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Interpreter Budget

Gov. Brown proposes additional $7 million for interpreting in civil matters

SACRAMENTO (Jan. 7, 2016) _ Gov. Jerry Brown earmarked an additional $7 million to provide court interpreters in civil matters in the latest proposed general budget. The amount is in addition to the proposed 2016-2017 budget allocation of $94.5 million for interpreter services.

The proposed budget will be considered and modified by the senate and assembly, and the legislature must adopt a final budget by the end of June 2016.

CFI President Ariel Torrone praised the funding expansion decision today in a letter to the governor and pledged to continue working toward greater language access.

"On behalf of all interpreters in California I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for not only supporting but also funding the expansion of language services in our court system. Serving the different cultures and languages of all Californians will go a long way to show our commitment to equal access for all,” Torrone wrote.

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Language Access

Survey of Obstacles to Language Access in California Courts

by Camille Taiara
Jan. 6, 2016

CFI thanks all interpreters who documented obstacles to language access in California courts as part of our month-long campaign, held October 13 through November 13, 2015. We received incident reports from 14 counties: Fresno, Tulare, El Dorado, Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, San Francisco, Sonoma, Napa, Santa Cruz and Sacramento.

The general themes that emerged from these reports can be broken down as follows:
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CFI Local 39000

Welcome 2016-2017 Officers

On behalf of all CFI members, I would like to welcome our brand new officers who have so generously agreed to give their valuable personal time to running our interpreter only union for the next two years. It has been my privilege to serve as president for the first twelve months of life of CFI Local 39000 and I look forward to all the challenges that lie ahead knowing we have such a talented group of people at the helm.

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Elections

Officer and Referendum Election Results

SANTA FE SPRINGS _ The Elections Committee announces the following results of the officer elections and CFI referendum:

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Membership Update

President's Recap for the Year

This will be my last update for 2015…

As we approach the end of our first year as an independent interpreter-only local, it’s time to recap how far we have come in these past twelve months.

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