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Members of the Contra Costa County public defenders office at an action in Martinez in 2014. Photo courtesy of Ryan M. Martin.

County supervisors approve task force to combat Criminal Justice Racial Disparities

Last Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors took a step towards examining racial disparities in the county’s criminal justice system. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 12, the board unanimously approved...
Police Chief Allwyn Brown was sworn into his position on Tuesday in a ceremony before the city council meeting. Photo courtesy of Allwyn Brown.

Allwyn Brown sworn in as Richmond’s new police chief

Allwyn Brown was sworn in as Richmond’s new police chief at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, in a ceremony that preceded Tuesday's city council meeting. Brown accepted the position last month after serving as interim chief...
WCCUSD and the City of Richmond have a plan to try and bridge the digital divide and connect Iron Triangle residents with free Wi-Fi. Photo Courtesy of Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative.

City, school district aim to provide free Wi-Fi to central Richmond

The City of Richmond and the West Contra Costa Unified School District are working to bring free Wi-Fi to residents of the Iron Triangle, by building a fiber optic network. Richmond is joining other cities...
City council members listen to public comments on whether or not to open a police commission investigation on the death of Pede Perez.

Richmond city council meeting discusses investigating the death of Richard “Pedie” Perez

Talk about policing dominated the Richmond City Council meeting on Tuesday, as councilmembers and citizens discussed amending the Richmond Police Commission enabling ordinance, initiating a police commission investigation into the death of Richard “Pedie” Perez...
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Richmond city council meeting marked by protests over Richard “Pedie” Perez

Frustration was the headliner at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, at which the council heard from a mourning family and unanimously elected a new vice mayor.
Pogo Park crew and volunteer residents posed for group photo before ending the last hour of the Living Preview. (Photo by Candese Charles)

Transportation Commission approves grant to better Iron Triangle

The California Transportation Commission approved a $6 million grant for a plan to improve Richmond’s Iron Triangle neighborhood. Known as the Iron Triangle Yellow Brick Road Walkable Neighborhoods Plan, the project aims to improve streets notorious for...
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The historical uniqueness of a city in transformation

Richmond is a record breaker. Known for many years to host the largest oil refinery in the country and as the most productive World War II shipyard, Richmond also once hosted the biggest winery in...
Community members packed the Richmond Memorial Auditorium to hear what the Berkeley Global Campus working group drafted for the chancellor. (photo by Katherine Rife)

First community briefing for the Berkeley Global Campus

UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are planning the new Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay. The committee wants the university to sign a legally binding agreement aiding those such as disadvantaged workers,...
City Council members voted on November 17 to include all Richmond students in the Richmond Promise, a scholarship program to be funded by Chevron. (Photo by Angelica Casas)

New scholarship helps Richmond college students

The Richmond City Council voted Tuesday evening to include all of Richmond's students in a new college scholarship program. Students who earn the scholarship will receive $1,500 per year, starting with high school graduates in...