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Richmond mayor Tom Butt revealed residents' home addresses and alleged rent-control violations in an October newsletter. Now, the ACLU of Northern California is looking into the incident. Cartoon courtesy of Abner Hauge.

Opponents and supporters criticize Richmond mayor for ‘doxxing’ his political adversaries, call Tom Butt’s weekly email newsletter a ‘smear campaign’

Opponents – and even supporters – of Tom Butt say Richmond’s mayor is guilty of what one critic described as a “flagrant abuse of power” and a council member called “highly inappropriate” actions. Emails between...

Richmond’s city commissions trudge onward with limited participation and engagement

Twenty out of Richmond’s 25 city-based commissions and committees currently have empty seats, resulting in an approximately 30 percent vacancy rate. For these committees, this means more work and fewer opportunities to engage the public.

Contra Costa County considers taxing, regulating Airbnb in unincorporated areas

The Transient Occupancy Tax, typically paid by hotels, motels and tourists homes, may soon impact unincorporated areas like El Sobrante, Kensington and North Richmond, where there are no existing restrictions on short-term rentals, or the...

Around the Way: Is California ready for Gayle McLaughlin?

Instead of attending extravagant fundraisers, setting up political action committees or courting corporate donors, Gayle McLaughlin spends her days driving around California and speaking to small groups of people who want to bring back progressive...

Richmond Confidential reporter Reis Thebault wins Society of Professional Journalists award

The Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded former Richmond Confidential reporter Reis Thebault the 2017 Excellence In Journalism Award. The accolade, announced this week, was for his investigations into the “fraud,...

Richmond council takes first steps to make North Richmond part of the city after 60 years of independence

Richmond City Council voted Tuesday to start the process of annexing North Richmond after 60 years of being unincorporated. However, questions still remain about what North Richmond residents truly want.

Contra Costa affordable-housing advocates hope to build off ‘great energy’ of new state laws

The state housing bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 29 have created optimism in Contra Costa County, but affordable-housing advocates see them as just the start of a long process.
Laura Echavarria, a medical assistant at LifeLong Medical Care’s Brookside Richmond clinic, cleans an exam room on Oct. 10. LifeLong’s three medical clinics are among the safety-net providers that are preparing for a major loss of federal funding if Congress does not act.

Richmond health centers facing big cuts from Congress

Congress missed its September 30 deadline to extend funding for community health centers. Now Richmond health centers are bracing for the worst, while advocates scramble for another solution.

Oversight group says West Contra Costa school district is mismanaging bonds and could run out of funds for new projects

Members of a citizens-oversight committee questioned how the West Contra Costa school district uses bond money to construct or improve school facilities. They raised concerns about the district over-spending its budget and draining funds slated...
PStand Together CoCo proponents, including community residents and organization leaders, held signs during the board meeting. Photo credit: Alex Nieves.

Contra Costa fast-tracks $1 million legal-aid program for county’s unauthorized residents

The Contra Costa board of supervisors voted unanimously last week fast-track $1,000,000 for Stand Together CoCo, a program establishing the first rapid-response legal aid program for its estimated 65,000 unauthorized immigrants.
The 3,700 residents of North Richmond (highlighted) could join the city of Richmond at large. Image generated by Google Maps.

Should city incorporate North Richmond? Residents divided on eve of official decision.

The unincorporated area of North Richmond, long a controversial issue for the city, is up for a vote on being officially made part of the city on Tuesday. Residents of the area are divided, some...