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The first all-women's Green Energy Training Services (GETS) pre-apprenticeship cohort pose with their certificates on the day of their graduation. Photo courtesy of Rising Sun Energy Center.

Women Build graduates its first all-female class in the construction trades

The majority of people in the room seemed to be women, and many wore proud smiles on their faces. They were attending the graduation ceremony of the first all-female Green Energy Training Services (GETS) pre-apprenticeship...
Heavy metal fans crowded Rasputin Music in Berkeley on Record Store Day to see Metallica perform. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Murphy)

Despite loss of thrash metal scene in Bay Area, musicians find reasons to keep playing

In the early 1980s, the Bay Area was at the center of thrash metal music, one of the many subgenres of heavy metal. During that decade, heavy metal became incredibly popular around the world; kids...
Richmond Greenway Trail. Photo by Isara Krieger

National Park Service asks for input in designing the Richmond Wellness Trail

National Park Service (NPS) agents in the East Bay have been working with administrators from the city of Richmond and other community partners since last year to create a wellness trail for Richmond as part...
Members of the Contra Costa County public defenders office at an action in Martinez in 2014. Photo courtesy of Ryan M. Martin.

County supervisors approve task force to combat criminal justice racial disparities

Last Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors took a step towards examining racial disparities in the county’s criminal justice system. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 12, the board unanimously approved...
The property Doctor's Medical Center sit on may soon be sold to a Davis, California based hotel operator. The hospital closed in April 2015. (Photo by Paayal Zaveri)

Former Doctors Medical Center in contract to become hotel

The former Doctors Medical Center buildings in San Pablo are in contract to be sold to a boutique hotel operator based in Davis, California for $13.5 million. The board hopes that the money from the...
Model Shanina Shaik wore Jarman’s Monarch wings in the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. (photo courtesy of Josh Wong Photography)

Locally Richmond: Fairy wing maker goes national

Locally Richmond is an occasional series of profiles that highlights the small businesses that contribute to making Richmond a unique community.  When does an artist know she has reached a milestone in her career? For Angela...
WCCUSD and the City of Richmond have a plan to try and bridge the digital divide and connect Iron Triangle residents with free Wi-Fi. Photo Courtesy of Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative.

City, school district aim to provide free Wi-Fi to central Richmond

The City of Richmond and the West Contra Costa Unified School District are working to bring free Wi-Fi to residents of the Iron Triangle, by building a fiber optic network. Richmond is joining other cities...
Underdog Press

Two Richmond residents collaborate on separate unique art businesses under the same roof

There is no task too big or small or obscure for Brandy Esparza and Kyle Silber, who know how to market an artisanal stamp for a doughnut wrapper, a latex mask for a life-sized Buddha,...
Tales of Two Cities will bring you audio stories about Oakland and Richmond. Design by Angelica Casas

Introducing the Tales of Two Cities Podcast, radio stories from Richmond and Oakland

Dear Readers/Listeners, The combined staff of Oakland North and Richmond Confidential is excited to announce a new bi-weekly podcast featuring radio stories from Richmond and Oakland, as well as interviews with our reporters, community leaders and other news-worthy...
Cara Corey uses her custom made UVC pipe knitting needles to make a few of her designs.

Bay Area artist runs unique business inspired by her grandmother

Among the many unorthodox tools Cara Corey has used to make her handmade artist line unique are knitting needles made out of PVC pipe and merino wool fiber (the material before wool becomes “wool”) shipped from...
Steve Han, the owner of Omni Movement, moved to the Bay Area two years ago to open his training gym, the first of its kind in Richmond. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Locally Richmond: Omni Movement

Omni Movement is a mixed martial arts and athletic training facility in Point Richmond. The center, which has been unofficially open since this summer, offers an open gym, and training in Thai kickboxing, dynamic stretch,...