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Richmond Police Department. File photo by Grace Oyenubi.

RPD officer sent ‘sexually suggestive’ messages to head of a dispensary he was regulating, documents show

Court documents submitted in an ongoing case indicate that Richmond Police Department Sergeant Michael Rood sent “numerous inappropriate and sexually suggestive” text messages to the head of a medical marijuana dispensary he was tasked with...
Inside Richmond City Hall. File photo by Tawanda Kanhema.

Court documents point to ‘pay to play’ scheme between marijuana dispensaries and City Council

A new set of documents filed in an ongoing court case suggest that the heads of Richmond’s three medical marijuana dispensaries may have paid City Councilmembers to back legislation favorable to the dispensaries.
A Donald Trump piñata is tossed around among Richmond High School students during a protest on Nov. 9. Photo by Angeline Bernabe.

While the nation swings right, Richmond swings left

As the Republican Party swept into power nationally and the country watched its politics become more conservative overnight a week ago, Richmond had one of its most progressive elections ever—passing a rent control measure and...
Emotions ran high as students began to proceed down Cutting Blvd. in Richmond. Photo by Angeline Bernabe.

Richmond High students take to the streets to protest Trump’s presidential win

On Wednesday afternoon, one day after Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States, a group of Richmond High School seniors walked out of school in protest, marching to City Hall...
Candidate Melvin Willis celebrates RPA sweep of the City Council election at the organization's headquarters. Photo by Abner Hauge.

Willis’ and Choi’s City Council wins bring victory for RPA, Mayor Butt voices concern

In what may be the biggest electoral victory in the Richmond Progressive Alliance’s 13-year history, the political group has won two more City Council seats—giving it a majority on the council.
Quanah Parker Brightman, resident and United Native Americans, Inc. Executive Director. Photo by Nebiat Assefa Melles.

ELECTION 2016: Richmond, California

Election day is just around the corner. Before everything comes to a close, we walked around Richmond, stopping at Civic Center Plaza and Marina Bay, to ask residents what they thought about the upcoming vote.
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Campaign contributions largely from outside Richmond, finance records show

Who’s your money on for the Richmond City Council election? And where are you from? A local election doesn’t necessarily mean local money.
Richmond will vote on Measure M on Nov. 8. Photograph by Catherine Schuknecht.

Mayor Butt advocates for Measure M as realtor groups spend to defeat it

With the election days away, a battle over Measure M, a ballot initiative that would increase so-called documentary transfer tax rates, is suddenly heating up. In the last month, the National Association of Realtors and...