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A flyer includes information on a new half-cent sales tax to be voted on by Richmond voters in November. (Photo by Brett Murphy)

Proposed tax hike draws support, criticism, but little community response

Revenues from the little-discussed Measure U tax would be split between street improvements, public safety and health, and wellness and youth services, proponents say. But it is not possible to be certain of how the...
A packed house at Miracle Temple Church. Residents bowed their heads in prayer at the end of a meeting about the impacts and possibilities of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's proposed Richmond Bay Campus. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Residents urge Berkeley lab to consider impacts of Richmond campus

Richmond residents, unions, and community groups are keeping a close eye on the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and its plans for a Richmond Bay Campus: a development that is projected to take shape over the...
Street view of Hacienda public housing development, site of the most egregious lapses in maintenance and sanitary upkeep by the Richmond Housing Authority. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

City Council addresses media reports of neglect and mismanagement by Richmond Housing Authority

The Richmond City Council responded to damning media reports of appalling public housing conditions and financial mismanagement by the Richmond Housing Authority.
The Richmond City Council held a special meeting on the city’s eminent domain plan Tuesday night. About 400 people were present. (Photo by Kevin N. Hume)

Richmond 2013: A year for the history books

With a new year approaching, it’s time to reflect on the past year and prepare for the next one. For Richmond, 2013 was one for the history books.
Tom Butt and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin recently returned from a trip to Cuba. While the councilmember paid his own way, the trip cost taxpayers roughly $13,000 (Photo courtesy of: Tom Butt)

Residents scruitnize Councilmembers’ foreign trips

City leaders recently took trips to Cuba, China, and Japan. While councilmembers say the trips foster economic growth and spur innovative thinking, some resident are wary of footing the bill to send city leaders overseas...