New national report on social housing available!
"Building Our Future: Grassroots Reflections on Social Housing" examines a growing movement to create permanently affordable housing that is publicly, collectively or non-profit owned and under community control.
Governor Newsom releases the 2024-2025 state budget proposal revision
Click here to read through PA's analysis on what it gets right and what can be improved in terms of education, housing, and transit equity.
Public Advocates urges CA college leaders to protect the rights of students and engage in dialogue
"Student protests are a part of our country’s rich democratic history and have been integral to advancing social justice—on and off of college campuses. We call on university leaders to protect students’ First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly. Regardless of opinion, college administrators owe students an opportunity for expression and dialogue."
CalMatters: Shady business owners can hide behind LLCs. California should make their identities public
Op-ed by Senior Staff Attorney, Suzanne Dershowitz
Public Advocates demands state to end the state’s highly discriminatory system for funding school facilities.
The status quo is an unequal system in which students in low-wealth districts receive an education inferior to that of their peers in higher-wealth districts.
Public Advocates Files Complaint to Address Educator Staffing Concerns in West Contra Costa School District
Attorneys at Public Advocates have uncovered numerous teacher vacancies, and the illegal practice of using rolling substitute teachers instead of filling these vacancies with permanent educators.
A new report exposes how for-profit developers are exploiting a loophole in state law to impose exorbitant rent increases on low-income residents


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…

Telemundo Area dela Bahia: Rats and mold in schools; West Contra Costa School District sued in Richmond

July 22, 2024—Telemundo 48 reporter Pilar Nino spoke with Public Advocates’ Law Fellow Karissa Provenza, and Senior Policy Advocate and Richmond Teacher’s Union president Francisco Ortiz about the lawsuit Public Advocates filed with co-counsel Munger, Tolles & Olsen on behalf of six petitioners (educators, parents and students) against West Contra Costa Unified School [...]

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San Diego Union Tribune: California voters could give schools $10 billion. How much would it help San Diego County — and how fair is it?

July 21, 2024—The San Diego Union Tribune’s Kristen Taketa spoke with Deputy Managing Attorney Nicole Gon Ochi on Proposition 2, the $10 billion school facilities bond which will be on California’s November 2024 ballot to help districts and community colleges across the state renovate and replace aging school buildings. Although many districts are in need […]

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Richmondside: WCCUSD hit with civil rights lawsuit for teacher shortages, school facility issues

July 12, 2024—Richmondside city reporter Joel Umanzor spoke with Law Fellow Karissa Provenza and community partners about the lawsuit Public Advocates filed with co-counsel Munger, Tolles & Olsen on behalf of six petitioners (educators, parents and students) against West Contra Costa Unified School District’s (WCCUSD) for failing to address staffing and facility issues from 50 […]

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