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Sunday, April 19, 2015
 
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Not Just a Ferguson Problem - How Traffic Courts Drive Inequality in California
04/08/2015
In the News

 Low-income Californians are being disproportionately impacted by state laws and procedures related to driver’s license suspensions. Due to increased fines and fees and reduced access to courts, more than four million Californians have suspended drivers licenses. These suspensions make it harder for people to get and keep jobs, harm credit ratings and raise public safety concerns. Ultimately they keep people in long cycles of poverty that are difficult if not impossible for many to overcome. This report highlights the impacts on families, how the problem happens and what can and should be done to rectify it. View the report

California’s lifetime ban on food assistance and public benefits for people convicted of a drug felony lifted on April 1, 2015
04/01/2015
Success Stories

 On April 1st, California’s repeal of a 17 year old law, banning food and basic needs assistance to people who had a prior drug-felony conviction, went into effect.  As a result, thousands of needy families and individuals are now eligible for CalWORKs, CalFresh or General Assistance.

28 Day Shuffle Enjoined in Orange County
02/26/2015
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...



  
 

Legislative Blog and Notes
California Must Repeal Child Exclusion Law
02/14/2015
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
02/01/2015
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
01/09/2015
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
10/02/2014
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
10/02/2014
Notes on the Legislature
The Governor took action on several Western Center sponsored bills hours before the midnight deadline on September 30th deadline.

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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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