Santa Clara County Takes Aim at Payday Loans

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:00:16 -0800

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Jose and Santa Clara County are cracking down on payday lending operations.
     
Critics say the storefront businesses prey on the poor. In exchange for a post-dated check, people get up to $255 in cash with a promise to repay the loan, plus a $45 fee, within two weeks.
     
According to reports,  San Jose's planning commission meets Friday night to consider a proposal that would ban payday lenders in low-income neighborhoods.
 
Next Tuesday, county supervisors will decide whether to make their temporary ban on all new payday lending establishments permanent.
     
Although payday loans are pitched as one-time emergency measures, studies show borrowers often return to the lender repeatedly.
     
Annualized interest rates can reach 460 percent.
      
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