History

‘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...

MAP: An overview of every toxic, contaminated site in Richmond

Over the decades, a sprawling network of shuttered chemical plants and oil refineries has left harmful pollutants in Richmond’s air, water, and soil. According to data collected by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control,...

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.
The Oishi family nursery in Richmond, seen here in an undated pre-war photo. The Oishis were one of 20 Japanese-American flower growing families in Richmond. Photo courtesy the El Cerrito Historical Society and the Oishi family.

Richmond residents commemorate anniversary of Japanese American incarceration order

Executive Order 9066, which cleared the way for the incarceration (or “internment”) of Japanese Americans during World War II, may have been signed 75 years ago, but Flora Ninomiya sees eerie parallels with the modern...
The Richmond post office at 1025 Nevin Ave. The USPS posted a notice of intent to sell the historic building on January 25. Photo by Andrew Beale.

Richmond community members oppose post office sale

The United States Postal Service says the post office at 1025 Nevin Avenue in downtown Richmond is in “excess and no longer necessary.” Kimberley Savoy-Jackson, wearing a leg brace as she walks up the post...
Dean McLeod, right, talks to participants in an event to commemorate Native American Day at the Willow Pass Community Center. Photo by Nebiat Assefa Melles.

Native American Day celebrated at Concord community center

An event organized by the Contra Costa County Historical Society to commemorate Native American Day last month brought together historians, authors and community members to discuss Native American genealogies, sacred sites and their preservation.

Despite loss of thrash metal scene in Bay Area, musicians find reasons to keep playing

In the early 1980s, the Bay Area was at the center of thrash metal music, one of the many subgenres of heavy metal. During that decade, heavy metal became incredibly popular around the world; kids...