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US Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Gloria Johnson v. City of Grants Pass, Oregon to determine whether local government policies that ban sleeping or “camping” in public spaces without alternative shelter violate Constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. 


"The Supreme Court’s decision in Johnson v. Grants Pass,


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allowing local governments to criminalize sleeping in public spaces, highlights just how extreme the affordable housing and homelessness crisis has become in this country, and the need for urgent, yet humane solutions. While I am sympathetic to the desperation some local leaders feel when it comes to this crisis, let me be very clear: ticketing and jail time—one of the most burdensome costs on taxpayers—will not end homelessness. 


“This decision must be a wakeup call to federal, state, and local leaders, including business leaders, to do what’s right. We must work together to finally end the cruel cycles of poverty and homelessness. This means investing in the development of fair and affordable housing for the lowest income families, paired with supportive services, to help stabilize families and individuals.


"This also means that state and local governments need to step up and remove barriers to building new housing and maintaining existing homes.   


“At the Federal level, I reintroduced my legislative housing package, including the ‘Housing Crisis Response Act,’ the ‘Ending Homelessness Act,’ and the ‘Downpayment Toward Equity Act.’ Together, these bills represent the single largest and most comprehensive investment in fair and affordable housing in US history. Not only will these investments help finally put an end to this crisis, but they will also help businesses, communities, and our economy thrive.   


“I urge my colleagues in Congress—both Democrat and Republican—to join me and Committee Democrats to get these bills passed into law. And I urge state and local officials to cut the red tape that prevents affordable housing from being built and people from accessing those homes.


"Now is the time to reject failed approaches like criminalization and instead provide the American people the leadership, investments, and proven solutions needed to end homelessness by ensuring everyone has access to safe, affordable, and dignified housing.” 



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NEW YORK — Donald Trump's defense lawyers, confident they would get a favorable "roll of the dice" in an acquittal or hung jury in the Stormy Daniels "hush money" case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, instead rolled "snake eyes" in the view of the 12-member jury. 


Trump on Thursday, May 30 was convicted on all 34 felony counts in the trial in New York, afterward calling it a "disgrace" and vowing to "fight to the end."

"This was a disgrace. This was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who was corrupt," Trump scowled after leaving the Manhattan courtroom where the jury delivered its verdict.

The former president has repeatedly lambasted the case brought against him by DA Bragg, claiming the prosecution was politically motivated and designed to harm his candidacy for the White House.

Trump proclaimed to reporters that he is "a very innocent man."


"This is long from over," he said, indicating he will appeal. "The real verdict is going to be Nov. 5 by the people, and they know what happened here and everybody knows what happened here," the former president told reporters.


The jury of 12 New Yorkers reached its verdict after two days of deliberations, following a trial that spanned six weeks, finding that he broke the law by falsifying business records to cover up a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Infamously, Trump the first former president to be convicted of a crime.


He is set to be sentenced July 11, days before the start of the Republican National Convention, where he is expected to formally receive the party's nomination for president.

Trump is poised to face off against President Biden in the November presidential election that will be a rematch of the 2020 contest. 





Cal reparations advances forward with three bills

'Debt that's owed': One bill would pay families who had their property seized due to 'race-based' eminent domain

COMPTONCalifornia lawmakers’ efforts to establish reparations for Black residents took a leap forward this week after a package of proposals cleared the state Senate, according to the Associated Press, Compton Herald has learned.

The three bills would create agencies and funding sources to begin compensating Black Californians after decades of racism and discrimination, coming off a two-year-long task force effort to develop reparation proposals.


Democratic State Sen. Steven Bradford authored the three pieces of legislation. In comments to lawmakers Tuesday, he said California "bears great responsibility" in addressing injustices toward Black residents, including enslavement, segregation, stigmatization and discrimination, he said.

"These are not a handout or charity by any measure," Bradford said. "It is what was promised. It is what is owed and what is 160 years overdue."

"For over 400 years, we have sanitized and white-washed history," said Bradford, who pre- sented the ethnic studies legislation authored by then San Diego Assemblymember Shirley Weber, currently the California Secretary of State.

The legislation package would establish a fund for reparation programs, compensate Black families and individuals whose property was seized via eminent domain and create an agency to help residents research their family lineage to apply for such restitution. They are among the most critical and ambitious proposals of the 14 reparation bills championed by California's Legislative Black Caucus.

The three bills are part of a package of more than a dozen proposals introduced by the California Legislative Black Caucus earlier this year, after California's Reparations Task Force last year sent a report to lawmakers with recommendations after spending two years studying how the state could atone for its legacy of racism and discrimination against Black Americans.

Here's what the bills propose:

  • The creation of the Fund for Reparations and Restorative Justice: This fund would use 6% of the state budget reserves to support future policies and programs designed to compensate descendants of enslaved Black individuals or descendants of a free Black person who was living in the United States before the end of the 19th century.

  • Compensation for land taken by eminent domain: This would provide a process for individuals to apply for compensation from the state if their land was seized by racially motivated reasons. The state's Office of Legal Affairs would be given the ability to review, investigate and decide upon these applications.

  • Establishment of an overseeing agency: The proposed California American Freedmen Affairs Agency would be tasked with overseeing all departments, offices and other bodies tasked with reparations. The bill mandates the inclusion of a Genealogy Office and an Office of Legal Affairs.


Lawmakers ALSO voted to offer an official apology for the state’s role in supporting slavery.

Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, authored AB 3089, the apology bill, after serving on a nine-member state task force that studied harms committed against Black residents.

“We were people’s properties in this state. And it was defended by the State Supreme Court and other courts,” Jones-Sawyer told the Assembly ahead of the vote.

Four Democrats and 12 Republicans did not vote on the apology bill. The Assembly approved the bill 62–0, including six Republicans who voted for it. Now it heads to the state Senate and, if approved, to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

State lawmakers embraced and applauded as soon as the bill passed. Jones-Sawyer said Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia have all enacted some form of apology for their role in slavery.

LASD K-9 in recovery after being shot during Compton suspect search



COMPTONA bullet proof vest worn by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit may have saved the canine deputy's life, as he  continues to recover after being shot in Compton on Wednesday. 

Deputies say that the K9 named Kjeld, a search

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dog for the Special Enforcement Bureau, was shot by an assailant around 6:30 p.m., whom deputies were searching for following an assault with a deadly weapona handgun, in the 100 block of E. Spruce Street. 


Deputies said the suspect emerged from hiding and shot the Kjeld, who was rushed to a local animal hospital after the shooting, where he was treated for his injury and was released.

"The heroic actions by K9-Kjeld were crucial in saving the lives of our deputies and even the suspect who shot him, demonstrating extra- ordinary bravery and dedication," the LASD said in a statement.

Deputies, who did not return fire in the incident, incident, said the suspect was arrested following the incident. 

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National Guard displaying one of many high-tech strategies it employs at the US-Mexico border to interdict illegal drugs flowing into the US. Courtesy www.nationalguardmilitary

Newsom increases pressure on fentanyl interdiction

Doubles California National Guard at border

to crack down on increased smuggling

SAN YSIDRO (MNS)—Cracking down on illicit drugs and those who smuggle them into California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he is more than doubling the California National Guard’s (Cal Guard) Counter Drug Taskforce operations statewide, including at ports of entry along the border, from 155 to now nearly 400 service members. 


During a recent visit to the border, he was able to see first-hand the significant progress the Task Force has made.


Embedded in cross-government initiatives to combat transnational criminal organizations and the trafficking of illegal narcotics—like fentanyl—these CalGuard members with the Counter Drug Taskforce have been hired, trained, and placed at key locations statewide.

“Our top priority is the safety of our communities statewide," Newsom said. "By working with state, local, and federal partners to take down transnational organizations and the illegal drugs they attempt to bring into our state, the state’s Counter Drug Taskforce is making a profound difference to hold smugglers accountable and take deadly drugs off our streets.” 

Specifically, the Taskforce focuses on gathering information to interdict illegal narcotics trafficking, utilizing air and ground assets to build criminal investigations, and supporting personnel at border ports of entry to stop illegal narcotics trafficking.

In May this year, Newsom announced CalGuard operations supported the  seizure of 5.8 million pills containing fentanyl this year alone. Last year, the Governor increased the number of CalGuard service members deployed to interdict drugs at US ports of entry along the border by approximately 50 percent.


The operations CalGuard supported resulted in the record seizure of 62,224 pounds of fentanyl in 2023—a 1066 percent increase since 2021. CalGuard’s coordinated drug interdiction efforts in the state are funded in part by California’s $30 million investment to expand CalGuard’s work to prevent drug trafficking by transnational criminal organizations and support from the Biden-Harris Administration to address humanitarian and security efforts.


 “Beginning in 2022, the CalGuard’s Counter Drug Taskforce deployed 30 servicemembers to the San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, and Calexico Ports of Entry to support our federal partners,” said CalGuard Major General Matthew Beevers. “Due to significant initial success, in 2023, we doubled our force across those Ports of Entry. Under Governor Newsom’s leadership and broad Congressional support, our Counter Drug Taskforce has grown from 155 full-time servicemembers to 392 today.”

A majority of fentanyl is smuggled into the US at ports of entry by U.S. citizens, not by migrants seeking asylum, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Synthetic opioids like fentanyl contribute to nearly 70 percent of overdose deaths. The governor recently launched, a one-stop tool for Californians seeking resources for prevention and treatment, as well as information on how California is working to hold Big Pharma and drug-traffickers accountable in this crisis. The state is now set to purchase life-saving naloxone for approximately half of the current market price—saving more lives with this drug and maximizing taxpayer dollars.

The Governor’s Master Plan for Tackling the Fentanyl and Opioid Crisis provides a comprehensive framework to address the opioid and fentanyl crisis, including through aggressive steps to support overdose prevention efforts, hold the opioid pharmaceutical industry accountable, crack down on drug trafficking, and raise awareness about the dangers of opioids, including fentanyl. 

In support of President Biden’s bilateral cooperation agreement with China on counter- narcotics, the governor spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping in October about combating the transnational shipping of precursor chemicals used to create fentanyl.



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Price arraigned

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Several clergy groups and community organizations showed their support for Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price as he was arraigned on corruption charges.

Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California, Experience Christian Ministries, South Central United and other groups gathered at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown LA, where Price pleaded

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