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The Californians forced to live in cars and RVs

As the state grapples with a housing crisis, thousands of people around the San Francisco Bay Area are sleeping in their vehicles The faded, creased photograph shows a 13-year-old Vallie Brown smiling shyly as she pulls back her hair in the back of a large van. She is wearing a white one-piece swimsuit and at first glance, she looks like she’s coming back from a sun-soaked day at the beach. Looking at the picture of Brown, few people would suspect that the girl in the snapshot was living out of that van with her mother. That each night after it grew dark, she curled up on the backseats to sleep. That she wore that swimsuit under her clothes because she had to bathe in gas station bathrooms. More than four decades later, and long before government data would ultimately confirm her suspicion, her experiences helped Brown to recognize that California’s housing crisis had taken another complicated turn – that the tenuous existence of her family in her youth had become a reality for far too many in the present. “I recognized the signs,” Brown, now a San Francisco lawmaker, said…. Read More

AG Nessel Files Embezzlement Charges Against Court-AppointedProfessional Guardian

Contact: Ryan Jarvi 517-599-2746Agency: Attorney General November 19, 2020 LANSING – Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a total of 12 charges – eight felony counts, one high court misdemeanor and three misdemeanors – against Jessica Englebrecht for allegedly abusing her authority as a guardian and embezzling from 11 vulnerable adults she was appointed by the Mason County Probate Court to protect. Englebrecht, 33, of Scottville, was arraigned in Mason County 79th District Court in Mason County on Friday, Nov. 13. She was arraigned on the following charges:  Eight counts of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult – $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a five-year felony and/or a $10,000 fine, or three times the value of the money or property involved, whichever is greater;   One count of vulnerable adults – caregiver commingling funds/obstructing investigations, a two-year high court misdemeanor and/or $25,000 fine; and Three counts of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult – $200 or more but less than $1,000, a one-year misdemeanor and/or a $2,000 fine, or three times the value of the money or property involved, whichever is greater. Michigan State Police began investigating Englebrecht in 2019 following… Read More