News Too Real: Several key California Special Elections are happening April 12 and 19; see review

Producer host Julia Dudley Najieb reviews the upcoming Special Elections April 12 and 19


By ONME Newswire



News Too Real April 1, 2022: In episode 3 of season 4, producer host Julia Dudley Najieb reviews the candidates running in the upcoming Tuesday, April 12, 2022 Special Elections and April 19 Special Election: Golden Feather Union Elementary School District Governing Board Member, Fresno Consolidated Special School District Election - Trustee Area 5, Vernon City General Municipal Election, Riverside County: Moreno Valley City Council Special Vacancy Election – District 1, Sonoma County: Town of Windsor Town Council Vacancy Special Election, and San Francisco County: Assembly District 17.

News Too Real Podcast 4-1-22 Headlines:

World


War in Ukraine is compounding a hunger crisis in East Africa, charities warn

Anti-poverty charity Oxfam warns that average or below-average rains March-May will push up to 20 million people into severe food insecurity in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Up to eight million more people are expected to go hungry in South Sudan, which is facing a fifth consecutive year of severe flooding.


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is making things worse by impeding the wheat trade. The two countries account for about a quarter of the world’s wheat exports. That includes the supply of around 90% of East Africa’s imported wheat.

Wheat accounts for a third of the average national cereal consumption in East Africa, 84% of which is met by imports. Wheat prices have soared 80% since the invasion and further disruption is expected.


National


US House of Representatives passes bill to decriminalize cannabis

US House of Representatives on Friday (April 1) cleared a bill to decriminalize marijuana. If the bill is okayed by the Senate and signed by President Biden, it will eliminate punishments for providing or possessing the drug.


The Democrats' Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act would remove its categorization alongside heroin and cocaine as a dangerous controlled narcotic under federal laws mandating tough sentences.

Cannabis is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, with sales hitting $25 billion in 2021, according to influential cannabis website Leafly, and projected to reach $40.5 billion by 2025.


California


Police shoot 'hero' after he disarms gunman, is mistaken for suspect, lawyer says


K’aun Green underwent emergency surgery for gunshot wounds to his arm, abdomen and leg after the 20-year-old football player was struck by gunfire unleashed by San Jose police responding to brawl in La Victoria Taqueria in downtown San Jose, Calif.

Green as a freshman at Contra Costa University played defensive lineman and linebacker on the Comets football team. He was also a three-time state football champion at McClymonds High School in Oakland.


Green was shot with a ghost gun, handmade by a felon who picked a fight with Greene inside of the restaurant. His civil rights attorney, Adante Pointer, said his client, Greene, was assaulted and is a victim, not an assailant.