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Trash near a freeway ramp in San Jose. (CBS)

San Jose Councilman Suggests Hiring Homeless To Clean Blighted Freeway Ramps

San Jose is trying to figure out who will clean up the trash at a freeway off ramp being called an embarrassment, and the answer may be homeless people.

10/05/2014

(CBS SF)

Oakland Neighborhood Sees Crime Decline After Buddhist Shrine Moves In

Residents of a once blighted Oakland neighborhood are crediting a Buddha statue installed in a median for a remarkable change.

09/17/2014

A sign is posted near a row of Kale at the City Hall Victory Garden August 11, 2008 at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco First California City To Test Urban Farming Tax Break Law For Property Owners

San Francisco will soon become the first city to enact a California law giving owners who turn empty lots into gardens the chance to get a tax break.

09/02/2014

Antioch Police

Antioch Voters Approve Half-Cent Sales Tax To Fight Crime, Blight

Voters appear to have overwhelmingly approved a half-cent sales tax that is expected to bring in more than $4.3 million annually and help Antioch out of its current financial crisis, according to unofficial election results.

11/06/2013

A pile of junk in Mark Klaiber's San Mateo yard. (CBS)

San Mateo Homeowner Faces Eviction Over Junk-Filled Yard

A contractor who has been remodeling his San Mateo home for ten years has been ordered to vacate the house after years of complaints from neighbors about the junk and clutter in his yard.

01/03/2013

parking meter

San Francisco Approves ‘Large Vehicle’ Overnight Parking Ban For Some Neighborhoods

Supervisors have approved a large-vehicle overnight parking ban on many San Francisco streets.

09/26/2012

City Of Vallejo

Vallejo May Implement Fees For Blighted Foreclosure Cleanup

Foreclosed properties in Vallejo are now under target by city officials who claim that some of them have become eyesores in the neighborhood. Officials are now proposing stiff fines for owners who let their properties go.

03/13/2012

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is interviewed in the KCBS studio (CBS)

Oakland Mayor Quan Accused Of Maintaining Blighted Property

A resident unhappy about strict enforcement of eyesore properties is complaining about the unkempt property of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, dubbing her the “Queen of Residential Blight.”

09/23/2011

Foreclosed homes on Lucas Street in Richmond (CBS)

Banks Find Loophole To Avoid Cleaning Up Richmond Foreclosures

Richmond has some of the most strict laws about taking care of foreclosed properties, but residents say three banks have found a way around those regulations.

09/06/2011

25 mph

Key Downtown San Jose Street Opens To 2-Way Traffic

Crews were out early re-striping St. James Street in San Jose on Thursday, the culmination of a 30-year fight by residents to see the heavily-used thoroughfare converted to a two-way street.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–07/28/2011

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