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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...
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,...
Fourth Graders at Richmond College Prep School answer questions as they prepare to make spring salad during their cooking class, with the help from the Charlie Cart. Richmond College Prep is one of three schools in the Charlie Cart pilot program. 

Photo By Nicole West

The Charlie Cart, a newly designed mobile kitchen, brings food education into the classroom

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon in April at the Richmond College Prep School, and the fourth grade students were divided among three tables near the outdoor garden. In front of the tables was a...
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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...
A picture of Maya Cooper hangs in the music room. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Maya’s gift to Richmond: Music therapy for people with developmental disabilities

As she gets off BART, Chloe Lipton makes her way to one of her favorite destinations: Maya’s Music Therapy Fund. Her new caretaker, Kayla Jenkins, worries that they might be going in the wrong direction. But Lipton...
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...
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 staff at Kennedy High's new school-based clinic includes, from left to right, nurse practitioner Kimberly Humphrey, registration clerk Valerie Estes, and health education specialist LaShonda Williams. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

New health clinic opens for Kennedy High students and South Richmond residents

It’s a sunny Thursday afternoon and the new health clinic at Richmond’s John F. Kennedy High School is open for service. In an impeccably clean waiting area decorated with plants, a round table and a...
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...
The Richmond Food Policy Council and young campaigners are circulating a petition calling for more salad bars in Richmond schools. Show here, a school cafeteria in 2012. (Photo by Avni Nijhawan)

Richmond community members petition for more salad bars in schools

Affordable and sustainable food is a priority for Laneisha Whitfield, the director of the Richmond Food Policy Council, and her young campaigners. So on February 17, the Richmond Food Policy Council created an online and...
Alicia Trost of BART, Erika Jenssen with Contra Costa Public Health, and Tomas Aragon with City & County of San Francisco, from left to right, brief reporters on the first measles case confirmed in Contra Costa County in 2015. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

First measles case of 2015 confirmed in Contra Costa County

The first measles case in the recent national outbreak was confirmed in Contra Costa County today. According to county officials, the person with measles travelled by BART between the Lafayette and Montgomery stations between the...
A volunteer donating platelets - in addition to donating blood, volunteers can also donate platelets which are used to prevent massive blood loss and blood vessel leakage. Photo by Faviola Leyva.

American Red Cross encouraging African-Americans to donate blood

In honor of Black History Month, the American Red Cross is commemorating the development of modern-day blood banking, pioneered by an African-American surgeon—Dr. Charles Drew. They have organized more than a dozen blood donation opportunities...