California forced to give back $331 million stolen from home-owners
What if the bluest state in the country stole a third of a billion dollars from victims of chicanery and the media refused to notice?
I have been stunned at the lack of media coverage of California's foiled robbery of almost a third of a billion dollars. That's right: under Governor Jerry Brown, the Great State of California helped itself to hundreds of millions of dollars – money that was supposed to go to home-owners – and you probably didn't hear about it.
Bib Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle was one of the few to cover this story, and it did not exactly generate nationwide headlines for some reason:
When California received $410 million in 2012 as part of a nationwide settlement with major banks accused of abusive foreclosures, Gov. Jerry Brown used $331 million to pay state agencies in housing and other programs to cover their deficits.
Now a state appeals court has ordered the money be used for its original intent: to help homeowners who suffered foreclosures.
The money was "unlawfully diverted" from a settlement fund that was designated for programs directly assisting homeowners, the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento said Tuesday. A Sacramento County judge had reached the same conclusion but found he lacked authority to order the state to redirect the money, a finding the appeals court rejected.
Jerry Brown (photo credit: Phil Constantin via Flickr).
Imagine for a moment if a Republican had stolen money intended to help people who lost their homes through chicanery and diverted the stolen funds to his cronies in the government. Cue the video of weeping homeless families.
But let the farthest left state, the state that singlehandedly accounted for Hillary Clinton's entire numerical vote majority in 2016, steal money on a nine-figure scale, and hardly any journalists outside California even notice.