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Community members rally against Rocketship San Pablo Elementary during the first public hearing for its charter petition at the West Contra Costa Unified School District board meeting on Wednesday, November 15.

West Contra Costa school board races attract significant campaign donations as charter schools continue to grow

Significant campaign donations from organizations linked with charter schools flooded the last two West Contra Costa school board races. As charter schools continue to grow in the district, it's important to examine the money and...

‘Excellence without excuses’: Demnlus Johnson is a story of Richmond’s resilience

It’s Wednesday morning, and Demnlus Johnson III works diligently in his office. The sounds of footsteps echo in the hall as students, teachers and staff make their way to where they need to be before...

Richmond’s housing struggle has a ‘fierce’ new advocate: Nikki Beasley

Nikki Beasley is executive director of Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, a nonprofit developed in the 1980s to address housing inequities, particularly those created by practices such as redlining and discriminatory lending. She’s served in her...

With over 800 people on the streets every night, Richmond’s homeless task force brainstorms ways to tackle a persistent problem

The Richmond Police Department reports up to 800 live on the streets of Richmond every night, but there is currently no dedicated fund for the homeless in the city. Local advocate Kathy Robinson is the...

The Reluctant Politician: Ada Recinos’ journey to becoming the youngest city councilmember in Richmond’s history

Ada Recinos, 26, recently became the youngest city councilmember in Richmond's history. She has faced doubt due to her age and perceived lack of policy knowledge, but is ready to leave her mark on the...
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.