural equipment or services. Eligible businesses may apply for disaster loans through Dec. 8, 2022.

Farmers and ranchers interested in a disaster loan can apply on the USDA website. Small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofits can apply for the loans by contacting the SBA at 1 (800) 659-2955 or by email. Hearing impaired individuals may call 1 (800) 877-8339.

“We want to raise awareness of the financial opportunities this drought designation provides because it may help some of these small businesses hampered by our continuing severe drought conditions,” said Marin County Agricultural Commissioner Stefan Parnay.

The federal commitment to assist businesses because of drought-related hardship extends to 23 other western states in addition to California. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofits of any size may qualify for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the drought not occurred.

In July 2021, the State of California added Marin to its list of counties falling under its state of emergency for drought and record-breaking high temperatures statewide. Governor Gavin Newsom made the drought official in 50 of the state’s 58 counties. Since then, state agencies partnered with local water suppliers to promote conservation tips through the Save Our Water campaign.

The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously May 18, 2021, to declare a local emergency and acknowledge the imminent threat of disaster and the severe effect on dairies and ranchers in West Marin. It also made the County eligible for California Disaster Assistance and other forms of state funding and resources. The local declaration cleared the way for state authorities to aid response and recovery efforts available to the County, water suppliers, farmers, impacted businesses and residents.

Marin Water, the municipal water district serving the majority of water customers in the county, and the Novato-based North Marin Water District (NMWD) are staying in contact with the County about drought conditions. Both water districts have declared water shortage emergencies and enacted mandatory conservation measures. Marin Water serves more than 191,000 customers in central and southern Marin. NWMD serves a customer base of about 64,000 in and around Novato and parts of coastal West Marin. For localized details, see the water rules webpages for Marin Water and NMWD.

Marin residents have been asked to support local agricultural producers who have been affected by the drought right on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021 numerous Marin ranchers had to import water by truck to keep their animals alive while also reducing their herds. With far less vegetation for grazing because of the ongoing drought, animals are eating imported feed shipped from other states at extremely high costs to the ranchers. Additionally, a few Marin crop producers had to import water by truck to keep crops alive and fallowed approximately 150 acres, or about 50% of the 300 crop acres in the county.

“As the region enters its third year of drought, this season is going to take a significant toll on our agricultural industry,” Parnay said.

The Board of Supervisors last year approved $150,000 in drought relief funds for the agricultural industry and another $250,000 for general drought relief needs to augment other state and federal aid.

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California Will Be First State to Break Down Black Employee Data by Ethnic Origin

Recently, disaggregation of Black data has been a top priority for some Black lawmakers and advocates supporting reparations for Black descendants of American slavery in California. In January, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), introduced AB 1604, the Upward Mobility Act of 2022, legislation that will require the state to breakdown the data of state employees by ethnic origin.

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Disaggregated data refers to the separation of compiled information into smaller units to clarify underlying trends and patterns.
Disaggregated data refers to the separation of compiled information into smaller units to clarify underlying trends and patterns.

By Antonio Ray Harvey, California Black Media

When Gov. Gavin Newsom presented the annual May revision of his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, he announced that California will establish new demographic categories when collecting data pertaining to the ethnic origin of Black state employees.

Kamilah A. Moore, the chairperson of the California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, said the breakdown of data is “amazing news.”

“California will become the first state in the nation to disaggregate data for its Black population by ancestry/lineage,” Moore posted on her Twitter page on May 13. “This will assist the task force in our efforts to develop comprehensive reparations proposals for descendants.”

Disaggregated data refers to the separation of compiled information into smaller units to clarify underlying trends and patterns. Newsom’s actions are similar to a bill authored by then-Assemblyman Rob Bonta.

In September 2016, former Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1726 into law that required the state Department of Public Health to separate demographic data it collects by ethnicity or ancestry for Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Islander groups.

Recently, disaggregation of Black data has been a top priority for some Black lawmakers and advocates supporting reparations for Black descendants of American slavery in California. In January, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), introduced AB 1604, the Upward Mobility Act of 2022, legislation that will require the state to breakdown the data of state employees by ethnic origin.

The Assembly Committee on Appropriations is currently reviewing the bill.

AB 1604 promotes mobility for people of color in California’s civil services system and requires diversity on state boards and commissions. Newsom vetoed AB 105 last year, the legislative forerunner to AB 1604, which Holden also introduced.

Shortly after he was appointed chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations in January, Holden reintroduced the legislation as AB 1604.

Holden, a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus, said AB 1604 will give the Reparations Task Force more accurate data to utilize in its study and deliberations. The bill was passed by the Assembly Committee on Public Employment and Retirement on March 14.

In a written statement released in October last year, Newsom said he vetoed AB 105 because “the bill conflicts with existing constitutional requirements, labor, agreements, and current data collections efforts” but found disaggregation useful for dissecting data about California’s workforce.

As stated in his 2022-2023 May revision of the state budget, under the section titled “State Workforce Demographic Data Collection,” Newsom proposed the separation of Black employee data beginning with the state’s 2.5 million-plus employees.

The Department of Human Resources (CalHR) will work with the State Controller to establish new demographic categories for the collection of data pertaining to the ancestry or ethnic origin of African American employees.

The collection of this data, the document states, “continues CalHR’s duties to maintain statistical information necessary for the evaluation of equal employment opportunity and upward mobility within state civil service.”

In March, the nine-member Task Force to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans decided with a 5-4 vote that lineage will determine who will be eligible for reparations.

The May revision also includes $1.5 million in funding for the Department of Justice to continue supporting the work of the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans

Supporters of disaggregation say it will serve as a key tool for the task force as it enters its second year of studying slavery and its lingering effects on African Americans.

The state’s reparations task force will recommend what compensation should be and how it should be paid by July 2023.

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SoCal Group Holds Black-Themed Commencement, Presents Scholarships for Local High School Grads

The Buffongs say 694 students signed up for the Black graduation event their company held in conjunction with the Cooperative Economic Empowerment Movement (CEEM) and a myriad of other sponsors. In addition to celebrating the students’ achievements, the Buffongs say the event held at the Los Angeles County Fair Grounds in Pomona introduced members of the class of 2022 to culturally significant career, social and civic opportunities.

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More than 670 Black graduates from various high schools come to a special graduation at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona on May 13, 2022.
More than 670 Black graduates from various high schools come to a special graduation at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona on May 13, 2022.

SoCal Group Holds Black-Themed Commencement, Presents Scholarships for Local High School Grads

By Aldon Thomas Stiles, California Black Media

This past weekend in the Inland Empire, a San Bernardino couple welcomed hundreds of African American high school graduates from the region for a joyous multi high school, Black-themed graduation celebration.

“Sometimes we have students doing magnificent things and nobody sees them,” said Keynasia Buffong, co-founder of Buffong Consultation Solutions, the company that organized the celebration honoring graduates from various high schools in the area.

Keynasia Buffong co-owns the firm with her husband Jonathan Buffong. The couple wants to expand the mass graduation event to all regions in the state.

“When you come into your community, we see you. We recognize you,” Kaynasia Buffong continued.

The Buffongs say 694 students signed up for the Black graduation event their company held in conjunction with the Cooperative Economic Empowerment Movement (CEEM) and a myriad of other sponsors.

In addition to celebrating the students’ achievements, the Buffongs say the event held at the Los Angeles County Fair Grounds in Pomona introduced members of the class of 2022 to culturally significant career, social and civic opportunities.

Black Greek organizations attended the weekend-long event as well as the first Black valedictorian of Beaumont High School where African American students make up a little under 7% of the student population.

“We got a chance to give away $27,000 in scholarships,” said Keynasia.

Both Buffongs are educators and student advocates in California. They have been hosting the graduation event appreciating Black students for over 11 years.

But the Buffongs say celebrating success always comes with a reminder of the challenges Black students face.

According to the California Department of Education, at 72.5%, Black students had the lowest high school graduation rate among all other racial or ethnic groups at the end of the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

Jonathan said one of their goals is to help graduates transition into the next stage of their academic life, whether that be a four-year university, community college, trade school, or employment.

“Sometimes they don’t know where to go or what to do,” said Keynasia. “There’s mentorship and sponsorship and we aim to have both.”

For the scholarship awards, the Buffongs are not just looking at grades but the full context of the graduates’ lives.

“Whether it’s COVID, deaths, family or health issues, disabilities, we’re looking for things to support them on so we can get them to the next level,” said Jonathan.

Outside of academic and career success, the Buffongs spoke about the importance of Black cultural exposure through education and traditional practices such as the Black national anthem and a libation ceremony.

The libation ceremony is performed by an elder in the community as a way to honor one’s ancestors. It is significant in various African cultures as well as other cultures around the globe.

The Buffongs say their next step is to look into more internship opportunities and figure out how to help curb the high numbers of Black high school graduates who leave the state to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

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