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CLBC Agenda 2020

The California Legislative Black Caucus Agenda 2020 is our effort to focus our legislative, political and community engagement efforts on two pivotal areas of California life: learning and earning. 

Through our policy initiatives in education and black enterprise, we intend to create new opportunities for excellence and success for California African American residents of all ages.

‘To Learn and Grow’

As CLBC members, we keenly appreciate the power and the promise of a quality education. 

Education is the critical foundation for learning, understanding and growth for African American children and youth in California. Education is the gateway to advanced learning, lifelong skills, specialized trades, professional capabilities and upward mobility for California’s African American adults.

Because education is so important to the future growth and potential of our state’s African American children, you and adults, we have established concrete education goals and made supporting a culture of excellence through education the first of our twin public policy pillars for our CLBC Agenda 2020.

CLBC Education Initiative

  • Protect and improve access to high quality pre-school for every African American child.
  • Increase the African American high school graduation rate by 50% by 2020.
  • Increase the number of African American students gaining admission to community college, California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) by 25% by 2020.
  • Conduct informational hearings in Los Angeles, San Diego, Inland Empire, Bay Area and Central Valley to elevate the emphasis on educational outcomes.
  • Convene a task force to focus on closing the education achievement gap experienced by African American students 

‘To Work and Earn’

As CLBC members, we are constantly reminded of our African American history and contributions to our state’s progress through our labor and entrepreneurism. 

The ability to work and earn a living is fundamental to the exercise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in California. While California represents the sixth largest economy in the world, economic fluctuations can often quickly send our state careening from ‘Boom Times to Bust’. 

Because we believe that no population of Californians knows the fast-changing, long-lasting impact of these economic forces better than our state’s African American residents, we have established a Black Enterprise Economic Development Initiative as the second of our twin public policy pillars for our CLBC Agenda 2020.

CLBC Black Enterprise Initiative

  • Increase the number of African American contractors doing business with the State of California.
  • Reduce African American unemployment rates by addressing the challenges in the small business community.
  • Protect and preserve home ownership
  • Promote training and vocational education opportunities, especially in economic sectors like to grow in the future
  • Support workforce development efforts in human service occupations.