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Affordable Housing

Expanding access to opportunity in suburban communities and ensuring equitable urban development

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

Forced Parent Work Policies

Mandatory parent work hours in charter schools? Read our materials and tell us your story.

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), adopted as part of his 2013-14 proposed budget, is a significant and historic shift toward a simpler, more rational and equitable school finance system.
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Anti-Displacement Policy

What do we mean by "investment without displacement"? Find out what it is, and why it's so critical to the Bay Area's success.

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Michelle Alexander
Associate Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Michelle Alexander was a former member of the Board of Governors and interned in 1990. She currently is an associate...

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We are seeking a seasoned communications professional with experience in media relations and policy campaigns to join our exceptional and dedicated staff.


December 18, 2014

Catastrophic weather events and increasingly stark gaps between rich and poor highlight the urgency of California’s efforts to combat the intertwined crises of climate change and inequality. California is leading the nation with innovative approaches to addressing these challenges, but with legislation in need of updating and key programs at risk of sunsetting by 2020, the Governor and the state legislature must act now to extend and strengthen the state’s commitments to combat climate change equitably.

December 17, 2014

Director of Development Debi Harris talks about Amazon Smile, the Amazon.com holiday season program that will donate a percentage of customer purchases to support Public Advocates. Why not shop and support a great cause?!

December 17, 2014

On November 14, 2014 the State Board of Education unanimously approved regulations that codify student and parent voice and provide for greater accountability in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Senior Staff Attorney Angelica Jongco and Pedro Hernandez explain why this was a historic moment for education equity in California.

December 15, 2014

CEO Guillermo Mayer tells the story of how a 7-year-old girl's phone call to Santa Claus in 1984 sparked a legal campaign that won protections for low-income families against deceptive TV and telephone marketing schemes.

November 25, 2014

Director of Development Debi Harris talks about our plans for participating in this global day of generosity. Join Debi, and the rest of our staff, this #GivingTuesday by making a donation to Public Advocates on Tuesday, December 2.

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Our nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization has been fighting the root causes of discrimination and poverty for more than 40 years, by strengthening community voices and achieving tangible legal victories.

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Spend your semester or summer at one of California’s leading civil rights law firms. Our law clerks play a crucial role in high profile litigation and policy advocacy to advance economic and racial justice. In turn, we are committed to providing high quality training and supervision to help advance the career goals of our clerks and to foster a true community of public interest lawyers.


December 4, 2014
This article profiles early implementation of California’s Local Control Funding Formula, with examples from Elk Grove Unified and Redwood City districts. It highlights the promise of increased resources, but also anxiety from advocates about whether district accountability plans are sufficiently detailed and whether the state will provide adequate oversight.
November 25, 2014
Sacramento Bee opinion columnist Bruce Maiman discusses illegal forced-service policies in charter schools.
November 21, 2014
Sacramento Bee covers mandatory work policies in Sacramento-area charter and non-charter public schools.
November 21, 2014
San Jose Mercury News article on illegal mandatory work policies in California charter schools.
November 21, 2014
KRON 4 (Bay Area News) reports on mandatory parent work policies in charter schools.