By Israel Ramirez |Staff Writer| This years historic election is in the books. The election saw Trump defeat Clinton by a difference of 58 electoral votes leaving the four-decade New York politician with only 218 votes, and 276 in favor of the New York businessman, Donald Trump. “I feel betrayed by the nation. Over and over again we’re told that racism isn’t a thing anymore, that sexism was overcome years ago, and that we’re all equal. But, the results show the complete opposite, I feel that the nation embraced trumps bigotry and in return millions of people of color, women, and immigrants woke up in fear today,” said local resident Erika Anaya. In the past year this election … [Read more...] about America made their choice: Donald Trump wins the 2016 presidential election
By, Rhonda Powell |Staff Writer| In an act to reduce California’s high crime rate, residents unanimously voted in favor of the three-strikes law in 1994, sentencing repeat felon offenders to life in a state prison. If Proposition 36 passes however, this will be rule be reshaped. According to ballotpedia.org, Proposition 36, “Maintains life sentence penalty for felons with non-serious, non-violent third strike if prior convictions were for rape, murder, or child molestation.” The initiative proposes alterations to the three-strikes law only when new felony convictions are serious or dangerous. It allows offenders that are currently incarcerated, who had a non-violent third strikes a second … [Read more...] about Three strikes and your out. Or are you?
By Sara Nydam |Staff Writer| The state of California is considering a new proposition that will spend your tax dollars in a foolish way. Proposition 29 will tax each individual pack of cigarettes an extra dollar to create a program that will duplicate that is already under way. I do not believe we need to vote for this bill because spending money that Californians don’t have will certainly not fix our economic problems. I feel it is ludicrous to assume that the state of California should, according to NoOn29.com, “start a new billion-dollar spending program when we have a $10 billion plus budget deficit and can’t pay for critically-needed existing programs like education and … [Read more...] about New cigarette tax will not benefit California’s economy
By Courtney Sims |Staff Writer| Proposition 8 has been appealed by a 2-1 ruling in a federal appeals court. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declared the voter-approved ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional last Thursday. The recent court ruling has some Californians thinking the momentum behind this battle could be geared toward something more important. Supporters of Prop 8 have to decide quickly whether they want to appeal the recent ruling handed down by the Federal courts. “ProtectMarriage, the Christian conservative sponsor of Proposition 8, is expected to announce next week whether to ask a larger panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of … [Read more...] about Federal appeals court deems Proposition 8 unconstitutional