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Second Batch From City Part I

Second Batch From City Part I

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Re: FW: REMARKS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY 

ATIORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER THE COUNTRYWJDE FINANCIAL CORPORATION SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT 
From: Sara Grewing 

To:  Tom.Perez@usdoj.gov  
Date:  2011/12/22 14:30  
Subject:  Re: FW: REMARKS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER THE COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL  
CORPORATION SETILEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT  

Tom -You join the ranks many who are disappointed with the lack snow here the upper 
Midwest. 
Thank you for looping your settlement information. have extremely successful foreclosure prevention/mortgage counseling service here the city and sure have connected with many your victims. will let you and staff know are able identify folks who might entitled some relief. 
Safe travels over the holidays. 
Sincerely, Sara Grewing 
Saint Paul City Attorney 
> "Perez, Thomas (CRT)" 12/22/11 :54 > 
Sara 
Happy holidays. Hope you will some well earned time off and get St. Cloud elsewhere. heading northern Wisconsin and very disappointed that there snow the moment. attaching fyi statement from Attorney General Holder and myself 
SP00000001 short, you were African American Latino, and qualified for 
prime subprime loans, you had very good chance being charged higher fees, being steered from prime product more toxic subprime 
product, simply because your race national origin. Using the 
Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act, were able reach setllemenl that will establish $335 million victim relief fund. bring this your attention because there are over 200,000 victims nationwide. estimate that there are roughly 2000 victims the twin cities area. the coming months, will working identify victims and work with them provide relief from the settlement fund. you hav13 been hearing from Countrywide borrowers, let know. you want see the complaint and consent decree, let know and will get you. 
Happy holidays. 

Tom Perez 
From: Hinojosa, Xochitl (OPA) (JMD) 
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2011 :59 To: Perez, Thomas (CRT) 
Subject: REMARKS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC 
HOLDER THE COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL CORPORATION SETTLEMENT 
ANNOUNCEMENT To: USDOJ-Office Public Affairs (SMO) 

From: USDOJ-Office Public Affairs (SMO)  
Sent: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 3:20  

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Subject: REMARKS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY ATIORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER THE COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL CORPORATION SETTLEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT 
Note: Remarks Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez are attached pdf format. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 
(202) 514-2007 
WWW.JUSTICE.GOV 
TTY (866) 544-5309 
REMARKS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER THE COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL CORPORATION SETILEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT 

WASHINGTON, D.C. 
Good afternoon. Today, I'm proud join with these critical partners Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, Tom Perez; the United States Attorney for the Central District California, Andre Birotte; Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan; the Secretary for the 
U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development, Shaun Donovan; and Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin the Federal Reserve -in announcing the largest residential fair lending settlement ever reached the history our nation's Department Justice. 

SP00000003 today's settlement with Countrywide Financial Corporation, resolved the government's allegations that Countrywide and its subsidiaries -which are now owned Bank America -engaged discriminatory mortgage lending practices against more than 200,000 qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers from 2004 through 2008. The settlement provides $335 million compensation victims Countrywide's discrimination.during period when Countrywide served one the nation's largest single-family mortgage lenders and originated more than million residential mortgage loans. this thorough investigation, the Department uncovered pattern practice discrimination involving victims more than 180 geographic markets across states and the District Columbia. These discriminatory acts allegedly included widespread violations the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and resulted African-American and Hispanic borrowers being charged higher rates for mortgage loans -solely because their race national origin.  
These allegations represent alarming conduct -by one the largest mortgage lenders this country, during the height the housing market boom. For example, 2007, qualified African American customer Los Angeles borrowing $200,000 paid average roughly $1200 more fees than similarly qualified while borrower.  
This settlement will compensale the more than 200,000 African-American and Hispanic borrowers who were victims discriminato conduct, including more than 10,000 African-American Hispanic borrowers who despite the fact that they qualified for prime loans -were steered into subprime loans.  
Subprime borrowers are often subjected penalties and higher interest rates, and have greater likelihood default and foreclosure than those who have prime loans. Often, the impact discriminatory lending  

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practices can reach even farther -potentially harming borrowers' credit; inhibiting their ability find quality housing, employment, 
access higher education; and depriving entire communilies economic opportunities. 
Today's settlement makes clear that today's Justice Department -and our law enforcement and government partners -will not hesitate move aggressively holding lenders -including the nation's largest accountable for discrimination and financial misconduct. are committed protecting the sacred rights, and best interests, the American people -and ensuring equal opportunity through the vigorous enforcement our civil rights laws.  
Nowhere this commitment more evident than the work the Civil Rights Division's Fair Lending Unit, which has filed resolved fair lending matters since its formation last February. additional seven lawsuits, and more than open investigations, are currently pending and the Department stands ready hold financial institutions accountable remedy and prevent discriminatory conduct.  
Through critical interagency partnerships like the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force -and particularly its Non-Discrimination Working Group; through the diverse network relationships have forged with the Department Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Reserve Board, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, state and local officials, and our law enforcement and regulatory partners -the Justice Department will continue vigorously pursue those who would take advantage certain Americans because their race, national origin, gender, disability.  
 
Such conduct undercuts the notion level playing field for all consumers. betrays the promise equal opportunity that enshrined our Constitution. and our legal framework. And, under this Administration, these harmful and discriminatory practices will not  
 

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tolerated. have done through this settlement, the Department will pursue remedies and reforms that preserve and protect equal opportunity for all. 
I'd like thank the many professionals, attorneys, and support staff whose hard work has made today's announcement possible -and whose dedicated efforts help advance the core missions this Department every single day. And, now, I'd like turn things over another key leader this work -Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez. NOT REPLY THIS MESSAGE. YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE USE THE 
CONTACTS THE MESSAGE CALL THE DEPARTMENT JUSTICE OFFICE PUBLIC AFFAIRS 202-514-2007. 
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Grewing, 
Sara (Cl-StPaul) 
From: "Lillehaug, David"  Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 201111:47 AMTo: Sara 'PrattCc: Grewing, Sara (CI-StPaul); John Lundquist Subject: RE: SECTION 
Sara --Thank you again for productive meeting yesterday. All three officials the City Saint Paul appreciated your suggestions and your approach. 
Unfortunately, our meeting the afternoon did not well. The possibility expanded VCA did not seem given much weight the representatives the DOJ's Civil Division, who described their job "bringing money the U.S. Treasury." (By contrast, appreciated the constructive role played HUD representative Dane Narode, who attended the meeting.) result, will have put VCA drafting the back burner while the City assesses whether possible make any progress with the Civil Division. the meantime, course, the City's vigorous efforts Section will continue unabated. 
Please feel free give call you have any questions further thoughts. 
David Lillehaug Fredrikson Byron, P.A. 
612-492-7321 
From: Pratt, Sara [mailto:Sara.K.Pratt@hud.gov] Sent:Tuesday, December 13, 201112:20 
To: Lillehaug, David 
Subject: SECITON 
This what have far (also attached document). 
INTRODUCTION February 2010, the City St. Paul, Minnesota (City) entered into Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) with the Department Housing and Urban Development resolve complaint that alleged that the City had failed comply with Section the Housing and Community Development Act 1968, U.S.C. 1701. review the city's Section compliance efforts under the VCA indicates achievement compliance with the VCA date well accomplishment several key additional objectives, including, but not limited to, the following: 2010, 
 	
The City's Office Planning and Economic Development (PED) exceeded all first-tier subcontracting Section goals for large housing and economic development projects (i.e. Frogtown Square). 

 	
PED awarded 100% Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) residential rehabilitation projects 

Section certified general contractors. 

 	
Approximately $1.5 million NSP funds were awarded Section general contractors. 

 	
517 Saint Paul residents received Section certification. 

 Section businesses received work related PED's NSP projects 

Information about Section hires for 2010 added 
The City having demonstrated significant efforts achieving Section compliance, has committed undertaking additional efforts beyond the scope the existing VCA make further progress providing job and job training opportunities covered Section individuals and businesses. 
Terms the Agreement 
General 	Nothing this Agreement waives modifies any obligation undertaken the City the 
Department Housing and Urban Development the February 2010 Voluntary Compliance 
Agreement except explicitly stated here. 

Definitions 	The definitions provided the February 2010 Voltmtary Compliance Agreement shall apply this document. 
Term the Agreement 	The February 2010 Voluntary Compliance Agreement extended one year and shall effect for period five years from its effective date. 
Specific Provisions 	
Expanded Contract Coverage: The City will amend its written Section plan establish mechanisms ensure the maximum extent feasible that minimum 15% the total dollar amount all Section covered contracts for building trades work arising connection with housing rehabilitation, housing construction and other public construction awarded Section business concerns. Those mechanisms shall include: 	
Expanded Training Opportunities: The City will take the following steps make Section residents preference group for its successful EMS Training Academy, which provides week training curriculum provide college credit and train individuals EMTs and Firefighter Awareness, successful completion which results the award National Emergency Medical Technician Certification. 	
The City agrees market the EMS Training Academy Section residents through introductory meetings held neighborhoods within Section service area. 	
The City agrees identify Section residents who attend this program and provide available job opportunity information successful graduates, including positions with the City's Fire Department and other City positions, should such positions available. 	
PROPOSED financial assistance for the payment items such union initiation fees dues, tools, equipment, and work clothing the amount __to cover the longer term this agreement. 	
More expanded training/apprenticeship opportunities discussed 

CONFIDENTIAL/DELIBERATIVE/DISCUSSION DRAFT AND WORK PRODUCT 
Sara Pratt 
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Programs Department Housing and Urban Development 
451 	Seventh Street, 
Room 5204 
Washington, D.C. 20410 202.402.6322 (direct line) 

Sara Grewing -City Saint Paul 
From: "Lillehaug, David"  
To: "'tom.perez@usdoj.gov'" , "'vicki.schultz@usdoj.gov ... 
Date: 12/2/2011 10:55 
Subject: City Saint Paul 

'Sara Grcwing'  Attachments: Lillehaug Perez-Schultz Saint Paul 12-2-11.pdf; City Saint Paul Position Paper 7-8-11.pdf 
Tom and Vicki --Please see the attached letter and Position Paper. 
Have good weekend. 

David Lillehaug Fredrikson Byron, P.A. 612-492-7321