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California task force to consider reparations for slavery under bill signed by Gov. Newsom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom the signed Assembly Bill 3121 into law on Wednesday, which opens the door to the state paying reparations to Black Californians. (Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP)
In breaking news, Deadline reports that California is working on a plan to grant reparations to Black Americans under Assembly Bill 3121, a new law signed today by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
“After watching last night’s debate,” Newsom said, referring to President Trump’s reluctance to publicly denounce white supremacy, “this signing can’t come too soon.”
The bill does not outline any specific plans for reparations. Rather, it instructs that a nine-member task force be created to propose ideas on what the reparations should be, whether compensation or restitution, and who should receive them.
The task force will be required to give special considerations to Black Americans who descended from slaves, though not all reparations need to be related to slavery.
While California’s constitution stated that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for punishment of a crime, shall ever be tolerated,” archives suggest that slavery was a common practice in the state in the 19th century.
According to the article, Newsom also signed into law Assembly Bill 979, which requires publicly held California-based corporations “to have at least one director from an underrepresented community by the close of 2021.”
What’s due to reopen in L.A. County
Within the next 10 days, shopping malls in L.A. County are expected to reopen. (Photo: Getty Images)
Since Los Angeles County health officials did not see a surge of COVID infections connected to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, it was announced today that the positivity rate and hospitalization count has reached its lowest level since the start of the pandemic.
As a result, malls and nail salons in Los Angeles County will be permitted to open their doors over the next 10 days to indoor operations with limited capacity, the Los Angeles Times reports. Playgrounds are also permitted to reopen.
Nail salons and indoor malls will be permitted to reopen at 25% capacity, while mall food courts and areas where people congregate will stay closed.
In addition, a motion was passed to allow breweries, wineries and cardrooms to resume outdoor operations.
The reopenings will be staggered over the next 10 days; reopening dates for individual sectors will be announced Friday.
Remains of Palm Springs socialite identified
The Clifford Lambert murder defendants, clockwise from upper left: Kaushal Niroula, Daniel