Voices of Conscience 2015

Join Us On Thursday, April 23, 2015

at the Yerba Buena Center for a fun and inspirational night!
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Advancing opportunities for learning so California public school students are prepared for college and career

Family living in affordable housing

Affordable Housing

Expanding access to opportunity in suburban communities and ensuring equitable urban development

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Transportation Justice

Ensuring economic opportunity in urban areas through access to affordable and reliable transit services

Forced Parent Work Policies

Mandatory parent work hours in charter schools? Read our materials and tell us your story.

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), adopted as part of his 2013-14 proposed budget, is a significant and historic shift toward a simpler, more rational and equitable school finance system.
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Anti-Displacement Policy

What do we mean by "investment without displacement"? Find out what it is, and why it's so critical to the Bay Area's success.

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Sheena Wadhawan
Sheena Wadhawan is a solo practitioner focused on representing low-income tenants and employees in housing and...

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Join advocates, supporters and friends on Thursday, April 23 for our Voices of Conscience Celebration.


January 27, 2015

We were proud to co-sponsor the Bay Area Lawyer Die-In for Racial Justice, a solidarity action that took place at the steps of the California Supreme Court in San Francisco to protest police violence and racial profiling of communities of color.

January 22, 2015

Meet our newest board member! Bob Olson has been a Friend of Public Advocates for over 10 years and a highly-valued member of multiple board committees. Learn why Bob got involved with Public Advocates and what excites him about joining our distinguished board.

January 22, 2015

It’s time to develop the next iteration of Plan Bay Area. This time, MTC and ABAG know what Public Advocates and our 6 Wins partners already knew – that leading with equity produces the greatest outcomes for our communities and for the environment.

January 21, 2015

With so much popular support and momentum in favor of reinvesting in California’s future, it is disappointing to see Governor Brown unveil a budget that under delivers on priorities that he himself has championed.

January 20, 2015

Madelyn Wargowski recently joined our team as Development & Administrative Assistant. No stranger to Public Advocates, Madelyn previously worked with us in 2014 as the interim Administrative Assistant. As a transplant to the Bay Area, Madelyn enjoys spending her free time outdoors — as you will read — often on her bike saddle.

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January 9, 2015
Pubic Advocates, APEN, Coalition for Clean Air, and The Greenlining Institute respond to the Governor’s proposed 2015-16 budget with a call for more funding for programs that reduce pollution, create jobs and improve services in low-income communities of color.
January 9, 2015
EdSource reports on the increased revenue for K-12 schools and community colleges in the governor’s proposed budget and reactions from experts, including Public Advocates’ John Affeldt.
January 9, 2015
Managing Attorney John Affeldt responds to Governor Brown’s K-12 Spending Plan that proposes for 2015-16 an 8% increase over last year to $65.7 billion. This increase — which is mandated by the minimum school funding formula set out in Prop 98 — is neither cause for celebration nor for moving on to other priorities.
December 18, 2014
Attorney & Law Fellow Hilary Hammell talks to NBC Bay Area about her recent report on charter school requirements for parent volunteering.
December 4, 2014
This article profiles early implementation of California’s Local Control Funding Formula, with examples from Elk Grove Unified and Redwood City districts. It highlights the promise of increased resources, but also anxiety from advocates about whether district accountability plans are sufficiently detailed and whether the state will provide adequate oversight.