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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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Once a Public Advocates law intern, Bryan Stevenson is now an inspiration whose tireless work on behalf of the poor...

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April 16, 2014

Next week at our Voices of Conscience Celebration, we’ll be spotlighting two coalitions that have achieved breakthroughs in advancing equitable regional development and winning equitable funding for California’s public schools. If you love being inspired by the power of collective action, you won’t want to miss this party.

April 15, 2014

David Zisser recently joined Public Advocates as staff attorney and the newest addition to our Metro Equity Team. As you will find out, this Pillar and Bay Area native is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with communities in his own backyard.

April 10, 2014

For a decade now, we’ve been working to eliminate disparities in public transit. We took our lead from low-income bus riders in the Bay Area, who consistently expressed alarm at cuts to bus service and unaffordable fare hikes. As those riders began to understand that their bus system could only run as much service as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) funded it to run, they drew the connection between MTC’s priority for costly capital expansion projects aimed at commuter services like BART and Caltrain, and under-funding for local bus service.

April 8, 2014

The recent announcement that Google donated $6.8M to fund the Free Muni for Low Income Youth bus pass in San Francisco has dominated local news. However, the press didn't pick up on the crucial role community leaders played in making this happen.

March 25, 2014

Few individuals in recent years have brought more national attention to the health crisis facing children in inner cities than our 2014 Voices of Conscience honoree, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. President & CEO Guillermo Mayer explains why you shouldn't miss an opportunity to meet her at our annual celebration on April 24.

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Voices of Conscience Celebration

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Join us on Thursday, April 24 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for our Voices of Conscience Celebration — an evening of inspiration, delicious food and great drinks.


April 2, 2014
Oakland’s mayor wants to make one-quarter of the units in her 10K housing plan affordable, but to do so, advocates, including Public Advocates’ Richard Marcantonio, say the city needs to adopt new funding and tenant-protections laws.
March 21, 2014
Non-profits and community groups that want to tighten the Local Control Funding Formula regulations to ensure more money will go to minority students have enlisted an influential ally: legislators.
January 17, 2014
The Sacramento Bee editorializes on the power of the rally that Public Advocates and our allies helped organized to influence the ongoing debate over implementation of California’s new school funding system.
January 16, 2014
After listening to nearly seven hours of 1-minute testimonies that were impassioned, instructive and inevitably repetitious, the State Board of Education, after little debate, unanimously approved temporary regulations Thursday fleshing out a historic education finance law.
January 15, 2014
Insist that Education Board close potential loophole in historic education reform regulations
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