Economy

Richmond mayor Tom Butt revealed residents' home addresses and alleged rent-control violations in an October newsletter. Now, the ACLU of Northern California is looking into the incident. Cartoon courtesy of Abner Hauge.

Opponents and supporters criticize Richmond mayor for ‘doxxing’ his political adversaries, call Tom Butt’s weekly email newsletter a ‘smear campaign’

Opponents – and even supporters – of Tom Butt say Richmond’s mayor is guilty of what one critic described as a “flagrant abuse of power” and a council member called “highly inappropriate” actions. Emails between...

Valero prohibited from buying oil terminals in Martinez, Richmond for next decade

A federal judge signed a final judgment last month, prohibiting Valero Energy Corporation from buying oil storage and distribution terminals in Martinez and Richmond for the next 10 years.

Richmond’s city commissions trudge onward with limited participation and engagement

Twenty out of Richmond’s 25 city-based commissions and committees currently have empty seats, resulting in an approximately 30 percent vacancy rate. For these committees, this means more work and fewer opportunities to engage the public.

Contra Costa County considers taxing, regulating Airbnb in unincorporated areas

The Transient Occupancy Tax, typically paid by hotels, motels and tourists homes, may soon impact unincorporated areas like El Sobrante, Kensington and North Richmond, where there are no existing restrictions on short-term rentals, or the...

Hilltop Mall, Revisited: Old school businesses optimistic, hope changes will bring ‘soul’ back to long-struggling Richmond mall

Hilltop Mall is in limbo, suspended somewhere between the bustling commercial and social center it once was and the vision of what it could become.

A look at actor Wendell Pierce’s downtown Richmond development plans: 400 housing units, new businesses

Wendell Pierce and his real estate partnership are planning to invest in Downtown Richmond. They are working with local developers to provide housing units and 70,000 square feet of retail space.

Richmond businesses rally to support communities affected by the North Bay fires

Local businesses and organizations are stepping up to help those affected by the North Bay fires by collecting donations of food, water, and other supplies.

Contra Costa affordable-housing advocates hope to build off ‘great energy’ of new state laws

The state housing bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 29 have created optimism in Contra Costa County, but affordable-housing advocates see them as just the start of a long process.

Oversight group says West Contra Costa school district is mismanaging bonds and could run out of funds for new projects

Members of a citizens-oversight committee questioned how the West Contra Costa school district uses bond money to construct or improve school facilities. They raised concerns about the district over-spending its budget and draining funds slated...