LOS ANGELES  — Fraudsters are once again targeting EDD but this time, they’re going after disability claims. The department is now being accused of moving too slowly while it weeds out the bad claims so it can pay those who have legitimate ones.
FRESNO – The latest fraud scheme to hit the California Employment Development Department (EDD) is impacting thousands of state disability insurance claims.
SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson to make it faster and easier to build new escape routes in high fire danger areas in rural neighborhoods has been approved unanimously on the Assembly Floor. AB 1154 would eliminate California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements where a new road is needed in a high fire-hazard zone where there is only one road out.
SACRAMENTO – The EDD has suspended an unknown number of claims due to a new scam involving “organized criminals using stolen medical provider credentials.” Until EDD can verify the identity of the doctors in question, their patients won’t get paid. Dozens of people have reached out to Assemblyman Patterson’s office for help. People with debilitating illnesses, injuries and even new mothers have been without payments for months. Many have reached the end of their financial rope.
SACRAMENTO – Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson to make it faster and easier to build new escape routes in high fire danger areas in rural neighborhoods was approved in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee Monday. AB 1154 would eliminate CEQA requirements for projects that build additional escape routes in high fire-hazard zones. The exemption would apply to neighborhoods identified by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection where a second access road is needed.
KSEE24 September 23, 2021 TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KGPE) – Gov. Gavin Newsom was in Tulare County Thursday touring the KNP Complex along with signing Assemblyman Jim Patterson’s bill regarding landowner’s defensible space and fees.
KMPH | September 27, 2021 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (FOX26) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into legislation Monday a new bill that aims to provide more support for those within the state’s foster care system.
OPINION BY RYAN TOWNSEND | September 28, 2021 I applaud Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and the California Legislature for passing Assembly Bill 262. The bill, signed into law late last week by Gov. Newsom, provides important relief for human trafficking survivors looking to have their nonviolent criminal records cleared so they can pursue employment without hindrance. This victory (the bill passed unopposed) represents the kind of broad bipartisan cooperation we need more of going forward as awareness increases.
ABC30 | September 14, 2021 FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Joined by survivors as well as Fresno's mayor and police chief, Assemblymember Jim Patterson called on the governor to sign a bill that would allow human trafficking survivors to have their records cleared of non-violent crimes within a reasonable amount of time after escaping the life.
CalMatters | September 17, 2021 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When Arien Garcia first escaped from life as a victim of human sex trafficking, she struggled to find a job anywhere in Fresno. Her nonviolent criminal record always pushed her job applications to the bottom of the pile. She said she applied to “every McDonald’s and Taco Bell in Fresno and in Clovis” and even went in for an interview at a local Subway on Christmas Eve.