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EPIC News – July 2019


Launching EPIC News!

The Insider’s Report, Western Center’s monthly newsletter, is now called EPIC News, inspired by Upton Sinclair’s 1934 movement to “End Poverty in California.”


Western Center Victories in the 2019-20 Budget

Governor Newsom’s first budget adopts many Western Center proposals, and moves the needle on poverty, inequality, and homelessness. See Governor Newsom’s recent tweet here.

The new California budget more than doubles the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), which provides support to low- and moderate-income working parents. The budget also ends the “senior penalty” for accessing Medi-Cal, and expands Medi-Cal to undocumented young adults. It also provides a major boost to CalWORKs grants, which is cash aid for food, housing and basic necessities for eligible families with children, and provides a significant investment in affordable housing and homelessness programs. Read more


Follow Along: Legislation Tracker

Western Center is in the home stretch of this year’s legislative session. Want to know more about bills we are sponsoring, tracking or opposing? Follow along with our Legislation Tracker


Western Center and Partners File Motion to Intervene in Huntington Beach v. State of California

“Charter cities like Huntington Beach must stop pretending like their actions don’t affect housing affordability across the state; the poorest and most vulnerable among us are who pay for their bad actions. We are filing this motion to intervene for Housing California and California Coalition for Rural Housing – organizations that fight for affordable housing for Californians with the lowest incomes, because our state can’t rely on reluctant cities like Huntington Beach, of which there are many, to do the right thing. The costs are too great.” – Navneet Grewal, Senior Attorney at Western Center. Read more


Fair Shake Honors Three Attorneys and Raises over $50,000 for Western Center

Western Center honored three associates from Los Angeles law firms at our annual Fair Shake event on June 12, 2019. We are incredibly grateful to Rachael Schiffman, Rick Schwartz and David Kane for their unwavering commitment to Western Center, and their work alongside our litigation team. View photos from the event