by Jennifer Fischer
Sylvia Alves wouldn't
miss her son's first day of tee-ball for the world -- and luckily she
doesn't have to. She admits she misses her old job, but this mother
of three says it's not a chore to stay home with her kids; it's a fortunate
choice. You can't put a price tag on raising your own children.
Sylvia and her husband
John settled into the Tracy area 7 years ago, and recently moved into
their new 4,700 square foot home in the Redbridge community. In Tracy,
the median price of a house is $270,000 -- up 60% in the last ten years.
The Alveses paid a lot more for their house, but say it's still a great
deal considering what they get for the price. But with the good comes
the bad. John is a CPA, and controller of Serena Software in Burlingame
means he commutes two hours to work. Each way.
that every month, more than 79,000 people hit the 205 freeway on their
way to the Bay Area. The Alveses hope that John can find a job closer
to home, but it won't be easy. So for now, they say they'll just have
to deal with John's long hours on the road. For them it's more important
that their children grow up with a yard -- and at least one parent at
facing our region: analysts say that at least 250,000 units must be
built per year just to meet population demands. Already, California
has the lowest rate of homeowners in the entire country. Only 56% of
Californians own their own homes, compared to 65% nationwide...