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A partially collapsed soft-story building in San Francisco after the 1989 earthquake. Richmond is home to at least 280 potential structures. Photo by J.K. Nakata, United States Geological Survey

Thousands of Richmond, East Bay ‘soft story’ buildings vulnerable in major earthquake as retrofitting lags

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico earlier this week, and scientists say one could hit the East Bay "tomorrow." Some Bay Area cities, including Richmond, aren't prepared.
Saluté owner Menbe Aklilu and restaurant staff pose with a check for over $13,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief. Photo courtesy of Saluté e Vita Ristorante.

Saluté restaurant owner donates $13,000 to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Menbe Aklilu, owner of the celebrated Saluté e Vita Ristorante in Richmond, made a donation of over $13,000 on behalf of the Richmond community towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Contra Costa supervisors fund Richmond-based prisoner re-entry program on heels of beef with sheriff

The Contra Costa County board of supervisors unanimously voted to renew the contract of a Richmond-based prisoner re-entry program, but only after County Sheriff David Livingston and a supervisor clashed over the group's financial practices.
"Celebrating Children mural at MacDonald Avenue and Harbour Way in Richmond, CA. 37 percent of Contra Costa County's unauthorized population lives with a U.S.-citizen child under the age of 18." Photo credit: Cecilia Lei

In response to DACA uncertainty, Contra Costa County to discuss funding million-dollar immigrant-rights program

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors votes tomorrow on the Stand Together CoCo Initiative–a project which if passed will provide undocumented residents of Contra Costa with legal aid, a 24/7 advisory line for legal questions...
Volunteers gather at the Memorial Tabernacle Church for a lawn party to restore the church's garden on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

At a mulching party, East Bay residents learn how to convert lawns to gardens

On a warm Saturday morning, people began to slowly stroll into the Memorial Tabernacle Church in Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood. They were gathered not for a morning service, but for a special kind of lawn party....

Richmond sports community uses soccer as a vehicle for change

Alonzo Del Mundo and Nicolas Brenes Jr. are the first-ever  student-athletes from Leadership Public School-Richmond to receive full, Division I scholarships to play soccer at U.C. Berkeley and San Jose State, respectively. The Richmond duo is...