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Welcome to! What will be the legacy of America’s first black president in the long struggle for justice for black Americans? To date, President Obama’s been disappointingly silent on that topic, Neal Peirce writes, offering a suggestion: Take a serious look at the criminal justice system and its inequitable treatment of African Americans. … From guest columnist Doug Henton we get a look at how California is emerging from its deep recession. A blend of spending cuts and a tax increase is working – but a divide is emerging between coastal metro regions clearly in recovery and inland regions being left behind.