The California Divide

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Children who grow up in the San Jose area are better off than those raised in almost any other metropolitan region in the country, according to a new report measuring which U.S. neighborhoods give children the best chance of achieving economic success and good health.

Nationally, the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan area ranked second, just behind Madison, Wisconsin. The San Francisco-Hayward-Oakland area ranked ninth in the Child Opportunity Index, prepared by Brandeis University, a private research school in Massachusetts.

California also has areas, like Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton and Riverside, with some of the lowest scores nationwide, the researchers said.

Cities step in to halt last-minute evictions

Nov 19, 2019
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Eufemia Aguilar has lived in her two-bedroom apartment on North Sanborn Road in Salinas for about 10 years. A garlic peeler at Christopher Ranch, she rises at 2:30 a.m. every day, packs her lunch and heads to work, leaving her 20-year-old son and 5-year-old grandson to sleep. 

There are lots of problems inside her apartment — peeling linoleum, a stove that only sort-of works, mold from the slow drip-drip-drip of her upstairs neighbor’s shower. But Aguilar likes to focus on the positive. 

However, her landlords have increased her rent by 30%, and then, a few weeks ago, they served Aguilar and some of her neighbors with a 60-day notice to vacate their apartments. They need to be out by Jan. 1.