News & Events
GBLA’s 9th Annual Fair Housing Conference
Join us every week in April as we explore the impact of COVID-19 and Fair Housing issues in Kern County. Each weekly session will feature a guest speaker(s) and expert in Fair Housing.
Session 1: April 6, 2022 @ 10am “Fair Housing 101” Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/263730379835507211
Session 2: April 13, 2022 @ 10am “More Than Words” Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/220726281050037005
Session 3: April 20, 2022 @ 10am “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8314060948806890508
Session 4: April 27, 2022 @ 10am “Housing Crisis” Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6959208636200861710
GBLA 8th Annual Fair Housing Conference Virtual SERIES
The GBLA Fair Housing Law Project hosted its 8th Annual Fair Housing Conference virtual SERIES in celebration of National Fair Housing Month during April 2021. The theme for 2021 was “Fair Housing During COVID-19.”
The virtual series was broken down into 4 weekly workshops. Were you unable to attend, but still want to learn and listen? Watch the recordings on our YouTube Channel at the links below!
Part I: Fair Housing 101 & Renters’ Rights Updates During the Pandemic
Presenters: Bashar Algabyali – Managing Attorney, GBLA Fair Housing Law Project
Jina Kim – Staff Attorney, GBLA Fair Housing Law Project
Valentin Narvaez – Director of Litigation, GBLA Inc.
Part II: Racial Equity in Kern County Housing
Panelists: Valerie Feldman – Staff Attorney, Public Interest Law Project
David A. Torres – Attorney at Law & Co-Founder, Kern County Latino Task Force
Michael Bowers – Director of Political & Government Affairs, Centric Health
Part III: Source of Income & COVID-19 Rental Assistance Programs
Presenter: Branden Butler – Assistant Deputy Director of Education and Outreach, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
Part IV: Tenants’ Rights for Survivors of Domestic & Sexual Violence
Presenter: Renee Williams – Senior Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project
Bakersfield City School District Lawsuit Settlement
Two students in the Bakersfield City School District have settled their lawsuit challenging the District’s cancellation of summer school in 2019. GBLA collaborated with California Rural Legal Assistance and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area in the lawsuit.
In the settlement, the District agreed to solicit required stakeholder input before it makes substantial changes to its LCAP in the future. Also, the District committed to greater transparency in the LCFF/LCAP information it shares with parents and other stakeholder groups, including posting additional LCFF/LCAP information on the District’s website. The District also agreed to provide all LCAP information in both English and Spanish and to have a trained Spanish language interpreter at all public Board meetings related to the LCAP.
“Because of this lawsuit and settlement, students and families in BCSD will have greater protections for their right to participate in school funding decisions during the next school funding LCAP cycle,” said Valentin Narvaez, the students’ attorney with Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance.
PRESS RELEASE: COVID-19 & Evictions
The California Constitution requires the Judicial Council to ensure the administration of justice in California courts. On 4/6/20, the Judicial Council adopted temporary emergency rules into the California Rules of Court. The following conditions apply to ALL unlawful detainer actions in California, except where the unlawful detainer action (or early trial) is necessary to protect public health and safety.
GBLA Statement on COVID-19:
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit between plaintiffs representing Black and Latino Students against the Kern High School District. See the press release below: For Release FINAL Advisory and Statements KHSD Settlement v20170724 125pm
From BakersfieldNow.com KHSD report confirms black students disciplined at higher rate