Michael Totten, an 18-year-old freshman at Contra Costa College, said he’s been skateboarding since the age of 3. “It feels like you jump on a roller coaster and when you hit that hill, it’s like a feeling you’ve never felt before,” he said.  (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Skateboarding event teaches kids about physics at Nicholl Park

Science and skateboards? It sounded incongruous, but to Angela Cox, Teen Librarian for the Richmond Public Library, it all made sense. Her vision came together on Thursday at The Science of Skateboard Physics at Nicholl...
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...

Richmond’s controversial housing plan takes step forward

Richmond moved one step closer to implementing its eminent domain plan Tuesday night by tightening guidelines for the program, which aims to save struggling homeowners from foreclosure.
Many Bay Area refineries, including Chevron, are in the midst of major upgrades. Click on the cities to hear different perspectives on the various oil projects happening in the Bay Area. (Map and videos by Sally Schilling)

Refinery towns draw lessons from Chevron project

Richmond isn't the only town in the Bay Area that's in the midst of approving a major oil project. Other nearby refineries are also upgrading. And surrounding communities are looking to Richmond for lessons on...
NBA star Drew Gooden serves food during his Thanksgiving event at Booker T. Anderson Community Center. (Photo by Nancy DeVille)

NBA star Drew Gooden brings Thanksgiving dinner to Richmond families

Richmond families got an early Thanksgiving on Sunday, thanks to the generosity of a local basketball legend. Drew Gooden was back in his hometown Sunday to sponsor a holiday meal with all the trimmings at...