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
Public Advocates & Partners Launch National CarsonWatch.org

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News & Press

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.

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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Is California’s big investment in needy students paying off? Few signs yet that achievement gap is closing

June 19, 2017 – Jessica Calefati of CALMatters explores problems with the implementation of California’s groundbreaking education finance reform law. The article mentions Public Advocates’ lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District, and our complaint against the Long Beach Unified School districts. Click here to read the article.

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Our Work

We challenge the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity.

Quality Education & Financing

Striving to ensure children receive a quality education that will prepare them for college, careers and the future.

Housing
Justice

Advancing the right of families to live in communities jobs, schools and city services regardless of ethnicity or income.

Transportation
Justice

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

Climate
Justice

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

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