Cole Dunford (center) and Copeland Cormier (right) enjoy a day on the Happy Lot Farm during November’s volunteer day. (Photo by Brittany Murphy)

Local gardener transforms vacant lot into thriving urban farm

Andromeda Brooks is changing the way we look at vacant lots. Tired of staring at the litter outside her window, Brooks decided to turn a blighted lot at Chanslor Avenue and First Street into an...
A young boy enjoys his healthy food choice. (photo by Isara Krieger)

First Annual Food Day event in Richmond promotes healthy diets

Food Day is a new national initiative created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It’s dedicated to teaching Americans to eat healthier foods and educating them about health issues that are preventable...
Eucalyptus trees may seem a lovely part of the East Bay landscape, but some see little but an invasive species and fire hazard. (Photo by Manjula Varghese)

Environmental groups clash over East Bay eucalyptus

A group of environmental, municipal and educational organizations say the eucalyptus trees in the East Bay Hills are a fire hazard that must be gotten rid of. Activists disagree.
PG&E used graphics to show how inconvienent vegetation can be when first responders need to deal with emergencies. (Image courtesy of PG&E)

PG&E to incorporate safety initiatives, remove obstructing trees

After the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion five years ago, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. launched a statewide upgrade to its gas safety program. Richmond will receive its PG&E pipeline safety makeover in the upcoming...
Shoreline Festival

North Richmond Shoreline Festival attracts, educates families

Families braved a chilly wind billowing across the bay Saturday to learn about nature conservation at the 12th annual North Richmond Shoreline Festival. The free event was held at the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park...
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...