Economy

All shapes and sizes, volunteers took on a mountain of woodchips that would blanket the playground floor.

Richmond focuses “Love Your Block” grant to develop North Richmond and Parchester neighborhoods

“Man, it’s a big deal!” said Rita Johnson, Parchester Village Neighborhood Council President. She said that it is good to know that Parchester is “on the mind” of the mayor and city executives.
Inside Hacienda. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Hacienda residents to move with federally-funded vouchers

Nearly a year has passed since stories broke in February 2014, about disturbing living conditions in the Hacienda public housing complex. Now Hacienda residents will finally see the beginning of the end of their days...
Mayor Tom Butt delievers the State of the City address. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Mayor highlights Hilltop Mall and Hacienda relocation in State of the City address

Richmond’s new mayor Tom Butt made his first State of the City address on Tuesday night, announcing that “Richmond is open for business” and saying that his office is checking on the Hacienda public housing...
A coalition of fast food, home care, airport, day labor and other low-wage workers marched down International Blvd. in Oakland on December 4, 2014, calling for a $15 base wage and the right to unionize. (Photo  by Bonnie Chan)

Two years later, fast food workers’ fight for $15 and a union still going strong

Cecilia Rodriguez has lived in Richmond for 24 years. Over the past seven, she has worked for $8 an hour at a McDonald's on Macdonald Avenue to support her three children, all of whom are...
Richmond Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles celebrates beside Mayor Gayle McLaughlin at RPA headquarters in Richmond Tuesday night. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Richmond Confidential looks back on 2014, year for the ages

Long after the billboards come down, the campaign mailers rest in landfills and the New Year’s toasts come and go, 2014 may be remembered as Richmond’s big election year. We are honored to have been in Richmond’s streets and chambers, its...
Chancellor Dirks (center, with glasses) reassures the Richmond community that their recommendations will be heard. (Photo by Alice Kantor)

UC Berkeley Chancellor meets with Richmond community about Global Campus

The Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks, assured Richmond stakeholders yesterday that the economic benefits of the proposed Global Campus will be shared with the community. The project has raised concerns among...
An advertisement from the Nov. 16, 1959 edition of the Richmond Independent advises readers to "rest assured" with Greyhound buses. In the 55 years since then, Richmond's middle class has lost buying power amid drastic changes in the city.

Retrospective: Archives show difficult road for Richmond middle class

As Richmond prepared to enter the 1960s, the city was about to encounter an era of rapid change. In November of 1959, readers opened the pages of the city’s daily newspaper, the Richmond Independent, to...
Asians and Pacific Islanders attended the open enrollment last Nov. 15 to apply for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. (Photo by Knowles Adkisson)

Event helps Asian and Pacific Islanders enroll in health care

The Richmond Memorial Convention Center was the site recently of a health care enrollment event directed at Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities are some of the least represented in...
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Gabriel J. Sanchez

Contra Costa County offers loan forgiveness to Doctors Medical Center

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors agreed to forgive about $9 million in repayment debt from struggling Doctors Medical Center (DMC) over the next three to five years. Supervisors John Gioia and Federal D....
A simulated image of the Bottoms/Shea Project from front and rear. (Photo courtesy of the project plan)

Decisive vote over Point Richmond Bottoms property expected

Shea Homes, based in Walnut, Calif., is proposing to build a 60-unit residential development on the site. But three years in, the Shea Homes plan is meeting resistance. Richmond residents are questioning the company’s request...