2 years ago I was in the same boat you are in as far as trying to find a school with no waitlist. But most public schools
have a waiting list so I decided to go the private school route and found the perfect one. Mills College (all girls school/Oakland), St. Mary's College (in Moraga), and Holy Names University (in Oakland) have a 2+2 partnership program with Samuel Merritt University in Oakland. After you complete your prerequisites (Anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, psychology, nutrition, etc) at any of the 3 schools you are GUARANTEED ADMISSION (meaning no wait list!) into Samuel Merritt to begin your clinicals and get your BSN (4 semesters). I went through Holy Names and I finished my pre-reqs earlier this month (it took me 3 semesters) so I'll be starting SMU this Fall. The requirements to get into Holy Names are very basic- have @ least a decent GPA, write a 1-page essay of why you want to be a nurse, etc).
I know that the Bay Area isn't Redding or Mt Shasta or the Sierras but there aren't a lot of things that beat guaranteed admission to a nursing school
. I know some people that are willing to move to another state just to get into a school so I was very fortunate to find one in the Bay