Environment

Tom Butt (center), with his wife and campaign manager, reacts as unofficial election results show him winning Richmond's mayoral seat. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Mayor highlights business, environment and council meeting improvements in his first 100 days

On April 23, new Richmond Mayor Tom Butt concluded his first 100 days in office. Butt, a longtime councilmember and Point Richmond architect, won the November election to replace termed-out former mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and...
The East Bay Municipal Utility District officers visits Briones Reservoir in Contra Costa County.

EBMUD declares stage 4 drought and takes steps to curb water use

This year is the driest in recorded history in California. This has forced the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to declare a stage 4 drought, the highest stage ever announced in the area, although even...
Fourth Graders at Richmond College Prep School answer questions as they prepare to make spring salad during their cooking class, with the help from the Charlie Cart. Richmond College Prep is one of three schools in the Charlie Cart pilot program. 

Photo By Nicole West

The Charlie Cart, a newly designed mobile kitchen, brings food education into the classroom

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon in April at the Richmond College Prep School, and the fourth grade students were divided among three tables near the outdoor garden. In front of the tables was a...
Bobcat. Photo source: “BOBCAT" by Valerie on Flickr, shared via Creative Commons

On Earth Day 2015, a look at the wild species that live in the East Bay regional parks

The California Grizzly bear has been immortalized on the state’s flag, but the four-leg symbol is not around California anymore—at least not since 1924, when the last specimen was spotted in Santa Barbara County. However,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Point Richmond wild turkeys live in the pines on the hillside above the East Scenic Avenue, according to Murphy. (Photo by Isabelle Murphy)

Thanksgiving is over, but wild turkeys still roam Richmond’s neighborhoods

Now in Richmond, wild turkeys chase joggers in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, pad around parking lots at Hilltop, leave droppings on residents’ driveways in Point Richmond, and have been sighted on the roof of a...
rusty spoke award recipients post for photo

Greening Richmond Together: Groundwork’s second annual awards event

Groundwork Richmond had its second annual event on Saturday recognizing those who have dedicated their time and supported their projects. The free event included family activities and music performances, and VIP tickets were sold to...
John Roulac is the founder and CEO of Richmond-based Nutiva. (Photo courtesy of Nutiva)

The man behind the Richmond company that won’t stop growing

How lifelong Bay Area activist, John Roulac, built a career—and an empire—out of organic food. Roulac's Nutiva, is the largest organic superfoods company in the world and it's based right here, in Richmond.