When a neighborhood’s days are numbered

The signs are everywhere: overgrown weeds, rusted lawn furniture and an eerie absence of people. It’s not just a lack of maintenance, it’s an aura hanging over the entire community that knows the end is near. Within three weeks, all 59 apartments at the complex must be vacated. Starting next month, the neighborhood is slated to be demolished to make … Read More

Deal strengthens bill to cap California rent hikes

Sep 4, 2019 A deal refining a bill designed to prevent rent gouging drew cheers from the local author as well as advocacy organizations, while other critics stand firmly opposed to the proposal. Lawmakers amended Assembly Bill 1482 to include annual 5% rent caps plus inflation with a 10% maximum increase, lowering a previous 7% threshold, according to a deal … Read More

Protest of Planned Federal Immigration Roundups Draws Hundreds to Redwood City

By Ruth Robterson The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) Staff President Donald Trump has threatened mass deportation roundups, starting today. On Friday July 12, in Redwood City, California, demonstrators said it was important to protest the administration’s crackdown.  Photos by Charlie Moehle, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.   Saying their vigil was a chance to … Read More

East Palo Altans Form Tenants Union to Fight Housing Crisis

By Sue Dremann Palo Alto Weekly staff  July 1, 2019   More than 60 East Palo Alto residents voted on Saturday to form a tenants union to combat rising housing costs that they say are harming the city’s long-term residents.   The action was brought about by multiple nonprofit organizations that advocate for renters, immigrants and seniors, which convened the … Read More

Deportation defense work taking shape

More than six months after San Mateo County officials dedicated nearly $765,000 toward legal resources available to immigrants living in the country without proper status, attorneys within a network of agencies are representing 35 individuals in their applications to stay in the country. By funding four half-time and two full-time attorneys at agencies operating across the county, officials are aiming … Read More

Tenants and Their Supporters Urge Mountain View City Council to Reject Demolition of 20 Affordable Homes in Order to Construct 15 Luxury Townhouses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: “It makes no sense to demolish housing in the middle of a housing crisis,” states Guadalupe Rosas, an organizer with PACT who has been working with the Tenants’ Union. “The project would result in a net loss of housing units. The diversity of Mountain View is under threat by these developers. The Council needs to take a … Read More

JILLIAN WAGMAN, ESQ. | STAFF ATTORNEY, IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

Prior to joining our team in October 2018, Jillian spent two years working with returned migrants and their families as an attorney at IMUMI in Mexico City, Mexico. There, she assisted clients with accessing identity documents, family reunification, and applying for available immigration relief. Jillian holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree from the University … Read More

MARIA VASQUEZ MARQUEZ | RECEPTIONIST

Maria joined our team in January of 2017. She was raised in East Palo Alto, and has lived in EPA for over 30 years. She has over 15 years retail experience working in fast-paced and team-based environment. Maria currently supports the entire organization in her capacity as receptionist and is usually the first point of contact for many of our … Read More

RAQUEL VASQUEZ ESQ. | STAFF ATTORNEY, IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

Prior to joining us in 2019, Raquel practiced immigration law in both the nonprofit and private settings in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has primarily focused on affirmative family-based immigration, naturalization, and DACA. Raquel received her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco and her BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. She is … Read More