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From waging battles for affordable housing throughout the Bay Area to winning increased opportunities for a quality education in the courts, Public Advocates stays in the news. Here’s the latest…

Associated Press U.S. News: California lawmakers approve bills including eviction protections and mental health care reform

September 15, 2023 – The Associated Press’* California Legislature Reporter Trân Nguyen covers the legislative passage of the Homelessness Prevention Act, SB 567 (Durazo), which will protect our neighbors who rent from unjust evictions and enforce Governor Newsom’s historic 2019 policy, The Tenant Protection Act (AB 1482). “What the bill would do is really restore […]

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EdSource: Critics pan state’s justification for threatening Stanford education professor over breach of data contract

August 7, 2023 – EdSource’s John Fensterwald covers the decision by the California Department of Education to pursue a breach of a data partnership agreement against a Stanford University professor for participating in a lawsuit against it. Managing Attorney John Affeldt is quoted: “It seems pretty clear that a state agency here is trying to […]

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We challenge the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing, transit equity and climate justice.

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Advancing the right of families to live in communities jobs, schools and city services regardless of ethnicity or income.


Meeting the needs of low-income communities by fighting for more public transit and reduced or free fares for youth.


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