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Bernie Sanders and Gayle McLaughling speak to the crowd at the RPA offices

The best of Senator Bernie Sanders in Richmond

Richmond Confidential highlights some of the key points of Sanders' speech, and exclusive interview and photos from the event.
An anti-McLaughlin billboard, funded by Chevron, looms over San Pablo Avenue, criticizing her travel history. (Photo by: Brett Murphy)

Chevron’s campaign criticizes progressive mayor’s travel, but its favored candidate traveled much more

An analysis of city documents, invoices, travel receipts and bank statements dating to 2010 shows that McLaughlin has traveled less, missed fewer meetings, and spent less money on the trips than City Councilman Nat Bates.
Some observers are skeptical that charter schools like  Aspire's California College Preparatory (above) perform as well as public schools whose funds they could potentially take from. (Photo by Candese Charles.)

As school board considers two new charter schools, inconsistent results sound note of caution

The WCCUSD Board of Education will make a recommendation on Nov. 12 whether to support a proposal to start two new charters that would enroll 312 students in grades K-5 and 420 students in grades...
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Social impact bonds come to Richmond as an innovative weapon against housing blight

Starting with the rehabilitation of blighted houses in Richmond, the city will issue long-term low-interest-rate bonds that private investors can buy to fund social programs.
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Bernie Sanders to visit Richmond, rally progressives

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) will headline a Richmond campaign event Oct. 16 to rally the city’s progressive base ahead of the Nov. 4 election. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial...
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Richmond City Council puts Chevron-DMC motion on hold while patients and hospital hold on

The fate of Doctors Medical Center remained in doubt after five hours of heated arguments at the Richmond City Council meeting Tuesday, which adjourned at 11:30 p.m. The council postponed until Oct. 21 any resolution...
School board candidates debated school lunches, teacher training and charter schools at a forum held Monday at Harding Elementary School. Photo by Faviola Leyva.

School board candidates debate student nutrition, teacher training at PTA forum

Nearly 70 people gathered at Harding Elementary School to listen to the ten WCCUSD school board candidates running for election this November.
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Sister cities, in name if not in deed, edge closer to a true financial kinship

Two weeks ago a Zhoushan business delegation visited the port, and this time they came to do more than shake hands. A new Chinese-based development, built in part with Richmond’s participation, is on the immediate...
A view of the Hacienda housing project in Richmond. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

The Hacienda housing project was declared uninhabitable. Why are tenants still living there?

The troubles at the Hacienda housing project were made public in February. The Richmond Housing Authority promised a tenant relocation in April. The initial application was sent in May. It’s now October—and mice still crawl...