Economy

Volunteers with the non-profit Grid Alternatives install solar panels on a house in Atchison village, Richmond, in early March 2015

With increased demand for solar power, green job opportunities return

It is just shortly after noon on a Saturday, and the sun stands high over the historic Atchison Village in Richmond. Not a single cloud is in the sky. In its northwestern corner, a small...
West Contra Costa Unified School district holds wednesday night school board meeting discussing funds, student recognition, and charter schools. (Photo by Candese Charles)

School board recognizes Richmond High School soccer, discusses charters schools and bond money

The West Contra Costa Unified School District’s school board meeting Wednesday night included discussion of the need to find a home for Caliber Beta charter schools, updates on the district’s bond program, and recognizing the Richmond...
The second Little Free Library installed at 166 Murdock Street. (Photo by Loi Almeron)

Small efforts help library accessibility widen in Richmond

Sixth grader Clemon Brown loves reading books, but he has a hard time finding books outside of school. “Two weeks ago, I was sitting in my room [and] I want to read a book,” Brown...
City manager Bill Lindsay and Richmond Wholesale CEO Richard Doellstedt participated at the Wednesday night meeting between Richmond Wholesale and Marina Bay community members. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Richmond Wholesale and Marina Bay residents meet to solve smoke and noise issues

When homeowners first moved to the Marina Bay area, they say, it was a country-like neighborhood. Birds nested on the trees in the gated community. Nights were dark and tranquil. But, they say, everything changed...
Richmond City Council. (Photo by Tawanda Kanhema)

City council rejects zoning revisions for a digital sign in Hilltop

A divided Richmond City Council has rejected a zoning amendment that would allow a digital advertising billboard on the I-80 corridor for the troubled Hilltop business district. Leaders in the Hilltop district have urged the...
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...