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Walking the Walk in Citrus Heights

May 20, 2010

The city of Citrus Heights might have been the least walkable city in the Sacramento region, and it faced significant challenges to changing that status. But with the help of the California Healthy Cities and Communities program and a process that leaned on residents for ideas and organization, the city has made significant progress. Read how it happened in this story.

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Clinic director wins leadership award

April 29, 2010

Dr. Ellen Beck has won a $125,000 Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her work with the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project in San Diego. Her clinics catch thousands of patients who fall through the safety net in a county that does not have a county hospital. The clinics also train doctors to care for the poor.

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San Diego tenants get no help fighting rats, mold

April 4, 2010

Residents of City Heights in San Diego often deal with mold and vermin infestations in rental housing, but a bureaucratic rats’ nest prevents them from getting any action. The city does not enforce parts of the state code dealing with these issues, and the county enforces codes only in areas not served by cities. The could step in but is taking a go-slow approach. The result: a runaround, and no help for tenants. The story is by HealthyCal contributor Megan Burks.

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Transit cuts hit hard in San Diego

February 17, 2010

Cuts in public transit across the state have made it tougher for transit-dependent Californians to get to work. In San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood, many residents now find themselves commuting several hours a day to get back and forth from their jobs. HealthyCal contributor Megan Burks profiles that neighborhood’s transit problems and possible solutions.

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