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Richmond's Chevron Refinery is one of the five refineries in the Bay Area affected by bill SB1300. Photo by: Phil James/Richmond Confidential

State refinery safety bill hailed by legislators draws concern from a free speech group

A new bill aimed at increasing transparency in California oil refineries has an unexpected opponent –a free speech rights group. The First Amendment Coalition raised concerns over SB 1300, a bill they claim will actually...
National Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off on Sept. 14th in Richmond. (Photo taken from video)

2014 Latin American Heritage Day & Music Festival

National Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off on Sept. 14th in Richmond with upbeat music, tasty tacos and bounce houses for kids at a music festival at Restaurante La Revolucion in the Hilltop Mall area.
Students with the Fossil Free UC campaign hold up signs urging the UC Board of Regents to divest from the fossil fuel industry at the UC Regents' meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The Regents manage a $91 billion investment portfolio, about $10 billion of which is invested in fossil fuel companies. San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

UC Regents vote in favor of sustainable investment over divestment

The University of California Board of Regents voted Wednesday to add several environmental responsibility initiatives into its investment portfolio, but declined to act on student fossil-free coalitions' demands that it divest from fossil fuel companies.
Richard Pedro Perez III, known as “Pedie” to his friends and family. (File Photo, 2008)

Friends and family paint a picture of Richard Perez as sometimes troublesome – but not dangerous

The first fatal officer-involved shooting in Richmond since 2007 saw the death of Richard “Pedie” Perez III, 24, on Sept. 14. This has shocked the Iron Triangle neighborhood, where Perez lived, and we spoke to...
edited - Resolution cosponsors Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles during Tuesday night's meeting. (Photo by Harriet Rowan)

Richmond City Council supports federal government help for child refugees

The resolution was passed by City Council in a meeting on Tuesday evening, to show support and solidarity for those fleeing violence from Central America. The resolution was merely symbolic, but received unanimous support from...