Marco Tovar | Receptionist

Marco graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in May, 2017 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Psychology (Honors). After taking a course on the Constitution, he became very interested in the law. Marco hopes to learn valuable skills while at CLSEPA that will be helpful as he seeks a JD. He was born and raised … Read More

New Report on the Rise of Corporate Landlords

A new report from the ACCE Institute (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment) exposes the growing harmful impacts of Wall Street’s growing single family rental industry. Since the financial crisis, tens of thousands of American families have found themselves, renting homes founded or financed by Wall Street investment funds. With overwhelming harmful outcomes on tenants, communities of color, and prospective … Read More

Tenants Protest Rent Gouging by Corporate Speculators in Redwood City

Speculators impose rent increases of up to $800+ immediately after purchasing two apartment buildings providing homes for 20 families Redwood City, CA – Residents of two apartment buildings near downtown Redwood City are protesting rent increases of up to and exceeding $800 imposed by their new corporate landlords. The twenty families living in the apartments received rent increases on the same … Read More


Prior to joining the CLSEPA team, Nixi worked in numerous roles that have helped her gain valuable experience working within the community. She has interned for San Mateo County’s Human Services Agency and Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Office of Diversity and Equity where she helped expand outreach and course materials by translating them to Spanish.  She has also interned … Read More

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