Debate moderator Don Gosney packs up recording gear while candidates Melvin Willis and Ben Choi converse with attendees. Photograph by Abner Hauge.

City council candidates clash over development, rent control and schools

Candidates’ strategies for development across Richmond—and especially downtown—varied greatly.
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.
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.
Kids First supporters join together to chant, “Our Voice, Our City.” Photograph by Abner Hauge.

With signatures approved, Kids First Initiative gets closer to the 2018 ballot

On Tuesday, City Council verified the signatures for putting the Richmond Kids First Initiative on the 2018 ballot. The embattled initiative, which supporters had worked to put on the 2016 ballot, would allocate up to...