Low-Income Tenants Face Harm In State Budget Cuts

You can add “low-income tenants” fighting eviction among those being disproportionately harmed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court reaction to state funding cuts that will cause a massive reorganization of the justice system. The impact will come from reducing how many courts handle landlord disputes: From 26 to five.

That means long travel times and the Los Angeles Times notes that in some cases that will mean a 32-mile journey. For some, the paper reports, “… the trips could take several hours using public transportation and include transfers on multiple trains and buses.” The paper quotes Neal Dudovitz, executive director of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, who also noted that he travel time is of particular concern in eviction cases because the courts move quickly, he said.

See the full story in the LA Times.