Salinas: A Rich City with High Crime and Poor Health

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Salinas calls itself a city “Rich in Land. Rich in Values. Ripe with Opportunity." Its fertile land is a key part of the region's $7 billion agriculture and tourism economies. Yet despite that economic boon and proximity to Silicon Valley, to many, Salinas has never quite lived up to its potential: crime, youth homicide and housing costs remain high. We'll look at what keeps Salinas from capitalizing on its bounty and how its problems are emblematic of those besetting small cities across California.

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