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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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WCLP News and Noteworthy
Major Supreme Court Victory for Innocent Tenants Caught in Foreclosures
In the News

Western Center and co-counsel secured a groundbreaking national victory on behalf of the often forgotten victims of the foreclosure crisis. Read more...

Court of Appeal Rules that Big Banks Step into Shoes of Foreclosed Landlords When Trying to Evict Tenants
Success Stories

Thousands of Innocent Tenants Caught in the Foreclosure Process Protected. Read more...

Governor Brown Signs Western Center Sponsored Housing Bill Protecting Survivors of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking
In the News

The Governor has signed  SB 612 (Leno), which will protect survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking by expanding the accepted forms of documentation for evidence of abuse for purposes of terminating a residential lease, and safeguarding the documentation’s confidentiality.  Read more...

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Legislative Blog and Notes
2014 Budget Act Human Services Summary
Notes on the Legislature
On June 20, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed the state budget and the “trailer” bills that implement many of the provisions provided for in the budget. Western Center on Law and Poverty has provided a summary of the human service actions taken and not taken in the Budget Act of 2014-15.
Justice: A Long Time Coming
Notes on the Legislature

The Budget Act of 2014, signed by Governor Brown last week, repeals the lifetime ban for people as long as they are complying with the conditions of their probation or parole. The new law will be enacted April 1, 2015. This decision follows over a decade of organizing that culminated in this year’s broad coalition of over 140 community-based organizations, including those led by Californians impacted by the law.

Child Poverty Bill Faces Legislative Deadline
Legislative Blog

Senate Bill 899 (Mitchell) is estimated to reduce child poverty by 7.4 percent.  With over 80 organizations and 10,000 individuals in support, SB 899 is one of the most widely supported bills to address child poverty, which has continued to increase in California despite recent economic gains. Western Center works in broad coalition to call for its passage.

Western Center May Revise Summary
Legislative Blog

Earlier today, Governor Brown released the May Revision of his proposed state budget for 2014-15. The revision proposes an annual budget of $156.2 billion with $107.8 billion of that in General Fund spending.   While the May Revision forecasts increased revenue of $2.4 billion, it assumes the same amount in increased costs from the Proposition 98 education guarantee, increased Medi-Cal enrollment, drought relief, pension costs and increased funding for court operations.

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Western Center May Revise Press Statement
Legislative Blog


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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