Marin County Illegally Refuses Subsistence Money to Thousands of Poor Residents

Update: Recent coverage in the Marin Independent Journal critical of the County’s administration of its General Assistance Program.… Read more

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Miye Goishi Honored as Most Valuable Board Member

MIYE GOISHI: STATEWIDE HONOR AS MOST VALUABLE BOARD MEMBER

For more than a decade, Miye Goishi has lent her vision and expertise to the Boards of The Public Interest Law Project (PILP) and the Child Care Law Center (CCLC). On … Read more

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Attack on Sunnyvale’s Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance Defeated

In 1980, the City of Sunnyvale adopted an ordinance requiring new housing development to make 12.5% of units affordable or otherwise pay an in-lieu.  A developer challenged the ordinance in 2009 claiming the requirement was unconstitutional. After the trial court … Read more

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Court of Appeal Victory for General Assistance Recipients

On May 26, 2011, General Assistance recipients in Alameda County won a significant legal victory which will protect thousands of GA recipients throughout California from becoming homeless due to an illegal county policy.  In an eloquent, unanimous opinion, in Cleary Read more

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Urban Habitat Decision Invalidates Housing Cap and Mandates Affordable Housing Development

After four years of litigation, including a successful trip to the Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Alameda County in September of last year ordered the City of Pleasanton to cease enforcement of its voter-approved cap on housing and … Read more

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PILP Celebrates 15 Years

On May 18th, The Public Interest Law Project celebrated its 15th Anniversary in the Sky Room of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP in downtown San Francisco.   Private and public interest attorneys, community advocates, clients, family and … Read more

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PILP Protects Subsidized Childcare for Tens of Thousands of Working Families

In October, 2010, then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger used his veto power to eliminate funding for the subsidized childcare program for low-income working families known as CalWORKs Stage 3 child care.  The low-income parents of more than 56,000 children were told … Read more

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Major Court Settlement Restores Child Care for Thousands of Working Families

Chaos Wrought by Gov. Schwarzenegger’s 2010 Veto Finally Resolved; Families Restored to Subsidized Child Care

OAKLAND, CA – Ending a six-month court case sparked by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s elimination of vital child care funding, the State of California agreed … Read more

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Staff

Mike Rawson, Director

Mike has dedicated his career as a lawyer advocating on behalf of lower income persons in need of affordable housing. He began at the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County, where he established the California Affordable Housing … Read more

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Welcome to the new website of the Public Interest Law Project!

Welcome to our newly minted website.

Take a look around. Stay a while.

Read about our Mission & History. Get a glimpse into the life of a small public interest law office by learning about the substance of our … Read more

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