Cartoon by Abner Hauge.

City council candidates clash over development, rent control and schools

Candidates’ strategies for development across Richmond—and especially downtown—varied greatly.
Richmond City Council members question police department officials on Taser International contract. Photo by Jacob Shea.

Council votes to fund contract for new police body cams and tasers

The Richmond City Council clashed over funding for body cameras and tasers at Tuesday's meeting. Other initiatives related to cannabis, carbon tax and school budget were approved with little conflict.
As the 2016 election draws near, Richmond voters are afforded the opportunity to see where the city council hopefuls are getting their money. Photo by Catherine Schuknecht.

Campaign finance reports provide litmus test for voters as election approaches

The last Friday of September was the first pre-election filing deadline for city council candidates to submit campaign finance reports. It was the first chance for the public to see the inner financial workings of...
Save the Richmond Hills volunteer Dick Schneider visits a privately-owned trailhead near Clark Road, one of the areas protected by the initiative. Photo by Abner Hauge

Initiative to stop further development in landslide prone areas embraced by El Sobrante Valley residents

El Sobrante Valley residents and activists hope to keep residential development out of the historically landslide-prone area with the soon-to-be-submitted Richmond Hills Initiative, which they’re currently working to put on the 2018 ballot.
City Council candidates addressed audience members at a a "meet the candidates" forum hosted by Richmond's Praise Fellowship Bible Church. Photo by Catherine Schuknecht

Richmond pastor hosts City Council candidates, urges voter engagement

Last week, Richmond's Praise Fellowship Bible Church hosted a “meet the candidates” forum focused on boosting voter engagement among Richmond’s faith-based community. The Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA)'s political action committee (PAC) co-sponsored...
Kids First supporters join together to chant, “Our Voice, Our City.” Photograph by Abner Hauge.

With signatures approved, Kids First Initiative gets closer to the 2018 ballot

On Tuesday, City Council verified the signatures for putting the Richmond Kids First Initiative on the 2018 ballot. The embattled initiative, which supporters had worked to put on the 2016 ballot, would allocate up to...