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McNerney, Cardoza to offer foreclosure clinic

With Stockton still the foreclosure capital of the United States, Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, and Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater, today announced they’ll hold a workshop to offer free, confidential advice to families facing foreclosure or worried about making their mortgage payments.

Counselors will be available from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the California Housing Finance Agency, and the Stockton Housing Department as well as from nonprofits such as NeighborWorks and Consumer Credit Counseling. To make the most of the time with counselors, participants are asked to bring all relevant mortgage and financial paperwork.

Assemblymembers Greg Aghazarian, R-Stockton, and Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, will attend too, as will Stockton Mayor Ed Chavez. This’ll be from 10 to noon Saturday, Dec. 1 — that’s two weeks from tomorrow — in the Stockton Arena Conference Room, 248 West Fremont St.

Experts estimate that in Stockton, there is one foreclosure for every 31 homes.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.