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In a surprise move, state courts leave coronavirus-era eviction ban in place [sfchronicle.com]

 

By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, June 10, 2020

A statewide ban on evictions of renters remained in place Wednesday, as California judicial leaders, seemingly prepared to lift the moratorium they imposed two months ago, abruptly put the issue on hold to give lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom time to create a new plan.

The Judicial Council, which makes policy decisions for the state’s courts, had scheduled a vote Wednesday on a proposal to allow evictions to resume after Aug. 3. But about an hour before the vote was to have been announced, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the council chair, announced a change of course.

“After discussions with the governor, legislative leaders and Judicial Council members — as well as hearing from residents with many different viewpoints — I have suspended for the time being the vote on the emergency rules dealing with evictions and judicial foreclosures,” Cantil-Sakauye said. “I believe the executive and legislative branches will need more time to sort through various policy proposals.”

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