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Residents to file federal complaint about deplorable public housing

Diana Stanton tells inspectors about the roach infestation at the Hacienda public housing complex.Lacy Atkins/San Francisco Chronicle RICHMOND, Calif. ­– Residents of Richmond’s worst public housing project are taking their concerns about deplorable living conditions to the federal government. An Oakland law firm is working with residents of Hacienda, a 150-unit high-rise that is home […]

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Public housing inspections ordered amid outcry over filthy conditions

Steve Muccular visits his family at the Hacienda public housing complex in Richmond, Calif. The building’s security guards don’t venture up to the sixth floor, he says, so he squatted in the laundry room for months.Lacy Atkins/San Francisco Chronicle RICHMOND, Calif. ­­– Richmond’s city manager has ordered inspections of 550 public housing units in the […]

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‘Exploited of the exploited’ carve own path among disparate cultures

Rodrigo Perea, 17, was ridiculed by classmates for being an indigenous Mexican. He now leads Tequio, a group whose members launched a successful anti-discrimination campaign last year.Carlos Puma/The Center for Investigative Reporting OXNARD, Calif. – Rodrigo Perea, an indigenous Mexican teenager, vividly recalls crossing the border as a boy – the bogus papers with a […]