Erika PazCalMatters Reporter
Erika recently graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a B.A. in journalism. During her time at CSULB, she worked as the senior print editor and writer for the school magazine, DIG MAG. Prior to graduating, Erika spent almost 9 years working in the banking industry. As a first-generation California native, she aims to use her experience to report on underrepresented communities throughout the state. Erika currently resides in Long Beach, California.
A new report found a dramatic decrease in Californians’ reliance on payday loans as a direct result of pandemic-related government assistance, including unemployment benefits, rent relief, eviction moratoriums, stimulus checks and loan forbearance.