Current director to lead new state Veterans Department

Current director to lead new state Veterans Department

New York veterans will soon access their programs or earned benefits under one state agency with a familiar face at the helm. The current state Division of Veterans’ Services will be elevated to the Department of Veterans’ Services on April 1, 2023, creating a one-stop shop for New York’s service members. “No one who served … Read more

Six candidates come to become California State Controller

Six candidates come to become California State Controller

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Come June 7, California voters will pick the top two contenders to appear on the November ballot for several statewide races. One race getting a lot of buzz is the state controller’s race. Four Democrats, one Republican and one member of the Green Party are vying to become California’s next chief financial … Read more

hundreds of officers out sick

hundreds of officers out sick

Rikers Island is potentially poised for a federal takeover pending a hearing this week on a court-ordered new plan from the city detailing how officials plan to reform the notorious jail complex. At the center of the debate is a massive staffing crisis on the island, where hundreds of correction officers are calling out sick … Read more

1st African surf shop in US opens in California

1st African surf shop in US opens in California

LOS ANGELES — Surf shops and Southern California go together like sand and beaches. But there’s a new surf shop like no other, and it’s in Venice Beach. Mami Wata is the first African surf shop in the country. Selema Masekela is a surfer and has stepped into a wetsuit many times. What You Need … Read more

Proposed legislation aims to curb anti-Asian violence

Proposed legislation aims to curb anti-Asian violence

LOS ANGELES — Native Angeleno and mother of two, Lisa Fu, says she’s never felt the need to carry a personal safety alarm until recently when she went on a trip. “What you do is if you feel like you are unsafe or in a situation where you might be harassed, you just pull it … Read more

Progressives target Democratic incumbents on LA City Council

Progressives target Democratic incumbents on LA City Council

LOS ANGELES — If you’re looking to change the way Los Angeles handles its homeless crisis, Mike Rose says the City Council is a good place to start. He lives near the border of two separate districts and is part of an effort to shake things up at City Hall. What You Need To Know … Read more

Texans can donate land to Great Springs Project

Texans can donate land to Great Springs Project

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texans are building a 100-mile trail between Austin and San Antonio. The so-called Great Springs Project is expected to be complete by 2036. “Over 80% of the population of Texas will live within a three-hour drive of some portion of this trail,” said Garry Merritt, CEO of the project. Merritt grew … Read more

Asian New Yorkers cite food insecurity as top concern

Asian New Yorkers cite food insecurity as top concern

With its sidewalk grocery displays, dim sum restaurants and giant-sized bubble tea offerings lining the streets, Chinatown is a popular destination for people looking to satisfy their food cravings. But when the pandemic hit, many of the neighborhood’s long-time Chinese residents were worried about accessing food. Wai Ying Chin, who said she moved to the … Read more