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  • David Sharples, director of ACCE for Contra Costa County, for a tour of Richmond's troubled neighborhoods and meetings with underwater homeowners in their homes.
    Richmond, Calif, on Tuesday, October 08, 2013. Richmond, a largely working-class city in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving toward becoming the first in the nation to use its power to seize private property as a means of taking on the lingering fallout from the foreclosure crisis.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • David Sharples, director of ACCE for Contra Costa County, for a tour of Richmond's troubled neighborhoods and meetings with underwater homeowners in their homes.
    Walking his dog along one of Point Richmond's leafy lanes, Buzz Baylis, 69, a door hardware salesman, said he supported the mayor's drive to purchase or seize mortgages, in Richmond, Calif, on Tuesday, October 08, 2013.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • David Sharples, director of ACCE for Contra Costa County, for a tour of Richmond's troubled neighborhoods and meetings with underwater homeowners in their homes.
    Point Richmond is one of Richmond, Calif, wealthiest areas, where multimillion-dollar homes perch above the Bay with striking views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in this photo taken on Tuesday, October 08, 2013.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • David Sharples, director of ACCE for Contra Costa County, for a tour of Richmond's troubled neighborhoods and meetings with underwater homeowners in their homes.
    In the Iron Triangle area of Richmond, Calif, Dennis Walker, 52, a third-generation resident, in a street in front of his house flacked on both sides by dilapidated homes with broken and boarded-up windows and rotting wood. Photographed in Richmond, Calif, on Tuesday, October 08, 2013.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • David Sharples, director of ACCE for Contra Costa County, for a tour of Richmond's troubled neighborhoods and meetings with underwater homeowners in their homes.
    Jr. & Esmeralda Fashion shop in Richmond, Calif, on Tuesday, October 08, 2013. Richmond, a largely working-class city in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving toward becoming the first in the nation to use its power to seize private property as a means of taking on the lingering fallout from the foreclosure crisis.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • David Sharples, director of ACCE for Contra Costa County, for a tour of Richmond's troubled neighborhoods and meetings with underwater homeowners in their homes.
    Downtown Richmond, Calif, on Tuesday, October 08, 2013. Richmond, a largely working-class city in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving toward becoming the first in the nation to use its power to seize private property as a means of taking on the lingering fallout from the foreclosure crisis.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • David Sharples, director of ACCE for Contra Costa County, for a tour of Richmond's troubled neighborhoods and meetings with underwater homeowners in their homes.
    Kayla Castillo looks up at her mother Patty Castillo in their home in the moderate-income North & East neighborhood of Richmond, Calif, on Tuesday, October 08, 2013. A stay-at-home mother of two, Castillo said she and her husband, a diesel mechanic for a nearby school district, paid $420,000 for their white Cape Cod cottage at the peak of the housing bubble in 2005. The Contra Costa County Assessor's office recently valued the three-bedroom, one-bath home at $125,000, she said.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • David Sharples, director of ACCE for Contra Costa County, for a tour of Richmond's troubled neighborhoods and meetings with underwater homeowners in their homes.
    In the lower-income Iron Triangle area, homeowner after homeowner has walked away or been foreclosed upon, said longtime resident Edward Stephens, in Richmond, Calif, on Tuesday, October 08, 2013. Stephens, a 62-year-old postal worker who lives in a yellow Victorian bungalow he bought in 1977.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
  • David Sharples, director of ACCE for Contra Costa County, for a tour of Richmond's troubled neighborhoods and meetings with underwater homeowners in their homes.
    Downtown Richmond, Calif, on Tuesday, October 08, 2013. Richmond, a largely working-class city in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving toward becoming the first in the nation to use its power to seize private property as a means of taking on the lingering fallout from the foreclosure crisis.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
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