Economy

Chancellor Dirks (center, with glasses) reassures the Richmond community that their recommendations will be heard. (Photo by Alice Kantor)

UC Berkeley Chancellor meets with Richmond community about Global Campus

The Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks, assured Richmond stakeholders yesterday that the economic benefits of the proposed Global Campus will be shared with the community. The project has raised concerns among...
An advertisement from the Nov. 16, 1959 edition of the Richmond Independent advises readers to "rest assured" with Greyhound buses. In the 55 years since then, Richmond's middle class has lost buying power amid drastic changes in the city.

Retrospective: Archives show difficult road for Richmond middle class

As Richmond prepared to enter the 1960s, the city was about to encounter an era of rapid change. In November of 1959, readers opened the pages of the city’s daily newspaper, the Richmond Independent, to...
Asians and Pacific Islanders attended the open enrollment last Nov. 15 to apply for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. (Photo by Knowles Adkisson)

Event helps Asian and Pacific Islanders enroll in health care

The Richmond Memorial Convention Center was the site recently of a health care enrollment event directed at Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities are some of the least represented in...
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Gabriel J. Sanchez

Contra Costa County offers loan forgiveness to Doctors Medical Center

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors agreed to forgive about $9 million in repayment debt from struggling Doctors Medical Center (DMC) over the next three to five years. Supervisors John Gioia and Federal D....
A simulated image of the Bottoms/Shea Project from front and rear. (Photo courtesy of the project plan)

Decisive vote over Point Richmond Bottoms property expected

Shea Homes, based in Walnut, Calif., is proposing to build a 60-unit residential development on the site. But three years in, the Shea Homes plan is meeting resistance. Richmond residents are questioning the company’s request...
John Roulac is the founder and CEO of Richmond-based Nutiva. (Photo courtesy of Nutiva)

The man behind the Richmond company that won’t stop growing

How lifelong Bay Area activist, John Roulac, built a career—and an empire—out of organic food. Roulac's Nutiva, is the largest organic superfoods company in the world and it's based right here, in Richmond.
Just some of the ocean of mailers sent out by campaigns to residents over the election. (Photo by Robert Rogers)

Losing candidates say corporate money may have hurt their campaigns

Chevron-funded spending committees backed several losing candidates – to the tune of $3.1 million – on Election Day. Those who were defeated are now left to wonder what happened and whether Chevron's money may have...