Election 2014

West Contra Costa district schools failed to improve in California’s annual test according to results released last month. District leaders and education expert said the standardized test is not the only way to measure student performance.

West Contra Costa schools fail to improve on annual test, but leaders say student success is measured in a variety of ways

West Contra Costa district schools failed to improve in California’s annual test. District leaders and education expert said the standardized test is not the only way to measure student performance.
Regulations on admission policies at the 12 charter schools at West Contra Costa Unified School District will be codified upon Gov. Jerry Brown's approval of AB1360. (Photo by Yutao Chen)

West Contra Costa charter schools with diverse demographics scored higher on state tests

WCCUSD charter schools scored higher than district schools in statewide Smarter Balanced test with high percentage of English learners and socioeconomically disadvantaged students as a bill deterring exclusionary admission policies of charter schools awaits approval...
The seven candidates for two seats on the WCCUSD Board of Education field questions at a public forum on September 20. Photo by Marian Davidson.

School board candidates vetted by Education Matters before endorsement

The education-focused nonprofit Education Matters, the largest local spender in the 2016 WCCUSD school board race, vetted the candidates they endorsed with questions that included their stance on charter schools.
Cartoon by Abner Hauge.

City council candidates clash over development, rent control and schools

Candidates’ strategies for development across Richmond—and especially downtown—varied greatly.
Richmond City Council members question police department officials on Taser International contract. Photo by Jacob Shea.

Council votes to fund contract for new police body cams and tasers

The Richmond City Council clashed over funding for body cameras and tasers at Tuesday's meeting. Other initiatives related to cannabis, carbon tax and school budget were approved with little conflict.

Richmond dispensary sues over alleged monopoly on medical marijuana

After more than six years spent trying to open up shop, Richmond Compassionate Care Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Richmond’s three existing dispensaries conspired with community organizers and a...
City council members listen to public comments on whether or not to open a police commission investigation on the death of Pede Perez.

Richmond city council meeting discusses investigating the death of Richard “Pedie” Perez

Talk about policing dominated the Richmond City Council meeting on Tuesday, as councilmembers and citizens discussed amending the Richmond Police Commission enabling ordinance, initiating a police commission investigation into the death of Richard “Pedie” Perez...