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Richmond's Chevron Refinery is one of the five refineries in the Bay Area affected by bill SB1300. Photo by: Phil James/Richmond Confidential

State refinery safety bill hailed by legislators draws concern from a free speech group

A new bill aimed at increasing transparency in California oil refineries has an unexpected opponent –a free speech rights group. The First Amendment Coalition raised concerns over SB 1300, a bill they claim will actually...
edited - Resolution cosponsors Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles during Tuesday night's meeting. (Photo by Harriet Rowan)

Richmond City Council supports federal government help for child refugees

The resolution was passed by City Council in a meeting on Tuesday evening, to show support and solidarity for those fleeing violence from Central America. The resolution was merely symbolic, but received unanimous support from...
Uche Uwahemu, 41, mayoral candidate. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Mayoral profile: Uche Uwahemu

Uche Uwahemu—trained in law and business, and shaped by a decade of nonprofit work—speaks earnestly about the future of Richmond. At 41, he is the youngest of Richmond’s four mayoral candidates. Wearing a gray pinstripe...
A packed house at Miracle Temple Church. Residents bowed their heads in prayer at the end of a meeting about the impacts and possibilities of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's proposed Richmond Bay Campus. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Residents urge Berkeley lab to consider impacts of Richmond campus

Richmond residents, unions, and community groups are keeping a close eye on the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and its plans for a Richmond Bay Campus: a development that is projected to take shape over the...
(File photo by: Tawanda Kanhema)

Minimum wage increase stalls

Richmond’s effort to pass a minimum wage hike has stalled. A general increase to the minimum wage gained support from the city council on March 19, but the proposed ordinance failed to pass a second...