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It is too easy to overlook the pressure facing the low-income families who have managed to make homes for themselves in “high opportunity” suburbs. A recent article in the Mercury News spent time with leaders from two of Public Advocates’ close partners, SFOP/PIA and HLC, exploring the challenges facing low-income families in San Mateo County, one of the wealthiest counties in the country. It highlights the need to fight for anti-displacement protections in suburbs as well as cities.
This month marks 43 years since Public Advocates first opened its doors. In his monthly blog, President & CEO Guillermo Mayer celebrates the many talented people who have helped Public Advocates flourish by highlighting some their key victories in the last four-and-a-half decades.
For-profit education businesses have been in the news a lot recently, and it’s not good news. Education giant Corinthian Colleges now faces bankruptcy for flouting federal regulations, leaving tens of thousands of California students hoping for refunds and wondering if their coursework or degree will be worth anything as they try to find a job to pay off their crippling debt. According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, over the last five years, “more than $600 million in college assistance for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has been spent on California schools so substandard that they have failed to qualify for state financial aid.” The biggest beneficiary of these funds has been the University of Phoenix’s San Diego campus. Smaller local schools like Intercoast College are graduating students without preparing them for the exams required for their future careers in nursing.
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.
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.