The Serrano legacy: paying for California schools

Obstacle course: Basic school funding rife with inequities (November 30, 2003), first of a four-part series of articles this week in the Sacramento Bee about the persistent inequities in funding of public schools in California. For those who remember Serrano…

Feast and friends in Folsom

Feast and friends: Folsom opens first affordable housing units for seniors (Sacramento Bee: November 27, 2003) – Thanksgiving Day article about Vintage Willow Creek, Folsom’s first affordable housing project for seniors in the wake of historic settlement with Legal Services…

Child support: rights and remedies

The Child Support Resources page has been beefed up with a link to all the child support training materials presented last year by LSNC, featuring nationally recognized advocates Brian Paddock and Sally Kurtz.

“Just call me the COLA-nator”

The California Budget Project (CBP) has posted its concise but hard-hitting assessment, Governor Proposes to Eliminate CalWORKs COLA and Reduce Grants. Governor Schwarzenegger proposes to eliminate the October 2003 CalWORKs cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and reduce grants by 5 percent. Among…

Charity begins at the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published two new brochures to help charitable organizations understand the laws on tax-exempt status. One brochure explains how to apply for tax-exempt status. The other is a compliance guide for maintaining tax-exempt status.

“The Heroic Trio” kick butt!

No, we’re not talking the 1993 feminist martial-arts butt-kicker classic, The Heroic Trio. Yes, we’re talking here about three real legal eagle woman warriors who kicked butt and passed the California Bar exam: Congratulations to Margaret Engelhardt (Redding office), Pramela…

No NIMBies in my backyard

The California Affordable Housing Project has updated its Anti-NIMBY tools fact sheet to include recently passed legislation. The new fact sheet includes a summary of SB 619, effective January 1, 2004, which makes multifamily housing a permitted use in certain…

California regulations suspended

Stating that “with the onerous impact of over-regulation on the daily lives of Californians, it is time to reassess the system of State Government that is perceived to work against businesses and inhibit growth and economic prosperity,” newly sworn in…

Like a Virgin: arguing before the Supremes for the very first time

Like a Virgin, a great article today by Tony Mauro of Supreme Court Monitor about the personal accounts of more than a dozen lawyers’ first-time experiences of arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court, recounted in a recent issue of The…

Good news, bad news

Two items from this morning’s Sacramento Bee (November 20, 2003): The good news: the Editorial: Debit cards for the poor, supportive of Sacramento County’s implementation of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) debit cards for distributing food stamps and cash welfare benefits….