Her water broke.  They grabbed what they needed, scrambled out of the house and hit the road.  The couple finally arrived, and it wasn’t a minute too soon.  The husband jumped out of the car and rushed inside to the counter.  “I’ll take two hot dogs please—to go!” he said. “I can’t tell you how…

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Howdy, Oakland North readers! My name is Melanie and I’ll be your faithful recessiononomics blogger here on the site.  I’ll be taking a look at how Oakland is dealing with these crazy economic times–where we’re getting hit the hardest, creative ways to save money, you name it.  This blog will be 150% better with comments…

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California now requires that workers take two unpaid days off each month. Oakland North’s Lauren Rudser and Brittney Johnson talk to a furloughed worker from the Department of Motor Vehicles about the state’s attempt to save money.  

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  By Elise Craig and Melanie Mason/Oakland North On the corner of 34th Street and Market Street in Oakland, a Coldwell Banker sign is attached to a chain link fence in front of a house with graffiti-covered boarded windows. Beside it, a black arrow on a yellow plastic sign points to a real estate auction…

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As foreclosures force more people out of their homes across the Bay Area, people like Patricia Lewis are having to adjust to smaller living spaces. Oakland North’s Brittney Johnson talks to Lewis as she holds a garage sale to get rid of many of her old possessions and help her fit into a new apartment.

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