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Mailers from the Richmond Small Business Association accuse City Manager Bill Lindsay of receiving a salary higher than California Governor Jerry Brown and of mismanaging the city. (Photo provided by Richmond resident Joe Health)

Backers of a flyer campaign and ballot initiative proposal criticize city manager’s salary

Two weeks ago, Richmond residents discovered in their mailboxes large flyers titled “Call the Mayor.” The mailers accused City Manager Bill Lindsay, who has served in that position since 2005, of receiving a salary higher...
Attorney Vinay Pimple was appointed Tuesday night to fill the empty seat on the Richmond City Council, after three weeks of deliberation. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Vinay Pimple appointed to fill vacant seat on Richmond City Council

In what many are calling a surprise move, the Richmond City Council voted Tuesday night to appoint Vinay Pimple, a blind attorney and volunteer tutor, to fill the vacant seat on the council that was...
All shapes and sizes, volunteers took on a mountain of woodchips that would blanket the playground floor.

Richmond focuses “Love Your Block” grant to develop North Richmond and Parchester neighborhoods

“Man, it’s a big deal!” said Rita Johnson, Parchester Village Neighborhood Council President. She said that it is good to know that Parchester is “on the mind” of the mayor and city executives.
Sheryl E. Lane and Vinay Pimple were nominated on Tuesday night but both failed to get four votes to be appointed to the empty seat. Photos were taken on February 10. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Richmond City Council fails to fill vacant seat for a second week

Following motions to appoint Sheryl E. Lane and Vinay Pimple, neither of which passed, Mayor Tom Butt postponed the decision to next week.
Alicia Trost of BART, Erika Jenssen with Contra Costa Public Health, and Tomas Aragon with City & County of San Francisco, from left to right, brief reporters on the first measles case confirmed in Contra Costa County in 2015. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

First measles case of 2015 confirmed in Contra Costa County

The first measles case in the recent national outbreak was confirmed in Contra Costa County today. According to county officials, the person with measles travelled by BART between the Lafayette and Montgomery stations between the...
Marilyn Langlois, Sheryl Lane and Ben Choi, from left to right, are three of the 18 candidates vying to fill the empty seat on the City Council. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Richmond City Council adjourns without filling vacant seat

Richmond’s City Council failed to appoint a new member to the Council’s vacant seat Tuesday night, deciding after a series of deadlocked nominations to instead to move the decision to next week’s council meeting.
Eighteen people are vying for one vacant Richmond City Council seat. (Photo "Lonely chair in my room" by: Konstantin Stepanov is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. See link below: https://flic.kr/p/bUCG8n

Council to discuss filling Richmond’s vacant seat

A council seat opened up when former Councilmember Tom Butt was sworn in as mayor earlier this year. By last Tuesday, 18 applicants had submitted statements to fill the vacancy. The council now must appoint...
Inside Hacienda. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Hacienda residents to move with federally-funded vouchers

Nearly a year has passed since stories broke in February 2014, about disturbing living conditions in the Hacienda public housing complex. Now Hacienda residents will finally see the beginning of the end of their days...
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Empty city council seat has 18 contenders

Before the Tuesday night deadline, 18 candidates from diverse backgrounds filed applications to fill the empty seat. The council majority will only choose one of them.
Mayor Tom Butt delievers the State of the City address. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Mayor highlights Hilltop Mall and Hacienda relocation in State of the City address

Richmond’s new mayor Tom Butt made his first State of the City address on Tuesday night, announcing that “Richmond is open for business” and saying that his office is checking on the Hacienda public housing...
three people hold signs at richmond city council meeting "we need answers" and "native lives matter" and "justiec for leno"

Mayor Tom Butt convenes first meeting of Richmond’s new city council

On Tuesday mayor Tom Butt called the new city council to order for the first time. On the agenda: electing a vice mayor, disbanding the Public Safety and Finance standing committees, and removing the time...
Richmond Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles celebrates beside Mayor Gayle McLaughlin at RPA headquarters in Richmond Tuesday night. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Richmond Confidential looks back on 2014, year for the ages

Long after the billboards come down, the campaign mailers rest in landfills and the New Year’s toasts come and go, 2014 may be remembered as Richmond’s big election year. We are honored to have been in Richmond’s streets and chambers, its...
A stack of signs authorized and paid for by Richmond Working Families for Jobs 2014 in Nat Bates’ headquarters. (photo by Harriet Rowan)

Independence of independent expenditure groups called into question

Richmond’s 2014 election was defined by Chevron Corp.’s failed effort to get their favored candidates elected despite spending more than $3 million through an array of independent expenditure committees. Some have raised concerns about coordination...