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2008-09-08 09:00:24

By Tom Lochner The Hercules City Council has approved a "New Urbanist, Smart Growth" development concept for the waterfront, eliminating the need to place the issue on the November ballot. But the unanimous vote Tuesday -- to push forward the Hercules Bayfront project consisting of more than 1,200 homes as well as restaurants, stores, offices and an intermodal transit center -- does not spell an immediate end to years of stagnation on the waterfront. Much of the residential component...

2008-08-27 12:00:55

By Denis Cuff A conservation group is buying 423 acres of Franklin Canyon land in Hercules where local residents voted in 2004 to block a developer's plans for 500 proposed homes, a hotel and shops. Bringing to a close one of Contra Costa's longest struggles over development versus preservation, the Martinez-based Muir Heritage Land Trust will announce today that it has negotiated a sales agreement to buy the land for $1.8 million from a group of investors. Muir, a nonprofit group, has...

2006-05-28 09:06:48

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The town of Hercules, California, has upscale aspirations and its vision of the good life rules out a Wal-Mart store. Similarly, three Maine towns are considering a "box-free" zone to prevent Wal-Mart from opening in an area of coastal New England known for its colonial charm, an idea mirroring wealthy and quaint Nantucket's recent ban on chain stores. The city council of the mixed-race bedroom community of 23,000 east of San Francisco voted...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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