LACBA Update Back Issues - April 2015
Please Join Us in the Effort to Secure Adequate Court Funding
LACBA leadership is continuing its long-term commitment to securing adequate court funding. We are launching this year’s effort to educate our lawmakers with the message below. We welcome your personal support and the continuing support of the many local bar organizations that worked with us last year.
Dear LACBA Member:
Despite recent incremental progress in funding our courts, California continues to experience a serious problem with access to justice. Many trial courts around the state have been forced to close their courthouses and lay off trial court employees. For example, Los Angeles has closed eight courthouses and lost 25% of its staff since the financial crisis began. Therefore, it remains critically important for our voices to be heard on the issue of adequate court funding.
If you want to help, the Los Angeles County Bar Association is going to make it very easy for you.
The annual California State budget process is under way. Knowledgeable participants agree that last year, the efforts of the Open Courts Coalition, state and local bar groups, and judges had a very positive impact with our elected representatives. Ultimately, after years of cuts, Governor Brown and the legislature produced a two-year budget that slightly increased funding for the courts. Because of the way budget politics unfold and the need to educate newly elected legislators, those gains must be protected and reinvestment in our court system re-established as a priority. We need to advocate for such reinvestment generally and for additional funds for specific court needs, such as the processing of applications generated by the recently enacted Proposition 47.
You can help protect court funding.
Below is a list of the 35 California State Senators and Assemblymembers based in the Los Angeles area. We are going to set up meetings with many of them in the coming two-to-three-month window before the final budget is adopted to promote awareness of the continuing court funding issue. These meetings will be coordinated with the Los Angeles Superior Court. Last year, at least one judge attended every meeting. Other bar organizations are welcome to join with us, as many did last year.
All you need to do is:
1. Please tell us if you know any of the legislators listed below.
2. Participate in meetings we will schedule at their offices in Los Angeles. Each meeting will likely be on a Friday and take about an hour.
3. Respond to this e-mail with a reference to Court Funding in the subject line to: email@example.com, with your contact information if you are willing to help us make a showing of support for the courts and maintain public access to justice.
Los Angeles County Bar Association:
Linda L. Curtis, President
Paul Kiesel, President-Elect
Margaret P. Stevens, Senior Vice President
Michael Lindsey, Vice President and Treasurer
Los Angeles County Bar Association Standing Committee on Court Funding:
Elizabeth Mann and Jeff Westerman, Co-Chairs
Roxanne Wilson, Chair
Kirk Dillman, Chair-Elect
Helen Zukin, Treasurer
David Rosen, Secretary
CALIFORNIA LEGISLATORS REPRESENTING LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
Democrat, Santa Monica/South Bay SD 26
Kevin de Leon
Democrat, East Los Angeles SD 24
Democrat, Compton/Inglewood SD 35
Democrat, East San Gabriel Valley SD 22
Democrat, East San Fernando Valley SD 18
Republican, Diamond Bar SD 29, also part of Orange and San Bernardino Counties
Democrat, Long Beach/South Gate SD 33
Democrat, Pomona, also Ontario SD 20
Democrat, Glendale/Pasadena SD 25
Democrat, Montebello/Downey SD 32
Democrat, West and Mid-Los Angeles SD 30
Republican, East Long Beach SD 34, most of district in Orange County
Democrat, West San Fernando Valley SD 27, also East Ventura County
Senate website http://senate.ca.gov/
Democrat, Santa Monica AD 50
Democrat, Inglewood AD 62
Democrat, Whittier AD 57
Ling Ling Chang*
Republican, Diamond Bar AD 55, also part of San Bernardino and Orange Counties
Democrat, Alhambra AD 49
Democrat, East San Fernando Valley AD 45
Democrat, Downey AD 58
Democrat, Glendale AD 43
Democrat, Carson AD 64
Democrat, East Los Angeles AD 51
Republican, South Bay AD 66
Democrat, East San Gabriel Valley AD 48
Democrat, Pasadena AD 41
Democrat, South Los Angeles AD 59
Republican, Palmdale AD 36
Democrat, East San Fernando Valley AD 39
Democrat, Central San Fernando Valley AD 46
Democrat, Long Beach AD 70
Democrat, South Gate AD 63
Democrat, Culver City AD 54
Democrat, Pomona, also Ontario AD 52
Democrat, Central Los Angeles AD 53
Assembly website http://assembly.ca.gov/
* Newly elected in 2014