California Discharges $500 Million in Illegal Court Fees in Response to Litigation, but Lawsuit Against the Courts Will Press On

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, July 1, 2022 PRESS CONTACT Joe Rivano Barros, joe@theworkeragency.com, 510-798-0730 CALIFORNIA DISCHARGES $500 MILLION IN ILLEGAL COURT FEES IN RESPONSE TO LITIGATION, BUT LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COURTS WILL PRESS ON The Governor agreed on major relief, but ultimately failed to eliminate the needless court fee, known as the “civil assessment,” that …

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Celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility

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March 31st marks Transgender Day of Visibility, an international day to celebrate the accomplishments of transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people, and to recognize and face the work that remains to create safety, equality, inclusion and power for individuals and communities across the full spectrum of gender identities and forms of gender expression. In housing, …

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BayLegal Statement on SFPD’s Use of Sexual Assault Survivor DNA Evidence in Criminal Suspect Databases

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Last week Bay Area Legal Aid was shocked and appalled to learn from multiple media sources – with confirmation from San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin – that the San Francisco Police Department used DNA from a survivor’s sexual assault examination several years ago to allege her link to a recent property crime. It is …

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New video resource for homeowners: Protect Your Home / Protege Su Casa (Eng / Esp)

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BayLegal and our partners at Legal Aid of Sonoma County and the East Bay Community Law Center have produced a video with legal information to help homeowners avoid common issues that can lead to foreclosure. The video is presented in English, with Spanish subtitles available. To view video at full size: Click on the box icon …

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HUD / Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) Materials on Fair Housing and Eviction

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As part of the ongoing discussion of eviction moratoria and protections during the COVID-19 pandemic, attention is needed as well to the deep, ongoing disparities in housing access, stability and accommodation faced by Black and indigenous communities, people of color and people with disabilities. In many cases, the strain on housing security created by the …

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BayLegal’s Consumer Unit Begins Monthly Workshops For Individuals Facing Rent Debt

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Because of COVID-19, an estimated 165,000 families in the seven Bay Area counties BayLegal serves face nearly $1 billion in rent debt. The end of federal and state eviction moratoria intended to keep families in their homes during the pandemic leaves this astronomical personal debt unresolved. Even where eviction protections remain, many must deal with …

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Former BayLegal Attorneys Rebekah Evenson and Cristina Vazquez Receive 2021 CLAY Awards

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In March, Rebekah Evenson, Alameda County Superior Court Judge and former BayLegal Director of Litigation, and Cristina Vazquez, California Division of Labor Standards Attorney and former BayLegal Supervising Attorney, received two of the Daily Journal’s 2021 California Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) awards for their work on the case Anderson v. City of San Jose. …

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Housing Rights Video: COVID-19 Tenant Protections, the Alameda County Moratorium, and the CA Rental Assistance Program

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On June 3, 2021 BayLegal attorneys Palmer Buchholz and David Canela joined Crystal Warren of the Independent Living Association – Alameda County, to present and answer questions on a range of housing rights issues. Watch below to learn about tenant rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alameda County eviction moratorium, and the CA Rental Assistance …

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BayLegal and Partners Send Letter Demanding Sacramento County Superior Court End Unconstitutional Civil Assessment Fees

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BayLegal, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF), the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, and Legal Services of Northern California submitted a letter demanding that the Sacramento County Superior Court end $300 civil assessments. These civil assessments are fines for missing a payment deadline or court …

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BayLegal Intern Lisette Leon Reflects On Her Time at BayLegal in The Harvard Gazette

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Lisette Leon, BayLegal intern and recent Harvard graduate, reflected on what her internship meant to her in The Harvard Gazette. She wrote about being proud of her work with the Economic Justice team, especially the work she did to help people secure their economic impact payments. Thank you, Lisette, for everything you’ve done for our …

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Mother Jones Article Describes Uptick in Unlawful Evictions

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With local and statewide protections in place against evictions for those who cannot pay rent due to COVID-related hardships, landlords in the Bay Area have been finding loopholes to evict tenants. A recent Mother Jones article describes the increase in landlord harassment, lockouts, utilities shutoffs, and other methods of trying to get around eviction protections. …

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