Civil Rights and Legal Aid Groups Demand End to City’s Unconstitutional Towing Practices

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For Immediate Release News from LCCR – SF Bay Area and Bay Area Legal Aid: Groups issue letter to City Attorney over violation of low-income people’s 4th Amendment rights Contact: Taylor Brady, TBrady@baylegal.org, (510) 250-5234; Matt Kovac, mkovac@lccr.com, (415) 510-9601 SAN FRANCISCO – One day after a federal court ordered the City of San Francisco to return an impounded …

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San Francisco Towing Practices Called into Question by New Federal Court Ruling

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For Immediate Release News from LCCR – SF Bay Area and Bay Area Legal Aid: City towed and impounded homeless man’s car for unpaid parking tickets; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Bay Area Legal Aid and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP claim policy violates 4th Amendment guarantee against unreasonable seizure October 10, 2018 Contact: Taylor Brady, …

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Lawsuit Charges San Francisco with Unlawfully Incarcerating Black 15-Year-Old

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June 20, 2018 – For Immediate Release Media Contact: media@baylegal.org Juvenile Probation Department held minor in custody for days after court ordered his release SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Yesterday, Bay Area Legal Aid filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department, Chief Allen Nance, …

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2017 in Review: BayLegal’s Litigation Docket

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2017 Litigation Docket
Each year, BayLegal’s dedicated team of attorneys and advocates work with tens of thousands of our Bay Area neighbors to build healthier, safer, and more stable lives. Our advocates fight back when we learn about policies that are pushing families to the edge of homelessness, practices that prevent domestic violence survivors from achieving safety, and …

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Appeal Filed in San Jose Affordable Housing Lawsuit

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Appeal filed San Jose Affordable Housing lawsuit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San José – Two San José residents and two non-profit housing advocacy organizations appealed a state court ruling dismissing their claim that the city must follow the state’s Surplus Land Act (SLA), including in the development of the city’s downtown area. Last year San José adopted a local policy in conflict with …

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Our Impact: Strategic Litigation and Policy Advocacy

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Clearinghouse Community: Reforming Driver's License Suspension in California
Reforming Traffic Court Fines, Fees, and Driver’s License Suspensions in California Advocates around the country are grappling with injustices in traffic court systems: minor traffic offenses or nonviolent infractions often carry increasingly high fines and fees; people who cannot afford to pay are faced with even greater fines for nonpayment, loss of a driver’s license, …

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CA court agrees to fair treatment of low-income drivers

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Landmark Lawsuit Settled, Paves Way for Fair Treatment of Low-Income California Drivers Solano County adopts model policies that lessen the burden of traffic fines and fees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A settlement was reached today in the first lawsuit in California to challenge the suspension of driver’s licenses as a means of collecting unpaid traffic fines. The …

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Landmark Victory for Immigrant Survivors of Abuse

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CA appellate decision ensures rights of immigrants; helps immigrant domestic violence victims flee abuse Oakland, CA (July 29, 2017) — A new decision from California’s First District Court of Appeal makes it easier for immigrant survivors of domestic violence to obtain the financial support needed to leave abusive relationships and remain in the United States. …

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Low-Income California Drivers Win Right to Have Their Day in Court

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A coalition of legal aid and civil rights organizations sued the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for illegally suspending the driver’s licenses of low-income Californians. After months of litigation, the court rejected the defendant’s attempt to dismiss the case. The court ruled that plaintiffs can continue challenging the DMV’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses …

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Spotlight on Stability

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Homelessness Prevention One evening in the fall of 2013, the Nativi family found themselves locked out of their home and all their belongings thrown into the yard. They had been renting a converted garage unit for several years when the property became the subject of a foreclosure sale. The Nativi’s had known nothing of the foreclosure sale in advance and had ten …

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Low-Income Drivers Sue California DMV for Illegally Suspending Licenses

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UPDATE: Low-Income California Drivers Win Right to Have Their Day in Court October 25, 2016 – A coalition of legal aid and civil rights organizations sued the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) this morning for illegally suspending the driver’s licenses of low-income Californians. The suit was brought on behalf of drivers who have had their driver’s …

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