PUC to Vote On Utility Shut-Off Protections Thursday

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Crisis Last Winter Led to Push For Action

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposed decision that would give critical protections for Californians facing shut-off of their electricity and gas service. Last winter, The Greenlining Institute joined with a coalition of consumer advocates to push for such protections as Californians – battered by a weak economy and soaring unemployment – struggled to pay their utility bills and shut-offs spiked during the coldest, rainiest part of the year. The PUC held an emergency hearing on the crisis Dec. 16.
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Redistricting Commission Finalists Reflect California Diversity

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BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — The just-released list of 120 finalists for 14 positions on the Citizens Redistricting Commission is far more diverse than the original applicant pool and represents significant progress toward fully representing all of California’s communities, policy experts at The Greenlining Institute said today.
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19 Organizations Tell Obama: Share Goldman Sachs Settlement With Struggling Homeowners

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Letter Calls For Treasury’s Share of Settlement to Go to Principal Reduction, Mortgage Counseling, Reclaiming Foreclosed Homes as Affordable Housing

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – In a letter sent Friday to President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, a coalition of 19 organizations led by the Greenlining Institute call the just-announced settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Goldman Sachs “disappointing,” arguing that it “does nothing for struggling homeowners.” The letter calls for the Treasury Department’s $300 million share of the proceeds to be used for principal reduction for borrowers who are “under water” due to crashing home values, grassroots mortgage counseling for struggling homeowners, and to allow local nonprofits to purchase and repair foreclosed homes for use as affordable housing.
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Financial Reform Will Help Low-Income Americans, Communities of Color

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Greenlining Institute Policy Experts Available For Interviews in Washington and California

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The financial regulatory reform bill now on the verge of final passage will be a huge benefit to low-income Americans and communities of color that were disproportionately the targets of predatory lending, experts at The Greenlining Institute said today. Greenlining legislative director Chris Vaeth and executive director Orson Aguilar will be available for interviews both before and after the Senate vote on the measure, expected shortly.
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Dirty Energy Prop. 23 Would Be Job-Killer, Greenlining Institute Says

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Greenlining Joins Growing Opposition to Texas Oil Company Measure

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — The Greenlining Institute has joined the swelling ranks of opposition to Texas oil companies’ dirty-energy proposal, now known as Proposition 23 on the November ballot.

“As an organization devoted to economic opportunity for communities of color and low-income Californians, we can state unequivocally that Prop. 23 would be a disaster for our communities,” said Greenlining Institute Executive Director Orson Aguilar. “Texas oil companies are pushing this measure to protect their profits, knowing it will be a job-killer.”
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Greenlining Petitions FCC to Block Comcast/NBC Universal Merger, Urges Hearings in California

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Samuel S. Kang, Greenlining Institute Managing Attorney, 415-317-5946 (cell)

WASHINGTON — In a petition filed with the Federal Communications Commission Monday, The Greenlining Institute urges the FCC to block the proposed merger of NBC-Universal and Comcast, warning of serious dangers to media diversity posed by the merger. The merger, Greenlining argues, could have a profound negative impact on jobs, the diversity of content available to viewers, women- and minority-owned businesses, minority media ownership, and ethnic media programming.
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Report Card Finds Some Utilities, Telecoms Fail to Meet Goals for Diverse Contracting

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BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — Utility and telecommunications companies are doing somewhat more business with minority contractors, but Southern California Edison and northern California’s Pacific Gas and Electric lag behind, while cable companies — which increasingly compete with regulated telecommunications firms for broadband business — are virtually missing in action, according to the Greenlining Institute’s 2010 Supplier Diversity Report Card.
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Greenlining Seeks Grassroots Leaders for Vital Redistricting Project

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New Push to Ensure District Lines Fairly Represent People of Color, Low-Income Communities

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — The Greenlining Institute is seeking dynamic grassroots leaders from around California to spearhead a new push to ensure that redistricting — the process of drawing new boundaries for legislative districts — fairly represents communities of color and low-income Californians.
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Initiative Results Point to Need for Reform, Greenlining Institute Says

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Samuel S. Kang,
Greenlining Institute Managing Attorney, 415-317-5946

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — In a California campaign heavily dominated by special interest money, the Greenlining Institute expressed disappointment at the results available thus far as of 10:30 p.m.

“Two huge corporations just spent a combined $60 million to rewrite the law to boost their profits, turning an initiative process that was supposed to be a tool of grassroots democracy on its head,” said Greenlining managing attorney Samuel S. Kang. “While it’s not certain yet that they’ve won, it’s time to think seriously abour reforming the initiative process to give control back to ordinary citizens.”
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Alert: Testify at Public Hearing in Oakland

The Greenlining Institute asks that you join us in Oakland on Monday, June 7th to testify on behalf of small businesses, families, and communities at an official CPUC Public Hearing to ask the question: Why is PG&E raising its rates by 30% during an economic crisis, while spending $44 million of ratepayer dollars to pass Proposition 16?

What: Public Hearing on PG&E’s unnecessary $4 Billion (30%) Rate Hikes

Where: Elihu Harris State Building in Downtown Oakland (1st Floor Auditorium)

When: Monday, June 7th, at 2 pm and 7 pm

Why: To protest unnecessary rate hikes and Proposition 16

Who: You and your community!

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