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Richmond hopes to revitalize blighted segments

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 10:00pm
MediaNews Group report

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.

Turning blue collars green

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 04/19/2008 - 10:00pm
Laborers train in clean energy jobs

Edgar Perez fits a hose from a truck containing used vegetable grease into a ceiling-high tank holding methanol and sodium hydroxide. His timing in releasing the hose's content is key to whether the mixture will produce bio-diesel fuel to power fleets of "green" trucks and buses.

Richmond hits its local-hiring goals

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 04/19/2008 - 10:00pm

As Richmond pushes its contractors to hire more local residents, a Times review of city records showed that the city itself meets the goals it set: A third of Richmond public employees live within its borders.

The city requires of its contractors that at least 20 percent to 30 percent of the workforce be local.

Richmond looks to bolster local hire law

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 04/18/2008 - 10:00pm

With the highest unemployment rate in the county, the city of Richmond won praise last year when it began requiring its contractors to hire residents or face fines of $1,000 per day.

One year later, 112 Richmond residents have received paychecks, earning an average hourly wage of $20.16 because of the new mandate.

Fewer East Bay people employed than a year ago

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

The job market in the East Bay weakened sharply in March, a fresh indicator that the housing market's collapse has eroded the regional economy, according to a labor report released Friday.

East Bay employers jettisoned a seasonally adjusted 1,500 jobs during March, the state Employment Development Department reported. Over the last five months, the area has lost 7,700 jobs, the EDD's monthly employment survey found.

Valley's average wage leads U.S.

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 04/09/2008 - 10:00pm

Santa Clara County has eclipsed Manhattan as the county that pulls down the fattest paycheck, according to new federal data that also says South Bay wage earners make nearly double the nation's average weekly wage.

North Richmond 'corn lab' closed

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 04/01/2008 - 10:00pm

In a nifty piece of interagency collaboration, a Contra Costa County Environmental Health official, tipped off by a sheriff's deputy on the illegal-dumping beat, busted a "corn lab" at a North Richmond house Tuesday.



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