Economic Development

Economic Development

The Top 10 Most 'Kid Friendly' Cities

Forbes, great giver of city top 10 lists, is out with its Top 10 most 'kid friendly' U.S. cities.  It'sa big city-centric list, though chocolate purveyor Hershey, PA made this list, as did Virginia Beach.  As for Calfiornia cities on the list?

San Diego clocked in at #10, and it makes a strong case to be even higher... "beaches and bays, Sea World and Legoland, two of the world’s best zoos, Mexico nearby, and Disneyland just an hour up the coast."

San Francisco makes the Top 5, with shopping listed as a key attraction: "Browsing hippie-dippy shops in the Haight. Seeing how much swag they can snag for under a buck in Chinatown. Buying a pair of jeans at the biggest Levi’s store in the universe. Cruising Fisherman’s Wharf for T-shirts and Alcatraz trinkets."

See the whole list here.

Anaheim, Emeryville Awarded EPA Grants for Contamination Clean Up and Job Creation

The EPA has selected the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Anaheim Redevelopment Agency and the City of Emeryville to receive a total of $2,750,000 in Recovery Act funding to help protect human health and the environment.

The cities of Oakland and Emeryville will also receive a total of $900,000 in other brownfields funding.

The money will provide loans and grants to help carry out cleanup activities, redevelopment projects, and create jobs for people living near “brownfields.”

Read the full EPA press release

The Top 10 Most 'Kid Friendly' Cities

Forbes, great giver of city top 10 lists, is out with its Top 10 most 'kid friendly' U.S. cities.  It'sa big city-centric list, though chocolate purveyor Hershey, PA made this list, as did Virginia Beach.  As for Calfiornia cities on the list?

San Diego clocked in at #10, and it makes a strong case to be even higher... "beaches and bays, Sea World and Legoland, two of the world’s best zoos, Mexico nearby, and Disneyland just an hour up the coast."

San Francisco makes the Top 5, with shopping listed as a key attraction: "Browsing hippie-dippy shops in the Haight. Seeing how much swag they can snag for under a buck in Chinatown. Buying a pair of jeans at the biggest Levi’s store in the universe. Cruising Fisherman’s Wharf for T-shirts and Alcatraz trinkets."

See the whole list here.

Mendota: Where Unemployment is at 39 Percent

The SF Chron has a heartbreaking but enlightening piece on the City of Mendota, a farming town east of Fresno that has been flat out devastated by a confluence of poor economy, drought and housing bust.  This has left a fragile community with unemployment rocketing towards 40 percent, and a community on the brink of collapse.  As the Chron put it:

"In the worst national economic crisis since the Great Depression, there are few better illustrations of the resultant human suffering than Mendota, where 95 percent of the population is Latino and 42 percent of residents live below poverty level."

The town's mayor, Robert Silva, has been leading an gressive, and at time even successful, effort to attract both businesses and federal assistance.  Read more in the Chron.

Mendota: Where Unemployment is at 39 Percent

The SF Chron has a heartbreaking but enlightening piece on the City of Mendota, a farming town east of Fresno that has been flat out devastated by a confluence of poor economy, drought and housing bust.  This has left a fragile community with unemployment rocketing towards 40 percent, and a community on the brink of collapse.  As the Chron put it:

"In the worst national economic crisis since the Great Depression, there are few better illustrations of the resultant human suffering than Mendota, where 95 percent of the population is Latino and 42 percent of residents live below poverty level."

The town's mayor, Robert Silva, has been leading an gressive, and at time even successful, effort to attract both businesses and federal assistance.  Read more in the Chron.

O.C. Property Values Decline for First Time Since '94

The collective assessed value of all real estate and personal property in Orange County dropped 1.2%; the first time since 1994 that there has been a decrease in this measurement. Other than this being yet another indicator of the declining economy, these figures will have a direct, significant impact on local and state government. Property values are used to determine tax dollars, thus less money will be coming in this fall and next spring.

As for the cities in the O.C., 25 out of 34 saw drops in taxable property value led by Santa Ana which is down 6.3%. Four other cities registered drops of more than 3%: Stanton (-5.8%), Tustin (-4.4%), Ranch Santa Margarita (-4.1%), and  La Habra (-3.5%). It wasn't bad news for everybody, Newport Beach values rose 2%; once again proving what they say about beach front property.

The O.C. Register has the full story here.

O.C. Property Values Decline for First Time Since '94

The collective assessed value of all real estate and personal property in Orange County dropped 1.2%; the first time since 1994 that there has been a decrease in this measurement. Other than this being yet another indicator of the declining economy, these figures will have a direct, significant impact on local and state government. Property values are used to determine tax dollars, thus less money will be coming in this fall and next spring.

As for the cities in the O.C., 25 out of 34 saw drops in taxable property value led by Santa Ana which is down 6.3%. Four other cities registered drops of more than 3%: Stanton (-5.8%), Tustin (-4.4%), Ranch Santa Margarita (-4.1%), and  La Habra (-3.5%). It wasn't bad news for everybody, Newport Beach values rose 2%; once again proving what they say about beach front property.

The O.C. Register has the full story here.

Inland Cities Let Their Flags Fly

What's in City Seal... or a flag for that matter?  The Press Enterprise has an interesting look at Inland Empire city logos and flags, and what makes for a good one.  Some cities take the matter pretty seriously, with one City Councilman noting that a good logo could be "what draws a Fortune 500 company executive to click on a Web site."

Read more in the Press Enterprise.

Inland Cities Let Their Flags Fly

What's in City Seal... or a flag for that matter?  The Press Enterprise has an interesting look at Inland Empire city logos and flags, and what makes for a good one.  Some cities take the matter pretty seriously, with one City Councilman noting that a good logo could be "what draws a Fortune 500 company executive to click on a Web site."

Read more in the Press Enterprise.

City Sues County Over Jail Expansion

The City of Santee isn't thrilled with San Diego County's plan to expand a nearby detention facility from 15 to 45 acres.  After Supes approved the final EIR last week, the Santee council voted to file a new legal challenge to the project, which would be centered right in its downtown.

East County Mag has a good look at the conflict here.

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