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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.

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.”

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. José Luis Villegas Sacramento Bee file
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.

August 10, 2016
Calling for more scrutiny of one of the largest proposed infrastructure projects in California history, legislators from up and down the state on Wednesday approved a financial audit of Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15 billion Delta tunnels.
A request by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, and Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis, cleared an audit committee with the support of several legislators from the Los Angeles area, which would benefit from water diverted through the 40-foot-wide tunnels.
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.

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.

July 11, 2016

The state has placed the Modesto area under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid, which threatens backyard trees here and commercial groves to the south.

Officials urge people to not move oranges, lemons and other citrus out of the 97-square-mile zone, which takes in parts of Ceres and Salida, plus rural land north and west of Modesto.

July 11, 2016

East Bay Times on gun laws:

The Dallas shootings give Californians reason to take a closer look at the six new gun control bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on July 1.

April 01, 2016

STOCKTON — Several constituents in the Central Valley are faced with mounting mortgage debt, and San Joaquin County’s State Senate representative is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill that will relieve them of that burden.

Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, was at the Housing Authority of San Joaquin on Friday to discuss SB 907, a bill she co-authored that would extend the tax relief on mortgage forgiveness debt by conforming to the Federal Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.

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