Economy

Mailers from National Association of Realtors often don't mention eminent domain. (Photo by Sukey Lewis)

National Association of Realtors spends big money on the Richmond city election

As of Oct. 24, the National Association of Realtors Fund has reported spending $37,800 supporting Booze, $26,700 supporting Rogers, $26,700 supporting Bates and $26,700 supporting Powers. The expenditure covers the cost of polling, voter list,...
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Chevron’s Moving Forward negative campaign hits the airwaves

The ads take aim at current Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, councilmember Jovanka Beckles, and Eduardo Martinez, all running for seats on the City Council. The three candidates are running as a slate through the Richmond Progressive...
Some observers are skeptical that charter schools like  Aspire's California College Preparatory (above) perform as well as public schools whose funds they could potentially take from. (Photo by Candese Charles.)

As school board considers two new charter schools, inconsistent results sound note of caution

The WCCUSD Board of Education will make a recommendation on Nov. 12 whether to support a proposal to start two new charters that would enroll 312 students in grades K-5 and 420 students in grades...
A flyer includes information on a new half-cent sales tax to be voted on by Richmond voters in November. (Photo by Brett Murphy)

Proposed tax hike draws support, criticism, but little community response

Revenues from the little-discussed Measure U tax would be split between street improvements, public safety and health, and wellness and youth services, proponents say. But it is not possible to be certain of how the...