Lt. Andre Hill held a press conference last Thursday to answer questions about Ronald Guinto's arrest. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Schoolteacher charged with sex crimes against children pleads not guilty

The Contra Costa County District Attorney filed felony charges against Mira Vista Elementary School teacher Ron Guinto, raising his bail to $17 million, police spokesperson Lt. Andre Hill confirmed last Friday. If convicted, Guinto faces...
Richmond police have two school resource officers assigned to each of the city's high schools. (Photo by: Christina Lopez)

Expulsions and out-of-school suspensions down for West Contra Costa Unified School district

New numbers published last week by the California Department of Education show that, like the rest of the state, the West Contra Costa Unified School District is moving away from once-popular “zero tolerance” policies to...
Two children play at the water table at the Balboa Head Start center in Richmond. Head Start has suffered under recent budget cuts. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Cuts to subsidized childcare leave many Richmond families in the lurch

Low-income parents are hurting in Richmond where federal, state and local cuts to childcare subsidies have resulted in fewer subsidized slots—or paid spaces in childcare centers or home daycares.
Brighter Beginnings serves thousands of East Bay Families through funding from First 5 Contra Costa. (photo by Brighter Beginnings)

Richmond welcomes million-dollar home visiting support program for new parents

East Bay nonprofit Brighter Beginnings has partnered with First 5 Contra Costa in the launch of “Hello Baby,” a new home-visiting program in Richmond that provides support and parenting advice to low-income families whose infants...

County board votes to approve new Summit charter school

Earlier this year, the West Contra Costa Unified School District denied the application of Summit Public Schools to open a new charter school in the district. The Contra Costa County School Board has now overruled...