The state of California is currently experiencing a major housing crisis. Despite the passage of several recent measures and propositions funding new developments that will eventually provide spaces for thousands of families, the most recent count by the Homeless Services Authority estimates there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 people in Los Angeles alone that are currently homeless. The problem is enormously complicated and solving it completely will take meaningful and concerted action at the legislative and political levels. However, while we’re waiting for that to happen there are a few things that lawyers looking to make a difference can do to help stem the tide and keep real people off the streets.
President Trump’s national emergency to build the wall isn’t the only wall we’re alarmed about these days. While the rest of the world accelerates toward innovation and increasing levels of openness, transparency, and access to information, the federal judiciary’s electronic records system is hidden behind a paywall. And it’s an exorbitant one at that.