Race & Racism (News)

Editorial: Probe discrimination in housing practices

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 10:00pm
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IN THE 21ST CENTURY, one would have thought housing discrimination in the Bay Area was a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that apparently is not the case.

The Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity, a publicly supported nonprofit housing counseling agency, conducted tests in nine Bay Area communities and found landlords discriminated in 29 percent of the cases.

Data shows nearly even racial mix in Silicon Valley

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 10:00pm
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BLEND OF ASIAN, WHITE, LATINO UNIQUE TO AREA


Marty Loo, a white 54-year-old legal secretary who works in San Jose, doesn't mind being a racial minority in Silicon Valley. The population currents shaping the Bay Area this decade mean that everybody, increasingly, has become a minority.

"You kind of work together," Loo said of the mix, "or you don't work here."

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mswift@mercurynews.com

Environmental justice in action

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 10:00pm

During Richmond's recent public hearings on expansion plans for the Chevron refinery, Dr. Henry Clark was there to speak on the potential health consequences of the project on residents around the oil processing facility, particularly people in disadvantaged communities.

As executive director of the West County Toxics Coalition, a group he founded 22 years ago, Clark has been a tireless advocate on environmental justice issues before the phrase was commonly used. Five years ago, Contra Costa County recognized the cause by adopting an environmental justice policy, and last month supervisors formally accepted an Environmental Justice Framework submitted by Contra Costa Health Services for inclusion in the county health department's policy.

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ctreadway@cctimes.com

Report: Tri-Valley landlords discriminate

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 10:00pm
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A recent study of fair housing practices found that about 30 percent of landlords tested in the Tri-Valley and other parts of the East Bay treated prospective tenants differently depending on race.

emailaddress: 
jbenca@cctimes.com

Study paints grim picture of East Bay

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/31/2008 - 10:00pm
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OAKLAND — A new study shows the East Bay is leading the Bay Area in increasing poverty levels, low living-wage job opportunities, decline of housing affordability and sinking high school graduation rates.

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kdunlap@bayareanewsgroup.com

Tenderloin struggles to get local grocery store

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 10:00pm


(07-27) 19:13 PDT -- It seems like the simplest of necessities: a full-service grocery store. But things are never simple at the corner of Eddy and Taylor streets in the heart of the Tenderloin, San Francisco's densest neighborhood and one of its most notorious.

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mlagos@sfchronicle.com

Sad chapter in Western Addition history ending

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/20/2008 - 10:00pm
By Leslie Fulbright

(07-20) 18:13 PDT -- The city's redevelopment agency razed the Fillmore's thriving black neighborhood and business district 40 years ago, promising to revamp the area and then bring the residents and merchants back. Instead, the project languished for decades.

Today, there is a renowned jazz club, an Ethiopian restaurant and a cluster of high-rise apartment buildings. But those projects stand out in an area that has become known for its violence and is home to a number of fast-food restaurants and empty storefronts.
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lfulbright@sfchronicle.com

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