Contra Costa County works on process to dismiss cannabis convictions

Proposition 64, which voters passed in November 2016, not only legalized the adult use of cannabis, but also established protocols for reducing, dismissing and sealing old marijuana-related convictions. That means Californians convicted of cannabis crimes...

The places that made black history, in Richmond and Oakland

To commemorate Black History Month, the news teams from Oakland North and our sibling site, Richmond Confidential, spent a morning observing some of the spaces in our two cities that have been important to the...

Student-Led initiative prompts Richmond City Council to ban some tobacco products in 2019

Tobacco products like Swisher Sweets and Backwoods are mainstays in corner stores across the country. Some say that the bright wrapping and flavors like peach and fruit punch make these products attractive to the kids...

Is Richmond ready for electric vehicles?

The underground parking is cool and dark, even on the sunniest day. Bulbs let off pale white light, and green exit signs emit a neon glow. Three electric chargers are located near the building entrance,...

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 mayor Tom Butt revealed residents' home addresses and alleged rent-control violations in an October newsletter. Now, the ACLU of Northern California is looking into the incident. Cartoon courtesy of Abner Hauge.

Opponents and supporters criticize Richmond mayor for ‘doxxing’ his political adversaries, call Tom Butt’s weekly email newsletter a ‘smear campaign’

Opponents – and even supporters – of Tom Butt say Richmond’s mayor is guilty of what one critic described as a “flagrant abuse of power” and a council member called “highly inappropriate” actions. Emails between...

Hilltop Mall, Revisited: Old school businesses optimistic, hope changes will bring ‘soul’ back to long-struggling Richmond mall

Hilltop Mall is in limbo, suspended somewhere between the bustling commercial and social center it once was and the vision of what it could become.

Richmond council takes first steps to make North Richmond part of the city after 60 years of independence

Richmond City Council voted Tuesday to start the process of annexing North Richmond after 60 years of being unincorporated. However, questions still remain about what North Richmond residents truly want.

A look at actor Wendell Pierce’s downtown Richmond development plans: 400 housing units, new businesses

Wendell Pierce and his real estate partnership are planning to invest in Downtown Richmond. They are working with local developers to provide housing units and 70,000 square feet of retail space.

Valero backs out of contentious East Bay terminal purchases

Valero recently backed out of a bid to buy two Contra Costa oil terminals after California Attorney General Xavier Becerra raised concerns about decreased competition and higher gas prices.