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Occupy group targets Gov. Jerry Brown's Sacramento loft

August 6, 2012 |  8:48 am

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Gov. Jerry Brown may find his neighborhood a little more crowded after the group Occupy Sacramento announced that it is targeting his loft near the Capitol for round-the-clock protests starting Monday morning.

The protesters are trying to pressure the governor to a declare a statewide foreclosure moratorium in California.

Brown recently signed a package of bills aimed at making it easier for homeowners to avoid foreclosure, but the protesters say a moratorium is needed until the new laws take effect in January, so they plan to be camped at 16th & J Streets indefinitely.

"We want the governor to use his executive power to declare a state of fiscal emergency and an immediate foreclosure moratorium,'' the Occupy Sacramento Foreclosure Team said in a statement. "Stopping the foreclosure tsunami would help California homeowners, save our communities, and ultimately boost our economy.''

Urgent action is needed because nearly 2 million California homeowners have been foreclosed on since 2008 and government budget cuts have increased the problem, the group said. 

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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife have a 1,450-square-foot apartment a few blocks from the Capitol. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

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