Woodland Park/Equity Residential Lawsuit

          If you were a resident of Woodland Park, or another Equity Residential property in California, and were charged a late fee, you may be a member of our class action case about late fees.  Please read the following notices. For more information or to get this information in Spanish, call the Administrator at (866)651-8260, CLSEPA at (650)326-6440, … Read More

Samuel Patrick | Systems Design VISTA

Samuel joined us as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member in November of 2017 to help grow our technology capacities. He grew up in Indiana, and has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Indiana University. Samuel has worked with schools, organizations, and chess clubs to provide youth chess programs.  He has a passion for problem solving and helping others, and … Read More

3 Daly City Families Are Getting Kicked Out For the Holidays

                            In a show of support and protest on Monday, over 90 community members, local faith groups, and neighbors gathered for a vigil in front of 365 Peoria Street in Daly City, where three families are being evicted for no reason right before the holidays. Most of … Read More

Jessica Smith Bobadilla | Senior Immigration Fellow

Jessica Smith Bobadilla has practiced immigration law for fifteen years. She has worked in private practice in New York and California as well as the Director of the New American Legal Clinic at San Joaquin College of Law. While a law professor from 2012 to 2016 she taught courses in immigration law and policy, immigration appellate writing, human rights and … Read More

District Attorney Investigates “Misleading” Tactics in Real Estate-Backed Political Campaign in Pacifica

Evidence surfaces that signature gathering campaign bankrolled by landlord and real estate lobbyists would have failed but for allegedly misleading statements. Pacifica, CA – The District Attorney is investigating reports of misrepresentations made by paid signature gatherers during a referendum campaign in Pacifica sponsored by the real estate industry. In May 2017, an industry-backed referendum narrowly repealed a temporary renter … Read More

Fighting for East Palo Alto Families

  In an important victory for hundreds of East Palo Alto families, a federal court gave the green light to a class action lawsuit against Equity Residential, one of the largest landlords in California.  CLSEPA and our co-counsel now represent thousands of renters from across California in a case alleging that EQR charged late fees in violation of California law. … Read More

Nan McGarry | Housing Fellow

Nan McGarry joined us in 2017 to support our work advocating for tenants’ rights and preserving affordable housing through direct representation, policy advocacy, and close collaboration with local, community-based organizations. During law school, Nan worked at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. During her time as student council, she represented tenants and Tenant Associations against unlawful evictions, domestic violence victims seeking … Read More

Jonathan Erwin-Frank | Housing Fellow

Jonathan joined our organization in 2017 to support its work advocating for and empowering tenants, including immigrants and formerly incarcerated people. Prior to joining us, Jonathan served as a law clerk to Judge Richard Boulware of the District of Nevada in Las Vegas and researched over-incarceration at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City. Jonathan graduated from Stanford … Read More


Juan joined us in 2017 as a Legal Fellow in the Immigrants’ Rights Project, where he works to represent immigrant communities on the Peninsula through advocacy, policy work, and impact litigation. Juan was born and raised in El Paso’s heavily-immigrant Borderland region and has dedicated his life to working with and for low-income populations and communities of color, helping to … Read More