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…

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CalMatters: These California schools connect kids to community services. Will they survive budget cuts?

May 17, 2024–Public Advocates’ Deputy Managing Attorney Angelica Jongco spoke with CalMatters reporter Carolyn Jones about the promise and impact of the community school initiative, which pairs schools with local nonprofits and other government agencies to provide services to students and their parents. The goal is to transform schools into social service hubs with strong […]

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Radio Bilingüe’s Línea Abierta on renters calling for more affordable housing and getting more transparency

April 29, 2024—Radio Bilingüe’s Línea Abierta host Chelis Lopez interviewed Housing Now! Executive Director Francisco Duenas and Public Advocates’ Leg Counsel Andrés Ramos on the Housing Now Lobby Day, what is at stake and why the LLC Transparency Act is critical today. As a steering committee member of Housing Now!, PA joined over 600 renters […]

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EdSource: West Contra Costa responds to complaints filed over teacher vacancies

April 29, 2024–Public Advocates’ Law Fellow, Karissa Provenza, spoke with Ed Source reporter Monica Vasquez about West Contra Costa USD’s response to the William’s complaint PA filed in February. While the district has acknowledged it’s failure to remain in compliance with the law, it blames the issue on a statewide problem. Provenza, representing three teachers […]

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