At the Chemical Safety Board meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, audience members held up signs calling for more regulation of oil refineries in California. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Chemical Safety Board moves to postpone vote on refinery recommendations

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Tuesday voted to postpone a decision on its staff’s recommendation that California adopt a new regulatory framework for refineries.
Eric Zell, president of the Doctors Medical Center San Pablo governing board, speaks at the Richmond city council emergency meeting Tuesday night. The hospital is facing a $20 million budget deficit and is seeking financial assistance from Kaiser Northern California. The city council adopted a resolution urging Kaiser to support the struggling hospital. (Photo by: Kevin N. Hume)

Richmond city council urges Kaiser to rescue fiscally troubled Doctors Medical Center

Doctors Medical Center San Pablo is facing a $20 million budget deficit and seeking immediate bridge funding from Kaiser Northern California to keep its doors open. The Richmond city council adopted a resolution urging Kaiser...
U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso speaks during a news conference at the Emeryville Hilton Garden Inn Monday about the board's second of three reports on the August 2012 Chevron Richmond refinery fire, which endangered 19 workers and sent 15,000 people to area hospitals. Aerial photos of the fire's smoke plume sit nearby. (Photo by: Kevin N. Hume)

Chemical Safety Board recommends industry-wide changes in Chevron fire report

U.S. Chemical Safety Board representatives and investigators on Monday recommended sweeping changes to the California petroleum industry following the August 2012 fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.
Brighter Beginnings serves thousands of East Bay Families through funding from First 5 Contra Costa. (photo by Brighter Beginnings)

Richmond welcomes million-dollar home visiting support program for new parents

East Bay nonprofit Brighter Beginnings has partnered with First 5 Contra Costa in the launch of “Hello Baby,” a new home-visiting program in Richmond that provides support and parenting advice to low-income families whose infants...

Muay Thai boxing in Richmond

The Anouphab Mud Muay Thai Lao Academy on MacDonald Avenue teaches residents the ancient martial art of Muay Thai. The gym owner, Master Tee, fled war torn Laos in 1979, and now teaches Richmond residents...