Coronavirus: Newsom expected to announce eviction guidelines

Gov. Gavin Newsom was expected on Monday afternoon to announce
new statewide guidelines on evictions in response to the
coronavirus outbreak.

On Friday, eight lawmakers penned a letter to Newsom urging him
to take action to keep the state’s residents from being pushed
out of their homes.

“As this public health emergency escalates, California’s 17
million renters are at great risk of hardship both from the effects
of the virus itself and efforts to control and mitigate its
spread,” the group, which included state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San
Francisco) and Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), wrote.

Schools, restaurants, bars, stadiums, theaters and other
businesses have shuttered, leaving service workers without jobs, at
least temporarily.

“An increase in evictions, terminations of housing assistance,
foreclosures, and related negative actions will affect the ability
of community members to maintain good hygiene and take the basic
measures that we have all been advised to take in order to protect
ourselves and our communities,” reads the letter.

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The group called for a range of temporary policies, including a 45
day or more moratorium on foreclosures and eviction notices,
utility shutoffs and new unlawful detainer filings.

Already, major cities across the state have taken steps locally
to prevent vulnerable people from being pushed onto the streets.
San Jose has moved to enact a moratorium of at least 30 days on
evictions against residents who can show that they cannot pay rent
because of a loss of income related to COVID-19. San Francisco
Mayor London Breed and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have issued
similar moratoriums on evictions. And the Oakland City Council said
it would send a letter to Alameda County Superior Court asking the
court to halt ongoing eviction cases and refrain from taking new

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Coronavirus: Newsom expected to announce eviction guidelines