Economy

Formerly incarcerated students return to school

Last year in June, East Bay-resident Dieudonné Brou graduated from UCLA in African American studies. During his commencement speech, he revealed himself as formerly incarcerated. Even though higher education offers chance to break the cycle...
Staffers at Landed explain their down payment assistance program at the WCCUSD Educator Housing Fair.

West Contra Costa Unified School District introduces program to help employees buy homes

Do you work for Richmond schools and need to buy a home? The West Contra Costa Unified School District has introduced support programs for its employees at its housing fair.

Student-Led initiative prompts Richmond City Council to ban some tobacco products in 2019

Tobacco products like Swisher Sweets and Backwoods are mainstays in corner stores across the country. Some say that the bright wrapping and flavors like peach and fruit punch make these products attractive to the kids...

Annual outreach effort accounts for Contra Costa’s unsheltered homeless population

Recent data on homelessness in Richmond shows a dramatic decrease in the number of unsheltered people over the last few years. However, county and city officials are worried about the increase in homeless seniors and...

Vacant, Neglected, Destructive: How Richmond’s abandoned homes became fire hazards

After sitting vacant and neglected for almost a decade, 662 Fourth St., a home in the Iron Triangle, burst into flames. The blaze, which neighbors say was started by trespassers, lead to the destruction of...

‘What would it be like if you owned the business down the street?’: Richmond residents fight for more ownership over their careers

Najari Smith, Josue Hernandez, and Roshni “Tay” McGee have opened a worker-owned cooperative in Richmond called Rich City Rides. The bike repair shop opened in 2015, but the organization responsible for community rides and outdoor...

Richmond’s housing struggle has a ‘fierce’ new advocate: Nikki Beasley

Nikki Beasley is executive director of Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, a nonprofit developed in the 1980s to address housing inequities, particularly those created by practices such as redlining and discriminatory lending. She’s served in her...

With over 800 people on the streets every night, Richmond’s homeless task force brainstorms ways to tackle a persistent problem

The Richmond Police Department reports up to 800 live on the streets of Richmond every night, but there is currently no dedicated fund for the homeless in the city. Local advocate Kathy Robinson is the...
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...