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The Greatest Asset Building Webinar of All Time

April 26, 2011

(Okay, that might be hyperbole. Or it might not.) Sometimes things that should be simple are instead incredibly complex.

Like getting a bank account, or saving a little of your paycheck or tax refund. Or, for instance, the sharing of best practices in local financial empowerment innovations by the people who have become leaders in the field.

Our program’s webinar today was not exactly simple to execute—450 registered participants, 200 active users within the webinar’s chat room, five speakers in different time zones—but neither is the field being addressed.

Banking Development Districts and Financial Education Fund Move Forward

April 13, 2011

The California Asset Building Program's Banking Development Districts measure, AB 38, and no-cost philanthropic Financial Education Fund measure, AB 597, have again cleared policy hearings in the Assembly.

Thursday: California's Financial Literacy Fair

April 7, 2011

The California Asset Building Program spent this morning and afternoon at the Annual Financial Literacy Fair, hosted by State Controller John Chiang.

Local press, financial institutions, advocacy groups, and state agencies turned out to hear Controller Chiang, Assemblyman Mike Eng, and Assemblywoman Alyson Huber speak at the fair's beginning. 

Wednesday: Nordstrom, El Mercado, and Asset Building as a Part of ACA

April 6, 2011

This afternoon I attended "The State of Health Care Conference: Strategies for Success in 2011," in Sacramento, and the event provided an impressive overview of what California faces in implementing health care reform. Nearly as impressive were the local "smarty-pants" who will attempt this Herculean feat.

Tuesday: Zombie Loans, Chess, and Why Foreclosures Make Us Sick

April 5, 2011

Today the Asset Building Program in California attended the Bay Area Asset Funders Network's first regional conference, entitled "Addressing the Disparate Impact of Foreclosure on Households and Communities of Color." We (and by we, I mean me) entered the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco this morning with a sense of what would follow: damning data showing how and why people of color lost more in the crisis, along with an overwhelming picture of what it might take to fix the problem. But I got more than I bargained for.

California's Central Valley Clamors for Asset Building

March 8, 2011

I had the incredible opportunity to give a presentation on asset building policies today at the United Way of Kern County's Professional Development Conference. An annual gathering for a wide range of Valley advocates, the conference drew hundreds of participants- and this year's focus was Maximizing Assets.

Video: Showing the Power of the EITC in California

February 16, 2011
Sen. Carol Liu delivers opening remarks

Yesterday's policy event, The Power of the Earned Income Tax Credit: Reducing Poverty, Creating Jobs, and Increasing Small Business Revenue, brought Capitol staff, advocates, and policymakers together to discuss what's changing with the EITC, and what that means for asset building.

Beginning Another Year: Asset Building at the 2011 Working Families Policy Summit [VIDEO]

January 18, 2011

The California Asset Building Program and the New America Foundation proudly co-sponsored the annual Working Families Policy Summit, held last week at the Sacramento Convention Center. The Asset Building and Asset Protection panel, the only discussion on the topic of helping working families build and protect wealth, was also the only policy breakout session to be taped. The conversation, moderated by Assemblyman V.

Building on 2010 for a prosperous 2011

December 21, 2010

To all of our California Asset Building colleagues and friends,

Video: Voices from the movement to combat pricey payday loans

December 15, 2010

This Monday, one hundred twenty people packed into the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s offices in San Jose for a discussion on “Alternatives to the Payday Loan Trap.” The meeting was co-hosted with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

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