Workers and Riders Unite: Bus schedules by and for humans
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by Alison Vu
2d ago
“… we are not machines. We’re human beings, and we have needs.” Lisa, an AC Transit operator, shared this powerful statement with the AC Transit Board after detailing how she has to inhumanely adjust her behavior on her shift on route 18 to meet AC Transit’s tight bus schedules. She doesn’t drink water or eat between 1:44pm and 8pm in hopes she won’t have to use the bathroom. The schedules also impact her responsibilities as a parent; twice she was delayed responding to her children’s medical needs because during her shift she didn’t have time to check her phone. This and many stories like it ..read more
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Richmond Confidential: After ‘unprecedented’ decision, WCCUSD racing to pass LCAP and budget
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by Alison Vu
2d ago
July 3, 2024—Richmond Confidential reporter Choekyi Lhamo spoke with Law Fellow Karissa Provenza about West Contra Costa Unified School District’s (WCCUSD) process to pass the legally required Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), a parent-led plan that sets the course for about $64.8 million in district spending, particularly for the district’s most vulnerable students. Without an LCAP, the school board cannot pass their proposed $509 million operating budget, set to go into effect July 1. Karissa Provenza, an attorney with Public Advocates supporting the committee, said that the district ..read more
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Labor Notes: Transit Workers Demand ‘Fix Our Schedules,’ Packing Board Meeting
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by Sumeet Bal
6d ago
July 8, 2024—Managing Attorney Richard Marcantonio and People’s Transit Alliance member Michael Sebastian provide an overview of the recent AC Transit Board meeting packed with operators relaying story after story of the their inhuman schedules that have led to a hiring and retention crisis.  Operators and riders joined in person and online to help influence the new AC Transit Realign Project that has been using AI to create schedules that don’t reflect the current human experience of drivers or riders. Read the story to learn more about the issues at hand and proposed solutions. The post ..read more
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AP Newswire: California Legislature votes to ask voters for permission borrow $20 billion for climate, schools
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by Sumeet Bal
6d ago
July 3, 2024—AP Capitol Reporter, Adam Beam, spoke with Deputy Managing Attorney Nicole Gon Ochi on the issues with the current school bond and what’s next for Public Advocates. Read the AP story. This story was reprinted in the Marshall Independant. The post AP Newswire: California Legislature votes to ask voters for permission borrow $20 billion for climate, schools appeared first on Public Advocates ..read more
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California Black Media (Suitelife Social): Capitol News You May Have Missed
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by Sumeet Bal
6d ago
July 8, 2024—Reporter Bo Tefu spoke with Public Advocates Managing Attorney John Affledt, to explain the new school bond passed by the legislature. “The Legislature is shooting itself in the foot. What they’ve proposed will only undermine support from voters,” said John Affeldt. Read Bo’s story to learn more. The post California Black Media (Suitelife Social): Capitol News You May Have Missed appeared first on Public Advocates ..read more
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The Los Angeles Times: Your guide to Proposition 2: Education bond
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by Sumeet Bal
6d ago
July 2, 2024—Education Reporter Jenny Gold spoke with Public Advocates Managing Attorney John Affledt, Deputy Managing Attorney, Nicole Gon Ochi, and client, Lynwood Superintendent, Gudiel Crosthwaite to provide historical perspective on school facilities funding and explain what the new Education Bond will do, who supports and who opposes and why. Learn more about the measure in Jenny’s story.     The post The Los Angeles Times: Your guide to Proposition 2: Education bond appeared first on Public Advocates ..read more
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The Epoch Times: California’s $10 billion education bond plan will be put to a referendum in November
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by Sumeet Bal
6d ago
July 2, 2024—The Epoch Times Reporter Summer Lane covered the school finance bond and uplifted Public Advocates’ concerns. Read the story (published in English, Espanōl and simplified Chinese). The post The Epoch Times: California’s $10 billion education bond plan will be put to a referendum in November appeared first on Public Advocates ..read more
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Richmondside: WCCUSD school board gets two-week extension to approve budget
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by Sumeet Bal
1w ago
July 2, 2024—Richmondside reporter Natalie Hanson spoke with Law Fellow Karissa Provenza about West Contra Costa School Board’s two week extension to approve their Local Control Accountability plan (LCAP)—which they are legally bound to do—and what will be necessary to address issues uplifted by community members that are impacting vulnerable students.   Read the story to learn more. The post Richmondside: WCCUSD school board gets two-week extension to approve budget appeared first on Public Advocates ..read more
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Pasadena Now: California Legislature Makes a Flurry of Big Changes to November Ballot Measures
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by Sumeet Bal
1w ago
July 2, 2024—Cal Matters Opinion Columnist Dan Walters spoke with Deputy Managing Attorney Nicole Gon Ochi about the ballot measure gamesmanship allowing legislators to operate behind closed doors and reveal their actions only after deals have been cut leaving advocates and community members behind in the process. Read the story to learn more.       The post Pasadena Now: California Legislature Makes a Flurry of Big Changes to November Ballot Measures appeared first on Public Advocates ..read more
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News From the States: Does a proposed $10 billion bond favor richer California school districts?
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by Sumeet Bal
1w ago
July 2, 2024—Journalist Carolyn Jones spoke with Public Advocates client, Lynwood Superintendent, Gudiel Crosthwaite, about the soon to be finalized school facilities bond to be set for the November ballot and how the proposal leaves low-income and small districts with an all-too-familiar feeling: underfunded and overlooked. Read the story which highlights the issue lower wealth districts continue to face as legislators continue to rush an inequitable bond to meet the new July 3 deadline. The post News From the States: Does a proposed $10 billion bond favor richer California school districts ..read more
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