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1935 - Gladys Carter convicted of manslaughter in fatal shooting of Frances Walker, of the Placerita Walkers [story]
Gladys Carter


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today called out the U.S. Department of Education for abdicating its responsibility to millions of student loan borrowers and their families across the country. Today’s multistate letter opposes action by the Department of Education to revoke critical reforms designed to help students avoid default and curtail loan servicer misconduct. Joined by 20 attorneys general and the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii, the letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos opposes the Department’s recent rollback of guidance intended to protect student loan borrowers and reform the student loan servicing industry.

“Through a college education, students work hard to reach their American dream, but many are held back by debilitating student loan debt,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Now the Department of Education is rolling back guidance that helps protect students and reduces abuse by loan servicers. The California Department of Justice is committed to protecting students who take out loans and strongly opposes any action that favors the interests of loan servicers over students and families.”

The guidance, issued by the Department of Education last year, would have helped borrowers get accurate information about their loans and repayment options, improved the consistency of service provided by student loan servicers, increased servicer accountability and enhanced transparency. Critically, these reforms would have improved borrowers’ access to affordable loan repayment plans designed to help borrowers in distress avoid default. But the Department’s action earlier this month has instead left student loan borrowers vulnerable to poor practices and abuses that the servicing reforms were intended to prevent.

Borrowers struggle under the weight of their student loan debt and federal student loan default rates are on the rise. In 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) estimated that more than 25 percent of student loan borrowers were delinquent or in default on a student loan.

“Many such borrowers would benefit greatly from entering income-driven repayment plans but are prevented from doing so by student loan servicer misconduct and misinformation,” the letter states.

Joining today’s letter are the attorneys general of Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well as the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii.

A copy of the multistate letter sent to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is attached to the electronic version of this release at oag.ca.gov/news.

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021
Out of an abundance of caution, Los Angeles County is following the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pause the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports that six women between the ages of 18 and 48 developed unusual types of blood clots 6 to 13 days after receiving the vaccine.
Monday, Apr 12, 2021
Los Angeles County Public Health officials will modify the Health Officer Order on Thursday, April 15, to align with changes to the state Blueprint for a Safer Economy regarding indoor live events and performances, private events such as conferences, receptions and meetings, and private informal gatherings.
Monday, Apr 12, 2021
Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Monday confirmed 3 new deaths and 411 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, as cases in the Santa Clarita Valley now total 27,482 since the pandemic began.
Monday, Apr 12, 2021
College of the Canyons and Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center will begin operating as Los Angeles County-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites in the northern part of the county starting Monday, April 19.
Monday, Apr 12, 2021
As of Monday, Los Angeles County residents may apply for financial help to cover funeral expenses through FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program.

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