By Kate Cimini, CalMatters Originally published on Tuesday, November 18 Throughout the state, advocates have reported a slew of last-minute evictions before a new law that protects tenants goes into effect. As a result, many local governments are placing a temporary hold on evictions. Eufemia Aguilar has lived in her two-bedroom apartment on North Sanborn Road in Salinas for about 10 years. A garlic peeler at Christopher Ranch, she rises at 2:30 a.m. every day, packs her lunch and heads to work, leaving her 20-year-old son and 5-year-old grandson to sleep. There are lots of problems inside her apartment — peeling linoleum, a stove that only sort-of works, mold from the slow drip-drip-drip of her upstairs neighbor's shower. But Aguilar likes to focus on the positive. However, her landlords have increased her rent by 30%, and then, a few weeks ago, they served Aguilar and some of her neighbors with a 60-day notice to vacate their apartments. They need to be out by Jan. 1. … [Read more...] about Capitola Halts Evictions Ahead Of Tenant Protection Law
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From Rep. Clark's Office: This week, Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5) and Congressman Buddy Carter (GA-1) announced the Birth Access Benefiting Improved Essential Facility Services Act, or BABIES Act, a bill that would expand access to freestanding birth centers for Medicaid recipients. Over half of U.S. counties have no hospital maternity unit, and maternal-child outcomes in the U.S. are among the worst of all developed nations. Freestanding, licensed birth centers can provide high quality care to women and families in low resource areas. Unfortunately, procedural obstacles disincentivize birth centers from accepting Medicaid beneficiaries, making it difficult for many women enrolled in Medicaid to access maternity care at these centers. The BABIES Act creates a demonstration program using a new payment model to provide women and infants access to the essential care they need. "The BABIES Act will improve outcomes for women and families," said … [Read more...] about Rep. Clark Intros Bill To Expand Access To Birth Centers
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Nov. 21, and I’m writing from Los Angeles. Newsletter Get our Essential California newsletter Billie Eilish was on the cover of Rolling Stone in August, but she had to clean her bedroom during the interview.“Can she clean her room while you talk? Is that OK?” the singer-songwriter’s mother politely asked the interviewer. They were all in the two-bedroom Highland Park bungalow where Eilish grew up and has recorded her biggest hits. In fact, it’s where she still lives. With her parents. Because she’s 17.On Wednesday morning, Billie Eilish made music history, becoming the youngest artist to earn nominations in all of the Grammy Awards’ top four categories. And those were just some of her nominations — she racked up six in total. Her brother and collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, tallied five nominations of his own. Advertisement [Read the story: … [Read more...] about Newsletter: Meet the neon-haired L.A. teen who just made Grammy history
Legal news wire Law360 has named Greenberg Traurig shareholder William “Bill” Garner as an MVP of the Year in Energy law, one of five such energy lawyers recognized nationally. Garner is co-chair of the firm’s Global Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group. NEW YORK (PRWEB) November 20, 2019 Legal news wire Law360 has named Greenberg Traurig shareholder William “Bill” Garner as an MVP of the Year in Energy law, one of five such energy lawyers recognized nationally. Garner is co-chair of the firm’s Global Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group. Law360 reports its MVP of the Year awards honor elite attorneys for their successes in high-stakes litigation, significant deals, or complex global matters. In all, Law360 selects 225 MVPs, across 45 categories, from more than 1,000 submissions. “Bill’s experience is global and we are fortunate to have him on our team,” said Brian L. Duffy, Greenberg Traurig Chief Executive … [Read more...] about Law360 Names Greenberg Traurig’s William Garner an Energy MVP of the Year
Vacant storefronts mar nearly every shopping district in San Francisco — from North Beach to Union Street. More than just eyesores in the city’s beloved shopping districts, empty retail spaces are lost opportunities for tax revenue, jobs and foot traffic that help support neighboring businesses. Now the Board of Supervisors has a plan to help: a tax on landlords who leave their storefronts empty for more than six months. The point? Encourage building owners to quickly rent out spaces, by either settling for a lower rent or finding a pop-up or short-term tenant. But critics worry how the tax will hobble landlords whose storefronts are vacant for reasons out of their control — like the city’s arduous permitting processes and the high cost of doing business in San Francisco. The supervisors will vote on the proposed March ballot measure — dubbed “the vacancy tax” — at a special board meeting Thursday. They will likely pass it to voters. It … [Read more...] about Vacant storefronts are all over SF. Would taxing them help fix the problem?