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Bill increasing penalties for possessing date-rape drugs becomes law without governor's signature

September 30, 2016

In a rare move, Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday he was allowing a bill increasing penalties for possession of date-rape drugs to become law without his signature.

Brown normally signs bills he supports or vetoes them if he doesn't, but bills can become law if the governor fails to act by Friday’s midnight deadline. The governor's representatives declined to explain his decision, but Brown has in the past been reluctant to approve bills that added to prison overcrowding.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill that boosts protection for surviving spouses against foreclosure

September 30, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that’s designed to give widows and widowers a better shot at saving their homes when they fall behind on mortgage payments.

Senate Bill 1150 boosts protections against foreclosure for surviving spouses who own their home but are not on its mortgage note.

Governor Brown Signs Legislation

August 25, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills:

AB 685 by Assemblymember Jacqui V. Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Real Estate Law.


AB 920 by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) – Jails: county inmate welfare funds.

AB 1779 by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) – Nonprobate transfers: revocable transfer on death deed.

AB 1784 by Assemblymember Matthew M. Dababneh (D-Encino) – State banks.

State Funding Earmarked To Aid Micke Grove Zoo

August 24, 2016

State Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) announced that efforts are under way to access over half a million dollars in state funds she was able to secure for Micke Grove Zoo in the recently passed 2016-17 State Budget.

Galgiani noted that Micke Grove Zoo was the only zoo in the entire state to receive a direct appropriation in the state budget. Galgiani personally intervened with budget writers to secure the $500,000 to fund key retrofits to the zoo facility.

Bill to protect widows from foreclosure passes in the Senate and heads to Gov. Jerry Brown

August 24, 2016

A bill that would grant California widows and widowers greater protections against foreclosure heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after passing the state Senate on Wednesday.

The proposal is geared at giving surviving spouses who own their home but are not on its mortgage note a better shot at obtaining a loan modification.

Consumer groups say survivors — including those who inherit property after a death — face considerable resistance from loan servicers when trying to obtain modifications.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Applauds Passage of SB 1150 in California State Assembly

August 23, 2016

Sacramento, California - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today released the following statement on the California State Assembly’s passage of Senate Bill 1150, the California Homeowner Survivor Bill of Rights.

“Those who suffer the loss of a loved one should not also face the possibility of losing their home,” said Attorney General Harris.  “I applaud the Assembly for passing this critical legislation that will protect surviving family members from wrongful foreclosure.”

Galgiani’s bill to help homeowners gets deep-sixed

August 17, 2016
In ths 2012 photo, a work van and trailer are parked near unwanted furniture next to the home, left, that Toby Lopez and his family had been renting for the prevous two years in the Anatolia neighborhood of Rancho Cordova. The home was being foreclosed, and the family was moving to Missouri. The home on the far left had also just gone through a foreclosure. At the time, more than half of homeowners in the Sacramento region owed more than their homes were worth, amounting to about $21 billion in negative equity.

Law offers relief from ADA lawsuits

August 10, 2016

California small businesses no longer will be at the mercy of “predatory lawyers” if they correct American with Disabilities Act violations identified by an access specialist with 120 days.

State Senator Cathleen Galgiani, D-Patterson, was among a group of lawmakers that drafted legislation recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown that addresses ADA lawsuits.
Senate Bill 269 also protects businesses after the changes are made by making it impossible to file a lawsuit in state court.

Jerry Brown should give a break to underwater homeowners

July 12, 2016

California tax collectors should stop rubbing salt in the wounds of homeowners still trying to recover from the mortgage meltdown.

By tax collector we mean Gov. Jerry Brown.

The issue involves the remnants of the mortgage crisis, which struck hardest in the Central Valley. People bought homes they could not afford at inflated prices. When the market tumbled, their mortgages were underwater.