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Director of Development Debi Harris talks about our plans for participating in this global day of generosity. Join Debi, and the rest of our staff, this #GivingTuesday by making a donation to Public Advocates on Tuesday, December 2.
Among its other important roles, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is charged with overseeing the local transportation agencies within its nine-county jurisdiction. As Managing Attorney Richard Marcantonio explains, inadequate oversight can have serious consequences.
A landmark new school funding law promises to provide increased resources to school districts in exchange for greater transparency and meaningful community engagement. Senior Staff Attorney Angelica Jongco shares how parents are leveraging the new law to build power and win tangible services for high-need students in Antioch.
The upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Oakland Airport Connector will no doubt be a media spectacle full of hearty speeches and declarations of progress. But as the aerodynamic pods begin to glide above Hegenberger Road in East Oakland, will anyone notice below the buses full of working class people who were excluded? President & CEO Guillermo Mayer explains why less than 3 percent of Coliseum station area residents are expected to use the tram. He urges BART leaders to internalize the lessons learned from the controversial and flawed project.
As part of its plans to keep the city’s three sports teams, the City of Oakland has drafted a Specific Plan that aims to create almost 8 million square feet of retail and office space, more than 20,000 jobs and nearly 6,000 housing units at “Coliseum City” in East Oakland. Coliseum City presents an opportunity to create lasting benefits for low-income East Oakland residents that include affordable places for new workers to live, good jobs for local residents and accessible and affordable transit. If development is to bring any of these community benefits, though, the City must plan for people, not just sports teams.