Central Valley mired in grinding poverty

By Dale Kasler
Bee Staff Writer
(Published Jan. 24, 2000)

Second of three parts

PARLIER, Fresno County -- It's a typically depressing fall afternoon here in "the other California." A face peers out from an unliveable back-alley shack. The downtown shops go begging for customers while four men hold court at a nearby park, hopelessly unemployed. Farmworkers line up at a local church, which doubles as a Salvation Army center, for their monthly food hand-out.

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