Celebrate Reverend Dr. William Barber II
Over the next six to eight months, we intend to answer some pretty big questions about Public Advocates’ future. As clients, allies and donors, your perspectives will be key in shaping our next decade of advocacy.
Last year, Governor Brown signed SB 1077 (De Saulnier), creating a Road Usage Charge Technical Advisory Committee. As the social equity voice on the Advisory Committee, Managing Attorney Richard Marcantonio explains why the current gas tax is both inadequate and unfair, and how a charge on road usage can help fund the state’s transportation needs generally while meeting the needs of low-income families in particular.
On January 21, 2015, California legislators from both houses gathered to look back on challenges and opportunities implementing the state’s landmark school finance law after one year. During the two-hour Senate Education Committee informational hearing, our own Liz Guillen shared the experiences of the students, parents and community advocates, who were some of the earliest supporters of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), to make real the promise of greater resources for high-need students established by the new law.
We were proud to co-sponsor the Bay Area Lawyer Die-In for Racial Justice, a solidarity action that took place at the steps of the California Supreme Court in San Francisco to protest police violence and racial profiling of communities of color.
Meet our newest board member! Bob Olson has been a Friend of Public Advocates for over 10 years and a highly-valued member of multiple board committees. Learn why Bob got involved with Public Advocates and what excites him about joining our distinguished board.