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Wednesday, October 01, 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
Statement: Governor's Signature on AB 1522
Notes on the Legislature
Today, Governor Jerry Brown will sign Assembly Bill 1522, authored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, which establishes the right to paid sick days for most employees. Western Center offers an analysis of why California’s pioneering new law will reduce poverty and dependence on public benefits.
Statement: Diaper Need Awareness Month
Notes on the Legislature
Western Center on Law and Poverty joins the National Diaper Bank Network and their California Partners in drawing attention to the problem of childhood deep poverty and the consequences of unmet basic needs.
Governor Signature Sought for Western Center Sponsored Bills
Notes on the Legislature
Several Western Center on Law & Poverty sponsored bills to help secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low-income Californians have been passed by the Legislature and are pending the Governor’s action. The Governor has until September 30, 2014 to act on these bills.
New Report Shows One in Seven Californians Food Insecure
Notes on the Legislature
One in seven (6.6) households in California struggled with hunger, on average, over the years 2011-2013, according to new data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service in its annual report on food insecurity. Western Center and anti-hunger allies respond.
Bill to Cut Red Tape and Prevent Hunger Sweeps Assembly Vote
Notes on the Legislature
Yesterday, the California State Assembly passed SB 1002, authored by Senator De León, with strong bi-partisan support. This bill is co-sponsored by Western Center on Law and Poverty and the California Food Policy Advocates.


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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