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The Bay Area’s Toll Debt Explosion

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A story in yesterday’s East Bay Times and other Bay Area News Group publications by Eliyahu Kamisher features BayLegal attorney Rachel Hoerger and her client Brenda Angulo. Ms. Angulo is one of a growing number of lower-income drivers in the Bay Area affected by the growing web of automated express lane and bridge toll payment …

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Highlighting the Impacts of Inequitable Parking Enforcement

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Car being towed
This March 6th story by Eliyahu Kamisher in the Mercury News digs into the data on parking enforcement practices in the Bay Area’s largest cities. The picture that emerges is one of significant  disparities in the number and likelihood of citations from city to city, with citation and enforcement often inseparable from municipal revenue considerations …

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Protecting Yourself from EBT Skimming

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Over the last year or so California has seen a huge spike in public benefits being electronically stolen from people’s EBT cards. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), the state agency that oversees EBT cards and most benefit programs that you can receive on an EBT card, has created this flyer with tips about …

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New Legal Clinic Information and Resources

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BayLegal has updated schedules and availability of our Domestic Violence Restraining Order and Consumer Rights legal clinics. Expanded options for both remote and in-person service are now included on our clinic calendar. We have also developed a full set of multilingual clinic listings and downloadable resources for the Consumer Rights clinics. Please see the calendar …

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Lunar New Year – Celebration, Mourning, and the Need for Change

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Dear friends and colleagues, Sunday, January 22, was the beginning of the Lunar New Year.  Lunar New Year is celebrated in multiple communities across the Asian Diaspora starting on the first day of the first month in the lunar calendar.  While each culture has its own traditions, unifying components include prioritizing time to connect with …

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What we’re reading: BayLegal’s Hilda Chan quoted in article on Chinese immigrant women survivors of domestic violence

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This long-form article by Junyao Yang at The China Project profiles Chinese women who have immigrated to the U.S., their struggles to find safety and support across cultural and language barriers, and the legal and advocacy organizations working to help them access legal systems and support networks. Hilda Chan, BayLegal Regional Counsel for Housing Litigation, …

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New Resource: Benefits and Health Care Rights for Those Impacted by Flooding

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Bay Area Legal Aid has prepared this helpful one-page resource for individuals and families whose health care, health coverage, and/or public benefits might be impacted by flooding or storm-related issues. Download the PDF here. And be sure to check out resources from our partner agencies and organizations, posted on our website here and here.

More resources for Californians affected by winter storms and floods

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Following up on last week’s resource-sharing post, we have compiled some additional links to legal and emergency service help for families affected by this winter’s severe storms. Resources include help for tenants needing repairs, recovery of lost documents, legal assistance hotlines in multiple languages, reporting numbers for flooding and other emergencies, and a number of …

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Observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Bay Area Legal Aid’s offices and phone lines will close Monday, January 16, 2023, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As a reminder of what Dr. King’s work continues to demand of all who struggle for justice, we share this message from BayLegal’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, Mynesha Whyte:   On …

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Coverage of BayLegal’s suit against Achievable Solutions Inc. (ASI) for fraudulent debt collection practices

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We are pleased to share this story by Shwanika Narayan in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, providing a closer look at Bay Area Legal Aid’s ongoing lawsuit against debt collector Achievable Solutions, Inc. (ASI). Our suit, filed in 2022 with co-counsel firms Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg and Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser, LLP, alleges that ASI …

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Emergency response and Know Your Rights information from ACCE Action: East Bay Tenants – what to do if your apartment floods

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Thanks to our colleagues at Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action, for the following video Know Your Rights and how-to presentation for East Bay tenants impacted by this month’s severe rain and flooding. @acce_actionStay dry♬ Rain sound (indoor, window opening)(837944) – Yuki Shizuoka Sound

Resource from California Indian Legal Services: Free Housing Legal Services for Urban Native Americans

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California Indian Legal Services, home of the Remote Housing Assistance Program, is providing housing legal services at no cost to Urban Native Americans. You can speak to an attorney using one of our remote workstations, located in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Sacramento. See below for location and office hours when you can drop in and …

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