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“Remember that refugees have protections under the U.S. Constitution.”
SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, unveiled legislation today to prevent the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for people who are unable to pay fines or fees for minor traffic tickets and require courts to determine violators’ ability to pay before setting fine amounts.
The governor’s proposed budget states in part: “there does not appear to be a strong connection between suspending someone’s driver’s license and collecting their fine or penalty. Often, the primary consequence of a driver’s license suspension is the inability to legally drive to work or take one’s children to school. Therefore, the budget proposes to eliminate the statutory provisions related to suspending driver’s licenses for failure to pay fines and penalties.”
Blocks away from the fire-gutted Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland sits a tiny, two-bedroom in-law unit with mildewed walls and no heat, perched atop a rickety garage. Water pools beneath chipped bathroom tiles, and mold forms spiderweb patterns amid the dog posters and Baby-Sitters Club books in an otherwise tidy girl’s bedroom.
In Alameda County, California, which includes Oakland, for instance, the board of supervisors recently unanimously voted to put a moratorium on all fees for probation and incarceration of juvenile offenders. Previously, juveniles were charged “$25.29 for each night in Juvenile Hall, $15.00 per day for electronic ankle monitoring, $90 a month for probation supervision, a $250 probation investigation fee, and a $300 public defender fee,” according to the East Bay Community Law Center.
Art collectives have seen their warehouse-style DIY spaces shut down across the US in the weeks following a massive fire that killed 36 people. ‘They used the Oakland tragedy to start a war,’ said Ryan Pelham, a 31-year-old Nashville musician who was forced to shut down his house.
Prerna Lal was featured in Bustle for one of the 2017 Activists to follow on Twitter
“Are the raids going to stop? That’s a simple yes or no answer!”
That’s the question one of the after-Council speakers posed on Tuesday night (or technically Wednesday morning) after a somewhat, no, very chaotic discussion of what needs to be done for Berkeley’s large and increasing population of homeless residents.
OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Creative people and others who live at warehouses and are worried about being evicted in the wake of the deadly fire at the “Ghost Ship” warehouse in Oakland’s Fruitvale district two weeks ago came to a community meeting Friday to learn about their rights.