community

Richmond’s housing struggle has a ‘fierce’ new advocate: Nikki Beasley

Nikki Beasley is executive director of Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, a nonprofit developed in the 1980s to address housing inequities, particularly those created by practices such as redlining and discriminatory lending. She’s served in her...

Richmond’s ‘griot’ Donté Clark speaks out against law enforcement’s use of gang enhancements

"Clark is an actor, musician, and self-described “griot,” a name for an ancient West African storyteller and poet. For the past year, he’s also put his griot skills to use serving as an expert witness...

Advocates fight for teacher salary increase in West Contra Costa schools, decry proposal of contentious charter school

United Teachers of Richmond is currently in negotiations with the West Contra Costa Unified School District school board for said salary raise and smaller class sizes. The proposal comes after the union called for an...

The Reluctant Politician: Ada Recinos’ journey to becoming the youngest city councilmember in Richmond’s history

Ada Recinos, 26, recently became the youngest city councilmember in Richmond's history. She has faced doubt due to her age and perceived lack of policy knowledge, but is ready to leave her mark on the...
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Evacuation of local animal rescue group following October wildfires reveals challenges for animal shelters

After drawing a tube of blood from the front left leg of Diana, an 8-year-old American bulldog, outreach coordinator John Fonseca commended her as she laid on the bench at the adoption center of Milo...
Colyer Dupont debriefs a simulation activity with two Richmond police officers as part of the Community Safety Academy. Photo by Francesca Fenzi

Can ‘community ambassadors’ untangle Richmond’s relationship with the police?

Richmond Police Sgt. Florencio Rivera lifts a thick leather belt from the trunk of his police cruiser. He points to several objects dangling from it — pepper spray, handcuffs, riot baton, pistol, Taser — and...