Bay Area Region

Bay Area rents still rising

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 10:00pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Bay Area's teeter-totter relationship between the rental and sale housing markets extended into the first quarter, with apartment prices rising as the real estate slump continued to thwart would-be buyers.

Average asking rents climbed 8.8 percent over the first quarter of last year to $1,578, as the occupancy rate nudged up 0.6 percent to 95.8 percent, according to a report by RealFacts of Novato, which analyzes data from apartment buildings with at least 50 units. Since 2004, regional rent has risen 23.7 percent.

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Transit towns a step to cut carbon footprint

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 10:00pm
When DeeDee and Doug Ligibel saw the townhouse they now own in Hayward, DeeDee was taken by the old-fashioned brownstone look and the entryway's fragrant wisteria bloom.

Four years later, she's thrilled with something else: the luxury of living near a BART station, close by a downtown that includes a weekly farmers' market.

"I hardly ever drive," Ligibel said. "I love it, absolutely love it."

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Where you live may signal life expectancy

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 10:00pm
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OAKLAND — Where you live might be killing you.

If you're black, born and raised in West Oakland, for instance, you're likely to die of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer 15 years sooner than a white person who was born and raised in the Oakland hills.

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Bay Area residents say minority race relations uneasy

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 10:00pm
'Everyone wants to sweep this under the rug'


Nisrine Zakaria, 10, has friends of every race.

The fifth-grader at Dover Elementary School in San Pablo also knows the difference the color of her skin can make.

Poll: Most in region see themselves as Bay Area citizens

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 10:00pm
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Phone survey results reveal majority wants freeway expansion, among other findings


Bay Area-ite? Bay Arean?

We have yet to find a good name for it, but most residents of the nine-county region strongly identify as citizens of the Bay Area, a new poll shows.
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Prop 98 - Non Profit Housing Developers May Be Selling Out The Poor

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 04/14/2008 - 10:00pm
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The cancellation of a meeting meant to teach people about the disastrous effects of Prop 98 at Housing California's annual conference, leaves many to believe the poor have been sold out!


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