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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...
With two minutes on the clock, a Caliber Beta Academy teacher pleas with the WCCUSD to give her students a permanent facility (photo by Candese Charles)

West Contra Costa school board meets for a six-hour, packed discussion on charter schools

On Wednesday night, West Contra Costa Unified School District’s (WCCUSD) first board of education meeting of the year was packed with chatty bouncy children, a sea of blue shirt-wearing Caliber Beta Academy teachers, and people...
three people hold signs at richmond city council meeting "we need answers" and "native lives matter" and "justiec for leno"

Mayor Tom Butt convenes first meeting of Richmond’s new city council

On Tuesday mayor Tom Butt called the new city council to order for the first time. On the agenda: electing a vice mayor, disbanding the Public Safety and Finance standing committees, and removing the time...
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...
A stack of signs authorized and paid for by Richmond Working Families for Jobs 2014 in Nat Bates’ headquarters. (photo by Harriet Rowan)

Independence of independent expenditure groups called into question

Richmond’s 2014 election was defined by Chevron Corp.’s failed effort to get their favored candidates elected despite spending more than $3 million through an array of independent expenditure committees. Some have raised concerns about coordination...