roadbikeRob said As usual, the same political party that laid ruin to the older northern cities with their high taxes, pandering to corrupt organized labor and the unmotivated urban poor has gone too far in San Francisco, ruining that city with all their horrendously failed policies. I am more than sure that Oakland has suffered similar problems thanks to the corrupt, incompetent democratic party due to its nagging urban ills.
RE: Robb, Oakland is just as bad in terms of poverty, a huge gap between the rich and the poor, very high rents, although it is very diverse for those moving out west who wish to experience this.
Once you move further inland into Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, the suburbs become more conservative, such as Orinda, Piedmont, Moraga, Concord, Walnut Creek, and Clayton.
Clayton, is about 20% LDS (Mormon) and very conservative and very wealthy. It is in the shadow of Mt. Diablo with absolutely no crime. It is a dream place to live if you're into mountain biking on Mt. Diablo or road biking nearby.
Clayton, clearly, can join the list of demographically similar yuppie places that
are increasingly rare in California, such as Thousand Oaks, California (Ventura Co.), Truckee, and Mammoth Lakes. And in neighborhing states,
places such as Scottsdale north of Shea Boulevard.http://ci.clayton.ca.us/
Canyon, California, has a colorful history in the Oakland hills. Google this city and find out about it's anti-establishment past. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canyon,_California
I lived in the east bay for about four months and loved that area, except, the institutions are definitely corrupt, i.e. streets are not paved, horrible medical care, etc.
Note, Traditional American Values, from Clayton's web site - Totally the opposite of Oakland, 30 miles to the west! -
Clayton is a safe residential community of around 11,093 people. It is a town which values civic partnership with business leaders, community leaders, and our neighbors. Claytonians turn out in high numbers to celebrate the annual family-friendly festivities such as the Art and Wine Festival, our homespun 4th of July Parade, the Oktoberfest celebration, and our ever popular Concerts in The Grove summer series on select Saturdays and Thursdays in our beautiful Downtown Park.
In Clayton, everyone is family. And families are most important. Clayton is simply a great place to live, work and play for people who cherish small-town living and traditional American values.
In this community, crime is low and police are respected. High-quality public and private schools are plentiful. Trails for pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists meander through the City connecting one with another. Clayton has been listed three times running as one of CNN’s Money Magazines “Top 100 Places to Live in the Nation” for small cities.
I bet that Oakland just like San Francisco is under a powerful democratic monopoly rule which has only worsened its problems. The NFL Oakland Raiders are almost at the end of their ropes trying to replace the decrepit, outdated stadium with a new state of the art NFL facility closer to downtown. But the incompetent democratic city fathers just want to keep pandering to the unmotivated urban poor in Oakland's deadly south side slums and ghettos rather than allowing that otherwise beautiful city to fulfill its potential as a successful major city.