News Releases and Statements
(Sacramento, CA – August 24, 2018) A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday halting all ticketing and enforcement of a San Diego ordinance affecting homeless people who use their RVs or other vehicles as shelter.
(Sacramento, CA – July 31, 2018) Six prisoners in Sacramento County’s jails filed a federal class action lawsuit today, claiming that jail conditions do not meet minimum standards under the U.S. Constitution and federal law. The lawsuit asserts that the County’s jails are overcrowded and dangerously understaffed, and that they fail to provide adequate mental health and medical care. The prisoners describe a system defined by extreme and widespread use of solitary confinement, discrimination against people with disabilities, and appalling living conditions.
(Sacramento, CA – July 24, 2018) Today, Disability Rights California (DRC) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California sued Secretary of State Alex Padilla for failing to provide voter registration services for low-income Californians and Californians with disabilities.
DRC and the ACLU argue that Secretary Padilla has failed to designate state and local offices that serve more than 7 million Californians as “Voter Registration Agencies” (VRAs), as required under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and California’s Elections Code.
(San Diego, CA – July 23, 2018) Homeless people, many with disabilities whose only available shelter is their RVs or other vehicles, gathered today at South Shores Boat Launch to demand San Diego to stop ticketing and impounding their vehicles over unpaid tickets.
Disability Rights California, the Racial Justice Coalition, Think Dignity, and a number of homeless people personally affected by the city’s policies spoke at the rally.
(Fresno, CA – July 2, 2018) Youth with disabilities released from the Juvenile Justice system face daunting obstacles when they return to their homes, schools and communities.
(July 2, 2018, Compton, CA) – Donald Eblaan is a tenant of St. Timothy’s Tower and Manor, an eight-story housing project in Compton. The 62-year-old worked for many years as a nurse until he developed a severe mobility impairment and could no longer climb stairs. He must use building elevators to get to and from his eighth floor apartment. He was trapped in the main elevator twice in the same day during a recent string of breakdowns.
(Sacramento, CA – June 20, 2018) The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California and Disability Rights California today sent a demand letter to Secretary of State Alex Padilla demanding increased access to voter registration services for low-income Californians and Californians with disabilities.
(Sacramento, CA – June 11, 2018) A U.S. District Court issued a ruling June 8, 2018, denying San Diego’s motion to dismiss disability discrimination claims in a lawsuit that challenges the ticketing of homeless people in RVs and other vehicles.
May 24, 2018 – Two children with significant disabilities filed a federal class action lawsuit today against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), claiming that the state has failed to fulfill its commitment to provide them with sufficient Medi-Cal in-home nursing services to keep them safely at home.
(San Diego, CA – April 25, 2018) An investigation by Disability Rights California (DRC) finds that since 2010, more than 30 people have died by suicide while held in San Diego County jails. This number far outpaces other county jail systems in the state.