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Stimulus jobs: Few for Richmond residents

on November 27, 2009

The 787 billion dollar stimulus act is supposed to get the American economy rolling again by creating jobs in a neighborhood near you – jobs that are local. But for some residents of Richmond, California, those jobs aren’t local enough.

This story originally aired on KALW’s Crosscurrents program.

20091123_stimulusjobs/20091123_stimulusjobs.mp3|Case study: Richmond|Mike Shen reports on who’s getting federal stimulus jobs in Richmond.


  1. Amy on November 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Where is the original story that Mike Shen reported?

  2. GD on November 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Amy, the Mike Shen story is an audio recording. Just click on the arrow under the bold words “Case study: Richmond.”

  3. offthahook08 on August 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I see RICHMOND, Calif can buy tracking devices for little kids, but cant find jobs for people who need them.. Something is terribly wrong with this picture!!!

    California students get tracking devices
    The Associated Press
    Posted: 08/18/2010 08:42:13 AM PDT

    RICHMOND, Calif.—California officials are outfitting preschoolers in Contra Costa County with tracking devices they say will save staff time and money.

    The system was introduced Tuesday. When at the school, students will wear a jersey that has a small radio frequency tag. The tag will send signals to sensors that help track children’s whereabouts, attendance and even whether they’ve eaten or not.

    School officials say it will free up teachers and administrators who previously had to note on paper files when a child was absent or had eaten.

    Sung Kim of the county’s employment and human services department said the system could save thousands of hours of staff time and pay for itself within a year.

    It cost $50,000 and was paid by a federal grant.

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