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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,...
DMC

Community members mourn the closure of Doctors Medical Center

Plywood with large red letters simply reading “DMC Closed” was affixed to the signs on the street that once welcomed patients to the largest public hospital on the western part of Contra Costa County. Members...
Crime statistics show that a higher crime rate in the first quarter of a year doesn’t necessarily lead to higher rate for the whole year. (Data source: RPD)

Crime rises in first quarter of 2015; police force vacancies a challenge

Earlier this month, Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus alerted the community of a 9 to 10 percent increase in both violent and property crimes in Richmond in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the...
Tenants of housing units on 1200 and 1300 Bissell Ave. in Richmond protest against a rent increase by their lanlord on 1st of April 2015. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Richmond’s rent control advocates and opponents face off over gentrification

Richmond is seeing better days. According to a recent research paper by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute, homicides and violent crime were at historic lows in 2013, parks are being renewed, living conditions are improving and...
Protesters cheer as Sandra Roman, a striking fast food worker, urges workers behind the counter at a McDonald's in Richmond to join their strike. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Hundreds of workers rally across the East Bay for the “Fight for $15”

Fast food and low-wage workers in Oakland, Richmond and Berkeley joined a workers’ strike dubbed “Fight for $15” on Wednesday, continuing a two-year-long campaign that calls on fast food chains to institute a $15 minimum...
A picture of Maya Cooper hangs in the music room. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Maya’s gift to Richmond: Music therapy for people with developmental disabilities

As she gets off the BART, Chloe Lipton makes her way to one of her favorite destinations: Maya’s Music Therapy Fund. Her new caretaker, Kayla Jenkins, worries that they might be going in the wrong direction. But...
Bay Area Derby Girls  kicked off their Season Opener on March 14, 2015. Photo by Nicole West

Balancing life as a roller derby girl

Huck Sinn’s life was falling apart, including her relationships. After she stopped going to grad school, she moved from San Francisco to the East Bay, where she started “dating herself.” “I was taking myself out....
Half of the households at Hacienda Public Housing will receive their vouchers by the end of this month. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

At Hacienda, some tenants are having trouble searching for a new home

So far, around 20 families who live at the Hacienda public housing complex have received Section 8 vouchers intended to help them relocate while the building undergoes renovations. They have 60 days to find a...
Chief Chris Magnus

Former Richmond police officer sues city and Chief Magnus for wrongful termination, sexual harassment

A former Richmond police officer is suing the City of Richmond and Chief of Police Chris Magnus for wrongful termination, claiming that he was discriminated against after he reported to his supervisor that Magnus allegedly...
Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library movement begins to blossom in Richmond

The concept is simple: a handful of books in a wooden box, mounted in a public space. The books are free. Peruse the selection. Take a book if you’d like. Leave a book in its...
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...