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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

 

Mayor Mike Murphy, Steve Carrigan-City Manager, City Council Members

City of Merced

678 West 18th Street

Merced, CA 95340

 

Mayor Murphy, Steve and City Council Members:

 

As we have previously discussed with Mayor Murphy, we are concerned with the following three areas:

 

1. Lack of funding in District 2 (South Merced) in providing community programs and all maintenance of the district (streets, sidewalks, tree trimming, etc.)

2. District elections have now been in existence for several years, but we're yet to see any district representation on the city commissions (specifically in District 2) specifically on the City Planning Commission, the Economic Development Commission, etc. It is important to include individuals from each district to be a part of the different city commissions. This will provide fair representation. Please let us know as soon as possible when you intend to rectify this concern.

3. Allow the Merced Soccer Academy, the NAACP and LULAC to sit at the table to assist the city manager and District 2 in providing solutions to the challenges facing the City of Merced.

 

It is our hope that these three items meet with your approval. Let us know if you would like to meet with is to discuss these items.

 

Sincerely,

Allen Brooks                                           Fernando Aguilera                              Patricia Ramos-Anderson

President                                                President                                            President

NAACP of Merced County                      Merced Soccer Academy                    L..U.L.A.C.

 

Cc: Mr. Alex Padilla

Secretary of State, California

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 SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement after a federal judge issued a written ruling today citing that the plaintiffs will likely prevail on multiple grounds, including that SB 27 violates Article II of the United States Constitution.

 

Signed into law by Governor Newsom in July, SB 27 requires Presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of their federal income tax returns in order to run in the March 2020 Primary Election in California.

 

"Today's ruling is a victory for the constitutional rights of Americans and our democracy. Legislative Republicans have argued that SB 27 is unconstitutional, and this court ruling reaffirms this stance. The majority party attempted to interfere with the upcoming primary election and their efforts were unsuccessful.

 

"Now that the written ruling is out, I urge Governor Newsom to accept this decision and not pursue an appeal which will only waste taxpayer dollars," said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.

Seven Ways California’s New “Rent Cap” Law Would Affect You It is the strongest renter protection legislation in the nation.

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It is the strongest renter protection legislation in the nation.

 

By Tanu Henry | California Black Media

 

 "We built these ships, we dredged these canals, in a San Francisco they never knew existed," said African-American actor Jimmy Fails in the trailer of the June 2019movie “The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” which also stars Golden Gate City native Danny Glover.

 

The film – with sentimental flashbacks of a bygone era - centers on the ongoing gentrification in California’s largest city and how it has sapped the blackness outof The Fillmore neighborhood in San Francisco, once a thriving African-American political and cultural hub in the Bay Area.

 

In 1970, about 13 percent of San Francisco’s population was Black. That was about one in every seven San Franciscans. Today, the city’s Black population is only about5 percent – or one in every 20 residents. And the majority of the 46,000 African Americans who remain in the city of more than 884,000 people now lives in public housing.

 

Like San Francisco, the high cost of buying and renting in homes has contributed to a homelessness crisis in every major city in California and has forced middle classresidents in urban areas to relocate to distant suburbs, or smaller cities and rural towns inland. Between 2005 and 2010, for example, more than 54,000 African Americans moved out of Los Angeles to surrounding areas or to other states, mostly in the South.

 

“California has the fifth largest Black population in the United States, with an estimated 2,571,208 people who identify as Black,” wrote Mark Ridley-Thomas, a memberof the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, in an open letter to Gov. Newsom earlier this year.

 

“In the moral crisis that is homelessness,” Ridley-Thomas continued, “Black Californians make up nearly seven percent of the state’s general population yet are nearly30 percent of the homeless population. Californians are struggling to get by. And Black Californians, facing a host of upstream factors that impact their experience, have a particularly distinct struggle.”

 

Responding to the high cost of living in California’s cities, Gov. Newsom and state legislators have been pushing a number of measures to remedy the crisis.

 

In February, Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), along with colleagues Richard Bloom (D-Carlsbad), Rob Bonta (D-Sacramento), Timothy Grayson (D-Sacramento)and Buffy Wicks (D-Sacramento) introduced AB 1482 or the Tenant Protection Act of 2019.

 

The measure limits the amount landlords can hike rents within one year to 5 percent, plus local inflation. The Assembly voted in favor of the legislation in May andthe Senate passed it in September.

 

 Gov. Newsom says he will sign it.

 

 “In this year’s State of the State address, I asked the Legislature to send me a strong renter protection package,” said the governor after the Senate’s yes vote inSeptember. “Today, they sent me the strongest package in America. These anti-gouging and eviction protections will help families afford to keep a roof over their heads, and they will provide California with important new tools to combat our state’s broaderhousing and affordability crisis.”

 

 Although Chiu prefers to call the legislation a “rent cap” bill instead of a rent control bill, it includes a number of provisions other than the limit on rent increasesthat tenants and landlords in California should know about.

 

 Here are seven of those things:

 

 1.  In California cities that already have local rent control laws in place, AB 1482 will only apply to property that is not already covered by those measures. The only areas inthe state that currently have some form of a rental cap are the City of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Campbell, East Palo Alto, Fremont, Hayward, Los Gatos, Oakland, Palm Springs, San Francisco, San Jose, Thousand Oaksand unincorporated Los Angeles County.

 

 2.  The bill exempts condos and single-family homes owned by individuals from the rent cap - unless it is a duplex where the owner lives in one of the units. AB 1482 will onlyapply to a single-family unit if the property is owned by a corporation.

 

3.  The bill will not apply to property constructed and put on the market within the last 15 years. You can check your county assessor’s office to find out when your building wasconstructed.

 

 4.  The law would not override existing local rent control laws.

 

5.  Before evicting tenants, under AB 1482, landlords would have to show  “just cause” such as failure to pay rent, conviction of a crime on the property or other lease violations.

 

6.  For tenants who have lived in a property for more than one year, landlords would have to give that lease holder a chance to “cure” their violation.

 

7.  If a landlord wants to renovate a unit or convert it to a condo, he or she would have to pay relocation fees for the tenant equal to one month’s rent.

 

 

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