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Attorney General Becerra Opposes Trump Administration’s Illegal Attempt to Suspend Clean Water Rule

Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed his strong opposition to the Trump Administration’s illegal attempt to suspend for two years the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which would protect California’s lakes, rivers, and streams from pollutants.

REP LIEU STATEMENT ON LACK OF RESPONSE FROM JARED KUSHNER ON QUESTIONS ABOUT NEW...

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner failed to respond to a letter from Rep. Lieu and 12 Members of Congress about whether he has leveraged his position to acquire financial support for 666 Fifth Avenue.

EPA requires Granite Rock to control stormwater runoff, improve oil spill prevention at California...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Granite Rock Company over Clean Water Act violations at three of its road materials manufacturing and recycling facilities in Northern California. The agreement requires the company to pay a $102,051 penalty to address stormwater discharge violations at two of its Redwood City facilities and oil pollution prevention violations at a facility in Aromas. Granite Rock will also complete a watershed cleanup project as part of the settlement.

REP LIEU STATEMENT ON VA REVERSAL ON DEFUNDING HOMELESSNESS PROGRAMS

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs reversed its decision to change the funding scheme for programs that benefit homeless veterans. This reversal comes after Rep. Lieu and 11 Members of Congress sent a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin urging him to reconsider the decision, which would have jeopardized the VA’s ability to meet the needs of homeless veterans

REP LIEU AND DEL PLASKETT CALL ON FEMA TO EXECUTE RESILIENT, ECO-FRIENDLY REBUILD OF...

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) led a group of 78 Members calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to invest in resilient energy infrastructure during Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The Members urged FEMA to invest in renewable energy technology in hard hit areas like Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where outdated electrical grids have hindered expedited rebuilding efforts

Senate Tax Bill Threatens America’s Environmental Future

The U.S. Senate is voting on a tax bill that would open America’s unspoiled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and maintains billion in tax breaks for fossil fuel producers while stifling the growing renewable energy sector. Environment California issued the following statement in response

Two Real Estate Investors Sentenced For Rigging Bids at Northern California Public Foreclosure Auctions

Two real estate investors were sentenced yesterday for their role in a conspiracy to rig bids at public foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced. Gregory Casorso and Javier Sanchez were charged on Nov. 19, 2014, in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of California.

REP. AMI BERA LEADS DISCUSSION ON JOBS, EXPANDING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES WITH SMUD DIRECTOR JASON...

Rep. Ami Bera (D–CA) welcomed Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Director Jason McAlister to Washington last week to help lead a discussion with Members of Congress on jobs, education, and vocational training. As the Co-Chair of the Access to Jobs Task Force, Rep. Bera invited Director McAlister to share his expertise leading SMUD’s premier training program.

California Resident Sentenced to Prison for Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns Using Stolen IDs of...

A California resident was sentenced to 54 months in prison today for conspiring to file false claims for tax refunds, submitting false claims for tax refunds, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch for the Northern District of California

Real Estate Investor Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison for Rigging Bids at Northern...

A real estate investor was sentenced today for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced. Ramin Rad “Ray” Yeganeh was charged on June 25, 2015, in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Northern District of California.

USDA Offers Support to People and Communities Affected by California Wildfires

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced today that USDA is making resources available to help rural people and communities recover from the effects of California wildfires.

Real Estate Investor Agrees to Plead Guilty to Bid Rigging at Public Foreclosure Auctions...

Investigations Have Yielded 65 Guilty Pleas to Date. A real estate investor pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced.

HUD ANNOUNCES DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE VICTIMS

U.S. Housing and Urban Development today announced HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the State of California and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to wildfires.

Real Estate Investor Indicted for Bid Rigging in Eastern District Of California

A federal grand jury in Sacramento returned an indictment yesterday charging a California real estate investor with bid rigging at public real estate foreclosure auctions, the Department of Justice announced.

Rep. Valadao Announces $29 Million for CA-21

U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) announced California’s Twenty First Congressional District has received nearly $29 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase the supply of affordable housing, reduce homelessness, and expand economic opportunity for families throughout California’s Central Valley.

Mayor Faulconer Announces Safe Parking Program for Homeless Individuals & Families Living Out of...

Program Run by Nonprofits is Being Expanded to Accommodate More Vehicles, Hundreds More People in Two LocationsSan Diego – As another strategy to reduce homelessness in San Diego, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced a safe parking program that will allow individuals and families who are currently living out of their vehicles a safe and secure place to park at night, with case managers and a housing specialist to help them find permanent homes

Rep. Royce Discusses Federal Housing Reforms with HUD Secretary Ben Carson

Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) questioned U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  Secretary Ben Carson  on federal housing reforms including his legislation, H.R. 3556, the Taxpayer Protections and Market Access for Mortgage Finance Act during a House Financial Services Committee Hearing.

Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty To Bid Rigging In Northern California Public Foreclosure Auctions

A real estate investor pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced. Jim Appenrodt pleaded guilty to two counts of bid rigging in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. Appenrodt was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on October 22, 2014.

CalHFA Increases Access to Manufactured Home Loans

The California Housing Finance Agency has released new guidelines for lending on manufactured homes that will increase access to housing for low- and moderate-income homebuyers who use a CalHFA mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration
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CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS HISTORIC HOUSING PACKAGE

Mercy Housing California is honored to celebrate with our partners and legislative leaders a hard-fought victory for the future of affordable housing and healthy communities. Signing into law a package of 15 bills, Governor Jerry Brown gave the final approval to tackle the state’s affordability crisis through a two-pronged approach

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Jessica Musick Becomes Shareholder of KTGY Architecture + Planning

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Musick as a shareholder. Musick, formerly an associate principal with KTGY, was also named a principal. Based in the firm’s Oakland, California office, Musick joins other KTGY Oakland shareholders: Jill D. Williams, AIA, principal and chairman of the board; and Bill Ramsey, AIA, NCARB, principal

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Kamran Charmsaz Becomes Shareholder of KTGY Architecture + Planning

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce the addition of Kamran Charmsaz, CSI, CCCA, LEED AP, as a shareholder. Charmsaz, formerly an associate principal with KTGY, was also named a principal. Charmsaz is based in the firm’s Tysons, Virginia office and joins other KTGY Tysons shareholders: Rohit Anand, AIA, NCARB, principal; and Smita Anand, AIA, principal