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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.
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.
Complaints of the Employment Development Department's website going down over the weekend renewed concerns about the department's management of the pandemic-caused unemployment crisis. Our ABC stations across California have received multiple reports from viewers that the EDD's website was either down or glitching, preventing them from logging in to certify for their benefits -- creating more worry that payments would be further delayed. Deborah Scott of Napa told 7 On Your Side: "You feel sick to your stomach, thinking that what if this is it? What if I'm going to fall into that Bermuda…
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Gavin's Law, which aims to toughen punishment for hit-and-run drivers, has overcome another hurdle at the State Capitol. Tuesday, the bill cleared the Assembly's Public Safety Committee.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- It's been more than a month now since the devastating Creek Fire broke out in parts of Fresno and Madera Counties. Firefighters are still battling the flames, but the focus is beginning to shift towards the massive cleanup efforts. To clear up any confusion for homeowners eager to rebuild, Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) discussed some of the cleanup options. "There are two options available. There's a government cleanup with no cost to the homeowners. The other option is you can hire your own contractor to do the cleanup at your own expense," Patterson said. If…