Development

A playground behind the Brookside Child center on Tuesday, April 18, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Long waiting list for Head Start, despite new federal grant

Day after day, Criselda Feria waits for a phone call that will give her good news. Her name is stuck on a waiting list that will give her a slot for federally-subsidized child care. Feria’s...
Children sand a bench as they help 200 other participants work on building a new park in Richmond. (Yesica Prado/Richmond Confidential)

KaBOOM! and Target help Richmond build a park in a day

On Friday, March 17, staffers from KaBOOM! and Target gathered with members of the community to build a park for Richmond in one day. KaBOOM! is a nonprofit that provides new playgrounds and park equipment...
The shutdown of San Pablo's Doctors Medical Center in 2015 has prompted state and local officials to try to slow down hospital closures. Photo by Christopher Connelly.

State legislators push bill to limit emergency room closures

California has one the nation’s lowest number of hospital emergency rooms per capita, and Bay Area legislators are calling this shortage a crisis, as the number of people who need urgent care services keeps growing....
The Richmond post office at 1025 Nevin Ave. The USPS posted a notice of intent to sell the historic building on January 25. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Richmond community members oppose post office sale

The United States Postal Service says the post office at 1025 Nevin Avenue in downtown Richmond is in “excess and no longer necessary.” Kimberley Savoy-Jackson, wearing a leg brace as she walks up the post...
Jessica Escobar said she was marching to support undocumented friends and family members. Photo taken January 21, 2017 at the Oakland Women's March by Rachel Loyd.

Bay Area officials support sanctuary cities, despite threats of federal cuts

On January 25, President Donald Trump signed an executive order denying federal funds to sanctuary cities, such as Oakland and Richmond. But Bay Area officials are pushing back and affirming the status of sanctuary cities.
Jars of medical marijuana on display at a Richmond dispensary. (photo by Natalie Jones)

Richmond dispensaries hid possibly millions in sales, profited illegally, DA report finds

The DA report, dated Sept. 10, 2015, found that Richmond’s three medical marijuana dispensaries—Green Remedy Collective, Holistic Healing Collective and 7 Stars Holistic Healing Collective—and their owners appeared to have manipulated financial data in order...
Margot Buchbinder, a graduate student (left), and Erin Blackwood, Education and Outreach Coordinator (right), stand by an experiment involving eelgrass at the Romberg-Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Photo by Jacob Shea.

Oysters and eelgrass, unlikely heroes in the fight against rising seas

In the San Francisco Bay, conservation and scientific groups are working to restore crucial habitat. Oysters and eelgrass may play a large role in protecting Richmond's shoreline from sea level rise.
Inside Richmond City Hall. File photo by Tawanda Kanhema.

Court documents point to ‘pay to play’ scheme between marijuana dispensaries and City Council

A new set of documents filed in an ongoing court case suggest that the heads of Richmond’s three medical marijuana dispensaries may have paid City Councilmembers to back legislation favorable to the dispensaries.