Economy

Saluté owner Menbe Aklilu and restaurant staff pose with a check for over $13,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief. Photo courtesy of Saluté e Vita Ristorante.

Saluté restaurant owner donates $13,000 to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Menbe Aklilu, owner of the celebrated Saluté e Vita Ristorante in Richmond, made a donation of over $13,000 on behalf of the Richmond community towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Volunteers gather at the Memorial Tabernacle Church for a lawn party to restore the church's garden on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

At a mulching party, East Bay residents learn how to convert lawns to gardens

On a warm Saturday morning, people began to slowly stroll into the Memorial Tabernacle Church in Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood. They were gathered not for a morning service, but for a special kind of lawn party....
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.