Special Projects

Margot Buchbinder, a graduate student (left), and Erin Blackwood, Education and Outreach Coordinator (right), stand by an experiment involving eelgrass at the Romberg-Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Photo by Jacob Shea.

Oysters and eelgrass, unlikely heroes in the fight against rising seas

In the San Francisco Bay, conservation and scientific groups are working to restore crucial habitat. Oysters and eelgrass may play a large role in protecting Richmond's shoreline from sea level rise.
Save the Richmond Hills volunteer Dick Schneider visits a privately-owned trailhead near Clark Road, one of the areas protected by the initiative. Photo by Abner Hauge

Initiative to stop further development in landslide prone areas embraced by El Sobrante Valley residents

El Sobrante Valley residents and activists hope to keep residential development out of the historically landslide-prone area with the soon-to-be-submitted Richmond Hills Initiative, which they’re currently working to put on the 2018 ballot.

National Park Service asks for input in designing the Richmond Wellness Trail

National Park Service (NPS) agents in the East Bay have been working with administrators from the city of Richmond and other community partners since last year to create a wellness trail for Richmond as part...

Locally Richmond: Fairy wing maker goes national

Locally Richmond is an occasional series of profiles that highlights the small businesses that contribute to making Richmond a unique community.  When does an artist know she has reached a milestone in her career? For Angela...

Two Richmond residents collaborate on separate unique art businesses under the same roof

There is no task too big or small or obscure for Brandy Esparza and Kyle Silber, who know how to market an artisanal stamp for a doughnut wrapper, a latex mask for a life-sized Buddha,...

Introducing the Tales of Two Cities Podcast, radio stories from Richmond and Oakland

Dear Readers/Listeners, The combined staff of Oakland North and Richmond Confidential is excited to announce a new bi-weekly podcast featuring radio stories from Richmond and Oakland, as well as interviews with our reporters, community leaders and other news-worthy...

Bay Area artist runs unique business inspired by her grandmother

Among the many unorthodox tools Cara Corey has used to make her handmade artist line unique are knitting needles made out of PVC pipe and merino wool fiber (the material before wool becomes “wool”) shipped from...
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...

City council rejects zoning revisions for a digital sign in Hilltop

A divided Richmond City Council has rejected a zoning amendment that would allow a digital advertising billboard on the I-80 corridor for the troubled Hilltop business district. Leaders in the Hilltop district have urged the...

UC Berkeley Chancellor meets with Richmond community about Global Campus

The Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks, assured Richmond stakeholders yesterday that the economic benefits of the proposed Global Campus will be shared with the community. The project has raised concerns among...

Three years away, but Richmond ferry plans steaming forward

The project’s two vessels will cost an estimated $34 million total in “initial capital expenditures,” with an estimated operating costs of about $3.46 million a year. Terminal construction will cost between $8 and $12 million....

Richmond Bay Trail gets $335,000 upgrade

The Richmond Bay Trail will be revamped to the tune of $335,000 after the city council approved the renovation project, which includes wider sidewalks, six-foot bike lanes, and new signs and landscape improvements. The project...

Richmond police stats show decline in homicides (Interactive Map)

Richmond homicides have plummeted almost 70 percent over the last decade, and recent police data shows that the downward trend continues, with 12 homicides this year, the lowest in over three decades. Police and city...