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E. 12th St. Affordable Housing Win!

Envisioning an Oakland that people from all rungs of the economic ladder can call home

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Public Advocates & partners file lawsuit against L.A. School District (photo:Community Coalition)

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AB 32 money ok'd to boost transit, affordable housing: carbon reduction equal to taking 140K cars off road

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CA Dedicates Millions For Climate Justice!

Advocates score big win with budget decision to reduce greenhouse gas by boosting local transit and building affordable housing
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Meeting the Promise of Education Reform

How to make sure low-income, English learners and foster kids get the school services they need

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Transportation Justice

Ensuring economic opportunity in urban areas through access to affordable and reliable transit services

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This lawsuit charges that California's failure to adequately fund its schools so that every student has a reasonable opportunity to obtain a meaningful education is a violation of their fundamental right to education under the California Constitution.

6 Wins Network

As one of the creators of the 6 Wins for Social Equity Network, we're championing an Equity, Environment and Jobs scenario for the Bay Area's future.

Oversight of Private Postsecondary Schools

Improving the quality of California's postsecondary education through stronger oversight and better consumer information.

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July 21, 2015

Angela Perry recently joined Public Advocates as our Legal Fellow. When she is not working hard to affect positive social change, she can likely be found exploring new neighborhoods, doing art and handicraft projects or hanging out with Tuna.

July 21, 2015

By Matt Sellars and Francis Yao, Public Advocates summer Education Team Law Clerks

July 15, 2015

Read how Memo’s first job as a restaurant dishwasher continues to influence him today.

June 23, 2015

Meet Public Advocate's newest interns!

June 19, 2015

Princess Masilungan profiles Los Angeles students to show why educators need to listen when students talk as California educators implement education reform. .

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July 21, 2015
Listen to a news report aired on KQED-FM which includes a comment from Staff Attorney David Zisser about Oakland’s decision to re-open bids for the development of a city-owned parcel of land that neighborhood groups argued should include affordable housing.
July 18, 2015
Listen to a KPFA-FM radio report featuring PA staff attorney Sam Tepperman-Gelfant and Eastlake United for Justice member Monica Garcia about the fight for affordable housing in Ms. Garcia's neighborhood near Lake Merritt.
July 16, 2015
Community wins! Public Advocates/ Eastlake United for Justice Press Release on Oakland's decision to re-open bids for development of E.12th St. parcel overlooking Lake Merritt.
July 16, 2015
Report on the city of Oakland's decision to re-open the process for receiving proposals to develop a city owned parcel of land on E.12th St. near Lake Merritt after intense community pressure in favor of affordable housing.
July 16, 2015
News report on Oakland's decision to re-open the bids for development of a city-owned parcel on E.12th St, after intense pressure from community in support of affordable housing.