ALHAMBRA – Today, the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development and Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance held a joint-hearing to listen to representatives of the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), and other stakeholders on the status of the Keep Your Home California (KYHC) Program.
ROSEMEAD – On Saturday, October 26th, residents from throughout the San Gabriel Valley attended a town hall discussion led by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) on the implementation of Covered California, the state’s health care exchange created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Hosted at The Garvey Center, in attendance were experts from AARP, AltaMed Health Services, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Chinatown Service Center, and Neighborhood Legal Services.
MAOF President Martin Castro with Assemblymember Ed Chau
MAOF President Martin Castro was one of seven outstanding community role models recognized by Assemblymember Ed Chau on September 20 for their invaluable service and contributions to their local community. Created in 1992 by Marcia Bullard, President and CEO of USA WEEKEND Magazine, “Make a Difference Day” is celebrated annually across the nation as a day of volunteerism and recognition of those who are dedicated to enhancing their communities. This year, Assemblymember Chau honored seven excellent individuals who live, work, or volunteer in the 49th Assembly District, including Martin Castro. Mr. Castro was accompanied by MAOF Board Member Jerry Velasco and MAOF corporate partners Carlos Illingsworth of Vons and Nancy Limon of Coca-Cola.
Jerry Brown became California’s longest-serving governor earlier this month. But the state he governs now is drastically different than the one he first faced in 1975. That dynamic landscape is illustrated nowhere more clearly than in the blending and shifting of the borders between technology and individuals’ privacy rights.
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 873, by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which establishes new eligible uses and priorities for funding under the Emergency Housing and Assistance Program (EHAP).
"The state has very limited resources available to address homelessness. We need to maximize those resources to the fullest extent,” said Assemblymember Chau. “The federal government has adopted a new approach to combating homelessness, based on evidence that shows that permanent supportive housing is the most effective model for helping homeless individuals and families. AB 873 aligns EHAP with these evidence-based strategies in order to both improve outcomes and increase the competitiveness of California applicants for federal funding opportunities.”
Sacramento – Today, the Senate passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1127 authored by assemblymember Ed Chau (D–Monterey Park). The bill seeks to provide greater language access in our court system by establishing a working group tasked with advising the Judicial Council in the development of a comprehensive statewide Language Access Plan. The working group would also oversee the implementation of a three year pilot project in three courts to provide interpreters in all civil proceedings.
“When courts fail to provide interpreters for limited English proficient individuals, people suffer and the integrity of our judicial system is put into question,” said Assemblymember Chau. “In light of the recent US Department of Justice investigation into the quality and accessibility of language access services in California courts, AB 1127 will take the necessary steps to alleviate concerns from the federal government and demonstrate that we are committed to ensuring equal access to justice for all individuals.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Senate passed Assembly Bill 477, a bill authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which makes notaries public mandated reporters of financial elder abuse.
“Notaries public play a key role in lending integrity to important transactions of commerce and law through the verification of signatures and of legal transactions,” said Assemblymember Chau. “Requiring notaries public to be mandated reporters will help prevent elderly victims from being robbed of their lifetime savings, property, or securities.”
Sacramento, CA – Today, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved three bills authored by assemblymember Ed Chau (D–Alhambra). The bills include efforts to provide greater language access in our court system, to ensure that seniors are protected from financial elder abuse, and to prioritize funding for supportive housing and programs.
Assembly Bill (AB) 477 would make notaries public mandated reporters of elder financial abuse. Notaries public play a key role in lending integrity to important transactions of commerce and law through the verification of signatures and of legal transactions. Their exposure to a wide array of legal documents places them in a key position to recognize potential instances of financial elder or dependent adult abuse.
SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill (AB) 381, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which will strengthen California’s elder financial abuse laws. AB 381 would allow the courts to award attorney’s costs and fees to seniors who fall victim to someone using a power of attorney in bad faith to commit elder financial abuse.
“Each year in California, elder and dependent adults are devastated by the loss of property taken from them through financial scams,” said Assemblymember Chau. “This bill makes certain that seniors who are victims of financial elder abuse will no longer have to worry about the cost of seeking justice.”
Sacramento – Today, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 984, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which makes a number of important changes to the California Housing Finance Agency’s (CalHFA) statutes. AB 984 gives CalHFA the authority to directly fund downpayment assistance loans done in conjunction with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) first mortgages and it states that downpayment assistance loans do not need to be repaid upon the sale or refinance of the home if the home is insured by an FHA first mortgage.