Miguel Angel Méndez 1942-2017
Former Chair & Member of Public Advocates' Board of Governors
Lawyers for the Grassroots
"I can’t say enough about what it meant to have Public Advocates supporting our East Palo Alto community. The partnership with Facebook that you helped us secure resulted in an investment of $20 million into affordable housing for our area."
~Tameeka Bennett, Executive Director, Youth United for Community Action
Complaint Against Long Beach Unified Helps Deliver the Promise of Education Finance Reform
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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.

Displacement Becomes a Civil Rights Issue in San Jose

June 27, 2017 By David Zisser Fair housing and anti-displacement advocates won an important victory on April 25th in San Jose that may have repercussions at the regional, state, and even national levels.  In response to advocacy by Public Advocates and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, the City Council officially acknowledged that economic displacement […]

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Taking the road less traveled by Lyft, Uber and car

June 21, 2017 – Robyn Purchia of the San Francisco Examiner looks at reports that Uber and Lyft contribute to as much as 15% of San Francisco vehicle traffic. The story features the voices of many local residents including Public Advocates Deputy Managing Attorney Sam Tepperman-Gelfant. The story talks about a “moon shot” to address the Bay […]

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


Targeting the needs of low-income communities; advancing  social equity through investments and opportunities.

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