Terminally ill woman's fight against eviction raises societal question

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 10:59am

Ann Cyrus, by her own admission, wasn't always a model tenant.

But a compassionate society ought to find a way for people like her, who face a litany of health problems, to stay in their homes, she says — especially if home is a taxpayer-subsidized affordable housing complex such as the El Paseo Family Apartments in San Pablo.

Cyrus, 53, has hypertension, depression and a case of lymphedema that is terminal, according to a letter from her doctor at Brookside Community Health Center. Cyrus's daughter, 23, suffers depression and can't hold down a job or complete her studies for lack of child care, Cyrus said. Cyrus' 12-year-old son and two grandchildren — one 6 years, the other 9 months old — round out the household.


Teens show their urban planning prowess

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 11:41am

DEVELOPERS, PLANNERS, city officials and community members have tried for years to devise a cohesive and appealing plan for the area along San Pablo Avenue at the Del Norte BART station in El Cerrito. Now, 10 students from Kennedy High School in Richmond have come up with their own ideas for the area as the culmination of their summer internship in a program sponsored by the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee.

Smoke Stacks Spew Green in Richmond

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 11:40am

Newspaper reporters who cover the city of Richmond like to say it’s a great town to write about because of the “Three Cs,” which refers to crime, corruption and Chevron.

stacks.jpg The Richmond City Council has long been an easy date for any organization or business willing to plow money back into re-election campaigns.

Health Officials Say Campus Bay Safe for Current Use, Not Homes

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/20/2008 - 10:00pm

While state and county health officials said a chemically contaminated site in southeast Richmond poses no dangers to their current users, concerns remain about past users and those to come.

They also acknowledge that their findings don’t include the possible interactions between the more than 100 toxic metals and chemicals found at the site.


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