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Sat May 20 2017California May Become First State to Tie Traffic Fines to Income Level
Sat May 20 2017Report Details Racial Bias in California’s Traffic Court System, Bills Address Disparities
From Ferguson to Fresno, millions of individuals and families across the country are being punished for being too poor to pay traffic and infraction tickets for minor violations such as jaywalking or expired registration tags. And the price they most often pay, driver license suspension, releases a cascade of problems that drive them deeper into the clutches of poverty, frequently lead to incarceration, and prevent them from participating in and contributing to their communities.
A new study released by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Paying More for Being Poor: Bias and Disparity in California’s Traffic Court System, shows that Californians pay some of the highest fines and fees in the country — more than three times the national average for running a red light. The high fines and fees create hardships for many middle-class Californians, but they can be devastating to Californians with lower incomes. And new Bay Area data reveals that African-Americans are four to sixteen times more likely to be booked into county jail on a charge related to inability to pay a citation.
California has the opportunity to create permanent reforms to this inequitable system. In Governor Jerry Brown’s budget, he proposes to put an end to suspending driver licenses just because someone cannot afford to pay. And two bills before the California Legislature (SB 185 and AB 412) would address many of the disparities documented in Paying More for Being Poor.
Water Board resumes Delta Tunnels hearing, rejects motions by opponents Wed Feb 21st 7:31pm
Crisis At KPFA,The Pacifica Network, Democracy & National Alternative Multi-media Channel (1 comment) Mon Feb 19th 11:34pm
Court Victory: 10-Year California Water Transfer Program Failed Analysis & Disclosure Mon Feb 19th 5:09pm
Buffalo Soldiers Honored at American Heritage Day at Mount Vernon Memorial Park. (1 comment) Sat Feb 17th 11:28pm
RNs to Rally Across California Feb. 22 in Protest Over Supreme Court Case Seen as Threat to Patient Care Sat Feb 17th 11:21pm
Farm to Fork Friday, Presentation, Conversation and Reception Sat Feb 17th 10:20pm
Oakland activists are collecting signatures to repeal Costa-Hawkins Act Fri Feb 16th 7:07pm
Israeli Official Distorts CA Law To Stop Sister City Proposal Thu Feb 15th 9:21pm
Western States Petroleum Association & members have dumped $170 million into CA campaigns (5 comments) Wed Feb 14th 4:19pm
The First California Congressperson to Cosponsor Trump Impeachment Resolutiion Mon Feb 12th 10:40amMore Local News...
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Nestlé and Others Cashing in On U.S. Water Infrastructure Crisis Wed Feb 21st 3:23pm
Report Reveals Rapid Growth of Homeless Tent Cities Across U.S. (1 comment) Sun Feb 11th 5:53pm
Flawed Fee Analysis Diverts Fur-trapping Costs to California Taxpayers Mon Feb 5th 10:33am
Worldwide Actions Commemorate Ahed Tamimi’s 17th Birthday, Demand Freedom Sun Feb 4th 1:34pm
Analysis: Trump Offshore Plan Could Cause More Than 5,000 Oil Spills Fri Feb 2nd 9:58pm
2018 Rosa Parks Day remembering the Women's Political Council Fri Jan 26th 4:23am
Struggles of Using Legal Recourse as a Path Toward Better Prison Conditions Thu Jan 18th 10:38pm
Lawsuit Challenges Development That Could Doom California's Santa Ana Mountain Lions (1 comment) Thu Jan 11th 7:34pm
Honor Roll of BDS Organizations Banned by Zionist Israel Sun Jan 7th 3:14pmMore Global News...
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Calif Cops work with alt-reich to attack and prosecute counter demonstrators and Antifa (1 comment) Fri Feb 9th 7:27pm
VIDEO: Feinstein for Secretary of State presents proportional representation plan Sun Jan 14th 1:26am
Democrats Defeat Repeal of Costa-Hawkins Anti-Tenant Law Thu Jan 11th 8:56pm
The harassment of prisoners who have served their time Sun Jan 7th 9:53am
What DACA is Doing To Families Tue Dec 5th 9:15pm
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Humboldt Redwood Co. security attack blockade in Mattole ancient forest Fri Oct 13th 9:34am
UC Gave $600,000 for Hate Speech, Plans Week of More Hate Speech Fri Sep 15th 8:03am
2017 African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challenge Act Modernization Act Tue Sep 12th 12:29pm
PG&E & IBEW trying to kill rooftop solar .. Again. (1 comment) Tue Sep 12th 8:43amOpen Newswire...
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