Economy

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...
The ferry service is a commuter favorite in the Bay Area. One of the San Francisco sites for the Richmond proposal is the Embarcadero. (Photo by Brett Murphy)

Three years away, but Richmond ferry plans steaming forward

The project’s two vessels will cost an estimated $34 million total in “initial capital expenditures,” with an estimated operating costs of about $3.46 million a year. Terminal construction will cost between $8 and $12 million....
Ticket booth of carousel ride within Hilltop Mall. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Homeowners’ associations ally to create new Hilltop District and push neighborhood facelift plan

Growing up in the Hilltop area of Richmond, Cesar Zepeda never knew why the empty lot at San Pablo Ave. and Richmond Parkway remained undeveloped more than 16 years after it was first proposed for...
Caliber Beta Academy parents, students and supporters filled up the room at Wednesday's school board meeting with posters. (Photo by Zainab Khan)

In first School Board meeting since election, clashes over spending

Parents and students lined up one by one at the podium during West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting Wednesday night to voice their concerns about the Board’s spending decisions.
Eduardo Martinez gives a speech at the Richmond Progressive Alliance office while waiting for the election results to come in. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Eduardo Martinez: Shy person turned into powerful city councilman

Three minutes past midnight, Eduardo Martinez walks out of the Richmond Progressive Alliance office. He turns around and stares back in. Still no final result. He waves goodnight to his supporters. It’s Martinez’s third time...
Richmond saw its fewest voters in years on Tuesday.   (Photo by Brett Murphy)

Has at-large voting outlived its usefulness in Richmond?

Richmond is one of the few major (100,000-plus population) Bay Area cities still electing its council and school board members on an at-large basis, a 100-year old system that’s been under attack throughout California and...
Tom Butt cracks a smile as updated election numbers show him ahead in the mayor's race on Tuesday. (Photo by Elly Schmidt-Hopper)

View from the top: Mayor-elect Tom Butt talks Chevron and where he plans to take Richmond

Tom Butt looked tired. At 8:00 p.m. on Election Day he finally sat down, stein of beer in hand, to wait for the results. He had been on his feet all day. Twelve hours earlier,...
Volunteers from the community went on Election Day to polling stations to hold signs for Prop 47, the measure to reduce criminal sentencing. (Photo by CCISCO)

Richmond votes yes on sales tax measure; California votes yes on sentencing reforms

Measure U, the ballot item to increase the retail sales taxes to 9.5%, passed yesterday with 53.7% of the vote. Another key ballot item, Proposition 47, also passed. The statewide proposition to reduce six types...
Panorama of Chevron refinery.

Will Chevron’s $3 Million Bid for Richmond Succeed?

As voters head to the polls, the nation's eyes will be on Richmond as the city decides the future of its leadership. Not only are Richmonders electing a new mayor and new city council members,...
Volunteers work on election eve at the Richmond Progressive Alliance headquarters on Macdonald Avenue in Richmond. (Photo by Knowles Adkisson)

Last minute turnout drive: Richmond election likely to be decided by few voters

If recent history is any indication, the fate of Tuesday’s Richmond municipal elections is likely to rest the hands of about a tenth of its roughly 107,000 residents.