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…

Richmondside: Parents say school district hasn’t explained how it’s fixing accountability plan

July 12, 2024—Richmondside reporter Julia Haney spoke with Law Fellow Karissa Provenza and community partners about West Contra Costa Unified School District’s (WCCUSD) most recent extension to pass the legally required Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a parent-led plan that sets the course for about $64.8 million in district spending, particularly for the district’s most […]

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Labor Notes: Transit Workers Demand ‘Fix Our Schedules,’ Packing Board Meeting

July 8, 2024—Managing Attorney Richard Marcantonio and People’s Transit Alliance member Michael Sebastian provide an overview of the recent AC Transit Board meeting packed with operators relaying story after story of the their inhuman schedules that have led to a hiring and retention crisis.  Operators and riders joined in person and online to help influence […]

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