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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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Herrera sues fraudulent immigration consulting business for unlawfully providing legal services

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 |

Through this lawsuit I hope to bring the Lacayos to justice for their exploitation of immigrants in San Francisco and to prevent any other immigrants from becoming victims of their fraudulent operation. I want to thank the International Institute of the Bay Area, La Raza Centro Legal, East Bay Community Law Center, Dolores Street Community Services, Immigration Legal Resource Center, the State Bar of California, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review for helping us prepare our legal case.

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Op-ed: Proposed Berkeley development on Adeline highlights key community issues

Monday, August 29, 2016 |
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Fremont Hotel residents stand in long lines to use a toilet since owners demolished bathrooms six month ago. Some resort to using pails in their rooms.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 |

Laura Lane, director of the housing practice at the East Bay Community Law Center, said the nonprofit was contacted by the tenants with concerns about conditions at the property earlier this year. She said the law center successfully defended a tenant who had withheld his rent in protest and was facing eviction.

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Alameda County is the First in State to Repeal Juvenile Justice Fees

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | ,

Thousands of low-income Alameda County families will no longer pay juvenile probation and public defender fees. On July 12, 2016 the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to end the assessment and collection on all fees charged to parents and guardians with children in the juvenile justice system.  The repeal, which is the first of its kind in the state, ends all fee assessment and collection, offering immediate relief to more than 2,900 families with outstanding debt and shielding thousands of families who pass through Alameda’s juvenile courts every year from future financial hardship.

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Equal Voice: California Has Income Disparities in Who Loses Licenses, Report Says

Monday, April 25, 2016 | ,

In California, where you live may help determine whether your license is suspended or you land in jail over unpaid traffic tickets.

A new study found a wide disparity between rates of drivers from high-poverty, Black and Latino neighborhoods losing their licenses or getting arrested over traffic fines, fees, or failure to appear in court, and rates among drivers from wealthier zip codes.

 

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Berkeley: Suit to evict disabled senior dropped

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 |

A months-long effort to evict a quadriplegic senior from his South Berkeley apartment is over, after the management company apparently gave up. “Your eviction lawsuit is finally over,” attorney Meghan Gordon of the East Bay Community Law Center told tenant Michael Pachovas in a letter this month. “I will be closing your case at EBCLC because this matter has been settled,” she added.

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