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Affordable Housing

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

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Advancing opportunities for learning so California public school students are prepared for college and career

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Transportation Justice

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

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.

6 Big Wins for Social Equity Network

As one of the creators of the 6 Wins for Social Equity Network, we're championing an Equity, Environment and Jobs scenario for the Bay Area's future.

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Michelle Alexander
Associate Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Michelle Alexander was a former member of the Board of Governors and interned in 1990. She currently is an associate...

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Fall 2014 Legal Clerkships Available

Spend your semester at one of California’s leading civil rights law firms. Our law clerks play a crucial role in high profile litigation and policy advocacy to advance economic and racial justice. In turn, we are committed to providing high quality training and supervision to help advance the career goals of our clerks and to foster a true community of public interest lawyers.


August 19, 2014

Few things are more frustrating to us and our clients than to celebrate social gains won in the streets or within the halls of power, only to see them unravel over time because of inadequate enforcement or the lack of political will to implement them. President & CEO Guillermo Mayer illustrates how proper implementation is essential to making rights real.

August 12, 2014

Irony was thick in the air as two large groups — one made up of wealthy homeowners and the other low-income residents — came to a San Mateo City Council meeting on July 21st, each to discuss a separate agenda item. Staff Attorney David Zisser describes how this meeting illustrated the stark contrast between the two Bay Areas in which we live.

August 7, 2014

One of the highlights for our summer interns was an East Bay bus tour with Matt Williams, former president of the AC Transit board. Summer law clerk Evelina Nava shares the view from the road about what she and others learned about transit system disparities.

August 1, 2014

Attorney and fellow Brandon Greene provides an update on how Public Advocates and our coalition partners are influencing final regulations to implement California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), making sure it benefits high-need students, as intended.

July 22, 2014

We’re pleased to introduce Public Advocates’ first Director of Development: Debi Harris. Debi is an experienced development professional and has hit the ground running. Learn about her background working on women’s issues and why she thinks more donors should (and will) support our organization.

About Public Advocates Inc.
Our nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization has been fighting the root causes of discrimination and poverty for more than 40 years, by strengthening community voices and achieving tangible legal victories.

Check Out This Month’s E-News!

Read our August E-news and find out why effective implementation is an antidote to hollow victories; how two Bay Areas showed up at a San Mateo City Council meeting; and more.


August 26, 2014
County Offices of Education are approving nearly all school districts’ inaugural Local Control Accountability Plans, which lay out spending and academic priorities under the new Local Control Funding Formula.
August 20, 2014
Advocates Cautiously Optimistic Counties will Address Shortcomings
July 7, 2014
The Coalition for Teaching Quality, a coalition of more than 100 national, state, and local education, civil rights, student, disability, parent, community, educator, and education policy organizations issued a statement in response to the Obama Administration’s new education initiative.
June 29, 2014
"We think the residents who are disproportionately burdened by this pollution should benefit," said Guillermo Mayer, president of Public Advocates, a San Francisco environmental justice group. "Instead of reducing the pollution locally through better technology or ramping down emissions, you get to buy trees in another part of the world. The residents nearby aren't helped."
June 13, 2014
The state budget passed by conference committee yesterday marks an historic turning point in the political conversation about climate policies, economic development and social justice, advocates said today.
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