Staff seeks immediate help from publishers
Bills sponsored by the state controller and the Self- Storage Association that threaten the system of printed public notices in newspapers have been assigned to the Assembly Judiciary Committee and are scheduled to be heard by the committee this Tuesday, March 21.
AB 772 by Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Huntington Beach) is sponsored by State Controller Betty Yee and would no longer require the controller to publish unclaimed property notices in a newspaper of general circulation.
CNPA staff has been working with the controller’s ofﬁce to try to amend the bill to ensure that these notices continue to be published in a newspaper of general circulation. She has indicated she is willing to continue publishing unclaimed property notices in newspapers but has thus far been unwilling to amend the bill.
The second bill, AB 1108 also by Assemblyman Daly, is sponsored by the Self-Storage Association.
The bill would require notices of lien sales, where a tenant fails to pay rent and his or her property is about to be auctioned off, to be published in a newspaper of general circulation or published in any other media that is reasonably calculated to provide notice to potential buyers and the general public or both.
The reference to “any other media” would allow these notices to be posted on the self-storage owner’s website, making it difﬁcult, if not impossible, for anyone to obtain notice that the tenant is about to lose his or her property.
CNPA governmental affairs staff urges all members — especially those who circulate in the district of the Judiciary Committee members — to immediately register their opposition to AB 772 and AB 1108, with the author and each committee member by letter, by phone call and by personal visit.