Government

Map of Key Multi-Modal Connections & Focal Points, South Richmond Transportation Connectivity Plan (Courtesy of the Richmond Planning Division)

City asks residents to weigh in on new South Richmond transportation plan

The City of Richmond is seeking public comment on the South Richmond Transportation Connectivity Plan (SRTCP) draft, which was released in early May. The plan is the city’s effort to improve transportation connectivity between South...
Tom Butt (center), with his wife and campaign manager, reacts as unofficial election results show him winning Richmond's mayoral seat. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Mayor highlights business, environment and council meeting improvements in his first 100 days

On April 23, new Richmond Mayor Tom Butt concluded his first 100 days in office. Butt, a longtime councilmember and Point Richmond architect, won the November election to replace termed-out former mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and...
The East Bay Municipal Utility District officers visits Briones Reservoir in Contra Costa County.

EBMUD declares stage 4 drought and takes steps to curb water use

This year is the driest in recorded history in California. This has forced the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to declare a stage 4 drought, the highest stage ever announced in the area, although even...
Apartment building in Richmond, 23rd Street/Nevin Avenue (Photo by Fabian Graber)

Richmond Progressive Alliance revives campaign for stronger tenant protections

Advocates for stronger tenant protections in Richmond received support last week when the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) decided to join their efforts. The RPA is an influential political player in the city, with members—Jovanka Beckles,...
Richmond Village

Some Richmond property owners agree to limits on rent increases, but face skepticism

In Richmond, politicians and community organizations are tackling the issue of rising rents. Last week, in a step that he hopes will bring immediate relief to tenants vulnerable to rent increases, Vice Mayor Jael Myrick...
Mister Phillips presents at one of the Hacienda resident council meetings in March. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Ten Hacienda households file tort claims against Richmond

The members of 10 households living in Richmond’s infamous Hacienda public housing complex are claiming the city should pay them damages because the city failed to maintain the housing complex and caused them physical injury,...
DMC

Community members mourn the closure of Doctors Medical Center

Plywood with large red letters simply reading “DMC Closed” was affixed to the signs on the street that once welcomed patients to the largest public hospital on the western part of Contra Costa County. Members...
Tenants of housing units on 1200 and 1300 Bissell Ave. in Richmond protest against a rent increase by their lanlord on 1st of April 2015. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Richmond’s rent control advocates and opponents face off over gentrification

Richmond is seeing better days. According to a recent research paper by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute, homicides and violent crime were at historic lows in 2013, parks are being renewed, living conditions are improving and...
Half of the households at Hacienda Public Housing will receive their vouchers by the end of this month. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

At Hacienda, some tenants are having trouble searching for a new home

So far, around 20 families who live at the Hacienda public housing complex have received Section 8 vouchers intended to help them relocate while the building undergoes renovations. They have 60 days to find a...
Chief Chris Magnus

Former Richmond police officer sues city and Chief Magnus for wrongful termination, sexual harassment

A former Richmond police officer is suing the City of Richmond and Chief of Police Chris Magnus for wrongful termination, claiming that he was discriminated against after he reported to his supervisor that Magnus allegedly...
Skin of a patient after 3 days of measles infection. Photo by CDC/ Heinz F. Eichenwald, MD.

After measles outbreak, interest in vaccines increases

It’s not over yet. The measles outbreak, which started in December, 2014, at a Disneyland theme park in Orange County, is still ongoing in the United States, and has now reached Mexico and Canada, where...
The second Little Free Library installed at 166 Murdock Street. (Photo by Loi Almeron)

Small efforts help library accessibility widen in Richmond

Sixth grader Clemon Brown loves reading books, but he has a hard time finding books outside of school. “Two weeks ago, I was sitting in my room [and] I want to read a book,” Brown...
City manager Bill Lindsay and Richmond Wholesale CEO Richard Doellstedt participated at the Wednesday night meeting between Richmond Wholesale and Marina Bay community members. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Richmond Wholesale and Marina Bay residents meet to solve smoke and noise issues

When homeowners first moved to the Marina Bay area, they say, it was a country-like neighborhood. Birds nested on the trees in the gated community. Nights were dark and tranquil. But, they say, everything changed...