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Medical-Legal Partnerships Offer Pivotal Assistance to Those in Need

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 |

An initiative of the East Bay Community Law Center’s Health & Welfare Program, the project partners with three area hospitals and recently celebrated 10 years of collaboration with Oakland Children’s Hospital. Founded on a $25,000 budget, the initiative has grown in capacity and impact by helping patients secure basic needs to stabilize their families’ lives.

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Advocacy groups sue DMV for driver’s license suspensions

Monday, November 21, 2016 |

The Back on the Road coalition, made up of seven California organizations and supported by the ACLU, claims that an individual’s driver’s license can only be suspended legally if the person has “willfully” failed to appear or pay a fine. Simply being “too poor to pay the fine,” according to the coalition’s complaint, isn’t enough to establish intent as required by law.

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California judge who mocked blind man emblematic of failed traffic court system

Thursday, October 20, 2016 |

Civil rights lawyers say the problem is just as bad in liberal California and that the Culver charges illustrate how traffic judges have wide discretion to abuse vulnerable defendants and order fines that can destroy people’s lives. […] “It puts you in a spiral,” said Brandon Greene, staff attorney with East Bay Community Law Center. “They don’t have enough money, and they can’t pay the debt.”

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Oakland Moves to Protect Renters Amid Housing Crisis

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 |

OAKLAND — In the face of soaring Bay Area rents and what experts decry as a public health crisis, the Oakland City Council voted Tuesday to strengthen protections for the city’s tenants.[…]On Tuesday, Marc Janowitz of the East Bay Community Law Center told the City Council that while he supported the amendments, they don’t go far enough to protect tenants.

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California’s new rules on tenant blacklists are unpopular with landlords

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | ,

California tenants have a new arrow in their quiver: a law to protect them from being unfairly placed on rental blacklists that jeopardize their credit ratings and shut them out of the housing market. Signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, the measure is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. [2017] Unpopular with landlord groups, the bill was a squeaker in the Legislature, narrowly passing through the Assembly in May and the Senate in August.

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