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East Bay Times Op-Ed: AB 1250 is a vivid lesson in unintended consequences

August 2017

By Jane Fischberg & Dan Geiger

In government, good intentions frequently have unintended consequences. Unfortunately, many of these unintended consequences can have irreversible impacts, costing lives, chilling innovation and disintegrating community institutions that have reliably served our neighbors for decades. That’s the case with AB 1250. This legislation has a purportedly noble goal: to protect employment security for public employees.  But in actuality, it constructs an elaborate system that locks out the nonprofits and medical specialists that ensure that some of our community’s most vulnerable residents receive care.

Opinion: AB 1250 is a vivid lesson in unintended consequences

East Bay Times Letter-to-the-Editor: Stop AB 1250 to save counties’ community nonprofits

August 2017

By David Gray

Multiple nonprofit groups statewide providing mission-critical services through contracts with counties are at risk of closing if the California State Legislature adopts Assembly Bill 1250. This bill would put many high-quality community based organizations out of business. Examples include Rubicon Programs, Shelter Inc. and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Stop AB 1250 to save counties’ community nonprofits

Rubicon Programs Partners with Travis Credit Union To Help Contra Costa ‘Crave 2 Save’

August 2017

CONTACT: Jonathan Bash  |  jonathanb@rubiconprograms.org or (510) 231-3993  

RICHMOND, CALIF., AUGUST 15, 2017 … In an effort to bring financial stability to Contra Costa County’s low-income residents, Rubicon Programs, a nonprofit fighting poverty in the East Bay, Sparkpoint Contra Costa and Travis Credit Union have partnered to launch their new “Crave 2 Save” challenge for Contra Costa County residents...

Rubicon Programs Partners with Travis Credit Union To Help Contra Costa ‘Crave 2 Save’

East Bay Times: Landmark settlement offers some relief from crushing traffic ticket fines

August 2017

“When you suspend a person’s license there is supposed to be a finding of willfulness,” said Sarah Williams, a staff attorney with Rubicon Programs, a Contra Costa County-based nonprofit that led a coalition of Bay Area legal aid organizations in filing a class action lawsuit last year.  “When someone doesn’t pay a ticket that doesn’t mean it’s willful if they can’t afford to pay it.”

East Bay Times: Landmark settlement offers some relief from crushing traffic ticket fines

Landmark Rubicon Lawsuit Settled, Paves Way for Fair Treatment of Low-Income Drivers

August 2017

A settlement was reached today in the first lawsuit in California to challenge the suspension of driver’s licenses as a means of collecting unpaid traffic fines. The lawsuit was originally filed on June 15, 2016 by Rubicon Programs and the ACLU against Solano County Superior Court, challenging the court’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of people who could not afford the astronomical price of traffic tickets. Click below to read the full press release:

Landmark Rubicon Lawsuit Settled, Paves Way for Fair Treatment of Low-Income Drivers

Rubicon’s New Approach in East Bay Times

March 2017

RICHMOND — For more than 40 years, Rubicon Programs, an East Bay nonprofit, has assisted residents, many of them with rap sheets, get housing and employment. The organization has won accolades for its work, but all too often, participants returned, needing help again and again.

Even more depressingly, years later, their children would come in asking for help, underscoring the immense challenge of eradicating poverty, even in one of the wealthiest regions of the country.

Rubicon in The San Francisco News

July 2016

The Hearst Foundation has awarded $725,000 in grants to nine organizations in the Bay Area, according to the San Francisco Gate. The awards go to organizations and institutions that reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst in education, health, culture and social services.

The San Francisco Film Society and Richmond’s Rubicon Programs were awarded with $150,000 each. The Film Society will be able to use the grant to strengthen education programming for youths. The Rubicon programs will be able to support their education and employment programming.