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California’s new budget could

harm nonprofits – unless Jerry

Brown steps in


By the Editorial Board (The Sacramento Bee)


Legislation on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk threatens an important source of funding for nonprofits in California. The governor should heed a coalition of nonprofit organizations that oppose it, and use his veto pen.


Under current law, judges distribute money from settlements in class action lawsuits that goes unclaimed to nonprofit organizations that do work that is relevant to the cases. The theory is that the money, while not going to victims of whatever wrong is addressed in the litigation, will help prevent some future harm.


But as part of this year’s budget, legislators added a provision to a trailer bill that would take half of the unclaimed funds and earmark it for indigent legal services and collaborative courts such as those established for veterans or mentally ill people who run afoul of the law.


As it is, those services compete for that money with other nonprofits. Indigent services and collaborative courts are important, and deserve to be funded and expanded, but not at the expense of other worthy nonprofit organizations.


The American Civil Liberties Union backed the provision, contending that legal aid services have suffered an 80 percent reduction in state funding during the last decade, while the need for those services has increased.


While poor people ought to have access to legal aid, consider some of the nonprofits that could end up losing.


One is the Housing and Economic Rights Advocates, based in Oakland, which in 2014 and 2016 received a total of $130,000. It used that money to provide financial literacy workshops to low-income residents. A Rose Foundation report said the Oakland organization’s efforts helped eliminate almost $1.7 million in its clients’ high interest debt, clearly a worthy undertaking.


In 2015, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative received $50,000, which it used to educate mainly low-income Asian immigrant nail salon workers about their worker safety rights. The Utility Reform Network, based in San Francisco, received $60,000 in 2015 for work to protect the privacy rights of mobile phone users.


The issue of earmarking the payments for indigent legal aid services and collaborative courts was raised during budget hearings. However, the provision was added to the trailer bill, Assembly Bill 103, late in the budget process.


The effort to alter the payment process, known as cy-press, is part of a disturbing practice in which lawmakers and governors, including Jerry Brown and his predecessors, approve policy without subjecting it to full legislative review.


Trailer bills ought to be used to implement specific aspects of the budget, not create significant policy that bypasses full legislative review.


The Legislature and the Judicial Council, which oversees the court system but wasn’t consulted on the issue, should address any shortcomings with how money from class action lawsuits has been distributed. Short of that, the Legislature should leave to judges the responsibility for overseeing how money unclaimed from class action suits is allocated.


While they’re at it, Brown and lawmakers should make sure there’s sufficient funding for indigent legal aid and collaborative courts.


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CITY OF LOS ALAMITOS                          Contact: Steven Mendoza, Development Services Director (562) 431-3538






City of Los Alamitos Holiday Hours


4th of July - 2017




Los Alamitos City Hall will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observance of the 4th of July holiday and will reopen on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 7:30 AM.


·         Refuse and Recycling Collection will be delayed one day and occur on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.


·         Street sweeping will not occur.


·         City Hall:                      Closed, Tuesday, July 4th


·         Recreation:                 Closed, Tuesday, July 4th  ****


·         Police:                         Closed, Tuesday, July 4th - Call (562) 594-7232 or 911 for Emergencies


·         Building & Safety:        Closed, Tuesday, July 4th


·         Business Licensing:    On Line




The City of Los Alamitos is located at 3191 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA  90720 and is open between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM Friday; and closed alternate Fridays.  For further information, you may call (562) 431-3538, ext. 300.




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On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for sending your children to our schools.  It is a privilege to work with our students, families, and community members; and, we are extremely grateful for your continued support and commitment to helping us provide unlimited possibilities now and following high school graduation.


This is our last week of school and promotion and graduation information is listed below:

Tuesday, June 13


Weaver Elementary - 9:00 am; Oak Middle School - 5:00 pm at the LAHS Track & Field


Wednesday, June 14


McAuliffe Middle School - 5:30 pm at the LAHS Track & Field


Thursday, June 15


Los Alamitos Elementary - 8:15 am; Lee and McGaugh - 8:30 am; Hopkinson and Rossmoor - 9:00 am


Los Alamitos High School - 4:00 pm at the Stub Hub Tennis Stadium


Have a fabulous summer and visit, explore, and read with your children and young people. They benefit from this and will love the extra time and attention you give them.  See links below to watch our recently produced, annual student song as well as the new, monthly show, School Stuff.  Enjoy!




Los Alamitos High School vocal production students (with help from 3,200 friends!) bring you their annual music video celebrating everything Griffin.




School Stuff – for May 2017


OUR Los Al TV’s monthly look at what’s happening around the Los Alamitos School District. Coverage includes: For the highschool — the Griffin Games, Eurotrip 2017, Robotics, the …


[written by Dr. Sherry Kropp, Superintendent @ LAUSD]

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