National Diversity Coalition

April Newsletter 2019

A New T-Mobile

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Kingsburg Area in California’s Central Valley Selected as Location for New T-Mobile Customer Experience Center. The new center will create 1,000 jobs in Fresno County – Making T-Mobile one of the largest and highest-paying employers in the County 

-Business Wire

On April 3, 2018, T-Mobile announced that following the merger with Sprint, the New T-Mobile will open a new Customer Experience Center (CEC) in the Kingsburg area of the Central Valley, creating more than 1,000 jobs. This will make the New T-Mobile one of the largest employers in the area.

Employees at the new CEC will earn wages on average over 50% higher than the average wages of Fresno County, which will also make the New T-Mobile one of the highest-paying employers in the area.

This merger has the potential to significantly improve Internet access to many of California’s chronically underserved communities, bringing fast, 5G coverage to areas that have lacked broadband access. 

You might remember that T-Mobile previously announced it would open a new, state-of-the-art customer care facility in California’s Central Valley if federal and state regulators take favorable action on the proposed merger. T-Mobile announced that with the approvals the location of that proposed new facility will be in the Kingsburg area. 

For more information on the potential merger, visit https://newtmobile.com/

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https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190403005876/en/Kingsburg-Area-California’s-Central-Valley-Selected-Location 

Close the deal

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SACRAMENTO – Legislative Republicans recently called on Governor Gavin Newsom not to appeal a court ruling directing the state to provide $331 million to help financially distressed homeowners. The funding, obtained from a settlement agreement in a 2012 lawsuit over unfair lending practices, was intended to provide legal aid, foreclosure hotlines, consumer education and efforts to combat financial fraud. Instead, the state used the money to pay down unrelated government debt. 

“The courts have spoken,” said Asm. Tyler Diep (R-Huntington Beach). “It’s long overdue and I urge the governor to finally provide relief to distressed homeowners now.”

The decision to divert the settlement money has been challenged in court, where the state has lost repeatedly. In the most recent ruling, California’s Third District Court of Appeal found that the Legislature acted improperly last summer when it retroactively approved the raid on the settlement fund.

“Legislative Republicans and I have been fighting for low-income and minority homeowners since 2015. Twice now, the courts have ruled this money should be used to help troubled homeowners.  The majority party needs to step up and do the right thing,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield).

California currently has a record $21.4 billion budget surplus. The diverted funds from the mortgage settlement amount to just 1.5 percent of the state’s excess revenue.