The purpose of this page is to provide you with a variety of information relevant to the issue of economic justice. It will include lists of economic justice related California state legislation, press releases and articles relating to economic justice, the score cards of California state legislators and the Governor of California on economic justice related California state legislation and other related material.
This web site is designed to be of use to those interested in these issues and to community activists interested in these issues. People are encouraged to make suggestions as to what material should be added to these pages. Anyone may do that by clicking the "Contact Us" button at the top of this page and sending us a message with a suggestion.
Economic Justice Legislation 2013
To see a list of the economic justice bills addressed by CalComUI click on the following link.
CA Unemployment Rate Stands At 9.6% (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
According to the Employment Development Department (EDD), in November 2012, 177,600 people were looking for work in California and unable to find it. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports seasonally adjusted unemployment rate. They show a California unemployment rate of 9.8%. Only Rhode Island(10.4%) and Nevada (10.8%) had higher rates of unemployment.
In California, as has been true for a long time, Imperial County had the highest unemployment rate (26.6 not seasonally adjusted). Five counties had unemployment rates of 15% or higher. All of those counties were in rural areas.
You can see a report on the California unemployment rate by county (not seasonally adjusted) by clicking on the following link:
Are you unemployed and having a hard time putting food on the table? The link below will help you find a food bank in your area. They distribute free food to the needy.
Are you one of the many unemployed Californians whose Unemployment Insurance has run out? Has that left you homeless? Another link below will take you to a list of homeless shelters in your. Are you one of the lucky ones who are still employed? Could you make a contribution to a food bank or a homeless shelter? As a result of rising unemployment, food banks and homeless shelters around the state are having great difficulty keeping up with the demand for food and housing from the growing mass of unemployed and homeless in the state. If it is in your power, please make a contribution to one of these food banks or homeless shelters. Help them feed and house hungry and homeless.
If you need food or housing, or if you are able to make a donation, please consider contacting a food bank or homeless shelter. If you plan to visit a food bank or shelter, or make a contribution, we suggest you call first. In some cases they have moved to another address.
To see a list of food banks in California, with their contact information, click on the following link and then key in a city.
The National Alliance To End Homelessness has issued a report called " The State of Homelessness in America 2012".
In the report it notes that a federal program, The Homelessness Prevention And Rapid Re-Housing Program, enacted in 2009, injected $1.5 billion of federal dollars into the fight against homelessness. That appears to be a significant reason that homelessness remained relatively steady, in spite of the Great Recession.
However, the report also notes that those federal dollars are running out in 2012. There is a significant risk of increased homelessness in the next few years and significant work needs to be done to prevent that from happening.
You can see, and download the full report by clicking on the following link:
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, in 2012, there were 110,159 homeless households and 130,898 homeless individuals in California. California is home to 20% of the nations homeless people.
Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program
California has a program called the Work Sharing Unemployment Insurance Program. It allows employers to cut back the hours of employees rather than firing them altogether. The program pays these employees partial Unemployment Insurance to help make up part of their loss of income while working part time. To read more details on this program, click the following link and then scroll down to and click on the link that says "DE 8684".
The purpose of the score cards below is to tell you the scores that California Communities United Institute (CalComUI) has given to the voting records of California's state legislators on Economic Justice related legislation.
To review the score cards on our other issue areas, click on " Cal Legislative Score Card" on the left side of this page.
The legislator's tables below will tell you how each legislator voted on each bill. In all cases, CalComUI supported the bill. So, a score of "1" for a bill means the legislator voted for the bill, a score of "0" means the legislator voted against the bill, and a score of "0.5" means the legislator was absent or abstained from voting on that bill.
The legislator's scores for each bill in the following tables is assigned on the basis of a legislator's vote on the floor of the Senate or Assembly. We did not score legislator's votes in committees.
You can look at the tables to see how yourSenator and Assembly Member voted on the bills. If you don't remember who they are, links near the top of each table will enable you to find out who they are.
If you have Excel on your computer, you can download any of the following tables and sort them in any way you like. For example, you might want to sort them by party and then do an average score for the legislators in either or both parties. By contrast, you can sort them by score to see which legislators had the highest scores and which the lowest.
Legislators are fund raising for their next election all the time. If a legislator comes to you for a donation, you may want to check his or her scores on the tables below to see if you want to support that legislator. The score cards may also help you to decide whom you want to vote for.
To see the score cards, just click on the links below.
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