Occupy group targets Gov. Jerry Brown's Sacramento loft
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.
-- 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