Government

Protesters gather at the intersection of 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland after the release of the Ferguson grand jury verdict. November 24, 2014. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Protest erupts in Oakland following Ferguson grand jury decision, shuts down freeway

Planned protests erupted in Oakland Monday night, disrupting freeway traffic as a huge crowd demonstrated against a grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson, MO, police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed...
A few dozen people rallied in front of the Department of Homeland Security offices in San Francisco on Friday to share their concerns about the limited scope of Obama's immigration plan (Photo courtesy of East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition)

In East Bay, immigration reform gets lukewarm reviews

As word spread through Richmond, Oakland and other East Bay cities with large immigrant populations of the President’s executive orders easing some restrictions of federal immigration policy, families and support groups affected by the new...
Just some of the ocean of mailers sent out by campaigns to residents over the election. (Photo by Robert Rogers)

Losing candidates say corporate money may have hurt their campaigns

Chevron-funded spending committees backed several losing candidates – to the tune of $3.1 million – on Election Day. Those who were defeated are now left to wonder what happened and whether Chevron's money may have...
An online flier on healthcare enrollment for Asians and Pacific Islanders distributed by Covered California.

Obamacare open enrollment to speak in 17 Asian and Pacific Islander languages

Contra Costa County will have its open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act targeting Asians and Pacific Islanders tomorrow, Nov. 15, at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. At the event, translations to 17 Asian and Pacific...
Ticket booth of carousel ride within Hilltop Mall. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Homeowners’ associations ally to create new Hilltop District and push neighborhood facelift plan

Growing up in the Hilltop area of Richmond, Cesar Zepeda never knew why the empty lot at San Pablo Ave. and Richmond Parkway remained undeveloped more than 16 years after it was first proposed for...
Caliber Beta Academy parents, students and supporters filled up the room at Wednesday's school board meeting with posters. (Photo by Zainab Khan)

In first School Board meeting since election, clashes over spending

Parents and students lined up one by one at the podium during West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting Wednesday night to voice their concerns about the Board’s spending decisions.
Eduardo Martinez gives a speech at the Richmond Progressive Alliance office while waiting for the election results to come in. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Eduardo Martinez: Shy person turned into powerful city councilman

Three minutes past midnight, Eduardo Martinez walks out of the Richmond Progressive Alliance office. He turns around and stares back in. Still no final result. He waves goodnight to his supporters. It’s Martinez’s third time...
Richmond saw its fewest voters in years on Tuesday.   (Photo by Brett Murphy)

Has at-large voting outlived its usefulness in Richmond?

Richmond is one of the few major (100,000-plus population) Bay Area cities still electing its council and school board members on an at-large basis, a 100-year old system that’s been under attack throughout California and...
Tom Butt cracks a smile as updated election numbers show him ahead in the mayor's race on Tuesday. (Photo by Elly Schmidt-Hopper)

View from the top: Mayor-elect Tom Butt talks Chevron and where he plans to take Richmond

Tom Butt looked tired. At 8:00 p.m. on Election Day he finally sat down, stein of beer in hand, to wait for the results. He had been on his feet all day. Twelve hours earlier,...