Displacement, Segregation (News)
And here's the punch line: It could feel a lot like midtown Manhattan.
Swarms of pedestrians would navigate corporate plazas at the foot of glassy peaks. The wide grid of streets would be filled with cars much of the day, but a fair number of better-paid workers would be within walking distance of their high-rise homes.
With its humble bunks and cramped quarters, Richmond's Brookside Shelter meets no one's definition of luxury digs.
Still, it beats the last place where Wilhelminia Hammons slept: atop a piece of cardboard outside a grocery store.
"It's very hard, and the ground gets very cold," said the 59-year-old, who walks with a cane and needs knee-replacement surgery.
Contra Costa supervisors could decide in May or June if the county's Richmond Health Center, which handles 80,000 outpatient visits a year, will relocate to the Doctors Medical Center campus in San Pablo.
The Republican governor said that the measure undermines California's ability to build dams, water delivery systems and other public works projects.
Richmond city officials are applying to the state to make a 20-square-mile chunk of land eligible for special benefits.
The area officials want to designate as a California Enterprise Zone covers most of the central and south parts of town, as well as portions of Hilltop and the Point Pinole peninsula. By offering incentives, officials hope to revitalize blighted industrial and commercial areas by drawing businesses that wouldn't otherwise relocate, thereby generating new jobs.
Fed up with the encroaching sprawl, Linda Jimenez fled Silicon Valley for Tracy in 1990 in search of more affordable housing and the small-town way of life of her Santa Clara County youth. Eventually, the sprawl caught up.
In 1990, Tracy, a friendly agricultural community separated from the Bay Area by the Altamont Pass, had fewer than 34,000 residents. Today, the mushrooming town, located at the western gateway to the Central Valley, has a population nearing 81,000.