On May 17, 2016, Public Advocates sent a letter to Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillen on behalf of the Protect Oakland Renters coalition regarding an advice letter that the councilmember received from the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) on April 27th. The FPPC letter concludes that it would be a conflict of interest for Councilmember Guillen to vote on whether to place on the November ballot a “Protect Oakland Renters Act” that would expand rent control and just cause eviction protections. Public Advocates’ letter describes concerns with the FPPC’s analysis and recommends that Councilmember Guillen request that the FPPC reconsider its advice and issue a new letter.
Do the Bay Area's regional agencies make the grade in creating a Plan Bay Area for all? The 6 Wins' interim report card concludes that MTC and ABAG's continued failure to analyze an Equity scenario that proved to be environmentally superior in 2013, to implement the equity amendments adopted in 2013, and to address the displacement crisis harms low-income families and the region as a whole. But it's not too late to do the right thing.
AB 1550 (Gomez), introduced on January 4, 2016, would build on the successes of SB 535 (De Leon, 2015) and direct 25 percent of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) investments to benefit disadvantaged communities, and an additional 25 percent of GGRF investments to benefit low-income households. Learn more about the bill through this visual fact sheet developed by Public Advocates and the SB 535 Coalition.
On April 29, 2016, Public Advocates and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley submitted comments to the City of Mountain View regarding its draft Analysis of Impediments of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.
On April 21, 2016, Public Advocates, Bay Area Legal Aid, and the Public Interest Law Project sent the City of San Jose a letter requesting full legal compliance with the state Surplus Land Act. Specifically, the letter requests that the City Council reject or modify a proposed Council policy that does not comply with the Act in a number of important ways.