North Oakland Now: April 6, 2009

on April 6, 2009

Hello everyone, and welcome back to North Oakland Now… we’ve been on spring break and sadly remiss in updating, but now we’re back! Some news of note today: The Chronicle reports that the number of homeless people in the Bay Area is climbing, and we may not even know how bad it is yet. For some more context (because I know you’re not sick of reading about it yet), check out this comparison between today’s recession and the Great Depression, over at the Tribune. Then again, none of that likely matters much to this woman, who scored a $35 million lottery ticket over the weekend. The Tribune thinks that if the state wants that kind of money, it should consider selling San Quentin. Of course, they seem to think we should just use the $2 billion San Quentin would fetch to build new prisons; I can think of some other parts of the economy that might need that cash. Thoughts?

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