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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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WCLP News and Noteworthy
28 Day Shuffle Enjoined in Orange County
In the News

A Costa Mesa ordinance prohibits tenants from staying longer than 30 days in a motel, thus forcing them each month to move from the only affordable housing in the city. Read more...

4,000 LA public housing tenants win rent reimbursement
In the News

More than 4,000 Los Angeles public housing tenants will benefit from a $3.2 settlement approved today in federal court. Read more...

Eight of the ten Western Center sponsored bills that went to the Governor were signed into law.
Success Stories

Health, Human Services and Access to Justice legislation!


Legislative Blog and Notes
California Must Repeal Child Exclusion Law
Notes on the Legislature
California has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation and more children in poverty than any other state. Senate Bill 23 introduced by Senator Holly J. Mitchell would end the CalWORKs child exclusion law, known as the Maximum Family Grant, and reduce child poverty. Western Center on Law and Poverty is asking for support.
New Law That Gives Second Chance
Notes on the Legislature
Just two more months until California ends the optional ban for people with prior drug-related convictions from receiving CalFresh benefits and CalWORKs benefits. Western Center is working with allies to help get out the word.
Governor's Budget Offers Little Relief to Poor Californians
Notes on the Legislature
Governor Brown today released his January 2015-16 budget proposal. The $113.3 billion budget is not only balanced but has both a budget surplus and $2.4 billion placed into the budget reserve. Meanwhile, this budget continues the pattern established by the Brown Administration of providing little or no funding increases for the safety net which was cut severely in the recession. It makes no proposal to reduce California's astronomical poverty rate of nearly 24 percent or reduce the impact on children from living in deep poverty.
Human Service Bills: Some Signed - Some Vetoed
Notes on the Legislature
Western Center summarizes Governor Jerry Brown's actions taken on Human Services and Access to Jobs & Justice bills that we were tracking during the 2014 legislative session.
Several Western Center Sponsored Bills Signed Before Deadline
Notes on the Legislature
The Governor took action on several Western Center sponsored bills hours before the midnight deadline on September 30th deadline.


Did You Know?
What it takes to live in California

Did You Know??

  • A minimum wage worker in California earns only $1,340/month.
  • In order to afford the fair market rent of a 2-bedroom apartment ($1,249/mo), a minimum wage worker would have to work 120 hours/week, 52 weeks per year.
  • In Los Angeles, a tenant needs to earn $25/hour to afford the average 2-bedroom apartment.
  • 6.6 million Californians lack health insurance – the highest in the nation.
  • 70% of uninsured children are in families where the head of household has a year-round, full-time job.


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