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State lawmakers propose bill to save affordable housing in California

February 23, 2012

San Francisco Business Times


By Blanca Torres


Bay Area Climate Change Plans Lack Regional Cooperation

February 17, 2012

Bay Citizen 

New York City has a plan to keep the subways from flooding. Queensland, Australia, has a plan to keep agricultural lands from drying up. Chicago has a plan to cope with higher temperatures.

Law changes mortgage rules

February 08, 2012

Decision by Legislature represents common-sense support for real estate, according to local experts

In support of the real estate market, state senators voted Jan. 23 on a pair of bills that would offer protections to those hurt by the California mortgage crisis.

CalHFA Borrowers Granted Reprieve after DeSaulnier’s Challenge Agency’s Policy

February 07, 2012


The following information is from the office of Senator Mark DeSaulnier:

In response to questions raised by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and Senator Mark DeSaulnier over the California Housing Finance Agency’s policies that increase the hardships on mortgage borrowers acting in good faith to stay current on their loans, CalHFA has now revised its policies to ease those pressures on its borrowers.


Senator drops bill after mortgage policy change

February 06, 2012

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) --

A state senator said Monday he will withdraw a bill to protect borrowers who had been threatened with foreclosure because they were renting out their homes, saying his measure is no longer necessary because a state agency reversed its policy.

The latest on California politics and government

January 30, 2012

The latest on California politics and government


DeSaulnier’s Youth Leadership Bill Approved by Senate

January 28, 2012

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Mortgage Protections to Be Extended by Senate Votes

January 25, 2012

by Moe Bedard in Mortgage News Daily | Mortgage Rate News -